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

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

The Queen’s Agent: Sir Francis Walsingham and the Rise of Espionage in Elizabethan England by John Cooper

Much has been written of Sir Francis Walsingham, both as a hero to the realm and as a Machiavellian puppet master. As with anything in history, the truth is usually somewhere in the middle, and this book does a fine job of navigating the waters of statecraft and espionage that were virtually uncharted at the … Continue reading The Queen’s Agent: Sir Francis Walsingham and the Rise of Espionage in Elizabethan England by John Cooper

The Time Traveler’s Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer

I gave top marks to Ian Mortimer's book The Time Traveler's Guide To Medieval England, and I'm overjoyed beyond words to see this book now in the Audible lineup. More please! Mortimer's claim of history is that a relic or a ruin can only teach us so much about history; what we understand about our … Continue reading The Time Traveler’s Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer