The History Behind Harry: The Phoenix

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books are easily among the most influential literary works in recent memory. Part of what makes the series so memorable is the rich fantasy world that Rowling constructs. Both remarkably parallel and completely different from our own, she populates it with a soaring, sprawling castle on a Scottish loch; a myriad

Book Review: Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness

Introduction Perhaps one of the best things about having Amazon Prime (free 2-day shipping aside) is First Reads. Prime members receive a free Kindle book each month. The bookworm in me adores this. One recent First Read pick was Harold Schechter’s Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men. I had heard of the serial

What is the “Daily History Byte”?

You might be wondering why I periodically post an article called “Daily History Byte” (though it has yet to be “daily”…). I like to share a few links here and there about interesting or amusing tidbits I find throughout my daily internet wanderings. You can find some on my Facebook page. But I also want to

Daily History Byte: In pictures: Romans and their dead

The Museum of London Docklands will be opening an exhibit this May about the Romans of Londinium and their beliefs and practices about death and life after death. An exhibition exploring how Romans treated their dead is to open in London. Take a closer look at some of the artefacts on display… Source: In pictures: