Queen of Martyrs: The Story of Mary I by Samantha Wilcoxson

This review was written February 22 upon finishing an uncorrected ARC proof of Queen of Martyrs.  By request, I have postponed the review until April 13, one day following the release of this book. Full disclosure with apology to the author: I am friends with Samantha Wilcoxson, and I had an unreasonably heavy hand in pushing her … Continue reading Queen of Martyrs: The Story of Mary I by Samantha Wilcoxson

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

Good Things

It's nice when I can report good things.  What else is a personal blog for, after all, if not that? At work, that arbitrary March 1 deadline of stupid I was up against has been nullified.  I completed the "rush" portion of the project early. At home, I got rewarded for that deadline.  My good … Continue reading Good Things

Romeo and Juliet: A Novel by David Hewson

David Hewson, this time without his previous collaborator, A. J. Hartley, has released a third novel in the line that extrapolates and expands upon the plays of William Shakespeare, putting them into their proper time and historical context.  This time around, it's an era of great upheaval that history would someday call the Italian Renaissance.  The year … Continue reading Romeo and Juliet: A Novel by David Hewson

Histories of the Kings of Britain: King Arthur by Geoffrey of Monmouth

The Historia Regum Britanniae is a wonderfully rich work of literature that was passed off as history, unchallenged from its writing around 1136 for about 400 years or so.  It covers over 2000 years of history from the founding of Albion by the Trojans following the events of The Iliad, and continuing through to the Saxon dominance circa … Continue reading Histories of the Kings of Britain: King Arthur by Geoffrey of Monmouth

The Ghost Rebellion: Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, Book 5 by Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris

I'm at a loss as to what I can actually review about this book, given that it's book 5 in the series, and given that nearly anything about the setup is a spoiler for previous books.  Secrets were revealed in previous books, but there's more to learn this time, and some of it goes all the … Continue reading The Ghost Rebellion: Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, Book 5 by Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris

Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors

This book is a collected series of blogs from a wide variety of historical fiction writers.  The topic: random things they discovered while doing research for their books.  Topics include clothes, armor, weapons, customs, etiquette, meals, recipes, politics, scandals, personal tales, conjectures, leisure pursuits, social groups, traditions, nursery rhymes, crime and punishment... the list goes on … Continue reading Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors