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Creating East and West: Renaissance Humanists and the Ottoman Turks

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By Nancy Bisaha

As the Ottoman Empire complicated westward from the fourteenth to the 16th centuries, humanists replied on a grand scale, abandoning a wide physique of attention-grabbing but understudied works. those compositions incorporated campaign orations and histories; ethnographic, historic, and non secular reviews of the Turks; epic poetry; or even tracts on changing the Turks to Christianity. such a lot students have noticeable this enormous literature as unusual of Renaissance humanism. Nancy Bisaha now deals an in-depth examine the physique of Renaissance humanist works that spotlight now not on classical or modern Italian matters yet at the Ottoman Empire, Islam, and the Crusades. all through, Bisaha probes those texts to bare the numerous function Renaissance writers performed in shaping Western perspectives of self and other.

Medieval ideas of Islam have been ordinarily knowledgeable and limited by way of non secular attitudes and rhetoric within which Muslims have been depicted as enemies of the religion. whereas humanist thinkers of the Renaissance didn't circulate completely past this stance, Creating East and West argues that their knowing was once significantly extra advanced, in that it addressed secular and cultural matters, marking a watershed among the medieval and glossy. Taking an in depth examine a few texts, Bisaha expands present notions of Renaissance humanism and of the background of cross-cultural perceptions. attractive either conventional equipment of highbrow historical past and newer tools of cross-cultural stories, she demonstrates that glossy attitudes of Western societies towards different cultures emerged now not through the later interval of enlargement and domination yet really as a protective highbrow response to a worldly and perilous strength to the East.

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The Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior: The Intersecting Lives of Da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Borgia and the World They Shaped

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By Paul Strathern

Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Cesare Borgia—three iconic figures whose intersecting lives give you the foundation for this superb paintings of narrative historical past. they can now not were extra varied, and they'd meet just for a little while in 1502, however the occasions that transpired once they did could considerably adjust each one man’s perceptions—and the process Western history.

In 1502, Italy was once riven via clash, with town of Florence because the final prize. Machiavelli, the consummate political manipulator, tried to placate the savage Borgia by means of volunteering Leonardo to be Borgia’s leader army engineer. That autumn, the 3 males embarked jointly on a short, perilous, and fateful trip during the mountains, distant villages, and hill cities of the Italian Romagna—the information of which have been printed in Machiavelli’s frequent dispatches and Leonardo’s meticulous notebooks. 

Superbly written and punctiliously researched, The Artist, the thinker, and the Warrior is a piece of narrative genius—whose topic is the character of genius itself.

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To Defy a King: Vivid and engrossing medieval historical fiction

| December 16, 2016 | admin | 0

By Elizabeth Chadwick

An action-packed medieval novel from a USA Today bestselling writer

Named the Historical Novel of the Year through the Romantic Novelist's organization in 2011, To Defy is King is a riveting novel of relatives loyalty and betrayal, that includes the daughter of William Marshal-one of Chadwick, and history's, so much loved characters.

The lively daughter of England's maximum knight, Mahelt Marshal, lives a privileged lifestyles. but if her cherished father falls out with the unstable and hazardous King John, her international is shattered.

The king takes her brothers hostage and Mahelt's deliberate marriage to Hugh Bigod, son of the Earl of Norfolk, happens ahead of she anticipated.

Mahelt and Hugh come to deal with one another deeply, yet Hugh's strict father clashes with the rebellious Mahelt. whilst extra harsh calls for from King John threaten to rip the couple's lives aside, Mahelt unearths herself dealing with her worst fears on my own. Caught among the kinfolk she was once born in and the relatives she married into, Mahelt is doubtful if she-or her marriage-will survive.

Written with shiny aspect and nice old accuracy, To Defy a King is an immersive old novel of Medieval England. lovers of Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir, Sharon Kay Penman, and Bernard Cornwall will enjoy this well-crafted tale of a colourful, noble lady in a tyrant's international.

More Medieval old Fiction Titles from Elizabeth Chadwick:
Lady of the English
- A medieval conflict of the sexes
The maximum Knight-the seldom advised tale of the best Knight of the center Ages
The summer time Queen –a novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine

What readers are announcing approximately To Defy a King

"This is truly historic fiction at its finest."

"An enthralling ancient fiction novel with amazing characters and a striking story."

"I cried and laughed and will no longer cease reading, that is the formulation for a 5 superstar novel for me!"

What reviewers are asserting approximately To Defy a King

"...juicy chunks of violent medieval history you could take pleasure in within the climate-controlled safeguard of your personal home." -USA Today

"The characters are outstanding – fleshed out, person, now not stereotypical and sleek. The blend of motion scenes and emotional scenes are good balanced."-The Maiden's Court

"Not simply will you're feeling as if you're particularly within the tale, yet you will gasp in surprise, smile, chortle right here and there, and at one aspect, shed a tear or two."-Book Babe

What everyone is asserting approximately bestselling writer Elizabeth Chadwick

"A superstar again in Britain, Elizabeth Chadwick is finally getting the eye she deserves here." – USA Today

"Elizabeth Chadwick is to Medieval England what Philippa Gregory is to the Tudors and the Stuarts, and Bernard Cornwall to the darkish Ages."-Books per month, UK

"The best author of medieval fiction at present around." -Historical Novels Review

"Chadwick is an icon for the old fiction group for her skill to create a plausible and passionate tale dependent round significant occasions of the era."-The Burton Review

"Breathing existence into historic personages is hallmark Chadwick."-RT e-book Reviews

"Picking up an Elizabeth Chadwick novel is like having a Bentley draw up at your door: you comprehend you're in for a luxurious ride." –Daily Telegraph

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Political Thought and the Tudor Commonwealth: Deep Structure, Discourse and Disguise

| December 16, 2016 | admin | 0

Shining new mild onto an traditionally pivotal time, this booklet re-examines the Tudor commonwealth from a socio-political viewpoint and appears at its hyperlinks to its personal earlier. every one essay during this assortment addresses a distinct element of the highbrow and cultural weather of the time, going past the politics of country into the underlying proposal and culture that formed Tudor coverage. putting safeguard and economics on the centre of discussion, the foremost concerns are thought of within the context of medieval priority and the broader eu photo.

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The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy

| December 16, 2016 | admin | 0

By Howard Zinn

No different radical historian has reached such a lot of hearts and minds as Howard Zinn. it's infrequent historian of the Left has controlled to keep as a lot credibility whereas refusing to enable his educational mantle switch his attractive writing type from being whatever yet direct, forthright, and obtainable. no matter if his topic is battle, race, politics, financial justice, or background itself, every one of his works serves as a reminder that to include one's subjectivity can suggest embracing one's humanity, that center and brain can converse with one voice. right here, in six sections, is the historian's personal collection of his shorter essays on one of the most severe difficulties dealing with the US all through its historical past, and at the present time.

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The Suez Crisis 1956 (Essential Histories)

| December 16, 2016 | admin | 0

By Derek Varble

In July 1956 Egyptian President Gamal Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal, inflicting rapid quandary to Britain and France. They already antagonistic Nasser and have been nervous on the chance to maritime site visitors within the Canal. This publication lines the process next occasions. including Israel, Britain and France hatched a plot to occupy the Canal area and overthrow Nasser. Israel attacked Sinai, and Britain and France introduced offensives all through Egypt, yet strategic disasters overshasdowed tactical good fortune. ultimately, Britain, France and Israel bowed to foreign strain and withdrew, leaving the Suez Canal, and Egypt, firmly within the arms of President Nasser.

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Pompeii and Herculaneum: A Sourcebook (Routledge Sourcebooks for the Ancient World)

| December 16, 2016 | admin | 0

By M. G. L. Cooley

The unique variation of Pompeii: A Sourcebook was once an important source for college kids of the positioning. Now up-to-date to incorporate fabric from Herculaneum, the neighbouring city additionally buried within the eruption of Vesuvius, Pompeii and Herculaneum: A Sourcebook permits readers to shape a richer and extra various photograph of city lifestyles at the Bay of Naples.


Focusing upon inscriptions and historical texts, it interprets and units into context a consultant pattern of the massive diversity of resource fabric exposed in those cities. From the labels on wine jars to scribbled insults, and from ads for gladiatorial contests to like poetry, the person chapters discover the early heritage of Pompeii and Herculaneum, their destruction, hobbies, politics, trade, faith, the kin and society. information regarding Pompeii and Herculaneum from authors established in Rome is integrated, however the nice majority of resources come from the towns themselves, written through their traditional population – women and men, voters and slaves.


Encorporating the newest learn and unearths from the 2 towns and improved with extra photos, maps, and plans, Pompeii and Herculaneum: A Sourcebook deals a useful source for an individual learning or vacationing the sites.

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Intellectual Culture in Medieval Paris: Theologians and the University, c.1100-1330

| December 16, 2016 | admin | 0

By Ian P. Wei

Within the 13th century, the college of Paris emerged as a fancy neighborhood with a particular position in society. This publication explores the connection among contexts of studying and the methods of understanding constructed inside of them, concentrating on twelfth-century faculties and monasteries, in addition to the collage. through investigating their perspectives on cash, marriage and intercourse, Ian Wei finds the complexity of what theologians needed to say in regards to the international round them. He analyses the theologians' experience of accountability to the remainder of society and the potential during which they attempted to speak and assert their authority. within the past due 13th and early fourteenth centuries, even if, their claims to authority have been challenged by means of discovered and intellectually refined men and women who have been energetic outdoors in addition to contained in the collage and who used the vernacular - an enormous phenomenon within the improvement of the highbrow tradition of medieval Europe.

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5 Steps to a 5 AP World History 2016 (5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations Series)

| December 16, 2016 | admin | 0

Get prepared on your AP global historical past examination with this simple, easy-to-follow research guide―updated for the entire most recent examination changes

5 Steps to a five: AP international History beneficial properties an efficient, 5-step plan to steer your practise software and assist you construct the talents, wisdom, and test-taking self assurance you must be successful. This totally revised version covers the newest path syllabus and suits the newest exam.

The publication offers entry to McGraw-Hill Education’s interactive AP Planner app, on the way to show you how to obtain a customizable learn agenda in your cellular device.

  • Bonus app positive factors day-by-day project notifications, plus additional perform inquiries to examine try out readiness
  • 3 entire perform AP global background assessments
  • 3 separate examine plans to suit your studying style

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