Book Review: My Half of the Sky by Jana Mc Burney-Lin

  China at the turn of the twenty-first century is a rapidly evolving society. The older people had lived through violent revolution, a period of starvation in the early 1960s and the chaotic and violent cultural revolution of the late sixties and early seventies. Jana McBurney-Lin’s heroine, Li Hui experienced none of that. Born in [...]

Book Review: A Tainted Dawn by Barbara Peacock

At the beginning of the first chapter of her book, A Tainted Dawn, Barbara Peacock quotes Wordsworth: “Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive. But to be young was very heaven!” The final quarter of the 18th century was time of immense change and progress in western civilization. There were two momentous political [...]

The Romans and the Celts: Part One. The Battle of Allia

Brennus and Camillus

The Celts, whom the Greeks called Keltoi or Galatae, and the Romans called Celti or Galli were widespread in Europe during the time of the rise of the Roman empire. The Romans called what is now France Gallia, but the Gaelic speaking people also inhabited  the British Isles, Northern Italy, parts of central and eastern [...]

Book Review: The Master of Verona by David Blixt

David Blixt is a Shakespearian actor, playwright and author. I have never seen any of his plays, but if his novel, The Master of Verona, is any indication of his literary abilities, I would wager that his plays give the Bard of Avon a run for his money. The Lord of Verona is enthralling from [...]