His Hermeneuticalness, Fr Tim Finigan, recommended this book to me. I got it and I am glad I did. I now recommend it to you.
A blurb from the Introduction:
This study demonstrates that Constantine’s rise to power and his early actions as emperor were defined by his relationship with his troops, and consequently by his relationship with the greatest god, who would guarantee his, and hence their, victories. Constantine’s only means of retaining power in his early years was to lead his men in numerous successful campaigns and to reward them handsomely for their efforts and loyalty. This he did, distributing wealth, including thousands of coins, to his officers and troops with inscriptions declaring their loyalty to him. The emphasis on loyalty, frequently pronounced and inscribed, suggests that in his first decade of power Constantine was never entirely secure. He came close to death by mutiny within four years of his accession, when his father-in-law and rival emperor Maximian persuaded many of his troops to turn against him. Ever more and greater victories were needed, and thus he was set on the path to civil war and sole sovereignty. For this reason he led a seemingly foolhardy invasion of Italy in 312, his sights set on the capture of Rome itself.
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I have written about it here and UK here. Please use my link to get yours or to give them as gifts for Christmas. There is new generation of Kindle, Kindle Touch, and a new Kindle Fire with color. The Kindle Fire is more like a tablet, like an iPad, and it has a new browser that runs on cloud technology which is apparently very fast. I saw the new version at Best Buy. Very nice.
A few other books I have read on my Kindle:
Patriots by James Wesley Rawles (UK here)
Demonic by Ann Coulter (UK hardback)
After America by Mark Steyn (UK hardback)
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (UK here)
A More Perfect Heaven by Dava Sobel (UK here)
You can even lend books from your Kindle to another person’s Kindle. Very cool.