New Books

I had a couple of books arrive yesterday that I'm most keen to read.  One isn't on Audible yet, and the other has a narrator that bothers me to no end, so... paper it is.  Not that there's ever a problem with that. One of the side effects of going to Scarborough every year is that … Continue reading New Books

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

Richard II

“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

Verily, Verily: The KJV – 400 Years of Influence and Beauty by Jon Sweeny

For those not already in the know, I am not a Christian, nor am I in any danger of becoming one.  So why this book?  A fair question.  I have a variety of reasons.  First and foremost, it's because I recognize the cultural impact of the KJV.  While other translations of The Bible continually outsell … Continue reading Verily, Verily: The KJV – 400 Years of Influence and Beauty by Jon Sweeny

Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe

The lasting effect of this book on history cannot be understated. It is the single most influential book on Protestant thinking throughout the Reformation, often read from the pulpit as scripture alongside The Bible, thus shaping that world irrevocably. The original clocked in at over a million words, and the woodcut illustrations cemented the horrors … Continue reading Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe