Doing the funky Gibbon

I have a notion of making my next big reading project to get through the whole of Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, a chapter at a time. The whole text is on-line here and elsewhere. I think I would like to pace it at about two chapters a week. I did start making notes on the earlier chapters at the beginning of this year, but paced it wrong and ran into the sand.

My question is, would anyone be interested in making this some kind of group activity? Perhaps set up a separate LJ account or community to cover it. I would commit to posting my own thoughts regularly, or indeed preferably spread that burden around other interested parties, starting in the first week of September.

On the other hand, perhaps it’s entirely adequate to just post here, tagging appropriately, along with a master index of the kind I pasted into my Shakespeare reviews after I had finished them. That is certainly the default option.

Views welcome.

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  1. Scottish Independence is a formal repeal of the 1707 Act of Union.
    Unless the act makes other provision (which, to be fair, it probably will), the pre-1707 Scottish House of Lords thus comes back into being.
    Members of the Scottish Peerage pre-1707 are clearly members of this body.
    Members of the UK peerage whose titles are Scottish-based (whether hereditary or life) are in a more anomalous position, but are arguably also members.
    Of course, even if the UK legislation is sloppy enough to let this happen, it’s likely that a newly independent Scottish Parliament will want to abolish the Scottish House of Lords fairly pronto, and replace it with either an elected Scottish Senate, or a unicameral parliament.

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