The Maid of Orleans: The Life & Mysticism of Joan of Arc by Sven Stolpe

This book is a reprint from 1956 that, among those with an interest in Joan, has attained an almost legendary status.  We live in an age where people are eager to dismiss the presumably supernatural out of hand and tear down heroes, giving zero credence to the idea of the "great person theory."  The idea … Continue reading The Maid of Orleans: The Life & Mysticism of Joan of Arc by Sven Stolpe

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, 1911

"The Opera Ghost really existed!"  So claimed Gaston Leroux in this famous opening line from his most famous novel. Court report, theater critic, journalist, international correspondent.  These are some of the hats that Gaston Leroux wore before turning to detective fiction in 1907.  He wrote Le Fantôme de l'Opéra as a serialized pulp adventure in 1909-1910, … Continue reading The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, 1911

The Hundred Years War: A Military History by Alfred H. Burne

I found this in 2 volumes on Audible.  There are few offerings on Audible for this particular set of campaigns, so anyone interested in this really needs to know up front what they're getting into. The first thing to note is that there are different kinds of historical accounts, and these serve different functions. This … Continue reading The Hundred Years War: A Military History by Alfred H. Burne