Historians Gone Wild

1. Funny line from John Julius Norwich’s History of Venice:

Jose Ferrer as Cyrano de Bergerac Giovanni Gradenigo, nicknamed Nasone, or Big-Nose – ‘no doubt,’ suggests one turn-of-the-century historian in a moment of reckless speculation, ‘from some peculiarity of feature’ – was elected Doge on 21 April 1355 …. (p. 230)

2. Has anyone else noticed that the title of Rothbard’s history of the American Revolution, Conceived in Liberty, is a quotation from Lincoln? Were I a Straussian I would draw the direst of inferences.

5 Responses to Historians Gone Wild

  1. Randall McElroy III June 12, 2007 at 3:32 pm #

    Somewhere in Norwich’s history of Byzantium, after he’s already established how routine the after-power-takeover procedure was, he writes that one guy was “…, of course, castrated.”

  2. Black Bloke June 17, 2007 at 5:38 pm #

    I noticed that a while ago, I think it was when I first heard of Conceived in Liberty. I found it ironic. But then again I’m a union man, and not a neo-reb.

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