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A fantastic book. A new look at John and Abigail, interesting and moving.
America's First Dynasty: The Adamses,...
After that, read about the entire family...
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
Then read about the others involved...
Redcoats and Rebels : The American Revolution Through British Eyes
by Christopher Hibbert
Founding Mothers & Fathers : Gendered Power and the Forming of American Society
Mary Beth Norton. Excellent book from one of the preeminent women's historians.
Liberty's Daughters : The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750-1800
Mary Beth Norton. Another excellent book by M.B. Norton. This was my source for most of the information in the
Short History of Women in the Revolution
Andy Adams: Log of A Cowboy
Firsthand account of the real cowboy life. Fantastic book, it may be the best eight dollars you'll ever spend.
The Golden Bough
By James George Frasier. On myth, folklore, and primitive customs
Wellington: A Personal History
By Christopher Hibbert. A terrific book on Wellington.
George III : A Personal History
By Christopher Hibbert. (Clearly I like Hibbert's books)
Every Man Will Do His Duty : An Anthology of Firsthand Accounts from the Age of Nelson-Burns
Edited by Dean King and John B. Hattendorf
The Beggar's Opera
A video of the play by the English Baroque Soloists featuring Roger Daltry amd Bob Hoskins. Great fun.
John Gay The Beggar's Opera
From Penguin Classics. The full text will a good introduction.
The Wars of the Roses
by Alison Wier. I enjoy her books.
Royal Blood : Richard III and the Mystery of the Princes
by Bertram Fields. Did he or didn't he? And how do we judge Richard III?
Life of Elizabeth I
by Alison Weir. I read this after watching the video Elizabeth - to get my history straight - and enjoyed it much more than the video!
Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles : A Novel
By Margaret George, who did one on Henry VIII with great success.
Mary Queen of Scots
The biography by Lady Antonia Fraser. Excellent, of course.
Robert the Bruce : King of Scots
by Ronald McNair Scott
O.K., so I don't have any songs about the Bruce yet - but this is a great biography so I put it here anyway. When I can find the music to
The Field of Bannockburn
it will be on my site...
The Bruce Trilogy/the Steps to the Empty Throne/the Path of the Hero King/the Price of the Kings Peace
Nigel Tranter - enough said.
by Peter Traquair
An EXCELLENT book on Scotland's Wars of Independence, including Wallace, Robert the Bruce to the Treaty of Berwick in 1357.
A Woman Nobly Planned : Fact and Myth in the Legacy of Flora MacDonald
by John J. Toffey
Highlanders : A History of the Gaels
by John MacLeod
The 1798 Rebellion : An Illustrated History
Recreates the rebellion using accounts and artwork of the time.
How the Irish Saved Civilization
by Thomas Cahill
Last Night's Fun : In and Out of Time With Irish Music
by Ciaran Carson
A Pocket History of Irish Traditional Music
by Gearoid O hAllmhurain, Gearoid O. Naimhurain, Gearoid C'Hallmurain
Paddy's Lament : Ireland, 1846-1847 : Prelude to Hatred
by Thomas Gallagher
The Great Hunger : Ireland, 1845-1849
by Cecil Blanche Fitz Gerald Woodham Smith, Cecil Woodhadonotuse-Smith, Charles Woodham
A History of Wales
by John Davies
The Real King Arthur : A History of Post-Roman Britannia A.D. 410-A.D. 593
by P. F. Turner
National Redeemer : Owain Glyndwr in Welsh Tradition
by Elissa R. Henken
by Jack Ian, R. Ian Jack, Geoffrey R. Elton
Rebirth of a Nation : Wales, 1880-1980
by Kenneth O. Morgan
Life at Sea
Iron Men, Wooden Women : Gender and Seafaring in the Atlantic World, 1700-1920
Margaret Creigton, ed. A collection of articles about women and seafaring. A couple are pretty dry, but most are fascinating accounts of women at sea.
Hen Frigates : Wives of Merchant Captains Under Sail
The Making of a Sailor/or Sea Life Aboard a Yankee Square-Rigger
Frederick Pease Harlow
Adventures at Sea in the Great Age of Sail : Five Firsthand Narratives
Elliot Snow, ed.
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