I bought Out of Africa a few days ago and tried to read it, but I can't get past the first few pages. I find the Baroness Dinesen's writing to be dry, and while I understand that by the contemporary standards of her day she wasn't being racist, it's still hard to get passed for a reader in 2013, I find. So today I was given Two Faiths, One Banner by Professor Ian Almond, and I'm loving it. I haven't really read it in order (because it doesn't really need to be since it breaks up different regions and different eras which do not necessarily connect together), so now I'm on Chapter Three and reading about Emperor John Kantakouzenos VI and his close friendship with the Emir of Aydin, Umur. I don't know why I was so fascinated by the history of the Aragonese Crown for years; the Catalan Company was so horrible that there was a saying that existed on the island where my Grandmother was born up until at the very least the 1800's
--"that's so bad, not even a Catalan would do that."