I'm slightly ashamed to admit that my knowledge of American history is not what it should be. In fact, I needed to get myself to a library to find some books on the post-Civil War era for the little consulting project I mentioned the other day.
My knowledge of English royal history, however, is pretty good. I've always been fascinated by Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. And you can't beat Henry VIII for all kinds of juicy stories. Now Antonia Fraser is tempting me with French royalty. Her new book, Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King, sounds wonderful. This is definitely going on my list.