Saturday, March 14, 2009

History for Dummies

This month the book display at BHPL is focusing on historical fiction (my preferred way of learning history - sorry, David McCullough fans). Here are just a few of the historical fiction titles on the shelf:

The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander - The story of the Bolshevik Revolution and the Romanov massacre, told by a kitchen boy who worked in the house where the Romanovs were imprisoned.

The Falcons of Montabard by Elizabeth Chadwick - A Scottish knight must accompany an older knight and his daughter on a crusade to the Holy Land as punishment for becoming involved with the king's mistress.

Stealing Athena by Karen Essex - This book alternates between the stories of the countess of Elgin (whose husband took the sculptures from the Parthenon to England) and Aspasia, the lover of Pericles and whose likeness was used for the statue of Athena at the Parthenon.

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