Friday, June 29, 2007

Mary, queen of wasting my life

Lately, for some reason, I have been obsessed with books about royalty, particularly queens. First I read Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette, then The Last Wife of Henry VIII: A Novel and now Mary Queen of Scotland & The Isles: A Novel has taken over my life.

Written by the ever-so-skilled Margaret George, and weighing in at a hefty 870 pages, I have been reading it like a madwoman for over two weeks.
A few things I have learned:
1. Reading passages about torture on "the rack" will literally make me faint.
2. It is great to be living in a country and time in which I am not in any immediate danger of being killed for my religious beliefs.
3. It is great to be living in a country and time in which modern plumbing is a given.

When I was a kid, I read The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers probably five times.
Basically, everything I really know about history, I learned from reading historical fiction like this. If you ever have a spare couple of weeks, I highly recommend these books.


  1. Maybe you were royalty in a prior life? :)

  2. Except for the hefty size of Mary, it is best read while reclining - you can't faint lying down!

  3. Och, I know I would fall asleep reading lol. I do love Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" novels, though I have been too busy being crafty to read.