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Fanny von Arnstein: Daughter of the Enlightenment

Author : ,

ISBN10 : 1939931029

Publisher : New Vessel Press

Number of Pages : 347

Category : Biography & Autobiography

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Book Summary: Berlin-born Fanny von Arnstein married a financier to the Austro-Hungarian imperial court, and in 1798 her husband became the first unconverted Jew in Austria to be granted the title of baron. Soon Fanny hosted an ever more splendid salon which attracted the leading figures of her day, including Madame de Staël and Arthur Schopenhauer. Hilde Spiel's biography provides a vivid portrait of a brave and passionate woman, illuminating a central era in European cultural and social history. "Von Arnstein represents one of the most fascinating and paradoxical eras in modern Jewish history ... For an American Jewish reader, Fanny von Arnstein is fascinating above all as a cautionary tale — and a reminder of our luck at having avoided the excruciating choices that Fanny, and so many Jews like her, had to face." - Adam Kirsch, Tablet Magazine “This book is indispensable for those interested in the history of culture, the role of women, and the transition of the Jewish community out of the ghetto toward the center of European life.” - Leon Botstein, President of Bard College, author of Judentum und Modernität and co-editor of Vienna: Jews and the City of Music “In capturing the fascination of Fanny von Arnstein and her times, Hilde Spiel provides both a finely drawn portrait of a defining figure of her era, but also of the times themselves.” - John Kornblum, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany

Historic Figures of the Arthurian Era

Author : Frank D. Reno

ISBN10 : 0786492201

Publisher : McFarland

Number of Pages : 358

Category : History

Viewed : 787


Book Summary: The author has determined in an earlier McFarland book (The Historic King Arthur, 1996, paperback 2007) that there was not a historic King Arthur during the sixth century. However, as listed in The Historia Brittonum, there was a “great king of all the kings of Britain” named Ambrosius Aurelianus who was conflated with a heroic Arthur of the second century, and hence with the legendary King Arthur. To further authenticate the Celtic/Romano “King Arthur,”—that is, Ambrosius—the author here examines seven major historical figures of the period A.D. 383–500 based upon the Genealogical Preface of The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and the emendation of dates in that chronicle. Those seven allies and adversaries are Vortigern, Vortimer, Vitalinus, Cunedda, Cerdic, Octha, and Mordred. Through an extensive analysis of Arthur’s 12 battles listed in the Historia Brittonum, this work explores both the influences of the High King’s allies, and the shifting allegiances of his enemies. A battle list provides possible geographic locations for each of the battles, including a new site for Arthur’s fateful battle at Camlann.

Wars of the Irish Kings

Author : David W. McCullough

ISBN10 : 0307434737

Publisher : Crown

Number of Pages : 384

Category : History

Viewed : 1787


Book Summary: For the first thousand years of its history, Ireland was shaped by its monasteries and its wars. The artistic flourishing of the monasteries has received a good deal of attention, but the violent and varied wars have in recent years gone unremembered. In Wars of the Irish Kings, David Willis McCullough has turned back to the earliest accounts of these struggles to present a rich tapestry of Ireland's fight for its identity. Beginning with the legends of ancient wars and warriors, moving through a time when history and storytelling were not separate crafts, into a time when history was as much propaganda as fact, Wars of the Irish Kings tells of tribal battles, foreign invasions, Viking raids, family feuds, wars between rival Irish kingdoms, and wars of rebellion against the English. This collection is peopled with familiar names: Cuchulain, Finn MacCool, Brian Boru, Mad King Sweeney, Strongbow, Edward and Robert Bruce, Queen Elizabeth I and Lord Essex, Hugh O'Donnell, and Hugh O'Neill. Battles formed the legends and history of the land: the Da Dannan meet the Fir Bolgs near Sligo, Brian Boru faces the Vikings at Clontarf in Dublin Bay, High King Rory O'Connor confronts the English invaders near Waterford, O'Briens battle the English (and other O'Briens) at Dysert O'Dea near Limerick, guns are carried for the first time in battle at Knockdoe near Galway, the Bruces from Scotland and their Irish allies overwhelm the English at Connor in Ulster, and Hugh O'Neill ambushes General Bagenal near Armagh. The book ends near Cork in 1601 when the English defeat O'Neill and his Spanish allies at Kinsale. Common people as well as kings appear in these pages. A foot soldier in the early days of gunpowder accidentally sets off a disastrous explosion, a harper's disembodied head is sent by error to the king of England, who displays it as that of the king of Ireland, and a Welsh camp follower named Alice is given the job of executing Irish captives during the English invasion. The sources for these stories and many more range from ancient manuscripts telling of mythical battles to a seventeenth-century siege diary. There are excerpts from such Irish literary masterpieces as The Cattle Raid of Cooley (The Tain), the monumental Annals of the Four Masters, passages from Gerald of Wales's account of the English conquest in the twelfth century, pages from an Icelandic saga, and even a blistering letter from Queen Elizabeth I to her inept commander in Ireland ("You do but piece up a hollow peace . . . "). The result is a surprisingly immediate and stunning portrait of an all-but-forgotten time that forged the Ireland to come.

Daughter of the White Rose

Author : Diane Zahler

ISBN10 : 0823448975

Publisher : Holiday House

Number of Pages : 256

Category : Juvenile Fiction

Viewed : 1885


Book Summary: Can a common girl save a prince trapped in the Tower of London? April. England. 1483. The king is dead. Long live the king. Nell Gould is the daughter of the royal butcher, a commoner, but she has been raised as the playmate of King Edward and Queen Elizabeth's royal children: Princess Cecily, Princess Bess, Prince Dickon, and Prince Ned, heir apparent and Nell's best and closest friend. They think alike, her and Ned, preferring books and jousts to finery and gossip and the sparkle of the court. But when King Edward dies, Prince Ned is imprisoned in the Tower of London by his scheming uncle, the evil Richard III--and Nell with him. Can they escape? Is Nell the key? Based on the real royal scandal of the Princes in the Tower, Daughter of the White Rose covers a shocking episode in medieval history that has captured the imagination for 530 years. A story of murder, betrayal, resilience, and growing up, this girl-led medieval middle-grade novel will make a perfect companion to Catherine, Called Birdy and The Mad Wolf's Daughter. A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection!

Daughters of the Ark

Author : Anna Morgan

ISBN10 : 1926739159

Publisher : Second Story Press

Number of Pages : 200

Category : Juvenile Fiction

Viewed : 1160


Book Summary: An adventure story based on true events, real characters and legends. This historical-fiction novel features two girls, separated in time by thousands of years, who are forced to leave their homes and make a dangerous journey to an unknown land. The story starts with Aleesha in 961 BCE as she and her family, descendants from the House of Israel, are sent from Jerusalem to join the Queen of Sheba in Ethiopia. Aleesha's story is connected to that of Debritu's, her distant descendant, by the tale of an emerald stolen from the ancient Holy Ark in King Solomon's Temple and brought to Ethiopia. Passed on from generation to generation the precious stone comes under the care of Debritu. Debritu's story takes place in 1984, as she journeys with her two brothers through the treacherous mountains of Ethiopia and the deserts of the Sudan. They must deal with bandits and famine before they reach Jerusalem, their new as well as ancestral home. Daughters of the Ark weaves these tales together to create a suspenseful and meaningful novel.

Silver Aegis: Book Two of the Tellus Chronicles

Author : Stephen Mark Pantoja

ISBN10 : 1387266063

Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc

Number of Pages : N.A

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 587


Book Summary: The Dust Men are no more. After defeating the Hellmongers, the Heroes of the Heap find themselves scattered to the farthest corners of Tellus. Crullak endures numerous trials for his nobility, Omar chases a legendary city, Skullgrin and Box try to change the future of the Gloam, Alaurel walks with the druids while hiding a secret, and Mik attempts to catch lightning in a bottle again. However, fate intervenes and brings ghosts from the past, unsettled debts, and new enemies with old faces to the fore, all seeking to kill the famed adventurers once and for all.

The Daughters of Danu

Author : Piet Ceanadach

ISBN10 : 1846949963

Publisher : John Hunt Publishing

Number of Pages : 156

Category : Body, Mind & Spirit

Viewed : 1130


Book Summary: The daughters of Danu has been written to encourage people regardless of where they are on their chosen path, to excite and encourage the reader to deepen their knowledge by inwardly asking themselves such questions as; Who are these magical characters, and what do they represent?

THEODORE ROOSEVELT Premium Collection: History Books, Biographies, Memoirs, Essays, Speeches & Executive Orders

Author : Theodore Roosevelt,Henry Cabot Lodge

ISBN10 : 8027241693

Publisher : e-artnow

Number of Pages : 3954

Category : Literary Collections

Viewed : 628


Book Summary: Musaicum Books presents you the great literary legacy of the president Theodore Roosevelt with this collection. He had a wide range of interests which can be seen in his work. Roosevelt had shown a great deal of talent in different literary genres, such as history, biography, nature and guide books. In addition, trough his memoirs, his personal and presidential writings you will discover surprising adventurous life the former president, as well as details of his presidential actions and truth behind certain decisions. Contents: Autobiography The Naval War of 1812 Hero Tales from American History The Winning of the West Through the Brazilian Wilderness Letters to His Children The Rough Riders A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open Hunting The Grisly And Other Sketches America and the World War Average Americans The Strenuous Life Expansion and Peace Fellow-Feeling as Political Factor Character & Success History as Literature Biological Analogies in History The World Movement The Thraldom of Names Productive Scholarship Dante and the Bowery The Foundations of the Nineteenth Century The Search for Truth in a Reverent Spirit The Ancient Irish Sagas An Art Exhibition The Duties of American Citizenship Professionalism in Sports Practical Work in Politics Resignation Letter Colonel Roosevelt's Reports Strength & Decency The Square Deal Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech The Man With the Muck Rake Sons of the Puritans Where We Can Work With Socialists Where We Cannot Work With Socialists Citizenship in a Republic (the Man in the Arena) International Peace The New Nationalism Duty & Self-control The Right of the People to Rule I Have Just Been Shot Address to the Boys Progressive League Address to the Knights of Columbus

Daughter of the King

Author : Sandra Lansky,William Stadiem

ISBN10 : 1602862168

Publisher : Weinstein Books

Number of Pages : 264

Category : Biography & Autobiography

Viewed : 700


Book Summary: Sandi Lansky Lombardo grew up the only daughter of mob boss Meyer Lansky. Raised in upper-class Jewish splendor, first at the Majestic Hotel and then at the Beresford, at finishing schools and fancy stables, Sandi was the wild child of the late 40's, the 50's, and the early 60's. She was the Paris Hilton of her day, partying till dawn at El Morocco and the Stork Club, dating the biggest celebrities of the era. Her life was not without heartbreak and tragedy, including the insanity of her mother, and the crippling handicap of her baby brother – not to mention his drug addiction. Sandi was privy to her father's secrets as well as his unexpected tenderness. She always stuck closely to the strict code of omerta. In Daughter of the King, Sandi teams up with Nick Pileggi (author of the seminal Wise Guy, perhaps the best-selling mob book ever) and multiple time New York Times Bestselling writer Bill Stadiem. Nick has made a career in books and films chronicling the mob, and Bill has emerged as a master of recreating the glamour and romance of the golden era of American culture with bestsellers like Mr. S and George Hamilton's Don't Mind if I Do.

Viking Kings of Britain and Ireland

Author : Clare Downham

ISBN10 : 1906716757

Publisher : Dunedin Academic Press Ltd

Number of Pages : 358

Category : History

Viewed : 1583


Book Summary: Vikings plagued the coasts of Ireland and Britain in the 790s. By the mid-ninth century vikings had established a number of settlements in Ireland and Britain and had become heavily involved with local politics. A particularly successful viking leader named Ivarr campaigned on both sides of the Irish Sea in the 860s. His descendants dominated the major seaports of Ireland and challenged the power of kings in Britain during the later ninth and tenth centuries. This book provides a political analysis of the deeds of Ivarr's family from their first appearance in Insular records down to the year 1014. Such an account is necessary in light of the flurry of new work that has been done in other areas of Viking Studies. In line with these developments Clare Downham provides a reconsideration of events based on contemporary written accounts.

The Heritage of Remgeldon

Author : Florence Joanne Reid

ISBN10 : 1984521667

Publisher : Xlibris Corporation

Number of Pages : 406

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1663


Book Summary: Zandrax had found himself a cave to hide in, safe from dragon detection where he can practice his new magicmagic that dragons cannot detect. What does he plan on doing with it? Only the Gods know. Charidan is the High King; his father is dead. His entire mission in life is to place castles in the new lands that are opening up and seeing that kings are placed in them. Since he is busy in the Holy of Holies atop the Pelingre castle roof, he brings in his son, Bragan, to rule the kingdom. Bragan finds a unique way to control the noisy crowds that must see him to settle disputes and anything else that comes up. No matter where problems creep up, his three unclesDarton, Waldon, and Jovianalong with Adric and Leander, always turn up for him to settle it. Dragonriders are still being killed by hired assassins, hired by Zandrax. Drastic measures must be used to get rid of those assassins. However, it is important to get the twenty-two carefully selected overkings and queens in place in the new kingdoms. And they need colonists, and it has to be done without assassins. This is the new heritage of all the people in the Lands of Remgeldon. Zandrax has to be defeated. How? Can Lord Dariuss twins do it? And what will be the drastic results?

Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf

Author : Sean Duffy

ISBN10 : 0717157768

Publisher : Gill & Macmillan Ltd

Number of Pages : 256

Category : History

Viewed : 1548


Book Summary: Brian Boru is the most famous Irish person before the modern era, whose death at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 is one of the few events in the whole of Ireland’s medieval history to retain a place in the popular imagination. Once, we were told that Brian, the great Christian king, gave his life in a battle on Good Friday against pagan Viking enemies whose defeat banished them from Ireland forever. More recent interpretations of the Battle of Clontarf have played down the role of the Vikings and portrayed it as merely the final act in a rebellion against Brian, the king of Munster, by his enemies in Leinster and Dublin. This book proposes a far-reaching reassessment of Brian Boru and Clontarf. By examining Brian’s family history and tracing his career from its earliest days, it uncovers the origins of Brian’s greatness and explains precisely how he changed Irish political life forever. Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf offers a new interpretation of the role of the Vikings in Irish affairs and explains how Brian emerged from obscurity to attain the high-kingship of Ireland because of his exploitation of the Viking presence. And it concludes that Clontarf was deemed a triumph, despite Brian’s death, because of what he averted – a major new Viking offensive in Ireland – on that fateful day.

Daughter of Regals & Other Tales

Author : Stephen R. Donaldson

ISBN10 : 1101625120

Publisher : Penguin

Number of Pages : 384

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 338


Book Summary: A short story collection from the New York Times bestselling author—available in trade paperback for the first time. “Donaldson proves that he is as adept at the short story as he is at the novel" (Denver Rocky Mountain News), in this superb collection. The famous outtake from The Illearth War, “Gilden-Fire,” headlines eight tales of mystics and unicorns, angels and kings—all written with the dazzling style and imagination that have made Stephen R. Donaldson one of the top fantasists of the day.

God's Plan of the Ages Volume 4: King Ahaz to Messiah

Author : Paul A. Lindberg

ISBN10 : 1632326841

Publisher : Redemption Press

Number of Pages : N.A

Category : Religion

Viewed : 1018


Book Summary: Many have tried to tell Bible stories as historical fiction. But I have attempted to tell the entire story of the universe, starting with the Bible and integrating history and chronology, legend, and ancient Talmudic tradition, along with a good deal of speculation. My story begins before time, and continues past the ages of time into eternity. It is an adult work, for some of mankind's descent into depravity cannot be sanitized. But it is also a fun work, as I bounce around from our perspective up to the heavenly realms and even down into hell itself. My purpose was not just to tell the story, but also to teach wisdom and to clarify the nature and character of God. I trust each reader will grow in relationship to the God of infinite love, as I have grown in the writing. Volume Four begins with the Kingdom of Judah sinking into idolatry under young King Ahaz, son of good King Jotham, who was blind to his son's idolatry. It carries the story clear through the Assyrian conquest of northern Israel, the Babylonian conquest of Judah, the Persian Empire, the Macedonian Greek Empire, the Maccabees, and the Roman Empire, ending just before the coming of Messiah to Earth.

Daughter-in-law of the Marquis Family

Author : Huai Xi

ISBN10 : 1648148840

Publisher : Funstory

Number of Pages : N.A

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1267


Book Summary: When everyone no longer believed in her, she could only treat fierce personality as armor to protect herself, but was this really what she wanted? Her family forced her to marry her brother-in-law so that she could take care of the children her sister left since her sister died of childbirth. Despite the disappointment of her marriage, she devoted herself to take care of the children because of thinking about her sister. Unexpectedly, Someone had secretly killed two children and framed her, and what makes her desperate is that both her parents and her husband, who lived with her all day, did not want to believe her. She vowed to find out who had framed her! But as helpless as she was, she doomed to become cruel to survive. What she did not expect was that the husband, who looked frail, should be ten million times more vicious than her. ☆About the Author☆ Huai Xi, a well-known online novelist, her novels are meticulous in plot, she has rich creative experience and excellent creative ability, and her novels are loved by many readers.

In Search of Alfred the Great

Author : Edoardo Albert,Katie Tucker

ISBN10 : 1445639068

Publisher : Amberley Publishing Limited

Number of Pages : 272

Category : History

Viewed : 1413


Book Summary: The fascinating story of one of England’s most famous monarchs, Alfred the Great, from his birth to the discovery of a piece of his pelvis in a cardboard box in a museum in Winchester

Heimskringla: The Chronicle of the Kings of Norway

Author : Snorri Sturluson

ISBN10 : 802689748X

Publisher : e-artnow

Number of Pages : 1683

Category : History

Viewed : 550


Book Summary: Heimskringla is a collection of sagas about the Norwegian kings, beginning with the saga of the legendary Swedish dynasty of the Ynglings, followed by accounts of historical Norwegian rulers from Harald Fairhair of the 9th century up to the death of the pretender Eystein Meyla in 1177. Contents: Kings' Sagas Ynglinga Saga Halfdan the Black Saga Harald Harfager's Saga Hakon the Good's Saga Saga of King Harald Grafeld and of Earl Hakon Son of Sigurd King Olaf Trygvason's Saga Saga of Olaf Haraldson (St. Olaf) Saga of Magnus the Good Saga of Harald Hardrade Saga of Olaf Kyrre Magnus Barefoot's Saga Saga of Sigurd the Crusader and His Brothers Eystein and Olaf Saga of Magnus the Blind and of Harald Gille Saga of Sigurd, Inge, and Eystein, the Sons of Harald Saga of Hakon Herdebreid Magnus Erlingson's Saga

Narratives of the Islamic Conquest from Medieval Spain

Author : Geraldine Hazbun

ISBN10 : 1137514108

Publisher : Springer

Number of Pages : 225

Category : Literary Criticism

Viewed : 1806


Book Summary: Exploring medieval literary representations of the Islamic conquest of Spain in 711, Hazbun discusses chronicles, epic and clerical poetry, and early historical novels. While material on the conquest of Spain is substantial, it is understudied and this book works to fill that gap.