Instead, my poor showing was due to the deadly combination of two books that just didn't do anything for me (Heroditus's Histories and Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People) and a time crunch. Laziness and disorganization may have also had something to do with it, but I intend to gloss over that.
I was surprised that I didn't like historians Heroditus and Bede better, but it didn't take me too long to start hearing that little voice in my head, saying "Life is too short to read books you don't like." I could have read on, but I chose not to. As far as I'm concerned, one king's pretty much the same as another.
The two books I finished, though, were worth reading, one much more than the other.