Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus

King Arthur could have done it but he failed. Not only did he not acquire the grail as he and his knights originally set out to do but he allowed the terrifying and long lived Rabies to persist well past his fictitious reign. It is really a shame that when presented with the cure he … Continue reading Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus

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Mormon Sisters: Women In Early Utah (a sampling of the female lens)

A common critique I read or hear about regarding the Mormon History community is that much is written by men, and likely for other men—Mormon history is not not often viewed through the lens of women. In order to remedy this problem in my own reading I looked through the Mo-history/culture books I have read … Continue reading Mormon Sisters: Women In Early Utah (a sampling of the female lens)

No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith

I was a bit surprised at how much I enjoyed reading Fawn Brodie's biography of Joseph Smith, No Man Knows My History (NMKMH), especially since it is infamous in Mormon circles and sometimes described as anti-Mormon. I have to disagree with that assessment. To me, Brodie was not attacking the faith tradition, Joseph Smith, or … Continue reading No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith

The Middle Ages – A Very Short Introduction

If you are not yet familiar with Oxford's Very Short Introduction Series you should check it out. It is a phenomenal collection of works written on a wide variety of topics—from Accounting to Teeth to 19th Century Russian Literature to Planets, to The Middle Ages, and seemingly everything in between. The very short introductions are written … Continue reading The Middle Ages – A Very Short Introduction