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S. Norris "katiemae" (London, England)

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Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution
Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution
by Ruth Scurr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.78

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting insight into the 'incorruptible's' mind., 11 Feb. 2009
There is little information out there on the lives of the leaders of the French revolution and their motivations. The majority of reading material is to do with the Terror, how it all started or the royal family. This book not only delves into Robespierre's life and motivation but also briefly shows you the motivation of his acquaintances Marat & Danton, the other names most associated with the Terror.
Fatal Purity shows you the contradictions in Robespierre's character along with his real belief that he was right and how those around him either had to agree wholeheartedly or stand against him.
Ruth Scurr charts the rise of Robespierre's political ambitions and his change in viewpoint on the use of heath as a weapon and finally shows how he finally failed in his aim and followed his former enemies to the guillotine.
I believe not enough is known about the personalities involved in the French Revolution, especially as they were the people who changed the course of history for an entire country and helped make it into what it is today.
I would definately recommend this book to anyone interested in French or European history (& have already recommended it to my mum)

Isabella and the Strange Death of Edward II
Isabella and the Strange Death of Edward II
by Paul Doherty
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy read, 11 Feb. 2009
While not reading exactly like a novel, this is as easy to read as one. It makes an interesting case against the popular belief that Edward II was murdered by having a poker inserted in his anus, or if he was murdered at all.
It's a book that is definately worth reading if you know very little about the period or Edward IIs reign or are interested in his death. It is a lot less worth reading if you are interested in an account of Isabella's life.
I still found this an interesting book despite the lack of information on a woman who I think may have been unfairly treated by history.

LeapFrog Tag Book: Olivia
LeapFrog Tag Book: Olivia

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another favourite in our house., 11 Feb. 2009
This review is from: LeapFrog Tag Book: Olivia (Toy)
My 4 year old was given this by her grandparents for Christmas. She loves her Tag pen already so any new books are a bonus in our house. She loves the fact that Olivia is quite similar to her in a lot of ways (never wants to go to bed, always on the go and full of attitude!) and the fact that when I plug it in to the computer she gets rewards for playing the games that are in the book.
Now she wants the Disney Princess book to add to the collection and I can only hope that it keeps her as entertained as the Olivia book has. With the way my daughter's collection of books is growing I hope they bring out more books this year especially as I've heard the ones she's got far too many times already!
Strangely this book doesn't just keep my daughter amused but my friends have all had a go with it, it keeps them quiet for ages too!

Lady Jane Grey: Nine Days Queen
Lady Jane Grey: Nine Days Queen
by Alison Plowden
Edition: Paperback

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More about the Tudors than Jane Grey, 24 Dec. 2008
This was an easy read and fairly interesting but gave very little information on Jane Grey.
While you do have to go into her family history to understand something of her life the majority of the book delved into the lives of Edward, Mary and Elizabeth Tudor along with the other Grey girls and their lives after Jane's death.
There is a lack of information available to the historian on Jane Grey's life, understandably as she died so young, but I was expecting to learn something new and I didn't. It pretty much covers what you would learn at school besides a few comparisons between her life and that of Elizabeth's far more auspicious reign and debunking a couple of myth's about Jane's character.
Generally I wouldn't recommend it, you could probably cover what's in the book in a paragraph of succinct writing. A disappointment.

LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table (Green)
LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table (Green)

31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, the kids loved it!, 3 Nov. 2008
Bought this as a present for my cousin's son's christening back at the beginning of the year. An immediate hit with not only the 1 year old being christened but also with his 3 year old sister and cousin, in fact it was a hit with the adults too!
There haven't been any problems with it, and the legs stayed once you put them on it unlike on some of the others that my friends have for their children. All in all good value with the amount of things for the kids to do and for how long it will appeal to them as well as the sturdyness in comparision to other makes.

LeapFrog Tag Reading System (Green)
LeapFrog Tag Reading System (Green)

74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps the kids quiet while they learn!, 5 Sept. 2008
This kept my 4 year old quiet for the entire 2 Ĺ hour journey to my parents last weekend, an absolute feat on it's own. Then you can add to the fact that Tag is teaching her to read too and I'm absolutely thrilled with it. Now she's bugging me to buy her more of the books that go with it.

Strange Allure
Strange Allure
by Susan Lewis
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good light read., 13 Feb. 2001
This review is from: Strange Allure (Hardcover)
Despite the unreal situations that Susan Lewis's characters find themselves in she still manages to make them seem authentic. While you feel in turn sympathy and anger at Carla for her reactions to what is happening to her life you can only feel pity for Chrissie and the way her life turns out and rage at Richard for his amoral attitude to life. A definate light entertainment book and a good read if you want to be taken away from the real world for a while.

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