Lizzie Boleyn

Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (134 of 156)
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The Arab Uprisings: The People Want the Fall of th&hellip by Jeremy Bowen
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The descriptions of events as witnessed by the author in Egypt, Libya and Syria are fascinating but it's the background, particularly with regard to the ongoing tragedy in Syria, that I found most valuable. The uprisings are set clearly in their wider political context and events on the ground brought vividly to life.

An excellent read.
The Other Tudors: Henry VIII's Mistresses and Bast&hellip by Philippa Jones
58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
Well paced and strongly argued, but silly mistakes really spoiled my enjoyment of this one. For instance, Marie de Guise is described as a daughter of the French King - no, she was daughter of the Duc de Guise, widow of another French duke when Henry VIII showed an interest.

Also, we are informed that after Anne Boleyn's execution, in 1543, her uncle decided to bolster his family's influence by allying with the Seymour clan. As Anne died in 1536, and Henry had passed through 3 more wives by 1543, the statement is confusing to say the least!

Philippa Jones has written an enjoyable account of Henrician gossip, but in the end I was as much frustrated as entertained
The Life of Senna by Tom Rubython
The Life of Senna by Tom Rubython
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Had I read reviews here before buying, I might have been prepared. This book began as a series of articles about the great man, and it shows; facts (or suppositions) and quotes are repeated; short chapters succeed each other (particularly in relation to Formula Three/ Senna and Brundle) which might have been merged for an easier read. It's not that the book lacks detail or interest, just that it is so poorly pieced together.

Also, I felt there was too much focus on the fatal accident; too much on the trial. I wanted to read about the great races, the endless controveries, not the horrible end which I remember all too well.

Not the greatest tribute to the greatest… Read more