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Napoleon's Army 1790 - 1815
Napoleon's Army 1790 - 1815
by Lucien Rousselot
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £50.00

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best..., 13 Mar. 2015
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The cost of this book is still rather high (at the time of writing £50.00) but the military illustrations are absolutely superb.

If you are your are looking for information on French Napoleonic military uniforms it is a "must have." Anyone who buys this book will probably already own or at least be aware of the Histoire et Collections series and the works of Commandant Bucquoy. This is certainly a very useful supplement and adjunct for the collector of those works and is likely to be invaluable as a reference text for the French Napoleonic military figure painter.

Excellent. 5 stars.


Game of Thrones: Season 1-3 [DVD] [2014]
Game of Thrones: Season 1-3 [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Peter Dinklage

4.0 out of 5 stars Only one word to describe it..., 13 Mar. 2015
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"Brilliant."


Gold Hex Collar Bar
Gold Hex Collar Bar

4.0 out of 5 stars At last -finally able to find a replacement collar pin., 13 Mar. 2015
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I bought this collar bar as a replacement for one I lost years ago. It arrived in a timely fashion and it was in accordance with the trade description of the product. The hexagonal bolts were a little bigger than I expected, but that is simply a matter of personal perception and personal taste.

I was just pleased to be able to find a decent replacement collar bar at last.

4 stars


White Satin Scarf
White Satin Scarf
Offered by Clermont Direct Ltd
Price: £10.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Caveat Emptor, 13 Mar. 2015
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The sales advertisement describes this product as a white satin scarf. The manufacturer's product washing tag describes it as "100% polyester." Let the buyer beware.
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NEW Microsoft Office Professional 2010 (2 PCs, 1 User)
NEW Microsoft Office Professional 2010 (2 PCs, 1 User)
Offered by IHI
Price: £149.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Forget It., 28 Jun. 2014
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The product I purchased was a fake. According to the order details, it was sold by "Creative Lab" (whatever legal entity that might be) and the external postage on the packaging enclosing the product suggested that it had been sent from Ireland.

The product packaging appeared to be genuine Microsoft packaging but the enclosed disk bore no Microsoft hologram as is usually the case. Microsoft refused to activate the product key on the basis that it was a pirated copy. A very disappointing experience but Amazon has refunded the full purchase price -the only redeeming feature in respect of this transaction.


An Ever Present Danger:  A Concise History of British Military Operations on the North-West Frontier, 1849-1947: Occasional Paper 33
An Ever Present Danger: A Concise History of British Military Operations on the North-West Frontier, 1849-1947: Occasional Paper 33
by Matt M. Matthews
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.04

4.0 out of 5 stars A brief but perceptive assessment of British military operations on the North West Frontier 1849-1947, 15 Oct. 2013
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This is a booklet only 77 pages long and it provides both a compact and lucid introduction to the topic of British military operations on the Indian Northwest Frontier occurring between 1849 and 1947. The writer's analysis of the subject is both easily digestible and readily comprehensible.

The reader with an interest in the military operations which have occurred in that area during the first decade of the 21st century will probably note that the difficulties and obstacles which British forces encountered in trying to pacify and/or control the Northwest Frontier tribes (not always successfully) in the last 2 centuries still resonate today and that some (at least) of the military lessons learned in the long period of British military operations on the North West frontier during that period have been applied in both British and American military operations in the Afghan border regions and also in Pakistani army operations in the Swat valley.

I do not think I can do better than to adopt and refer anyone reading this review to the Amazon book product description already provided on line which is a very accurate summation of this book:

"Recent Pakistani military operations against the Taliban have once again thrust the historically volatile region of Pakistan's North-West Frontier into the international limelight. Matthews provides a brief historical background of the British in India, geography of the North-West Frontier, the Pashtun tribes, and provides a short interpretation of the First Afghan War; he discusses British military operations from 1849-1900, the Punjab Irregular Force (PIF), its efforts to stop Pashtun raids into Punjab, and early corrective expeditions into the North-West Frontier. Matthews further explores British attempts to capture the lessons of the 1897-1898 Pashtun revolt through new training manuals, new training programs, and folding the irregular forces into the British and Indian Regular Army. He observes the successes of these programs (the 1908 Khel and Mohmand campaigns), the consequences of their abandonment prior to the 1919-1921 Waziristan Campaign, and the challenges confronting the British and Indian Army on the North-West Frontier during the 1920s and 1930s. He discusses British attempts to "Pass It On" or include the past lessons of "hill warfare" as well as the results of new tactical adjustments that can be explored by examining the 1935 Mohmand campaign, the 1936-1937 Waziristan campaign, and British efforts to track down and kill the elusive Faqir of Ipi. Finally, Matthews offers an analysis of lessons learned by the British on the North-West Frontier and their relevance for the US Army and its allies."

A considerable virtue of this booklet is that it also identifies relevant books or material for further reading. The only criticism I would have of the booklet itself is that some of the maps outlining military operations could have been clearer and more informative but in a publication of this size they are adequate for the purpose and it is a minor fault.

Useful:4.5 stars

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Châteaux de la Guerre de Cent Ans
Châteaux de la Guerre de Cent Ans
by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars French Castles of the Hundred Years War, 2 Jan. 2012
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This is the third book in a series exploring innovations in French castle design dealing with the changes in design that occurred during the reigns of Charles V and Charles VI, and the commencement of building of castles in the Gothic Style

The text is in French and covers the castles of Villandraut (c.1300), Montbard (c. 1300), Vincennes (c,1361-1371), Mehun-sur-Sevre, Saumur, Septmontis (C.1370), Poitiers (c.1384-1407), Pierrefonds (c. 1396-1407), Vez (C.1360-1407), Sully-sure-Loire and La Ferte-Milion (c.1392-1395).

There are additional chapters on furniture, costume and armament from 1300-1330, machicolations, the hunt, objects from daily life, military equipment (1380-1395) and costume of about 1395.

The text is illustrated throughout with drawings and castle plans by the well known C19th French Architect Viollet-le-Duc and it is supplemented by various modern day photographs of the castles themselves or sometimes photographs of finely built models of the castles demonstrating how they might have appeared at the time of their original construction.

This book will be of interest to anyone with an interest in medieval military architecture and in the writer's opinion it is well worth the price.

See also the other titles in the series:Chateaux romans et normands (IIe et XIIe siecles) and Chateaux Royaux (XIIIe siecle) by the same authors.


Chateaux Royaux Du XIII Siecle
Chateaux Royaux Du XIII Siecle
by Eugene Viollet-le-duc
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars C13th French Royal Castles, 19 Dec. 2011
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This short French text, the second in a three volume series, is both a reference source and a tourist guide which introduces the reader to the French Royal Castles built in the age of St Louis.

The booklet investigates C13th French castle design and innovations in military architecture commencing with the prototype C13th design of the castle of Druyes, (dating from the end of the C12th) and the castle of Coudray-Salbart, a chateau in the Plantagenet style before passing on to cover the chateaux of Montargis, the Louvre in Paris and of Dourdan. It then proceeds to cover in some depth the developments in French castle design occurring during the reign of Philippe Auguste II with particular reference to the castles of Rouen, Lillebonne, Gisors, Vernon, Falaise, Verneuil-sur- Avre and Villeneuve-sur- Yonne before concluding with the most colossal and powerful French castle of them all- Coucy.

The works and drawings of the famous nineteenth century Fench Architect Viollet le Duc form the back bone of the book which is beautifully illustrated throughout with his sketches, castle plans and reconstructions. These in turn are carefully supplemented with many current day photographs of the monuments concerned, and in some cases with photographs of well made models of the castles themselves as they would have appeared in their original state.

The text also contains some supplementary articles and illustrations on the construction of hourdings, the furnishing of castles of the time, costume and the armament of the C13th man-at-arms.

This text provides a very good introduction to the design and developments in military architecture relating to C13th French royal castles, and it is very well illustrated and astute in its analysis throughout.

This booklet was well worth the money. A positive recommendation.

See also Chateaux Romans et Normands (XIIe et XIIe siecles) and Chateaux de la Guerre de Cents Ans by the same authors.


Chateaux Romans Et Normands (XIE Et Xiie Siecles): XI Et XII Siecles
Chateaux Romans Et Normands (XIE Et Xiie Siecles): XI Et XII Siecles
by Eugene Viollet Le Duc
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars C11th & C12th Norman Castles, 19 Dec. 2011
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This short French text, the first in a three volume series, is both a reference source and a tourist guide which introduces the reader to the first Norman wooden chateaux followed by the early Norman and Plantagenet stone castles with their formidable stone donjons.

The written works and drawings of the famous nineteenth century Fench Architect Viollet le Duc form the back bone of the book which is beautifully illustrated throughout with his sketches, castle plans and reconstructions. Those in turn are carefully supplemented with many current day photographs of the monuments concerned, and in some cases with photographs of well crafted models of the castles themselves as they would have appeared in their original state. The text also contains some supplementary articles and illustrations on the furnishing of castles of the time, costume and the armament of the C11th and C12th man at arms.

As a tour guide, this text should enable anyone with an interest in early medieval military architecture to follow a circuit of the Norman frontier where it adjoined the disputed medieval French royal domain, encompassing the chateaux at Gisors, Neaufles, Chateau -sur- Epte, Chateau Gaillard and Ivry, before passing on to the improved Norman stone Donjons of Caen, Falaise, Vire, Domfront and Chambois and then moving on to experimental French chateaux in the French royal domains of La Roche Guyon, Houdan, Etampes and Nemours en Province.

The text concludes by returning to Chambois for the end of the C12th century and finally closes with a very interesting and readable account (if you can read French) of the famous siege of Chateau Gaillard in 1204.

This text provides a very good introduction to the subject of the design and military architecture of Norman castles, and it is very well illustrated and perceptive in its analysis throughout.

I thought that this booklet was well worth the money. A positive recommendation.

See also Chateaux Royaux (XIIIe siecle) and Chateaux de la Guerre de Cents Ans by the same authors.


Conquerors and Chroniclers of Early Mediaeval Spain (Translated Texts for Historians)
Conquerors and Chroniclers of Early Mediaeval Spain (Translated Texts for Historians)
by Kenneth Baxter Wolf
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Visigothic and Islamic invasions of medieval Spain- A window on the Dark ages, 14 Nov. 2010
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This book consists of the translated texts of John of Biclaro's "Chronicle", Isidore of Seville's "History of the Kings of the Goths", an anonymous continuation of John of Biclaro's "Chronicle" known as the "Chronicle of 754" and and a fourth book attributed to Alfonso III, which was intended to be a continuation of the "History of the Kings of the Goths."

The chronicles proceed year by year and provide a spartan annual summary of the events occurring in that year. The format is similar to that of the earlier Byzantine chroniclers eg Marcellinus.

Both of the chronicles of John of Biclaro and Isidore of Seville were written well before the the Muslim invasion of Spain, and on one view may be considered as a continuation of the task of earlier christian chroniclers recording events before the muslim invasion, at a time when the Visgoths were still consolidating their hold on the Iberian Peninsula.

Both John and Isidore eulogize the Visgoths following their conversion to Christianity. They seek to portray them as the builders of a new Catholic empire and the legitimate successors of Rome and christian imperial rule in Spain but they ignore or gloss over the fact their short-lived kingdom proved to be incapable of withstanding the Muslim invasion of 711.

John of Biclaro's work covers the period 565-590, and it provides a parallel history of the Gothic monarchy in Spain and of the Roman empire on the other side Mediterranean. It chronicles the events of the years by referring to the year of the Empire and to years of the Visigothic kings. John of Biclaro appears to be an unashamed admirer of the Kings of Toledo. He transfers the symbolism of the Roman emperors to the newly Catholic Gothic Kings of Spain.

Isidore's account brings events up to about 615 and the final steps of the Gothic/Visgothic march to the hegemony of Spain. He attempts to present earlier Gothic history in a positive light by portraying their barbaric ferocity (eg. the sack of Rome 410 AD and as a Roman Ally during the battle of the Catalaunian fields 451 AD) into something akin to military prowess and the winning of their "liberties" from the Romans in battle rather than by negotiation.

The chronicle of 754 was probably written by a Churchman associated with the Cordoban Court. It opens with the accession of Heraclius (where Isidore's chronicle ended) and deals with Byzantine history up to the conquests of the Caliph Umar before backtracking to cover events in Spain.

This chronicle has the benefit of a Mediterranean-wide scope. It describes the Arab incursions into Imperial territory while retaining its Iberian focus by describing the violent Islamic invasion itself before passing on to recount the reigns and deeds of the rulers of Al Andalus.

Generally the author is "religiously neutral" and he identifies peoples by their ethnicity not religion. He tends to view events through a political rather than a religious prism. The chronicle ends about 754.

The Chronicle of Alfonso III begins 47 years after Isidore's ended and was written by an Asturian author. It covers the period 670-866 and it was probably written about 880AD. It deals chiefly with the civil wars in this period but at the same time the chronicler elaborates the connection between Gothic and Asturian history by depicting the Muslim Invasion as a scourge by God designed to punish the Goths for transgressing divine law.

Be aware that some of these early medieval chroniclers of Spanish history are very much more readable than others.

This book is to be welcomed for making these sources available in English translation, and equally because it provides a partial window on the Dark Ages and an outline of events in early medieval Spain even though it still leaves many questions unanswered. The chronicles themselves however range from being boring to interesting yet cumulatively manage to provide an insight into events and politics in early medieval Spain.

The reader may or may not find what he/she is looking for in this text. A guarded recommendation.


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