Sunday, May 4, 2008
Ok, I am aware that I have neglected to write a new post for awhile. This is not intentional; I have just been going through finals week, which (between work and final papers and projects) has left me little time to blog anything worth reading, really. However, as a literary geek, I am constantly buying new books to replenish my diminishing "must read" pile. Recently, I purchased a book, Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters That Ruled Europe, by Nancy Goldstone, that I had assumed would be a historical novel, the story of 4 sisters in the thirteenth century who practically ruled Europe due to their smarts and advantageous marriages. As soon as I returned home, I started to read it, just to see if it was as interesting as I'd anticipated. However, it was MORE interesting than I'd anticipated. It is not a work of fiction, but an actual historical biography, and I am just fascinated by it. The sisters become the Queens of England, France, Sicily and Germany, and apparently they wielded subtle yet strong influence over all that went on under their reign. I've only started reading it last night, but I have been reading it whenever I get the chance. Now I just need to avoid the temptation to stop working on such-and-such project to read just one. . .more. . . chapter.