It has been some time since I have written a post in my Historic Book Acquisitions series. However, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been picking up books about history. It just means that I have been writing about other things 🙂
This afternoon at the library book sale I picked up a handful of books about history so decided to again add to the series.
First in order is Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire by Roger Crowley. I used 1497 as the date for determining order as it is the date of the journey of Vasco de Gama to India. Of course the Portuguese were very active in other areas before this time.
I look forward to reading this book someday as there is some fascinating history from this time period as the European nations vied for territory around the world.
Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God an English Voice by David Teems is of course about William Tyndale who translated the Bible into English. Tyndale lived in the early 1500’s at the time of Luther, Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Thomas More. I am eager to learn more about the early Reformation period in England that set the stage for the early 1600’s and the Puritan and Separatist movements.
A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia by Thomas Harriot is a reprint of the 1590 edition. The book includes engravings of the drawings of John White who I just finished reading about in the book Roanoke. See: Currently Reading
This book was widely circulated in England and would have been seen by many of my ancestors who later immigrated to America.
Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different by Gordon S. Wood is a book that I have had my eye on recently. I have come close to picking it up at the used book store several times, so was glad to run across it at the library book sale. Gordon S. Wood is a Pulitzer Prize winner for History, so I am sure that this book is well researched. It will be interesting to read his thoughts on the Founders.
The Story of Phillis Wheatley: Poetess of The American Revolution by Shirley Graham is about a young African woman who wrote poetry at the time of the Revolutionary War. I have heard of Phillis Wheatley, but have not read much about her. Just scanning through the book it looks to be very interesting and I look forward to learning more about her and her poetry.
Now to get reading.