I am still one book behind on my Goodreads’ challenge, but I’m making progress. I vowed to finish both Chaucer’s Tale and Rubicon by today; that did not happen. However, at least I’m not spiraling out of control.

Like students returning from a field trip, the Wheel of Time has returned to

Teaser TuesdayJust in case you don’t know, Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share a few sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers!*

*I wish I could take credit for this introduction, but I shamelessly stole it from Heather over at bitsnbooks. To help me make amends, you should go check out her blog.

Along with Rubicon by Tom Holland, I’m reading Death in Florence: The Medici, Savonarola, and the Battle for the Soul of a Renaissance City by Paul Strathern.

The Truly Random Number Generator sends us to page 15:

This last was a mission of the utmost importance, 
for Lorenzo was expected to persuade Pope Paul II
to grant to the Medici bank the monopoly on 
operating and distribution rights for the highly 
lucrative Tolfa alum mines owned by the papacy.

At the time alum was the mineral salt used to fix 
dyes on cloth, making it an essential ingredient in 
the thriving textile industries of Florence and 
Venice, as well as those in the Low Countries and 
England. 

death in florence cover

In Retrospect

I gave Chaucer’s Tale: 1386 and the Road to Canterbury by Paul Strohm 4 stars. It was good, but not great. The first half offered a decent look at Chaucer’s London, but not Chaucer himself.


 

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