Charles Vasey

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 224
Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (3,390 of 3,718)
Location: London, England
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 224 - Total Helpful Votes: 3390 of 3718
The Michael Wood BBC Collection : In Search Of The&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Michael Wood
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reithian, 14 Sep 2014
A fine collection of some of the best (but tantalisingly not all) of Michael Wood's TV series.

In Search of The Trojan War is an excellent exposition not only of the history of that conflict but of the men and women who sought to discover the current locations.

In The Footsteps of Alexander The Great sees Wood in typical mode, scaling mountains and crossing deserts to follow the greatest conqueror of them all (Genghiz Khan lacking his Arrian); taking us to areas we may never visit but want to see.

Conquistadors amps this up even more with the tales of Cortes, the Pissaros, and Cabeza de Vaca as we travel around North, Central and South America.

In… Read more
Selfish Whining Monkeys: How we Ended Up Greedy, N&hellip by Rod Liddle
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book may come over in parts as Rod Liddle being frightfully amusing at the expense of people who are, shall we say, a trifle intense. It seems to me to be rather more than just that. Firstly, it is a work of filial piety as he remembers fondly and with a variety of regrets his parents and their world. He does not hero-worship them, but it is quite clear their conduct and their qualities echo down the years for him. I was reminded of Jonathan Meades' An Encylcopaedia of Myself". Meades and Liddle neatly sandwich me in age and I recognise their potraits of their parents. Secondly, although Liddle picks some prime targets (eggshells armed with hammers) and subjects them to his Rabelaisian… Read more
The Medieval Soldier: In The Wars of the Roses by Andrew W. Boardman
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bottom Up, 7 Sep 2014
This is a useful starting place for studying the wars and the individual level, for it is clear that the author's heart and knowledge lie not in the political arena but in the more tactical and organisational levels. This is all grist to the mill however, as it balances the more operational histories (I always like John Gillingham's work here). The author's work on Towton (with its grave pits and non-chronicle evidence) is a strong part of his book.