History

Marshal Monday: Jean-Baptiste Jourdan

It’s all been a little tumbleweedy on here recently! Since I found out I was pregnant I’ve been so preoccupied that I’ve not read nearly as much as I usually would by autumn. I can’t help it; I’ve been so preoccupied with excitement. I do have seven books that I’ve finished and need to review though so hopefully this is the start of my blogging motivation returning.

Something I’ve been doing much more of since the spring is posting on Instagram and Twitter about Napoleonic history; I connected with a few historical experts in the period on those platforms earlier on in the period and it’s been a lovely community to be part of.

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Book Review, History

Women’s History Month Book Review: Josephine by Kate Williams

As you can probably tell from previous posts on this blog, I have a tremendous interest *cough*obsession*cough* in the life of Napoleon Bonaparte. My bookshelves are packed full of biographies, studies of his campaigns and historical fiction set in the period in which he changed the face of Europe forever.

However, March is Women’s History Month and so this week I’ve been reading about his wife instead, in a fascinating biography by Professor Kate Williams. It made an interesting follower to last week’s biography of Marie Antoinette; containing as it did so many contrasts, similarities and parallels.

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Book Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: Master & Commander by Patrick O’Brian

Master & Commander has been the first of my 2018 books to be a reread rather than a first-time read. I can’t recall when I first read the novel, though I know it was before I left home for uni, but I do think I was a bit too young to really appreciate some of the nuance in it.

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Book Review, History

Book Review: Napoleon the Great by Andrew Roberts

This one took me a while; standing at over 800 pages of meticulously researched biography, it’s not the sort of thing you can just pick for a little light reading. Requiring full alertness to be properly enjoyed, I had to keep putting it down when work became mentally draining. As such, it took me months to work through, but my goodness, it was worth it!

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Book Review, general, History

Historical Fiction – My Top Recommendations

Historical fiction is one of my go-to genres and makes up an enormous amount of my book collection. Indeed, when I offered to loan some books to a colleague earlier this year and discussed her preferences, I realised that I could probably count on one hand the books I own set after 1950 (and if I were to discount Agatha Christie, 1900 would be a more accurate benchmark).

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