“Richard III,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

My Copy: 9780199267170 Oh heavens, now we get to the finale of the contention between the houses of York and Lancaster in a very "once and for all" kind of way. The War of the Roses has met it's end with King Richard III--and how! There are so many moments I didn't know were from Richard … Continue reading “Richard III,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“Richard Duke of York (or, Henry VI, Part III),” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

My Copy: 9780199267170 I admit, this might be the third (and last) part of Henry VI's reign in a historical context, and the near-middle of Richard III's, but boy, it sure was a long bridge to it. Richard Duke of York (or, Henry VI, Part III) is all about transition. The "Richard" in the title is … Continue reading “Richard Duke of York (or, Henry VI, Part III),” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“Henry VI, Part II,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare.

My Copy: 9780199267170 If you're wondering where the hell Henry VI, Part I went as a review, I haven't done it yet. When tackling this reading-and-reviewing Shakespeare thing, I had a tough job to do. I was initially going to try and get the plays reviewed in chronological order by historical event. However, with the myriad … Continue reading “Henry VI, Part II,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare.

Queen, Empress, Concubine: 50 Women Rulers from the Queen of Sheba to Catherine the Great, by Claudia Gold

My Copy: 9781847241917 (image from amazon.com) Just to let you know, the title is a bit misleading. This book covers a far-wider timeline than Sheba to Catherine II. It actually starts with Hatshepsut of Egypt (15th Century BC) to Benazir Bhutto (2007). I'll just assume Ms. Gold was referring to the diversity represented in this … Continue reading Queen, Empress, Concubine: 50 Women Rulers from the Queen of Sheba to Catherine the Great, by Claudia Gold