Archive | April 2015

Well at least it’s something

386 posts and 100,000 views in 3.5 years.

Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 4.55.30 PMAnd more to come.


Bird’s-eye view of the French Wars of Religion

Recently finished up three days on the French Wars of Religion in my Religion, War and Peace course, which means I can now post this old graphic summary of the wars. It almost makes sense of those crazy conflicts. Almost.

Can't we all just get along?

Can’t we all just get along?

This is probably my favorite time chart, aesthetically at least, but feel free to provide corrections or comments. Tons of gory detail, but I think you can also see the big picture as well.

Here’s an abbreviated version I put in the margin of my Powerpoint slides:

For the masses

For the masses

Early modern warfare in modo italiano

Courtesy of Brian Sandberg’s blog,* we learn there’s a new EMEMH blog in town. Pike-and-shot, from Maurizio Arfaioli, who has written on Italian condotierri among other topics.

So check it out.


* Not the illegal drug dealer Brian Sandberg whose bio pops up in Google if you were to google his name.

The Other Brian Sandberg

The Other Brian Sandberg

At the least, Brian isn’t that particular illegal drug dealer…

More news. Oh boy!

The Royal Dutch Library (KB) has posted their scans of 10,000s of newspapers from the 17C-19C online. For example, there are over 4,200 issues just between the period 1700-1709. Which means I have lots more downloading to do.

The newspaper selection includes such classics as the Haarlem Courant, the Leiden Gazette, the Amsterdam Gazette, the Amsterdam Courant, the Rotterdam Gazette, and so on. As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve translated all those titles into English. But never fear if your knowledge of the Netherlands (and its langauge) is limited to thinking that Deutschland refers to the land of the Dutch. Several of the papers (most are triweeklies), including the Rotterdam Gazette (Gazette de Rotterdam) and the Leiden Gazette (Nouvelles extraordinaires) are, as their parenthetical titles suggest, in French. And everybody who’s anybody knows how to read French.

[Edit: The URL is Kranten means newspapers in Dutch.]