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Reigning Men

Advantages: Admirably explored and an education for enthusiasts and young Classic scholars
Disadvantages: The several pages of illustrations were superfluous

...Duration: 684 pages Publishing House: Vintage Year of publication: 2010 Paperback Price: 12.99 GBP - - - Bill Clinton famously stated he took pride in Marcus Aurelius's book called: 'Meditations' - sadly, he neither comprehended or practiced con ...

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Review of Marcus Aurelius - Frank Mclynn

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Too Frank, Not Enough Marcus

Advantages: A well researched book on an interesting figure
Disadvantages: Seemingly more about the author than the subject

Thanks to the historical fiction of Ben Kane, who writes so vividly about Roman times, I’ve developed more of an interest in history than I ever had in school. However, it was the film “Gladiator” that first sparked my interest in that era, as I’m sure i ...

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Review of Marcus Aurelius - Frank Mclynn

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Catherine of all the Russias: a strong and successful figurehead

Advantages: Good, objective biography of a powerful figure
Disadvantages: Some tangential material could have been omitted

... The book This biography tells the story of the woman who was to become Catherine the Great, who reigned as Empress of Russia from 1762 until her death in 1796. Born Sophia Augusta Frederica of the modest German principality Anhalt-Zerbst in 1729, ...

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Review of Catherine the Great - Robert K. Massie

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An Enlightened Empress

Advantages: Fascinating subject, written with authority, well paced and never dry
Disadvantages: None

Catherine the Great was ruler of Russia in the eighteenth century.Born Princess Sophia of Anhalt-Herbst, she was brought to Russia by the Empress Elizabeth as bride to her nephew and heir, Peter. The marriage however was not happy, and when Peter ascended ...

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Review of Catherine the Great - Robert K. Massie

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Living the French rural idyll

Advantages: Beautiful imagery, writing, sense of place
Disadvantages: Its possible effects on Brits seeking the Provencal life

...At some point in the late 1990s, probably when I was studying Higher French and becoming more interested in the culture and lifestyle of France, I picked up my dads copy of A Year In Provence. I was enticed by the watercolour painting of a vineyard and pr ...

eilidhcatriona 02.08.2009 · Read full review
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Review of A Year in Provence - Peter Mayle

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