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Articles by Finch Bronstein-Rasmussen

Fetch My Embroidery!

September 1st, 2010

Was Eleanor of Aquitaine a power in medieval politics or a glittering figurehead? This wife of two kings and mother of four stars in a new novel by Alison Weir – but will the real Eleanor please stand up?

Dame Alice

August 1st, 2010
Emma Campion

Alice Perrers is reviled by history for insinuating her way into Edward III’s bed and Queen Phillipa’s jewels. Now Emma Campion’s new novel aims to rescue her tattered reputation.

She Paints for Them

April 1st, 2010

Sofonisba Anguissola was the best-known female painter of the Renaissance, but before that, she was art instructor to a willful young queen. A new novel revives those sad, glorious days.

Like Dust, and Memories

March 1st, 2010
the rape of persephone by ‘steele savage’

In mythology, Alcestis is the model wife, willing to give up her own life for her husband’s. In Katharine Beutner’s lyrical retelling, the truth is more complex.


October 1st, 2009

In our second annual Fiction Bestseller List feature, our writers temporarily put aside their dogeared copies of Hume and Mann, roll up their sleeves, and dig into the ten bestselling novels in the land as of September 6, 2009 – in the tranquil days before a certain Dan Brown novel began tromping all over that list like Godzilla in downtown Tokyo. Before you spend your hard-earned money at the bookstore, join us in a tour of the way we read now.

Amen to That

April 1st, 2009

Anne Easter Smith’s The King’s Grace builds its plot around the mystery of the Princes in the Tower—and borrows its conceit from Josephine Tey’s classic A Daughter in Time. Finch Bronstein-Rasmussen examines the book and the mystery.

Thick-Coming Fancies

March 1st, 2008

Susan Fraser King in her debut novel Lady Macbeth cries “Out, out!” to the blot on her main character’s reputation put there by Shakespeare; Finch Bronstein-Rasmussen seeks to determine if King’s efforts signify anything.