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annis
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Post by annis » Thu October 23rd, 2008, 1:35 am

Keny. just happened upon an old book, reprinted in 2003, about the rule of Charles XII of Sweden (Eng. translation from th original Swedish)

"The Charles Men", by Verner von Heidenstam
http://www.amazon.com/Charles-Men-Verne ... 1410204766

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Post by Kveto from Prague » Fri October 24th, 2008, 6:54 pm

cheers, annis. ive been interested in him ever since i read an old biography of peter the great. the two of them were about as close to the idea of arch-rivals as you can get.

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Post by annis » Sun October 26th, 2008, 12:18 am

Keny, I discovered a wonderful sounding set of novels by Estonian author Karl Ristikivi- only problem, they're in Estonian! What a shame they have never been translated into English-- not that I can see, anyway.

http://www.lituanus.org/1970/70_2_03.htm

What caught my eye was the fact that the third book in the series , "Riders of Death" is about Roger de Flor and the Grand Catalan Company. I'd love to read "Burning Banner", the one about Conradin, last Duke of Swabia as well.
Maybe one day we'll see them in English.
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Rowan
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Post by Rowan » Thu October 30th, 2008, 4:28 pm

I'd like to see some HF on Cartimandua. I ordered a book today about her from Amazon, but I have a sneaking suspicion it's non-fiction.

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Post by Carla » Thu October 30th, 2008, 4:39 pm

[quote=""Rowan""]I'd like to see some HF on Cartimandua. I ordered a book today about her from Amazon, but I have a sneaking suspicion it's non-fiction.[/quote]
Ha! If I ever write anything in Roman-invasion-era Britain, I'll do Cartimandua. She must have been quite a lady, but she tends to get a bad press in novels about Boudica.
What's the book you've ordered?
PATHS OF EXILE - love, war, honour and betrayal in Anglo-Saxon Northumbria
Editor's Choice, Historical Novels Review, August 2009
Now available as e-book on Amazon Kindleand in Kindle, Epub (Nook, Sony Reader), Palm and other formats on Smashwords
Website: http://www.carlanayland.org
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Rowan
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Post by Rowan » Thu October 30th, 2008, 4:40 pm


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Post by Carla » Thu October 30th, 2008, 4:44 pm

Yes, I agree that's non-fiction. Though Cartimandua's life strikes me as one of those where a straight historical biography could be as exciting as many a novel. Let me know what it's like.
PATHS OF EXILE - love, war, honour and betrayal in Anglo-Saxon Northumbria
Editor's Choice, Historical Novels Review, August 2009
Now available as e-book on Amazon Kindleand in Kindle, Epub (Nook, Sony Reader), Palm and other formats on Smashwords
Website: http://www.carlanayland.org
Blog: http://carlanayland.blogspot.com

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Post by Ludmilla » Sat November 22nd, 2008, 9:12 pm

A lot has been written about Augustus and the Roman Empire, but I think mainly from a male perspective. After finally finishing I, Claudius, I think a novel from Livia's point of view would make an excellent and refreshingly different kind of story.

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Sat November 22nd, 2008, 11:23 pm

[quote=""Ludmilla""]A lot has been written about Augustus and the Roman Empire, but I think mainly from a male perspective. After finally finishing I, Claudius, I think a novel from Livia's point of view would make an excellent and refreshingly different kind of story.[/quote]

That sounds a great idea. I know there has been at least one biography of Livia but no novel that I know of.

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Post by Helen_Davis » Sun November 23rd, 2008, 2:08 am

Philippa of Hainault and Joan of Navarre.

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