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Christmas Books

Our friends Cindee and Bob “get” my love of history, etc in a way that my own family really doesn’t. They help out at the local library and have been setting aside titles that I might like when they sort through the used book donations. I’d never heard of this one before, but it looks interesting; not so much a military history as a an examination of the relationship. From the jacket: 

    What did Napoleon Bonaparte mean to the British people? This engaging book reconstructs the role that the French leader played in the British political, cultural, and religious imagination in the early nineteenth century. Denounced by many as a tyrant or monster, Napoleon nevertheless had sympathizers in Britain. Stuart Semmel explores the ways in which the British used Napoleon to think about their own history, identity, and destiny.

    Many attacked Napoleon but worried that the British national character might not be adequate to the task of defeating him. Others, radicals and reformers, used Napoleon’s example to criticize the British constitution. Semmel mines a wide array of sources—ranging from political pamphlets and astrological almanacs to sonnets by canonical Romantic poets—to reveal surprising corners of late Hanoverian politics and culture.

Stuart Semmel is assistant professor of history at the University of Delaware.

An oldie but a goodie; I read it years ago, but now I have my own copy!

Now this was a book I was actually strongly considering buying myself. Lieven’s ability to access and read the Russian sources is really improving our understanding of the Napoleonic Wars, and especially Russia’s role in them. 

Some helpful Ospreys; I am about to paint up a lot of command figures!

I already have the (excellent) old Almark book on the French Artillery, but it is literally falling apart!

Can’t go too wrong with my favorite Marshal front and center on the cover!

The “Bravest of the Brave” front and center this time!
They also custom ordered this tie for me; a bit hard to see, but it’s a mix of Napoleonic Golden Bees and Bourbon Silver Fleur-de-Lis. Very stylish! Vive l’ France!

Blunders On The Danube


A bit of Dark Ages research

I caught this on YouTube and have been watching it again (having seen it a first time when it originally aired).

Some interesting new archaeological stuff on the Age of Arthur, Saxon Britain and Tintagel, among other things, presented by the ever engaging Prof. Alice Roberts. Worth a watch, although there are a few places where it felt a bit dumbed down (like, tin in Cornwall is really not a revelation!), and I’m not sure how much it adds to the useful Dux Brit references, though I do wonder about a campaign where a Lord in Tintagel tries to strike East and reclaim some of ‘Britian’ as the attacker.

Trouble T’Mill


Hereward update

The form for games submissions for this year’s show is up. The trade form will follow soon, but we’re redesigning it slightly, so please bear with 😀 There’ll be a site update when that happens.

Also note that advance admission tickets are now purchasable (and have been for a while) for the princely sum of £3.Trouble T’Mill