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9 Ways to Find Good Historical Fiction Books, Stories and Films

Nine ways to find good historical fiction books, movies, films

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hildegard Bingen Music Vision-- From the life of Hildegard Bingen
Early Medieval Period, feature film, Uncategorized

Hildegard Bingen: Music for Your Ears, Beauty for Your Soul

Hildegard Bingen lived behind cloistered walls in the 12th century. But Hildegard Bingen’s music is still being played, music she composed more than 800 years ago. That fact alone should be enough to warrant a film about an extraordinary woman. But Hildegard is a saint in the Roman Catholic Church,…

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i'll be gone in the dark michelle mcnamara why do serial killers kill?
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Why Do Serial Killers Kill? I’ll Be Gone In the Dark Attempts to Answer That.

There is, of course, no easy answers to the question of why serial killers kill. Author Michelle McNamara pondered that for many years before her early death at age 46. Whether or not her research into the Golden State Killer played a role in her death is  unanswered. But her…

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That Churchill Woman, by Stephanie Barron is the story of Jennie Jerome Churchill
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That Churchill Woman Drags to a Conclusion

That Churchill Woman by Stephanie Barron is a bit of a slog — unless you enjoy reading multitudinous descriptions of nineteenth century clothing and all about the upper crust of Britain. It’s the story of Churchill’s mother, American Jennie Jerome, who moves to England and marries the son of a…

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Five Things I Never Realized about Papillon

So I saw the new flick Papillon, and liked it so much I decided to reread the book, which I had read years before as a teenager.  That didn’t disappoint either.   So this is blog  post about both the book and the recent film. An earlier edition of the film…

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Becoming Marie Antoinette Juliet Grey #histfic #historicalfiction #magicofhistory
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Becoming Marie Antoinette – A Stylized introduction to the Famous Queen

First off, she didn’t really say “Let Them Eat Cake.” Becoming Marie Antoinette is an insightful introduction to the life of the tragic queen. It covers the the time from when she was ten years old to her early 20s, after she became queen of France. And it appears to…

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West Cork #audible #history #truecrime
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Ten Things I Learned from the Podcast “West Cork”

So I thought I’d try something new. I signed up for Audible and downloaded West Cork — the company’s first True Crime production. It’s a podcast, but more than a podcast. It has 13 chapters and is over seven hours in total, and . . . It was a revelation.…

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Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan is the love story between Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis #histfic #historical fiction #Christianity
1950s, books, Uncategorized

Becoming Mrs. Lewis Sidesteps Christianity

Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis by Patti Callahan is a chronicle of a love story, and it works, to that extent. But somehow, the magic of C.S. Lewis is lost in the book. About two thirds of the way through the…

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The Lighthouse keeper's daughter by Hazel Gaynor contains two stories related to women and lighthouses.
1800s, 1900s, books, Uncategorized

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter: Historical, Windswept and Strange

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter, by Hazel Gaynor, is two stories in one: one in 1838, the other in 1938. They are the stories of Grace and Mathilda. The first is the daughter of a lighthouse keeper on an island off Britain, the second is a pregnant Irish immigrant to the…

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