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by Lucy Pick
Wed October 23rd, 2013, 4:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Whats your Cut-Off Point ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1312

Well, there you go --- a lot of things that happened in history were actually kind of icky.
by Lucy Pick
Wed October 23rd, 2013, 3:30 pm
Forum: By Author's Last Name G-L
Topic: City of God: a novel of the Borgias by Cecelia Holland
Replies: 5
Views: 2128

Oh, I have to confess that I love this book --- I even re-read it over the summer. People interested in the Borgias might also like Helle Haase's "The Scarlet City" which is set after most of the Borgias except Lucretia are dead and is about a man who believes he is a Borgia but doesn't know who his...
by Lucy Pick
Wed October 23rd, 2013, 3:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why historians should write fiction
Replies: 13
Views: 1985

As a professional academic historian, who also writes fiction, I loved this article. I will also say that writing fiction has really improved the way I write my non-fiction as well. If, Elizabeth, you are referring to Robert Bartlett, I totally agree that he is a serious academic historian who write...
by Lucy Pick
Sun January 2nd, 2011, 2:58 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: January 2011: What Are You Reading?
Replies: 219
Views: 13507

Simon Mawer's The Glass Room. Wonderful novel that uses the history of a modernist house in Czechoslovakia to tell the story of the 20th century.
by Lucy Pick
Sun January 2nd, 2011, 2:57 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: What Books Did You Get For Christmas....
Replies: 42
Views: 6378

I only got one book this Xmas --- very unusual for me --- Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Klay. I think it just fits the scope of this board.
by Lucy Pick
Sat November 27th, 2010, 12:43 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: What's the best book you've read this year?
Replies: 54
Views: 5228

Mantel's Wolf Hall, hands down.

I read Wheel of Fortune many many years ago and liked it.
by Lucy Pick
Fri November 5th, 2010, 11:38 am
Forum: By Country/Continent
Topic: Spain- el Cid
Replies: 18
Views: 7773

Ooo, emr, thanks for these! I had heard that turmeric had antiseptic and preservative powers. I don't think they had it in the Middle Ages though. *checks sources* No, they don't seem to have used it. Yes, the cover is quite...special. In addition to how recently it was written, I am also surprised ...
by Lucy Pick
Thu November 4th, 2010, 9:08 pm
Forum: By Country/Continent
Topic: Spain- el Cid
Replies: 18
Views: 7773

Ooo, it just arrived!!! Many thanks! I think? It looks every bit as ghastly as you said. It's odd though. She clearly has done *some* research --- why not go all the way and actually, you know, come to grips with the period. I am going to have to read at least far enough to get to the part where she...
by Lucy Pick
Thu October 28th, 2010, 12:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: now what do I do with this?
Replies: 11
Views: 1437

That;s an excellent sign. I do think the Amazon stories may have some credibility, just because we have at least two independent witnesses, one Byzantine and therefore very much disconnected from the other, and the whole western crusade project, who suggest the women thought of themselves as Amazons...
by Lucy Pick
Wed October 27th, 2010, 8:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: now what do I do with this?
Replies: 11
Views: 1437

Elizabeth, does the Turner book repeat the mythical/imaginary names of the women who accompanied E of A on crusade? That is my test for a good/bad E of A biography. So far they all fail...

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