New publication

cropped shield copy 2A third publication entitled The Holy Roman Empire: power politics papacy has just been published in ebook format on Amazon.

This book covers the history of the Empire from the coronation of Charlemagne in AD800 through to its dissolution in AD1806 following the invasion of Napoleon. It was an Empire that had no fixed boundaries and yet at certain periods its territories stretched from the Baltic Sea to the Balkans and under Charles V also included parts of South America.

The book covers the complex relationship between Emperor and Pope, reference to the European Reformation and two chapters on the Habsburg dynasty.  The book includes some useful maps and family trees and being part of the In Brief Series: Books for Busy People, it should appeal to the general reader who is seeking a accessible introduction to a complex yet fascinating European power.

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Latest News: Iran’s Nuclear Weapons

The following text formed the Epilogue of my book From the Medes to the Mullahs: a History of Iran.

‘On the 15th June 2013 Hassan Rouhani was democratically elected President of Iran, so replacing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Rouhani, who is considered to be a ‘moderate’ compared to his predecessor, is a cleric who studied at the famous Qom seminary and later at Glasgow Caledonian University. He was previously Deputy Speaker of the Iranian Parliament and also led the Iranian team in negotiations with the UK, France and Germany on Iran’s nuclear programme.


Lecture News

Speaking on cruise ships has given me an opportunity to visit many parts of the world. The ships that I travelled on were relatively small, with a maximum about of 500 passengers. It was ‘destination cruising’ where passengers were interested in the cruise itinerary and the places to be visited. The point of having a lecturer on board was to enhance the passengers’ experience by offering information on the history and culture of the area. This ‘cruise lecturing’ role is reflected in the lecture titles that you will see here, for example, the Ottoman or the Mughal Empires.

I’m now moving away from cruise lecturing in order to do more in the UK. I think that many of these titles will still be of interest to UK audiences but I expect, in time, that other titles will be added that reflect a more European, or local theme.


Book News

The first two books, From the Medes to the Mullahs; a history of Iran, and Paul of Tarsus; a First Century Radical are both now available at Amazon in paperback form. The fact that the paperback versions are selling quite well could be down to two things; either that many people still prefer to hold a book rather than read electronically, or that they don’t possess an e-Reader. When I was last on a ship one or two of the passengers said that they did have an e-Reader but they didn’t know how to buy the book through Amazon. The good news is that we have the choice.

I’m now working on the third book The Holy Roman Empire; Power, Politics and the Papacy, which I hope will be out at the beginning of next year.