Invasion

Author: S.J.A. Turney

Publisher: Canelo

ISBN: 1911420615

Category: Fiction

Page: 350

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For the glory of Empire! At the Empire’s northern edge lies Alba: strange, savage, unconquerable. Twenty years ago this rain-sodden island defeated a huge Imperial army. Now the Empire returns. Disgraced generals are looking for vengeance. Their forces are accompanied by three promising Tribunes: warlike Bellacon, intelligent Convocus and the joker in the pack, Cantex. As the armies journey into the interior, it becomes clear all is not as it seems. Beyond the realms of the Emperor, treachery is never far away. The invasion will be harder than anyone could have imagined. Can the Tribunes triumph against the odds? Or is this the very limit of Empire...? The explosive and unputdownable new volume in the Tales of the Empire series for readers of Simon Scarrow, Conn Iggulden and George R.R. Martin. The Tales of the Empire series Interregnum Ironroot Dark Empress Insurgency Invasion

Tales from the Clockwork Empire

Author: Ian Duerden

Publisher: Markosia Enterprises Ltd

ISBN: 1620981440

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 124

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Two mighty Clockwork Empires are fighting for domination of the planet. Beneath the waves of the English Channel armadas of clockwork submersibles are massing for invasion, while above Imperial Russia’s newly invented AirKites fight for supremacy of the skies. But in their search for more ingenious and deadly devices these empires have awoken an ancient Clockwork Civilization… A clock, stilled 3000 years ago, has begun ticking again… This is the Age of the Clockwork Empires and in 1803 this is how it began…

Books that Changed the World

The 50 Most Influential Books in Human History

Author: Andrew Taylor

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1849165610

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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Books that Changed the World tells the fascinating stories behind 50 books that, in ways great and small, have changed the course of human history. Andrew Taylor sets each text in its historical context and explores its wider influence and legacy. Whether he's discussing the incandescent effect of The Qu'ran, the enduring influence of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, of the way in which Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe glavanized the anti-slavery movement, Taylor has written a stirring and informative testament to human ingenuity and endeavour. Ranging from The Iliad to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the Kama Sutra to Lady Chatterley's Lover, this is the ultimate, thought-provoking read for book-lovers everywhere.

The Aztecs, the Conquistadors, and the Making of Mexican Culture

Author: Peter O. Koch

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476621063

Category: History

Page: 283

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Tracing events from the discovery of the New World through the fall of the Aztec empire in 1521, this book discusses the battles between the Spanish explorers and the Aztecs—battles that culminated in the ruin of a civilization. The first half of the work alternates between Aztec and Spanish history, discussing events and motivations on each side as the two cultures expanded toward one another on their way to inevitable conflict. Placing special emphasis on Aztec mythology and religious beliefs, the author explains how the Spanish exploited the Aztecs’ own cultural practices to insure the success of their invasion. The gold-and-glory engines driving the Spanish Crown and the actions of contemporary Spanish explorers such as Juan Ponce de León and Francisco Cordoba are examined. The concluding chapters give a thorough account of the struggle between Hernán Cortés and the Aztec ruler Montezuma, including the role of other indigenous tribes in the eventual downfall of the empire. The final chapter details the siege of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, and summarizes the ultimate destruction of the Aztec civilization.

Empire of Enchantment

The Story of Indian Magic

Author: John Zubrzycki

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0190914394

Category: History

Page: 288

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India's association with magicians goes back thousands of years. Conjurors and illusionists dazzled the courts of Hindu maharajas and Mughal emperors. As British dominion spread over the subcontinent, such wonder-workers became synonymous with India. Western magicians appropriated Indian attire, tricks and stage names; switching their turbans for top hats, Indian jugglers fought back and earned their grudging respect. This book tells the extraordinary story of how Indian magic descended from the realm of the gods to become part of daily ritual and popular entertainment across the globe. Recounting tales of levitating Brahmins, resurrections, prophesying monkeys and "the most famous trick never performed," Empire of Enchantment vividly charts Indian magic's epic journey from street to the stage. This heavily illustrated book tells the extraordinary, untold story of how Indian magic descended from the realm of the gods to become part of daily ritual and popular entertainment across the globe. Drawing on ancient religious texts, early travelers' accounts, colonial records, modern visual sources, and magicians' own testimony, Empire of Enchantment is a vibrant narrative of India's magical traditions, from Vedic times to the present day.

Dark Empress

Author: S.J.A. Turney

Publisher: Canelo

ISBN: 191085980X

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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When stranded on the fringe of a crumbling Empire, how do you defend what really matters? The nomads of the southern deserts have a saying: “When something is broken it should never be discarded. So long as the pieces remains, the whole can be remade.” A time of trials, war and terror is coming to the desert city of M’Dahz, the Empire’s southernmost outpost. As Imperial power falters, then withdraws, the population lives in constant fear of invasion by vicious Pelasian satraps. Meanwhile, brothers Samir and Ghassan, and their childhood friend Asima, are about to discover that while people can change the world, the world can also change people. They must follow separate paths – as courtesan, naval officer, and pirate – yet their destinies are forever intertwined. Nothing is ever as it seems in this distant corner of the Empire, and a world of unexpected alliances, dangerous jealousies and deepest betrayals awaits them... The third book in S.J.A. Turney’s Tales of the Empire series, Dark Empress is a heart-stopping journey by land and sea through a world of deception, scheming, and surprising valour. Reminiscent of C. S. Forester, Simon Scarrow, and Conn Iggulden, this is historical fantasy at its most readable, its enlightening and exciting best.

Chivalric Stories as ChildrenÕs Literature

Edwardian Retellings in Words and Pictures

Author: Velma Bourgeois Richmond

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786496223

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 384

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"Strongly interdisciplinary and informed by deep scholarship, this well-written work has value for the history of education, European history, literature, folklore, and children's literature studies...highly recommended"--Choice “A rich bibliographic resource that will be valued by scholars of children’s literature and medievalism”—Speculum “Useful information...valuable”—Arthuriana “Richmond’s study is thorough and her descriptions are rich in detail...valuable”—Children's Literature Association Quarterly Knights and ladies, giants and dragons, tournaments, battles, quests and crusades are commonplace in stories for children. This book examines how late Victorians and Edwardians retold medieval narratives of chivalry--epics, romances, sagas, legends and ballads. Stories of Beowulf, Arthur, Gawain, St. George, Roland, Robin Hood and many more thrilled and instructed children, and encouraged adult reading. Lavish volumes and schoolbooks of the era featured illustrated texts, many by major artists. Children's books, an essential part of Edwardian publishing, were disseminated throughout the English-speaking world. Many are being reprinted today. This book examines related contexts of Medievalism expressed in painting, architecture, music and public celebrations, and the works of major authors, including Sir Walter Scott, Tennyson, Longfellow and William Morris. The book explores national identity expressed through literature, ideals of honor and valor in the years before World War I, and how childhood reading influenced 20th-century writers as diverse as C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Siegfried Sassoon, David Jones, Graham Greene, Ian Fleming and John Le Carre.

Celtic Mythology

Tales of Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes

Author: Philip Freeman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190460474

Category: Mythology, Celtic

Page: 304

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Most people have heard of the Celts--the elusive, ancient tribal people who resided in present-day England, Ireland, Scotland and France. Paradoxically characterized as both barbaric and innocent, the Celts appeal to the modern world as a symbol of a bygone era, a world destroyed by the ambition of empire and the spread of Christianity throughout Western Europe. Despite the pervasive cultural and literary influence of the Celts, shockingly little is known of their way of life and beliefs, because very few records of their stories exist. In this book, for the first time, Philip Freeman brings together the best stories of Celtic mythology. Everyone today knows about the gods and heroes of the ancient Greeks, such as Zeus, Hera, and Hercules, but how many people have heard of the Gaulish god Lugus or the magical Welsh queen Rhiannon or the great Irish warrior Cu Chulainn? We still thrill to the story of the Trojan War, but the epic battles of the Irish Tain Bo Cuailgne are known only to a few. And yet those who have read the stories of Celtic myth and legend-among them writers like J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis-have been deeply moved and influenced by these amazing tales, for there is nothing in the world quite like them. In these stories a mysterious and invisible realm of gods and spirits exists alongside and sometimes crosses over into our own human world; fierce women warriors battle with kings and heroes, and even the rules of time and space can be suspended. Captured in vivid prose these shadowy figures-gods, goddesses, and heroes-come to life for the modern reader. "

Empire of Ivory (The Temeraire Series, Book 4)

Author: Naomi Novik

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007318588

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Naomi Novik’s stunning series of novels follow the adventures of Cpt Laurence and his dragon Temeraire as they travel from the shores of Britain to China and Africa.

The Bookseller

A Newspaper of British and Foreign Literature

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Bibliography

Page: N.A

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The Irish Empire

The Story of Niall of the Nine Hostages

Author: Clayton N. Donoghue

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1460258517

Category: History

Page: 208

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Beginning in the late fourth century ad, a rich tapestry of tales was woven, telling of a rakish, handsome king who raised an empire and conquered the hearts of countless women. But over the warp and weft of passing centuries, the threads became worn, fraying the distinction between legend and history. But the questions endured: Who was Niall of the Nine Hostages? Was he real, or just another larger-than-life mythological figure? Did he truly establish an Irish Empire? Intrigued by these questions—and compelled by credible scientific evidence that millions of Irish around the world are genetically linked to this Irish king—author Clayton N. Donoghue set out to verify just how many of the numerous legends were true. He soon discovered through official records that Ireland was indeed ruled by a young, dynamic, innovative and ambitious king who brought the country to a greatness previously unheard of. And yet the empire’s existence was ephemeral and its memory was obscured. The most incredible story in Irish history.

The American Imperial Gothic

Popular Culture, Empire, Violence

Author: Dr Johan Höglund

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472406478

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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The imagination of the early twenty-first century is catastrophic, with Hollywood blockbusters, novels, computer games, popular music, art and even political speeches all depicting a world consumed by vampires, zombies, meteors, aliens from outer space, disease, crazed terrorists and mad scientists. These frequently gothic descriptions of the apocalypse not only commodify fear itself; they articulate and even help produce imperialism. Building on, and often retelling, the British ‘imperial gothic’ of the late nineteenth century, the American imperial gothic is obsessed with race, gender, degeneration and invasion, with the destruction of society, the collapse of modernity and the disintegration of capitalism. Drawing on a rich array of texts from a long history of the gothic, this book contends that the doom faced by the world in popular culture is related to the current global instability, renegotiation of worldwide power and the American bid for hegemony that goes back to the beginning of the Republic and which have given shape to the first decade of the millennium. From the frontier gothic of Charles Brockden Brown's Edgar Huntly to the apocalyptic torture porn of Eli Roth's Hostel, the American imperial gothic dramatises the desires and anxieties of empire. Revealing the ways in which images of destruction and social upheaval both query the violence with which the US has asserted itself locally and globally, and feed the longing for stable imperial structures, this book will be of interest to scholars and students of popular culture, cultural and media studies, literary and visual studies and sociology.

The Outline of History

Prehistory to the Roman Republic

Author: H. G. Wells,J. F. Horrabin,William Ross

Publisher: Barnes & Noble Publishing

ISBN: 9780760758663

Category: History

Page: 528

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Coming right after the carnage of World War I, this title was neither unduly pessimistic and cynical about the human condition nor Pollyannaish about humanity's future. Instead, it offered an account of the development of the world's civilizations up to the present, showing that an enlightened future depended on an unprejudiced view of the past.

Tales from a Revolution

Bacon's Rebellion and the Transformation of Early America

Author: James D. Rice

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195386949

Category: History

Page: 280

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In the spring of 1676, Nathaniel Bacon, a hotheaded young newcomer to Virginia, led a revolt against the colony's Indian policies. Bacon's Rebellion turned into a civil war within Virginia--and a war of extermination against the colony's Indian allies--that lasted into the following winter, sending shock waves throughout the British colonies and into England itself. James Rice offers a colorfully detailed account of the rebellion, revealing how Piscataways, English planters, slave traders, Susquehannocks, colonial officials, plunderers and intriguers were all pulled into an escalating conflict whose outcome, month by month, remained uncertain. In Rice's rich narrative, the lead characters come to life: the powerful, charismatic Governor Berkeley, the sorrowful Susquehannock warrior Monges, the wiley Indian trader and tobacco planter William Byrd, the regal Pamunkey chieftain Cockacoeske, and the rebel leader himself, Nathaniel Bacon. The dark, slender Bacon, born into a prominent family, soon earned a reputation in America as imperious, ambitious, and arrogant. But the colonial leaders did not foresee how rash and headstrong Nathaniel Bacon could be, nor how adept he would prove to be at both inciting colonists and alienating Indians. As the tense drama unfolds, it becomes apparent that the struggle between Governor Berkeley and the impetuous Bacon is nothing less than a battle over the soul of America. Bacon died in the midst of the uprising and Governor Berkeley shortly afterwards, but the profoundly important issues at the heart of the rebellion took another generation to resolve. The late seventeenth century was a pivotal moment in American history, full of upheavals and far-flung conspiracies. Tales From a Revolution brilliantly captures the swirling rumors and central events of Bacon's Rebellion and its aftermath, weaving them into a dramatic tale that is part of the founding story of America.