Download E-books A Brief History of the Vikings: The Last Pagans or the First Modern Europeans? (Brief History Series) PDF

By Jonathan Clements

Between the 8th and 11th centuries, the Vikings surged from their Scandinavian native land to alternate and raid alongside the coasts of Europe. Their impact prolonged from Newfoundland to Baghdad, their battles have been as far-flung as Africa and the Arctic. yet have been they nice seafarers or determined outcasts, noble heathens or oafish pirates, the final pagans or the 1st of the fashionable Europeans? This concise examine places medieval chronicles, Norse sagas and Muslim money owed along more moderen examine into ritual magic, genetic profiling and climatology. It comprises biographical sketches of a few of the main well-known Vikings, from Erik Bloodaxe to Saint Olaf, from King Canute to Leif the fortunate. Extending past the conventional ‘Viking age' of such a lot books, a quick historical past of the Vikings additionally locations surprising Scandinavian inhabitants routine in a much wider old context. It offers a balanced appraisal of those notorious sea kings, explaining either their quick enlargement and its intended halt. meant as the Vikings by no means particularly went away. as an alternative, posits Clements, they turned part of who we're today.

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Download E-books King Hereafter PDF

By Dorothy Dunnett

Again in print through well known demand--"A attractive revelation of the historic Macbeth, harsh and brutal and eloquent." --Washington submit publication World.

With a similar meticulous scholarship and narrative legerdemain she dropped at her highly renowned Lymond Chronicles, our ideal ancient novelist travels extra into the past.  In King Hereafter, Dorothy Dunnett's degree is the wild, half-pagan kingdom of eleventh-century Scotland.  Her hero is a clumsy younger earl with a decreasing forehead and a flavor for intrigue.  He calls himself Thorfinn yet his Christian identify is Macbeth.

Dunnett depicts Macbeth's transformation from an offended boy who refuses to just accept his meager proportion of the Orkney Islands to a suavely finished warrior who seizes an empire with the aid of a spouse as sensible and valiant as himself.  She creates characters who're instantaneously thoroughly creatures of once more but continuously recognizable--and she does so with such realism and immediacy that she once again elevates ancient fiction into excessive artwork.

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Download E-books The Tragedy of the Templars: The Rise and Fall of the Crusader States PDF

By Michael Haag

From Michael Haag, bestselling writer of The Templars: The historical past and the Myth, comes The Tragedy of the Templars, an exhilarating new examine the increase of Templar energy and the saga in their destruction.
 
Founded on Christmas Day 1119 in Jerusalem, the Knights Templar used to be a non secular order devoted to protecting the Holy Land and its Christian pilgrims within the many years after the 1st campaign. mythical for his or her bravery and commitment, the Templars grew to become one of many wealthiest and strongest our bodies of the medieval world—and the manager defenders of Christian society opposed to starting to be Muslim forces.
 
In The Tragedy of the Templars: the increase and Fall of the Crusader States, Haag masterfully info the conflicts and betrayals that despatched this faction of strong knights spiraling from domination to condemnation.
 
This stirring and carefully researched paintings of old research contains maps and full-color pictures of significant cultural websites, a lot of which doubled as battlefields throughout the Crusades.

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Download E-books Professeurs d'espérance PDF

By Jean Bedard

Maître Eckhart, le mystique

Nicolas de Cues, l'homme de paix

Comenius, l'éducateur « Le cosmos n'est qu'un extraordinaire processus de spatialisation, de développement d'un germe créateur. Dans l'instant, c'est une musique ; dans los angeles mémoire, c'est un paysage ; pour l'heure, c'est une tragédie ; dans le futur, c'est une apothéose. » Après l. a. parution de Marguerite Porète, l'inspiration de Maître Eckhart (VLB éditeur, 2012), Jean Bédard suggest de réunir et une grande fresque les types entièrement remaniées de ses romans biographiques sur Maître Eckhart, Nicolas de Cues et Comenius.

Dans une prose brilliant et inspirée, il nous fait partager le destin de ces trois personnages qui, chacun à leur façon, ont participé aux grands débats de los angeles pensée du Moyen Âge et de l. a. Renaissance. Leur philosophie, que traverse une inextinguible quête de liberté, rencontre d'une manière étonnante les enjeux fondamentaux de notre temps et offre une clé pour renouveler notre imaginative and prescient du monde.

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Download E-books Eifelheim PDF

By Michael Flynn

Centuries in the past, one small city in Germany disappeared and was once by no means resettled. Tom, a historian, and his theoretical physicist female friend Sharon, turn into . via all good judgment, the city must have survived. what is so designated approximately Eifelheim?

Father Dietrich is the village priest of Eifelheim, within the 12 months 1348, while the Black dying is amassing power. To his astonishment, Dietrich makes first touch among humanity and an alien race from a far off superstar, whilst their send crashes within the within reach woodland. Flynn supplies us the complete richness and strangeness of medieval existence, in addition to a few wonderful aliens.

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Download E-books Exploration in the World of the Middle Ages, 500-1500 (Discovery & Exploration) PDF

The center a while, even though marked through plague in Europe, was once a time of elevated research of the area. humans from civilizations worldwide - from the chinese language in Asia to a curious Venetian named Marco Polo - sought to appreciate the realm at huge and notice its secrets and techniques. "Exploration on this planet of the center a while, 500-1500, Revised version" is an account of travels, expeditions, discoveries, and cross-cultural contacts within the span of 1,000 years in the course of the global. this period encompassed classes of refined civilization, studying, and striking fulfillment in lots of cultures around the globe. insurance of this identify contains: the function performed through 3 significant religions - Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam - and those religions' pilgrims and missionaries who traveled all through Asia, Europe, and the center East; the Vikings' complicated shipbuilding know-how and the way they despatched exploratory, mercantile, and colonizing expeditions around the North Atlantic; Marco Polo's wide travels and the wealth of geographical wisdom he accrued round China, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Japan, and the lands of the Indian Ocean; and, Portuguese expeditions to Africa and Asia supported via Prince Henry the Navigator Zheng he is enormous 7th voyage among 1431 and 1433 that integrated a hundred ships and nearly 27,500 officials and group.

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Download E-books Terry Jones' Medieval Lives PDF

Famous for lampooning the medieval international in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Terry Jones has a true ardour for and distinct wisdom of the center a while. In Terry Jones' Medieval Lives, his challenge is to rescue the center a long time from moth-eaten cliches and well-worn platitudes. in the back of the stereotypes of "damsels in misery" and "knights in shining armor," there are splendidly human tales that carry the interval to existence. Terry will commence with the medieval archetypes—the Knight, Peasant, Damsel, Monk, Outlaw, King, service provider, and Physician—and during unravelling their position and serve as will introduce a host of colourful real-life characters, recreating their international via vacationing key locations.

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Download E-books L'Europe est-elle née au Moyen Age ? PDF

By Jacques Le Goff

L’Europe contemporaine est une longue histoire qui begin avant los angeles venue du christianisme, et se proceed avec son reflux. À l’oeil qui sait voir apparaissent des lines, strates successives de nombreuses mutations, depuis les ruines de l’Empire romain jusqu’aux découvertes du XVIe siècle. L’historien les met au jour, les discover, pour montrer combien l'Europe contemporaine hérite, emprunte, reprend bien des caractères de cette «Europe» médiévale qui n'est pas tout à fait l. a. nôtre, mais représente un second very important dans sa structure : unité potentielle et diversité fondamentale, métissage des populations, divisions et oppositions Ouest-Est/Sud-Nord, primat unificateur de los angeles tradition. De l’échec carolingien à l. a. «belle» Europe des villes et des universités, Jacques Le Goff nous entraîne dans un excessive voyage à rebours, dans l’espoir que, comprenant mieux leur provenance, les Européens construisent mieux leur avenir.Jacques Le GoffSpécialiste internationalement renommé du Moyen Âge, héritier de l’École des Annales, il est directeur d’études honoraire à l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales. Il est l’auteur, au Seuil, de Les Intellectuels au Moyen Âge (1967), l. a. Vieille Europe et los angeles nôtre (1994), Héros et Merveilles du Moyen Âge (2005), Le Moyen Âge expliqué aux enfants (2006), et L’Europe expliquée aux jeunes (2007).

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Download E-books The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West PDF

On the strategy of the 1st millennium, the Christians of Europe didn't appear most likely applicants for destiny greatness. vulnerable, fractured, and hemmed in through adverse countries, they observed no destiny past the generally expected moment Coming of Christ. but if the area didn't finish, the peoples of Western Europe all at once stumbled on themselves with out selection yet to start the heroic job of creating a Jerusalem on earth.

In The Forge of Christendom, Tom Holland masterfully describes this striking new age, a time of caliphs and Viking sea kings, the unfold of castles and the discovery of knighthood. It used to be probably the most major departure issues in background: the emergence of Western Europe as a particular and expansionist strength.

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