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Old January 28th, 2016, 01:57 AM   #31

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I was looking forward to my imaginary mars bar, I was going to deep fry it. This is your Gothic riddle.

"I know not where I was born, save that the castle was infinitely
old and infinitely horrible, full of dark passages and having high
ceilings where the eye could find only cobwebs and shadows.
The stones in the crumbling corridors seemed always hideously
damp, and there was an accursed smell everywhere, as of the
piled-up corpses of dead generations. It was never light, so that I
used sometimes to light candles and gaze steadily at them for
relief, nor was there any sun outdoors, since the terrible trees
grew high above the topmost accessible tower. There was one
black tower which reached above the trees into the unknown
outer sky, but that was partly ruined and could not be ascended
save by a well-nigh impossible climb up the sheer wall, stone by
stone."

[quote So cop for this young woman ][/quote]

Did'nt they make a movie about her lately ?!!
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Thank you for that. It reads like Iain Banks but I didn't recognize it so had to Google.

H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Collection. (With Accompanying Facts): 62 Short Stories and 5 Novellas. Kindle Edition

0.99 I have it and thanks again.

Eta. Yes there is a film Scarlett Johansson & Colin Firth. It's not bad, Watchable.

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Hi Kevin, I recently came across your review. Many thanks for reading and for your review.
However, I feel that I have been misquoted and would like to set the record straight. I never stated in the book that Napoleon marched to Russia after Trafalgar, but he 'marched East,' where France was at was with the Austrians and Russians (He defeated a Russo-Austro army at the famous battle of Austerlitz less than two months after Trafalgar.

You also mentioned the 1797 invasion of Pembrokeshire, but I never wrote that it was a 'successful raid', as you are correct; as it was an utter fiasco. While the French fleet were unable to land in Bantry in '96, they 'succeeded in landing 1,400 troops' before having to return to their ships when a larger British force came to the town's relief, but I never wrote that it was a 'successful raid.'

The book is certainly slanted towards the French Irish Brigade, as they featured more prominently in the period.

Thanks again for your review and I 'm glad you enjoyed it!
Beir bua. Stephen

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Hi Kevin, I recently came across your review. Many thanks for reading and for your review.
However, I feel that I have been misquoted and would like to set the record straight. I never stated in the book that Napoleon marched to Russia after Trafalgar, but he 'marched East,' where France was at was with the Austrians and Russians (He defeated a Russo-Austro army at the famous battle of Austerlitz less than two months after Trafalgar.

You also mentioned the 1797 invasion of Pembrokeshire, but I never wrote that it was a 'successful raid', as you are correct; as it was an utter fiasco. While the French fleet were unable to land in Bantry in '96, they 'succeeded in landing 1,400 troops' before having to return to their ships when a larger British force came to the town's relief, but I never wrote that it was a 'successful raid.'

The book is certainly slanted towards the French Irish Brigade, as they featured more prominently in the period.

Thanks again for your review and I 'm glad you enjoyed it!
Beir bua. Stephen
I did indeed enjoy the book and as I said my 'complaints ' (if they can even be called that) were incedabely minor in nature.

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.......After the fiasco at Trafalgar, the legion remained on coastal defence in Brittany and French attention was diverted east......

Pg 196

The way I read that was Napoleon 'went east' after the battle--a common misconception especially in Britain, so I apologise if I mis-read it.

You are correct I shouldn't have said successful regarding the raid/invasion of Pembrokeshire but your (few lines so as I stress a minor point) account didn't convey it to be a complete and utter fiasco that it was. Did Tate get back to his ships because I thought he surrendered?

The British relief forces were actually local militia, a few sailors and (if local legend is to be believed) local women coming to the part-time redcoats aid dressed in 'traditional costume'.

I posted a little account here years ago

Frigates in the Bay and French Invasion 1797

As I said I enjoyed the book my worst disappointment (again if it can be described as that) was I wanted to know more about Spanish service etc.


If you have time one question that has been raised here before is were the Irish really the only non -French unit to be given an Eagle? and if so why?

I would have thought the excellent Polish and Swiss regiments would have merited one.

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Hi Kevin, Thanks for that and I loved your piece on the '97.

Yes, The Irish Eagle! A very good point. It is generally accepted that the Irish received the only Eagle given to a foreign regiment in the French Service. I also mentioned this in my book, but I too found this strange and felt uneasy about it, given the fact, as you say there were excellent Polish and Swiss regiments (four regiments, if memory serves me well, with a long, honourable service) in the French Service. It didn't really make sense.

John Mitchel's History of Ireland (1868) mentions that the Irish received the only Eagle given by Napoleon to a foreign regiment, and Fraser's authoritative War Drama of the Eagle (1912) states the same.
However, Guy Dempsey's Napoleon's Mercenaries: Foreign Units in the French Army (2002) mentions the Eagles of the Swiss and Polish regiments throughout his book.

I had an opportunity to correct this in Irish Brigades Abroad, when the 2nd re-print was due, and changed it that the Irish received 'one of' the Eagles given to a foreign regiment. Thanks again for your reply and am so glad you enjoyed the book.

Kind regards, Stephen

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Old May 27th, 2016, 01:23 PM   #37

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Work slowing up so managed to do some reading

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Interesting short (and cheap) book on a subject that I don't know a great deal about (nothing unusual there!). Like most people my knowledge stopped with Hastings 1066 etc. This set out the context of the time the events running up to the conquest and more importantly the considerable action after Hastings. Readable and interesting and roughly follow chronology .

I learnt that Williams mother wasn't a 'tanners' daughter at all but from a respectable merchants family, the author doesn't share the universally negative view of William and the Normans basically view that for Medieval warfare and all its unpleasantries was the norm.
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A nice short and readable book on 1916 -- mainly the Somme--- by Saul David who usually produces accessible work. It sketches the main events of an incredible year and so is a good read for anyone interested in history.

In Ireland (to some peoples frustration) we have very much focussed on the events of Easter 1916 (understandably) but so much more occurred in that year, Verdun, Kut, Jutland, CO's prosecutions, Dublin and of course the Somme.

He also doesn't stop on the first day of the battle but explains that it lasted months, he is influenced by Historians such as Schofield and Philpott so doesn't take the traditional 'Lions lead by Donkeys theme' but isn't overly supportive either. Reasonable price as well.

A good nice little read.

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Just read the book in the link over the holiday--loved it.

Its a boys own story, of pre -war enlistment from the streets of Shangai into the RN, adventures (and near death experiences) on a Yangzte river RN gunboat.

Posting to Singapore, fighting there and trying to escape, sunk and escaping and then surviving against the odds as a prisoner of the Japanese against at time seemingly impossible odds.

Sunk in a 'hell ship' escaping and rescuing fellow POW's, -- the main character of this true story is a female so its also a 'love 'story between her and the RAF corporal she meets as a prisoner.

As I said a lovely story I really enjoyed , oh and the POW concerned is a dog.

http://www.amazon.com/No-Better-Frie.../dp/0316337056

The hero of the story -Judy.

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Reading this at the moment very interesting

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