324a The 30 Years War with Zack Twamley

Zack is the author of for God and the Devil, and we discuss the highlights and numerous lowlights of the 30 years war

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Everyone loves a good historical novel – so check out Zack’s new novels about Matthew Matchlock, and his adventure during the war torn Europe of the 30 Years War.

6 thoughts on “324a The 30 Years War with Zack Twamley

  1. Hello David. I’ve enjoyed your podcast since you first began and your Member’s podcast too, and after all these years it was instrumental in me deciding to step aside from running my own restaurant, and take my Master’s Degree in European History with the view to research and teaching later on. So thank you for being instrumental in my life’s new work!

    I had a question: you must read and digest huge amounts of material to make your podcast. How do you take notes? And how do you organise them so that you can find things (or keep them for later on when you may need them). Do you use a computer, or an analog system?

    Thanks again

    1. Hi Catherine, and thank you so much for your comment. I am very glad you are enjoying the podcast. I very much rely on the work of all those brilliant historians; I deface their books with scribbles and notes. But then create a simple word file of the themes, and key page references to give me a map to the period ahead; and then when I get to each peace dig back into the books. Nothing complicated. 90%, I must co fess is me simply profiting from the works of others. I don’t know of a way to thank or reward them all, so many of them there are! Anyway, thank you for listening and getting in touch

  2. Zack was a great guest – he did a fantastic job of summarizing the 30 years war for the lay person, such as myself.

  3. On the treatment of cities that resisted there is a rather gruesome quote from Swedish general Pontus De la Gardie bragging in a missive after the storming of Narva in 1581:
    “We entered the city, men fell, women fell, children fell, none were spared, as is custom.”

    1. Thank you Olle. That is indeed a grim quote! I didn’t spend enough time on it, but I did want to try and find out whether the legend of the brutality of the war was borne out by reality – in terms of the direct action of the combatants. This would rather suggest it was!

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