Winston Churchill and The Denial of Death

Winston Churchill was the greatest English man who ever lived. Let me explain. "Churchill mobilized the English language and sent it into battle," as Lord Viscount Halifax noted after his famous June 4, 1940 speech in the Commons. Mr. Churchill achieved that which was thought impossible by his enemies, his friends, and those fence-sitters who … Continue reading Winston Churchill and The Denial of Death

Just how good were Swiss mercenaries?

The Swiss Reisläufer (meaning those who go to war) were the best soldiers for hire money could buy. In fact, their northern archenemies, the German landsknechte (knights of the land), started by emulating them. And we all know what they say about emulation: it is a high form of flattery. Swiss Reisläufer - sketch D … Continue reading Just how good were Swiss mercenaries?