1356, by Bernard Cornwell What happens when a fight for a kingdom meets a fight for control of one of the most powerful objects known to man? With 1356, Bernard Cornwell answers that question. As the fourth installment of the Grail Quest series, it unites medieval state and church conflicts, creating a riveting story where … More Turn the Page Thursday: The Mercenary’s Tale
1. Rome’s legions were a uniform fighting force Most everyone’s familiar with the idea of the Roman legion as identically armored men marching in-step to battle. Yet soldiers in Roman legions looked highly diverse until the second century B.C./B.C.E. Instead of fielding soldiers with identical arms and armor, legions consisted of four different troop types: … More 8 Myths about Ancient Rome
The Restoration of Rome: Barbarian Popes and Imperial Pretenders, by Peter Heather Dr. Heather is one of the most intelligent people currently exploring history, and The Restoration of Rome is a reflection of his knowledge. The book is a great example of how sound research can offer a new perspective on the past, and while … More Turn the Page Thursday: The Empire Comes Back
As Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia marched into Maryland in September 1862, they faced a daunting problem: roughly 14,000 Federal troops were stationed in Martinsburg and Harpers Ferry, Virginia, towns through which Lee hoped to run his supply and communication lines. … More A Key to the 1862 Maryland Campaign
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope, by Ian Doescher A short while ago at a desk not far from here, Ian Doescher created one of the cleverest pop culture and literature mashups of the modern era. In all seriousness, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is a comical, tongue-in-cheek approach to a well-known story. Much … More Turn the Page Thursday: Darth Shakespeare
On my recent visit to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, West Virginia, some rangers and volunteers graciously agreed to answer some questions about the park and the Find Your Park Campaign. … More Harpers Ferry NHS: Plan Your Visit!
Three pages are all that Arthur Schnitzler requires to challenge his reader’s thoughts on multiple topics. With them, he deeply examines humankind’s relationship with the cosmic “powers that be,” but he avoids dry philosophy. Instead, “The Triple Warning” entertains its reader with a tense, emotional dialogue between characters. It represents the entire spectrum of human … More Short Story Spotlight: “The Triple Warning,” by Arthur Schnitzler