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Kristen McQuinn

Kristen McQuinn is a medievalist who dreams of reading more, writing more, and traveling more while being the best single mama by choice she possibly can be. By day, she can be found working with English teachers at the University of Phoenix, where she also teaches the occasional class on mythology, Shakespeare, or Brit lit. Sometimes she updates even her own blog. Follow her on Twitter:@KristenMcQuinn or www.hergraceslibrary.com.  Twitter: @KristenMcQuinn

Arthur Conan Doyle, Spiritualism, and Fairies

Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of one of fiction's most logical characters, believed entirely in the existence of fairies.

Books about Traditional Crafts

Books about basket weaving, spinning, calligraphy, and more traditional crafts.

Anne Boleyn’s Little Neck

A comparison of the portrayal of Anne Boleyn's time in prison before her execution in historical fiction.

Books About the Kentucky Derby (Plus Some Fun Facts About The Big Event)

I am not a sports fan. Like, at all. I don’t understand sportsball in any way. No offense to any ...

By the Wrath of God, Queen of England: Books about Eleanor of Aquitaine

Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122 – April 1, 1204) was a medieval firebrand, and no question about it. These books about ...

British Cozy Mysteries: An Intro To The Genre And 7 Books To Read

British cozy mysteries are just delightful. Here's what you can expect from the genre and reading recommendations beyond Agatha Christie (though, read her too).

Life Lessons from Tolkien

March 25th is the Gondorian New Year, and to lead up we are considering a few life lessons from Tolkien.

The Truth is Better than Fiction: Accuracy in Historical Fiction

Does twisting or changing history to suit a story make for bad historical fiction?

6 Books About Rome For The Ides of March

Reader, beware. The Ides of March are here. And in honor of the Ides, we've rounded up some books about the Roman Empire during and beyond the time of Julius Caesar.

4 Books About Early Humans

Early human history has always been a source of fascination to me. Who isn’t curious about the origins of humanity ...

Other Women’s Stories: Favorite Terry Tempest Williams Quotes

The best Terry Tempest Williams quotes about women, community, and wilderness.

Adult Fiction and Nonfiction Read-Along Book Pairings

Bolster that fiction storyline with nonfiction readalikes. Here are 6 fiction and nonfiction book pairings to start with.

20 Of The Best Historical Mystery Books, Or They Don’t ALL Have to Be Set In Regency England?

When two historians discuss the same event, you’ll end up with three different perspectives. That's why historical mystery books are so fun.

Robins of the Hood: Robin Hood Retellings and Histories

A look at the origins of the Robin Hood legend, with recommendations for fictional retellings!

Rex quondam, rexque futurum: Arthurian Legend in History and Literature

A medievalist talks about all things Arthurian legend and lists some excellent reading for fellow enthusiasts.