Wednesday, 13 March 2013

A later start...

Today I am not at school or in class as I am off to a day conference in Edinburgh to be held at Murrayfield Stadium.I hope it will be interesting and inspiring and filled with ideas to take back to the classroom on a variety of subjects.Therefore I have a little more time to drink coffee,read your latest blog posts and browse books- hence my picture of a small part of my library posted above.
I will also give some thought, as I travel on the train and walk afterwards from Haymarket to the stadium, to the opponents to my medieval Tradgardlanders.
Already an army has begun to take shape (partly in my mind and also in the amassing of lead new and dug out from the shed) in terms of a pretender to the Ducal throne leading an army of outlandish mercenaries and renegade Tradgardland knights marching on the capital...
Time to think today as well as a newly arrived copy "Orthodoxy" by G K Chesterton to browse,not to mention it was light as I woke up.Have a good day whatever you are doing and thanks for your company daily in Blogdom!

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  1. Interesting selection of books Alan. The religions of the Roman empire looks good, as does the children's book of German saints.... a source of names for the Duchy perhaps?

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    1. It is an excellent book on the Romans and belonged to my father who got me interested din the Romans in particular and history in general.
      Sadly no mention of the Duchy in the book on the saints,yet.

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  2. You can't go wrong with GKC - Heresy & Orthodoxy are two of my favourite books.

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    1. I think The Everlasting man is my favourite of his writings.

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  3. I agree with Kinch. One can never go wrong with Chesterton. Sadly I couldn't make out all the titles on the spines of the books in your photo, but it looks like a worthy library.

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    1. Michael if you click on the photo I believe you can enlarge it,give it a go...

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  4. Your picture always reminds me of the Morcombe and Wise library sketch where the books are arranged by colour and size rather than author.

    Nothing at all wrong with an orange shelf, it must brighten a winters morning.

    And please can you confirm that is The Army of CharlesII in the middle. A great book that I have always meant to get an Army for one day.

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  5. My wife and daughters arranged one shelf completely by colour and it looks great.Took a wee while to remember where each book was...
    You are right John it is Child's volume on Charles ii and his army.I got it in April 1984.A great book indeed and I too have always meant to raise an army from it.Many moons ago Warrior Miniatures sold some figures for the period.What ones do you favour John and in what scale?

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  6. I picked upthe Charles II book remaindered in Ludlow along with a memoir of the Tangier garrison which I stupidly got rid of in a much regretted cull.In the days of plentiful remaindering I followed it up with James II and William I. I stopped after I bought the Nine Years War at full price (I think an eye watering £40)

    Plenty of 1680s stuff around, but real restoration figures few and far between. The moulds on the Warrior figures are so shot now that I believe he will only attempt them as a non commercial one off.

    In 30mm Willie has a few figures for the Tangiers garrison which is very tempting though not practical, and a splendid Pepys.

    However just starting are 20 mm conversions based on the old Les Higgins figures which in themselves haveone or two suitable figures.

    http://historyin172.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/1670ies-range-from-nostalgic-revival.html

    These are based on German carvings and other sources for 1670 and are intended for the early wars of louis XIV in Germany. A rather important but completely ignored war, over here. I believe cavalry and artillery are to follow.

    but thats about your lot as far as I know.

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  7. Pity about the Warrior chaps!I too stopped buying Child's works when they grew too expensive.
    Your comment reminded me of many book culls I undertook especially one of around 1000 books when I moved to a radically smaller house.
    There seem to be less remaindered bookshops around,I recall some excellent bargains of yesteryear.I will check out the 1/72 fellows...

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