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A Death in the Venetian Quarter PDF Book By Alan Gordon

A Death in the Venetian Quarter

  • Author: Alan Gordon
  • ISBN Code: : 1466823100
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Page : 288 pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 852 Readers
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In 1203, the relative peace of the Byzantine Empire is imperiled when the ships of the Fourth Crusade show up outside the walls of Constantinople. Instead of traveling to the Holy Land to battle the infidels, the Crusade, having sailed out of Venice, has been subverted and is now besieging the city. The jester known as Feste, his wife Viola, and their compatriots within the city are faced with catastrophe as the peace the Fool's Guild has worked so hard to maintain is about to be shattered. With such a disaster looming, the death of one silk merchant in the Venetian Quarter of Constantinople seems insignificant. But Philoxenites, the Imperial Treasurer and one of the most power schemers at court, has taken a special interest in the case and wants Feste to investigate Venetian merchant's death. The merchant, of course, was not what he appeared to be and, if Constantinople is to have any hope of surviving the troops outside its gates, Feste must quickly uncover what forces were at work when the merchant lost his life.

The Lark's Lament PDF Book By Alan Gordon

The Lark's Lament

  • Author: Alan Gordon
  • ISBN Code: : 1466843268
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Page : 288 pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 839 Readers
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In 1204 A.D., the Fools' Guild is in hiding, under attack from the forces of Pope Innocent III. Theophilos and Claudia, jesters with the Guild, are sent to enlist the help of a former guild member - the minstrel Folquet, now the abbot Folq at a Cistercian monastery - to intercede with the pope on their behalf. But while they are at the abbey pleading their case, a gruesome murder takes place - a monk is killed in the librarium and a cryptic message written on the wall in his blood. In the wake of the murder, Folq issues an ultimatum to Theophilos. If he learns the meaning of the message and finds the killer, Folq will help the Guild. But if the Jester fails, Folq will have the pope declare the Guild anathema. With the future of the Guild on the line, Theophilos, his wife, and their apprentice go off in search of Folquet's past and the meaning of the message, uncovering a long-ago series of events that were as deadly then as they are proving to be now.

Living with Shakespeare PDF Book By Susannah Carson

Living with Shakespeare

  • Author: Susannah Carson
  • ISBN Code: : 0307743403
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Page : 528 pages
  • Genre : Drama
  • Reviews : 500 Readers
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Why Shakespeare? What explains our continued fascination with his poems and plays? In Living with Shakespeare, Susannah Carson invites forty actors, directors, scholars, and writers to reflect on why his work is still such a vital part of our culture. We hear from James Earl Jones on reclaiming Othello as a tragic hero, Julie Taymor on turning Prospero into Prospera, Camille Paglia on teaching the plays to actors, F. Murray Abraham on gaining an audience’s sympathy for Shylock, Sir Ben Kingsley on communicating Shakespeare’s ideas through performance, Germaine Greer on the playwright’s home life, Dame Harriet Walter on the complexity of his heroines, Brian Cox on social conflict in his time and ours, Jane Smiley on transposing King Lear to Iowa in A Thousand Acres, and Sir Antony Sher on feeling at home in Shakespeare’s language. Together these essays provide a fresh appreciation of Shakespeare’s works as a living legacy to be read, seen, performed, adapted, revised, wrestled with, and embraced by creative professionals and lay enthusiasts alike. F. Murray Abraham ● Isabel Allende ● Cicely Berry ● Eve Best ● Eleanor Brown ● Stanley Cavell ● Karin Coonrod ● Brian Cox ● Peter David ● Margaret Drabble ● Dominic Dromgoole ● David Farr ● Fiasco Theater ● Ralph Fiennes ● Angus Fletcher ● James Franco ● Alan Gordon ● Germaine Greer ● Barry John ● James Earl Jones ● Sir Ben Kingsley ● Maxine Hong Kingston ● Rory Kinnear ● J. D. McClatchy ● Conor McCreery ● Tobias Menzies ● Joyce Carol Oates ● Camille Paglia ● James Prosek ● Richard Scholar ● Sir Antony Sher ● Jane Smiley ● Matt Sturges ● Julie Taymor ● Eamonn Walker ● Dame Harriet Walter ● Bill Willingham ● Jess Winfield

John II Komnenos, Emperor of Byzantium PDF Book By Alessandra Bucossi,Alex Rodriguez Suarez

John II Komnenos, Emperor of Byzantium

  • Author: Alessandra Bucossi,Alex Rodriguez Suarez
  • ISBN Code: : 1317110714
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Page : 238 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 446 Readers
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The Emperor John II Komnenos (1118–1143) has been overshadowed by both his father Alexios I and his son Manuel I. Written sources have not left us much evidence regarding his reign, although authors agree that he was an excellent emperor. However, the period witnessed territorial expansion in Asia Minor as well as the construction of the most important monastic complex of twelfth-century Constantinople. What else do we know about John’s rule and its period? This volume opens up new perspectives on John’s reign and clearly demonstrates that many innovations generally attributed to the genius of Manuel Komnenos had already been fostered during the reign of the second great Komnenos. Leading experts on twelfth-century Byzantium (Jeffreys, Magdalino, Ousterhout) are joined by representatives of a new generation of Byzantinists to produce a timely and invaluable study of the unjustly neglected figure of John Komnenos.

Medieval Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean and Beyond PDF Book By David Jacoby

Medieval Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean and Beyond

  • Author: David Jacoby
  • ISBN Code: : 1351583689
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Page : 346 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 788 Readers
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Collected Studies CS1066 The articles in this collection cover the region extending from Italy to the Black Sea and to Egypt, over a period of seven centuries, with an emphasis on the considerable economic and social interaction between the West and the regions of the Eastern Mediterranean. They represent key works in the oeuvre of David Jacoby, the doyen of scholars in the field over many decades.

Burgesses and Burgess Law in the Latin Kingdoms of Jerusalem and Cyprus (1099–1325) PDF Book By Marwan Nader

Burgesses and Burgess Law in the Latin Kingdoms of Jerusalem and Cyprus (1099–1325)

  • Author: Marwan Nader
  • ISBN Code: : 1317170709
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Page : 238 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 272 Readers
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This is the first book devoted to the study of burgesses in the Latin Kingdoms of Jerusalem and Cyprus (1099-1325). It offers a comprehensive assessment of the contributions made by the non-feudal class to the development of legal and commercial institutions in the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries. Dispensing with the commonly held view that burgesses had only marginal influence, evidence is presented to illustrate how the existence of a 'middle class' was essential to the ambitions of the kingdoms' leaders. A systematic examination of all relevant contemporary source material - charters, law-books and narrative accounts - sheds light on how serfs and freemen, originating from diverse regions of Europe, were able to organise themselves into a class whose status set them apart from non-Latin Christians and Muslims. The study considers at length the different ways in which burgess legislation was formulated; traces the gradual development of the Cour des Bourgeois, the court of burgesses, in terms of its composition and competence; describes in detail the burgess laws of Acre and Nicosia which related, for example, to marriage and inheritance; and defines the special characteristics of a type of property known as a borgesie which was mostly but not exclusively in the hands of burgesses. Dr Nader's research, furthermore, reveals the complexity of burgess jurisdiction and legislation in the East, and advocates the theory that secular courts established by ecclesiastical institutions exercised authority over burgesses and borgesies in matters which went beyond the parameters of purely ecclesiastical jurisdiction.

The Parisian Prodigal PDF Book By Alan Gordon

The Parisian Prodigal

  • Author: Alan Gordon
  • ISBN Code: : 1250828570
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Page : 336 pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 707 Readers
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Theophilos of The Fool's Guild returns in the next story from author Alan Gordon of murder, mayhem, and mummery in 13th century France. "Only a fool would pass this one up." —Laurie R. King In 1205, Theophilos—a fool by trade, a family man by choice, and a spy by design—belongs, along with his family, to the Fools' Guild, a group that secretly maintains the fragile order of society. In Toulouse, that order is threatened when, unexpectedly, a man claiming to be a full brother of the ruling count is found one morning in a local bordello next to a dead whore, killed with his own sword. Now, Theophilos and his family must uncover the truth.

Venice PDF Book By Thomas F. Madden

Venice

  • Author: Thomas F. Madden
  • ISBN Code: : 1101601132
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Page : 464 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 594 Readers
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An extraordinary chronicle of Venice, its people, and its grandeur Thomas Madden’s majestic, sprawling history of Venice is the first full portrait of the city in English in almost thirty years. Using long-buried archival material and a wealth of newly translated documents, Madden weaves a spellbinding story of a place and its people, tracing an arc from the city’s humble origins as a lagoon refuge to its apex as a vast maritime empire and Renaissance epicenter to its rebirth as a modern tourist hub. Madden explores all aspects of Venice’s breathtaking achievements: the construction of its unparalleled navy, its role as an economic powerhouse and birthplace of capitalism, its popularization of opera, the stunning architecture of its watery environs, and more. He sets these in the context of the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire, the endless waves of Crusades to the Holy Land, and the awesome power of Turkish sultans. And perhaps most critically, Madden corrects the stereotype of Shakespeare’s money-lending Shylock that has distorted the Venetian character, uncovering instead a much more complex and fascinating story, peopled by men and women whose ingenuity and deep faith profoundly altered the course of civilization.

Union in Separation PDF Book By Autori Vari

Union in Separation

  • Author: Autori Vari
  • ISBN Code: : 8867285130
  • Publisher : Viella Libreria Editrice
  • Page : 820 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 838 Readers
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Union in Separation presents a series of case studies on diasporic groups in the late medieval and early modern Mediterranean and Black Sea regions. It explores how Armenian, Byzantine/Greek, Florentine, Genoese, Hospitaller, Jewish, Mamluk, and Venetian communities characterized by diasporic identities and inserted into local contexts navigated religious and socio-ethnic boundaries as well as other categories of difference. The volume draws on a wide range of historical and social-scientific methods and offers new perspectives on the arbitration of difference in the wider eastern Mediterranean from Tana to Cairo and Marseille to Isfahan prior to the emergence of nation states. It provides not only an analytical toolbox for historical diaspora studies but also reveals how, under the looming threat of crusade and within the daily routines of trade, diasporic groups and their hosts negotiated modes of coexistence that oscillated between cooperation and conflict, integration and rejection, union and separation.

A Rich and Tantalizing Brew PDF Book By Jeanette M. Fregulia

A Rich and Tantalizing Brew

  • Author: Jeanette M. Fregulia
  • ISBN Code: : 161075655X
  • Publisher : University of Arkansas Press
  • Page : 193 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 889 Readers
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The history of coffee is much more than the tale of one luxury good—it is a lens through which to consider various strands of world history, from food and foodways to religion and economics and sociocultural dynamics. A Rich and Tantalizing Brew traces the history of coffee from its cultivation and brewing first as a private pleasure in the highlands of Ethiopia and Yemen through its emergence as a sought-after public commodity served in coffeehouses first in the Muslim world, and then traveling across the Mediterranean to Italy, to other parts of Europe, and finally to India and the Americas. At each of these stops the brew gathered ardent aficionados and vocal critics, all the while reshaping patterns of socialization. Taking its conversational tone from the chats often held over a steaming cup, A Rich and Tantalizing Brew offers a critical and entertaining look at how this bitter beverage, with a little help from the tastes that traveled with it—chocolate, tea, and sugar—has connected people to each other both within and outside of their typical circles, inspiring a new context for sharing news, conducting business affairs, and even plotting revolution.

Enrico Dandolo and the Rise of Venice PDF Book By Thomas F. Madden

Enrico Dandolo and the Rise of Venice

  • Author: Thomas F. Madden
  • ISBN Code: : 9780801891847
  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Page : 320 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 958 Readers
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Culminating with the crisis precipitated by the failure of the Fourth Crusade, Madden's groundbreaking work reveals the extent to which Dandolo and his successors became torn between the anxieties and apprehensions of Venice's citizens and its escalating obligations as a Mediterranean power.

Encyclopedia of Greece and the Hellenic Tradition PDF Book By Graham Speake

Encyclopedia of Greece and the Hellenic Tradition

  • Author: Graham Speake
  • ISBN Code: : 1135942064
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Page : 1500 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 420 Readers
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Hellenism is the living culture of the Greek-speaking peoples and has a continuing history of more than 3,500 years. The Encyclopedia of Greece and the Hellenic Tradition contains approximately 900 entries devoted to people, places, periods, events, and themes, examining every aspect of that culture from the Bronze Age to the present day. The focus throughout is on the Greeks themselves, and the continuities within their own cultural tradition. Language and religion are perhaps the most obvious vehicles of continuity; but there have been many others--law, taxation, gardens, music, magic, education, shipping, and countless other elements have all played their part in maintaining this unique culture. Today, Greek arts have blossomed again; Greece has taken its place in the European Union; Greeks control a substantial proportion of the world's merchant marine; and Greek communities in the United States, Australia, and South Africa have carried the Hellenic tradition throughout the world. This is the first reference work to embrace all aspects of that tradition in every period of its existence.

Constantinople PDF Book By Jonathan Harris

Constantinople

  • Author: Jonathan Harris
  • ISBN Code: : 1474254667
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Page : 304 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 319 Readers
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Jonathan Harris' new edition of the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, Constantinople, provides an updated and extended introduction to the history of Byzantium and its capital city. Accessible and engaging, the book breaks new ground by exploring Constantinople's mystical dimensions and examining the relationship between the spiritual and political in the city. This second edition includes a range of new material, such as: * Historiographical updates reflecting recently published work in the field * Detailed coverage of archaeological developments relating to Byzantine Constantinople * Extra chapters on the 14th century and social 'outsiders' in the city * More on the city as a centre of learning; the development of Galata/Pera; charitable hospitals; religious processions and festivals; the lives of ordinary people; and the Crusades * Source translation textboxes, new maps and images, a timeline and a list of emperors It is an important volume for anyone wanting to know more about the history of the Byzantine Empire.

World Economic Primacy: 1500-1990 PDF Book By Charles P. Kindleberger

World Economic Primacy: 1500-1990

  • Author: Charles P. Kindleberger
  • ISBN Code: : 9780198025931
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Page : 288 pages
  • Genre : Business & Economics
  • Reviews : 918 Readers
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Charles Kindleberger's World Economic Primacy: 1500-1990 is a work of rare ambition and scope from one of our most respected economic historians. Extending over broad ranges of both history and geography, the work considers what it is that enables countries to achieve, at some period in their history, economic superiority over other countries, and what it is that makes them decline. Kindleberger begins with the Italian city-states in the fourteenth century, and traces the changing evolution of world economic primacy as it moves to Portugal and Spain, to the Low countries, to Great Britain, and to the United States, addressing the question of alleged U.S. decline. Additional chapters treat France as a perennial challenger, Germany which has twice aggressively sought superiority, and Japan, which may or may not become a candidate for the role of "number one." Kindleberger suggests that the economic vitality of a given country goes through a trajectory that can usefully (thought not precisely) be compared to a human life cycle. Like human beings, the growth of a state can be cut off by accident or catastrophe short of old age; unlike human beings, however, economies can have a second birth. In World Economic Primacy, Kindleberger takes into account the influence of complex historical, social, and cultural factors that determine economic leadership. A brilliant overview of the position of nations in the world economy, World Economic Primacy conveys profound insights into the causes of the rise and decline of the world's economic powers, past and present.

A Short History of the Italian Renaissance PDF Book By Kenneth R. Bartlett

A Short History of the Italian Renaissance

  • Author: Kenneth R. Bartlett
  • ISBN Code: : 1442608773
  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Page : 402 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 684 Readers
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Award-winning lecturer Kenneth R. Bartlett applies his decades of experience teaching the Italian Renaissance to this beautifully illustrated overview. In his introductory Note to the Reader, Bartlett first explains why he chose Jacob Burckhardt's classic narrative to guide students through the complex history of the Renaissance and then provides his own contemporary interpretation of that narrative. Over seventy color illustrations, genealogies of important Renaissance families, eight maps, a list of popes, a timeline of events, a bibliography, and an index are included.

The Routledge Handbook of the Mongols and Central-Eastern Europe PDF Book By Alexander V. Maiorov,Roman Hautala

The Routledge Handbook of the Mongols and Central-Eastern Europe

  • Author: Alexander V. Maiorov,Roman Hautala
  • ISBN Code: : 100041745X
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Page : 544 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 987 Readers
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The Routledge Handbook of the Mongols and Central-Eastern Europe offers a comprehensive overview of the Mongols’ military, political, socio-economic and cultural relations with Central and Eastern European nations between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries. The Mongol Empire was the largest contiguous land empire in history, and one which contributed to the establishment of political, commercial and cultural contacts between all Eurasian regions. The Golden Horde, founded in Eastern Europe by Chinggis Khan’s grandson, Batu, in the thirteenth century, was the dominant power in the region. For two hundred years, all of the countries and peoples of Central and Eastern Europe had to reckon with a powerful centralized state with enormous military potential. Some chose to submit to the Mongols whilst others defended their independence, but none could avoid the influence of this powerful empire. In this book, twenty-five chapters examine this crucial period in Central-Eastern European history, including trade, confrontation, and cultural and religious exchange between the Mongols and their neighbours. This book will be an essential reference for scholars and students of the Mongols, as well those interested in the political, social and economic history of medieval Central-Eastern Europe.

Plague Hospitals PDF Book By Jane L. Stevens Crawshaw

Plague Hospitals

  • Author: Jane L. Stevens Crawshaw
  • ISBN Code: : 1317080297
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Page : 338 pages
  • Genre : Medical
  • Reviews : 451 Readers
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Developed throughout early modern Europe, lazaretti, or plague hospitals, took on a central role in early modern responses to epidemic disease, in particular the prevention and treatment of plague. The lazaretti served as isolation hospitals, quarantine centres, convalescent homes, cemeteries, and depots for the disinfection or destruction of infected goods. The first permanent example of this institution was established in Venice in 1423 and between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries tens of thousands of patients passed through the doors. Founded on lagoon islands, the lazaretti tell us about the relationship between the city and its natural environment. The plague hospitals also illustrate the way in which medical structures in Venice intersected with those of piety and poor relief and provided a model for public health which was influential across Europe. This is the first detailed study of how these plague hospitals functioned, where they were situated, who worked there, what it was like to stay there, and how many people survived. Comparisons are made between the Venetian lazaretti and similar institutions in Padua, Verona and other Italian and European cities. Centred on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, during which time there were both serious plague outbreaks in Europe and periods of relative calm, the book explores what the lazaretti can tell us about early modern medicine and society and makes a significant contribution to both Venetian history and our understanding of public health in early modern Europe, engaging with ideas of infection and isolation, charity and cure, dirt, disease and death.

Novum Millennium PDF Book By Claudia Sode,Sarolta Takács

Novum Millennium

  • Author: Claudia Sode,Sarolta Takács
  • ISBN Code: : 1351914278
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Page : 470 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 910 Readers
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This volume reflects the different methods and new approaches to the study of Byzantine history that have characterized the work of Paul Speck, to whom it is dedicated, and above all, his insistence on a close reading and careful interpretation of the sources. These aims are encapsulated in the introduction by John Haldon, which gives a sense of where future studies should lead new generations of scholars. The following studies, by many of the leading authorities in their fields, look at a whole range of aspects of the history of Byzantium - its culture, theology, linguistics, literature, historiography, sigillography and art - and at the place of the Byzantine empire within the late antique and medieval worlds.

The Harbour of all this Sea and Realm PDF Book By Michael J.K. Walsh,Tamás Kiss,Nicholas Coureas

The Harbour of all this Sea and Realm

  • Author: Michael J.K. Walsh,Tamás Kiss,Nicholas Coureas
  • ISBN Code: : 9633860644
  • Publisher : Central European University Press
  • Page : 272 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 647 Readers
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The Harbour of All This Sea and Realm offers an overview of the Lusignan, Genoese and Venetian history of the main port city of Cyprus, a Mediterranean crossroads. The essays contribute to the understanding of Famagusta's social and administrative structure, as well as the influences on its architectural, artisan, and art historical heritage from the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries. We read of crusader bishops from central France, metalworkers from Asia Minor, mercenaries from Genoa, refugees from Acre, and traders from Venice. The themes of the city's diasporas and cultural hybridity permeate and unify the essays in this collaborative effort. Some of the studies use archival sources to reconstruct the early stages of appearances of various buildings. Such research is of vital importance, given the threat to Famagusta's medieval and early modern heritage by its use as a military base since 1974.

ALEXANDRE DUMAS: The Three Musketeers Series, The Marie Antoinette Novels, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Valois Trilogy and more (27 Novels in One Volume) PDF Book By Alexandre Dumas

ALEXANDRE DUMAS: The Three Musketeers Series, The Marie Antoinette Novels, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Valois Trilogy and more (27 Novels in One Volume)

  • Author: Alexandre Dumas
  • ISBN Code: : 8075835875
  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Page : 10627 pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 667 Readers
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Musaicum Books presents to you this carefully created collection of Alexandre Dumas' most renowned historical novels and adventure classics. This ebook has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. The D'Artagnan Romances The Three Musketeers Twenty Years After The Vicomte of Bragelonne Ten Years Later Louise da la Valliere The Man in the Iron Mask The Valois Trilogy Queen Margot (Marguerite de Valois) Chicot de Jester: La Dame de Monsoreau The Forty-Five Guardsmen The Memoirs of a Physician - Marie Antoinette Series Joseph Balsamo: The Magician The Mesmerist's Victim: Andrea de Taverney The Queen's Necklace Taking the Bastile: Ange Pitou The Countess de Charny: The Execution of King Louis XVI Other Novels The Count of Monte Cristo The Conspirators: The Chevalier d'Harmental The Regent's Daughter The Hero of the People The Royal Life-Guard Captain Paul The Sicilian Bandit The Corsican Brothers The Companions of Jehu The Wolf Leader The Black Tulip The Last Vendee The Prussian Terror Essays & Biography: A Gossip on a Novel of Dumas's by Robert Louis Stevenson Alexandre Dumas from ESSAYS IN LITTLE by Andrew Lang ALEXANDRE DUMAS by Adolphe Cohn Alexandre Dumas, père (1802-1870) was a French writer whose works have been translated into nearly 100 languages and he is one of the most widely read French authors. His most famous works are The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.

Castles of the Morea PDF Book By Kevin Andrews

Castles of the Morea

  • Author: Kevin Andrews
  • ISBN Code: : 1621390284
  • Publisher : American School of Classical Studies at Athens
  • Page : 348 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 226 Readers
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First published in 1953, this book presents a description of sixteen of the larger medieval fortresses in the Peloponnese, occupied by the Venetians during the period 1685-1715. It is also a beautifully-written celebration of some of Greece's most striking, but also least studied, architectural monuments, inspired by a unique collection of seventeenth century fortification plans (the so-called "Grimani codex") preserved in the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. The author first saw the plans in 1948 and devoted the next four years of his life to a historical and archaeological investigation of the castles they depicted. At a time when most of the students at the American School were studying the classics, his interest in later Greek history was pioneering. He not only searched out hundreds of obscure documentary sources but also made a point of visiting, and personally describing and photographing, every castle - not an easy thing to do at the tail end of the Greek Civil War. The final publication was an instant classic, marked out by its evocative prose and Andrews' obvious fascination with the subject. As he wrote, "instead of the shining temple stones chiseled with the resources of perfection, these fortresses of medieval Greece crouch to the contours of the land with crumbling, roofless walls of rubble, built with the mark of haste, as if there were not time between one invasion and the next to build them." The book has been long out of print. This new edition presents Andrews' original text with a new introduction which sets the work in context and discusses some of the developments in Greek castle studies since the 1950s. The Grimani maps, originally printed only in black and white, are now presented in their original colors.

The Crusader World PDF Book By Adrian Boas

The Crusader World

  • Author: Adrian Boas
  • ISBN Code: : 1317408322
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Page : 748 pages
  • Genre : Social Science
  • Reviews : 534 Readers
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The Crusader World is a multidisciplinary survey of the current state of research in the field of crusader studies, an area of study which has become increasingly popular in recent years. In this volume Adrian Boas draws together an impressive range of academics, including work from renowned scholars as well as a number of though-provoking pieces from emerging researchers, in order to provide broad coverage of the major aspects of the period. This authoritative work will play an important role in the future direction of crusading studies. This volume enriches present knowledge of the crusades, addressing such wide-ranging subjects as: intelligence and espionage, gender issues, religious celebrations in crusader Jerusalem, political struggles in crusader Antioch, the archaeological study of battle sites and fortifications, diseases suffered by the crusaders, crusading in northern Europe and Spain and the impact of Crusader art. The relationship between Crusaders and Muslims, two distinct and in many way opposing cultures, is also examined in depth, including a discussion of how the Franks perceived their enemies. Arranged into eight thematic sections, The Crusader World considers many central issues as well as a large number of less familiar topics of the crusades, crusader society, history and culture. With over 100 photographs, line drawings and maps, this impressive collection of essays is a key resource for students and scholars alike.

Death in a Strange Country PDF Book By Donna Leon

Death in a Strange Country

  • Author: Donna Leon
  • ISBN Code: : 1555848982
  • Publisher : Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Page : 401 pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 827 Readers
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The New York Times–bestselling series continues with the murder of an American soldier in Venice: “This is definitely an author to watch (Kirkus Reviews). Early one morning, Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice police confronts a grisly sight when the body of a young man is fished out of a fetid canal. All clues point to a violent mugging, but for Brunetti the motive of robbery seems altogether too convenient. When something discovered in the victim’s apartment suggests the existence of a high-level conspiracy, Brunetti becomes convinced that somebody, somewhere, is taking great pains to provide a ready-made solution to the crime. Rich with atmosphere and marvelous plotting, Death in a Strange Country is a superb novel in Donna Leon’s chilling Venetian mystery series. Praise for Donna Leon and the Commissario Brunetti Mysteries “One of the best international crime writers is Donna Leon, and her Commissario Guido Brunetti tales set in Venice are at the apex of continental thrillers.” —Rocky Mountain News “Leon’s books shimmer in the grace of their setting and are warmed by the charm of her characters.” —The New York Times Book Review “Brunetti . . . long ago joined the ranks of the classic fictional detectives.” —Evening Standard “Commissario Brunetti, most charismatic current Euro-cop, uncovers deadly ants’ nest of corruption. A highly accomplished, scary read.” —The Guardian

The Sheen on the Silk PDF Book By Anne Perry

The Sheen on the Silk

  • Author: Anne Perry
  • ISBN Code: : 0345519795
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Page : 528 pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 240 Readers
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BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from Anne Perry's Treason at Lisson Grove and Execution Dock. Arriving in Constantinople in 1273, Anna Zarides vows to prove the innocence of her twin brother, Justinian, who has been exiled to the desert for conspiring to kill a nobleman. Disguising herself as a eunuch named Anastasius, Anna moves freely about in society, maneuvering close to the key players involved in her brother’s fate, including Zoe Chrysaphes, a devious noblewoman with her own hidden agenda, and Giuliano Dandolo, a ship’s captain conflicted by his growing feelings for Anastasius. As leaders in Rome and Venice plot to invade Constantinople in another Crusade to capture the Holy Land, Anna’s discoveries draw her inextricably closer to the dangers of the emperor’s treacherous court—where it seems that no one is exactly who he or she appears to be.

A History of the Venetian Republic PDF Book By W. Carew Hazlitt

A History of the Venetian Republic

  • Author: W. Carew Hazlitt
  • ISBN Code: : 1531291406
  • Publisher : Ozymandias Press
  • Page : 289 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 788 Readers
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The ancient Italian province of Venetia is of interest to us in the present inquiry as the source to which the first Venetians looked as the home of their fathers or of their own youth. It was a region of Northern Italy, which extended from the foot of the Alps to the Adriatic Sea; but its boundaries seem to have undergone changes. After its subjugation by the Romans, Venetia was considered as forming part of Cisalpine Gaul. The people are described as a commercial, rather than a warlike, community; and it is a curious circumstance that they displayed in their dress, like their insular descendants, a predilection for black. An immense amount of confusion has arisen in the accounts of this country and its inhabitants by a failure to discriminate with proper care between the Veneti of America and their Adriatic namesakes. The former were remarkable for their proficiency in martial pursuits and their brave resistance to the Roman legions and navy; yet it is at the same time questionable whether the trade in amber conducted by Greeks and Phoenicians between Western Europe and the Baltic does not really belong to the Transalpine Veneti, who are also more likely to be the people among whom Herodotus relates that it was a custom to sell their marriageable daughters by auction...

The Story of Attila in Prose PDF Book By Roberto Pesce,Logan E. Whalen

The Story of Attila in Prose

  • Author: Roberto Pesce,Logan E. Whalen
  • ISBN Code: : 1000457273
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Page : 216 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 598 Readers
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The Story of Attila in Prose is the first critical edition and translation of the thirteenth century Franco-Italian prose text the Estoire d’Atile en prose. Preserved in two anonymous and untitled manuscripts composed between the last quarter of the thirteenth century and the beginning of the fourteenth century, the story recounts the fictional founding of Venice after the invasion of Aquileia by Attila the Hun. The manuscripts, located in Zagreb and Venice, detail Attila’s pagan mother, her union with a dog, and his feral birth, as well as his unusual death during a chess match and the origins of the Holy Grail. This edition and translation are based on the Zagreb manuscript, which was only recently discovered. The book includes a full critical apparatus containing rejected readings and variants from the Venetian manuscript, and a thorough introduction that discusses the literary value of the text, its possible sources, and its influence on later literature. It is important reading for both historians of medieval Europe and literary critics.

A Splendid Exchange PDF Book By William J. Bernstein

A Splendid Exchange

  • Author: William J. Bernstein
  • ISBN Code: : 1555848435
  • Publisher : Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Page : 496 pages
  • Genre : Political Science
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A Financial Times and Economist Best Book of the Year exploring world trade from Mesopotamia in 3,000 BC to modern globalization. How did trade evolve to the point where we don’t think twice about biting into an apple from the other side of the world? In A Splendid Exchange, William J. Bernstein, bestselling author of The Birth of Plenty, traces the story of global commerce from its prehistoric origins to the myriad controversies surrounding it today. Journey from ancient sailing ships carrying silk from China to Rome in the second century to the rise and fall of the Portuguese monopoly on spices in the sixteenth; from the American trade battles of the early twentieth century to the modern era of televisions from Taiwan, lettuce from Mexico, and T-shirts from China. Bernstein conveys trade and globalization not in political terms, but rather as an ever-evolving historical constant, like war or religion, that will continue to foster the growth of intellectual capital, shrink the world, and propel the trajectory of the human species. “[An] entertaining and greatly enlightening book.” —The New York Times “A work of which Adam Smith and Max Weber would have approved.” —Foreign Affairs “[Weaves] skillfully between rollicking adventures and scholarship.” —Pietra Rivoli, author of The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy

The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists PDF Book By Ian Chilvers

The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists

  • Author: Ian Chilvers
  • ISBN Code: : 0191024171
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Page : 736 pages
  • Genre : Art
  • Reviews : 561 Readers
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Covering Western art from the ancient Greeks to the present day, this best-selling and authoritative dictionary is more wide-ranging than any comparable reference work. It contains over 2,500 clear and concise entries on styles and movements, materials and techniques, and museums and galleries. It also includes biographical entries for artists, critics, collectors, dealers, and patrons, with places and full dates of birth and death (in many instances correcting misinformation that has found its way into other sources). For this new edition, entries have been thoroughly revised and updated, and more than fifty new entries have been added, for example Tracey Emin and Jack Vettriano. Browsers and readers with an interest in a particular area will benefit from the classified list of all the entries in the book - an invaluable innovation that makes it easy to see immediately which collectors, for example, or 18th-century French artists, or printmaking terms, are included in the dictionary. Written in an engaging manner with many entries enlivened by quotations from artists and critics, this dictionary is a pleasure to browse, whilst its A-Z structure and classified list makes it perfect for quick reference. Previously entitled The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists, this major new edition is essential for students and teachers of art, design, art theory, and art history, and it is ideal for artists, visitors to art exhibitions and galleries, and anyone with an interest in art.

The Papacy and the Levant, 1204-1571: The thirteenth and fourteenth centuries PDF Book By Kenneth Meyer Setton

The Papacy and the Levant, 1204-1571: The thirteenth and fourteenth centuries

  • Author: Kenneth Meyer Setton
  • ISBN Code: : 9780871691149
  • Publisher : American Philosophical Society
  • Page : 512 pages
  • Genre : Religion
  • Reviews : 666 Readers
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ALEXANDRE DUMAS: 40+ Historical Novels, Adventure Classics & True Crime Stories (Illustrated) PDF Book By Alexandre Dumas

ALEXANDRE DUMAS: 40+ Historical Novels, Adventure Classics & True Crime Stories (Illustrated)

  • Author: Alexandre Dumas
  • ISBN Code: : 8075835840
  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Page : 11958 pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 939 Readers
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This unique collection of Alexandre Dumas' historical novels, adventure classics & true crime stories has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards. The D'Artagnan Romances The Three Musketeers Twenty Years After The Vicomte of Bragelonne Ten Years Later Louise da la Valliere The Man in the Iron Mask The Valois Trilogy Queen Margot (Marguerite de Valois) Chicot de Jester: La Dame de Monsoreau The Forty-Five Guardsmen The Memoirs of a Physician - Marie Antoinette Series Joseph Balsamo: The Magician The Mesmerist's Victim: Andrea de Taverney The Queen's Necklace Taking the Bastile: Ange Pitou The Countess de Charny: The Execution of King Louis XVI Other Novels The Count of Monte Cristo The Conspirators: The Chevalier d'Harmental The Regent's Daughter The Hero of the People The Royal Life-Guard Captain Paul The Sicilian Bandit The Corsican Brothers The Companions of Jehu The Wolf Leader The Black Tulip The Last Vendee The Prussian Terror Short Stories A Masked Ball Solange Celebrated crimes The Borgias The Cenci Massacres of the South Mary Stuart Karl-Ludwig Sand Urbain Grandier Nisida Derues La Constantin Joan of Naples The Man in the Iron Mask (An Essay) Martin Guerre Ali Pacha The Countess De Saint-Geran Murat The Marquise De Brinvilliers Vaninka The Marquise De Ganges Essays Alexandre Dumas by W. E. Henley A Gossip on a Novel of Dumas's by Robert Louis Stevenson Alexandre Dumas by Andrew Lang To Alexandre Dumas by Andrew Lang Biography Alexandre Dumas by Adolphe Cohn Alexandre Dumas, père (1802-1870) was a French writer whose works have been translated into nearly 100 languages and he is one of the most widely read French authors. His most famous works are The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.

The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later PDF Book By Dumas, Alexandre

The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later

  • Author: Dumas, Alexandre
  • ISBN Code: : 1773130366
  • Publisher : Aegitas
  • Page : 492 pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 728 Readers
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The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later is a novel by Alexandre Dumas. It is the third and last of the d'Artagnan Romances, following The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After. It appeared first in serial form between 1847 and 1850. In the English translations, the 268 chapters of this large volume are usually subdivided into three, but sometimes four or even five individual books. In three-volume English editions the volumes are entitled The Vicomte de Bragelonne, Louise de la Vallière, and The Man in the Iron Mask. Each volume is roughly the length of the original The Three Musketeers. In four-volume editions volume names remain except that Louise de la Vallière and The Man in the Iron Mask move from second and third volumes to third and fourth, with Ten Years Later becoming the second volume. There are usually no volume-specific names in five-volume editions.

Crusade PDF Book By Robyn Young

Crusade

  • Author: Robyn Young
  • ISBN Code: : 1440630798
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Page : 512 pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 727 Readers
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The second volume in the internationally bestselling Brethren trilogy, Crusade is gripping historical fiction that “grows more relevant by the day” (Raymond Khoury, bestselling author of The Last Templar) An international bestseller, Crusade is a fast-paced medieval adventure portraying the rising tide of political pressures that led East and West to war in the 13th century. After years of bloodshed, peace finally reigns in the Middle East, in part due to the efforts of Will Campbell and a mysterious group known as the Brethren. However, a cabal of ruthless Western merchants aims to reignite war in the Holy Land, while Prince Edward—once a trusted member of the Brethren—has made a promise to the pope: he will take the Cross to Jerusalem and lead a new crusade. To survive the escalating conflict and protect his family, Will must harness all his knowledge and courage.

The Greatest Works of French Literature PDF Book By Marcel Proust,Guy de Maupassant,Charles Baudelaire,Émile Zola,Jules Verne,Victor Hugo,Molière,Voltaire,Alexandre Dumas pere,Alexandre Dumas fils,Stendhal,Jean-Jacques Rousseau,Jean Racine,François Rabelais,Gustave Flaubert,Gaston Leroux,George Sand,Pierre Corneille,Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

The Greatest Works of French Literature

  • Author: Marcel Proust,Guy de Maupassant,Charles Baudelaire,Émile Zola,Jules Verne,Victor Hugo,Molière,Voltaire,Alexandre Dumas pere,Alexandre Dumas fils,Stendhal,Jean-Jacques Rousseau,Jean Racine,François Rabelais,Gustave Flaubert,Gaston Leroux,George Sand,Pierre Corneille,Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
  • ISBN Code: : N.a
  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Page : 19518 pages
  • Genre : Literary Collections
  • Reviews : 599 Readers
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e-artnow presents to you this unique collection of the greatest classics of French literature, including novels, short stories, dramas and philosophical essays:_x000D_ Table of Contents: _x000D_ A History of French Literature_x000D_ François Rabelais:_x000D_ Gargantua and Pantagruel_x000D_ Molière:_x000D_ Tartuffe or the Hypocrite_x000D_ The Misanthrope_x000D_ The Miser_x000D_ The Imaginary Invalid…_x000D_ Jean Racine:_x000D_ Phaedra_x000D_ Pierre Corneille:_x000D_ The Cid_x000D_ Voltaire:_x000D_ Candide_x000D_ Zadig_x000D_ The Huron_x000D_ A Philosophical Dictionary_x000D_ Letters on England_x000D_ Jean-Jacques Rousseau:_x000D_ Confessions_x000D_ Stendhal

City of Fortune PDF Book By Roger Crowley

City of Fortune

  • Author: Roger Crowley
  • ISBN Code: : 0571279236
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Page : 432 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 647 Readers
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A magisterial work of gripping history, City of Fortune tells the story of the Venetian ascent from lagoon dwellers to the greatest power in the Mediterranean - an epic five hundred year voyage that encompassed crusade and trade, plague, sea battles and colonial adventure. In Venice, the path to empire unfolded in a series of extraordinary contests - the sacking of Constantinople in 1204, the fight to the finish with Genoa and a desperate defence against the Turks. Under the lion banner of St Mark, she created an empire of ports and naval bases which funnelled the goods of the world through its wharfs. In the process the city became the richest place on earth - a brilliant mosaic fashioned from what it bought, traded, borrowed and stole. Based on first hand accounts of trade and warfare, seafaring and piracy and the places where Venetians sailed and died, City of Fortune is narrative history at its finest. Beginning on Ascension Day in the year 1000 and ending with an explosion off the coast of Greece - and the calamitous news that the Portuguese had pioneered a sea route to India - it will fascinate anyone who loves Venice and the Mediterranean world.

Read like Gabriel García Márquez PDF Book By Terry, Kate

Read like Gabriel García Márquez

  • Author: Terry, Kate
  • ISBN Code: : 1772468703
  • Publisher : Aegitas
  • Page : 2174 pages
  • Genre : Literary Collections
  • Reviews : 702 Readers
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Gabriel Garcia Marquez favorite books. One of the most popular author suggests inspiring books. Explore book recommendations of great thinkers, entrepreneurs, pioneers and visionaries with Aegitas collections.

French Literature Classics - Ultimate Collection: 90+ Novels, Stories, Poems, Plays & Philosophy PDF Book By Marcel Proust,Guy de Maupassant,Charles Baudelaire,Émile Zola,Jules Verne,Victor Hugo,Molière,Voltaire,Alexandre Dumas pere,Alexandre Dumas fils,Stendhal,Jean-Jacques Rousseau,Jean Racine,François Rabelais,Gustave Flaubert,Gaston Leroux,George Sand,Pierre Corneille,Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

French Literature Classics - Ultimate Collection: 90+ Novels, Stories, Poems, Plays & Philosophy

  • Author: Marcel Proust,Guy de Maupassant,Charles Baudelaire,Émile Zola,Jules Verne,Victor Hugo,Molière,Voltaire,Alexandre Dumas pere,Alexandre Dumas fils,Stendhal,Jean-Jacques Rousseau,Jean Racine,François Rabelais,Gustave Flaubert,Gaston Leroux,George Sand,Pierre Corneille,Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
  • ISBN Code: : N.a
  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Page : 19516 pages
  • Genre : Literary Collections
  • Reviews : 734 Readers
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Musaicum Books presents to you a unique collection of the greatest classics of French literature, formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. Table of Contents: A History of French Literature François Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel Molière: Tartuffe or the Hypocrite The Misanthrope The Miser The Imaginary Invalid… Jean Racine: Phaedra Pierre Corneille: The Cid Voltaire: Candide Zadig The Huron A Philosophical Dictionary Letters on England Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Confessions Stendhal

A description of the historic monuments of Cyprus. Studies in the archaeology and architecture of the island PDF Book By George Jeffery

A description of the historic monuments of Cyprus. Studies in the archaeology and architecture of the island

  • Author: George Jeffery
  • ISBN Code: : N.a
  • Publisher : Dalcassian Publishing Company
  • Page : 445 pages
  • Genre : Cyprus
  • Reviews : 303 Readers
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Read and download full book A description of the historic monuments of Cyprus. Studies in the archaeology and architecture of the island

The Emperor's Marble Pavement PDF Book By S. W. Douglas

The Emperor's Marble Pavement

  • Author: S. W. Douglas
  • ISBN Code: : 1528944739
  • Publisher : Austin Macauley Publishers
  • Page : 282 pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 596 Readers
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The Emperor's Marble Pavement, the second of four novels about the fall of Constantinople, finds Niccolo Gritti and Demetrius Alexandrou plunged in the turmoil of a city on war's brink, their friendship complicated by the presence of Theodora, Demetrius' pious sister and the prostitute Cinnamon. Now in the Emperor's service, Niccolo must make accommodation with an embattled Venetian merchant colony. The struggle between Constantine's supporters and those who would appease the Ottomans climaxes in the infamous Service of Union in Hagia Sophia. Then Demetrius disappears, a victim of his peace-party enemies. Niccolo goes in pursuit and the friends are reunited in the Turkish court, under the cynical eye of Mehmet II. Here, courtesy of Nestor-Iskander, a Christian fanatic in the Sultan's service, they witness the Ottoman siege train's ominous preparations before fleeing back to Constantinople. In The Emperor's Marble Pavement, the cross-currents of personal and historical destiny take on new turbulence.

Pope Alexander III (1159–81) PDF Book By Anne J. Duggan,Peter D. Clarke

Pope Alexander III (1159–81)

  • Author: Anne J. Duggan,Peter D. Clarke
  • ISBN Code: : 1317078365
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Page : 452 pages
  • Genre : Religion
  • Reviews : 408 Readers
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Alexander III was one of the most important popes of the Middle Ages and his papacy (1159-81) marked a significant watershed in the history of the Western Church and society. This book provides a long overdue reassessment of his papacy and his achievements, bringing together thirteen essays which review existing scholarship and present the latest research and new perspectives. Individual chapters cover topics such as Alexander's many contributions to the law of the Church, which had a major impact upon Western society, notably on marriage, his relations with Byzantium, and the extension of papal authority at the peripheries of the West, in Spain, Northern Europe and the Holy Land. But dominant are the major clashes between secular and spiritual authority: the confrontation between Henry II of England and Thomas Becket after which Alexander eventually secured the king's co-operation and the pope's eighteen-year conflict with the German emperor, Frederick I. Both the papacy and the Western Church emerged as stronger institutions from this struggle, largely owing to Alexander's leadership and resilience: he truly mastered the art of survival.

The Hospitallers, the Mediterranean and Europe PDF Book By Nikolas Jaspert

The Hospitallers, the Mediterranean and Europe

  • Author: Nikolas Jaspert
  • ISBN Code: : 1317028511
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Page : 338 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 508 Readers
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Modern study of the Hospitallers, of other military-religious orders, and of their activities both in the Mediterranean and in Europe has been deeply influenced by the work of Anthony Luttrell. To mark his 75th birthday in October 2007 twenty-three colleagues from ten different countries have contributed to this volume. The first section focuses on the crusading period in the Holy Land, considering the Hospital in Jerusalem, relations with the Assassins, finances, indulgences, transportation and the careers of the brothers and knights. The second and third sections move to the later Middle Ages, when the Hospitallers had their centre on Rhodes, and military and charitable activities in the East had to be supported with men and money from the West. The papers in the second section consider the Hospitallers on Rhodes, relations between Rhodes and the West and plans for crusades, while the third section includes papers on the Hospitallers in the Iberian Peninsula and in Hungary, the territorial administration of the Order of Montesa in Valencia, a plan to transfer the headquarters of the Teutonic Order from Prussia to Frisia, and a Hospitaller reconsideration of warfare and learning on the eve of the council of Trent. The final paper proposes new definitions and guidelines for future work on the military-religious orders. The authors include both well-known experts and younger scholars who promise to follow in the footsteps of Anthony Luttrell and to continue research into the Hospitallers and their fellow orders, these peculiar European communities avant la lettre.