VocaMe – Kassia: Byzantine Hymns of the First Female Composer of the Occident

Time to review another album in my collection for my Just Listen project, and it turns out that I can double-book this one under Early Music Explorations as well.  I hadn't really intended to review another early music album quite so fast, but I pick these out at random to prevent being overwhelmed by possibility.  … Continue reading VocaMe – Kassia: Byzantine Hymns of the First Female Composer of the Occident

The Decameron: First Encounter with a Medieval Classic

Having finally busted through The Silmarillion and having finally finished my exploration of Richard III, I find myself in the position of being compelled once more to tackle another of the "difficult" books of great literature.  I do this from time to time, a carry over from my laughable experiences of high school and college.  … Continue reading The Decameron: First Encounter with a Medieval Classic

Once a Queen: A Story of Elizabeth Woodville by Samantha Wilcoxson

A small handful of months ago, author Samantha Wilcoxson gave us a novella of the formidable Margaret Beaufort as part of her Plantagenet Embers series.  This next novella features her equal and opposite number in the House of York, Elizabeth Woodville: The White Queen, as she's sometimes known.  As Woodville is the mother of Elizabeth … Continue reading Once a Queen: A Story of Elizabeth Woodville by Samantha Wilcoxson

Ensemble Unicorn and Oni Wytars – Music of the Troubadours

This is one of those times where a blog post hits under two different project banners for this site: Early Music Explorations and Just Listen: A Musical Spotlight.  Sometimes it just works out that way.  At any rate, I picked another album at random to blog about.  Read on if you're interested. When it comes … Continue reading Ensemble Unicorn and Oni Wytars – Music of the Troubadours

Bosworth 1485: Psychology of a Battle by Michael Jones

My recent dives into William Shakespeare's historical plays revolving around the Wars of the Roses has nudged me to dig a little deeper into the grand finale of that civil war: the Battle of Bosworth.  On August 22, 1485, the war between Lancaster and York ended with the death of Richard III, and the crowning … Continue reading Bosworth 1485: Psychology of a Battle by Michael Jones

The Last Lancastrian: A Story of Margaret Beaufort by Samantha Wilcoxson

It seems like a small eternity ago, but in reality it's only been a little over a week.  Maybe?  Time is a bit squirrelly for me sometimes.  I think it's some-timer's disease.  Anyway, whenever it was, I had a surprise email from my good friend, author Samantha Wilcoxson.  She's got a novella in the queue, and would I … Continue reading The Last Lancastrian: A Story of Margaret Beaufort by Samantha Wilcoxson