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Michael Gove’s history lesson

Michael Gove’s history lesson Article to appear in the next Miniature Wargames perhaps under Gove’s nom de plume of ‘Graham Evans’. Advertisements

A Merovingian heavy cavalryman

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

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

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

So-Called Myth versus so-called History

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.

One step forward, five steps back

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

Reviews of Worlds of Arthur

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

More on that Cataphract

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

Dux Bellorum (not the rule-set!) and Historia Brittonum, Chapter 56

… 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

The Decline and Fall of the Ancient Triumph

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