A Treatise on Tolerance and Other Writings, by Voltaire

My Copy: 9781435108424 (image from bn.com) A Treatise on Tolerance is a conglomeration of letters and pamphlets Voltaire wrote after the brutal public execution of Jean Calas, a Protestant accused of murdering his son because he supposedly decided to become a Catholic (though later information and what was given at Calas' trial makes this reasoning … Continue reading A Treatise on Tolerance and Other Writings, by Voltaire

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