Posted July 10th, 2007 by lex
The Oxford Medievalist is conducting another poll that’s just down our lane:
Just wanted to let you know that I’ve got a new poll up over at my blog on the greatest military commander. I started with 30 commanders and each week want to whittleit down until we have three to go head to head (to head.) We’re in Round Two with 20 commanders, which will end tonight, and tomorrow will begin the home-stretch round of 10 commanders. I’ve also added a link to the side bar where voters can comment and debate the greatest military commanders.
There’s been some chatter, but not by any (I don’t think) military or military-related specialists. One commenter did raise an interesting point lamenting the decline of military history in our universities (ironically, I think she’s a Canadian.)
No real surprises in the poll yet, except that Saladin and Attila received exactly no votes in the first round, so they were bounced, and it looks like Genghis Khan, one of the top vote getters in the first round, is going get bounced out, too.
I note with a degree of surprised pleasure that a certain Rob’t E. Lee is represented as an option, while certain other scruffy soldiers-turned-saddlers-turned-generals are conspicuous by their absence.