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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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NAPOLEON’S LAST CAMPAIGN: PART SIX

(This is Part 6 of a series. It is recommended that you start with Part 1.) At 2pm Wellington’s position on the ridge was in danger of being rolled-up. The advance of D’Erlon’s Corps had broken the brigades of his … Continue reading

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ARMIES OF THE SUCCESSORS: THE PTOLEMIES

When Alexander died in Babylon in 323BC, the Macedonian leadership reassigned the Satrapies (governorships) of the empire.  Ptolemy son of Lagos, Alexander’s childhood friend and one of the inner circle of “Bodyguards” and generals, was appointed Satrap of Egypt. Ptolemy … Continue reading

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DEADLIEST BLOGGER’S FAVORITE QUOTES ON WAR

“Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” (“Who would have peace, prepare for war”) – Flavius Vegetius Renatus “A good battle plan that you act on today can be better than a perfect one tomorrow.” – Gen. George S. Patton Jr. “…the … Continue reading

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THE AGE OF ARTHUR (PART THREE)

This is the third-part of our discussion of Britain in the so-called Age of Arthur: the 5th though the mid-6th Century A.D. It is a fascinating period, with the Classical civilization of Greece and Rome giving way to the Germanic … Continue reading

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