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Princess Nest of Wales: Seductress of the English by Kari Maund
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a very interesting survey of the period of transition from native Welsh kingship in S.W. Wales to the Norman lordship of the early twelfth century, and Nest is a useful vehicle for this study. The author specialises in eleventh century Welsh history, so the outline of the Welsh political situation and social organization is by far the best part of the book; as a biography though it is unfortunately sadly wanting. There is little information on the life of Nest, other than the account left by her grandson Gerald de Barri. As a result Maund has needed to devote most of the text to an account of her father's career, and that of the Norman conquerors of the Pembroke region, the de… Read more
Young Winston: Special Edition [1972] <b>DVD</b> ~ Simon Ward
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I first watched this film in my early teens on TV and was captivated by the life Winston led. I had always had a deep respect for him, but only thought of him as an old, though great, man. My father had read all his works and had always told me some of his daring exploits as a young officer, most notably his capture and escape during the Boar War. But it was this film that opened my eyes to the sheer greatness of the times he grew up and lived through. From the titans of late Victorian statesmanship - Salisbury, Rosebery, Joe Chamberlain, his own father; so the list of great names goes on. The magnitude and greatness of the Empire too, the scale of the achievement and glory of it. In short… Read more
Bloody Mary's Martyrs: The Story of England's Terr&hellip by Jasper Ridley
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of horror., 6 May 2010
This book catalogues the last gasp of the old Roman faith, and its barbarism in regaining and retaining power; together with Mary's use terror and intimidation to suppress her own subjects who clung to the reformed faith. There had been no persecution of Roman Catholics under Edward VI, yet that was not the case when the opposing forces of Rome were in power. The dreadful treatment of ordinary men and women who were denounced to the state is pitiful - from women turned in by their husbands, to new born babies thrown into the flames. The treatment of some of the reformed bishops was appalling; particularly the unyielding malice for the 60 year old Cranmer; who, even after he had recanted due… Read more

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