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  1. Black Cherry Blues by James Lee Burke
    Explainers, The Complete Village Voice Strips (1956-1966)
    by Jules Feiffer
    The Age of Federalism by Stanley Elkins and Eric McKitrick
    (not all at once)
    I learned about this site through BrainFlakes on LibraryThing. I have a membership under the name wildbill. Now that I know where you are I will be back to see you again.

  2. Currently reading:
    – Douglas: “William the Conqueror”
    – E. Rice: “Sir Richard Burton, a biography”

  3. Hi Steven,

    It’s a very detailed (maybe too detailed for casual reading) but it brings the complete picture of Normandy and the 1066 Hastings battle and beyond. The author has done his homework but you might skip some passages when he gets into every small and detailed alliance of the different parties. But stil very well written.

    BTW, I just started “A nervous splendour. Vienna 1888/1889”, by Frederic Morton. That is history with flair, atmosphere, impressions and personal anecdotes. Vienna at the time of Rudolf II, Mayerling, Freud, Klimt,…

    Keep in touch.

    Bart

  4. Bart, I’ll have to check out that book on William the Conqueror. That period in English history is one of my favorites to study. Have you read 1066: The Year of the Conquest by David Howarth? I picked it up and read bits of it in a bookstore one day. It seemed well written. Got 4.5 stars on Amazon.

  5. Steven, no I haven’t read that one. I’ll have a look on Amazon. Do you have any tips on books about the crusades, especially the first crusade and Peter the Hermit? I’m also interested in historical fiction set in the same period (crusaders), but the good historical correct fiction. 🙂
    Have a nice weekend.

  6. Bart, I don’t have any books in my library specifically dedicated to the Crusades. For some reason, I never got into studying the Crusades in detail. Some popular recommendations from others I know include The First Crusade: A New History: The Roots of Conflict between Christianity and Islam, Chronicles of the Crusades, , and The History of the Crusades by Steve Runciman. I do have a good documentary from the History Channel on the Crusdaes called Crescent and the Cross. Hope that helps!

  7. I have and have read both books. The one by Asbridge (First crusade) is very good, detailed and very readable. It is probably the most up to date history of the first crusade. Runciman is a classic in crusade studies, maybe a bit outdated and to heavy on the Byzantine side, but still indispensable. It reads very easily, with interesting details.

  8. Steven, would you have any information or tips on biblio mysteries (preferably set in the Middle ages), the name of the Rose kind of stuff. Books, monastries, ..; All the best.

  9. Bart, The Name of the Rose is the only medieval mystery-type novel I can think of that I’ve read. I really enjoyed that one. You might check out HistoricalNovels.Info for a list of novels set in the medieval period. The link provided should go directly to a section on medieval mysteries set during the Crusades. I know Michael Jecks writes a lot of these types of novels, but I’ve never read any of his stuff.

  10. Steven, I’ve noticed the ‘De Re Militari’ site on you resources list. I have been ‘plundering’ thiqs site for the fantastic amount of scholarly articles they publish. Do you know of any other site, that actually, publishes the complete articles?

  11. Bart, the sites I have listed are the best ones I could find. I’m always saving new sites I find in my del.icio.us account, so if I run across any others that are as good as De Re Militari, I’ll let you know. That is a very good site.

  12. I just finished Ironfire (for the 2nd time! Didn’t realize I had read it before). Next on my list is World Without End and Empire of the Sand.

  13. Hi, Steven and Ben. I’ve read Ironfire and Empire in the sand (both by D. Ball). Ironfire has been published as apaperback under another title (The sword and the scimitar). I liked them both, maybe a bit too long, but a good historical read. The author has done a lot of research.

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