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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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Posted on: 1 May 2022

The April 2022 new history books round up! A bit of a range on offer, from ancient to very modern and a decent geographical spread. I'm going to try to find the time to read: Mutinous Women: How...

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The Lion House - review

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Posted on: 29 April 2022

When an Ottoman emperor died, his son inherited the empire. But which son? With no clear rule of succession it depended upon who managed to seize power and eliminate their rivals. There was no second...

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The Burgundians - review

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Posted on: 22 April 2022

What is it about? Written by a Belgian author in Dutch, and translated into English, this book tells the story of the 'Burgurdians'. But who were the 'Burgurdians'? That is a good question. After...

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Posted on: 15 April 2022

Christopher Kerr with his latest book, The Barbarossa Secret. Tell us a bit about yourself and the books that you have written... I have always had a love of history and of writing. Before I retired...

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