StoryGraph Saturday: The Brothers York

The Brothers York: A Royal TragedyThomas PennNonfiction/History688 pages From The StoryGraph: Vicious battles, powerful monarchs, and royal intrigue abound in this “gripping, complex, and sensational” (Hilary Mantel) true story of the War of the Roses—a struggle among three brothers, two of whom became kings, and the inspiration for Shakespeare’s renowned play, Richard III. In 15th-century … Continue reading StoryGraph Saturday: The Brothers York

Book Review: The Real Valkyrie

The Real Valkyrie: The Hidden History of Viking Warrior Women by Nancy Marie BrownNonfiction/History336 pagesExpected publication date: August 31, 2021 by St. Martin's Press In 1889 in Birka, Sweden, archaeologist Hjalmar Stolpe documented the grave of a highly-ranked warrior of tenth-century Norse society who had been buried with weapons, silk garments, and two horses among … Continue reading Book Review: The Real Valkyrie

Book Review: Queens of the Crusades

Queens of the Crusades: England's Medieval Queens, Book Two Alison WeirNonfiction/History560 pagesExpected Publication Date: Feburary 23, 2021, from Ballantine Books The Crusades have fascinated the Western world since they began in 1096, when Pope Urban II called on the leaders of Europe to raise armies in support of the Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos as … Continue reading Book Review: Queens of the Crusades