In the wake of blogging about Carmina Burana and my discovery of it by way of the film Excalibur so many years ago, my thoughts naturally turned to all things Arthurian. For the peoples of the Middle Ages, there wasn't a cut-off point that defined a so-called end of civilization. After the fall of Rome, life continued on, … Continue reading Arthurian Traditions in Early Music
When it comes to historical fiction, I have some pretty high benchmarks. When it comes to historical characters, there are few I rank so highly as Eleanor of Aquitaine. It perhaps comes as no surprise that The Lion in Winter is one of my favorites. I've seen different versions of it on screen over the … Continue reading The Lion in Winter by James Goldman
Honor. This is a subject that's near and dear to my heart. As someone who walks the path of chivalry as a means to constantly improve myself, I am very aware of the role of honor and its perceptions in various eras and cultures. It's practiced at every step in all things, an acknowledgment of being … Continue reading Klingon Honor
A look inside Shakespeare's King John.
The author began this with a direct shot across the bow at Shakespeare's play King John, claiming it wasn't any good because nobody performed it, all evidence to the contrary. In its own time, it was highly popular. I knock a star off of that just on account because I truly expect better from historians. Facts … Continue reading King John by Marc Morris
This is one of those great overview books where you get enough of the story to be engaged, but you're also left wanting more. In short, my kind of history book. I love these kinds of launch pads into deeper research. Without a book like this, the in-depth works keep the reader on the outside. … Continue reading The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones