Tuchman has done an excellent job of researching all that was written about the 14th century in Europe then distilling that through the life of an extraordinary man, Enguerrand VII, Sire de Coucy. The editing task must have been enormous. Then to have introduced relevant political and public health dynamics (plague) made this book exceptional.
Alexander of course
The life after Hamilton's death of his devoted wife Elisa
Hamilton was so polemic his style would be durable in today's political world
Allende clearly did a thorough job researching this story. I learned much while being entertained and caring about some of the people in the story. The women are more richly described and heroic than the men. I'm guessing there were other women between the pathetic and heroic during that time.
I was instantly transported to the time I read this as a kid and recall why I loved Hesse's books so much. Wonderfully read. An important book for the intellectually curious.
I found myself fast forwarding the early parts that reminded me of "romance novels" affection-starved people read. I totally wasted my $$ believing I would learn something about this important person in European history. Since the early story was so incredulous (how could the author pretend to know anything that happened in bed) even the historically accurate stuff I found myself Wikipeding to verify.
Such little time devoted to such an icon to the Catholic church? I was seeking a more thorough study - especially of Augustine's impact on the church going forward.
Did enjoy hearing Heston's voice!
Less of ghastly statistics on cruelty of Japanese invaders and more vignettes of those who experienced the event. I was seeking more historical context about Nanking.
But I appreciate what Iris did to expose the outrage.
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