Archives: Book Reviews

My review of HAROLD II: The Doomed Saxon King by Peter Rex

November 28, 2015 by Mercedes Rochelle | 6 Comments | Filed in Book Reviews, The Sons of Godwine

I’m not quite sure where I would put this volume in my own line-up of pre-conquest history books. On the one hand, it covered the issues intelligently and carefully. On the other hand, many of the major books he cites in his bibliography are already on my bookshelf…especially the 20th century sources. So on the […]

My Review of The Norman Conquest of the North: The Region and Its Transformation, 1000-1135

October 25, 2015 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in Book Reviews, General Topics, William the Conqueror

I had to order this book direct from England, but the title fell right into the middle of my research and I am so glad I stumbled across it. It’s hard for me to believe someone went to so much trouble to document every smidgen of information about this period, but it seems that William […]

Review for HEIR TO A PROPHECY by Frank Watson

August 21, 2015 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in Book Reviews, General Topics, Macbeth

Get out of the way, Philippa Gregory! There’s a new sheriff in town. Or, considering the historical setting, should I say “high sheriff.” Maybe “steward” (an important official who manages another’s property or financial affairs) might be even more accurate, because Mercedes Rochelle has entered the popular and competitive historical fiction field with Heir to […]

My Review of THE VIKINGS by Magnus Magnusson

July 30, 2015 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in Book Reviews, General Topics

I found this book about The Vikings to be a surprisingly enjoyable read; for the life of me I don’t know how historians can make such a lively subject so boring, but it seems to happen frequently. An unabashed descendant himself, Magnus Magnusson puts the antics of his Viking ancestors in everyday language that moves […]

Review for HEIR TO A PROPHECY by Helen Skinner

May 25, 2015 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in Book Reviews, General Topics, Macbeth

“Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none.” In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, these are the words spoken by the three witches to Macbeth’s friend, Banquo. Soon after this, Banquo is murdered and his son, Fleance, flees Scotland and does not appear again in the play. In Heir to a Prophecy, we follow Fleance as he escapes […]

Review of GODWINE KINGMAKER by Stephanie Hopkins

May 8, 2015 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in Book Reviews, Earl Godwine of Wessex, General Topics

I’d like to first say that this period in English history is probably without a doubt my favorite. I am quite the critic when it comes to reading historical fiction during this extraordinary time…when I saw this book tour available for this book, I knew that I had to read this story. I wanted to […]

My Review of The Norman Conquest by Marc Morris

March 6, 2015 by Mercedes Rochelle | 3 Comments | Filed in Book Reviews, General Topics

Considering the wealth of material available about the Norman Conquest, a book needs to be very special in order to stand out. Here, it was refreshing to recognize the Norman Conquest as something that did not end at the Battle of Hastings. In fact, Hastings was just the beginning of a tumultuous campaign to replace […]

Review of HEIR TO A PROPHECY by Nimue Brown

November 26, 2014 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in Book Reviews, General Topics, Macbeth

I’ve read Macbeth a number of times and seen it live as well, including an amazing production in the ruins of Ludlow Castle. If you come at it just as a reader of fiction, it seems to exist in that ancient never never time of mystery and maybe was and probably wasn’t… along with figures […]

Review of “The House of Godwine” by Emma Mason

October 20, 2014 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in Book Reviews, Earl Godwine of Wessex, General Topics, The Sons of Godwine

The House of Godwine: The History of a Dynasty by Emma Mason My rating: 5 of 5 stars I read this book some months ago, and today, as I was looking up a detail for more clarification, I realized that this volume was full of paper slips marking important passages. Then I realized I never […]