Tag Archives: England

The Portrait Of A Lady by Henry James

In 19th century high society, much is expected of young ladies and there are few choices for women in general.  They are expected to marry and typically acquiesce to their parent’s wishes.  But American Isabel Archer has a different notion.  … Continue reading

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The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory

I think Philippa Gregory often gets a bad rap in historical fiction circles.  I admit she’s not a purist, but she doesn’t often venture outside the realm of real possibility, either. The Queen’s Fool is a good example of a well-written … Continue reading

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

I can’t recall if I have read this novel before, but as I was reading it this time, my memory brought back the whole story (I’m sure I’ve seen a film version) – so no surprises for me. Dickens is … Continue reading

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The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

The White Queen is Philippa Gregory’s account of the life of Elizabeth Woodville, the British Queen married to King Edward IV.  Numerous objections to their marriage (as well as the Lancaster claim to the English throne), made Edward’s reign tenuous.  … Continue reading

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The Heir Apparent by Jane Ridley

From Goodreads  “King Edward the VII, affectionately called Bertie, was fifty-nine when he took the throne in 1901, upon the death of his mother Queen Victoria. To everyone’s great surprise, this playboy prince sobered up and became an extremely effective leader … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Cup by Stewart Lee Allen

The Devil’s Cup: A History of World According to Coffee is part travel memoir, part history book as author Stewart Lee Allen travels the globe looking for the history of coffee and it’s influences on the world.  Allen visits Ethiopia, … Continue reading

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Middlemarch by George Eliot

George Eliot tackles the timeless problems of life in a small community in her classic novel Middlemarch.  First off, Eliot tackles young romance and the sometimes misguided approach to marriage.  Dorothea becomes enamored of a much older man, Mr. Casaubon, because he … Continue reading

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