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Adventures in Time - review

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Posted on: 29 November 2022

The Yggdrasil, as Dominic Sandbrook tells us in Adventures in Time: Fury of the Vikings is the great world tree of Norse mythology. Spanning the universe, its highest branches stretch up into the...

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Uncommon Wrath - review

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Posted on: 25 November 2022

Julius Caesar, after a decade of largely unprovoked warfare in what is now France, had killed a million Gauls and enslaved a million more. His contemporary and political rival Cato the Younger (Marcus...

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Ancestors - review

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Posted on: 4 November 2022

Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom and some other places, was buried on 19 September 2022 in Windsor Chapel. The crown she wore as queen, together with the orb and sceptre (ie the golden ball...

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Posted on: 1 November 2022

Click the book covers to see a zoomed in image and links to Amazon for those who like to buy their books there. ...

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Posted on: 14 October 2022

What we do in life echoes in eternity... So said Maximus in the film Gladiator way back in the year 2000. The trouble is that for most of us these echoes are going to be pretty feeble, lasting (at...

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Cartooning China - review

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Posted on: 7 October 2022

These half civilised governments such as those in China Portugal and Spanish America all require a Dressing every eight or Ten years to keep them in order... They care little for words and they must...

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Posted on: 1 October 2022

Thirteen new history books identified this month. No doubt they are all good but to pick out a few: Olando Figes does his bit to enlighten us all with his The Story of Russia. As I had noted earlier...

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In the Reign of King John - review

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Posted on: 23 September 2022

Nowadays we suffer from deforestation. In the 13th Century England had an afforestation problem. More and more of the country was being forested and people were - literally - up in arms about it. What...

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Happy Dreams of Liberty - review

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Posted on: 11 September 2022

Their freedom papers will only be a pass to want and misery... they have happy dreams of liberty... but if they could realise, as clearly as I do, how much more happy they would be back on an...

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