The Tudors: The Complete Story of England's Most Notorious Dynasty, I can say that I am well and truly sickened by Henry VIII and by the staggering accumulation of pernicious consequences his reign had for England. And that goes for his daughters too! Sometimes reading history takes a strong stomach.
Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian was also cited, and we have five of his "Aubrey & Maturin Adventures."
Moving along to another genre that often combines fact with fiction, I thought that Smithsonian Magazine's roundup of "Top Ten Most Influential Travel Books" was one of the better attempts in this genre. Among the men (and two women, thank God) singled out for their lasting impact were Herodotus, Marco Polo, Freya Stark, Jack Kerouac, Bruce Chatwin, and Peter Mayle.
|The life of Dame Freya Stark suggests that travel (and a tot of Scotch?) can promote vitality as well as broaden the mind: she died in 1993 at the age of 100.|