The Mead of War ''Deeds of the Valiant''







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Since the dawn of time, war has scoured the earth. From clubs to swords, from axes to crossbows, from spears to guns, from catapults to cannons, from cavalry to tanks, and from volleys of arrows to nuclear bombs. As long as man has walked the earth, he has been bound to the desire to wage war. The act of war is deplorable, but the aspect that men and women are willing to die for a greater good is admirable. One can hate war, but he or she should not hate those who valiantly risk their lives by performing the duties asked of them. It is easy for one to scorn a soldier when he or she has never seen the horrors that the soldier has experienced. Some say that soldiers only know how to die or kill, but that is not true. Soldiers are faced with death every second of their lives, and by always having death following at their heels, they come to appreciate life to an higher extent than those who sit comfortably in the safety that the soldiers provided. Those who die in the defense of their religion are bestowed the title of saints, and their names are inscribed upon cathedrals and temples. They died because they chose to do so, but it is not so with many soldiers. Those millions and millions of soldiers who have been drafted throughout the ages into wars against their wills have not been bestowed the title of saints. No, and though there are some monuments that bear these soldiers names, the fact remains that soldiers are not wholly paid the homage that they deserve. That is the purpose of this book, to give homage to those who have served, died, and survived war. It is a tribute to all of those honorable souls who chose to abide on the battle field instead of suffering a cowards fate. Though it took a long time to write this book, it cannot truly convey the sacrifices made by those who accepted an early death to defend their homeland, people, and honor. Proceeds received through royalties for this book shall be donated to charities that benefit widows and orphans of slain soldiers and to charities that benefit the troops. The parchment shall be the anvil; the quill shall be the hammer; History shall be the forge; the tales of old shall be the ore, poems shall be wrought like spears, which shall be hurled beyond all mortal horizons. Jason Odinvindr Roach.


This book is comprised of poems that tell of the deeds of courageous warriors, valiant soldiers, and admirable leaders. The selfless acts and names of these brave souls echo throughout history. It tells of the men and women who forsook an existence of simplicity, abandoned their homes, and forfeited their very lives for a greater good. Furthermore, it pays homage to those who defended their honor unto the end. Whether or not one agrees with war, he or she must respect those who pay heed to the call of battle. These are tales which must be told for all eternity.

Table of Contents
I) THE DESOLATION OF WAR
II) ETERNAL HOMAGE TO GALLANT SOULS
III) TO THE TROOPS IN THE MIDDLE-EAST
IV) FROM VIETNAM; A SON'S LETTER TO HIS MOTHER
V) CHAOS ON THE KOREAN PLATEAU
VI) SPIRIT OF VALOR AWOKEN: GALLANTRY IN WW II
VII) COURAGE BEYOND FATHOMING: THE SOMME
VIII) BLACK HAWK: THE DIVINE CHIEF
IX) EDWARD "BLACKBEARD" TEACH: `LORD OF THE SEAS'
X) A WARRIOR'S HAIKU
XI) UNTARNISHED HONOR: A TRIBUTE TO IMAI KANEHIRA
XII) RETRIBUTION OF THE 47 RONIN
XIII) VLAD TEPES: AN IDEAL LEADER
XIV) IN DEFENSE OF THE VIKINGS
XV) BOADICEA: GODDESS OF VENGEANCE
XVI) VERCINGETORIX: SAVIOR OF THE GAULS
XVII) HANNIBAL OF CARTHAGE: COMMANDER OF COMMANDERS
XVIII)THE BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE: THE ETERNAL SPARTANS
XIX) HECTOR'S FOLLY
XX) LOYAL UNTO THE END
XXI) TAMING THE RAVENOUS BEAST
XXII) A JUSTIFIED RANT
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lectora, estudiosa de la historia antigua, especialmente la mitología germánica, indoeuropea. ".
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