New Acquisitions: Hoplite-Style Disease Control (March 17, 2020)

This is going to be a bit of an unusual post, but with things moving so rapidly, it didn't seem to make sense to wait for a break in the normal schedule. Don't worry, this Friday's normal post (a Collections on chemical warfare and doctrine) will appear on Friday as scheduled. But it felt irresponsible … Continue reading New Acquisitions: Hoplite-Style Disease Control (March 17, 2020)

New Acquisitions: Class, Status and the Early Church

This short essay is responding to a (mis)characterization made - in passing, perhaps, but unchallenged - about the sort of people in the early Christian Church in the context of a high profile political discussion between two notable thinkers on the right, David French (writes for NRO) and Sohrab Ahmari (writes for Catholic Herald/NYPost) (moderated … Continue reading New Acquisitions: Class, Status and the Early Church

New Acquisitions: How It Wasn’t: Game of Thrones and the Middle Ages, Part III

The following is the third part of a three part series where we look at the question "how medieval is Game of Thrones?" and - if not the Middle Ages - what period of European history does Game of Thrones most draw from? This part will look at the political (and to a degree) economic … Continue reading New Acquisitions: How It Wasn’t: Game of Thrones and the Middle Ages, Part III

New Acquisitions: How It Wasn’t: Game of Thrones and the Middle Ages, Part II

This is the second post in a three-part series where we look at the question "how accurate is Game of Thrones to the European Middle Ages" - and if not the Middle Ages, what periods of history does it most resemble? This post will look at this question with respect to cultural norms (especially norms … Continue reading New Acquisitions: How It Wasn’t: Game of Thrones and the Middle Ages, Part II

New Acquisitions: How It Wasn’t: Game of Thrones and the Middle Ages, Part I

The following post is the first part of a three part series where we look at the question "how medieval is Game of Thrones?" and - if not the European Middle Ages - what period of history does it most draw from? In each part, we will draw on a different historical framework: first military, … Continue reading New Acquisitions: How It Wasn’t: Game of Thrones and the Middle Ages, Part I

New Acquisitions: Elective Monarchy and the Future of Westeros

Fair warning: this post will contain spoilers for all of Game of Thrones and likely for all of A Song of Ice and Fire (assuming they share an ending). Proceed at your own risk. So the Game of Thrones is supposedly over, with the major Lords of Westeros deciding to shift to an elective monarchy … Continue reading New Acquisitions: Elective Monarchy and the Future of Westeros