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Dominion - review

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Posted on: 12 August 2022

Lady Elizabeth of Hungary was a young lady who had it all. Daughter of King Andrew II of Hungary, she had been successfully married off at 14 to a German Duke - a husband she seems to have been...

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Posted on: 1 August 2022

Not so many new history books this month, but no doubt the quality is still up there! A few which have piqued my interest are: Two Houses Two Kingdoms: A History of France and England, 1100–1300...

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Posted on: 8 July 2022

We were recently lucky enough to talk to Suleiman the Magnificent who I was particular keen to quiz on the subject of negative β€œculture war” book reviews on Amazon. The recording itself got corrupted...

Posted on: 1 July 2022

What's new this month? We've got 14 history books on our 'just published' list, four of which have picqued my interest... A History of Delusions: The Glass King, a Substitute Husband and a Walking...

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Making History - review

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Posted on: 24 June 2022

The study of history is a funny beast: on the one hand everything is history, given that by the time we put fingers to keyboard, we are commenting on the past. On the other hand β€œhistory” can mean an...

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The Ottomans - review

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Posted on: 17 June 2022

How did an obscure thirteenth century Anatolian beylik emerge as a vast continent-spanning Ottoman empire? How then did it come to wither away in the nineteenth century, with its eventual replacement...

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Words The Vikings Gave Us - review

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Posted on: 9 June 2022

Words the Vikings gave us by Grace Tierney is rather different to the majority of the books reviewed on this blog as it is effectively a glossary of Viking words still in use today, or which have...

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Posted on: 1 June 2022

What do we have to delve into this month? A couple on ancient Egypt, including one A Year in the Life of Ancient Egypt (from the same author who wrote 24 Hours in Ancient Egypt) which looks like an...

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Crusaders - review

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Posted on: 13 May 2022

Lots of gold, a piece of the True Cross, and some great anecdotes - Sigurd Jersulamfarer had done pretty well out of his Viking mini crusade in the early 12th Century. His trip was about a decade...

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