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Friday, 29 April 2016


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Well, it seems to me that WE, your adoring public, do not need to wade through this mighty tome, since you've done it for us.
If anything comes up pertaining to these events, all we have to do is contact you and Bob will be our uncle.
Many thanks for your tireless efforts on our behalf.
I'm sure we all appreciate it.

May I assume, Andra, that the cheque is in the post?

Oh, take that as a 'no', shall I?

Must have got caught up with all those cheques you have been sending me for all the bloody jokes I provide.

Are you hinting that they have not yet arrived? I'm shocked, I tell you, shocked! I *personally* put them on a slow boat to China, oooops, just remembered, you live in Australia, silly me!

Interesting. One of the most dramatic moments in English history, I always feel, is when Charles went to arrest the Parliamentarians but they had been tipped off. I see my birds are flown said the disconsolate Charles. At that point it was had he but known it all over for him. I think that was the time the Speaker made his famous remark that defined the role of the Speaker ever since. I believe you recommended The Peacemakers, David, by Margaret MacMillan, which I bought and read and thoroughly enjoyed. So thanks for that.

I finished 'The Noble Revolt' about a week ago; it's every bit as good as you say. It helped that I'd read C. V. Wedgewood's 'The King's Peace' and 'The King's War' first. Events are painted with a much more broader brush, and her books gave me a good idea of what was going on when I came to read Mr. Adamson.
You've given us some excellent tips on books, Duffers, and to return the compliment try 'About Face!' by Lt.Colonel David H. Hackworth, late of the US Army. He had a most remarkable military career, serving in the ranks through the Berlin Airlift, Korea, and was promoted officer during the Vietnam War.
Available on Amazon, used, for a bout a fiver. (I got mine for a penny plus postage, of course!)

Thank you both, Gentlemen, and I'm glad to have been of service. Part of the reason it took me so long to read Adamson's book, apart from the effort of actually picking it up, was that I was simultaneously reading "The English Civil Wars" by Blair Worden which, covering 20-odd years rather than three, is not quite so day-to-day detailed but provides an excellent overview.

I checked out the late Col. Hackworth and he sounds like a superb infantry officer. He will go on my 'waiting to buy' list!

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