Mrs. D. J. Smith

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The Princes in the Tower: Did Richard III Murder H&hellip by Josephine Wilkinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Biographical Interlude, 13 April 2014
Wilkinson admits that in writing the second part of her biography of Richard III, she became too bogged down with the whole 'princes in the tower' enigma and so chose to pull some of her thoughts together in this book.

Each chapter looks at a different suspect of aspect of the mystery. I've given only three stars not because there was anything particularly wrong with what was written, I think I just expected that Wilkinson had uncovered something new or had a stunning new theory to present! The downside with reading non-fiction books on the Kindle can be that you get to about 75% in and it suddenly ends with the rest of the book being footnotes, bibliography etc.

It… Read more
The Third Plantagenet: George, Duke of Clarence, R&hellip by John Ashdown-Hill
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
John Ashdown-Hill really has the ability to write clearly and compellingly. This latest offering takes a look at the middle of the brothers of York, George, Duke of Clarence.

Much less well known than his more famous brothers, Edward IV and Richard III, nonetheless, Clarence and his life and death were am important part of the story of this period. His supposed death by drowning in a butt of Malmsey wine is one of those well known 'facts' that might be a mythology all of its own, but Ashdown-Hill provides evidence to suggest that drowning was used as a method of execution in this period and considered kinder than hanging or beheading!

It's not a long book and a good… Read more
Beatrice and Benedick by Marina Fiorato
Beatrice and Benedick by Marina Fiorato
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sigh No More, Ladies....., 12 April 2014
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If ever there was a play with a back story, then Much Ado About Nothing must be it. Here, Marina Fiorato has taken it upon herself to provide such a back story of how Beatrice, Benedick, Hero and Claudio first met.

For those who know their Shakespeare, this is a very intertextual book - this relates to the author's end note, which I shan't spoil for you now, but it's not hard to see bits certainly of Othello and Romeo & Juliet creeping into the story.

I found the story rather darker than I expected. Despite the misunderstandings in Much Ado, it is a light, bright story in the main - well, it is supposed to be a comedy! For me, not all of Fiorato's back story sat… Read more

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