The Bookshelf: New Additions

August saw many new additions to the bookshelf and I can’t wait to attack the mounting pile of books on my bedside table.

The following three are next up to be read:

1356 Bernard Cornwell

1356 – Bernard Cornwell

Published: 2012
Harper Collins
433 pages
Historical fiction

Known for his meticulous historical detail and impressively vivid battle scenes, Cornwell takes on another historical battle in this novel- the great Battle of Poitiers, 1356. Taking place during the Hundred Years War (1337-1453), this was an improbable battle where clever tactics overcame numbers; an army of approximately 6,000 men defeated the opposing army more than triple its size.

I am intrigued to see how Cornwell’s battle scenes compare to others I’ve read and I am expecting good things… ‘The best battle scenes of any writer I’ve ever read, past or present’ George R. R. Martin.

The White Princess Philippa Gregory

The White Princess – Philippa Gregory

Published: 2013
Simon & Schuster
527 pages
Historical fiction

This novel picks up where The White Queen left off, and explores: Elizabeth of York’s relationship with Henry Tudor; Elizabeth’s feelings for the late Richard III; whispers that one of the lost princes is seeking to claim the thrown and of course the difficulties newly victorious Henry Tudor faces when trying to unite the country.

If the other novels in Gregory’s The Cousins’ War series are anything to go by, this novel will brilliantly combine sound historical research with a thrilling plot. I can’t wait to read it.

Son of Blood Jack Ludlow

Son of Blood – Jack Ludlow

Published: 2012
Allison & Busby
446 pages
Historical fiction
Book 1 of the ‘Crusades’ trilogy

11th Century Italy. Power plays. Battle scenes. Norman dominance.

This novel transports the reader back to the heart of a tumultuous time leading up to the First Crusade. Exploring Norman conquests, political and military strategies and the development of Dukedoms in Italy, the novel deals with complex issues. I am interested to see how Ludlow entwines these around the powerful de Hauteville family we know from his previous trilogy, Conquest.

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

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