Clearing Out The Clippings, No. 29

Henry VIII had needed to import bronze cannons from the continent. But home-made iron cannons, though harder to cast, were far cheaper (almost one-fifth the price). This meant significantly more ‘bangs per buck’ – a technical advantage that was to endure for centuries.

— Niall Ferguson

Burt Likko

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  1. What is this from? Having read Wolf Hall this past year I am finding myself more interested in this period and with Henry in particular.

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