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Magna Carta: The Making and Legacy of the Great Charter
Magna Carta: The Making and Legacy of the Great Charter
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating how magna carta has evolved from an ultimatum from ..., 17 Nov. 2015
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Fascinating how magna carta has evolved from an ultimatum from disgruntled land magnates to King John - no doubt some of the land magnates didn't apply the same principles to their own underlings for hundreds of years - to a byword for some universal democratic rights.


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
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5.0 out of 5 stars a knight who served 5 kings - often at great risk to himself - and, 2 Nov. 2015
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This would make a remarkable film or series .. a knight who served 5 kings - often at great risk to himself - and, as the history has it, was instrumental in writing and bringing into being the true essence of Magna Carta. William Marshal lived a real life Game of Thrones.


Killing Pablo: The True Story Behind the Hit Series 'Narcos'
Killing Pablo: The True Story Behind the Hit Series 'Narcos'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stranger and more thrilling than fiction, 27 Oct. 2015
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Stranger than fiction, more dramatic than fiction, unbelievable that an individual could amass so much power and if you've ever wondered how democracies can be undone from within (or never really get going in the first place) then Pablo's story gives a vivid insight. Like many notorious criminals he was a robin hood type character to many apart from to his many real victims whose lives he destroyed.


Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble
Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and harrowing story of Hitler's last big gamble ..., 3 Sept. 2015
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Well written and harrowing story of Hitler's last big gamble in the West. We owe a lot of thanks to all the allied troops involved.


Wolsey: The Life of King Henry VIII's Cardinal
Wolsey: The Life of King Henry VIII's Cardinal
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1 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Oct. 2014
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Very interesting biography.


1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII
1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, 18 Mar. 2014
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How did someone thought of as a pretty fair king for many years turn into cruel King Henry? This book provides a lot of answers as to events as well as Henry's underlying personality traits that may have been dormant for many years. A fascinating look into a bygone era and court that is still pretty terrifying even through the safe telescope of history.


Caligula
Caligula
by Douglas Jackson
Edition: Paperback

42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read, 20 July 2008
This review is from: Caligula (Paperback)
In the tradition of Gladiator and the mini-series Rome, I found Douglas Jackson's Caligula took me back to the ancient days of Rome with style so that I could almost breathe the heady air of the times and the Gladiator arena. Thrown into the mix is one Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, aka Caligula, who manages to make Hannibal Lecter look like a petty criminal underachiever. It is into Caligula's court that Rufus enters, trainer of the Emperor's Elephant, and Cupido, Rome's greatest gladiator, as the two become embroiled in a plot to assassinate the Emperor. I found that Caligula took me right away into Ancient Rome for the whole book and it was a fantastic read being transported there. I'm really looking forward to whatever comes next from Rome and Douglas Jackson's pen (or quill!).


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