So What Are You Reading Now?
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I am just finishing up The Lost Trappers by David Coyner, with commentary by David Weber. It was originally published in 1847 and tells some of the adventures of a trapper named Ezekiel Williams.
What about the rest of you'all?
It's also an area I'm ignorant about. But if I was to revert to my old ways (ie desert my present course in US history), I'd probably read Anna Comnena's Alexiad.
Prof Dawes says of it:
"The "Alexiad " of Anna Comnena has long been used
as a source of information by historians of the
Byzantine Empire and by writers on the First Crusade,
and numerous extracts from it have been quoted and
translated, yet a complete English translation of it has
not been published before."
I haven't read it, as I said, but I always thought it looked like fun.
Another good place to look for primary sources is:
Let us know what you think of it.
After that, for my after Turkey reading, it's onto "Daughters of joy, sisters of misery : prostitutes in the American West, 1865-90".
(The relative will love that ;)
It's my first non-fiction ARC. Yeah free stuff!
Also been reading some articles on Indian slavery in the New World.
Am just about to start Fusiliers Eight Years with the Redcoats in America by Mark Urban.
But what makes it so good is that it totally upends all my previous conceptions about what early European settlements were like in the 1700s. The French of Ste. Genevieve were so different from the English settlers of Virginia, for example. They lived in a small community which was very tolerant. Indians moved there to be closer to them, they intermarried (of course), and there were more slaves than free adults (principally Indian slaves), but there was almost no violence although every man had weapons, even the slaves roamed the streets and forests well armed.
And they were certainly out there and settled way before Daniel Boone or even Lewis Clark headed west. I had no idea how English-centric my school education had been. I'm appalled really.
In any case, currently reading "Honor, Masculinity, and Ritual Knife Fighting in
Nineteenth-Century Greece" by Thomas Gallant. LOL!!!
It's a short pdf paper.
It's not as interesting as his usual monographs.
"Gouge and Bite, Pull Hair and Scratch:" The Social Significance of Fighting in the Southern Backcountry" by Elliot Gorn.
In general, the topic is the notion of masculine honor and it's defense. Gorn looks at how this tradition contrasts to that of dueling for the upper classes, as well as how it spread west with Southern dispersal after the Civil War.
Available online if anyone's interested.
It's a very nice article that covers the life of Marie, an Indian who converted to Catholicism and later married a French voyageur. Together they farmed and raised their children until he died. Marie's own will and the tabulation of her possessions at her death, give us quite a bit on insight into that time and place.
Also starting on two French books: "French Demystified" and "Beginning French for the Utterly Confused". I don't want to speak French, but I sure would like to be able to read some source works in that language.