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Recent Posts: Book Reviews

Book reviews from the last six months.

Stonecutting and Religion in America

I’ll just admit it: Freemasonry is one of those things in American history that I have trouble getting my head around.  I suppose I understand the importance of guy-time, but many of my closest...
From The Junto 8 Apr 2014

17th-Century Book Club Launch!

This week, The Seventeenth Century Lady saw our Twitter page reach 2,600 followers and our Facebook page reached 800 likes. So, I was thinking…there sure are a lot of us now who love the 17th-century,...

EMA News: March 2014 Book Reviews List

Our March 2014 list of book reviews is now available here and under “Research.”

Westholme Publishing: Four Selections

I write the following book reviews to promote a small, but well-respected, outfit specializing in publishing Revolutionary War books (as well as other nonfiction works):  Westholme Publishing of Yardley,...

"Bad Religion" and "Dangers to the Faith": Book Reviews, Part One

I read Ross Douthat's Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics last month and then followed it up by reading Al Kresta's Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism's 21st-Century Opponents....

The Queen and I, Part II: Book Review

Beth von Staats reviews my book on her blog:Supremacy and Survival, How Catholics Endured the English Reformation is a triumph of comprehensive brevity. In a mere 149 pages, Stephanie A. Mann tackles head-on...

The Men Who Lost America

Book Review: The Men Who Lost America, British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire By Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy Yale University Press, New Haven, CT. Hardback. $37.50 ISBN:...

Just How Free Was Religious Life in the Early American Republic?

Roy Rogers explores the nature of religious liberty in the early American republic through a review of Thomas E. Buckley's recent "Establishing Religious Freedom: Jefferson's Statute in Virginia."
From The Junto 27 Feb 2014

The Mystery of Princess Louise – book review

Princess Louise, Graefle, 1864. Photo: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014 I often feel like Queen Victoria’s rather copious family is treated in much the same way as Henry...
From Madame Guillotine 18 Mar 2014

Jane Austen and Food by Maggie Lane: A review

Jane Austen and Food by Maggie Lane is well worth the purchase for its informative content and as an ebook.
From Jane Austen's World 24 Feb 2014

Review of THE PROMISE by Ann Weisgarber

Ann Weisgarber's THE PROMISE (Skyhorse Publishing, April 2014) is the story of two women's love for the same man, set against the backdrop of the devastating Galveston hurricane of 1900. Yet this wise...

Book Review: "The Sadness of Christ" by St. Thomas More

Last Saturday, I finished reading St Thomas More's De Tristitia Christi, in the English translation included in the Vintage Spiritual Classics edition of this work, his last prayers and letters from the...

Critiques of Analysis of Beauty

Paul Sandby didn’t have it all his own way in his attacks on William Hogarth in the wake of the publication of the Analysis of Beauty. Despite misgivings in some quarters about Hogarth’s pretensions...
From Kirby and his world 8 Apr 2014

Parker’s Guide to the Revolutionary War in South Carolina

Book Review: Parker’s Guide to the Revolutionary War in South Carolina; Battles, Skirmishes and Murders (2nd edition) By John C. Parker, Jr. Infinity Publishing, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013. Paper. $39.95...

Crown of Thistles

Despite having made the point several times on this blog that I am not exactly a fan of Mary Queen of Scots, I have recently started to wonder if I am not in fact her BIGGEST fan due to the fact that...
From Madame Guillotine 1 Apr 2014

"Bad Religion" and "Dangers to the Faith": Books Review, Part Two

I read Ross Douthat's Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics last month and then followed it up by reading Al Kresta's Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism's...