As any returning readers may have noticed, a large amount of material has now been deleted from the site.  In fact, the only remaining content apart from the home page is the one concerning my prostatectomy.  This is due to the fact that this is actually a new website as the old one had been hacked.  The only pages saved from the old site were the home page and the prostatectomy page.

Although a lot has been lost, I see this as a new beginning.  Much of the old content was out-of-date, especially with regards to my current thinking on Late Antiquity, so it has given me the chance to begin again with a clean slate.  Hopefully over time I will get a better grasp of the fundamentals of the site and so be able to organise things better than the old site, with clear labels and a logical layout.  But then again, maybe not.  All  of the preceding relies on me being able to work out how to use WordPress properly, and as I’m not the most tech-savvy person on the planet this may take some time – so please bear with me.

Now that the site is up and running and I have regained my confidence in its longevity and ability to repel attacks, I can start writing blog entries on a more consistent basis.  So let me begin by giving an update on current work schedules.  My latest book, ‘Gaiseric: The Vandal Who Sacked Rome’, is due out in the UK at the end of July, and in the US at the beginning of November.  This will be – I think! – my sixth book.

More importantly for me, my publishers have agreed to further contracts, so I will be writing until at least May 2021.  The subjects of these books remain, as usual, ‘closely guarded secrets’ since the publishers don’t want the opposition to find out my plans and beat us to the punch.  (Apparently this can happen:  sad but true!)  Readers may be interested to know, however, that included are one or two ‘requests’ that I have received over recent months.

What I am allowed to say is that I am close to finishing the text for my next book, which will be on Attila.  As with Gaiseric, I am attempting to look at Hunnic history through the eyes of Attila rather than through the mind set of the Roman authors who are our source of information.   Hopefully this will be an approach that yields some new hypotheses, although whether these will stand the test of time is another matter entirely!

After I have finished ‘Attila’, I am going to change period ever so slightly.  I have always wanted to analyse the military aspects of the reign of Constantine I ‘The Great’.  Most writers have focused on his Christianity, so I’m hoping that although he is one of the most written-about people in history, I can provide something different in the hope that it is worth reading.  I have already started research and have realised why few authors have attempted the task:  the massive changes in the Roman military that took place around the turn of the fourth century CE are so poorly documented that confusion and argument prevails.

After the confusion and poorly-documented period of the fifth century I was hoping that the better-recorded fourth century would be easier!  Trust me to pick a subject surrounded by doubt and a wide variety of theories.  Oh well, back to the usual grindstone it is!