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It's the Presidents' Day reading thread!

Lily Fairbairn
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Feb 19 2013, 2:51pm


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For those of y'all outside the US, we used to celebrate Lincoln's birthday on February 12 and Washington's birthday on February 22, but then those days were combined into a general-purpose "Presidents' Day" holiday on the third Monday of the month.

I only learned recently that Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the same day!

To hark back to an earlier time in history, isn't the discovery of Richard III's bones in Leicester amazing ?!?! For one thing, people still have strong opinions about his character, even after all these years.

This week I read Josephine Tey's classic novel, The Daughter of Time. The novel itself was contemporary when it was written around 1950. Tey's detective, Alan Grant, is laid up in the hospital, and to amuse himself sets about "solving" the murders of the two princes under Richard III. His verdict: Richard was innocent.

Admittedly, it helps to have an interest in Richard and the Wars of the Roses anyway, since Tey pulls no punches in considering all the different players and plots of the time period. But the book is so well-written, very witty, nicely paced, with vivid contemporary characters, that I hope someone with no prior knowledge of the time would enjoy it.

Next up: Elizabeth Peters' The Murders of Richard III, a more straightforward mystery set at a meeting of a group of Richard admirers.

I've already pulled two non-fiction books off my shelves, Allison Weir's The Princes in the Tower (1992) and Paul Murray Kendall's Richard the Third (1955), for the historian's version---an interesting contrast after Tey's take on historical writing in Daughter of Time Cool Weir's book is much less dense and easier to read, while Kendall's is quite scholarly. Weir condemns Richard, Kendall doesn't exactly exonerate him but considers a much wider range of evidence.

What have you been reading?



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It's the Presidents' Day reading thread! Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 19 2013, 2:51pm
    Also, could someone please post this thread next week? Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 19 2013, 3:03pm
    I can post the thread next week NottaSackville Send a private message to NottaSackville Feb 19 2013, 3:25pm
        Thank you! Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 19 2013, 4:13pm
            Let's see, was it fist bump, thumb wrestle and THEN elbow bash....or... // NottaSackville Send a private message to NottaSackville Feb 19 2013, 4:25pm
                It all has to do with rings.... // Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 19 2013, 6:54pm
        Richard III arithmancer Send a private message to arithmancer Feb 19 2013, 7:00pm
            I agree Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 19 2013, 8:27pm
            I love Sharon Kay Penman also. Eowyn3 Send a private message to Eowyn3 Feb 20 2013, 5:56pm
                I enjoy historical fiction to a certain extent Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 20 2013, 10:01pm
        LOL! Annael Send a private message to Annael Feb 20 2013, 9:53pm
    "breezily confrontational" CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Feb 19 2013, 5:26pm
        Why yes! Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 19 2013, 6:55pm
            Oh right. How silly of me, there is only the One Handshake.... // NottaSackville Send a private message to NottaSackville Feb 19 2013, 7:02pm
                Err - this was a reply to "It has to do with rings" // NottaSackville Send a private message to NottaSackville Feb 20 2013, 10:41am
    I heard Henry Tudor wanted to build a car park in Leicester acheron Send a private message to acheron Feb 20 2013, 4:20am
        *ba-dum-bum* :D / Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Feb 20 2013, 6:58am
        But do I have to pay a cover charge? Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 20 2013, 2:28pm
    Peaches for Monsieur le Curé (aka, Peaches for Father Francis) Nienna Send a private message to Nienna Feb 20 2013, 4:57pm
        I have vague memories... Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 20 2013, 9:54pm
    Must revisit Richard soon..Hobbits today though Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Feb 20 2013, 5:11pm
        H. floresiensis Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 20 2013, 9:57pm
            Actually the naming of The Hobbit is an awesome one! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Feb 21 2013, 1:36am
                That is awesome! Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 21 2013, 5:18pm
                    Funny twist Lily Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Feb 24 2013, 12:00am
    Robert Asprin Annael Send a private message to Annael Feb 20 2013, 9:59pm
        I also recommend Asprin's 'Myth' series Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Feb 20 2013, 10:05pm
            I also got a compendium of his first "Myth" books Annael Send a private message to Annael Feb 20 2013, 10:11pm
                I don't recall if you've encountered Terry Pratchett's Discworld Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Feb 20 2013, 10:19pm
                    oh yes, huge Pratchett fan Annael Send a private message to Annael Feb 22 2013, 3:37am
        This reminds me... Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 20 2013, 10:05pm
    I've been reading the I Ching Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Feb 21 2013, 3:43am
        Sounds like a great way to feed your imagination Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 21 2013, 5:20pm
    Continuing with contemporary Holmes One Ringer Send a private message to One Ringer Feb 23 2013, 5:39am

 
 
 

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