It has arrived!

  

  

 

I’m about 50 pages into Grant (see below) and couldn’t wait so I went ahead and ordered a used copy of Womersley’s edition of Gibbon, published in the U.K. by Allen Lane in 1994.  This week it arrived and a snapshot is above.  I feel like the moron who takes the bet that he can finish the 96-ounce steak…

I opened to a random page in volume 2 and read the following:

The Franks of Austrasia soon yielded to the persuasive eloquence of their king.  “Follow me,” said Theodoric, “into Auvergne: I will lead you into a province, where you may acquire gold, silver, slaves, cattle, and precious apparel, to the full extent of your wishes.”  By the execution of this promise, Theodoric justly forfeited the allegiance of a people, whom he devoted to destruction.

Wow-High drama in the low middle ages!  This should be fun…

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