On this day in 1754, Banastre Tarleton was born

birthday ban

Happy Birthday, Ban! You shall ever remain my favorite! ;D

If anyone is curious about him, do check out this excellent site, if you have not already: http://home.golden.net/~marg/bansite/_entry.html


VERY Short Review: The Green Dragoon, by Robert D. Bass.

Now, of course, everyone’s tastes are different, but if there’s anyone else starting to get interested in Ban, please try to get hold of a copy! (For anyone who can’t, though, I recommend reading this site.)  As with any historical nonfiction book, double check what you read (I found many  Ban myths in there written down as if true), but it’s also so full of information and it shows that maybe Tarleton was different than what we’re told. I am quite aware that he still had his faults (and a few of which I most definitely disapprove of), but he wasn’t just this heartless baby-killer, you know? But of course I ramble, and I should save that stuff for when I finally get around to writing that one post.

In the end, the reader is allowed to have their own opinion of him, and I am fine with that. For anyone who might be mildly interested in him, though, this is a good book to read! It being the only published biography of him… what a shame…

(I love this book so much.)

(EDIT: I forgot to add that not only is it a biography of Tarleton, but also a biography of who would eventually become his mistress, Mrs. Mary Robinson.Two in one, isn’t that awesome?!  Her life was equally as interesting, in my very humble opinion.  But really, you meet some pretty interesting individuals here.)

I haven’t been on here much

Wow, I’m really not good at updating this thing. I was planning on making my next post about the treatment of Banastre Tarleton in historical fiction, but it will probably be a pretty long post and with school, other projects, and simply slacking off on tumblr taking up my time (yes, yes, I admit it), I have not got around to it sadly. Lucky for anyone reading this (or maybe not) though, I will be updating again tonight with a short review of a book I like and recommend, The Green Dragoon by Robert D. Bass.

Until then!

Book Review: Cast Two Shadows, by Ann Rinaldi.

After sitting for about an hour wondering what in heck am I gonna make my first post about, I decided, hey, why not a book I’ve read? So here are my thoughts on Cast Two Shadows by Ann Rinaldi. I found it after I’d read this review. The reviewer did not like this book, and as I trust their taste in fiction, I didn’t expect to like it either. I decided to read it anyway, because I am a very curious person and I like to form my own opinion on stuff. I was right. I didn’t like it.

I will not comment on the writing itself, as I have many faults in my own writing. Instead, I will state my own reasons why I did not like it, which is because of the historical inaccuracy. I know it’s historical fiction. Not everyone will be completely accurate and hey, I don’t mind it, as long as it keeps some semblance of accuracy. Especially concerning historical figures. Especially concerning historical figures. Now, again, I don’t expect everything to always be 100% accurate in novels, they’re not history books. However, when you add historical figures to your novel and change them so much you should have just given them different names? I have a problem with that. It’s a huge pet peeve of mine.

I won’t say anything on Banastre Tarleton’s treatment in this book because 1) the review I provided a link for has already said enough on that and 2) I have my own rant coming up soon concerning his treatment in fiction.

Francis Rawdon-Hastings. The poor dude’s character was butchered so much, I found myself wondering what he did to deserve it.

The thing I had an issue with most was with her portrayal of the British and Americans. All British were evil and cruel. All Americans were good-hearted innocents. Hardly any of them were racist and the main character was oh-so-shocked when a slave was whipped. Not over seeing him whipped(I’d understand that), but that he was whipped at all. C’mon, girl, you live in 18th Century South Carolina. Get real here. (It’s not that I like racism. It’s a horrible thing. But really? It’s set in the 18th century!.)

There are many more problems I found but again, the review I’ve shared a link to has already said it, and has said it better than I could have. I actually really urge people to read it, because it’s hilarious, and also has a lot more about Rinaldi’s treatment of Rawdon (I’m still so sore over that) and the master/slave dynamics.

I’ve read a few of her other works which weren’t too bad (I actually liked one–kinda– surprise!), so I don’t wish to insult the author. I also know there are books way worse than this. But why?


I feel an introductory post is important. Hello, anyone who may stumble upon this blog! I am Michaela and I like to talk a lot sometimes. The main interests of this blog will mostly be about history, books, and writing, but as I’m interested in other topics, I may occasionally make posts about them as well.

Another thing: while I may be very opinionated on some topics, I also like hearing other people’s opinions. Sharing your own is strongly encouraged, as I believe it’s important to hear other people’s thoughts on things.

I suppose that is all for now.  I am still rather new to blogging, but I hope this will be enjoyed!