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The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones

The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones I love English history and have read scads of books, both fiction & non-fiction, about Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, the Wars of the Roses and the Tudors, but I am a little shaky on the details of the reigns from King […]

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Tower: An Epic History of the Tower of London By Nigel Jones

  Tower: An Epic History of the Tower of London | The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza.   The Tower of London has played host to many great and horrific events and this book captures them all. Jones writes the tale with his amazing storytelling fashion. It reads less like a history and more like […]

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City of Ravens: The Extraordinary History of London, the Tower and Its Famous Ravens

City of Ravens: The Extraordinary History of London, the Tower and Its Famous Ravens (Overlook Press) The city of London has been long renowned for its ravens. They have lived at the Tower of London since Victorian times, though the legend says otherwise. Ravens have, of course, been seen as “symbols of cruelty, of survival […]

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The Book in the Renaissance

The Book in the Renaissance (Yale) What better thing to talk about here than books! The history and evolution of the modern book isn’t short, but where it really begins to look like what we have today is in the Renaissance with Gutenberg’s printing press. This is a topic I’m completely fascinated by, and in […]

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Why We’re All Romans: The Roman Contribution to the Western World

Why We’re All Romans: The Roman Contribution to the Western World (Rowman & Littlefield) Roman Civilization has had a dramatic influence on society throughout time, and its reach is still easily felt. We’re so Roman that we don’t even think about it! Our government? Roman. Architecture? Roman. Engineering? Roman. Agriculture? Roman. Most quoted and imitated […]

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Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy – Now in paperback!

Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy (Random House) The Papacy has held astonishing power over billions throughout history, and that power has been seized by good and bad leaders alike. This book, just released in paperback, covers all the way back from St. Peter up until the present day, exploring the lives of  popes […]

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Marathon: How One Battle Changed Western Civilization

Marathon: How One Battle Changed Western Civilization (Penguin) Marathon, 490 B.C. The Greeks versus the Persians in an epic battle that would change the course of history. Do you know the legend of Philippides? The story goes that he ran 26 miles from Marathon to Athens to tell of the Greek victory over the seemingly […]

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Queen of the Conqueror: The Life of Matilda, Wife of William I

Queen of the Conqueror: The Life of Matilda, Wife of William I (Random House) Do you know the name of the first queen of England? Do you know her story? Most people don’t. Matilda of Flanders is often overshadowed by her husband, William the Conqueror. It is impossible to escape any high-school history class without […]

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A Visitor’s Guide to the Ancient Olympics

A Visitor’s Guide to the Ancient Olympics

A Visitor’s Guide to the Ancient Olympics Think about ancient Greece for a moment. What comes to mind? Spartans, Homer’s songs (The Iliad and The Odyssey), and of course, the Olympics. The ancient Olympics and the modern Olympics are not one and the same. This wonderful new book allows you to transport yourself back to […]

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101 Things You Thought You Knew About The Titanic

101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic . . . but Didn’t! By Tim Maltin, Eloise Aston Get ready for the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking. There’ll be many more books as you can imagine. And let me say, there are some great ones coming, especially for the kids! In the meantime, […]

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