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GREECE IS SAVED BY ITS “WOODEN WALLS”

Just six weeks after the brazen shields of the 300 brave Spartans failed to stop Xerxes at the pass of Thermopylae, Greece found salvation behind the “wooden walls” of the Athenian navy! IN 480 BC there occurred one of those … Continue reading

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ENGLAND IS BORN AT BLOODY BRUNANBURH

The Battle of Brunanburh is largely unknown to all but the most die-hard buffs of Anglo-Saxon or Viking history. But it is a battle that deserves to be remembered. For it was the largest and bloodiest battle fought in Anglo-Saxon … Continue reading

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THE AGE OF ARTHUR: PART FIVE

Unique among the territories of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century, Britain succeeded in holding back and even reversing the tide of Germanic conquest for nearly two centuries. This was an age of heroes… It was the Age … Continue reading

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THE DEADLIEST BLOGGER LIST OF THE 25 GREATEST COMMANDERS OF THE RENAISSANCE

Once again, Deadliest Blogger presents its list of Greatest Commanders of history. This time, we tackle the difficult period of the Renaissance; defined as the period from the second half of the 15th century through the 17th century. While some … Continue reading

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THE CRUSADES, PART FOUR: CRUSADERS GONE WILD!

This is the fourth part of Deadliest Blogger’s politically incorrect look at the Crusades. Considering the sheer volume of material and scope of history involved, this can only be a cursory examination of the Crusades*; with the politically correct blinders … Continue reading

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THE AGE OF ARTHUR: PART 4

Unique among the territories of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century, Britain succeeded in holding back and even reversing the tide of Germanic conquest for nearly two centuries. This was an age of heroes… It was the Age … Continue reading

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THE VIKINGS: AN ENDURING (AND SAVAGE) FASCINATION (Second Edition)

(For Cecilia, in whom the Viking spirit still resides.) A  furore Normannorum libera nos, Domine: “From the fury of the Northmen deliver us, O Lord.” This simple prayer was once on the lips of priests and parishioners across all of … Continue reading

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