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Book Review: A Great And Terrible King

A Great And Terrible King:  Edward I And The Forging Of Britain, by Marc Morris This is a very good book, but it is also one whose importance and whose focuses have to be understood in a larger context.  Edward … Continue reading

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Book Review: Conan Doyle For The Defense

Conan Doyle For The Defense:  The True Story Of A Sensational British Murder, A Quest For Justice, And The World’s Most Famous Detective Novel, by Margalit Fox In general, I have to say that this is a very good book.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: Kings & Queens Of England & Scotland

Kings & Queens Of England & Scotland, by Plantagenet Somerset Fry This short volume by an improbably named author is not the sort of book that will give a reader a deep insight into the history of the royal family, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ivory Vikings

Ivory Vikings:  The Mystery Of The Most Famous Chessmen In The World And The Woman Who Made Them, by Nancy Marie Brown The odds are high that many people among my readers will not know the Lewis chessmen by name. … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Scotch-Irish: A Social History

The Scotch-Irish:  A Social History, by James G. Leyburn As someone who has a great deal of Scot-Irish in my background, which is evident in my light skin with freckles, I picked this book up as a way of reading … Continue reading

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So What Happens Now: After The Brexit

Last night after I got home after my customary relaxing evening reading, I was treated to the sight of many of my friends writing and sharing posts about the Brexit poll.  For those who do not pay attention much to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Scotland: A Concise History

Scotland: A Concise History, by Fitzroy Maclean It cannot be denied that the history recorded in this volume is a deeply melancholy one. According to the witty and canny but also patriotic author of this book, in this history which … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Shetland Bus

The Shetland Bus, by David Howarth This book, which was written by the late English historian who was also profoundly involved in espionage efforts in occupied Norway during World War II, is obviously the work of someone of great skill … Continue reading

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Having Your Cake And Eating It Too

Today, for some reason, I did something I do from time to time. In looking at the plans and ideas and speculations for EU enlargement, I came across the stories about various secession movements within Europe and how they dealt … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Memoirs Of Mary Queen Of Scots

The Memoirs Of Mary Queen Of Scots, by Carolly Erickson There are a few facts a would-be reader of this book needs to know before reading the book. Chief among them is that this work is a work of whimsy … Continue reading

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