I have run across several books that, in my opinion, strike an excellent balance between scholarship and readability. This list contains only a few of them.
Did the St. Brice’s Day Massacre lead to the Danish Conquest of England?
Even though it’s been decades since a former VP was elected president, there have been many former VPs who became US president. In fact, it’s one of the most common routes to the presidency. Let’s take a look at the 15 men who became President of the United States after being Vice President.
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“He ended his days on St. George’s Day, and he had held his kingdom with great toil and difficulties as long as his life lasted.”
Æthelred’s plan was to invade Normandy and capture Duke Richard II.
The image that had emerged by the 12th century was of a ruler who was afraid of candles, had defecated at his baptism, was scolded at his own coronation, was haunted by the ghost of his murdered brother, and who preferred drinking and sleeping to fighting vikings.
Using the restoration agreement of 1014 as a starting point, it is possible to make sense of one of the most dramatic eras in English history, when King Æthelred not only had to fend off massive Viking invasions, but also had to navigate through dangerous factions, disloyal subjects, and an open rebellion by his own son.
No territorial governor or distant president could bring order to Kansas: “You might as well attempt to govern the devil in hell.”