The Maid of Orleans: The Life & Mysticism of Joan of Arc by Sven Stolpe

This book is a reprint from 1956 that, among those with an interest in Joan, has attained an almost legendary status.  We live in an age where people are eager to dismiss the presumably supernatural out of hand and tear down heroes, giving zero credence to the idea of the "great person theory."  The idea … Continue reading The Maid of Orleans: The Life & Mysticism of Joan of Arc by Sven Stolpe

The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle by Jonathan Sumption

This is a complex read.  This is quite possibly the most complex read I've ever undertaken. My progress on this volume began life as a buddy read, the ripcord pulled on the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt.  Due to logistics, the buddy read fell apart.  Simply put, this book just doesn't work as a buddy … Continue reading The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle by Jonathan Sumption

The Book of Chivalry of Geoffroi de Charny: Text, Context, and Translation by Richard W. Kaeuper and Elspeth Kennedy

This is one I revisit from time to time because it sets a standard for me. The Company of the Star was a short-lived order of knights created in 1352 by Jean (or John) II of France, meant to rival the English Order of the Garter.  Geoffroi de Charney was one of the top knights … Continue reading The Book of Chivalry of Geoffroi de Charny: Text, Context, and Translation by Richard W. Kaeuper and Elspeth Kennedy

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

The Hundred Years War: A Military History by Alfred H. Burne

I found this in 2 volumes on Audible.  There are few offerings on Audible for this particular set of campaigns, so anyone interested in this really needs to know up front what they're getting into. The first thing to note is that there are different kinds of historical accounts, and these serve different functions. This … Continue reading The Hundred Years War: A Military History by Alfred H. Burne

Froissart’s Chronicles: Selections from The Great Wars of England and France by Jean Froissart

The full version of Chronicles has been sitting in my wish list for a dog's age, and I finally ordered it this morning, inspired by my buddy read on The Hundred Years War.  Then, on a whim, I perused Audible and found this audio version of selections from this work. For those not in the know, … Continue reading Froissart’s Chronicles: Selections from The Great Wars of England and France by Jean Froissart