After a couple of months almost entirely devoted to England, ’tis time to part — momentarily. It’s June, and almost time for my annual tribute to the American revolution. I had thought to have an appropriate mix of English and American colonial history before launching into the revolution itself, but the books ensnaring my interest lately have been more diverse. I’m not through with England for this year, as I still have an itch to read about the English Civil War. The next couple of weeks will feature a couple of books on the colonial period as a segue. We’ve already seen one in Daniel Boorstin’s The Americans: The Colonial Experience.
Once the Revolution series starts in earnest, it will include:
– two biographies of lesser known Founders, one being John Dickinson;
– a novel by David Liss (whom I’ve read before) set in the early Republic during a crisis
– a book on Tom Paine and political philosophy
– a look at Constitutional opposition
– a comparison of Canadian, American, Australian, and English governance
…and possibly a history of how Parliament came to fight its own colony.
If time allows, I’ll also throw in Bob Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, as it’s inspired by the American revolution.
Come Rack! Come Rope!, Robert Hugh Benson
Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie
Boudica, Vanessa Collingridge
Faith and Treason, Antonia Frasier
The Fall of Saxon England, Richard Humble
Agincourt: The Battle that Made England, Juliet Barker
The Wars of the Roses, Alison Weir
Fiction, Set in England
Armada, John Stack (Historical)
In a Dark Wood, Michael Cadnum (Historical)
The Other Queen, Phillipa Gregory (Historical)
Ruled Britannia, Harry Turtledove (Alt-History)
The Inimitable Jeeves, P.G. Wodehouse
Bachelors Anonymous, P.G. Wodehouse
Very Good, Jeeves, P. G. Wodehouse
Books by English Authors
Medieval Essays, Christopher Dawson.
The Everlasting Man, G.K. Chesterton
I also made it halfway through The Vicar of Wakefield before becoming distracted by history.