Henry V

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more, Or close the wall up with our English dead! In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility; But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger: Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood. … Continue reading Henry V

Katherine Parr: Complete Works and Correspondence, edited by Janel Mueller

Regardless of anything else I ever read or do, I've always got at least one foot in the Medieval or Renaissance world at all times.  It's what I do.  I've come to learn that, as with pretty much anything else I study in-depth, the more I learn, the more I think I need to learn. … Continue reading Katherine Parr: Complete Works and Correspondence, edited by Janel Mueller

Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I by Peter Ackroyd

Just as the title claims, this covers the era of England's Nero and his progeny.  It's certainly not my first go-round with an overview of this era, and while I noticed a couple of authorial decisions that I would question, on the whole it's an incredibly thorough book.  As with the previous volume, I found myself … Continue reading Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I by Peter Ackroyd

How to Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life by Ruth Goodman

The entire time I was listening to this, I kept thinking "Where do I know that name?"  So I looked her up before writing this review.  Turns out I've seen her as one of the stars of the short reality TV series Tudor Monastery Farm.  That provides a really good introduction to this book.  It's one thing … Continue reading How to Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life by Ruth Goodman