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Legends of Arthur

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Richard Barber "Legends of Arthur"
Boydell Press | 2003-07-01 | ISBN: 0851159508 | 480 pages | PDF | 1 MB

Legends of Arthur
The image of Arthur has haunted the poets and writers of western Europe for nearly nine centuries, and there is no sign of an end to the reign of the 'once and future king' in the world of literature. The Arthurian epic is as popular a subject now as it was when it was first fashioned, and the stories about Arthur and the heroes associated with him come in a bewildering number of guises. The sheer variety of the legends, both in style and content, is extraordinary; and this collection attempts to present, in a small space, something of this diversity. Sir Thomas Malory, half a millennium ago, plundered a whole range of sources to create his masterpiece, Le Morte Darthur; but he did so to weld them together within the framework of Arthur's own career. Legends of King Arthur draws on different sources, but emphasises the way in which writers have created new stories around the great heroes, or have told the stories in different ways. So there are two versions of each hero's exploits. Arthur is shown as emperor and warlord, and as the triumphant and tragic king of the romances, betrayed by Lancelot and Guinevere. Gawain is the central figure of the wonderful adventures of a Dutch romance, and the courtly and subtle hero of the English masterpiece Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Tristan appears as the single-minded lover of Iseult in the original version of his story, and then as a knight of the Round Table whose devotion to chivalry is almost as great as his passion for his beloved. In these differing versions, we can see how the Arthurian romances held the medieval world spellbound for so long, in all their colour and variety.RICHARD BARBER's books on Arthur include Arthurian Legends: An Illustrated Anthology, King Arthur: Hero and Legend/I> and Myths and Legends of the British Isles.
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Legends of Arthur

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Richard Barber "Legends of Arthur"
Boydell Press | 2003-07-01 | ISBN: 0851159508 | 480 pages | PDF | 1 MB

Legends of Arthur
The image of Arthur has haunted the poets and writers of western Europe for nearly nine centuries, and there is no sign of an end to the reign of the 'once and future king' in the world of literature. The Arthurian epic is as popular a subject now as it was when it was first fashioned, and the stories about Arthur and the heroes associated with him come in a bewildering number of guises. The sheer variety of the legends, both in style and content, is extraordinary; and this collection attempts to present, in a small space, something of this diversity. Sir Thomas Malory, half a millennium ago, plundered a whole range of sources to create his masterpiece, Le Morte Darthur; but he did so to weld them together within the framework of Arthur's own career. Legends of King Arthur draws on different sources, but emphasises the way in which writers have created new stories around the great heroes, or have told the stories in different ways. So there are two versions of each hero's exploits. Arthur is shown as emperor and warlord, and as the triumphant and tragic king of the romances, betrayed by Lancelot and Guinevere. Gawain is the central figure of the wonderful adventures of a Dutch romance, and the courtly and subtle hero of the English masterpiece Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Tristan appears as the single-minded lover of Iseult in the original version of his story, and then as a knight of the Round Table whose devotion to chivalry is almost as great as his passion for his beloved. In these differing versions, we can see how the Arthurian romances held the medieval world spellbound for so long, in all their colour and variety.RICHARD BARBER's books on Arthur include Arthurian Legends: An Illustrated Anthology, King Arthur: Hero and Legend/I> and Myths and Legends of the British Isles.
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The British Army 1660-1704 (Men-at-Arms Series 267)

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John Tincey, Gerry Embleton – The British Army 1660-1704
Osprey Publishing | 1994 | ISBN: 1855323818 | English | 48 pages | PDF | 20.93 MB
Men-at-Arms Series 267

The British Army 1660-1704 (Men-at-Arms Series 267)
The period between the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 and Marlborough's decisive victory at Blenheim in 1704 is often seen as something of a 'backwater' in military history; however, this 40-year pause saw the birth of the British Army in its modern form, and the establishment of many regiments that survive to this day. This book examines the uniforms and equipment of the British Army during this eventful, if often overlooked, period of the reign of Charles II, James II and William II. Colour plates, illustrations and photographs portray infantry uniforms and equipment, as well as the uniforms and weapons of the horse, in vivid detail.
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Sindiwe Magona – Mother to Mother

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Sindiwe Magona – Mother to Mother
English | September 15, 2000 | ISBN-10: 0807009490 | 224 pages | EPUB | 2 MB
Sindiwe Magona's novel Mother to Mother explores the South African legacy of apartheid through the lens of a woman who remembers a life marked by oppression and injustice.

Sindiwe Magona – Mother to Mother
Magona decided to write this novel when she discovered that Fulbright Scholar Amy Biehl, who had been killed while working to organize the nation's first ever democratic elections in 1993, died just a few yards away from her own permanent residence in Guguletu, Capetown.

She then learned that one of the boys held responsible for the killing was in fact her neighbor's son. Magona began to imagine how easily it might have been her own son caught up in the wave of violence that day. The book is based on this real-life incident, and takes the form of an epistle to Amy Biehl's mother.

The murderer's mother, Mandisi, writes about her life, the life of her child, and the colonized society that not only allowed, but perpetuated violence against women and impoverished black South Africans under the reign of apartheid. The result is not an apology for the murder, but a beautifully written exploration of the society that bred such violence.
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The Austrian Army 1740-80 (1): Cavalry (Men-at-Arms Series 271)

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Philip Haythornthwaite, Bill Younghusband – The Austrian Army 1740-80 (1): Cavalry
Osprey Publishing | 1994 | ISBN: 1855324156 | English | 49 pages | PDF | 16.7 MB
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The Austrian Army 1740-80 (1): Cavalry (Men-at-Arms Series 271)
Austria was both a major participant and one of the causes of hostilities in the wars of the mid-18th century. The death of the Habsburg Emperor Charles VI in October 1740 set in motion the first of the major wars of the time. His heir was a daughter, Maria Theresa, who was destined become one of the greatest figures in the history of the 18th century. The Hapsburg territories were immense, and a key unifying factor was the army itself, that embraced all nationalities and drew its personnel from Hapsburg lands and beyond. This title, the first in a sequence of three, takes a close look at the organisation, uniforms and equipment of the cavalry of the Austrian Army during Maria Theresa's reign, covering cuirassiers, dragoons, hussars, and chevauxleger.
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The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature

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The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature by Mike Pincombe
English | November 23, 2009 | ISBN: 0199205884 | 704 pages | PDF | 32,7 Mb

The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature
This is the first major collection of essays to look at the literature of the entire Tudor period, from the reign of Henry VII to death of Elizabeth I. It pays particularly attention to the years before 1580.

Those decades saw, amongst other things, the establishment of print culture and growth of a reading public; the various phases of the English Reformation and process of political centralization that enabled and accompanied them; the increasing emulation of Continental and classical literatures under the of humanism; the self-conscious emergence of English as a literary language and determined creation of a native literary canon; the beginnings of English empire and the consolidation of a sense of nationhood.
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The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Constantine

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Noel Lenski "The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Constantine"
Cambridge University Press | English | 2005-11-14 | ISBN: 0521818389 | 544 pages | PDF | 8 MB

The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Constantine
This Companion offers students a comprehensive one-volume survey of this pivotal emperor and his times. Richly illustrated and designed as a survey accessible to all audiences, it also achieves a level of scholarly sophistication and originality that will be welcomed by the experts. The volume is divided into five sections that examine political history, religion, social and economic history, art, and foreign relations during the reign of Constantine, who steered the Roman Empire on a course parallel with his own personal development.
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The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Constantine

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Noel Lenski "The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Constantine"
Cambridge University Press | English | 2005-11-14 | ISBN: 0521818389 | 544 pages | PDF | 8 MB

The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Constantine
This Companion offers students a comprehensive one-volume survey of this pivotal emperor and his times. Richly illustrated and designed as a survey accessible to all audiences, it also achieves a level of scholarly sophistication and originality that will be welcomed by the experts. The volume is divided into five sections that examine political history, religion, social and economic history, art, and foreign relations during the reign of Constantine, who steered the Roman Empire on a course parallel with his own personal development.
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Dangerous Days in Elizabethan England: Thieves, Tricksters, Bards and Bawds

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Terry Deary, "Dangerous Days in Elizabethan England: Thieves, Tricksters, Bards and Bawds"
2015 | ISBN: 0297870602 | 280 pages | MOBI | 1 MB

Dangerous Days in Elizabethan England: Thieves, Tricksters, Bards and Bawds
The third volume in Terry Deary's gritty and humorous history series for adults
The reign of Elizabeth I, a Golden Age? Try asking her subjects. Elizabethans did all they could to survive in an age of sin and bling, of beddings and beheadings, galleons and guns. Explorers set sail for new worlds, risking everything to bring back slaves, gold, and the priceless potato. Elizabeth lined her coffers while her subjects lived in squalor with hunger, violence, and misery as bedfellows. Shakespeare shone and yet the beggars and thieves, the doxies and bawdy baskets, scraped and cheated to survive in the shadows. These were dangerous days. If you survived the villains, and the diseases didn't get you, then the law men might. Pick the wrong religion and the scaffold or stake awaited you. The toothless, red-wigged queen sparkled in her jewelled dresses, but the Golden Age was only the surface of the coin. The rest was base metal. Once again, what we think we know about history is revealed to be a mish-mash of misconceptions, glory-hogging, and downright untruths as Terry Deary explodes the myths that permeate our understanding of the past-with a healthy dash of pitch-black humor.
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Crisis and Continuity at the Abbasid Court (Islamic History and Civilization, Book 102)

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Crisis and Continuity at the Abbasid Court (Islamic History and Civilization, Book 102) by Maaike van Berkel and Nadia El-Cheikh
English | 102 | ISBN: 9004252711 | 280 pages | PDF | 2,7 MB

Crisis and Continuity at the Abbasid Court (Islamic History and Civilization, Book 102)
The reign of al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) is a crucial epoch in Abbasid history. Four scholars question the picture of decline attached to this period, exploring the formal and informal power relationships that shaped politics at the court of this caliph.
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