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5 Comments for "Bibliography and Suggested Further Reading"

  • Sirona Aldri

    No links for recommended reading? Is that intentional?

    • Jimmy Maher

      It’s a lot of work to track down all those links, and I didn’t get the impression that they were so important to people. I also wasn’t sure I should shill so overtly for Amazon. Apologies if I misjudged…

      • Sirona Aldri

        I don’t know about everybody else, but I appreciated the effort myself! Put a lot of books on my reading list as a result of this blog.

        At any rate, it’s always up to you in the end – I was just curious!

        • Jimmy Maher

          The links in the recent bibliographies have just been to those books that are in print and available for a reasonable price. There’s surely a correlation with accessibility and readability there, but it’s somewhat accidental.

          I can recommend some books from the list above that are just really good reads, being written with the personality and verve that too many modern history books are missing. Power and Thrones by Dan Jones is a fun history of the Middle Ages; A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchmann is a fascinating portrait of fourteenth-century Europe; Ross King’s books on the Renaissance era are all great; Fatal Discord by Michael Massing is a long but consistently compelling dual biography of Erasmus and Martin Luther, probably my favorite of all the new books I explored for this series. You can’t go wrong with any of these.

          • Sirona Aldri

            Thank you for taking the time to recommend those!

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