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Thoughts on the past - ping Witness

Postby ed » Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:44 pm

I was perusing a book I own entitled The English Mediaeval House by Margaret Wood and saw two of my favorite quotes that relate to a study of the past.

This one is from a somewhat turgid book entitled "Precious Bane" which was a euphemism for tobacco, if memory serves:
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This one is from an autobiography of the historian Trevelyan who seems to have gone out of favor for some reason.
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Together they sort of capture my fascination. Thoughts?

eta I posted these at some point, I thought they were worth resurrecting.
eta2: came across this book
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/05212 ... APL6K693PE
You hear of it Abdul? Sounds interesting.
eta3: I seem to be getting very reflective, I see it in myself, far more than I had been. Not unpleasant but suggestive of the endgame and therefore sorta depressing.
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Re: Thoughts on the past - ping Witness

Postby sparks » Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:00 pm

ed comes out.

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Re: Thoughts on the past - ping Witness

Postby Witness » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:08 pm

ed wrote:sorta depressing.

Wait till you are as old as I am… :mrgreen:

As for the book, there's apparently a "revisited" edition:

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I'll mull my ideas about History a bit before committing them here, but in the matter of books I'd say it's important for non-specialists, who won't wade through research papers or clay tablets, to find well-written ones.

I'll take an example: L'empire gréco-romain (The Greco-Roman Empire) by Paul Veyne, a tad over 1000 pages. The first 300 were fascinating (what a Roman emperor actually was, how the Greeks were contemptuous pricks even once conquered…), but when he started a chapter about Palmyra & Zenobia all the steam went out of him. And of me as a reader. :(
Can't fault his style nor his knowledge, he just got dreary.

The books are numerous, life is short: only The Best©. :mrgreen:

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Re: Thoughts on the past - ping Witness

Postby ed » Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:45 pm

+1 to that

I bought the first one today. The revisited one seems like a new book. I read some pages on Google and it seemed pretty good.
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