May 15, 2011

Book on the Way

Marc Comtois

In the first half of the 2000's I attended Providence College and earned an M.A. in History from that fine institution. Finally, after a few years, I've decided to formalize a portion of my studies by publishing a monograph.


It's a historical work that focuses on the Burgundians of the period popularly called The Dark Ages (scholars prefer late antiquity or early medieval). For the Burgundians, it ended up dark indeed. They were crushed between Franks and Goths and, as is usually the case, the victors wrote the history. That's why the history of the Burgundians is truly in the Mist and why I've attempted to reassess their role in the period. Besides the Burgundians, the book also deals with the Germanic people in general, their migration into Western Europe, the Fall of Rome and what came after. While it is full of footnotes, it is accessible to anyone interested in the period.

Thanks to entities like createspace, it is much easier to publish than it used to be. I also plan to release a Kindle version. A sample chapter can be found here. Don't worry, I won't be going on and on about it around here, just giving a heads up. For more updates, check out my personal site. Thanks for your indulgence.

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Congratulations and best wishes Marc! The sample chapter is a good indication of a well researched and painstakingly written work that is actually easy and enjoyable to read. Well done, sir!

Posted by: michael at May 15, 2011 9:31 AM

Since you mention a liking for "With the Old Breed", I recommend "Goodbye Darkness". It is by William Manchester, from Attleboro, MA. It is sort of an Ivy Leaguers recollection of the war in the Pacific. Given their current attitude towards ROTC, it is almost amusing when he rattles off the names of the members of his Marine Rifle Company, Jones (Brown '41) Johnson (Harvard '44), etc, etc. Since it was surgically impossible to remove, Manchester carried around a piece of Japanese schrapnel until his death a few years ago.

I have always promised myself to get around to a book on the Romans in the Schwarzewald.

Posted by: Warrington Faust at May 15, 2011 9:47 AM

Congrats, and hope the Burgundians didn't require much purple prose.

Posted by: bella at May 15, 2011 10:02 AM



Posted by: URIProf at May 15, 2011 8:52 PM

Thanks all!

Posted by: Marc at May 16, 2011 11:23 AM
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