Download E-books Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England PDF

By Alison Weir

In this brilliant biography, acclaimed writer Alison Weir reexamines the lifetime of Isabella of britain, one in every of history’s so much infamous and charismatic queens. Isabella arrived in London in 1308, the lively twelve-year-old daughter of King Philip IV of France. Her marriage to the inheritor to England’s throne used to be designed to heal previous political wounds among the 2 nations, and within the years that she turned a huge determine, a made up our minds and smart girl whose impact might come to final centuries. Many myths and legends were woven round Isabella’s tale, yet during this first complete biography in additional than a hundred and fifty years, Alison Weir supplies a groundbreaking new perspective.

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Download E-books The Northern Conquest: Vikings in Britain and Ireland PDF

By Katherine Holman

So much old bills research the Viking Age in a single half instead of the total zone of the British Isles and eire. only a few be aware of the continuing touch among England and Scandinavia within the post-Norman Conquest interval. This ebook goals to provide another procedure by way of featuring a heritage of the Viking Age which considers the entire zone as much as and past the Norman Conquest of 1066.The Vikings were often portrayed as brutal barbarians who sailed to Britain and eire to loot, rape and pillage. The proof provided the following indicates a significantly much less dramatic yet no much less interesting photo which finds the Vikings' amazing achievements and their impact in shaping the political heritage of those islands. Katherine Holman discusses their abilities as farmers, their linguistic and inventive contribution, their rituals and customs and the clash among paganism and Christianity, exhibiting that the Viking cultural effect was once advanced and infrequently rich.Based on wide and unique examine, The Northern Conquest offers the to be had facts and publications the reader throughout the strategy of reading it. this isn't limited to old records on my own, but additionally contains archaeology, runes, inscriptions, artefacts and linguistic facts to supply varied and complementary kinds of details. moreover, the publication considers the modern query of the Vikings' genetic legacy.Interest within the Viking Age is prospering and increasing, either in Britain and in North the United States. hugely readable and casting new mild at the interval, this publication will entice a large audience.

Katherine Holman is the writer of the old Dictionary of the Vikings and Scandinavian Runic Inscriptions within the British Isles, and co-editor of Scandinavia and Europe 800-1350: touch, clash and Co-existence. previously a lecturer in Scandinavian experiences on the collage of Hull, she presently works for the Open collage.

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Download E-books The Histories (Oxford World's Classics) PDF

By Polybius, Robin Waterfield

'no one else in our occasions has tried to write down a common history'

Polybius' formidable objective was once to explain how Rome conquered the Mediterranean international in below fifty-three years. This nice research of imperialism takes the reader again to Rome's first come across with Carthage in 264 and ahead to her destruction of that popular urban in 146. Polybius, himself a number one Greek flesh presser of the time, emphasizes the significance of sensible event for the writing of political historical past in addition to the serious evaluation of all of the proof. He attributes Rome's good fortune to the greatness of its structure and the nature of its humans, but in addition permits Fortune a task in designing the form of worldwide occasions.

This new translation via Robin Waterfield, the 1st for over thirty years, contains the 1st 5 books of their entirety, and the entire fragmentary Books 6 and 12, containing Polybius' account of the Roman structure and his outspoken perspectives on how (and how no longer) to jot down background. Brian McGing's accompanying advent and notes light up this extraordinary political background.
in regards to the sequence: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made to be had the widest variety of literature from worldwide. each one reasonable quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, offering the main exact textual content plus a wealth of different useful positive factors, together with professional introductions via major specialists, precious notes to elucidate the textual content, updated bibliographies for additional learn, and lots more and plenty extra.

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Download E-books Tsar's Last Armada: The Epic Voyage to the Battle of Tsushima PDF

By Constantine Pleshakov

On may possibly 14, 1905, for the 1st time, an Asian kingdom defeated a eu strength. Russia's overall defeat at Tsushima, the identifying conflict of the Russo-Japanese battle, proven Japan as a emerging superpower & would-be ruler of the East. overnight the Russian fleet used to be annihilated, whereas Japan misplaced in basic terms three destroyers. It used to be the 1st glossy naval conflict, using all of the new expertise of destruction. The defeat at Tsushima was once the final & maximum of many indignities incurred by way of the Russian fleet, which had traveled midway all over the world to arrive the conflict, dogged each mile through undesirable success & misadventure. regardless of its significance & its drama, the historical past of the conflict of Tsushima has lengthy been missed within the West. Illustrations.

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Download E-books The Swamp Fox: Francis Marion's Campaign in the Carolinas 1780 (Raid) PDF

The yankee Revolution was once deadlocked within the north, and in 1778, the focal point of the clash shifted south. Following his decisive 1780 victory at Charleston, Cornwallis introduced a crusade in the course of the Carolinas that used to be designed to expel American Continental and defense force forces from the south. the next patriot victory at King's Mountain pressured Cornwallis to withdraw into South Carolina in what used to be one of many turning issues within the innovative battle. To the southeast, Francis Marion enacted a chain of profitable hit-and-run operations. Cornwallis replied to this string of raids via assigning Banastre Tarleton to catch or kill the insurgent guerrilla commander. What used to be an unsuccessful pursuit of the elusive Marion, during which Tarleton practiced a scorched-earth coverage that finally disenchanted Loyalist sympathizers and damage the British reason within the Carolinas. This e-book highlights the original form of southern frontier struggle throughout the innovative struggle, and the way its warring parties have been provided, prepared, and operated. The sequence of activities among August and November 1780 illustrate Marion's unconventional efforts to prevent their enemy's battle attempt within the southearning him his Swamp Fox monikerand Tarleton's both abnormal efforts to counter it.

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Download E-books Codebreakers' Victory: How the Allied Cryptographers Won World War II PDF

For years, the tale of the realm struggle II codebreakers was once stored a vital country mystery. Even Winston Churchill, himself an outstanding recommend of Britain’s cryptologic application, purposefully minimized their achievements in his historical past books. Now, although, after a long time have handed, the genuine scope of the British and American cryptographers’ function within the battle has come to gentle. It was once a task key to the Allied victory. From the conflict of england to the Pacific entrance to the panzer divisions in Africa, more desirable cryptography gave the Allies a decisive virtue over the Axis generals. army intelligence made an important distinction in conflict after battle.

In Codebreakers’ Victory, veteran cryptographer Hervie Haufler takes readers behind the curtain during this attention-grabbing underground global of ciphers and decoders. This huge view represents the 1st accomplished account of codebreaking in the course of global struggle II. Haufler pulls jointly years of study, specific entry to most sensible mystery documents, and private interviews to craft an enthralling must-read for somebody drawn to the behind-the-front mind and perseverance that went into beating the Nazis and Japan.

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Download E-books History of Reading (Reaktion Books - Globalities) PDF

By Steven Roger Fischer

Steven Roger Fischer’s interesting e-book strains the total tale of studying from the time whilst image first turned signal via to the digital texts of the current day. Describing historic types of examining and a number of the modes that have been essential to learn varied writing platforms and scripts, Fischer turns to Asia and the Americas and discusses the kinds and advancements of thoroughly divergent dimensions of reading.

With the center a while in Europe and the center East, leading edge re-inventions of analyzing emerged – silent and liturgical interpreting; the customized of lectors; reading’s concentration typically schooling – whereupon printing reworked society’s complete angle to examining. Fischer charts the explosion of the e-book alternate during this period, its elevated viewers and extensively replaced subject-matter; describes the emergence of broadsheets, newspapers and public readings; and strains the impression of recent font designs on common legibility.

Fischer discusses society’s commitment to public literacy within the sweeping academic reforms of the eighteenth and 19th centuries, and notes the looks of unfastened libraries, gender alterations in examining topic, public ads and the "forbidden" lists of Church, kingdom and the unemancipated. eventually, he assesses the long run, within which it truly is most probably that learn conversation will quickly exceed oral communique by utilizing the private computing device and the net, and appears at "visual language" and glossy theories of ways studying is processed within the human mind. Asking how the recent Reader can reshape reading’s destiny, he indicates a thorough new definition of what examining may well be.

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Steven Roger Fischer is Director of the Institute of Polynesian Languages and Literatures in Auckland, New Zealand. A historical past of studying is the ultimate booklet in Fischer’s trilogy for Reaktion, which additionally contains a heritage of Language and A heritage of Writing.

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Download E-books Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine PDF

By Anna Reid

Borderland tells the tale of Ukraine. one thousand years in the past it was once the guts of the 1st nice Slav civilization, Kievan Rus. In 1240, the Mongols invaded from the east, and for the subsequent seven centureies, Ukraine used to be break up among warring buddies: Lithuanians, Poles, Russians, Austrians, and Tatars. many times, borderland became battlefield: throughout the Cossack risings of the 17th century, Russia’s wars with Sweden within the eighteenth, the Civil conflict of 1918–1920, and less than Nazi career. Ukraine ultimately gained independence in 1991, with the cave in of the Soviet Union. higher than France and a populous as Britain, it has the capability to turn into probably the most strong states in Europe.In this finely written and penetrating publication, Anna Reid combines study and her personal reports to chart Ukraine’s tragic prior. chatting with peasants and politicians, rabbis and racketeers, dissidents and paramilitaries, survivors of Stalin’s famine and of Nazi hard work camps, she unearths the layers of fantasy and propaganda that wrap this divided land. From the Polish church buildings of Lviv to the coal mines of the Russian-speaking Donbass, from the Galician shtetlech to the Tatar shantytowns of Crimea, the publication explores Ukraine’s fight to construct itself a countrywide identification, and identification that faces as much as a bloody previous, and embraces all of the peoples inside its borders.

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Download E-books Storm Front PDF

By Rowland White

In early 1970, the Commanding Officer of twenty-two SAS flew into the strategically severe Sultanate of Oman on a covert intelligence challenge to watch a Communist uprising threatening the Arabian Peninsula. inside six months, the Regiment arrived in theatre to guide a fierce, mystery warfare opposed to the rebels, strengthened through an elite band of RAF pilots flying out of a distant airbase within the desert.

But for the British infantrymen and airmen, it used to be to be no effortless victory. And regardless of confronting the biggest attack strength ever deployed by means of the SAS, many months later the enemy have been nonetheless faraway from crushed. anything needed to give.

Then at sunrise on July nineteenth, 1972, and without notice, a strength of approximately three hundred seriously armed, well-trained guerillas attacked the little fishing port of Mirbat. among them and glory stood a staff of simply 9 SAS males, aided simply by means of the ability of the fighter pilots overhead. It used to be to be an epic come across; a contemporary day Rorke's glide. Their heroism that day might turn into SAS legend.

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Download E-books A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony PDF

By John Demos

The yr 2000 marks the 30th anniversary of the e-book of A Little Commonwealth via Bancroft Prize-winning student John Demos. This groundbreaking research examines the relatives within the context of the colony based via the Pilgrims who came to visit at the Mayflower. Basing his paintings on actual artifacts, wills, property inventories, and a number of felony and legit enactments, Demos portrays the kinfolk as a constitution of roles and relationships, emphasizing these of husband and spouse, guardian and baby, and grasp and servant. The book's so much startling insights come from a reconsideration of commonly-held perspectives of yank Puritans and of the ways that they handled each other. Demos concludes that Puritan "repression" used to be no longer as strongly directed opposed to sexuality as opposed to the expression of antagonistic and competitive impulses, and he indicates how this trend mirrored primary modes of relatives existence and child-rearing. the result's an in-depth learn of the standard lifetime of a colonial group, positioned within the broader surroundings of seventeenth-century America.
Demos has supplied a brand new foreword and a listing of extra examining for this moment variation, as a way to provide a brand new iteration of readers entry to this vintage study.

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