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Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (60 of 67)


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Catherine de Medici: A Biography by Leonie Frieda
An extremely readable and enjoyable biography. A very plausible picture is given of a woman of great strength who endured many difficulties, such as her husband having a permanent and much loved mistress and also the problem of always being a non-royal foreigner in France. There was the early death of her husband and her role as regent for sons of very dubious character quality. This is all related sympathetically. There may be some things we will never know about her, but this book certainly gives a very lively account. There are occasional instances of clumsiness in English usage.
Mind Calm: The Modern-Day Meditation Technique tha&hellip by Sandy Newbigging
There are so many books on meditation yet here is one that brings new light on the subject and is a joy to read and mull over. The techniques are given with love and understanding of the meditator who can't manage to empty the mind. In fact the good news is that such a person need not empty the mind, but manage to meditate anyway. Beautifully written.
The Rise and Fall of Renaissance France by R. J. Knecht
An incredibly informative account with a vast amount of detail and also references to other scholars. Writing style is clear and precise. However it makes heavy reading because it is so pedantic and plodding. Everything has equal value - from the smallest detail of fiscal reform to the dramatic death of Henri II, so there are no literary highs and lows. Every treaty signed is reported in smallest detail. It is therefore a book for the researcher or scholar but not attention-holding for the informed lay reader.