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 A Cultural History of the Atlantic World, 1250-1820
A Cultural History of the Atlantic World, 1250-1820
Author: John K. Thornton
A Cultural History of the Atlantic World, 1250-1820
Cambridge University Press
2012
Format: PDF
Size: 10 Mb
Language: English

A Cultural History of the Atlantic World, 1250-1820 explores the idea that strong linkages exist in the histories of Africa, Europe, and North and South America. John K. Thornton provides a comprehensive overview of the history of the Atlantic Basin before 1830 by describing political, social, and cultural interactions between the continents' inhabitants. He traces the backgrounds of the populations on these three continental landmasses brought into contact by European navigation. Thornton then examines the political and social implications of the encounters, tracing the origins of a variety of Atlantic societies and showing how new ways of eating, drinking, speaking, and worshipping developed in the newly created Atlantic World. This book uses close readings of original sources to produce new interpretations of its subject.

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 Castles and Fortified Cities of Medieval Europe: An Illustrated History
Castles and Fortified Cities of Medieval Europe: An Illustrated History
: Castles and Fortified Cities of Medieval Europe: An Illustrated History
Author : Jean-Denis G. G. Lepage
McFarland & Company
2002
ISBN: 0786410922
Pages : 335
Format : PDF
Size : 52,4 mb
Quality: excellent
Language : English

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 Icons of the Middle Ages: Rulers, Writers, Rebels, and Saints
Icons of the Middle Ages: Rulers, Writers, Rebels, and Saints
Author : Lister M. Matheson
: Icons of the Middle Ages: Rulers, Writers, Rebels, and Saints
Greenwood
: 2011
ISBN: 9780313340802
Pages: 705
Format : PDF
Size : 4,4 MB
Language : English

Drawing on the latest research, Icons of the Middle Ages: Rulers, Writers, Rebels, and SaintS examines the lives of some of the most remarkable personalities of the Medieval Era—powerful, ruthless, compassionate, brilliant people who remain widely influential today.
Each portrait in this extraordinary gallery sets its subject in the context of their world, revealing what we really know about their lives, their iconic status in their own times, and their lasting legacies in our time. Readers will encounter fascinating individuals devoted to the pursuit of power (Richard III), to freedom (Robert the Bruce), to philosophy and religion (Maimonides Thomas More), and to the arts (Dante Hildegard of Bingen). Additional chapters explore life in the medieval castle and the advent of siege warfare—two defining developments in the Middle Ages.

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 Warfare in the Medieval World
Warfare in the Medieval World
Author: Chris Marshall
Warfare in the Medieval World (History of Warfare)
Raintree Steck-Vaughn Company
1999
Format: PDF
Pages: 88
Language: English
Size: 11.7 MB

Provides an overview of the evolution of military conflicts from the fifth through the fifteenth centuries, describing changes in the make-up of the armies, fighting tactics, and weapons.

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 The Normans: The History of a Dynasty
The Normans: The History of a Dynasty
The Normans: The History of a Dynasty
Hambledon Continuum
Author: David Crouch
2006
Pages: 362
Format: PDF
Size: 20 mb
Language: English

The first great city to which the Crusaders came in 1089 was not Jerusalem but Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. Almost as much as Jerusalem itself, Constantinople was the key to the foundation, survival and ultimate eclipse of the crusading kingdom. It was the threat to Constantinople which led Urban II to preach the First Crusade, yet the Byzantines were extremely suspicious of this and subsequent crusades, often failing to provide looked for military and diplomatic support. The riches and sophistication of the great city nevertheless made a lasting impression on the crusaders, and through them on western European culture. In turn, Byzantine leaders employed their sophistication and diplomatic skills in an attempt to use the crusades to supply their own weaknesses. In the end, the lure of the city's wealth was irresistibly fatal to the claims of Christian unity. In 1204, the Fourth Crusade under the Venetian doge Enrico Dandolo, captured and sacked Constantinople, signaling the effective end of almost a thousand years of Byzantine dominance in the east.

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 Anglo-Saxons at war 800-1066
Anglo-Saxons at war 800-1066
Author: Paul Hill
Anglo-Saxons at war 800-1066
Pen and Sword Military
ISBN: 1848843690
2012
Format: EPUB
Pages: 224
Size: 4 Mb
Language: English

In the time of the great Anglo-Saxon kings like Alfred and Athelstan, Æthelred and Edmund Ironside, what was warfare really like – how were the armies organized, how and why did they fight, how were the warriors armed and trained, and what was the Anglo-Saxon experience of war? As Paul Hill demonstrates in this compelling new study, documentary records and the growing body of archaeological evidence allows these questions to be answered with more authority than ever before. His broad, detailed and graphic account of the conduct of war in the Anglo-Saxon world in the unstable, violent centuries before the Norman Conquest will be illuminating reading for anyone who wants to learn about this key stage of medieval history.

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 An Historical Guide to Arms & Armor
An Historical Guide to Arms & Armor
Author: Stephen Bull
An Historical Guide to Arms & Armor
Facts On File Inc
1991
Format: PDF
Pages: 232
Language: English
Size: 42 MB

In this authoritative guide, Stephen Bull describes armor and arms from the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans to the early nineteenth century.

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 Viking Age England
Viking Age England
Author: Julian D. Richards
Viking Age England
The History Press
2013
ISBN: 0752428888
Format: PDF
Size: 5,1 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 249
This book is about the development of Anglo-Saxon England from AD 800 until the Norman Conquest. It is an introduction to the subject of the Vikings in England.
From shortly before AD 800 until the Norman Conquest, England was subject to raids from seafaring peoples from Scandinavia—the Vikings. However, they were not only raiders but also traders and settlers. Using the latest archaeological evidence, the author reassesses the Viking contribution to Late Anglo-Saxon England and examines the creation of the new mixed Anglo-Scandinavian identity.

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 The Viking Wars of Alfred the Great
The Viking Wars of Alfred the Great
Author: Paul Hill
The Viking Wars of Alfred the Great (Campaign Chronicles)
Pen and Sword Military
ISBN: 184415758X
2008
Format: EPUB
Pages: 224
Size: 3 Mb
Language: English

In the spring of 878 at the Battle of Edington the tide of English history turned. Alfred's decisive defeat of Guthrum the Dane freed much of the south and west of England from Danish control and brought to a halt Guthrum's assault on Alfred's Wessex. The battle was the culmination of a long period of preparation by Alfred in the wilderness - a victory snatched from the jaws of catastrophic defeat. As such, this momentous turning point around which an entire nation's future pivoted, has given rise to legends and misconceptions that persist to the present day.

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 Textiles and Clothing: c.1150-c.1450.
Textiles and Clothing: c.1150-c.1450.
2006
Format: PDF
Pages: 223
Size: 33.5 MB
Language: English

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 The Afterlife of the Roman City: Architecture and Ceremony in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
The Afterlife of the Roman City: Architecture and Ceremony in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
Author: Hendrik W. Dey
The Afterlife of the Roman City: Architecture and Ceremony in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
Cambridge University Press
2014
Format: PDF
Size: 10.3 Mb
Language: English

This book offers a new and surprising perspective on the evolution of cities across the Roman Empire in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages (third to ninth centuries AD). It suggests that the tenacious persistence of leading cities across most of the Roman world is due, far more than previously thought, to the persistent inclination of kings, emperors, caliphs, bishops, and their leading subordinates to manifest the glory of their offices on an urban stage, before crowds of city dwellers. Long after the dissolution of the Roman Empire in the fifth century, these communal leaders continued to maintain and embellish monumental architectural corridors established in late antiquity, the narrow but grandiose urban itineraries, essentially processional ways, in which their parades and solemn public appearances consistently unfolded. Hendrik W. Dey's approach selectively integrates urban topography with the actors who unceasingly strove to animate it for many centuries

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 They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America
They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America
Author: Ivan Van Sertima
They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America
Random House Trade Paperbacks
2003
Format: PDF
Size: 44.2 Mb
Language: English

They Came Before Columbus reveals a compelling, dramatic, and superbly detailed documentation of the presence and legacy of Africans in ancient America. Examining navigation and shipbuilding; cultural analogies between Native Americans and Africans; the transportation of plants, animals, and textiles between the continents; and the diaries, journals, and oral accounts of the explorers themselves, Ivan Van Sertima builds a pyramid of evidence to support his claim of an African presence in the New World centuries before Columbus. Combining impressive scholarship with a novelist’s gift for storytelling, Van Sertima re-creates some of the most powerful scenes of human history: the launching of the great ships of Mali in 1310 (two hundred master boats and two hundred supply boats), the sea expedition of the Mandingo king in 1311, and many others. In They Came Before Columbus, we see clearly the unmistakable face and handprint of black Africans in pre-Columbian America, and their overwhelming impact on the civilizations they encountered.

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 Hosios Loukas: Byzantine Art in Greece
Hosios Loukas: Byzantine Art in Greece
Author: Manolis Chatzidakis (Editor)
Hosios Loukas: Byzantine Art in Greece
Melissa
1997
Format: PDF
Size: 174,44 mb
Language English

The monastery of Osios Loukas was built in the early 11th century to house the relics of the monk, Blessed Luke who was by then a famous local saint. It soon became one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all Greece. Abbots from the ranks of the aristocracy ensured that the construction and decoration of the "katholikin" (main church), befitted the prestige of the community's founder. The grandeur of the building and its sumptuous decoration indicate the patron's wealth and social standing: the sophistication of the iconographic program indicates their profound theological background.

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 The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature, 1485-1603
The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature, 1485-1603
The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature, 1485-1603
Author: Mike Pincombe (Editor), Cathy Shrank (Editor)
Oxford University Press
2009
ISBN: 978–0199205882
Format: pdf
Pages: 861
Size: 10 Mb
Language: English, English

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.
Written by experts from Europe, North America, and the United Kingdom,
the forty-four chapters in The Oxford Handbook to Tudor Literature recover
some of the distinctive voices of sixteenth-century writing, its energy,
variety, and inventiveness.

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 Theodore Spandounes On the Origins of the Ottoman Emperors Hardcover
Theodore Spandounes On the Origins of the Ottoman Emperors Hardcover
Author: Donald M. Nicol
Theodore Spandounes On the Origins of the Ottoman Emperors Hardcover
Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521585104
1997
Format: PDF
Size: 28,5 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 192
The Turkish conquest of Constantinople in 1453 and the phenomenal expansion of the Ottoman Empire thereafter produced a ready market in the West for works about the origins, history and institutions of the Turks. Theodore Spandounes, himself of a Greek refugee family from Constantinople who had settled in Venice, was one of the first to publish such a work. Its final version, published in 1538, was written in Italian. This book offers the first English translation of the complete text, with a historical commentary and explanatory notes.

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 Empire of the Mongols
Empire of the Mongols
Author: Michael Burgan
Empire Of The Mongols
Facts on File
2005
Format: Pdf
Size: 8,81 mb
Language: English
Great Empires of the Past
FOR SEVERAL THOUSAND YEARS WARRIORS ON HORSEBACK rode across central Asia, conquering nearby towns and cities. These horsemen lived on the steppes, a flat, grassy region that extends from Asia into central Europe. The riders were nomads, moving from one grazing
spot to another with their herds of horses, sheep, camels, goats, and cattle. Over the centuries these nomads battled such people as the ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Persians, the Chinese, and the Arabs. Of all the nomadic warriors of central Asia, the fiercest were the Mongols.

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 Castles and Chateaux of Old Burgundy
Castles and Chateaux of Old Burgundy
Castles and Chateaux of Old Burgundy
1909
Author: Miltoun Francis
L.C.Page and Company (Boston)
Language: English
Format: PDF
Pages: 410
Size: 18,3 mb

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 The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire c.500-1492
The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire c.500-1492
The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire c.500-1492
Author: composite authors
Cambridge University Press
2011
Pages: 1210
Language: English
Format: pdf
Size: 17.27 Mb

Byzantium lasted a thousand years, ruled to the end by self-styled 'emperors of the Romans'. It underwent kaleidoscopic territorial and structural changes, yet recovered repeatedly from disaster: even after the near-impregnable Constantinople fell in 1204, variant forms of the empire reconstituted themselves. The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire tells the story, tracing political and military events, religious controversies and economic change. It offers clear, authoritative chapters on the main events and periods, with more detailed chapters on particular outlying regions, neighbouring powers or aspects of Byzantium. With aids such as a glossary, an alternative place-name table and references to English translations of sources, it will be valuable as an introduction. However, it also offers stimulating new approaches and important new findings, making it essential reading for postgraduates and for specialists.

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 Die Ritterorden in Umbruchs- und Krisenzeiten. The Military Orders in Times of Change and Crisis
Die Ritterorden in Umbruchs- und Krisenzeiten. The Military Orders in Times of Change and Crisis
Author:
Die Ritterorden in Umbruchs- und Krisenzeiten. The Military Orders in Times of Change and Crisis
Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika
2011
Format: PDF
Size: 2.06 mb
Language: English

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