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The Lady of the Rivers

The Lady of the Rivers is a  historical novel by Philippa Gregory, part of her series The Cousins’ War. The story is narrated by¬†Jacquetta of Luxembourg, mother of¬†Elizabeth Woodville, and covers the reign of the Lancastrian King¬†Henry VI.¬†The novel serves as a¬†prequel¬†to¬†The White Queen, the story of Elizabeth’s reign as¬†Queen consort of England. Fourteen-year-old Jacquetta, whose noble family claims […]

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Master of All Desires

by Judith Merkle Riley In 1556 France, Queen Catherine de Medici spies on her husband, King Henri II, and his lover, Diane de Poitiers. Driven nearly mad by jealousy, the queen, who is “very fond of do-it-yourself magic,” is frustrated with her court astrologer’s ineffective powers, until he reveals his knowledge of the magical object […]

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The Secret of the Turin Shroud

At the beginning a bit borring but then you get into the secrets of the Vatican and catholic church. As the most spectacular murder in Los Angeles happens, the detectives are on their way to end up in Turin, Italy where the shroud of Jesus Chirst lays…. in all its secrets… Shroud of Turin  is a […]

Books 5

The Bourbon Kings

For generations, the Bradford family is the synonym for the best world wide bourbon. The spirit that comes from Kentucky, USA and made of corn. The sustained wealth of the Brandford family has afforded them prestige and privilege‚ÄĒas well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. As family tensions‚ÄĒprofessional and intimately […]

Books 12

The Salt Road

The magnificent Sahara and the Berber tribes that belongs to it are wonderfully described in this book: Izzy discovers that her amulet is a Tuareg artefact containing an inscription in Tifinagh, a language of the ancient world used for poetry and magic, understood now only by nomads in the deep desert. The desert routes once […]

Books 6

Burial Rites

by Hannah Kent Even though this book is a fiction, it is based on true events. Agnes Magn√ļsd√≥ttir¬†is the last person¬†executed on Iceland, accused of participating in the murder of Nathan Ketilsson and Peter Jonsson on the night between 13 and 14 March 1828 in Illugastadir, on the Vatnsnes peninsula in northern Iceland. The story […]

Books 6

Sultan’s Wife

Morocco, 1677. The tyrannical King Ismail resides over the palace of Meknes. Through the sweltering heat of the palace streets, Nus Nus is his slave. He is ¬†circumsized, of course, and as eunuh fights his emotions. Meanwhile, young, fair Alys Swann is captured during her crossing to England, where she is due to be wed. […]

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Russian Concubine

Russian Concubine and the Secret of a Concubine are 2 beautiful novels that start in St Petersburg right after the First Russian Revolution and the aristocracy is killed to give the room to communism and shared state property. The beautiful pianist Valentina Ivanova somehow managed to escape and buy a five-year-old daughter, Lidija, with her […]

Books 5

Red Tent

This story is from biblical times and as such follows The Bible and the¬†¬†Genesis 34, ¬†but it is different in many important ways. It is explaining how women in time of their periods needed to stay in red tent, telling each other’s story to amuse themselves. It is the story of women in the men […]

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Princess Sultana

The story of Princess Sultan is true. The words are the authors’, but the story is princesses’. The shocking human tragedies described in this book are factual. In a country still ruled by kings, she is a princess. The men of her country hold firmly patriarchal laws. The Saudi Arabian male’s honor rests on the […]

Books 7

Wolf from steppe

This is an epic story about¬†Genghis Khan – a founder of the¬†Mongol Empire, which became the¬†largest contiguous empire¬†in history after his death. He came to power by uniting many of the¬†nomadic tribes¬†of¬†Northeast Asia in 12th and 12th century. Invading Europe many times, it is said that 1/5 of the descendants in Europe and directly from […]

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Pillars of Light

The monks gave him the name John Savage. He as a savage for them, living with them in some abbey in the Northern England, raping him and beating. After this John would usually fall into epilepsy. Monks were calling it a devil’s attack. John escapes with his mysterious Maur man… somehow there is something about […]

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Lotos from Nile

Cleopatra’s Alexandria (nowaday’s Egypt) is tragically fallen after¬†Caesar‘s assassination¬†in 1 century BCE, and her allieanation with¬†Mark Antony (the following Roman Emperor). Cleopatra kills herself with letting the royal cobra snake bites her. Her twins children survived and they are ment to rule Alexandria together as half-gods The Sun and The Moon. Selena¬†(daughter of Mark Antony) […]

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One night in Winter

The author is Simon Sebag Montefiore –¬†one of my favourite writers. The story follows the prohibited love affair of two which came to light in 1945. While Russia celebrates victory over the Nazis, shootings are scattered in the midst of the great Moscow celebration: on the earth are the lifeless body of two students, young […]

Books 4

Richard’s Queen

Philippa Gregory is one of the best historical novel writers nowadays. Her most famous iteration of books is The Cousin’s Wars¬†describing through her novels the War of Roses¬†for control of the¬†throne of England¬†fought between supporters of two rival branches of the royal¬†House of Plantagenet: the¬†House of Lancaster¬†(associated with a red rose), and the¬†House of York¬†(whose […]

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Imprimatur l and ll

The book comes in two sequels, written by two authors Rita Monaldi and Francesco Sorti.¬† The place of happening is¬†Rome, in September 1683. While the Turkish army spends on the borders of the West and opens Vienna, the sudden death of a passenger at the inn in the center of the Holy City invites the […]