19/04/2020 at 12:14 #135022
I’ve written a series of posts on Ireland and the Roman Empire. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a couple of years. Our present grim circumstances provided the time. The first one is now on my blog and looks at Ogham Stones in Ireland and Roman Britain and what that tells us. There will be 5 or 6 pieces in the series.
If that sounds of interest here’s the link.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/19/04/2020 at 12:57 #135027MikeKeymaster19/04/2020 at 13:17 #135030
Very interesting! I was only vaguely aware of these stones, so I was fascinated by your article. And, as it doesn’t tempt me to buy a Vendee or Turkish army for Rebels & Patriots, it is all for the good!19/04/2020 at 14:37 #135033
Are you already on the case Mike?
Thanks Tony. You will be safe from Turkish and Vendean temptation with these articles.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/20/04/2020 at 16:06 #135071
Interesting stuff. Now I need to know what the next post holds!
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."20/04/2020 at 20:45 #135078
Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. The next post is about what was going on in Ireland. It will be posted this week and I’ll post a link here too.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/22/04/2020 at 09:47 #135150
Here is my second post on the subject. Like all of Rome’s neighbours Ireland found proximity to the Empire had a transformative effect.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/22/04/2020 at 22:23 #135193
These are the kind of articles that should be in Slingshot. Well written and highly informative.22/04/2020 at 23:56 #135198
Thanks very much Tony. I’ve been working on an article on similar theme for Slingshot for a couple of years now. There’s a couple of things I need to fully get my head aroundt before I can submit it. Writing these ones is part of the process of clarifying my thinking. It’s working too.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/23/04/2020 at 15:20 #135247
Excellent post, and another “cliff hanger”. (hopefully you’ll be exploring that crisis!)
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."23/04/2020 at 16:44 #135260
Thanks, I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I will, one on the catalyst-a broken treaty, one on the crisis and one on the aftermath.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/27/04/2020 at 10:38 #135436
Part three of the series is now on my blog. This time we look at the Irish Sea trade, Roman diplomacy, Ireland’s pagan warrior cult and how the slave girl became a new unit of currency.
If that sounds of interest here is the link.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/03/05/2020 at 11:18 #135776
The fourth part of the series dealing with the Barbarian Conspiracy is now up on my blog should you want a gander.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/03/05/2020 at 13:40 #135782
Am I the only one who, when he reads the name “Maximus”, instantly hears the whispering of Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus to Russell Crowe?
Nicely written OB. That period has always been interesting to me, ever since I read “Eagle in the Snow” as a boy. Other side of the Channel, but the imagery of the book has always stuck with me.03/05/2020 at 16:54 #135786
Yes, Wallace Bream. It’s a great atmospheric book.
I’m going to have a few in period games of Comitatus and see how I get on. I’ve made my measuring stick and have refurbished my Picts. I’ll set the figures up on the table tonight ready for tomorrow.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/04/05/2020 at 16:19 #135864
Thanks again OB, anther great post that sends me down the rabbit hole!
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."04/05/2020 at 16:40 #135865
Much appreciated. I’ll report back on my Comitatus game it might be of interest if you go down the rabbit hole.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/04/05/2020 at 17:02 #135870Thaddeus BlanchetteParticipant
I just found out about the Great Barbarian Conspiracy the other day. Do you have any recommendations for reading more about it?
We get slapped around, but we have a good time!04/05/2020 at 19:06 #135874
Charles-Edwards Early Christian Ireland and Wales and the Britons are both very good on the subject. Phillip Rance’s Irish Federates can be found on JSTOR. One of the reasons I decided to write the series is that there was not so far as I can tell a single handy resource on the topic.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/04/05/2020 at 22:59 #135883Thaddeus BlanchetteParticipant
Poking about after hearing of the invasion on the History of Rome podcast, I came to that very conclusion! Thanks!
We get slapped around, but we have a good time!05/05/2020 at 10:43 #135899
You’re welcome. More to come next week.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/10/05/2020 at 11:56 #136164
The penultimate post in this series is now up on my blog. This one is about the Atecotti and Britannia.
If it sounds of interest here is the link.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/15/05/2020 at 12:34 #136446
The last post in the series is now up on my blog. This one looks at the impact of Maxim Wledig on Britannia. Why St Patrick succeeded in his Irish mission and an intriguing scholarly note on the name Arthur. I’ve enjoyed researching and writing these posts it is something I’ve intended to do for years. I hope they have interested and entertained you in these grim times.
Here’s a pic of the Vortipor Stone and a link.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/15/05/2020 at 14:40 #136453
I have indeed enjoyed these posts of your research. Thank you sir. They have sent me down more than a few rabbitholes. I would really like to hear more about Arthur, and how that name came to be so popular.
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."15/05/2020 at 17:39 #136457SteelonsandParticipant
Another excellent instalment- please don’t let it be the last….!
I find it fascinating that St Patrick, in between bouts of snake-wrangling, might have been the contemporary of an historical ‘Arthur’….
Would love to see you take this further into the realms of a once and future king…..15/05/2020 at 18:41 #136462
I’m currently putting together some notes on Arthur. As you can imagine it’s a quagmire to research.
Alas, Arthur appears later than St Pat. Otherwise imagine the Hollywood Movie. It was the descendants of the families Patrick might have known who took to calling their lads Arthur.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/15/05/2020 at 21:42 #136469
I agree with everyone else. I don’t remember when I’ve enjoyed an article series on a blog so much. But again, I’ll reiterate my earlier request that you send something to the Slingshot. You’ve got a knack for writing!16/05/2020 at 11:03 #136499
Thanks very much for the kind words Tony they are much appreciated. I do have something I’m working on for the magazine.
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