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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #4080 on: May 19, 2020, 02:06:29 pm »
So multiple reasons to avoid.  :)

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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #4081 on: May 19, 2020, 02:13:17 pm »
At least she likes Richard Gloucester.
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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #4082 on: May 19, 2020, 02:40:40 pm »
Loving Eddy IV is easy. Hating Henry VI is just cruel. Hating Richard III is based upon faulty scholarship.  :P
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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #4083 on: May 19, 2020, 02:52:59 pm »
Loving Eddy IV is easy. Hating Henry VI is just cruel. Hating Richard III is based upon faulty scholarship.  :P
Agreed on all counts!  :cheers:
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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #4084 on: May 19, 2020, 02:53:30 pm »
They were all a bunch of glorified mobsters with fancy titles, except possibly Henry VI who may have been genuinely mentally ill.
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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #4085 on: May 19, 2020, 03:01:22 pm »
They were all a bunch of glorified mobsters with fancy titles, except possibly Henry VI who may have been genuinely mentally ill.

If only Henry had been a glorified mobster, then England's soil would have been depriv'd of rivers of English blood. :(
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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #4086 on: May 19, 2020, 03:02:35 pm »
They were all a bunch of glorified mobsters with fancy titles

Mobsters usually do have fancy titles.

Edward IV was pretty cool though. Pity he died at such a shitty time for his kids.
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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #4087 on: May 19, 2020, 03:02:59 pm »
They were all a bunch of glorified mobsters with fancy titles, except possibly Henry VI who may have been genuinely mentally ill.

If only Henry had been a glorified mobster, then England's soil would have been depriv'd of rivers of English blood. :(

True. Not being a mobster was bad news for your people.
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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #4088 on: May 19, 2020, 03:04:11 pm »
They were all a bunch of glorified mobsters with fancy titles, except possibly Henry VI who may have been genuinely mentally ill.

If he wasn't mentally ill, what was he? Just extremely motivated to take a brain nap for a year?
The medievals were only too right in taking nolo episcopari as the best reason a man could give to others for making him a bishop. Give me a king whose chief interest in life is stamps, railways, or race-horses; and who has the power to sack his Vizier (or whatever you care to call him) if he does not like the cut of his trousers.

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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #4089 on: May 22, 2020, 11:05:10 pm »
Anyone can recommend books on ancient Mesopotamia before the rise of the Achaemenid Empire.

I'm particularly interested in the Neolithic and Bronze Age civilizations, the earlier the better.

I just read this article and it peaked my interest

https://www.ancient.eu/article/688/love-sex-and-marriage-in-ancient-mesopotamia/
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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #4090 on: May 23, 2020, 01:19:31 am »
Anyone can recommend books on ancient Mesopotamia before the rise of the Achaemenid Empire.

I'm particularly interested in the Neolithic and Bronze Age civilizations, the earlier the better.

I just read this article and it peaked my interest

https://www.ancient.eu/article/688/love-sex-and-marriage-in-ancient-mesopotamia/

It covers the globe, not just Mesopotamia, but I found https://www.amazon.com/Human-Past-History-Development-Societies/dp/050029335X/ref=dp_ob_title_bk very interesting and informative. I have an earlier edition.
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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #4091 on: May 23, 2020, 12:03:08 pm »
Gilgamesh was more powerful than the Bull of Anu! You should read his biography.
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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #4092 on: May 23, 2020, 03:54:02 pm »
Too late.  Tim's interest, as he pointed out, has already peaked.
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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #4093 on: May 23, 2020, 08:19:39 pm »
I picked the most recently published book in the bibliography for that article and am 28% in so far.

Kriwaczek, P. Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization. St. Martin's Griffin, 2012.

Pretty damn interesting in my opinion, but this is an area of which I knew extremely little, so I'll have to read a few more books to really judge it.

The author does get overly philosophical at times, the preface especially where he waxes on about the Iran-Iraq war and the 2003 invasion is a bit overblown.

I'm really interested in the 4000-3000BC period and the theorized theocratic command economy of Uruk, but obviously given the paucity of written records of the time there's not much to go on. 
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Re: Grand unified books thread
« Reply #4094 on: May 23, 2020, 09:33:39 pm »
Paucity was nice, but one's interest is piqued Timmy, not peaked.  It's possible for interest to have peaked, but that means something different obviously.
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