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What Are You Reading? November 2011

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Post by TiciaRoma » Wed November 16th, 2011, 9:10 pm

[quote=""LoobyG""]'Lion Dormant' by Carol Wensby Scott, the 2nd book in her Percy trilogy. About 20 pages in and I'm hooked already, looking forward to seeing how the disgraced Hal Percy redeems his earldom :) [/quote]

I loved those books.

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Post by Ash » Thu November 17th, 2011, 12:55 am

[quote=""boswellbaxter""]I'm reading Thomas Cromwell: The Rise and Fall of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant by John Schofield. .[/quote]

Did you read Wolf Hall? I'll be interested in your comments on this non fiction account

Reading two non HF books: the new biography of Kurt Vonnegut "And So It Goes', and the final sequel to Wicked, "Return to Oz" by Gregory Maguire. He was in town this week, very interesting speaker.

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Post by rebecca » Thu November 17th, 2011, 4:42 am

I am finally about to start reading 'Lionheart.' I waited all this time and then had no time to read it. I think I will enjoy it.

Bec :)

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Post by Vanessa » Thu November 17th, 2011, 9:40 am

I'm just about to start Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet by Jamie Ford.
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Post by SCW » Thu November 17th, 2011, 10:34 am

The Gunpowder Plot by Antonia Fraser. Non fiction account of the plot to blow up the houses of parliament in 1605.
Can anyone recommend any novels set in Elizabeth England relating to the persecution of Catholics!

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Post by Ludmilla » Thu November 17th, 2011, 2:30 pm

[quote=""javagirl""]Ludmilla - This sounds like something I'd like as I'm currently into this period/place. I'll be interested in knowing if you recommend it once you're finished.


Javagirl, I’m almost finished and do recommend this book, especially if you are interested in the early Colonial period and the frontier setting. The story begins in England, but once the characters arrive in the New World, most of it takes place along the Connecticut River and Lake Champlain/Southern Quebec regions. The settlers live in Abenaki territory. The French have allied themselves with the Abenaki while the English have recruited the Iroquois and Mohawk as they spread their squabbles to the New World. It’s chock full of interesting observations of the period. For example, one character muses that the French still retain their Frenchness, even when transplanted in the New World, whereas the English within a generation or two have lost their Englishness, adopting their own customs to suit the new way of life and environment. Above and beyond the main characters, the book is full of quirky characters with interesting stories of their own. I like the author’s writing – very clear, straight-forward and naturalistic but somehow manages to have a dreamy quality about it. For what it’s worth, I noticed also that Rosina (author Sara Donati) who has posted here before gave this book a five star review on Good Reads. I bought a used paperback, and noticed (after I bought the used copy, of course) that a Kindle version of this comes out November 22nd.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu November 17th, 2011, 2:47 pm

I'm reading Island of the Swans by Ciji Ware.

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Post by Texas » Thu November 17th, 2011, 6:33 pm

Berengaria, I just have to comment on that baby picture: beautiful, beautiful baby, and beautiful name. As a college teacher, I always tell my students to put the tiny ones on their knee and start reading to them from birth. In fact, Maya Angelou recommends reading to the child in the womb!

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Post by SGM » Thu November 17th, 2011, 6:41 pm

[quote=""SCW""]The Gunpowder Plot by Antonia Fraser. Non fiction account of the plot to blow up the houses of parliament in 1605.
Can anyone recommend any novels set in Elizabeth England relating to the persecution of Catholics![/quote]

I am not always a huge fan of AF but these ones I found OK. As far as modern fiction is concerned many writers tend to skirt the issue of religious strife. The first James Forrester novel has a Catholic main protagonist etc etc. I can give you the names of some older ones which tell their tale either from the Protestant/Puritan POV or the Catholic.

As far as the non-fiction is concerned have you tried Mark Nicholl's Investigating the Gunpowder Plot and as always when dealing with that period S R Gardiner What the Gunpowder Plot was which happens, of course, to be free. I have read several others on the subject I can't come up with the exact details off the top of my head.

I started reading Mark Nicholl to fill me in with the details of English/Scots relations during the period covered by the Lymond Chronicles and it just so happened I already had the later volumes in that series to it worked out nicely. I found him to be a worthwhile read.
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Post by annis » Thu November 17th, 2011, 7:23 pm

Posted by SCW
Can anyone recommend any novels set in Elizabeth England relating to the persecution of Catholics!
As SGM says, there have been quite a few authors recently dealing with Walsingham and the underground war on Catholics in historical fiction, amongst them Rory Clements, S.J. Parris, C.W. Gortner and James Forrester.

Amongst older novels, Patricia Finney's Elizabethan trilogy starting with Firedrake's Eye and Anthony Burgess' Dead Man in Deptford come to mind.

Christie Dickason's Firemaster's Mistress and Martin Stephen's Desperate Remedy cover the Gunpowder Plot itself.
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