Did I say these No-Fear Shakespeare posts would be monthly? Seems I've asked this question before, and as the answer has now proved to be a resounding "no" on the part of my actions, clearly I need to just quit asking. Exploration of the work of the Bard cannot be rushed, it cannot be scheduled, … Continue reading Henry IV, Part 2
My plan to work through the Bard's work at a rate of one per month has already fallen through. As Robert Burns once said, "The best laid schemes o' mice and men..." I will simply contend that, as in all things, it's not the quantity, but the quality of the time spent. In other words, I'm … Continue reading Henry IV, Part 1
“For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground And tell sad stories of the death of kings; How some have been deposed; some slain in war, Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed; Some poison'd by their wives: some sleeping kill'd; All murder'd: for within the hollow crown That rounds the mortal temples … Continue reading Richard II
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
A look inside Shakespeare's King John.
While this book stands on its own, this is best understood as the 4th book in a 4-part series with Alison Weir's Henry VIII, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, and The Children of Henry VIII. This book picks up with Elizabeth's ascension to the throne, the previous chapters of her life being intertwined with … Continue reading The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir
As much as this is a book of political monarchs in highly turbulent times, this is also the personal story of siblings and how they related to one another. Once again, Alison Weir has knocked another one out of the park, bringing even the most nuanced aspects of this realm and time period to life … Continue reading The Children of Henry VIII of Alison Weir