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The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones
The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones
by Thomas Asbridge
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Knights and gallantry, 9 Nov. 2015
Not only the story of an ordinary man, but a knight in the middle ages. The book is full of historical content and places a context to the period. William Marshall's life is full of seemingly endless action right up to old age. The author has thread the life of William Marshall into the way of life in the period. He has built a picture of the daily life of a knight, of jousting and tournaments. Great book, easy to read and one I would recommend.


The Pagan Lord (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 7) (Warrior Chronicles 7)
The Pagan Lord (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 7) (Warrior Chronicles 7)
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Ruthless past, 9 Nov. 2015
Bernard Cornwall has a style of writing that takes the reader along with an easy and measured pace. One can really imagine being there at the time and imagine life in those times. Quite a feat, but hard to know if the imagination is truly aligned with reality so many centuries past. I'm only left wondering why I started the series at book 7, rather than book 1, but this was a chance purchase. Now I struggle to know whether to go to book 8 next or perhaps book 6, or should I start at book 1?


Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I
Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I
by Charles Spencer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The cost of a head, 8 Nov. 2015
I really enjoyed this book. Easy to read and packed full of interesting facts. It's not every day that a monarch is executed, so this has quite some significance in English history. The main protagonists are teased out and then following the 'Restoration', they are rounded up and mercilessly dispatched - regal retribution.


Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan
Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan
by William Dalrymple
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.84

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic work, 7 Nov. 2015
Another great contribution by Dalrymple. Very readable and easy flowing. This is an important period of history, but less well know owing to the curriculum at schools. British meddling comes to grief - a shame people aren't more aware of our history or take note of the possible consequences.


Hanging on: A Life Inside British Climbing's Golden Age
Hanging on: A Life Inside British Climbing's Golden Age
by Martin Boysen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

5.0 out of 5 stars That's the way it was, 7 Nov. 2015
The name Martin Boysen may not be familiar to all, but it certainly crops up time and again in some of the great mountaineering accounts. This book puts plenty of colour to the image. Well written and at times self deprecating, the reader really gets a flavour of an important and pioneering time in mountaineering development.


Suunto Vector Elastomer Watch Strap - Black
Suunto Vector Elastomer Watch Strap - Black
Price: £15.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Just in time, 7 Nov. 2015
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Perfect. A little bit fiddly to fit, but a nice comfortable rubber strap, brings a great watch back into use.


25mm Watch Strap Pins Spring Bars (Pack of 4)
25mm Watch Strap Pins Spring Bars (Pack of 4)
Offered by Beautiful Jewellery Company Ltd
Price: £2.65

2.0 out of 5 stars Try again, 7 Nov. 2015
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Turned out to be the wrong size. My mistake


On a Grander Scale: The Outstanding Career of Sir Christopher Wren
On a Grander Scale: The Outstanding Career of Sir Christopher Wren
by Lisa Jardine
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars In the pantheon of greats, 20 Oct. 2015
Wren lived in an important period of English history. The reformation has been well, and extensively, written about. Charles I to Charles II, fire of London and so on. Wren's life stretched across this entire period and the book not only teases out the story of this famous person in architecture, but also expresses clearly Wren's place in history. Not just architecture, but also astronomy as well as other areas of science. He was one of the founding members of the Royal Society and his life crossed paths with other leading players in the advance of science. A most enjoyable read, clearly relates what Wren achieved, but is a little bit bland when it comes to relating lifestyle.


Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress
Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress
by Morris James
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Empire, 20 Oct. 2015
Fascinating fascinating fascinating. This book relates to an important period in Britain's history. Well written and engaging, the author takes the reader through the period included in this first part of the Pax Britannica trilogy. I'm looking forward to starting the next installment.


Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom
Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom
by Tom Holland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

4.0 out of 5 stars A thousand years ago, 18 Oct. 2015
I bought this book to take on holiday. Although I found the writing style difficult at times, the content was truly fascinating. I can only begin to imagine the amount of research necessary to put together a book like this.


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