King John, Treachery and Tyranny in Medieval England by Marc Morris

One of my English friends on Face Book says that King John is considered the worst king England ever had. After reading the details of King John’s life and reign in historian Marc Morris’s book, I would have to conclude that that is probably true. If I were to write a continuation of Plutarch’s Parallel [...]

Book Review: The Greatest Knight, by Thomas Asbridge.

My favorite historical fiction author of books about the Plantagenet era in England and France is Sharon Kay Penman. A peripheral character in several of her books is William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke. Marshall was such an intriguing personality that when I learned of Thomas Asbridge’s non-fiction biography of the man, I snapped it up. [...]

Book Review: Here be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman

I’ll always remember the scene in the movie A Man for All Seasons where Sir Thomas Moore, being tried in Henry the Eighth’s Star Chamber, confronts the man who betrayed him. Seeing the man’s medallion which proclaims him Governor of Wales, he remarks “I can understand a man selling his soul to the devil for [...]

Book Review: When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman

When Christ and His Saints Slept, by Sharon Kay Penman, is one of the most magnificent works of historical fiction I’ve ever read. It spans a period of approximately fifty-five years, from the early childhood of King Stephen to the succession of Henry the Second to the throne of England. Penman’s narrative is lively and [...]