It is not enough just to get your forces from A to B – you have to keep them fed and watered as they go. The art of movement, therefore, is one of the most complex and vital that any commander must master if he is going to win.
When I was six or seven, we went to the nearest English primary school, St Weonards, about seven miles away. The teaching was good, and this was the start of my beginning to shine as a student.
Winter horseshoes are equipped with little spikes that give a horse traction on snow and ice and prevent it from slipping.
Henry Kissinger is perhaps the best-known American statesman of the 20th century.
If I’m at a book signing, and someone decides to take me to task, it can make for quite a sticky moment.
The first Romanov ruler was just 16 when he was crowned Tsar Michael I in Moscow in 1613, thus ending the ‘Time of Troubles’ sparked by Ivan the Terrible’s death.
Historical facts are the vital framework around which non-fiction writers construct their narratives; they are, quite simply, indispensable.
The people who read the history books tend to have a natural zeal and are alarmingly well-read.
From 1801, Napoleon began an ambitious programme of civil reform to standardise law and justice, centralise education, introduce uniform weights and measures and a fully functioning internal market. That achievement alone makes him one of the giants of history.
At school, there were more Davids than any other name: more than 20 of us cousins out of 40 pupils. When my older cousins moved on, the school had to close.