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Feels like a wikipedia day today.
he's in my DiS 'Fantasy League'.
*Does that thing where I put my thumb on my nose and waggle my fingers while I stick my tongue out*
Ah haa! I was trying to Google that guy the other day - all I could find was "Mad Jack" Churchill; famed for charging into battle with a big Scottish Claymore sword. Note: The battles referred to were during World War II.
Whilst he was obviously a staggeringly Bad Man, there is a certain amount of lol in the fact that he basically just did his overt exploitation and abuse a few years too late when it was no longer cool.
I actually read a bit about him earlier this year in a book about the English mercenaries in Italy. The whole 'War of the 8 Saints' period would make for a heck of an HBO miniseries.
which is when murderous old Urban really shines.
not sure how many of the stories about him are apochryphals, good nonetheless.
I guess the dude from BP might be usurping his title soon though.
Spent his whole life with his mother shitting in his ear and undoing everything he did
Dancing Plague of 1518, as posted on here a while back. Amazing
Simon Boivar, liberator of Latin America
The peasants revolt is pretty cool, but the wiki page is a bit disappointing
Charles Blondin, revolutionary tight rope walker. Once again the wiki page doesnt do him justice.
But there is some great stuff about him out there somewhere
at the moment, so this week I have mostly been reading about Thomas Cromwell, Thomas More and Cardinal Wolsey.
The Wars of the Roses is very interesting though, although the Wikipedia entry is pretty dense:
Yeah, that and Wars Of The Roses.
at 5 foot tall, you would never expect him to be an unstoppable force of nature with the highest kill count in any war ever
after all that, he got shot in the head. and survived.
also the whole dragon fleet thing, when china sent out their treasure fleets is pretty cool
wrote an essay on him during my History degree. The Wiki article doesn't do him justice, do check out Maria Rosa Menocal's book 'The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain' if you want to find out more. The whole Medieval Spain/Al-Andalus period is to me one of the most interesting and underrated periods in History, It really believe it should be taught at least at GCSE level in this country, fucking mind blowing.
so I've been reading around that:
look at all the poets and the literature and the amount of ideas and hope and concepts for the future and for human emancipation