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September 2013

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Mailbox Monday (30.9)

Mailbox Monday was created by The Printed Page. Mailbox Monday is currently on tour, hosted by a different blog each month. Today’s Linky will be hosted by Bob of Beauty in Ruins.

Women in the Middle Ages by Frances Gies, Joseph Gies (book mooch)

Women in the middle ages corrects the omissions of traditional history by focusing on the lives, expectations, and accomplishment of medieval women. The Gieses’ lively text, illuminated by illustrions from medieval manuscripts, art and architecture, depicts the Middle Ages as a vibrant time in which women were powerful agents of change.

The first part of the book gives the historical and cultural background for the lives of the women discussed. The author offer a succinct but penetrating review of the religious, scientific, and philosophical attitude that defined women’s place in the medieval world.

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Like Chaff in the Wind by Anna Belfrage

Like Chaff in the Wind (The Graham Saga 2) by Anna Belfrage

Matthew Graham committed the mistake of his life when he cut off his brother’s nose. In revenge, Luke Graham has Matthew abducted and transported to the colony of Virginia to be sold as indentured labour.

Matthew arrives in Virginia in May 1661 and any hope he had of finding someone willing to listen to his story of unlawful abduction is quickly extinguished. If anything, Matthew’s insistence that he is an innocent man leads him to being singled out for the heaviest tasks. Insufficient food, gruelling days and the humid heat combine to wear him down. With a sinking feeling, he realises no one has ever survived their seven years of service on the plantation Suffolk Rose.

Fortunately for Matthew, he has a remarkable wife. Alex Graham has no intention of letting her husband suffer and die. So she sets off from Scotland on a perilous journey to bring her husband home.

Alex is plagued by nightmares in which Matthew is reduced to a wheezing wreck by his tormentors. Sailing to Virginia, she prays for a miracle to carry her swiftly to his side. But fate has other plans, and what should have been a two month crossing turns into a year long adventure – from one side of the Atlantic to the other.

Will Alex find Matthew in time? Will she be able to pay the price of setting him free? (publisher)

Alex Graham is settling in into the 17th century life with her husband Matthew. Their lives are shattered when Matthew is abducted by the orders of Mathew’s brother and sent to Virginia. Alex is determined to find her husband but it proves to be more difficult than she expected.

It was nice to see how well Alex has settled in into the 17th century and how she reacted to some situations with modern time mind. But I thought it was kind of weird that the people didn’t react more strongly when she acted “unwomanly” and had too modern view of things. Also, she tells Matthew quite freely about things that will happen in the future which I find weird.

Both Alex and Matthew are still likeable and while it was interesting to see them apart and how determined Alex was to save him, I like when they’re together more. And I hope we’ll see Mrs. Gordon again! She was a great character and I liked the relationship that grew between her and Alex. I don’t know how to feel about Alex’s feelings towards Isaac though. I get that he was result from a rape but I still feel it overly harsh that she doesn’t feel anything for the child itself.

It was great to see more about the people Alex left behind in the future and especially her father Magnus. But I wonder if we will see Mercedes at some point? Because if I remember correctly she’s not dead.

3,5/5

Published: Matador (2012)
Format: ebook
Pages: 392
Source: author

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Mailbox Monday (9.9)

Mailbox Monday was created by The Printed Page. Mailbox Monday is currently on tour, hosted by a different blog each month. Today’s Linky will be hosted by Notorious Spinks Talks.

The Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst (bookmooch)

On a cool October evening in 1937, German engineer and secret agent Herr Edvard Uhl arrives at Warsaw railway station. He suppresses a chill of fear. Tonight, he will be with his mistress; but tomorrow, he will be at a workers’ bar where he will meet with a French military attaché. Information will be exchanged for money.

War is coming to Europe. And although bombs and bullets have yet to fly, French and German operatives are already caught in a deadly espionage battle. In war and subterfuge, no spy can help being drawn into the murky world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue. in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of Warsaw.

Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine (purchased)

In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans have learnt to live in relative peace. Still, Claire Danvers knows that after dark, her homework can take a backseat to staying alive. But this tenuous harmony is turned on its head with the arrival of Mr Bishop.

Bad to the bone, the ancient old-school vampire cares nothing about keeping the peace; staying at the top of the food chain is enough. What he wants from the town’s living and dead is unthinkably sinister. It’s only at a formal ball attended by vampires and their human dates that Claire realises Bishop’s plan—and the elaborately evil trap he’s set for the warm-blooded souls of Morganville…

Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine (purchased)

In the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans coexist in (relatively) bloodless harmony. Then comes Bishop, a master vampire who threatens to abolish all order, revive the forces of the evil dead, and let chaos rule. But Bishop isn’t the only threat.

Violent black clouds promise a storm of devastating proportions. As student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to defend Morganville against the elements—both natural and unnatural—the unexpected happens: Morganville’s vampires begin to vanish one by one. Discovering why leads Claire to one last choice: swear allegiance to Bishop… or die.

Women in Ancient Egypt by Barbara Watterson (purchased)

Women in Ancient Egypt is a detailed and fascinating study of the often overlooked contributions made by women of all classes to the political and social history of pharaonic Egypt, c. 3100 B.C. to 30 B.C. Using evidence gleaned from written records, monuments, sculpture, tomb-paintings and material found in tombs, including objects and human remains, the author has been able to build up an intriguing picture of the lives led by ancient Egyptian women throughout the pharaonic period. The types of occupations and careers open to women are described; as are their domestic and personal lives–marriage, health and childbirth; the family; household chores undertaken by women; and their clothing, jewellery and beauty preparations. The women whose lives are fleshed out in these pages are largely the “little people” of history, women who rarely exercised any power outside the home. In contrast, however, the final chapter deals with those women, surprisingly few in number, whose influence on the political affairs of their country was considerable and legendary.

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Mailbox Monday (2.9)

Mailbox Monday was created by The Printed Page. Mailbox Monday is currently on tour, hosted by a different blog each month. Today’s Linky will be hosted by Notorious Spinks Talks.

A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters (book mooch)
In the remote Welsh mountain village of Gwytherin lies the grave of Saint Winifred. Now, in 1137, the ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey has decided to acquire the sacred remains for his Benedictine order. Native Welshman Brother Cadfael is sent on the expedition to translate and finds the rustic villagers of Gwytherin passionately divided by the Benedictine’s offer for the saint’s relics. Canny, wise, and all too wordly, he isn’t surprised when this taste for bones leads to bloody murder.

The leading opponent to moving the grave has been shot dead with a mysterious arrow, and some say Winifred herself held the bow. Brother Cadfael knows a carnal hand did the killing. But he doesn’t know that his plan to unearth a murderer may dig up a case of love and justice…where the wages of sin may be scandal or Cadfael’s own ruin.

The Flaming Sword by Christian Jacq (bought)

In the north, the barbaric Hyksos still rule with unimaginable brutality. Queen Ahhotep, meanwhile, has recaptured much of the south — but at a terrible price: her husband has been killed in combat and her elder son, Kames, was mysteriously poisoned. Ahhotep refuses to be crowned pharaoh and prepares her second son, young Amose, to take power instead. Thanks to her, the Egyptians are now ready for the final battle. They lay siege to Avaris, the Hyksos capital — and once the city is taken, nothing can stop them. After 100 years of occupation and thousands of violent deaths, it looks as though the Egyptian empire may at last rise from the ashes.

Bosworth 1485: Psychology of a Battle by Michael K. Jones (bought)

The battle of Bosworth marked an epoch in the lives of two great houses—the house of York fell to the ground when Richard III died on the field of battle; and the house of Tudor rose from the massacre to reign for the next hundred years. Michael Jones rewrites this landmark event in English history with startling evidence to suggest that the site of the battle recognized for over 500 years is wrong. He not only shifts the location of the battle, but shifts our perspective of its heroes and villains and its place in history.

 

Queen Without a Country by Rachel Bard (bought)

As 25 year old Berengaria of Navarre journeys on a ship bound for Sicily, little does she know what adventures and trials lie before her. She must face an indifferent husband, a domineering mother-in-law and the turbulent political climate of twelfth-century Europe. Will she find happiness amid such tribulations?

 

 

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs (bookmooch)

Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.

 

Harlequin by Bernard Cornwell (bookmooch)

At dawn on Easter morning 1343, a marauding band of French raiders arrives by boat to ambush the coastal English village of Hookton. To brave young Thomas, the only survivor, the horror of the attack is epitomized in the casual savagery of a particular black-clad knight, whose flag three yellow hawks on a blue field presides over the bloody affair. As the killers sail away, Thomas vows to avenge the murder of his townspeople and to recapture a holy treasure that the black knight stole from the church.

To do this, Thomas of Hookton must first make his way to France; So in 1343 he joins the army of King Edward III as it is about to invade the continent the beginning of the Hundred Years War. A preternaturally gifted bowman, Thomas quickly becomes recognized as one of England’s most deadly archers in King Edward’s march across France. Yet he never stops scanning the horizon for his true enemy’s flag.

When Thomas saves a young Frenchwoman from a bloodthirsty crowd, her father French nobleman Sir Guillaume d’Evecque rewards his bravery by joining him in the hunt for the mysterious dark knight and the stolen holy relic. What begins as a search for vengeance will soon prove the beginning of an even higher purpose: the quest for the Holy Grail itself.