I got this book based on its reviews and it did not disappoint. I feel as though I walked through time. And I've changed my opinion of Henry. He was complicated and apparently quite romantic, if not superstitious, as all people were at the time. It was definately the original Melrose Place. I want more from this author.
I loved it so much. I started it over again. The Tudor dynasty is always fascinating, what came after was just as interesting.
So many stories embellish and conjecture and this is just the facts, without all the flowery stuff.
I bought these volumes 6 months before my first trip to Gettysburg. I was a bit overwhelmed by the information given here, but I'm glad I dived in. The other criticisms are correct that this is not for the novice, unless you are well motivated. I now understand the motivations, tactics and horror so much better now and can have, at least, an elementary conversation about the war. I even had a few facts that my father hadn't heard of before, which is really hard to do. This is a work that delves very deeply into each battle on both sides with the politics included. Shelby Foote's work is amazing and if you've ever seen Ken Burn's Civil War work, look for him. His stories from this work is included.
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