Book Review – The Book of Deeds of James I of Aragon

As a follow up to Saint Fernando III: A Kingdom for Christ, I opted to read The Book of Deeds by James I of Aragon. King James was a contemporary with King Fernando, and also like Fernando III of Castile, James I of Aragon was a great crusader king. This book is Jame’s autobiography written […]

Book Review – Saint Fernando III: A Kingdom for Christ

Saint Fernando III: A Kingdom for Christ is a biography work that venerates one of histories greatest crusader kings. Fernando III of Castile and Leon has been canonized and recognize in the Catholic Church as a saint. So in this book we get to read about the life and deeds of Fernando III from a […]

Book Review – Reconquest and Crusade in Medieval Spain

Of the different books that I’ve read relating to The Reconquista, Reconquest and Crusade in Medieval Spain has to be the best one thus far. It makes sense why I keep seeing this book being referenced by numerous other historians online. Joseph F. O’Callaghan did an incredible work given us an overview of a very […]

Oops I Did It Again

For the third time in the twelve year history of this blog, I’ve moved the site URL to a new one. Originally this blog started under www.abaltazar.org, then switched to www.rubyninja.org, now www.antoniobaltazar.com/blog/ is its permanent home. The primary reason for this new switch is because I’m consolidating my webapps into fewer domains as possible. […]

Book Review – El Cid: The Making of a Legend

This book takes a factual based approach to the legend of Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, El Cid. It analyses the chronicles contemporary during the life of El Cid, many of which were fully included the book The World of El Cid, however unlike The World of El Cid, in this book we get an in-depth […]

New Portfolio Site!

So I was laid off my job last month, this gave me a good reason to finally redo what was a fairly ugly looking portfolio site. This time around instead of creating the entire static site from scratch (after all CSS and JavaScript are not quite my forté) I opted to use a pre-existing open […]

Book Review – A Feast for Crows

A Feast for Crows has been my least favorite book in A Song of Ice and Fire thus far. I recall being almost 700 pages into this novel and I literally said to myself “Nothing majored has happened to move the story forward..”. Even worse, their wasn’t much content regarding some of the main characters […]

Book Review – The World of El Cid

It seems the more I read chronicle like writings, the more I tend to enjoy them. The World of El Cid: Chronicles of the Spanish Reconquest is a book that consists of four different chronicles by different original authors that depict the deeds of the different Kings of Leon and Castile, and now legendary knight, […]

Book Review – Morgoth’s Ring

Of all the books in The Complete History of Middle-earth series, Morgoth’s Ring has been so far by favorite book thus far. The primary reason being is that their is an incredible large amount of new texts here that we really haven’t seen in the first 9 books. The texts included in this book were […]

Book Review – The Order of Santiago

The Order of Santiago: The History of the Catholic Military Order Sworn to Defend the Iberian Peninsula is a book that describes this medieval crusader Order from its initial necessity to its current present form. The first part of this book is a mere primer of the crusades. I think it does an excellent job […]