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Old January 3rd, 2013, 02:06 PM   #81

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The Wars of the Bruces, Scotland, England and Ireland, 1306-1328, by Colin Mcnamee.

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Old January 4th, 2013, 09:35 AM   #82

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I'm reading Cream Teas, Traffic Jams and Sunburn by Brian Vine, an amusing book about the British on holiday. I like this bit about the difficulty of getting a good Full English breakfast in a British hotel:

Even the toast is rarely right, and if they can't get the toast right, what hope the Black Pudding? after all, the first thing a child learns to cook is bread; in fact for the writer Philip Morton Shand, old Etonian and grandfather of Camilla Parker Bowles, the entire public school system was 'amply vindicated in that it teaches boys to make toast.'. He concluded that 'it may be an abominable action to beat a boy for a bad translation of Livy, but it is certainly laudable to beat him for clumsily burning one's toast.'
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Im reading reading "The Handy History Answer Book" again. Picked it up at Barnes & Noble years ago for $7.99 but its a 600+ page book. I wonder if there will be any good discussion topics in there?
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In the middle of The Oxford Illustrated History of Medieval Europe; George Holmes, ed.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 09:23 AM   #85

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I'm tackling Europe: A History by Norman Davies in its entirety. I've had it a while and read disparate bits, I'm looking forward to putting it all together.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 03:42 AM   #86

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I have just started on Making Democracy in the French Revolution by James Livesey. I received it today. Quite an impressive delivery speed, considering I only ordered it 8 days ago and it came all the way from Harrisburg, PA in the US.

I also today received my 1789 copy of the Danish translation of the soon-to-be famous French revolutionary Mirabeaus Histoire secrète de la cour de Berlin (The Secret History of the Court of Berlin). If I am not much mistaken I think that is the book where he alleges that Frederick the Great is a homosexual, and he was generally disparaging of Fredericks reforms in Prussia. It made quite a furore in enlightenment circles back in the day.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 03:53 AM   #87

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Im reading reading "The Handy History Answer Book" again. Picked it up at Barnes & Noble years ago for $7.99 but its a 600+ page book. I wonder if there will be any good discussion topics in there?
I bet you could open the book at random and stick in a pin with your eyes closed, and you'd still have something we could all argue about
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Just finished the Oxford Illustrated History of Medieval Europe (why the book's titled ...Medieval Europe is beyond me as virtually all of it deals with England). Though at times dryer than Carrie Nation in a 90-day rehab, it is still -- as is just about any work published by the Oxford University Press -- scholarly as hell and a go-to reference in any debate on the period. I give it three out of a possible four stars.

Tonight I crack Sophokles: The Complete Plays, translated by Carl R. Mueller and Anna Krajewska-Wiecozorek. First up is Aias (Ajax to you and me), followed by Antigone, The Women of Trachis, Oedipus Tyrannos, Elektra, Philoktetes, and lastly, Oedipus at Kolonos.

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Head down and studying, one essay submitted and one more for February 8th. Chosen Shostakovich from this course book:

The Arts Past and present AA100 Tradition and Dissent The Arts Past and Present AA100: Amazon.co.uk: Books
The Arts Past and present AA100 Tradition and Dissent The Arts Past and Present AA100: Amazon.co.uk: Books


Do we have a Shostakovich thread? Haven't found one, but he's an interesting man.
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Head down and studying, one essay submitted and one more for February 8th. Chosen Shostakovich from this course book:
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Do we have a Shostakovich thread? Haven't found one, but he's an interesting man.
I've thought about starting a thread on Shostakovich many times. If you don't start one, I might.
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