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

Collections: The Siege of Gondor, Part V: Just Flailing About Flails

(Note: Thanks to the effort of a kind reader, this post is now available in audio format! The playlist for the entire series may be found here.) This is the fifth part of a six part series (I, II, III, IV, V, VI) taking a military historian's look at the Siege of Gondor in Peter … Continue reading Collections: The Siege of Gondor, Part V: Just Flailing About Flails

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

This series is now available in an audio format; the entire playlist can be listened to here. 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 … Continue reading New Acquisitions: How It Wasn’t: Game of Thrones and the Middle Ages, Part II

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. This post is now available in audio format here. So the Game of Thrones is supposedly over, with the major Lords … Continue reading New Acquisitions: Elective Monarchy and the Future of Westeros

New Acquisitions: Lannister Infantry Kit Review

Our last kit review was a barely concealed fanboy rave. This one is going to be more...mixed. Today, we're looking at the infantry of the army of House Lannister, from Game of Thrones. I find this design very interesting, because the concept has some clever historical precedents, but much of the context and content is … Continue reading New Acquisitions: Lannister Infantry Kit Review

New Acquisitions: That Dothraki Charge

This post is now available in audio format. Quick Note: New Acquisitions is the category for more off-the-cuff or one-off posts. Whereas the Collections posts will come every Friday, New Acquisitions will show up irregularly. Warning: Spoilers for Game of Thrones, Season 8, Episode 3.  You have been warned. I’m sure I’ll do a complete … Continue reading New Acquisitions: That Dothraki Charge