Jim Webster

Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (25 of 27)
Location: South Cumbria
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Fantasy author, adviser, husband, father, churchwarden, general farm worker, Maverick

Ancient History, the more fun sort of Role Playing, wargaming, just trying to make a living

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 474,866 - Total Helpful Votes: 25 of 27
The Men of the North: The Britons of Southern Scot&hellip by Tim Clarkson
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
It is difficult to give stars to a non-fiction book, so I've settled on four because any less seems to suggest criticisms of the underlying research.
This book covers the area stretching from Cumbria and North Yorkshire in the south up to Stirling in the North, and manages to break free of both modern nationalisms and English history taught as the history of Wessex. In crude terms he covers the area from the Roman Conquest to the Norman conquest but does allow himself to spill over these boundaries when he feels it is necessary.
The author looks carefully at the sources and concentrates on what we can justifiably deduce from them. Unlike many modern writers he resists the… Read more
Twilight of the Hellenistic World by Mike Roberts
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice book, 4 May 2012
I enjoyed the book and found it a useful general guide. It isn't the book for the person who is already deeply knowledgeable about the period but is an excellent introduction to someone who is wanting to know more.
Size precludes the authors going into the sort of detail many military historians and wargamers would doubtless like.
What does let it down are the maps, which are not merely poor but are mislabelled as well.
Still I feel it justifies four stars
The Wars of the Maccabees by John D. Grainger
The Wars of the Maccabees by John D. Grainger
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The maps are rubbish, 29 April 2012
I'm perhaps rating this book slightly higher than the previous two reviewers. I agree entirely with them with regard to the maps, which are frankly pathetic and do let the book down dreadfully.
Another area where I feel the book could have done with more coverage is the nature of the armies of the Maccabees, but I realise that this area may be too speculative.
Still I felt it deserved the four stars because it does help redress the balance and tells the story from a Hellenistic perspective, placing the Maccabees in their time and presenting a coherent picture of the world around them.
The book is short, but I'd hope this makes it more accessible to a wider audience so for me… Read more

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