Parishes, Parties and the General Election in Grouville

The general election to be held on 22 June 2022 (five twos!) will be quite different from those which have gone before. The position described below is complicated and changing. It shows how complicated ( & undemocratic?) Island elections can be. Themes which may explain what is happening:   Uncontested elections are undemocratic. The incomplete Continue reading Parishes, Parties and the General Election in Grouville

Review; “The Frontiers of Imperial Rome” by David Breeze (2011) Assessment 8 out of 10

 Rome didn’t originally have frontiers. Virgil described an Empire without limits, so were the frontiers symbols of failure, that there were limits?  In the early Empire forts were lightly defended. Given Roman soldiers’ reputation they did not expect to be attacked. Roman frontiers differed between those in the Near East and elsewhere. In the Near Continue reading Review; “The Frontiers of Imperial Rome” by David Breeze (2011) Assessment 8 out of 10

Review: Britons and Anglo-Saxons; Lincolnshire AD 400-650 by Caitlin Green (2020) Assessment 9 out of 10

Lindsey has been described as a forgotten Anglo Saxon Kingdom. Proofs that it existed: Genealogy of its kings preserved in an 8th Century collection Bede refers to it as a Provincia, the term he uses for Anglo-Saxon kingdoms Up to the 9th century it had its own bishop, indicative of being a former kingdom The Continue reading Review: Britons and Anglo-Saxons; Lincolnshire AD 400-650 by Caitlin Green (2020) Assessment 9 out of 10

Review: The Anarchy; the relentless rise of the East India Company by William Dalrymple (2020) Assessment 9 out of 10

This is a wonderful book showing both deep research and deep knowledge of India. It concentrates on the last fifty years of the 18th Century in which the East India Company seized territories, which were parts of the Moghul Empire and around which the British Raj was formed. A work of detailed narrative history, Dalrymple Continue reading Review: The Anarchy; the relentless rise of the East India Company by William Dalrymple (2020) Assessment 9 out of 10

Review:“I am an Island” by Tamsin Calidas (2020) Assessment 3 out of 10

I am sorry but fundamentally I did not like this book. It is well written, so you read paragraphs impressed by the writing style, but begin to tire as you learn nothing new and nothing happens. I would start a chapter with enthusiasm, but then skimmed through to the end, hoping that something was going Continue reading Review:“I am an Island” by Tamsin Calidas (2020) Assessment 3 out of 10

Review: City of Djinns; a Year in Delhi by William Dalrymple (1993) Assessment 10 out 10

Djinns are spirits, representng pagan beliefs, which were integrated into Islam. The name was anglicised as genie. This is a wonderful book by a wonderful writer. Dalrymple lived in Delhi, with his young wife, the artist Olivia Fraser, who provided the book’s numerous sketches. Some passages are very funny covering their relationships, including with their Continue reading Review: City of Djinns; a Year in Delhi by William Dalrymple (1993) Assessment 10 out 10

Review: East West Street; On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity by Philippe Sands (2016) Assessment 9 out of 10

This is a great book. It reads like a thriller. It is at the same time a study of legal theory, territorial and urban history and a multiple cross generational biography. The legal theory concerns the formulation in international law of crimes against humanity and genocide. Both can be committed by states, but are visited Continue reading Review: East West Street; On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity by Philippe Sands (2016) Assessment 9 out of 10

Review of “The Children of Ash and Elm; a History of the Vikings” By Neil Price (2020)Assessment 10 out of 10

I absolutely loved this book, it is an easy read of big ideas, reflecting a life’s work of study and thought. I have set out below notes I took whilst reading it, and occasionally, in italics , my commentary, so you can either skip the notes, skip the commentary or both. Price doesn’t say so Continue reading Review of “The Children of Ash and Elm; a History of the Vikings” By Neil Price (2020)Assessment 10 out of 10