Class, Revolts; Continent: Europe

Summer of Blood: England’s First Revolution by Dan Jones Epic part of British history…and incidentally the best-ever argument for a boy needing a male role model 238 pages (211 pages, counting the epilogue but excluding Notes, which might be worth a look) In the summer of 1381, England faced its first rebellion (no, fellow Americans, […]

Wealth and Society; Continent: Europe, North America

How to Marry an English Lord: Tales of Wealth and Marriage, Sex and Snobbery by Gail MacColl and Carol McD. Wallace Something to consider in case you need a new game plan for next Valentine’s Day 403 pages (320 pages of content until Register of American Heiresses, Index, etc.) As a Downton Abbey fan, I […]

Exploration,Colonization; Region: Pacific Rim

Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before by Tony Horwitz A thoughtful consideration of the impact Cook’s travels had on each of the cultures he visited as well as the one from which he hailed…along with a good chuckle in parts 500 pages (440 pages to Selected Bibliography) Back when I needed […]

Climate, Medieval; Continent: Europe

The Third Horseman: A Story of Weather, War and the Famine History Forgot by William Rosen This book’s mission isn’t necessarily to preach at you about climate change, although it would be the elephant in the room if the idea of climate change didn’t pop up in the epilogue. 302 pages (259 pages with the […]

Social Class, British History; Continent: Europe

Servants: A Downstairs History of Britain from the Nineteenth Century to Modern Times by Lucy Lethbridge Entertaining book in its own right has the added bonus of helping you figure out who does what in “Downton Abbey” 401 pages (Notes, etc. begin on page 326) This book attracted me because its title suggests a focus […]

Book 7; Continent: Europe

The Secret Rooms by Catherine Bailey Nonfiction to cure the hangover from your “Downton Abbey” Netflix-binge 465 pages (427 excluding the notes and the index, but including the worthwhile epilogue) Historian Catherine Bailey arrived at Belvoir Castle to research a book about World War I using the late Duke of Rutland’s exceptional library and collected […]

Book 4; Continent: Europe

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: The Shocking Murder and Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summersdale 372 pages (302 pages excluding Afterward, Postscript and Notes) A little insight into the classic mystery genre for your next dark and stormy night The Victorian-era mystery novel: a shocking murder, a household of secretive suspects, an […]