Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Recently Read

The Black Tower by Louis Bayard

This is a(n) historical mystery, set in 1818 France, soon after the Reign of Terror...the detective was based on a real person, Vidocq who was the first director of France's Surete Nationale and also the inspiration for both Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert in Hugo's Les Miserables! He was the head of the first private detective agency and was the basis for Edgar Allen Poe's Dupin, detective in his Murders on the Rue Morgue...

The Lady Elizabeth

I thought I was reading a biography of Elizabeth since Alison Weir is so well known for her work on the Henry 8 era...but she wrote this fictionalized account so she could imagine some of the unprovable "rumors" about Elizabeth I....pretty fascinating...

The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin
This was really interesting...showed how Franklin, who was fiercely loyal to the British monarchy, became an icon of American liberty.

1 comment:

  1. That Franklin book sounds interesting... he's such an interesting historical figure, I still remember the series of books we had when I was a kid on a bunch of different historical figures, and I used to read the Ben Franklin one a lot.