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History repeats itself

I’ve just finished reading Geoffrey of Monmouth‘s History of the Kings of Britain, which is (obviously) a history of Britain written in the 12th century and one of the earliest sources of the legend of King Arthur.

What makes the story quite amusing is the fact that people back then apparently weren’t very creative. The first part (after a short introduction that describes how people first settled in Britain) can be summed up pretty much like this:

  1. A king rules over the whole of Britain.
  2. The king has several sons.
  3. The king dies and passes on a part of the kingdom to each of his sons.
  4. After a while, the sons start battling with eath other over the whole kingdom.
  5. One of them wins and unites Britain.
  6. Go back to 1.

This happens several times, only occasionally interrupted by some outside invaders. After a while the Romans first appear in Britain. From then on the sequence changes to this:

  1. The Romans conquer Britain and demand a tribute from the current king.
  2. After a while, the king dies.
  3. The new king decides that he doesn’t owe the Romans anything and stops paying the tribute.
  4. Go back to 1.

Again, this repeats several times during this part.

The third part deals with the Anglo-Saxons. Just like the Romans they repeatedly try to conquer Britain, but aren’t quite as successful. So it goes like this:

  1. The Anglo-Saxons invade Britain and conquer a part of Britain (mostly Scotland for some reason).
  2. After lots of struggles they get thrown out.
  3. The survivors go back to Germany and raise a big army.
  4. Go back to 1.

One wonders why they don’t raise an even bigger army for their invasions since there seems to be a limitless supply of soldiers in Germany.

This almost sums up the whole book. Occasionally there are some British invasions to other countries (especially Arthur conquers several of them), but they are mostly one-offs. After this third part the book ends with the final, successful invasion of the Anglo-Saxons in the 7th century after Britain got mostly deserted due to the plague.

I guess the phrase “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” has always been true for politics.

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Obligatory Engrish post

These are all from the same bowling club.

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You won’t find this in germany

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Switched to WordPress

I have finally setup WordPress on my own domain, so I will use this as my primary journal. Unfortunately crossposting to LJ doesn’t work due to firewall restrictions on the provider’s side, but that’s what RSS feeds are for ;)

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