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November 2010: What Are You Reading?

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Post by Tanzanite » Tue November 2nd, 2010, 2:22 pm

Finishing up Starkey's Elizabeth: Struggle for the Throne. Haven't had much time to read this week as I've been busy sorting through all of the pictures from our trip (over 4,000 of them) and writing up the narratives to post on my travel blog. It always takes more time than I think it will!

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Post by SonjaMarie » Tue November 2nd, 2010, 7:40 pm

I've finished "The French Blue: An Illustrated Novel of the 17th Century" by Richard W. Wise (571pgs, 2010)~. A wonderfully evocative book about the gem dealer, Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, who found the blue diamond that was sold to Louis XIV and eventually winded up as the Hope Diamond (so they believe). The book chronicles his life from the early years and his 6 voyages to Persia and India to find gems. The characters are well written and interesting. The descriptions of the places he visits are very well described. Despite the size of the book, I found it to be a fast read once I was able to devote more time to it. The author does take some artistic license with Tavernier's life but he does acknowledge that in the "Author's Note". Highly recommended!

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Post by Brenna » Tue November 2nd, 2010, 10:40 pm

I'm still reading Duchess by Susan Holloway Scott. It's really good except I think she has some of the dates wrong. She has Princess Mary, Princess Anne sister living longer than she actually did. She doesn't have an author's note, so I don't know if she meant to do that or not...
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Post by Vanessa » Tue November 2nd, 2010, 10:41 pm

I'm just about to start The Wilding by Maria McCann.
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Post by boswellbaxter » Tue November 2nd, 2010, 10:42 pm

Started The Devil's Queen by Jeanne Kalogridis and Cleopatra by Stacey Schiff (NF).
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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed November 3rd, 2010, 3:45 am

[quote=""Brenna""]I'm still reading Duchess by Susan Holloway Scott. It's really good except I think she has some of the dates wrong. She has Princess Mary, Princess Anne sister living longer than she actually did. She doesn't have an author's note, so I don't know if she meant to do that or not...[/quote]

When does she have Mary dying?

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Post by Berengaria » Wed November 3rd, 2010, 4:03 am

[quote=""boswellbaxter""]Is that the Stacy Schiff bio? I'm going to download a sample to my Kindle.[/quote]
Yes it is!
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Post by Tanzanite » Wed November 3rd, 2010, 5:13 pm

Getting ready to start The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick.

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Post by Amanda » Wed November 3rd, 2010, 9:13 pm

I started Marianna by Susanna Kearsley. I can't remember the last time I bought a book and started reading it so soon! I like to let them "mature" on the shelf (or the overflow boxes) before I read them. But seeing as it is the book of the month I thought I might make an exception just this once! :)

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Post by Brenna » Thu November 4th, 2010, 2:18 pm

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]When does she have Mary dying?

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Nevermind! This is what I get for trying to read two books about similar time periods at the same time! I get easily confused. I was reading Antonia Fraser's book on Charles II and she had Mary of Orange dying of smallpox very young. But I think that may have been William's sister or something rather than Mary II.

I am confused about making Princess Anne have a "relationship" with Sarah Churchhill. Is there documentation on that or was the author taking some liberties?
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