Tree Thinking

February 7, 2022

David A. Baum and Stacey D. Smith, Tree Thinking, An Introduction to Phylogenetic Biology, (New York, 2013). The subject of this book covers an important part of my job in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathalogy which involves constructing trees that show the relationships of mostly fungi based on DNA data.


Seals and Society

February 7, 2022

P.R. Schofield & E.A New, eds., Seals and Society, Medieval Wales, The Welsh Marches and their English Border Region, (Cardiff, 2016). I found some old deeds from around 1400 concerning property in Shrewsbury with seals attached, hence my interest in this subject. The book consists of 7 short essays on the subject but the majority of the book is a catalog with some photographs of old seals.


London's Triumph

February 7, 2022

Stephen Alford, Londons's Triumph, Merchants, Adventurers, and Money in Shakespeare's City, (New York, 2017).


A Land as God Made It

February 7, 2022

James Horn, A Land as God Made it, Jamestown and the Birth of America, (New York, 2004).


The English Refomation

February 7, 2022

A.G. Dickens, The English Reformation, 2nd ed., (University Park, PA, 1989). This is the history of the English church covering primarily the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Mary when the church in England broke with Rome and its evolution into the Church of England.


Karl Marx

February 7, 2022

Isaiah Berlin, Karl Marx, 5th ed., (Princeton, 2013). This book is an introduction to the life and ideas of Karl Marx by a well-known historian. It is probably the first book I have read on this subject.


The Shipwreck that Saved Jamestown

February 7, 2022

Lorri Glover and Daniel Blake Smith, The Shipwreck that Saved Jamestown, The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America, (New York, 2008). This book tells the story of the ship that sailed in the supply fleet to Jamestown in 1609 and was blown by a hurricane onto Bermuda where they build new ships from scratch and continued to Jamestown.


The Viking Wars

January 29, 2022

Max Adams, The Viking Wars, War and Peace in King Alfred's Britain, 789-955, (New York, 2018). An interesting book about this period but makes reference to a lot of archaelogical studies that refer to place names in England, so may be more interesting to someone who lives in England.


The Dark Ages

January 29, 2022

Martin J. Dougherty, The Dark Ages From the Fall of Rome to the Battle of Hastings, (London, 2019). A picture book with some basic descriptive text I found at Barnes and Noble.


The Northern Crusades

January 29, 2022

Eric Christiansen, The Northern Crusades, (London, 1997). After my trip to Denmark for work I looked for a book on early modern Danish history. This is what I found, a book about crusading and conversion to Christianity in the Baltic region. Interesting book covering a subject somewhat overlooked in the history of crusading. Also, in contrast to crusading in the holy lands these crusades were successful.


A Great and Terrible King

January 29, 2022

Marc Morris, A Great and Terrible King, Edward I and the Forging of Britain, (New York, 2009).


Byzantium

January 29, 2022

Judith Herrin, Byzantium, The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire, (Princeton, 2007).


The Rise of the Tudors

January 22, 2022

Chris Skidmore, The Rise of the Tudors, The Family that Changed English History, (New York, 2013).


Urban Culture in Medieval Wales

January 22, 2022

Helen Fulton, ed., Urban Culture in Medieval Wales, (Cardiff, 2012). The book contains 12 essays by historians about different aspects of Welsh Towns.


Storm Warning

January 22, 2022

Robin Brooke-Smith, Storm Warning, Riding the Crosswinds in the Pakistan-Afghan Borderlands, (New York, 2018). This book was written by the librarian at the Shrewsbury School library who I had emailed for information about students at the school in the 1500s. He had been a headmaster in a school in Pakistan.


A Stranger Among Saints

January 22, 2022

Jonathan Mack, A Stranger Among Saints, Stephe Hopkins, The Man Who Survived Jamestown and Saved Plymouth, (Chicago, 2020)


The War of 1812

January 22, 2022

Donald R Hickey, The War of 1812, A Forgotten Conflict, (Urbana, 2013).


Lion In the Bay

January 22, 2022

Stanley L Quick with Chipp Reid, Lion in the Bay, The British Invasion of the Chesapeake 1813-1814 (Annapolis, 2015).


The Watchers

January 22, 2022

Stephen Alford, The Watchers, A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I (London, 2012).


Agincourt

January 22, 2022

Juliet Barker, Agincourt, Henry V and the Battle that Made England (New York, 2005). As the title says this is a history of this famous battle.


The Brothers York

January 21, 2022

Thomas Penn, The Brothers York A Royal Tragedy, (New York, 2019). A good history of the War of the Roses. The first history of this period I have read that I felt like I understood what happened.