Fifty of Britain’s best-kept secrets

His book is but the latest in a recent glut of titles that promise to reveal hidden, lost, undiscovered, neglected or otherwise adjectivally appended versions of Britain. They aim to do for the national narrative what unauthorised biographies do for the individual –...

History: The Truth of the Facts

We tend to read several books at once. Typically, the themes are related…and we enjoy watching the intersection of strong thinking. But sometimes there is a collision, which makes an awful mess. Currently, we are reading Furies, about the European wars of...

The Bavarian castles of Mad King Ludwig II

  Touristic, glorious and romantic, some of Germany’s best attractions are in Bavaria. My favorites are three of King Ludwig II’s castles: stocky Hohenschwangau, his boyhood home; the nearby and fanciful Neuschwanstein, his dream escape; and Linderhof, his...

American history unfolds in ‘Assassin’s Creed 3’

(It’s set for release October 30 in North America.) The latest game in the action-adventure series is set during the tumultuous times of the American Revolution. The young nation that would become the United States is just forming and trying to establish itself...
The Elements of Medieval Enchanted Castles:

The Elements of Medieval Enchanted Castles:

An indispensible feature of the castle of a great lord was the chapel where the lord and his family heard morning mass. In rectangular hall-keeps this was often in the forebuilding, sometimes at basement level, sometimes on the second floor. By the 13th century, the...
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