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G. P. R. James

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .You may judge yourself, better than I can, master mine," replied Ned Dyram. "Did you ever sit with him in the tavern, drinking quarts of wine?"

"No," answered Richard of Woodville, smiling.

"Then you shall be free of his table," said Ned. "Did you ever shoot deer with him, by moonlight?"

"Never," was his master's reply.

"Then you may chance to taste his venison," rejoined the man. "Did you ever brawl, swear, and break heads for him, or with him?"

"No, truly," said the young gentleman; "I fought under him with the army in Wales, when he and I were both but boys; and I led him on his way one dark night, two days before his father died; but that is all I know of him."

"Then, perchance, you may enter into his council," answered Dyra. . . Read More

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The life of a soldier from Agincourt to Afghanistan, told in the words of the people who were there via a series of letters and other writings.

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Details of battles, conflicts, etc from Agincourt to the second Iraqi War told through contemporary accounts. Some are amusing, others harrowing and most are illuminating. Lewis-Stempel does a good job of inserting a few sentences in between accounts to inform the reader a little of the conflict or

Don't believe this made the case for British soldiers being 'different' to soldiers from other nations, as its introduction implied. There was only one entry that made me dislike the morals/ethics of soldiers. Mostly it was just a load of poor buggers fighting other people's wars and often getting h

A series of short selections of letters, memoirs and other first hand accounts of British soldiers. Some, especially the early entries, are a bit difficult for the modern reader to follow (but still interesting). My only real complaint is that the sections left me wanting more of from them. Also, I

Great selection through the ages

This was tough going at first with the early snippets being quite hard to relate to and difficult to read because of the archaic language. But stick with it! It is fascinating to see the world we know gradually come to life as the decades pass. There are some great st