Note, I put books on The Bookshelf if they’re on my bookshelf, not if I’ve actually read them–I might have but not always.
The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages 400-1000, by Chris Wickham (2009).
I was a bit disappointed when the first few chapters of this book were filled with kingship successions throughout Europe–I was interested in the cultural inheritance and the legal inheritance Rome left to Europe, not the lineal progression of kings. However, after I decided to just speed read the darn thing, I discovered many rich tidbits. Not sure home much I’ll retain with this method, but this is for sure a great resource, comprehensive and scholarly.
Builders of Empire: Freemasonry and British Imperialism, 1717-1927, by Jessica L. Harland-Jacobs (2007).
Haven’t read this one yet and I don’t think it’s a full-on conspiracy exposé. Just the facts. (Those should be enough!)
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