I just got this e-mail from “Waterloosux1815.” (please read the following E-mail with a silly French accent.)
Dear Mr. Zachary Hill
I am writing you this letter to inform you that I think your website is pathetic. You last post was ridiculous and infantile! Everyone knows that we French dominated the Dark and Middle Ages! We ruled Europe for centuries. Do not tell me that you, a supposed “historian” do not know this thing. I have half a mind to put you on my lengthy Vendetta list.
-Well, thank you Bonaparte. Glad to see you’ve enjoyed my blog here. It’s always good to hear back from the readers. So, Bony, let me tell you that yes, I do know the realities of France in the Middle Ages and that they were very competent and were a force to be reckoned with by any standards. They were the bulk of the forces for the First Crusade afterall. Them and their “Frankish Charge” dominated their enemies in the Holy Land. Heck, for a long time the kings of England spoke French and French was…well…the Lingua Franca of Europe because France was so powerful. Don’t get your large funny hat in a wad Nap…Mr. Bonaparte. I exclude a certain Corsican gentleman. And besides, at least we can look at Frances stellar performance in WWII….er…nevermind.