The Best Books on The Middle Ages | Five Books Expert Recommendations

Oxford medieval historian Hannah Skoda chooses her top five books on the Middle Ages, explaining why she finds the whole idea of their 'middleness' problematic and how a more global approach tends to shatter many long-held assumptions about the period. — Read on fivebooks.com/best-books/the-middle-ages-hannah-skoda/

We may not be able to leave the house, but these transporting books whisk us to Central Asia – The Washington Post

“Discovering Cyrus,” “The Road to Oxiana,” “The Nature of Alexander” and more. — Read on http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/we-may-not-be-able-to-leave-the-house-but-these-transporting-books-whisk-us-to-central-asia/2020/05/20/722d2dc8-9944-11ea-89fd-28fb313d1886_story.html

Book Marks reviews of The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes by Zachary D Carter

Carter unearths the lost legacy of one of history’s most fascinating minds. The Price of Peace revives a forgotten set of ideas about democracy, money, and the good life with transformative implications for today’s debates over inequality and the power politics that shape the global order. — Read on bookmarks.reviews/reviews/the-price-of-peace-money-democracy-and-the-life-of-john-maynard-keynes/

Shakespeare’s Globe theater faces closure due to Covid-19 lockdown | CNN Travel

William Shakespeare's Globe theater, the famous London playhouse where the playwright's shows were performed, faces permanent closure as a result of coronavirus lockdown measures, the theater and UK politicians have warned. Lawmakers on Monday warned the UK government that the historic theater -- which has been closed since March due to coronavirus restrictions -- was [...]

A Writer Pursues His Subjects as a Hunter Stalks His Prey – The New York Times

Calasso is especially good at describing the characters of myth and legend with a novelist’s omniscient authority — and the occasional zinger. “For 16 generations Zeus had intercourse with women from earth,” he writes, and “had always been attracted to the women of the house of Argus.” (Even the king of the gods, it seems, [...]

How Do You Know If You’re Living Through the Death of an Empire? – Mother Jones

The fall of an empire—the end of a polity, a socioeconomic order, a dominant culture, or the intertwined whole—looks more like a cascading series of minor, individually unimportant failures than a dramatic ending that appears out of the blue. Carts full of olive oil failing to arrive at some nameless fort because of a dysfunctional [...]

The Best History Books of 2020 | Five Books Expert Recommendations

If you're looking for the best history books published this past year, the annual Wolfson History Prize is a great place to start. Each year, the judges pick out outstanding books that are both originally researched and readable. Historian and Wolfson judge Richard Evans talks us through the six history books that made the 2020 [...]

On the City of Florence’s Struggle to Get Back Dante’s Body | Literary Hub

Giovanni Boccaccio’s call for Florence to retrieve Dante’s corpse appears in retrospect to have been primarily an elaborate literary conceit. The city’s abusive treatment and subsequent unworthiness of Dante enabled Boccaccio to fulfill the principal aim of his biography—notably titled a “treatise in praise of Dante”—by casting the poet and his work as “divine.” Later [...]

‘Signatures: Literary Encounters of a Lifetime’ Book Review | National Review

David Pryce-Jones’s Signatures is a masterpiece... The premise is brilliantly simple. The author, a familiar presence to NR readers, selects 90 books from his considerable library, each signed by its author. Each book, of the many collected over the course of a long life, is awarded its own brief chapter, allowing Pryce-Jones to open his [...]