I wish I had thought of writing this book. It has been needed for decades, a short, pithy, layman's guide to the sterling bond market, written by one of the "players" who has become a legend in his own lifetime. Readable, succinct, comprehensive and authoritative.
Sir William Ramsey completed this work in 1895. His approach was very simple: he gave Luke the benefit of the doubt as a diligent historian, who knew Paul personally. This approach has since been pooh-poohed as naive, but a century of liberal scholarship has failed to unseat his basic chronology, remarkably confirmed by archeological developments such as the subsequent discovery of the Gallio inscription in Delphi.
I confess I had never heard of Kenelm Digby until I was urged to read this biography of him. It changed my outlook on life forever. It is not that it is well written. The style is turgid. But the subject, Digby himself, is of such vast importance that it is amazing that this once famous man is now practically forgotten.
For it was Digby who, almost single-handedly, defined chivalry by collecting thousands of examples of chivalric acts in his marvellous work, The Broad Stone of Honour. In so doing, he gave intellectual weight to the romantic movement which expressed itself in the Gothic Revival, the Oxford Movement and Britain's century-long fascination with all things mediaeval… Read more