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Carpe Librum

Reviews and bookish conversation with author Samantha Wilcoxson.

If I am lost, you will find me in medieval England.

You can also find me - and my books - on my blog.

Historical Novel Society

Currently reading

They Thought They Were Free: The Germans 1933-45
Milton Sanford Mayer
The First Blast of the Trumpet (The Knox Trilogy)
Marie Macpherson
In the School of the Holy Spirit
Jacques Philippe

Bibliophile Happiness

I was just about ready to cave in to Audible's $99/year sale when I was reminded to check out Hoopla. So many more books than are available through my library in Overdrive! I am one happy bibliophile without being a hundred dollars poorer. Hooray!

Who Was Margarett Keymes?

Was she an unknown daughter of Cecily of York? Did Katherine Gordon mean to show her everlasting belief in her first husband when she mentioned her in her will? I'm not sure. What do you think?

 

A look at a little historical mystery on my blog today.

Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2017/06/who-was-margarett-keymes.html

The King's Hounds by Martin Jensen

The King's Hounds (The King's Hounds series) - Martin Jensen
This was a fun, easy to listen to audiobook mystery. Some annoying anachronistic words were sprinkled throughout, but I assumed that was due to it being a translation and was forgiving regarding them.

The mystery, which our lovable protagonists have no good reason to be in charge of solving, involves the murder of a nobleman just as Cnut is gathering them to confirm his kingship. How inconvenient. The unlikely pair find their way into plenty of trouble, prove their womanizing skills, and even solve the murder. It is all a bit meandering but in good fun. This isn't a edge of your seat suspense novel, but an enjoyable diversion.

The skilled narrator bumped up the rating on this for me. Considering it is free through Kindle Unlimited, this is a worthwhile selection.

Three Giveaways - Win any of the three--and you get a copy of all three!

Reblogged from Patricia Reding, Author, Press Release:

    

 

Links are at www.PatriciaReding.com.

 

Time is running out. The giveaways end on June 21, 2017.

The Spanish Rescue or When Mary Had Her Chance to Flee

Read a chapter from Queen of Martyrs!

 

Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-spanish-rescue-or-when-mary-had-her.html

He made it!

Sorry about being absent for a few days. I am officially now the mom of the only senior at Edwardsburg High School to heel click off the stage at graduation!

 

While the World is Still Asleep by Petra Durst-Benning

While the World Is Still Asleep - Petra Durst-Benning, Edwin Miles

This book was excruciatingly dull and was only made worse by horrible audio narration. The story takes place in Berlin, but only a few people have thick German accents, while the main characters sound more American than I do. Odd anachronisms and two-dimensional characters didn't help the slow plot along either.

Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lost Stars - Claudia Gray, Phil Noto

A few years back, I read nothing but Star Wars. I was a little addicted, but reading predictable stories about Luke, Leia, Han & their broods eventually got boring. The more recent influx of novels digging deeper into the traditional stories has some promise.

This novel gives the reader a personal view of how young people grew up after the end of the Clone Wars wanting to serve the Empire. The institution that is clearly evil in the movies isn't seen the same way by those who are raised on Imperial propaganda and 'history' lessons. I love the fact that this author gave us two main characters who grew up on the same planet and are close friends, but who end up with very different views of the Empire.

Ciena and Thane experience the events that we are already familiar with from a more personal point of view. They have friends on Alderaan and on the Death Star. Who is 'good' and who is 'bad' isn't nearly as clear to them as it is to us. The Empire has taught them not to question, only to obey, but they see too much to remain unaffected. In the meantime, they are young adults struggling to figure out their feelings for each other as well.

I thought this novel went deeper into characters and emotions than many other Star Wars stories that I have read, which made it much more enjoyable for me. We have enough shallow 'the good guys won again' action stories. This book points out what we always knew had to be true - the good guys are everywhere trying to do the best they can with what they've been given.

I may be addicted again.

From the Scriptorium: June 2017

 

June 2017 Newsletter

Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2017/06/from-scriptorium-june-2017.html

Cover Reveal - Kindle Box Set

 

Thanks or all the great feedback and tips! I hope you like how it turned out.

Day 9: The Execution of Henry Pole

I imagine this was the lowest point in Margaret's life - her son executed for his role in the supposed Exeter Conspiracy.

 

Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-execution-of-henry-pole.html

Day 8: Geoffrey Pole Taken to the Tower

Only two more days left! By 1538, Margaret had serious fears for her family under the rule of Henry VIII. Then her son, Geoffrey, was arrested and taken to the Tower of London.

 

Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2016/08/geoffrey-pole-taken-to-tower.html

Day 7: Margaret's Coat of Arms

In this post, I examined the meaning of all those markings on Margaret Pole's coat of arms.

 

Source: http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2016/08/coat-of-arms-tell-story.html

Day 6: Margaret Loses Governess Post

Margaret's life demonstrated the medieval philosophy of Fortune's Wheel. Today's article looks at a downturn after things had been looking so bright.

 

Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2016/07/margaret-pole-loses-governess-post.html

Day 5: Margaret & Catherine

Today's post is a glimpse of the close friendship between Margaret Pole and Catherine of Aragon.

 

Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2016/09/another-stillborn-birth-for-catherine.html

Day 4: The not so illustrious marriages of the Pole children

Day 4! Margaret Pole did her best to arrange what should have been advantageous matches for her children, but you know what they say about the best laid plans.

 

Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2016/08/not-so-illustrious-marriages-of-pole.html