Review: Queens of the Conquest, Alison Weir

Rating: 3 out of 5

I’m one to like a good narrative history, especially of the earlier medieval times in England. However, this book suffered from random jumps in content. I can vividly remember a rather long section on the way bedchambers were set up, for example. It felt, in the majority, that as the queens that the book treated — three Matilda’s and one Maude — have so few facts to describe them, that Ms Weir had to resort to desperate measures to pad out the book. Continue reading “Review: Queens of the Conquest, Alison Weir”

Review: The Tower is Full of Ghosts Today, Alison Weir

Rating: 2 out of 5

I was hoping this would be on par with some other works by Alison Weir I’ve read, but I really can’t recommend this short story to anyone. It is without purpose and direction, and while it grasps a historic sense of the moment in the events described, it is without that feeling one expects from a story.

Review: ‘Lancaster and York’, Alison Weir

Lancaster and York: The Wars of the RosesLancaster and York: The Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this a good overview of this period of civil wars though perhaps it’s easier to not think of them as civil wars, as Ms Weir concludes. Nevertheless, this account is good and detailed and steps towards the conflict with an inexorable strength from the very beginning of the 15th century. Continue reading “Review: ‘Lancaster and York’, Alison Weir”

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