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 In Search Of The Dark Ages
In Search Of The Dark Ages
Author: Michael Wood
In Search Of The Dark Ages
Facts on File
1988
Format: PDF
Pages: 251
Language: English
Size: 17.5 MB

This edition of Michael Wood's groundbreaking first book explores the fascinating and mysterious centuries between the Romans and the Norman Conquest of 1066. In Search of the Dark Ages vividly conjures up some of the most famous names in British history, such as Queen Boadicea, leader of a terrible war of resistance against the Romans, and King Arthur, the 'once and future king', for whose riddle Wood proposes a new and surprising solution. Here too, warts and all, are the Saxon, Viking and Norman kings who laid the political foundations of England - Offa of Mercia, Alfred the Great, Athelstan, and William the Conqueror, whose victory at Hastings in 1066 marked the end of Anglo-Saxon England. Reflecting recent historical, textual and archaeological research, this revised edition of Michael Wood's classic book overturns preconceptions of the Dark Ages as a shadowy and brutal era, showing them to be a richly exciting and formative period in the history of Britain.

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 The Serbs and Byzantium during the reign of Tsar Stephen Dusan (1331-1355) and his successors
The Serbs and Byzantium during the reign of Tsar Stephen Dusan (1331-1355) and his successors
Author: George Christos Soulis
The Serbs and Byzantium during the reign of Tsar Stephen Dusan (1331-1355) and his successors
Dumbarton Oaks Library and Collection
ISBN: 0884021378
1984
Format: PDF
Size: 47,1 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 353
George Christos Soulis unravels the sequence of events in [a] chaotic, relatively little understood, and crucial period, which is presented with clarity in this tour de force of research and organization. . . . This is a major contribution to the understanding of events that prevented either a consolidation of Byzantium and its survival or Serbian succession and the continuity of a variant of the Byzantine civilization.

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 The Other Europe in the Middle Ages: Avars, Bulgars, Khazars and Cumans
The Other Europe in the Middle Ages: Avars, Bulgars, Khazars and Cumans
The Other Europe in the Middle Ages: Avars, Bulgars, Khazars and Cumans
Author: Florin Curta, Roman Kovalev
Brill Academic Publishers
2008
Pages: 492
ISBN: 978-9004-16389-8
Format: PDF
Language: English
Size: 6,84 mb

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 The mosaics of nea moni on Chios, vol 1
The mosaics of nea moni on Chios, vol 1
Author: Doula Mouriki
The mosaics of nea moni on Chios, vol 1
Commercial Bank of Greece
1985
Format: PDF
Size: 45.09 mb
Language: English

One of the three great 11th century monuments of Byzantine art, these mosaics are a valuable example of style and character found during this prosperous era of the Byzantine Empire.

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 Crusader Archaeology: The Material Culture of the Latin East
Crusader Archaeology: The Material Culture of the Latin East
Crusader Archaeology: The Material Culture of the Latin East
Author: Adrian J. Boas
Routledge
1999
Pages: 267
Language: English
Format: pdf
Size: 14.7 Mb

Crusader Archaeology draws together recently excavated material culture in Israel, Cyprus, Syria and Jordan to examine what life was like for the Crusaders in their territory and how they were influenced by their newfound neighbors. Chapters discuss urban and rural settlements, surveying agriculture, industry, military, church, public and private architecture, arts and crafts, leisure pursuits, death and burial, and building techniques. This lavishly illustrated volume creates a vivid portrait of the period.

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 The Age of the Dromon: The Byzantine Navy ca 500-1204
The Age of the Dromon: The Byzantine Navy ca 500-1204
The Age of the Dromon: The Byzantine Navy ca 500-1204
Author: Pryor J. H., Jeffreys E. M.
Brill Academic Publishers
2006
Pages: 758
ISBN: 978-90-04-15197-0; 90-04-15197-4
Format: PDF
Language: English
Size: 18 mb

This volume examines the development and evolution of the war galley known as the Dromon, and its relative, the Chelandion, from first appearance in the sixth century until its supercession in the twelfth century by the Galea developed in the Latin West. Beginning as a small, fully-decked, monoreme galley, by the tenth century the Dromon had become a bireme, the pre-eminent war galley of the Mediterranean. The salient features of these ships were their two-banked oarage system, the spurs at their bows which replaced the ram of classical antiquity, their lateen sails, and their primary weapon: Greek Fire.
The book contextualizes the technical characteristics of the ships within the operational history of Byzantine fleets, logistical problems of medieval naval warfare, and strategic objectives.

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 Medieval Warfare (The Putnam Pictorial Sources Series)
Medieval Warfare (The Putnam Pictorial Sources Series)
Author: Geoffrey Hindley
Medieval Warfare (The Putnam Pictorial Sources Series)
G P. Putnam's Sons
1971
Format: PDF
Pages: 134
Language: English
Size: 21.7 MB

Examines the instruments, tactics, and strategies that characterized military conflicts between the seventh and sixteenth centuries.

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 Armor
Armor
Author: Charlotte and David Yue
Armor
Houghton Mifflin Company
1994
Format: PDF
Pages: 104
Language: English
Size: 10.6 MB

No figure in history is more vivid and dramatic than the medieval knight. Fierce in battle and gallant in their defense of the weak, these warriors of the Middle Ages are seen as champions of justice in a savage world. They did not always live up to our image of them, but they still represent a noble ideal.

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 The Concise History of the Crusades
The Concise History of the Crusades
Author: Thomas F. Madden
The Concise History of the Crusades (Critical Issues in World and International History)
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
2014
Format: epub/pdf
Size: 22.4 Mb
Language: English

What is the relationship between the medieval crusades and the problems of the modern Middle East? Were the crusades the Christian equivalent of Muslim jihad? In this sweeping yet crisp history, Thomas F. Madden offers a brilliant and compelling narrative of the crusades and their contemporary relevance. Placing all of the major crusades within their social, economic, religious, and intellectual environments, Madden explores the uniquely medieval world that led untold thousands to leave their homes, families, and friends to march in Christ’s name to distant lands. From Palestine and Europe's farthest reaches, each crusade is recounted in a clear, concise narrative. The author gives special attention as well to the crusades’ effects on the Islamic world and the Christian Byzantine East.

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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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 Forces of the Hanseatic League: 13th-15th Centuries
Forces of the Hanseatic League: 13th-15th Centuries
Author: David Nicolle
Forces of the Hanseatic League: 13th-15th Centuries
Osprey Publishing
Osprey Men-at-Arms 494
ISBN: 1782007792
2014
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages: 50
Size: 3 Mb
Language: English

The Hanseatic League was a commercial and defensive federation of merchant guilds based in harbour towns along the North Sea and Baltic coasts of what are now Germany and her neighbours, which eventually dominated maritime trade in Northern Europe and spread its influence much further afield. The League was formed to protect the economic and political interests of member cities throughout a vast and complex trading network. The League continued to operate well into the 17th century, but its golden age was between c.1200 and c.1500; thereafter it failed to take full advantage of the wave of maritime exploration to the west, south and east of Europe.

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 The Cathars
The Cathars
The Cathars
Pocket Essentials
Author: Sean Martin
2005
Pages: 196
Format: pdf
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1904048336
Size: 8 mb

Catharism was the most successful heresy of the Middle Ages.
This beautifully illustrated volume by the leading author on the subject unveils the mysteries surrounding the Cathars, their links with the Knights Templar, the Troubadors, and the search for the Holy Grail.

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 Castles in Ireland: Feudal Power in a Gaelic World
Castles in Ireland: Feudal Power in a Gaelic World
Author: T.E. McNeill
Castles in Ireland: Feudal Power in a Gaelic World
Routledge
ISBN: 0415165377
2005
Format: PDF
Size: 25,2 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 280
The castles of Ireland are an essential part of the story of medieval Europe, but were, until recently, a subject neglected by scholars. A lord's power and prestige was displayed in the majesty and uniqueness of his castle. The remains of several thousand castles enable us to reconstruct life in Ireland during these crucial centuries.
Castles in Ireland tells the story of the nature and development of lordship and power in medieval Ireland. Ireland formed the setting to the interplay of the differing roles of competing lordships: English and Irish; feudal European and Gaelic; royal and baronial. Tom McNeill argues that the design of the castles contests the traditional view of Ireland as a land torn by war and divided culturally between the English and Irish.

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 Warfare in the Medieval World
Warfare in the Medieval World
Author: Brian Todd Carey
Warfare in the Medieval World
Pen and Sword Military
ISBN: 1848847416
2011
Format: EPUB
Pages: 272
Size: 5 Mb
Language: English

Warfare in the Medieval World explores how civilizations and cultures made war on the battlefields of the Near East and Europe in the period between the fall of Rome and the introduction of reliable gunpowder weapons during the Thirty Years' War. Through an exploration of thirty-three selected battles, military historian Brian Todd Carey surveys the changing tactical relationships between the four weapon systems - heavy and light infantry and heavy and light cavalry - focusing on the evolution of shock and missile combat.Through the use of dozens of multiphase tactical maps, this fascinating introduction to the art of war during western civilization's ancient and classical periods pulls together the primary and secondary sources and creates a powerful historical narrative. The result is a synthetic work that will be essential reading for students and armchair military historians alike.

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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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 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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 Byzantine Matters
Byzantine Matters
Author:Averil Cameron
Byzantine Matters
Princeton University Press; First Edition
2014
ISBN:0691157634
Format:epub
Size:3.57 Mb
Pages:184
Language:English

For many of us, Byzantium remains "byzantine"--obscure, marginal, difficult. Despite the efforts of some recent historians, prejudices still deform popular and scholarly understanding of the Byzantine civilization, often reducing it to a poor relation of Rome and the rest of the classical world. In this book, renowned historian Averil Cameron presents an original and personal view of the challenges and questions facing historians of Byzantium today.

The book explores five major themes, all subjects of controversy. "Absence" asks why Byzantium is routinely passed over, ignored, or relegated to a sphere of its own. "Empire" reinserts Byzantium into modern debates about empire, and discusses the nature of its system and its remarkable longevity. "Hellenism" confronts the question of the "Greekness" of Byzantium, and of the place of Byzantium in modern Greek consciousness. "The Realms of Gold" asks what lessons can be drawn from Byzantine visual art, and "The Very Model of Orthodoxy" challenges existing views of Byzantine Christianity.

Throughout, the book addresses misconceptions about Byzantium, suggests why it is so important to integrate the civilization into wider histories, and lays out why Byzantium should be central to ongoing debates about the relationships between West and East, Christianity and Islam, Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, and the ancient and medieval periods. The result is a forthright and compelling call to reconsider the place of Byzantium in Western history and imagination.

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 Crusader Castles
Crusader Castles
Crusader Castles
Cambridge University Press
Author: Hugh Kennedy
1994
Pages: 237
Format: PDF
Size: 11 mb
Language: English

This is a general account of the history and architecture of Crusader castles in the Kingdom of Jerusalem, County of Tripoli and Principality of Antioch between 1099 and 1291, the years during which the Crusaders had a permanent presence on the Levantine coast. Extensive use is made of contemporary chronicles to show the reasons why castles were built and how they were used in peace and war. The book is fully illustrated by photographs, drawings and plans, and contains a comprehensive bibliography.

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 Sea Peoples of the Bronze Age Mediterranean c.1400 BC-1000 BC
Sea Peoples of the Bronze Age Mediterranean c.1400 BC-1000 BC
Sea Peoples of the Bronze Age Mediterranean c.1400 BC-1000 BC
Author: Raffaele D'Amato and Andrea Salimbeti
Osprey Publishing
Elite, Book 204
2015
ISBN: 1472806816
Pages: 64
Language: English
Format: EPUB
Size: 19 MB

Sea Peoples of the Bronze Age and Mediterranean features the latest historical and archaeological research into the mysterious and powerful confederations of raiders who troubled the Eastern Mediterranean in the last half of the Bronze Age. Research into the origins of the so-called Shardana, Shekelesh, Danuna, Lukka, Peleset and other peoples is a detective 'work in progress'. However, it is known that they both provided the Egyptian pharaohs with mercenaries, and were listed among Egypt's enemies and invaders. They contributed to the collapse of several civilizations through their dreaded piracy and raids, and their waves of attacks were followed by major migrations that changed the face of this region, from modern Libya and Cyprus to the Aegean, mainland Greece, Lebanon and Anatolian Turkey. Drawing on carved inscriptions and papyrus documents - mainly from Egypt - dating from the 15th-11th centuries BC, as well as carved reliefs of Medinet Habu, this title reconstructs the formidable appearance and even the tactics of the famous 'Sea Peoples'.

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