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Ithoriel
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« Reply #2985 on: 03 April 2019, 01:09:07 PM »

I must go back and listen to those all again.

Currently listening to 'Three hands in the fountain' by Lindsey Davis. (Von was laughing at the Geordie accents some of the ancient Romans were using.....But I DO like the stories in this series.)

Cheers - Phil

The Falco series is brilliant. I think I'm in love with Helena Justina Smiley
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« Reply #2986 on: 03 April 2019, 06:03:30 PM »

I'm with you both on that one.

Falco novels are great fun.
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« Reply #2987 on: 06 April 2019, 09:21:30 PM »

Finished the best treatment of UK policy in the Greek-Turkish war I have read.

Daleziou, Eleftheria (2002)  Britain and the Greek-Turkish war and settlement of 1919-1923: the pursuit of  security by "proxy" in Western Asia Minor.  PhD thesis.

 (link: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/1578/)
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« Reply #2988 on: 07 April 2019, 03:59:15 AM »

Another Cornwell Saxon Tales, "The Empty Throne".  Aethelred, son of Alfred, is dying.  Our hero Uthred, supported him, but also Aethelred's sister, Aethelflaed.  Also a lover.  Off we go to shield walls, ships and Danes.
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« Reply #2989 on: 07 April 2019, 07:08:15 AM »

Think that was the last one I listened to/bought.

Have to say, that for some reason, I didn't enjoy it as much as the others.

Cheers - Phil
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« Reply #2990 on: 07 April 2019, 10:57:52 AM »

The Art of Renaissance Warfare by Stephen Turnbull is proving to be a good read (not heavy going) on the developments in warfare between 1453 (Constantinople) and 1618 (start of the TYW). So far it has done a really good job of the Reconquista, the destruction of Burgundy, the rise and fall of the Swiss pike block, the developments in siege warfare and galley warfare in the Mediterranean (going on the galleys was a civic duty in Venice, although most other navies used prisoners/slaves). Recommended if you are interested in the early part of the Renaissance.
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« Reply #2991 on: 07 April 2019, 04:27:13 PM »

Blitzkreig by Len Deighton. Picked up by chance from my bookshelf and enjoying re-reading this superb book Smiley.

Superb book, often underestimated by the cognoscenti.
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« Reply #2992 on: 07 April 2019, 04:28:15 PM »

Dangerous Hero, biography of Corbyn by Tom Bowers.
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« Reply #2993 on: 07 April 2019, 07:40:49 PM »

The Art of Renaissance Warfare by Stephen Turnbull is proving to be a good read (not heavy going) on the developments in warfare between 1453 (Constantinople) and 1618 (start of the TYW). So far it has done a really good job of the Reconquista, the destruction of Burgundy, the rise and fall of the Swiss pike block, the developments in siege warfare and galley warfare in the Mediterranean (going on the galleys was a civic duty in Venice, although most other navies used prisoners/slaves). Recommended if you are interested in the early part of the Renaissance.

This is a weak book not up to the authors usual standard - see the beginning of this article for a summary https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/renaissance-quarterly/article/stephen-turnbull-the-art-of-renaissance-warfare-from-the-fall-of-constantinople-to-the-thirty-years-war-london-greenhill-books-2006-272-pp-index-map-chron-illus-bibl-3495-isbn-1853676764/38E5B0051D1B930BE93B1FABB4457046
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« Reply #2994 on: 08 April 2019, 08:11:40 AM »

So he got a few things wrong - big deal. Typical response of the over privileged Rees-Mog types up at Cambridge. Itís main weakness appears to be that it is mainly about military rather than cultural developments. They probably object to the easy read enabling the average person to find out something about the military history of the period instead of being put off by the convoluted waffling usually found in academic books (never ceased to amaze me at university and post-grad studies how the straightforward could be sublimely complicated through academic writing - preserve the mystique by excluding the masses). So, no, I donít agree with the above.  I have found it to be a very useful book for the period I am interested in.
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« Reply #2995 on: 08 April 2019, 08:25:40 AM »

Leman, you are taking it too hard. If I wrote a history of the greek-turkish war only based on greek sources it might be a fun book, a good book, but it is not good scholarship and may very well produce a incomplete picture. Pointing that out is not snotty.
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« Reply #2996 on: 08 April 2019, 08:48:14 AM »

Only people who can't get in and have to settle for the Other Place sneer at Cambridge.  Wink
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« Reply #2997 on: 08 April 2019, 09:02:35 AM »

Most people sneer at Cambridge...
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« Reply #2998 on: 08 April 2019, 09:04:05 AM »

As intimated above, we don't let everyone in. If you're straight and not a spy, in fact, your chances are minimal.
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« Reply #2999 on: 08 April 2019, 09:46:12 AM »

I spent a week in Cambridge one day.

Very pretty, but too many bicycles and entitled prigs.

Would also benefit from a hill.
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