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Subject: Historical Novel Society
Date Posted: 11/15/2008 8:52 PM ET
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Did everyone get their newsletter today? There is a great review of Bernard Cornwell's new book, Azincourt, and a few other books that sound like good reads. I am especially excited to hear about another new book about an explorer, and even more excited that this is an explorer I haven't already heard of or read about. Yay!

This is the explorer book, but there is no review. You know you are dying to read more books about explorers! ;-)

  • 16th Century
    Crossing the Continent 1527-1540: The Story of the First African-
    American Explorer of the American South by Robert Goodwin, San
    Francisco Chronicle, 2 November 2008, Jesse Berrett


This sounds awfully interesting too -

  • Lady Worsley's Whim: An Eighteenth Century Tale of Sex, Scandal and
    Divorce by Hallie Rubenhold, The Sunday Times, James Fergusson
    Hallie Rubenhold bills this as "one of the first celebrity divorce
    cases". It was certainly sensational. Sir Richard Worsley was
    comptroller of the King's household, an MP and governor of the Isle
    of Wight. His wife, co-heiress to the manor of Brompton (now site of
    the Victoria and Albert museum), was said to have taken 27 lovers -
    several of whom were called to court as witnesses.


Here's the review for Azincourt -

  • Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell, The Telegraph, 6 November 2008, David
    If Bernard Cornwell was born to write one book, this is it. No other
    historical novelist has acquired such a mastery of the minutiae of
    warfare in centuries past. No one else could hope to take
    Shakespeare's Henry V, strip it of its rhetoric and tell the
    unvarnished truth about the Battle of Agincourt, which saw slaughter
    on a scale that shocked Christendom. Hook is an archetypal Cornwell
    hero, a brave, blunt, plain-speaking man, without airs of any kind.
    In an action-packed story, he kills a man, is outlawed, and rescues a
    novice French nun from being raped - and that is before the English
    army has even captured Harfleur. After that, the narrative proceeds
    on broadly predictable lines, climaxing at Agincourt, where Hook and
    his fellow archers - their skills with a longbow captured with
    peerless skill - help overturn seemingly insuperable odds.


I wasn't all that sure I'd be interested in Azincourt, but the review makes it sound awfully good.

Here is the review for Toni Morrison's newest book. It sounds great!

  • A Mercy by Toni Morrison, The Independent, 7 November 2008, Andrea
    "To be given dominion over another is a hard thing; to wrest dominion
    over another is a wrong thing; to give dominion of yourself to
    another is a wicked thing". This is the message of Toni Morrison's
    new novel; her ninth and one of her best. Set in the 1680s, the story
    centres on the household of Jacob Vaark, an Anglo-Dutch trader who
    has created a homestead in the harsh Northern territories. It is told
    from the perspective of the young women who have washed up there from
    other places: his mail-order bride Rebekka, who has endured the
    fearsome Atlantic crossing from England; Lina, a native American
    woman whose tribe was decimated by smallpox; Sorrow, the unhinged
    daughter of a sea captain; and Florens, a wild young black woman who
    Vaark, despite his distaste for dealing "in flesh", has taken on as
    payment for a bad debt.


2009 is looking like it will be a great year for Historical Fiction and History!

Date Posted: 11/16/2008 1:13 PM ET
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There's a society? I didn't know that!

Date Posted: 11/16/2008 1:16 PM ET
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What society? where? <looking around>  Can we join? how?

Date Posted: 11/16/2008 2:43 PM ET
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Is it historicalnovels .info? http://www.historicalnovels.info/index.html On second thought it think it's this one. ttp://www.historicalnovelsociety.org/hnr-online.htm I have several book links in my favorites.

Last Edited on: 11/16/08 2:52 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/17/2008 7:27 PM ET
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I din't know there was a society either.  Hurray for Agincourt and English archers!!