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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
The book looks at several cases of young children who spontaneously began to recount details from previous lives. Far from claiming to be Cleopatra or Napoleon, the lives being recalled were of "average Joes." One child had vivid and terrifying nightmares about being unable to escape from a plane crash. Another one recalled working on films in Hollywood. The parents of the children documented their statements and were eventually able to track down the people their children had been in previous lives. It is uncanny to hear that the children could recall details that they would have had no way of knowing. In the cases that Kean documents, once the children are able to visit the places they knew in previous lives, they become calmer and eventually the distressing or overwhelming memories of their past selves fade. Interestingly, these children also report "intermission memories" which occur after one life ends but before the next one begins.
Another section of the book details OBE (Out of Body Experiences), where the consciousness of a person leaves the body during cardiac arrest. These people describe floating above their bodies and being able to relate things that happened while they were unconscious. An interesting aspect to OBEs is that some blind people have reported being able to see during them. These situations are different from NDEs (Near Death Experiences) where people in cardiac arrest travel to different dimensions beyond the physical world. Cases involving these types of experiences have been reported from around the world, and from people of various cultures and religions. The striking thing about both OBE and NDE situations are that they are remarkably similar when people who have experienced them relate what happened. Scientists who have studied the phenomena don't know if this is attributable to a physiological reaction of the body/brain, or if it is an actual experience that occurs when the consciousness is freed from physical limitations.
Similarly, some people experience ELEs (End of Life Experiences) where, on their deathbeds, they are visited by deceased relatives or friends who reassure them about the process of dying. These experiences are positive, with the people often reported to be "joyous" after they occur. Occasionally even bystanders or relatives see the apparitions, or see light or a form surrounding or leaving the dying person.
The author also works with mediums who claim to be able to converse with those who have died. She found that some mediums were able to reveal remarkably accurate information. While many people claim to have the ability to communicate with the dead, two mediums who were able to reveal accurate information were able to describe to the author how they receive messages from "the other side."
The author mentions that when asked if she believes in life after death, she responds, "The question must be moved from the field of belief into the field of data." Her research into the inexplicable events that have been recounted by those who are dying, have "come back" from death or describe previous lives, shows that we have much yet to learn about what happens to us after death.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Surviving Death from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Sunday, April 16, 2017
National Novel Writing Month occurs every November and is a challenge open to everyone to complete a 50,000 word
novel in 30 days. Hundreds of thousands of people attempt the challenge every year. While not all are successful, many of them are helped and encouraged along the journey by their fellow participants. The book “50,000: Tributes to the Journey of Writing a Novel in One Month” is a collection of essays detailing the personal journeys of people who participated in the project.
There are 73 short essays in the book (written in 2011), each documenting a writer’s experience with the “NaNoWriMo” project. Some have been involved for several years, others only once. They document the discipline it takes to commit to writing 2000 words per day, and the ways that they were able to motivate themselves to complete their novels (some involved chocolate cake). Some people write of how the work of writing a novel empowered them to branch out into other creative work. Some people even found friendships and love through the supportive community of fellow writers.
The essays (some no longer than a paragraph, others several pages long) are all very inspiring and come from authors in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe aged from teens through to adults who’ve been attempting to finish novels for decades. Some people write fan fiction, others chronicle painful autobiographical events. What really comes through all of the essays is the appreciation for the self-confidence and discipline that turned regular people into novelists. The sense of accomplishment and determination to continue writing is repeated in almost every essay.
The only thing I didn’t like about the essays was that sometimes acronyms are used that people unfamiliar with non-NaNoWriMo don’t understand (several mention being “MLs” with no further elaboration, for instance). Also, many of the essays are directed to and express appreciation for (to the point of being somewhat overly sentimental) Chris Baty, the founder of the project who has since moved on to other things and turned it over to others to run. Since the chapters are somewhat similar in describing how people came to write and what their experiences were, it’s hard to read all in one go. It is definitely a book that would be more enjoyable to dip in and out of for inspiration, especially for budding authors.
While I’ve never attempted to write a novel, reading about what a positive and supportive experience it was very inspiring!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review.
Posted by Lisanne624 at 10:12 AM
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Of course, part of attracting good things into your life also involves being active in identifying and overcoming barriers that might be holding you back. One way this can be achieved is to stop focusing on the things you don't have and instead become mindfully grateful for what you do have. Another one is to plan and visualize, rather than make excuses and give up.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Adam Sharp works in IT in England and is an amateur musician. In the late 1980s, he's sent to Australia for a temporary work project. While there, he is playing piano and singing in a bar one night when a young woman comes up and begins singing with him. It seems she is an actress who is currently appearing on a soap opera, so she's well-known to everyone in the room -- except Adam. He eventually begins an affair with the woman, Angelina, even though she is currently married (although unhappily).
When Adam's job assignment is up, he moves on to the next assignment in Singapore, and feels like he is in no position to ask Angelina to leave her job and marriage to follow him. Nor is he willing to give up his job and move across the world to be with her. Eventually he begins a long-term relationship with a woman in England, Claire, and they settle down into domesticity. But of course, he never forgets Angelina and always wonders "what could have been."
Fast forward 20 years. He and Claire have become rather bored with each other. He works now and then on temporary IT contracts, but it's really Claire who brings in the money. They tried to have children, but were unsuccessful and didn't want to to the IFV route. Now Claire's company is possibly going to be purchased by a larger company, and if that happens, she will have to move to the USA, at least for a few years, to complete the transition. Once again, Adam is unwilling to uproot himself (although there doesn't seem much to give up) and so he pretty much decides that if Claire goes to the USA, that will be the end of their relationship.
At the same time, out of the blue, he begins receiving messages online from Angelina. In the years since their relationship she has divorced, remarried, had 3 children, and become a lawyer. With his own relationship in something of a decline, Adam again begins to fantasize about having a relationship with Angelina. It just so happens that she and her husband are coming to France for a vacation, and she proposes that Adam might like to join them -- for old time's sake.
The second half of the book, when Adam and Angelina reconnect, is quite long and drawn out, and veers into very unlikely territory. Both Adam and Angelina's husband, Charlie, fall all over themselves to wait on her hand and foot. What is really going on in Angelina's marriage is also a question that takes a long, long time to resolve.
All in all, I found the book to be quite annoying. Not only the complicated relationships, but the fact that Adam, wherever he goes, finds a piano and immediately sits down and starts to play and sing is quite far-fetched. Not only that, but whoever happens to be around (friends, significant others, general strangers) beg him to continue playing and shout out requests. Also, he knows just the right song and just the right lyrics to sing (while giving significant and meaningful glances) for any situation. If I knew this person I would be MORTIFIED and refuse to go anywhere with him. And why are there pianos at every bar, house and airport he visits???
While the book may contain some important messages, it takes so long to get there, with so many musical asides, that at the end I was just grateful it was over, rather than enlightened!
Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Readers' Edition of this book in exchange for my review
Monday, March 6, 2017
The disturbing fact that American citizens would align themselves with terrorist organizations (either formally joining or attempting to attach their names to a cause through violent activities) is something that is difficult for most people to comprehend. The author, a national security analyst for CNN, has come up with a number of factors that home-grown terrorists seem to share. These include being upset by US foreign actions in Muslim countries, having a "cognitive opening" to the ideas of radical Islam (usually preceded by a personal loss or disappointment), and looking for a sense of purpose through joining a large group.
Citing examples such as Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born cleric who had contact with many people who later carried out terrorist attacks, the author notes how the rise of the Internet has allowed the message of terrorist leaders and recruiters to reach more people than ever. al-Awlaki used the Internet to distribute his lectures throughout the world, and even to chat with followers on his personal blog when he was in hiding in Yemen. The ability of "lone wolf" type attackers to gain inspiration for their "missions" from online sources makes the job of law enforcement that much more difficult.
The book also discusses the backgrounds and progress to radicalization for people involved in some well-known attacks, such as the Fort Hood shooting and the Boston Marathon bombing. The recruitment techniques and "path to paradise" promised to impressionable young people are detailed in the book. The war in Syria has also provided many recruits with an easy way to join ISIS: through Istanbul. While attempting to join ISIS campaigns in Afghanistan, Pakistan or Iraq proved too complicated for many, entering Syria via Turkey has been a much easier path. Additionally, those who train with ISIS in Syria are easily able to travel back to Europe, where they may commit terrorist attacks. Since the 9/11 attacks, however, ISIS or Taliban inspired attackers in the US have been lone wolf attackers who aspire to be a part of something big.
These individual attackers, while hard to detect and intercept, are also unlikely to be able to carry out a mass event like 9/11 again, according to the author. As well as governmental attempts to track and stop potential terrorists in the US, several people are speaking out about the terrorists using Islam as a justification for their atrocities. Nader Hassan, cousin of the Fort Hood shooter, and Kerry Cahill, whose father died in the attack, have joined forces at the Nawal Foundation to denounce violence and terrorist. It is hoped that as they spread their message of acceptance and understanding, it will eventually drown out the voices of hate and violence.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of United States of Jihad from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review
Friday, February 24, 2017
Owen was just 8 years old when he traveled from his home in New York to Utah with his parents and older brother Julian. The mother of the family, Alison, was attending a work meeting there, and the rest of the family decided to come along and make a vacation out of the trip. Friends had recommended the rafting adventure down the Green River. A group of 24 adults, children and guides started out on the rafting trip. When the group assembled at a meeting point after the first day of rafting, Owen was not there. While his parents searched frantically for him, a guide took a kayak and traced their route back where she found Owen's lifeless body. Although a helicopter had been called in for search and rescue, it carried so much equipment that there was no room for passengers. Because they were at such a remote spot, the only option was to carry on with the original plan: to camp overnight and raft out the next morning.
The first part of the book deals with the first year following the accident. The family dealt with the loss in different ways. Stephane, the father, was beset by guilt and lethargy. His wife became restless and walked constantly. Their son, Julian, was troubled by losing his brother, but also by having to witness his parents' grief and anguish. The family is constantly comforted by learning new things about Owen as friends and classmates relate stories that they'd never heard before. Stephane was also frequently told about losses that others had suffered, which he interpreted as a way for the speakers to unburden themselves. He also learns more about Disaster Falls, including the many mishaps that have occurred there throughout history and how it got its name. After the accident, Stephane was dismayed that he hadn't taken more time to learn about the area where he would be taking his family. Later on in the book, he goes to his family's ancestral homeland, Belarus, with his father (whose parents had immigrated to the US in the 1920s). Although his 80 year old father had never visited Belarus, this trip served to draw them closer together as they reflected on roots and loss.
The final section of the book, End Stories, deals with the family's lawsuit against the rafting company that conducted the trip they were on when Owen died. The family had been upset that the dangers of the rafting trip were minimized, that the company's representatives were not fully trained or able to handle a possible death and that there was little communication about what was going on during and after the rescue operation.
This is such a horrible scenario. Of course there's no easy way to deal with the death of a child, but being forced to remain in an isolated area and wait to inform family and friends of the loss is especially heartbreaking. At the same time, there were some strange things that caught my attention. First, it was odd that the family saw nothing strange in sending a young child with no rafting experience alone along a very dangerous stretch of water, and that there was no research by the parents about this area before they went. There was another strange incident mentioned. Apparently Owen was invited to a sleepover and while he was there, he became homesick and called his parents to come and get him. So naturally, the parents took him to a child psychologist to find out why he had "separation anxiety" -- at 7 years old! Of course, now looking back, his father is wondering if Owen someone had some "premonition" that he wouldn't be with his family for long. It's still a heartbreaking tale of loss and the people that are left behind.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Disaster Falls from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Lo has worked for 10 years as a travel writer at Velocity magazine. Her boss, Rowan, gets all the choice assignments though. Lo thinks she's finally gotten her chance to move up the career ladder when Rowan goes on maternity leave and Lo is given the assignment to go on the maiden voyage of the luxury cruise ship the Aurora. The Aurora is sailing from England up to the fjords of Norway on an excursion to view the Northern Lights. There are only 10 cabins on the ship, and Lo is in cabin 9. On the first night of the cruise, Lo realizes that her mascara was in her purse that was taken during the recent break-in at her flat. She decides to see if her neighbor in cabin 10 might have some. When she knocks on the door, it is eventually answered by a young woman with long dark hair wearing a Pink Floyd t-shirt. She distractedly gives Lo the mascara and tells her to keep it. When Lo attends dinner that evening, she is introduced to her fellow passengers, but never sees the woman from Cabin 10.
After dinner, Lo makes her way unsteadily back to her cabin after drinking too much (yet again). Not only is she affected by all the alcohol, but since the break-in, she's been unable to sleep. So it's with great weariness that she collapses into bed. While in a deep sleep, she suddenly is jerked from sleep. She's unable to tell why, but she has a vague memory of hearing a scream. As she listens, she hears the veranda door next door open, and then hears a large splash. She goes to her own veranda to look out, and sees a smear of blood on the dividing glass. She instantly picks up the phone to report what she's just seen, and a security officer is sent to speak to her. He tells her that cabin 10 is empty, and even takes her next door to see this for herself. Although she'd just had a glimpse into the room when the woman lent her the mascara, she'd seen a room in disarray. Now it's totally empty. They go and look out onto the veranda, and there's no blood on the dividing screen.
Most people, especially those who had been drinking and were unsure of the circumstances, might have let it go. Not Lo. She insists on an investigation and continues to ask everyone if they've seen the woman from cabin 10. She continues to ask questions even when she's warned off by anonymous messages and when evidence of the woman's existence (the mascara and a photo) disappears. Interspersed with the events taking place as Lo investigates are emails from Judah and news reports that indicate that Lo is missing and hasn't been in contact with anyone since the boat left England.
While the idea of the story is promising, Lo is such an unlikeable, annoying character that I was rooting for the unseen "bad guy" to catch up with her and put us all out of our misery. She is constantly complaining about how tired she is and how much her head aches, yet she seems to have plenty of energy to drink and pester everyone. The most annoying thing (out of many) about her is her inability to speak coherently to anyone. Whenever anyone speaks to her, she begins, "I . . ." and stops to think/reminisce/reconsider. SHE CAN NEVER SPEAK TO ANYONE NORMALLY! It's beyond maddening. It's hard to believe that anyone -- boss, co-workers, suspects, fellow passengers -- can take her seriously when she can't form a coherent sentence. I wish I had read the ebook because I would have liked to search for how many times she said, "I cursed myself for my stupidity." However many times it was, it surely wasn't as many times as I did.
Final Verdict for The Woman in Cabin 10: ZERO Gherkins, for having a protagonist who was too irritating to live
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Nancy grew up in Brighton, where her policeman father, Gil, was abusive to her mentally unstable mother. This has caused Nancy to become estranged from her father. Her mother has been hospitalized once again while her mental health issues are being treated and her medication adjusted. When Nancy was growing up, her best friend was Hayley Le Saux, Frank's daughter. Because of her unstable home life, Nancy spent a great deal of time with the Le Saux family and saw Frank as a surrogate father. This causes her, once she begins her career on the police force, to protect Frank whenever his name comes up in investigations. Nancy and Hayley lost touch years ago, when Hayley's unsavory boyfriend, Shay Nash, introduced her to drugs and Hayley was packed off to rehab by her parents. In the years since, Hayley has married a professional footballer and moved to Spain. When she returns to Brighton for her father's funeral with her two small children, Hayley reveals that she has split up with her husband and will be staying in England. Frank also has a son, Tate, who is living in a group home for mentally disabled adults.
The 2-disc set also includes bonus behind-the-scenes featurettes with the actors, writers and directors discussing how the series came into being, why people are fascinated with murder mysteries and even the quality of catering on the set! It's an interesting look at how much work goes on to create a series and how many people are involved that don't appear in front of the camera!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Level from Acorn Media in exchange for this review
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Louise's ex-husband has been remarkably generous. He continues to pay most of her bills and participates in the shared custody of their son, even though he's remarried. This allows Louise to live in London (although in a small apartment) and only work part-time as a secretary for a psychiatrist. Once David, her pub guy, joins the practice they quickly rekindle their relationship. Of course, it's not long before Louise is able to confirm her suspicion that David is married. His wife is willowy, blonde and beautiful. Soon after she takes up with David, Louise is nearly knocked down when a woman runs into her (literally) outside her son's school. Improbably, David's wife, Adele, has collided with her. To apologize for their mishap, Adele suggests they go for a coffee. Louise admits that she is David's secretary, and while the two women enjoy a nice chat, Adele asks that Louise not mention their meeting to David. The two women hit it off and are soon seeing more of each other, even going to the gym together. All this puts Louise into an odd position: she's having an affair with her new bestie's husband, but he has no idea the two women know each other.
The chapters alternate between Adele's past and present, as well as shifting the present narrator from Adele to Louise. When Adele was a teenager, David (whom she'd always had a crush on) rescued her from a fire that killed her parents. Although the death of her parents left her wealthy, Adele was unable to cope with the tragic events and spent some time at a rehabilitation center/hospital where she met recovering addict Rob. Even though she's in love with David, she knows he'll get along well with her new best friend Rob once they meet . . . but is she being overly optimistic?
As present events unfold, Louise becomes increasingly suspicious of David. While he appears kind and loving, disturbing events surrounding Adele make her concerned for her new friend. Why does Adele have to rush home to take David's calls at a certain time every day? Why does she take so many prescription medications? And what about those bruises on her face? Could David really be dangerous?
Events become more and more nail-biting as we grow more concerned for Adele (is she in danger from David?) and Louise (ditto?). Could the events that happened during the deaths of Adele's parents have something to do with why she and David are locked in an uneasy marriage? As is being mentioned, there is a final twist that will surely hit the reader out of the blue (it did me!). If you like to unravel a mystery and be hit with a shock ending, this is the book for you!
Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reading Copy of Behind Her Eyes from Flatiron Books in exchange for this review
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
As the secretary to Dr. Simpson, Ms. Lefebure was required to attend autopsies and visit crime scenes in order to take notes. Often, she apparently lugged along a typewriter to do her work. Some of the interesting cases she helped with were the Dobkin murder (where the murdered woman was first mistaken for a bombing victim), the Luton Sack Murder, and the pitiful case of poor Joan Pearl Wolfe, who lived in a "wigwam" in the woods and was bludgeoned to death by her Canadian soldier lover.
Ms. Lefebure doesn't seem at all bothered by death, bodies (no matter what condition the unfortunates are found in), dismembered limbs, etc. but she's very judgmental of the behavior of the people who end up the victims of violent crime. In one chapter, she mentions a "not very interesting" murder of "a girl of fifteen and a half who had already given much trouble by running around with men" (easy to read between the lines that the teenager was just asking to be murdered and how boring it all was). Then there's the case of the young soldier who commits suicide, apparently because of the shame he felt at having been diagnosed with a venereal disease. The author laments "if the soldier had been a young middle-class intellectual, instead of a respectable working-class boy" he would have been able to shrug off the experience. She further demonstrates her lack of sensitivity when she describes Rachel Dobkin, who was murdered by her husband, as being a "poor, stupid, inoffensive little woman." There are also plenty of shocked comments on the state of some houses (as a result of the housekeeping practices, not the because of the crime scenes) she visits. The book begins with an editor's note stating that some passages were edited for this edition. I shudder to think what was left out when sections like those mentioned above were allowed to stay.
While the book was originally published in the mid 1950s, when attitudes were apparently very different to the sensitivities of today, it's still rather shocking to read how little sympathy Ms. Lefebure had for the victims. Still, I suppose it takes a tough exterior to be able to work around such tragic and upsetting scenes, so maybe she wasn't as unfeeling and dismissive as she appears.
Final verdict for Murder on the Home Front: Two Gherkins for being an inside look at a fascinating time in forensic science unfortunately written by an unsympathetic narrator
Divided into 6 "Pillars" (Internal Nourishment, External Nourishment, Peak Beauty Sleep, etc.), the book aims not to sell readers on the latest fad diet or cosmetic or exercise routine, but rather to make women feel better and regain their confidence in their own skins. Instead of seeing beauty as a temporary and constantly elusive quality, every woman can achieve her own beauty that is unique and doesn't rely on comparisons either to others or some societal, impossible ideals.
Pillar one takes a very thorough and informative look at how the foods we eat impact on our outer appearance (oily skin, dull hair, brittle nails, etc.) as well as our overall health. While everyone knows this in theory, the way the authors break down and explain the good and bad foods (and why they fall into these categories) is very interesting. I especially like how each author gets his or her say. For instance, Kimberly Snyder sees no use for dairy in modern diets at all, while Dr. Chopra feels it can have a place at the table, in moderation. Seeing that the experts have a hard time coming to consensus on dietary advice even for a chapter in a book helps to illustrate how seriously confused the average consumer is! The nutritional portion of the book is the largest chapter and contains lots of practical advice. One idea I liked was the suggestion to "visualize" all the gross things that are going on inside your body as it tries to digest a large or unhealthy meal. If that doesn't have you running for the kale aisle in the grocery store, nothing will.
The other sections of the book deal with such topics as ingredients to look for (as well as those to avoid) in beauty products, advice on getting a good night's sleep (and the detrimental effects of not doing so), best practices for beauty based on the seasons, ways to make your home healthier and of course, the benefits of exercise. There is a section on yoga practices (complete with photos!) and what each pose does to benefit the body (I don't care how beneficial it is, I still have no hope of achieving pyramid pose in this lifetime). The final pillar in the book deals with attaining spiritual beauty including ways to be kind to yourself and stop negative thoughts and self-criticism. This section also includes helpful information on meditation and combating stress.
The book ends with some Radical Beauty recipes, although as with most recipes, there are plenty of ingredients that you are unlikely to find in your kitchen (garam masala? tamari? Anyone?). Still, the book is very educational and inspiring, although it is so packed with suggestions that it would be difficult to follow all of them. If you're looking to improve your physical and emotional health, however, you can find plenty of ideas in this book.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Radical Beauty from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
The root of the trouble can be summed up with the title of Episode One: The Mad King. Henry V had been a strong and vibrant ruler, who defeated and ruled most of France. His son, Henry VI, was decidedly less regal and had no interest in messy things like battles. That was fine while the Duke of Suffolk was alive to keep things in check, but after his death in 1450, the country was on the verge of collapse. When a band of rioters breech the walls surrounding London, Henry flees the city. His no-nonsense wife, Margaret of Anjou, takes control of the situation, along with Lord Somerset, who lost a lot of territory in France and came home to England. The king's cousin, Richard, Duke of York, decides he is the man to run the country and comes to London with a small army to demand the king make him Protector of England. There is something of a power struggle between the two factions of Queen Margaret and the Duke of York. This continues off and on for many years -- the nobles don't want to be governed by a French woman, but the Duke of York tries to raise money by forcing the rich to give up some of their land, which doesn't endear him to Parliament, either. Eventually the Duke of York is killed after chasing Margaret to Scotland and attempting to capture her. While it would appear the Queen's side won, the divisions had already been sown that would result in more bloodshed over the next quarter century.
One of the most tragic events in English history is played out in Episode Three, The Princes Must Die. After King Edward IV was returned to the throne, England enjoyed a period of stability. Unfortunately, this didn't last. When he died in 1483, there was yet another power struggle. While his son, 12-year-old Edward V was the heir to the throne, the late king had apparently asked in his will that the boy's uncle, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, be named as protector of the country until young Edward came of age. The queen, and her Woodville clan, want the young king to be crowned immediately. While a coronation date for the young king is set, in the meantime Richard sets about grabbing power himself. He has young Edward and his brother imprisoned in the Tower of London, attempts to have them declared illegitimate, accuses loyal allies of treason and executes them, sets about killing the most troublesome and powerful Woodvilles, etc. The young princes disappear and Richard can now have himself crowned king, but there are forces at work to challenge his claim.
I enjoyed seeing the people and events of this historical period come alive, and it was very interesting to hear the somewhat irreverent comments of Dan Jones as he explained the motivations that drove the various people to commit seemingly unthinkable actions "for the good of the country." Jones argues that most of the people were motivated by the desire to protect England and to ensure that peace and stability were restored to the land, but the violence that occurred seemed to always get out of hand. I was a bit surprised by some of the events (no doubt my lack of historical knowledge contributed to this!). For instance, whenever someone wanted to challenge the sitting king or ruler, they would just throw together an army of 5,000 or 10,000 men and march toward battle. I had to
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Britain's Bloody Crown from Acorn Media in exchange for this review
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