In William the Conqueror: the Norman Impact upon England, David Douglas examines the reasons for the Norman Conquest, studies Anglo-Norman history, and outlines the known facts of William’s life. Douglas supports his arguments with a plethora of sources located in the footnotes and appendices. He documents the tumultuous era of William’s minority in Normandy and how those events prepared William for his role as duke and eventually king. Throughout the book, Douglas also demonstrates how the conquest was perhaps the most revolutionary event in England prior to the Reformation because the conquest changed the monarchy, created a new style of feudalism, and developed new political and intellectual ideas. Continue reading
In The History of the English People 1000–1154, Henry of Huntingdon tells the story of the decline of the English kingdom, the Norman invasion, and the establishment of Norman rule after the victory at the battle of Hastings. He chronicles the reigns of each king from William the Conqueror to Stephen. Henry includes every aspect of medieval life: murder, courtly intrigue, treachery, miracles, and saints. His work contains the first written record of Cnut confronting the ocean’s waves and the death of Henry I from eating too many lampreys. Henry’s overarching interpretation of history is that man’s pride and glory are worthless since man is nothing without God. Continue reading
The Ecclesiastical History of the English People offers a glimpse into a period of English history from Caesar’s invasion in 55 BC to Bede’s life c. 731 AD. Although Bede’s narrative documents English history, his primary focus is the conflict between the Christian Church and paganism. Bede tells of how Augustine brought Christianity to the Anglo-Saxons in 597, how pagans opposed the spread of Christianity in the various regions, and how ultimately the Council of Whitby was a major turning point in English history. Bede typifies his era by demonstrating tales of the miraculous and heavily disputing the correct way to calculate the date for Easter. Bede also openly advances his own views on politics and religion throughout the book. Continue reading
The City of God was written to refute the charge that Christianity was to blame for the fall of Rome. In books one through five, Augustine tells the history of Rome from its founding to AD 408 and refutes pagan arguments such as the assumption that Rome had thrived when the Roman gods were still worshipped. He shows that Christians are faithful taxpayers, take care of their families, and are peaceable. In the next five books Augustine points out the inconsistencies in pagan beliefs while demonstrating the truth of Christianity. In the latter twelve books Augustine broadens his argument to a general discussion of good and evil represented by earthly and heavenly cities. Continue reading
Ever since the 1960s, African Americans have been seeking affirmation of their equality in modern America. However, it is still very rare for an African American to push beyond all limited to rise to the top, but that is exactly what one woman did—Condoleezza Rice. In Antonia Felix’s book, Condi: The Condoleezza Rice Story, the author’s main goal was to study Condi’s background in order to provide America with the perfect picture of this powerful woman who dominated American politics in the early 2000s.
Felix’s portrayal of Condi’s life as a young child emphasizes the great stability that her family provided for her. Throughout her childhood and young adult life, her parents supported her wishes and dreams which changed over time. Felix places a great weight on family traditions and proper nurturing that helped provide Condi with excellent qualities that would aid her in her future careers. Continue reading
In his poem, “Tintern Abbey,” William Wordsworth makes a god out of nature and declares “nature then… / [to] me was all in all.” Wordsworth praises nature for possessing attributes which previously were reserved for God alone. In “Tintern Abbey,” nature exemplifies God’s attributes of omnipresence, omniscience, and omnipotence. Continue reading
Uncle Tom—a loving husband, father, friend—lived in Kentucky, a black man enslaved because of white superiority. In Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author deals with the harsh realities of slavery by emphasizing how slave masters treat their slaves. The entire story centers on a slave named Tom who was sold after his original master could not pay his debts. The three masters in Uncle Tom’s Cabin are Shelby, St. Clare, and Legree, each playing a key role in portraying a picture of slavery. Stowe’s firm belief that blacks are humans and therefore should be treated as such plays itself out in how these three masters treat poor Uncle Tom. Continue reading
Ever since the discovery of America by Europeans, the nations of Indians and whites have clashed over and over again in bloody battles of human brutality. This conflict would continue until the late 1800s. Many books have been written about the struggles between the Indians and the colonists, but one of the most gripping accounts is that of Mary Rowlandson’s captivity, which started after her house was attacked by Narraganset Indians on January 20, 1676. After her rescue, Rowlandson wrote a detailed account of her captivity in order that her friends might be able to see how good God was in sparing her life. Not only does she thank God for His many provisions in the narrative, but she also blames the Indians for their savage nature. During the eleven weeks that she spent as an Indian captive, Mary Rowlandson observed Indian life and agreed with her original prejudice that Indians were indeed barbarians.
I finished my master’s thesis on the diary of Almanzo Litchard. He guarded Washington, D. C. during the first year of the Civil War. During this time, he visited the Smithsonian, the White House, and Mount Vernon, met President Lincoln, and listened to Congressional debates. My research adds historical significance to his diary entries as well as telling his life story.
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– Hannah S. Bowers
Police Chief Luke Granger’s witness to a murder, Amy Griffin, has been on the run for years. Her family thinks she was murdered eight years ago, but Amy chose to accept a life in the shadows in order to protect her sisters’ lives. Now unveiled secrets about their father have thrust the sisters into the public spotlight. The man who wants Amy dead now sees her sisters as the way to locate her. Luke and two of his homicide detectives are determined to stand in the way. They are each falling in love with a different sister, and it’s become a personal mission to keep them safe. But chances are that at least one of them will fail, and facing the future will take a faith deeper than any of them currently knows.
This suspense thriller is another favorite from Dee Henderson. The underlying theme of faith through times of adversity is thoughtfully woven throughout the book.
– Hannah S. Bowers