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09 Apr 2020 5:24 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "Wars and Soldiers in the Eraly Reign of Louis XIV" to "Wars and Soldiers in the Early Reign of Louis XIV"

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Anton Ryzbak09 Apr 2020 4:52 p.m. PST


I finally finished reading this excellent book

Well worth the time, and a deal at twice the price!

AussieAndy09 Apr 2020 10:30 p.m. PST

Yep. Greatly appreciate that Helion is publishing books like this, but why oh why can't Helion spend some money on proper translations and charge us more for the books? I recently gave up trying to read the first book on the Italian Wars because the shoddy translation was driving me mad. I had exactly the same thought about Google Translator.

WKeyser09 Apr 2020 11:52 p.m. PST

Would buy lots of books from them if they where in pdf or ebook format. I just dont have any more space in my shelves.

Anton Ryzbak10 Apr 2020 7:10 a.m. PST

AussieAndy, I'm sure that they could get volunteer proofreaders, I would happily undertake reading a translated manuscript to point out where the translation needs clarification. It does the author no credit to have his work mangled by poor translation.

But, come to think of it, the Marlborough's Other Army (by an English author) was a mess too.

I applaud Helion for bringing this mass of otherwise inaccessible information to the public. I just wish that a little more care was shown.

Korvessa10 Apr 2020 11:07 a.m. PST

The one on the Great Northern War gives me a brain-ache whenever I try and read it.

Bauermeister28 May 2020 9:14 p.m. PST

I have to agree – though, as far as non-academic books covering the subject matter, there's not a lot out there. The Pike and Shot Society volumes are excellent uniform, flag and organizational references (with meticulous illustrations) but don't cover the actual campaigns and battles as well.

Of the Helion books I've read so far, this is one of the least "rocky" in terms of translation. The one on the Imperial army is a little rougher but readable, and the Scanian War volume is similar. On the other hand, I've tried 3 times to start the volume (1 of 4?) On the armies of Louis XIV and just given up each time (so I'm just going to pick up Lynn's "Wars of Louis XIV")

Anton Ryzbak29 May 2020 12:45 p.m. PST

Here is the link directly to my review link

I don't know what went wrong with the original link

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