Book Review: The Plantagenets by Dan Jones

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I can’t say enough good things about The Plantagenets. As a junior scholar of the time period, I’m always looking for new and fresh perspectives to add to the tried and true names. Dan Jones is quickly establishing himself among those tight-knit ranks, and he’s done so by taking history and making it compellingly told without taking away from the salient details. He presents a mostly unbiased perspective, allowing the reader to take in the facts and form their own opinions. And though it was written as non-fiction, the narrative is strong enough, and so well-written, that you forget you’re not reading fiction. Read well into the night over several nights. Jones has quickly been added to my list of authors I’ll buy from no matter what he’s writing about. 5 stars.

Pick up a copy here.

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Sarah’s “Sorry, I Can’t Die Until I Go There” Travel Bucket List

Edited to add: Since the original publication of this article, I’ve knocked the Tudor/Plantagenet item off my list. Was every bit as amazing as I expected!

I love to travel. I’ve been very, very fortunate in the travel experiences I have had so far. If for some reason I could never travel again, I would have so many amazing memories, that I could almost be okay with that. Almost.

Of course, there are still many experiences I still want to have, many other places on “the list” that I still want to see. My friends, this list is long. In fact, it would be much easier and quicker to list the places that I don’t want to see, although even those would come with an asterisk. For example, a holy pilgrimage across the Middle East would be in my Top 5 if it were a safer place to travel. I’d also like to travel to the Congo and pick up my conflict diamonds in person someday (okay, maybe I am kidding on that one).

Having said that, in an always ongoing effort to prioritize, I’ve created my “holy grail” Top 5 Can’t-Die-Before-I-Take-These-Trips List. Continue reading