Lucerne Book Reviews (Fiction)    

11th Century Books 

The Owls of Gloucester

Edward Marston, 2000 Period: Late 11th century.
The Adventures of Ralph Delchard and Gervase Bret, agents of William The Conqueror, working on the Domesday Book. Where ever they go, there are dead bodies.

14th Century Books

The Name of the Rose

Umberto Eco, written 1980 Period: 1327
Two monks must stop a series of bizarre murders in a monastery. This is a slow and convoluted book; to understand it you require a guide such as 'The Key to 'The Name of the Rose'".
A movie version was released starring Sean Connery.

The Key to "The Name of the Rose"

Adele J. Haft, Jane G. White and Robert J, White, 1999
A guide to "The Name of the Rose" including translations from other languages and background information.

15th Century Books

Hypnerotomachia Poliphili: The Strife of Love in a Dream Francesco Colona

translated by Joscelyn Godwin, written 1499
A fantasy love story/quest in a world half renaissance, half classical pagan. The author provided 174 engravings of a world of architecture and pagan imagery.

16th Century Books

The Queen's Head

Edward Marston, written 1989 Period: 1588
The first of many mysteries involving Nicolas Bracewell, book holder to an English theater company.

17th Century Books Captain Alatriste

Arturo Perez-Reverte, written 1996. Period: 1620. First in a series.
Alatriste, an unemployed Spanish soldier, is hired to assassinate two high ranking foreigners. Neither his employers nor the victims are what they seem.

Purity of Blood

The second Diego Alatriste novel.

The Frost Fair

Edward Marstan, written 2003 Period: 1669
The first of the Mysteries involving Christopher Redmayne, an architect in London after the great fire of 1666.

The Three Musketeers

Alexandre Dumas (Sr), written 1845 Period: 1640
The first of the famous Musketeer Books.


    Lucerne Book Reviews (Non Fiction)  

  The Four Musketeers


Kari Maund and Phil Nanson, 2005
Covers the true history of D'Artagnan, Porthos, Aramis, Athos, de Treville. Light coverage of Rochefort, Mazarin, Richelieu, Henri IV, Louis XIII, Louis XIV, Anne of Austria. Includes history of the King's Musketeer Companies and their use in the wars of the 17th Century. Also includes a short history of the Musketeer novels and movies.
This book is highly recommended.

  Anne of Austria Queen of France

Ruth Kleinman, 1985
Anne was the wife of Louis XIII and the mother of Louis XIV. For years she and her Minister Mazarin ruled France. She is one of the standard characters of Musketeer movies.

Catherine de Medici Renaissance Queen of France

Leonie Frieda, 2003
France of the 16th century is basically the story of Catherine de Medici. Catharine, her husband Francis I and her three sons ruled France for almost the entire century.

  The Island at the Center of the World : The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan, the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America

Russell Shorto, 2004
The forgotten history of New Amsterdam, the Dutch colony set in the territory of the Virginia Company. An excellent read of pure history.

  The Army of Flanders and the Spanish Road 1567-1659

Jeffrey Parker 2004
Second Edition
How Spain in the south of Europe maintained an army (the 'Army of Flanders') in the north of Europe for 80 years.

  The King's Army

James B. Wood 1996 The organization of the French army in the 2nd half of the 16th Century.

  Armies of the 16th Century - The Armies of England, Scotland, Ireland, the United Provinces and the Spanish Netherlands 1487-1609

Ian Heath, 1997
Covers organization, battles, weapons, ranks. Illustrations from period sources.

  Women All On Fire

    The Women of the English Civil War

Alison Plowdon, 1998.
The author tells the stories of some of the women of the English Civil War. Queen Henrietta Maria, who had to hide in a ditch to escape a naval bombardment and later arranged for smugglers to ship arms to the King.

Captain John Smith

    Jamestown ant the Birth of the American Dream

Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler,2006
The life and adventures of Captain John Smith and his effect on the English colonies in the new world.

A Land As God Made It

    Jamestown and the Birth of America

James Horn, 2005
The early history of Jamestown, The first successful English settlement in what would become the United States.

Mechanick Exercises or the Doctrine of Handy-Works

Joseph Moxon, 1680. 454 pages.
A DIY manual covering blacksmithing, woodworking and house building.


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