Book Review: “The Importance of Wives” by Keira Morgan
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Book Review: “The Importance of Wives” by Keira Morgan

Keira Morgan’s “The Importance of Wives” delivers a powerful story about Anne of Brittany, a fifteenth-century noblewoman and duchess who later became Queen of France. Immensely detailed and engaging, the novel explores the complex nature of French medieval politics and those who chose to stand against French annexation.

Book Review: “Æthelflæd: The Lady of the Mercians” by Tim Clarkson
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Book Review: “Æthelflæd: The Lady of the Mercians” by Tim Clarkson

Tim Clarkson writes a remarkable biography of Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians. He consolidates the few known facts of her life into a concise political history of Anglo-Saxon England. It doesn’t, perhaps, reimagine her story, but he does provide readers with a wonderful account of this fascinating woman.

Book Review: “Epic of Helinthia” by MJ Pankey
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Book Review: “Epic of Helinthia” by MJ Pankey

Steeped in Greek mythology and Homeric tradition, MJ Pankey’s debut novel “Epic of Helinthia” immerses readers in the tale of a group of heroes who battle treachery and divine machinations as they seek to overthrow a tyrant. This story fits seamlessly into the corpus of Greek mythology with conniving gods and goddesses, hubris aplenty, and heroes whose courageous appearances belie secrets galore.

Of Merchants, Mythology, & Mercians: My Top Books of 2023
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Of Merchants, Mythology, & Mercians: My Top Books of 2023

2023 has been an excellent year for reading! I’ve narrowed down some of my top choices including works by new and independent authors such as Margaret Kasimatis, Yvonne Korshak, Vera Bell, and Kiersten Marcil. I’ve also included historical fiction and non-fiction works by established authors on topics such as Greek mythology, Anglo-Saxon England, and Renaissance Italy. Enjoy!