“The Tragedy of Coriolanus,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I think Coriolanus has the longest Act 1 I've read so far, but the long setup is useful--and needed--in setting up the characters and the situation in a dwindling Rome. Coriolanus begins with citizens griping about the recent famine and grain stores of the wealthy which are full. They call one of them out, Martius … Continue reading “The Tragedy of Coriolanus,” 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