Tag Archives: English history

Tony Lee, Sam Hart, Artur Fujita: Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood

Anyone who has seen any of the film versions of the Robin Hood legend has a good take on the story as presented by Tony Lee in Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood, although Lee has given us a prelude, … Continue reading

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John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera

The Beggar’s Opera, or at least the edition I recieved for review, and I, have an unusual history. Ever since I received this book in the mail, one thing after another manifested to distract me from my mission. Every time … Continue reading

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Nina Shandler’s The Strange Case of Hellish Nell: The Story of Helen Duncan and the Witch Trial of World War II

Liz Milner wrote this review. The Strange Case of Hellish Nell is a fascinating true-life tale of the supernatural. Even Nina Shandler’s hackneyed prose cannot diminish my enthusiasm for this story. In 1944, when the Blitz was at its height, a … Continue reading

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Steven Brust and Emma Bull’s Freedom & Necessity

Let’s face it, much modern fantasy is duller than dirt these days. That’s not a reflection on the technical level of the work (which, in many cases, is higher than it has ever been) but rather a sad commentary on … Continue reading

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W. R. J. Barron, editor: The Arthur of the English: The Arthurian Legend and Medieval English Life and Literature

Originally published in 1999, The Arthur of the English is the second volume in a series of scholarly anthologies centered on the Arthurian literature of the Middle Ages. The series as a whole is a cooperative effort of the University … Continue reading

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Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up The Bodies

Bring Up the Bodies is the second installment in Hilary Mantel’s novelization of the life of Thomas Cromwell. It follows on the heels of the masterful and award-winning Wolf Hall from 2010, one of my favorite books of the past … Continue reading

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James Goldman’s The Lion In Winter

Don’t go looking to The Lion in Winter for history. Nothing actually happens during the course of the play — no wars are started or ended, no murders take place and no crowns tumble. Yet all these things almost happen, time and … Continue reading

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Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall

As an American, my knowledge about Henry VIII of England comes from Shakespeare, plus what little American schools teach in history classes. He wanted to divorce his wife, the Pope said no, so he split with Rome and created the … Continue reading

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