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Book Reviews

Book Review: Island Queens and Mission Wives: How Gender and Empire Remade Hawai‘i’s Pacific World by Jennifer Thigpen

*review copy* *contains affiliate links* Island Queens and Mission Wives: How Gender and Empire Remade Hawai’i’s Pacific World is a book that focuses on the relationship between Hawaiian royalty and the mission wives who arrived in Hawaii to bring Christianity. The Hawaiian queens are immensely fascinating, and this book had the opportunity to be so [read more]

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Book News

Book News Week 18

*contains affiliate links* Book News Week 18 – 29 April – 5 May 2024 Power and Glory: Elizabeth II and the Rebirth of Royalty  Hardcover – 30 April 2024 (US) Thorns, Lust and Glory: The betrayal of Anne Boleyn  Kindle Edition – 2 May 2024 (US & UK) Forgotten Women of the Wars of the Roses: [read more]

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Elizabeth II

The Cullinan VI and VIII Brooch

The Cullinan VI and VIII Brooch consists of a “marquise pendant (Cullinan VI), suspended from an emerald-cut stone (Cullinan VIII), set on a fine radiating platinum web in symmetrically scrolling and foliate millegrain and pavé-set brilliant border.” Embed from Getty Images The Cullinan VI diamond was purchased in 1908 from the diamond cutter Asscher by [read more]