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Death at Dawn * Caro Peacock

Thomas Jacques Lane – radical, romantic, scholar and devoted father – had led an unconventional life but of one thing his daughter, Liberty, is certain: he would never have taken part in a duel. So when she receives a note informing her of his death in just such a manner, Liberty ignores all advice and sets off in pursuit of the truth.

With no resources bar her wits, she travels to the Continent and back in search of her father’s killer. And as the nation prepares for the coronation of a young Victoria, Liberty uncovers murder and treachery at the very highest levels

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Ragnar Lothbrok and a History of the Vikings – Noah Brown

After the huge success of the TV show from History Channel, there were a series of people wanting to take advantage of the fame and glory. There were “Norsemen” – the parody TV show and then there was Noah Brown who took all the main cast of characters and went through their lives (not always in chronological order).

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Drood by Dan Simmons

I don’t think I like Dan Simmons very much right now. I’ve wasted 6 months+ trying to read this mega novel and while I could see its attraction – the last days of Charles Dickens and his obsession with a character named Drood, narrated from the perspective of his laudanum-ridden friend and enemy Wilkie Collins, I felt no love for any of the characters or felt any plot lines developing to a satisfying end.

THIS BOOK IS A WASTE OF TIME

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Kate Mosse – Sepulchre Book Review

I bought this in a charity shop and I think I will return it there now that I’ve finished it.

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Astrology

The scales in Egypt – Origin of Libra

First stop on the soul’s trip was the Halls of Ma’ati, where the dead person’s heart would be weighed on a two-armed scale of the kind used in Ancient Egypt for weighing gold and jewels.

Ma’ati meant Double Ma’at — double not in the evil-twin sense of “double,” but in the times-two sense — double strength. As for Ma’at, she was a goddess, sometimes pictured as two goddesses, or a pair of twins — teenage twins, with wings on their shoulders and ostrich feathers in their headdresses.images

She was one of the presiding deities at the weighing of the heart, the others being jackal-headed Anubis, who did the actual weighing, and ibis-headed Thoth, moon god and thus, in a society that used the lunar calendar, the god of time. He  was also the god of measurements and numbers and astronomy and engineering skills, and in addition he was a supernatural scribe or clerk. In heart-weighing scenes, he’s often shown with his wax tablet at the ready and his stylus poised, just as a scribe would have been present at a real-life gold-weighing to record the results. 

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The origin of the Libra constelation

22581c0f79c025255ddac6fea1fe3c0dThe constellation is Libra, the scales or balance, and as a present-day zodiac sign it rules from September 23 to October 22. One explanation of its name is that it rises at the time of the autumnal equinox, when the day and the night are of equal length, a balance being a device for determining equivalents. A more questionable interpretation is that it appeared at harvest time, when farmers were weighing their produce for marketing purposes.  

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Susan Elizabeth Philips – Just Imagine – Historical Romance

justimagineAre you ready for a story of love and hate between a confederate and a yankee? Set in the cloudy first few years after the war of the South, the story follows Kit through her teen years into adulthood and her desire to take revenge on Kane, a yankee major who she sees as responsible for the downfall of her plantation.
But true hate can turn into love, or can it not?

Disguised as a boy, she’s come to New York City to kill Baron Cain, the man who stands between her and Risen Glory, the South Carolina home she loves. But unknown to Kit, the Yankee war hero is more than her most bitter enemy — he’s also her guardian. And he’ll be a lot harder to kill than she’s figured on.

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Anne Rice – Pandora – Tales of the new vampires

515NBXHVSBLDid you ever think that the Roman empire was amazing? That the knowledge they gathered from all corners of the earth and took to Rome allowed the Romans to be highly erudite and further developed than other rising nations?

Meet Lydia, the beautiful and feisty daughter of a Roman senator and watch her grow old in a land before Christ and see how she developed into a lovely young woman, been through two marriages and ended up in Antioch trying to escape the law that kills a family into its entirety if found guilty of treason. One of her four brothers, envious of the success of his older brothers and wishing to have the fortunes of the family into his hands has betrayed their name and declared their father as a conspirator with Julius Gaelicus who was next in line for the throne.

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Philippa Gregory – The White Queen Book Review

cvr9781476735481_9781476735481_hrFrom the creator of the Tudor Series comes another installment of queens and kings, of plots and stories of seduction from the history fantasy novelist Philippa Gregory.

Elizabeth Woodville, of the House of Lancaster, is widowed when her husband is killed in battle. Aided and abetted by the raw ambition and witchcraft skills of her mother Jacquetta, Elizabeth seduces and marries, in secret, reigning king Edward IV, of the family of the white rose, the House of York. As long as there are other claimants to Edward’s throne, the profound rivalries between the two families will never be laid to rest. Violent conflict, shocking betrayal and murder dominate Elizabeth’s life as Queen of England, passionate wife of Edward and devoted mother of their children. In The White Queen Philippa Gregory brilliantly evokes the life of a common woman who ascends to royalty by virtue of her beauty, a woman who rises to the demands of her position and fights tenaciously for the survival of her family, a woman whose two sons become the central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the Princes in the Tower, whose fate remains unknown to this day. From her uniquely qualified perspective, she explores this most famous unsolved mystery, informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills.

Read more at: http://www.philippagregory.com/books/the-white-queen
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The Bone Garden

When a human skull is dug up in a garden near Boston, Dr Maura Isles is called in to investigate. She quickly discovers that the skeleton – that of a young woman – has been buried for over a hundred years. But who was the woman? And how did she die?
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