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The Agincourt Companion (Hardcover): Thom Richardson, Anne Curry, Peter Hoskins, Dan Spencer The Agincourt Companion (Hardcover)
Thom Richardson, Anne Curry, Peter Hoskins, Dan Spencer
R288 R194 Discovery Miles 1 940 Save R94 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Battle of Agincourt on 25 October, 1415, remains one of the most glorious victories in British history, with a legacy that endures today. A pivotal moment in the Hundred Years War between France and England, it reinvigorated the English campaign in France and bolstered the English crown's hereditary claims to French land. Published to mark the 600th anniversary of this famous victory, The Agincourt Companion presents the captivating story of the battle; how Henry V led an outnumbered army to glory, the skill of the archers, and the core military tactics that proved so successful for the English army. Moreover it tells a wider story about warfare in the middle ages. Delving into the development and advances in weaponry, armour and tactics during this period and the impact this had on the battlefield, this is a richly detailed look at the world of medieval warfare.

Cultural Heritage - Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies (Hardcover): Laura Jane Smith Cultural Heritage - Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies (Hardcover)
Laura Jane Smith
R27,783 Discovery Miles 277 830 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Cultural Heritage is a new title in the Routledge Major Works series, Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies. Edited by Laurajane Smith of the University of York, UK, this four-volume collection brings together the essential Anglophone literature of heritage studies. Encompassing both contemporary material and material of historical significance from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the collection is explicitly interdisciplinary, with research drawn not only from the three disciplines of archaeology, architecture and history traditionally associated with material heritage, but also from subjects such as geography, anthropology, museology, sociology, cultural studies, performance studies and tourism studies. As an emerging field of academic enquiry, the sheer scale of the growth in research output in heritage studies makes this collection especially timely, and meets the demand for a comprehensive reference work to give greater clarity and focus to this fast-developing area. Its value also lies in its bringing together the best scholarship from the various disciplines that are newly turning their attention to issues relating to `heritage', as well as in identifying cultural heritage's key themes and debates. The first volume (`History and Concepts') in the collection describes the development of the modern concern with conserving and preserving material from the past-often conceptualized as `heritage'. It also gathers the best research about the key concepts and principles underlying heritage management and conservation practices. Volume 2 (`Critical Concepts in Heritage') traces the dissonant and contested nature of heritage practices and the various attempts that have been made to theorize heritage conservation, curation and preservation practices. The volume contains work on the debates over indigenous heritage, national identity, and memory and heritage, together with papers that attempt to explain and contextualize these debates. Volume 3 (`Heritage as an Industry') collects the most significant scholarship on issues about the so-called `commodification' of the past and the creation of `consensual histories', while Volume 4 (`Interpretation and Community') contains the key material on the practice of heritage interpretation and community heritage projects, as well as work on the developing debates about the nature of intangible heritage. The collected materials are supplemented by an introduction to each volume, newly written by the editor, together with a full index. It is destined to be welcomed by scholars and teachers of cultural heritage-and those working in allied disciplines-as an invaluable reference resource.

The Rise of the Egyptian Middle Class - Socio-economic Mobility and Public Discontent from Nasser to Sadat (Hardcover): Relli... The Rise of the Egyptian Middle Class - Socio-economic Mobility and Public Discontent from Nasser to Sadat (Hardcover)
Relli Shechter
R2,026 R1,882 Discovery Miles 18 820 Save R144 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

During the 1970s and early 1980s, Egypt experienced swift economic growth resulting from a regional oil boom. Oddly, this economic growth hardly registered in Egyptian public discourse, which continuously claimed that the country was experiencing multiple economic, social, and cultural crises. This book sets out to investigate this discrepancy and to offer a revisionist history of the period. It documents the massive socio-economic mobility in Egypt by analysing relevant statistical data and ethnographic evidence, indicating the changes in the employment structure and the spread of mass consumption. Relli Shechter further examines a wide array of cultural resources, such as Egyptian academic writing, the press, the cinema, and the literature, in which critics lamented 'what went wrong' in Egypt. By doing so, he offers a local version of a wider Middle Eastern and international story: the global formation of middle-class societies whose members strove for respectable lives with only partial success.

Constantine, Divine Emperor of the Christian Golden Age (Paperback): Jonathan Bardill Constantine, Divine Emperor of the Christian Golden Age (Paperback)
Jonathan Bardill
R857 Discovery Miles 8 570 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Constantine, Divine Emperor of the Christian Golden Age offers a radical reassessment of Constantine as an emperor, a pagan and a Christian. The book examines in detail a wide variety of evidence, including literature, secular and religious architectural monuments, coins, sculpture and other works of art. Setting the emperor in the context of the kings and emperors who preceded him, Jonathan Bardill shows how Constantine's propagandists exploited the traditional themes and imagery of rulership to portray him as having been elected by the supreme solar God to save his people and inaugurate a brilliant golden age. The author argues that the cultivation of this image made it possible for Constantine to reconcile the long-standing tradition of imperial divinity with his monotheistic faith by assimilating himself to Christ.

The New Russia (Hardcover): Mikhail Gorbachev The New Russia (Hardcover)
Mikhail Gorbachev; Translated by Arch Tait 1
R830 R689 Discovery Miles 6 890 Save R141 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

After years of rapprochement, the relationship between Russia and the West is more strained now than it has been in the past 25 years. Putin s motives, his reasons for seeking confrontation with the West, remain for many a mystery. Not for Mikhail Gorbachev. In this new work, Russia s elder statesman draws on his wealth of knowledge and experience to reveal the development of Putin s regime and the intentions behind it. He argues that Putin has significantly diminished the achievements of perestroika and is part of an over-centralized system that presents a precarious future for Russia. Faced with this, Gorbachev advocates a radical reform of politics and a new fostering of pluralism and social democracy. Gorbachev s insightful analysis moves beyond internal politics to address wider problems in the region, including the Ukraine conflict, as well as the global challenges of poverty and climate change. Above all else, he insists that solutions are to be found by returning to the atmosphere of dialogue and cooperation which was so instrumental in ending the Cold War. This book represents the summation of Gorbachev s thinking on the course that Russia has taken since 1991 and stands as a testament to one of the greatest and most influential statesmen of the twentieth century.

Edexcel A Level History, Paper 3: The making of modern Russia 1855-1991 Student Book + ActiveBook (Paperback): Rob Owen Harris Edexcel A Level History, Paper 3: The making of modern Russia 1855-1991 Student Book + ActiveBook (Paperback)
Rob Owen Harris
R565 Discovery Miles 5 650 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book: covers the essential content in the new specifications in a rigorous and engaging way, using detailed narrative, sources, timelines, key words, helpful activities and extension material helps develop conceptual understanding of areas such as evidence, interpretations, causation and change, through targeted activities provides assessment support for A level with sample answers, sources, practice questions and guidance to help you tackle the new-style exam questions. It also comes with three years' access to ActiveBook, an online, digital version of your textbook to help you personalise your learning as you go through the course - perfect for revision.

Greece - A Short History of a Long Story, 7,000 BCE to the Present (Paperback): Carol G Thomas Greece - A Short History of a Long Story, 7,000 BCE to the Present (Paperback)
Carol G Thomas
R628 Discovery Miles 6 280 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Greece: A Short History of a Long Story "presents a comprehensive overview of the history of Greece by exploring the continuity of Greek culture from its Neolithic origins to the modern era.Tells the story of Greece through individual personalities that inhabited various periods in the lengthy sweep of Greek historyUses an approach based on recent research that includes DNA analysis and analyses of archaeological materialsExplores ways in which the nature of Greek culture was continually reshaped over timeFeatures illustrations that portray the people of different eras in Greek history along with maps that demonstrate the physical sphere of Greece and major events in each of the periods

Ypres - The First Battle 1914 (Paperback): Ian Beckett Ypres - The First Battle 1914 (Paperback)
Ian Beckett
R573 Discovery Miles 5 730 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The first study of Ypres in forty years, written by one of the leading specialists on World War One.

  • Draws on wide range of British, French, Belgian and German primary sources
  • Contains many new personal accounts which were not available to authors of the previous books on the subject
The Battle for the Catholic Past in Germany, 1945-1980 (Hardcover): Mark Edward Ruff The Battle for the Catholic Past in Germany, 1945-1980 (Hardcover)
Mark Edward Ruff
R1,000 Discovery Miles 10 000 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Were Pope Pius XII and the Catholic Church in Germany unduly singled out after 1945 for their conduct during the National Socialist era? Mark Edward Ruff explores the bitter controversies that broke out in the Federal Republic of Germany from 1945 to 1980 over the Catholic Church's relationship to the Nazis. He explores why these cultural wars consumed such energy, dominated headlines, triggered lawsuits and required the intervention of foreign ministries. He argues that the controversies over the church's relationship to National Socialism were frequently surrogates for conflicts over how the church was to position itself in modern society - in politics, international relations and the media. More often than not, these exchanges centered on problems perceived as arising from the postwar political ascendancy of Roman Catholics and the integration of Catholic citizens into the societal mainstream.

Forgotten Fifteenth - The Daring Airmen Who Crippled Hitler's War Machine (Paperback): Barrett Tillman Forgotten Fifteenth - The Daring Airmen Who Crippled Hitler's War Machine (Paperback)
Barrett Tillman
R457 R426 Discovery Miles 4 260 Save R31 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

November 1943 May 1945 The U.S. Army Air Forces waged an unprecedentedly dogged and violent campaign against Hitler's vital oil production and industrial plants on the Third Reich's southern flank. Flying from southern Italy, far from the limelight enjoyed by the Eighth Air Force in England, the Fifteenth Air Force engaged in high-risk missions spanning most of the European continent. The story of the Fifteenth Air Force deserves a prideful place in the annals of American gallantry. In his new book, The Forgotten Fifteenth: The Daring Airmen Who Crippled Hitler's War Machine, Tillman brings into focus a seldom-seen multinational cast of characters, including pilots from Axis nations Romania, Hungary, and Bulgaria and many more remarkable individuals. They were the first generation of fliers few of them professionals to conduct a strategic bombing campaign against a major industrial nation. They suffered steady attrition and occasionally spectacular losses. In so doing, they contributed to the end of the most destructive war in history. The Forgotten Fifteenth is the first-ever detailed account of the Fifteenth Air Force in World War II and the brave men that history has abandoned. This book is a must-read for military history enthusiasts, veterans, current servicemen and their families. Includes glossy photo signature of historic pictures and documents

Europe Between the Oceans - 9000 BC-AD 1000 (Paperback): Barry Cunliffe Europe Between the Oceans - 9000 BC-AD 1000 (Paperback)
Barry Cunliffe
R625 Discovery Miles 6 250 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A sensational, interdisciplinary work which entirely reorients our understanding of Europe from 10,000 BC to the time of the Vikings In this magnificent book, distinguished archaeologist Barry Cunliffe reframes our entire conception of early European history, from prehistory through the ancient world to the medieval Viking period. Cunliffe views Europe not in terms of states and shifting political land boundaries but as a geographical niche particularly favored in facing many seas. These seas, and Europe's great transpeninsular rivers, ensured a rich diversity of natural resources while also encouraging the dynamic interaction of peoples across networks of communication and exchange. The development of these early Europeans is rooted in complex interplays, shifting balances, and geographic and demographic fluidity. Drawing on archaeology, anthropology, and history, Cunliffe has produced an interdisciplinary tour de force. His is a bold book of exceptional scholarship, erudite and engaging, and it heralds an entirely new understanding of Old Europe.

A Short History of the Middle Ages, Fifth Edition (Paperback): Barbara H. Rosenwein A Short History of the Middle Ages, Fifth Edition (Paperback)
Barbara H. Rosenwein
R1,373 R1,160 Discovery Miles 11 600 Save R213 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this newest edition of her bestselling book, Barbara H. Rosenwein integrates the history of European, Byzantine, and Islamic medieval cultures-as well as their Eurasian connections-in a dynamic narrative. The text has been significantly updated to reflect growing interest in the Islamic world and Mediterranean region. Stunning plates featuring art and architecture weave together events, mentalities, and aesthetics. Medievalist Riccardo Cristiani authors a new feature on material culture that examines the intricacies of manuscript production and the lustrous glazes of Islamic ceramics. A fully revised map program offers user-friendly spot maps that clarify events right where they are discussed as well as dazzling topographical maps that reveal the very contours of the medieval world. Helpful genealogies, figures, architectural plans, and lists of key dates complement the text. All maps, genealogies, and figures are available on the History Matters website (www.utphistorymatters.com) for easy download. Students will find this site equally useful for its hundreds of study questions and their click-to-reveal answers.

The Limits of Transnationalism (Paperback): Nancy L. Green The Limits of Transnationalism (Paperback)
Nancy L. Green
R553 Discovery Miles 5 530 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Transnationalism means many things to many people, from crossing physical borders to intellectual ones. The Limits of Transnationalism reassesses the overly optimistic narratives often associated with this malleable term, revealing both the metaphorical and very real obstacles for transnational mobility. Nancy L. Green begins her wide-ranging examination with the story of Frank Gueydan, an early twentieth-century American convicted of a minor crime in France who was unable to get a fair trial there nor able to enlist the help of US officials. Gueydan's odd predicament opens the door for a series of inquiries into the past twenty-five years of transnational scholarship, raising questions about the weaknesses of global networks and the slippery nature of citizenship for those who try to live transnational lives. The Limits of Transnationalism serves as a cogent reminder of this topic's complexity, calling for greater attention to be paid to the many bumps in the road.

The Books and the Life of Judith of Flanders (Hardcover, New Ed): Mary Dockray-Miller The Books and the Life of Judith of Flanders (Hardcover, New Ed)
Mary Dockray-Miller
R3,083 Discovery Miles 30 830 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the first full-length study of Judith of Flanders (c. 1032-1094), Mary Dockray-Miller provides a narrative of Judith's life through analysis of the books and art objects she commissioned and collected. Organizing her book chronologically by Judith's marriages and commissions, Dockray-Miller argues that Judith consciously and successfully deployed patronage to support her political and marital maneuverings in the eleventh-century European political theater. During her marriage to Tostig Godwinson, Earl of Northumbria, she commissioned at least four Gospel books for herself in addition to the numerous art objects that she gave to English churches as part of her devotional practices. The multiple treasures Judith donated to Weingarten Abbey while she was married to Welf of Bavaria culminated in the posthumous gift of the relic of the Holy Blood, still celebrated as the Abbey's most important holding. Lavishly illustrated with never before published full-color reproductions from Monte Cassino MS 437 and Fulda Landesbibliothek MS Aa.21, The Books and the Life of Judith of Flanders features English translations of relevant excerpts from the Vita Oswinii and De Translatione Sanguinis Christi. Dockray-Miller's book is a fascinating account of this intriguing woman who successfully negotiated the pitfalls of being on the losing side of both the Norman Conquest and the Investiture Controversy.

Imperial Tragedy - From Constantine's Empire to the Destruction of Roman Italy AD 363-568 (Hardcover, Main): Michael... Imperial Tragedy - From Constantine's Empire to the Destruction of Roman Italy AD 363-568 (Hardcover, Main)
Michael Kulikowski 1
R807 R534 Discovery Miles 5 340 Save R273 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For centuries, Rome was one of the world's largest imperial powers, its influence spread across Europe, North Africa, and the Middle-East, its military force successfully fighting off attacks by the Parthians, Germans, Persians and Goths. Then came the definitive split, the Vandal sack of Rome, and the crumbling of the West from Empire into kingdoms first nominally under Imperial rule and then, one by one, beyond it. Imperial Tragedy tells the story of Rome's gradual collapse. Full of palace intrigue, religious conflicts and military history, as well as details of the shifts in social, religious and political structures, Imperial Tragedy contests the idea that Rome fell due to external invasions. Instead, it focuses on how the choices and conditions of those living within the empire led to its fall. For it was not a single catastrophic moment that broke the Empire but a creeping process; by the time people understood that Rome had fallen, the west of the Empire had long since broken the Imperial yoke.

Special Operations Executive - A New Instrument of War (Paperback, New edition): Mark Seaman Special Operations Executive - A New Instrument of War (Paperback, New edition)
Mark Seaman
R1,076 Discovery Miles 10 760 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This unique book presents an accurate and reliable assessment of the Special Operations Executive (SOE). It brings together leading authors to examine the organization from a range of key angles. This study shows how historians have built on the first international conference on the SOE at the Imperial War Museum in 1998. The release of many records then allowed historians to develop the first authoritative analyses of the organization's activities and several of its agents and staff officers were able to participate. Since this groundbreaking conference, fresh research has continued and its original papers are here amended to take account of the full range of SOE documents that have been released to the National Archives. The fascinating stories they tell range from overviews of work in a single country to particular operations and the impact of key personalities. SOE was a remarkably innovative organization. It played a significant part in the Allied victory while its theories of clandestine warfare and specialised equipment had a major impact upon the post-war world. SOE proved that war need not be fought by conventional methods and by soldiers in uniform. The organization laid much of the groundwork for the development of irregular warfare that characterized the second half of the twentieth century and that is still here, more potent than ever, at the beginning of the twenty-first. This book will be of great interest to students of World War II history, intelligence studies and special operations, as well as general readers with an interest in SOE and World War II.

Is Europe Christian? (Hardcover): Olivier Roy Is Europe Christian? (Hardcover)
Olivier Roy; Translated by Cynthia Schoch 1
R421 R389 Discovery Miles 3 890 Save R32 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Are Europe's 'Christian values' under threat? Can religion be a pillar of identity and culture? What will be the fate of Christianity in Europe? In this short but bracing book, Olivier Roy traces the Church's long battle against a tide of secularization in Europe. Since the Enlightenment, religion has been losing ground as the source of moral norms. But while the question of truth was contested, Christian values continued to define law and social life in even the most secular and anti-clerical countries--until the 1960s. Ever since, the Church has been swept into a new war of values, reduced to struggling over abortion and same-sex marriage. Mired in scandal, the Church's authority is crumbling, while populist demands pave the way for the final secularization of religion as part of 'national culture'. From one of the most acute observers of our times, 'Is Europe Christian?' represents a persuasive and novel vision of religion's place today.

The Persecution of the Templars - Scandal, Torture, Trial (Paperback): Alain Demurger The Persecution of the Templars - Scandal, Torture, Trial (Paperback)
Alain Demurger; Translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan 1
R305 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R61 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The trial of the Knights Templar is one of the most infamous in history. Accused of heresy by the king of France, the Templars were arrested and imprisoned, had their goods seized and their monasteries ransacked. Under brutal interrogation and torture, many made shocking confessions: denial of Christ, desecration of the Cross, sex acts and more. This book follows the everyday reality of the trial, from the early days of scandal and scheming in 1305, via torture, imprisonment and the dissolution of the order, to 1314, when leaders Jacques de Molay and Geoffroy de Charnay were burned at the stake. Through first-hand testimony and written records of the interrogations of 231 French Templars, this book illuminates the stories of hundreds of ordinary members, some of whom testified at the trial, as well as the many others who denied the charges or retracted their confessions. A deeply researched and immersive account that gives a striking vision of the relentless persecution, and the oft-underestimated resistance, of the once-mighty Knights Templar.

The Cambridge Companion to The Communist Manifesto (Paperback): Terrell Carver, James Farr The Cambridge Companion to The Communist Manifesto (Paperback)
Terrell Carver, James Farr
R696 R548 Discovery Miles 5 480 Save R148 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Cambridge Companion to The Communist Manifesto covers the historical and biographical contexts and major contemporary interpretations of this classic text for understanding Marx and Engels, and for grasping Marxist political theory. The editors and contributors offer innovative accounts of the history of the text in relation to German revolutionaries, European socialism, and socialist political projects; rhetorical, dramaturgical, feminist and postcolonial readings of the text; and theoretical analyses in relation to political economy, political theory and major concepts of Marxism. The volume includes a fresh translation into English, by Terrell Carver, of the first edition (1848), and an exacting transcription of the rare earliest English translation (1850) by Helen Macfarlane.

Angela Merkel - A Chancellorship Forged in Crisis (Hardcover): Alan Crawford, Tony Czuczka Angela Merkel - A Chancellorship Forged in Crisis (Hardcover)
Alan Crawford, Tony Czuczka 1
R565 R417 Discovery Miles 4 170 Save R148 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Shortlisted for International Affairs Book of the Year in the Paddy Power Political Book Awards 2014 Angela Merkel was already unique when she became German chancellor: the first female leader of Europe s biggest economy, the first from former communist East Germany and the first born after World War II. Since 2010, the debt crisis that spread from Greece to the euro region and the world economy has propelled her to center-stage, making Merkel the dominant politician in the struggle to preserve Europe s economic model and its single currency. Yet the Protestant pastor s daughter is often viewed as enigmatic and hard-to-predict, a misreading that took hold as she resisted global pressure for grand gestures to counter the crisis. Having turned the fall of the Berlin Wall to her advantage, Merkel is trying to get history on her side again after reaching the fundamental decision to save the euro, the crowning achievement of post-war European unity. Merkel has brought Europe to a crossroads. Germany s economic might gives her unprecedented power to set the direction for the European Union s 500 million people. What s at stake is whether she will persuade them to follow the German lead. Angela Merkel: A Chancellorship Forged in Crisis is the definitive new biography of the world s most powerful woman. Delving into Merkel s past, the authors explain the motives behind her drive to remake Europe for the age of globalization, her economic role models and the experiences under communism that color her decisions. For the first time in English, Merkel is fully placed in her European context. Through exclusive interviews with leading policy makers and Merkel confidants, the book reveals the behind-the-scenes drama of the crisis that came to dominate her chancellorship, her prickly relationship with the U.S. and admiration for Eastern Europe. Written by two long-standing Merkel watchers, the book documents how her decisions and vision both works in progress are shaping a pivotal moment in European history.

Checkpoint Charlie - The Cold War, the Berlin Wall, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth (Hardcover): Iain MacGregor Checkpoint Charlie - The Cold War, the Berlin Wall, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth (Hardcover)
Iain MacGregor
R704 R555 Discovery Miles 5 550 Save R149 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Was Hitler Ill? - A Final Diagnosis (Hardcover): Henrik Eberle, Hans-Joachim Neumann Was Hitler Ill? - A Final Diagnosis (Hardcover)
Henrik Eberle, Hans-Joachim Neumann
R385 Discovery Miles 3 850 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Four months after the end of the war, Hitler's personal physician Theo Morell stated to his fellow prisoner Karl Brandt: "In fact, Hitler was never sick." Brandt, who had been responsible for the "euthanasia" killings and was thus deeply implicated in the crimes of the Nazi regime, disagreed. He claimed that Morell had "pumped the Fuhrer full of drugs" and was now merely attempting to justify his actions. In his opinion, Morell had turned Hitler into a physical wreck. The image of a decrepit and drug-dependent psychopath in the Reich Chancellery bunker is one of the most enduring myths about Hitler. It provides a simple explanation for his actions: who but a sick man could have ordered the killing of millions of people? Hans-Joachim Neumann and Henrik Eberle study this question and seek answers in the detailed notes and diaries left by Morell, in medical reports, pharmacological analyses and interviews with eye witnesses. Their conclusions are clear and definitive.

Tournaments - Jousts, Chivalry and Pageants in the Middle Ages (Paperback, New Ed): Richard Barber, Juliet Barker Tournaments - Jousts, Chivalry and Pageants in the Middle Ages (Paperback, New Ed)
Richard Barber, Juliet Barker
R593 R537 Discovery Miles 5 370 Save R56 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Will appeal to a wide audience. It is beautifully presented...the illustrations add further glory to a thorough historical analysis which is based on extensive research in Europe-wide sources... particularly useful in bringing to our attention lesser-known materials from the Iberian peninsula. The level of discussion, range and thoroughness of treatment and excellence of annotation make this a useful reference work for the academic historian too: it is hard to find any aspect of tournaments that is not covered."HISTORY The first serious study of tournaments throughout Europe reveals their importance - in the training of the medieval knight, the development of arms and armour, as an instrument of political patronage, and as a grand public spectacle.

Nostradamus - A Healer of Souls in the Renaissance (Paperback): Denis Crouzet Nostradamus - A Healer of Souls in the Renaissance (Paperback)
Denis Crouzet; Translated by Mark Greengrass
R529 Discovery Miles 5 290 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

One of the most enigmatic figures in history, Nostradamus apothecary, astrologer and soothsayer is a continual source of fascination. Indeed, his predictions are so much the stock-in-trade of the wildest merchants of imminent Doom that one could be forgiven for ignoring the fact that Michel de Nostredame, 1503-1566, was a figure firmly rooted in the society of the French Renaissance. In this bold new account of the life and work of Nostradamus, Denis Crouzet shows that any attempt to interpret his Prophecies at face value is misguided. Nostradamus was not trying to predict the future. He saw himself, rather, as 'prophesying', i.e. bringing the Word of God to humankind. In a century marked by the extreme violence of the Wars of Religion, Nostradamus' profound Christian faith placed him among the 'evangelicals' of his generation. Rejecting the confessional tensions tearing Europe apart, he sought to coax his readers towards an interiorised piety, based on the essential presence of Christ. Like Rabelais, for whom laughter was a therapy to help one cope with the misery of the times, Nostradamus saw himself as a physician of the soul as much as of the body. His unveiling of the menacing and horrendous events which await us in the future was a way of frightening his readers into the realisation that inner hatred was truly the greatest peril of all, to which the sole remedy was to live in the love and peace of Christ. This inspired interpretation penetrates the imaginative world of Nostradamus, a man whose life is as mysterious as his writings. It shows him in a completely new dimension, securing for him a significant place among the major thinkers of the Renaissance.

Radio and the Politics of Sound in Interwar France, 1921-1939 (Hardcover): Rebecca P. Scales Radio and the Politics of Sound in Interwar France, 1921-1939 (Hardcover)
Rebecca P. Scales
R1,920 R1,786 Discovery Miles 17 860 Save R134 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In December 1921, France broadcast its first public radio program from a transmitter on the Eiffel Tower. In the decade that followed, radio evolved into a mass media capable of reaching millions. Crowds flocked to loudspeakers on city streets to listen to propaganda, children clustered around classroom radios, and families tuned in from their living rooms. Radio and the Politics of Sound in Interwar France, 1921-1939 examines the impact of this auditory culture on French society and politics, revealing how broadcasting became a new platform for political engagement, transforming the act of listening into an important, if highly contested, practice of citizenship. Rejecting models of broadcasting as the weapon of totalitarian regimes or a tool for forging democracy from above, the book offers a more nuanced picture of the politics of radio by uncovering competing interpretations of listening and diverse uses of broadcast sound that flourished between the world wars.

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