Status Update

tybalt awesome face nov10 newWell, things are proceeding along well–I think so at least.  I’ve just released chapter nine of the Gregory Samuels miniseries of which there are a whole twenty-eight chapters.  Should keep you stolid lot busy for a while.  Meanwhile, I did take a little sabbatical from the Western Civilization series I have renamed “Europa Laevicula,” which roughly translates to “Europe the Silly Bitch.”  Not really–but I was inspired.  Anyways, there are a few more articles I’ve written in that regard awaiting release, but this is probably the last time I’ll do a treatment of history, unless people really want me to–for some reason.  Using a lot of dashes today–even a little inappropriately.

A few weeks from now, I’ll release my second book entitled Goliath Thunder: Sacrifice.  It’s a collection of science fiction novellas, good good stuff.  The Sagas of the Iron Hearts: Fragments can still be found at Amazon.

I’ve recently finished another miniseries more of the fantasy variety.  I don’t want to give too much away, but it does involve pirates, subtle sorcery, unforgivable romance, and a suitable volume of bloodshed.  This will coincide with a third book I’m just completing now which takes part in the same constructed universe.

Frankly, I’m exhausted–“exhaust-pipe,” my mother used to say.  I’m sure many of you can echo my sentiment.

Maybe I’ll do a promotion at some point, a book give-away.

Valete.

Medieval Politics Are Byzantine

Conquest of Constantinople by the Crusaders in 1204 AD

Conquest of Constantinople by the Crusaders in 1204 AD

It’s 1204 AD and Constantinople is burning.  This is not the first time, and sadly it will not be the last, but matters are somewhat graver than most.  They’re up there on the battlements whirling a singed banner; they’re down there in the Hagia Sophia performing obscene acts of rape and murder against the body of the church and its sacred constituents; they’ve got a tear-streaked whore seated in the emperor’s throne singing raucous songs before an assembly of disembodied heads including that of monks, scholars, bishops, and generals.  The Seljuk Turks have finally overthrown the walls of Constantinople, you might think.  No, not exactly, not at all, but the consequences immediately grave will only worsen in the hundreds of years to come.  You see, it’s the Fourth Crusade, and the streets are literally red with the massacre of the population of the of the capitol of the Eastern Roman Empire, sacked by the crusaders not just once but twice–and much worse the second time.  This doesn’t seem the mission of a crusade, does it?  How, in spite of the threat of excommunication by the pope could military and religious leaders attendant the crusader army not only allow but plan this to happen?  Medieval politics are Byzantine, and that’s just not something you can tolerate in an army. Read More …

Not Istanbul It’s Constantinople

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The Battle of Vienna

The Eastern Roman Empire had been viciously mauled, raped, and robbed of her far-flung provinces by the Arab caliphates, provinces that had long worn the Roman eagle, but for centuries the empire held on, waxed and waned, against the various forces on either side of the Bosporus that menaced its continued existence, whether that be the Empire of the Serbs or the various Mohammedans of the East.  Despite their obvious advantages, the Arab influence began to wane with the arrival of Turkic migrants from the far far East, who were initially treated as foreigners, then as servants, then as soldiers, then administrators, and then as their rulers themselves.  Laziness is as much an Arabic trait as unquestioning religious fervor. Read More …