- Review of Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá. "I have not read such delightful, convincing, and readable science writing since the dearly lamented Stephen Jay Gould. This book is funny, absorbing, clear-eyed, and deeply anti-patriarchal in a way that feels incidental to the facts rather than rising from any agenda -- which I find utterly, gleefully vindicating and deeply satisfying."
- "Dear Hugo nominators: please do not nominate Connie Willis's Blackout/All Clear as a single work."
- Graham Sleight on the Ninth Doctor: "Eccleston and the Ninth Doctor may now be remembered for their refusals, but refusals can sometimes be the bravest thing to do."
Which of these books first published in 1961 have you read?
Which of these books first published in 1911 have you read?
Which of these books first published in 1861 have you read?
Which of these books first published in earlier years have you read?
I invite further discussion and recommendations (or dis-recommendations) in comments.
Now havinge related Sir John Perrott's Life and Services thus farre, my wearied Pen is unwilling to proſecute his Storie any farther; partly becauſe the Finiſhing thereof will be laborious, and aske ſome Lengthe of Time and of Diſcourſe; but principally for that the Cataſtrophe of his Life was very tragicall; and to writte all that happned therin, may, perchaunce, breede Offence, and touch the Proceedings of Times paſt too much: Therfore for this time, there ſhall noe more be ſayd of hym, but this, that his whole Life was lyke to a tragical Comedie, in the Beginninge prosperous and joyfull; in the Ende unfortunate and lamentableSo we will not find here the reasons for Perrott's fall from grace, let alone the unfortunate fact that he was unable to convincingly deny having described the Queen as a 'base bastard piss-kitchen'. We do, however, have Perrott's own will, written when he was already under sentence of death, in which he explains of course that it is everyone else's fault, inspired by a startling though perhaps not very surprising source:
And nowe I make my Complaints to God and all good Men, that I have bene moſt falſelie accuſed through the Malice and Envie of ſome wicked and evill diſpoſed Perſons, Schollers of Machiavelli, that I have been a Tratour to my Soveraygne Queene and CountrieSir Nicholas White gets three direct mentions, first as helping to deal with the 'Canenaughs' (presumably the Kavanaghs of Carlow), then as one of a number of officials writing a joint letter to the Queen in defence of Perrott in 1585, and then writing a farewell poem to commemorate Perrott's departure from Ireland in 1588.
It's an interesting enough primary source, but I've done enough reading by now to know that it somewhat exaggerates Perrott's achievements and almost completely omits his failings. There are more recent and more scholarly (but also much more expensive) books about Perrott, so I will just have to obtain them somehow.