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Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: December 03, 2006, 04:11:35 pm »
surpised we didnt have a thread like this
unless im going blind in my old age

"Doomsday 50 Visions of the end of the world"

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2006, 04:16:53 pm »
we did.

it died a merciful death long ago during the schism.

I'm reading Robert Greene's Laws of Power again.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2006, 04:27:12 pm »
I moved the original to the library after some thread diving a while back.  If you want, I can combine.  And I'm reading Glaser and Kaufmann "What is the offense defense balance and how can we measure it?"
"The thoughts of all men arise from the darkness. If you are the movement of your soul, and the cause of that movement precedes you, then how could you ever call your thoughts your own? How could you be anything other than a slave to the darkness that comes before? Only the Logos allows one to mitigate that slavery. Only knowing the sources of thought and action allows us to own our thoughts and our actions, to throw off the yoke of circumstance."
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2006, 01:14:45 pm »
Sadly, I don't really have much time to read anymore.

But the last thing I read was Will Self's "Cock and Bull".

Kafka-esque satire, ftw.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2006, 01:21:12 pm »
Self's a good chap.  He's put alot of the Rush Limbaugh wannabe's in this country firmly in their place.
"The thoughts of all men arise from the darkness. If you are the movement of your soul, and the cause of that movement precedes you, then how could you ever call your thoughts your own? How could you be anything other than a slave to the darkness that comes before? Only the Logos allows one to mitigate that slavery. Only knowing the sources of thought and action allows us to own our thoughts and our actions, to throw off the yoke of circumstance."
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2006, 03:22:36 pm »
I've started reading A Booke of Days again by Stephen J. Rivele. It's a chronicle of a knight during the 1st Crusade and is an actual translation of an existing journal.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2006, 10:15:17 pm »
I've started reading A Booke of Days again by Stephen J. Rivele. It's a chronicle of a knight during the 1st Crusade and is an actual translation of an existing journal.

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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2006, 10:23:58 pm »
I've started reading A Booke of Days again by Stephen J. Rivele. It's a chronicle of a knight during the 1st Crusade and is an actual translation of an existing journal.

this site has a ton of letters and such
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/sbook1k.html#The%20First%20Crusade
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2006, 10:33:24 pm »
I've started reading A Booke of Days again by Stephen J. Rivele. It's a chronicle of a knight during the 1st Crusade and is an actual translation of an existing journal.

No it's not.

I thought it was? The Prologue certainly makes it seem like it is.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2006, 11:03:24 pm »
http://history.hanover.edu/texts/1stcrusade2.html

its great to read stephen count of blois letters
i cant find his other letters online though
their great
this baffoon fucked a lot of things up
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen%2C_Count_of_Blois
He was minor count
who was pressured by his wife (the daughter of the norman duke william the conqueror) to go on the 1st crusade
he writes a ton of rather goofy letters back throughout
the one above is the most famious where he makes the claim

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You may know for certain, my beloved, that of gold, silver and many other kind of riches I now have twice as much your love had assigned to me when I left you. For all our princes with the common consent of the whole army, against my own wishes, have made me up to the present time the leader, chief and director of their whole expedition.

 :lol:
in fact after writing that he decides to hightail it back home while the crusaders siege Antioch
the left over Crusaders take the city and are surrounded by Turks
but no help comes from Byzantium cause Stephen told the Emperor of Byzantium that all the crusaders were dead
 :lol:
anyways his wife isnt too happy with cowardness and pressure him to join another crusader, which resulted in his death
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2006, 11:45:59 pm »
Medieval humor ftw. Wives like that had a lot of nerve though. They weren't allowed to read or write, just pop out kids and order their husbands to an armed pilgrimage.

I think that's why my SCA persona is Italian Renaissance. I couldn't stand the idea of playing the part of a woman kept on a too-tight leash. Not that the Renaissance was much better, but it allowed women to at least become educated and perhaps run a business, and not just the Veronica Franco type of business, (though she was also a very accomplished writer).
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2006, 12:10:42 am »
well she was the daughter of william the first conqueror of the anglo-saxons
she probably expected a lot of her men
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2006, 12:51:09 am »
Well a lot of people believed that since the Crusades were a Holy Pilgrimage, that they would be forgiven of all sins among other things. Stephen may have been a bit...unfaithful. Which was normal of course. You didn't love your wives, they were baby factories that you signed a treaty for. You fucked someone else's wife or raped peasant girls for pleasure.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2006, 02:16:58 pm »
Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum

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