Michael Gove’s history lesson Article to appear in the next Miniature Wargames perhaps under Gove’s nom de plume of ‘Graham Evans’.
I came across this picture today. It is a rather lovely archaeological drawing of a ‘phalera’ from Seengen in the Aargau (Switzerland) showing a horseman rather like the better known one from the Isola Rizza dish. He has a helmet and armour reaching to the knees. This sort of kit is pretty well known in … Continue reading
More on the right-wing rewriting of Great War history Here is a much briefer and better informed piece by the Regius Professor of History at Cambridge (no less) – and incidentally the person who appointed me to my first job – further knocking on the head all that ‘just war against the nasty Hun’ guff … Continue reading
Myths of the Huns Not about WWI, before you ask… Some of you may be interested in this, although it’s not about wargames. There was a recent issue of Wargames Illustrated that trotted out most of the usual guff about Huns (largely because it was written by a couple of the ‘usual suspects’), including their … Continue reading
It’s a looooong time since an article in a wargames magazine made me physically angry, so hats off to the officer-class right-wing twaddle peddled in the current Miniature Wargames by Graham Evans. But here are the bells of midnight, so more of this anon.
In a rather good article in the last Wargames Illustrated (I think) Barry Hilton talks about the embarrassment of admitting that you dabble in the dark art of wargaming. (As a friend and former wargamer once said: ‘A paedophile? Thank God! For a minute, there, I thought you were going to tell me you were a … Continue reading
Some nice words from James Palmer (of the University of St Andrews) on the subject of my book can be found here. I think he’s very satisfyingly got the point of what I was trying to do and why it matters. There are a couple of nice reviews, too on Amazon and US Amazon (although, since they don’t pay their … Continue reading
Here is a useful discussion of the picture of a ‘fifth-century’ cataphract that I posted some time ago. Lots of useful points and links. I must admit that I did just take the date on trust from the museum card but late antique archaeology in Lyon is pretty good. I can say that the ‘plus min’ … Continue reading
… But the rule set’s title is emblematic of the long-standing idea that the phrase dux bellorum, which appears in the (in)famous chapter 56 of the Historia Brittonum (the so-called Battle-List of Arthur) is a title. ‘War duke’ suggests Dan Mersey in the book and an interview in the glossies. It isn’t a title; it … Continue reading
My latest thoughts on late antique warfare, politics and ideology can be found on my other blog, here: http://600transformer.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/the-decline-and-fall-of-ancient-triumph.html?spref=fb