Sunday Post 3/25/18: Crochet, Another Snow Day and a Little Bit of History

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…

Happy Sunday everyone. Wow, this is the last Sunday in March. For it being a long month, that flew by. It has been another hectic work week but the end is in sight, I should be back to my regular schedule this upcoming week. Yay! Thanks all for your nice comments these last several weeks on that.

Can you believe we had another snow storm here this past week and another snow day? I know it is winter and we are supposed get snow but I am hoping that is the last of it for the season. Being home on Wednesday was nice though and I settled in and read a few hours on and off so that was good. I am over the cold and dreary early morning rides to work. This was Thursday morning. I want warmth and sunshine.
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It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History by Jennifer Wright

source: ARC/free review copy via AmazonVine
title: It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History
author: Jennifer Wright
published: November 3, 2015
pages: 240
genre: humor/non-fiction/history
rated: 3 1/2 out of 5 for humor, history and gossip

A history of heartbreak-replete with beheadings, uprisings, creepy sex dolls, and celebrity gossip-and its disastrously bad consequences throughout time

Spanning eras and cultures from ancient Rome to medieval England to 1950’s Hollywood, Jennifer Wright’s It Ended Badly guides you through the worst of the worst in historically bad breakups. In the throes of heartbreak, Emperor Nero had just about everyone he ever loved-from his old tutor to most of his friends-put to death. Oscar Wilde’s lover, whom he went to jail for, abandoned him when faced with being cut off financially from his wealthy family and wrote several self-serving books denying the entire affair. And poor volatile Caroline Lamb sent Lord Byron one hell of a torch letter and enclosed a bloody lock of her own pubic hair. Your obsessive social media stalking of your ex isn’t looking so bad now, is it?
With a wry wit and considerable empathy, Wright digs deep into the archives to bring these thirteen terrible breakups to life. She educates, entertains, and really puts your own bad breakup conduct into perspective. It Ended Badly is for anyone who’s ever loved and lost and maybe sent one too many ill-considered late-night emails to their ex, reminding us that no matter how badly we’ve behaved, no one is as bad as Henry VIII.

my thoughts:
Jennifer Wright had me laughing out loud with It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History. The history buff in me wanted to read this one as soon as I saw the title.
Some of the couples that Wright gives us the breakup dish on I had heard of, like Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and Oscar Wilde with Lord Alfred Douglas. Other couples such as Nero and Poppaea, were among the ones I did not know of.
Caroline Lamb and Lord Byron’s breakup story was my favorite. I was stunned, I couldn’t help but laugh at some of these people’s behavior and I had to Google them to see if it was true.

“Byron and Lady Jane-and this fact is often glossed over in history books-were monster- people.”
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Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser

source: borrowed
title: Marie Antoinette: The Journey
author: Antonia Fraser
pages: 511
published: November 12, 2002
genre: non fiction/historical/biography
first lines: On 2 November 1755 the Queen-Empress was in labour all day with her fifteenth child.
rated: 5 out of 5 stars

France’s beleaguered queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous “Let them eat cake,” was the subject of ridicule and curiosity even before her death; she has since been the object of debate and speculation and the fascination so often accorded tragic figures in history. Married in mere girlhood, this essentially lighthearted, privileged, but otherwise unremarkable child was thrust into an unparalleled time and place, and was commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in history. Antonia Fraser’s lavish and engaging portrait of Marie Antoinette, one of the most recognizable women in European history, excites compassion and regard for all aspects of her subject, immersing the reader not only in the coming-of-age of a graceful woman, but also in the unraveling of an era.

My thoughts:
I have been immersed in the life and times of Marie Antoinette for the past few weeks. I knew next to nothing about the French Revolution or Marie Antoinette prior to reading this book so when a co-worker and retired teacher, finished reading this one she raved to me about it and lent me her copy. When I would hear the name Marie Antoinette I would think of those famous lines, “Let them eat cake”.

Author Antonia Fraser starts off with the birth of Marie Antoinette in 1755 who was one of fifteen children, through her execution in 1793 at the age of 37. Like I mentioned, I really did not know much about Marie Antoinette prior to reading this book but I did know that she has gone down in history with an infamous reputation for extravagance.
Antonia Fraser is obviously a fan of Marie Antoinette, her detailed biography of the former Queen of France made me see her in a different light.

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