Teaser Tuesday: Death in Florence

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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Teaser Tuesday: Rubicon

I am now officially one book behind on my Goodreads’ challenge.

But never fear, dear readers, for I have a little extra time over the next few days and hope to regain my “on track” status.

While I don’t subscribe to a circular view of history as such, the Wheel of Time has come full circle 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.

This week I’m reading Rubicon by Tom Holland (the author and cricketer, not the actor).

I had wanted to read Persian Fire by the same author, but someone had already checked the book out.

Yes, it’s my fault for not placing it on hold.

Anyway, the Truly Random Number Generator sends us to page 243:

Only Spartacus himself appears to have fought
for a genuine ideal. Uniquely among the leaders
of slave revolts in the ancient world, he attempted
to impose a form of egalitarianism on his followers,
banning them from holding gold and silver and 
sharing out their loot on an equal basis. 

rubicon cover

In Retrospect

Confession: I’m only 7 or so pages into Chaucer’s Tale: 1386 and the Road to Canterbury by Paul Strohm. Don’t worry, I vow to finish both Chaucer and Rubicon by next Tuesday!

I’m also still working my way through Er Ist Wieder Da (English Title: Look Who’s Back) by Timur Vermes. Since it’s taking me a bit longer to read this (you know, it being in German and all), I’m trying to read between 5 and 10 pages a day. I’ll get through it in a month or two. I’ll keep you updated.

 


 

What have you been reading?

 


 

Have a suggestion for a poem, photograph, or future post?

Drop a note in the prompt box!

 

Don’t forget to follow me on:

Facebook – where I share news stories, articles from other blogs, and various and sundry miscellany that happens to catch my eye. It’s stuff you won’t see here! Well, mostly.

Instagram – where I show you my Life in Motion and share quotes and such. The widget only shows my last three photographs – don’t you want to see them all?

Twitter – where you can see my thoughts in 140 characters or less. Also, funny retweets.

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