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Books I Have Finished So Far, 2013

BOOKS 2013

b4.5.April Blood: Florence and the Plot against the Medici By Lauro Martines. Review to come later, I hope.

3.5. The Tigress of Forli: Renaissance Italy's Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de' Medici by Elizabeth Lev. I am surprised I had never heard of the Countess before. Now I definitely want to learn more about her. Very interesting woman! I'd love to see her armor which they say they have in a museum. I wonder if they have her sword too? (Review to come later I hope)

2.5. Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile by Julia Fox (Review to come later, I hope.)

1.5. Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses by Sarah Gristwood. (Review to come later, I hope.)

0.5. Margaret Beaufort: Mother of the Tudor Dynasty (I started this book in 2012, hence the half a point) by Elizabeth Norton. Margaret Beaufort is a very interesting person and it was nice to read a book where she was the main subject. The writing was decent and at times it felt like I got a glimpse of Margaret's personality. For such a short book, there were way too many quotes and passages and paragraphs and pages from original source material. I understand that it is important, even nice, to see someone's thoughts in their own words, but it shouldn't take up half of the pages in someone else's book. I couldn't tell if it made the author and/or editor come off as lazy, too zealous, rushed or all of the above and possibly more. It also made it confusing as to what type of book this is supposed to be. I don't know what the intended audience is supposed to be.

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