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Lovely post. I'm envious, I remember what it was like seeing the new books come in and I'd love to be able to take that Medieval Lit course. I'm going to look for the O'Brien book. I have Needle in the Blood, but I've not started it yet.

For the Arthurian period have you read Here Lies Arthur by Philip Pullman? It's a different view of Arthur and Merlin but still retaining mythical elements.

Dorothy W.

How interesting! I'd love to read more about women's lives in earlier centuries -- it's so fun to imagine what all the details were like -- and perhaps to be grateful that I don't have to live then ...


I love seeing the new books when they come into the library, as well. The only problem is I want to read most of them! This one does sound interesting. I love history, especially women's history. I took a class in undergraduate school on medieval history, which was very interesting. Have you read Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. The former was required reading for that class because the instructor felt that it did a good job of describing life for all the different populations -- knights, peasants, etc. It was also very entertaining.


Thanks for this post, Danielle! I love this period and Bayeux Tapestry!


Could you take classes from this new prof?


I really envy your job! The new professor sounds very good and this Medieval Lit course sounds fascinating. I really enjoyed your review for The Far Traveler and this book sounds great too. Thanks for bringing this book to our attention!


I was just going to ask the same thing as Isabel... Would you be able to sit in?
I bet you get tempted by so many of the books that come through your desk don't you? I can imagine that's good but sometimes bad for the wish list :)


Queen Emma sounds fascinating. I'm guessing when I finally get around to reading Needle in the Blood I'll want to do some nonfiction reading on the subject. It's all a bit backwards since I've already seen it (the tapestry) and listened to an audio about it.


BooksPlease--When I worked in a bookstore I loved seeing all the new popular fiction. While we don't get so much of that I've found so many really interesting books. I'm very happy about that aspect of my job. I'm constantly learning something new. I'm not at all familiar with that Philip Pullman book--I'll have to look for it. I'm really interested in the more historical Arthur.
Dorothy--I definitely appreciate living now rather than earlier (though I wonder if people in the future will think that of us, too--LOL). It is fascinating to think what a woman's (or a man's) life would have been like so long ago. No glass in windows, and light only by fires. Food preparation must have taken vast amounts of time. It's all the little details that are really interesting!
Lisa--I've not read either of those books, but I am going to try and mooch them, as they sound really good. I've looked at them before, but never get around to buying them. I also love reading anything about women's history as well.
Jenclair--It's such a fascinating time period, isn't it!
Isabel and Iliana--I was just thinking I should see what she teaches. I'm not sure if I want to take a class and get credit, but I was thinking it would be great to audit--just read along and listen in on the discussions! I need to go online and see the Fall courses that are being offered.
Jaimie--If you've not read the Far Traveler and it sounds at all interesting to you--I highly recommend it. This one looks very promising as well!
Tara--Lucky you to have seen the tapestry. Is it just massive? I've checked out a book of photos of the tapestry and need to look at it more And I need to get back to Needle in the Blood!

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