Category: History

Tuesday

Flogging the Middle Ages Chesterton pointed out that every stick is good enough to beat the Catholic Church with. The same could be said about the Middle Ages (for …

Thursday

Kontent from the Kindle As March Madness heats up, it’s interesting to remember what group of people used to dominate the sport. From A Renegade History of the United …

Rominations

Ruminations on the Fall of Rome So holy men left. They left for the desert and became the forerunners of the monks, though these early counter-culture revolutionaries were “in …

Rominations

Ruminations on the Fall of Rome The Anchor Atlas of World History (1974) shows the following “German states” in the areas that comprised the western portion of Roman Empire …

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Ruminations on the Fall of Rome “he violence of the barbarian invaders of the empire is a literary trope.” Chris Wickham, The Inheritance of Rome. I assume by “trope,” …

Rominations

Ruminations on the Fall of Rome Belloc’s Europe and the Faith highlights two angles of the height and fall of the Roman Empire that do not receive much explicit …

Thursday

Ruminations on the Fall of Rome Belloc wrote, “The Catholic Church was the only subsidiary organism that had risen within the general body of the Roman Empire.” Belloc’s idea …

Wednesday

I’ve pretty much accepted Belloc’s premise that the Roman Empire was an act of Providence: By providing a coherent, unified, stable, and cultured environment, news of the Lord’s birth, …

Thursday

Some things never change. Writing about Bacon’s Rebellion (1676) in his People‘s History, Howard Zinn discusses Nathaniel Bacon’s “Declaration of the People,” saying it “shows a mixture of populist …

Tuesday

Kontent from the Kindle Perhaps the most interesting passage from my Memorial Day Weekend reading. The author is writing about the shocking dearth of archeological remains from approximately 630 …