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Rome: A History in Seven Sackings
by Matthew Kneale

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English

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433

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<b>“This magnificent love letter to Rome” (Stephen Greenblatt) tells the story of the Eternal City through pivotal moments that defined its history—from the early Roman Republic through the Renaissance and the Reformation to the German occupation in World War Two—“an erudite history that reads like a page-turner” (Maria Semple). </b><br /><br />Rome, the Eternal City. It is a hugely popular tourist destination with a rich history, famed for such sites as the Colosseum, the Forum, the Pantheon, St. Peter’s, and the Vatican. In no other city is history as present as it is in Rome. Today visitors can stand on bridges that Julius Caesar and Cicero crossed; walk around temples in the footsteps of emperors; visit churches from the earliest days of Christianity.<br /> <br />This is all the more remarkable considering what the city has endured over the centuries. It has been ravaged by fires, floods, earthquakes, and—most of all—by roving armies. These have invaded repeatedly, from ancient times to as recently as 1943. Many times Romans have shrugged off catastrophe and remade their city anew.<br /> <br />“Matthew Kneale [is] one step ahead of most other Roman chroniclers” (<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>). He paints portraits of the city before seven pivotal assaults, describing what it looked like, felt like, smelled like and how Romans, both rich and poor, lived their everyday lives. He shows how the attacks transformed Rome—sometimes for the better. With drama and humor he brings to life the city of Augustus, of Michelangelo and Bernini, of Garibaldi and Mussolini, and of popes both saintly and very worldly. <i>Rome </i>is “exciting…gripping…a slow roller-coaster ride through the fortunes of a place deeply entangled in its past” (<i>The Wall Street Journal</i>).
God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World
by Cullen Murphy

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English

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325

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January 17, 2012

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<b>“From Torquemada to Guantánamo and beyond, Cullen Murphy finds the ‘inquisitorial impulse’ alive, and only too well, in our world” (Jane Mayer, author of <i>Dark Money</i>).</b><br />  <br /> Established by the Catholic Church in 1231, the Inquisition continued in one form or another for almost seven hundred years. Though associated with the persecution of heretics and Jews—and with burning at the stake—its targets were more numerous, its techniques were more ambitious, and its effect on history has been greater than many understand.<br />  <br /> The Inquisition pioneered surveillance, censorship, and “scientific” interrogation. As time went on, its methods and mindset spread far beyond the Church to become tools of secular persecution. Traveling from freshly opened Vatican archives to the detention camps of Guantánamo to the filing cabinets of the Third Reich, the author of <i>Are We Rome?</i> “masterfully traces the social, legal and political evolution of the Inquisition and the inquisitorial process from its origins in late medieval Christian France to its eerily familiar, secular cousin in the modern world” (<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i>).<br />  <br /> “<i>God’s Jury</i> is a reminder, and we need to be constantly reminded, that the most dangerous people in the world are the righteous, and when they wield real power, look out. . . . Murphy wears his erudition lightly, writes with quiet wit, and has a delightful way of seeing the past in the present.” —Mark Bowden, author of <i>Hue 1968</i><br />  <br /> “Beautifully written, very smart, and devilishly engaging.” —<i>The Boston Globe</i>
The Forgotten Tudor Women: Anne Seymour, Jane Dudley & Elisabeth ...
by Sylvia Barbara Soberton

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English

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307

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October 25, 2018

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Anne Seymour, Jane Dudley and Elisabeth Parr all have their own unique stories to tell. Born into the most turbulent period of England’s history, these women’s lives interplayed with the great dramas of the Tudor age, and their stories deserve to be told independently of their husbands. <br /><br />Anne Seymour served all of Henry VIII’s six wives and brushed with treason more than once, but she died in her bed as a wealthy old matriarch. Jane Dudley was a wife and mother who fought for her family until her last breath. Elisabeth Parr, sister-in-law of Queen Katherine Parr, married for love and became Elizabeth I’s favourite lady-in-waiting.<br /><br />The Tudor age was a hazardous time for ambitious women: courtly life exposed them to “pride, envy, indignation, scorning and derision”, executions were part of everyday life, death in childbirth was a real possibility and plagues sweeping regularly through the country could wipe out entire generations of families. Yet Anne, Jane and Elisabeth lived through all this and left their indelible marks on history. It’s high time for these women’s stories to be heard.
The Tudors: A Captivating Guide to the History of England from He...
by Captivating History

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September 10, 2018

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<h2>Explore the Captivating History of the Tudors</h2><br /><b>Free History <u>BONUS</u> Inside!</b><br /><br />Five Tudor monarchs sat on the throne of England and Ireland from 1485 to 1603. The family earned their royal rights through strategic planning and battlefield prowess, and kept them because of intellect, strength and sheer determination. The Tudors, one of England’s most powerful and famous royal dynasties, knitted together a fragmented and small island nation that became one of the world’s financial, colonial and technological superpowers. <br /><br />There is so much more to the story of these kings and queens than beheadings, political marriages and the reformation of the church – but those events remain some of the family’s most enthralling moments. <br /><br /><b>This captivating history book covers topics such as:</b><br /><ul><li>The Tudors of Wales</li><li>The Wars of the Roses</li><li>Catherine of Valois, Mother of the Tudor Dynasty</li><li>Margaret Beaufort, Second Tudor Matriarch</li><li>King Henry VII</li><li>Arthur Tudor</li><li>King Henry VIII</li><li>Margaret Tudor, Sister of Henry VIII</li><li>Mary Tudor, Queen of France</li><li>The Birth of the Church of England</li><li>King Henry VIII: Wives Two and Three</li><li>King Henry VIII: The Last Three Wives</li><li>King Edward VI</li><li>The Nine Days’ Queen, Jane Grey</li><li>Elizabeth Tudor</li><li>Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots</li><li>And much more!</li></ul><b>So if you want to learn more about the Tudors, click "buy now"!</b>
The Forgotten Tudor Women: Margaret Douglas, Mary Howard & Mary S...
by Sylvia Barbara Soberton

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English

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206

Publication Date

February 03, 2015

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Everyone knows that Henry VIII had six wives, two sisters and two daughters. All of these women received attention in academic circles and are the subjects of countless biographies. Not many people, however, realize that Henry VIII also had a niece, a daughter-in-law and a mistress, who were close friends, but who today remain on the fringes of history. <br /><br />Margaret Douglas was the daughter of Henry VIII’s elder sister Margaret, Queen of Scotland. She was imprisoned thrice, and each time, as she admitted, “not for matters of treason, but for love matters”. Her legacy includes marrying her son to Mary, Queen of Scots, and playing the doting grandmother to King James VI and I. <br /><br />Mary Howard was the daughter of Thomas Howard, third Duke of Norfolk, leading peer of the Tudor court. She served as maid of honour to her first cousin, Anne Boleyn, and married Henry VIII’s illegitimate but acknowledged son, Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond. Widowed at the age of seventeen, Mary fought for her rightful jointure and was, by her father’s admission, “too wise for a woman”. <br /><br />Mary Shelton, like Mary Howard, was related to Anne Boleyn and became her servant at court. Beautiful and skilled in poetry, Mary attracted Henry VIII’s attention and became his mistress in 1535, but many don’t realize how important her contributions were to the literary scene of the time. <br /><br />This book moves Margaret Douglas, Mary Howard and Mary Shelton from the footnotes of history into the spotlight, where they deserve to shine along with their more famous contemporaries.
The Guardian of Mercy: How an Extraordinary Painting by Caravaggi...
by Terence Ward

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English

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200

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February 09, 2016

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<b>A captivating study of Renaissance art imitating the life of the artist in “a rich tapestry that intricately weaves the story of an iconic painter” (<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i>).</b><br />  <br /> Now celebrated as one of the great painters of the Renaissance, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio fled Rome in 1606 to escape retribution for killing a man in a brawl. Three years later he was in Naples, where he painted his singular masterwork <i>The Seven Acts of Mercy</i>. A year later he died at the age of thirty-eight under mysterious circumstances.<br />  <br /> Here, Terence Ward offers an incredible narrative journey into the heart of Caravaggio’s artistry and his journey from fugitive to visionary.<br />  <br /> Ward’s guide in this journey is a contemporary artist whose own life was transformed by the painting—a simple man named Angelo who shows him where it still hangs in a small church in Naples and whose story helps him see its many layers.<br />  <br /> As Ward unfolds the structure of the painting, he explains each of the seven mercies and their influence on Caravaggio’s troubled life, which traversed the social strata of Naples from the lowest ranks of poverty to the gilded halls of aristocracy.<br />  <br /> Fusing elements of history, biography, memoir, travelogue, and journalism, this narrative of a life redeemed by art is “a refreshing look at a once-forgotten—but now much-celebrated—artistic genius” (<i>Kirkus</i><i>Reviews</i>).
Great Ladies: The Forgotten Witnesses to the Lives of Tudor Queen...
by Sylvia Barbara Soberton

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English

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296

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February 22, 2017

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There has been a great deal written about Tudor queens, but less so about those women who surrounded the throne, who may have held even more power and influence than those who actually wore the golden crown.<br /><br />Some ladies who served at the Tudor court are only faceless silhouettes lost to the sands of time, but there are those who dedicated their lives to please their royal mistresses and left documentation, allowing us to piece their life stories together and link them to the stories of Tudor queens. These female attendants saw their queens and princesses up close and often used their intimate bonds to their own benefit. Some were beloved, others hated. <br /><br />This is the story of the ladies of the Tudor court like you’ve never read it before.<br />
The Tudors: The Complete Story of England's Most Notorious Dynast...
by G. J. Meyer

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English

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658

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February 20, 2010

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • For the first time in decades comes a fresh look at the fabled Tudor dynasty, comprising some of the most enigmatic figures ever to rule a country.</b><br /><br /><b>“A thoroughly readable and often compelling narrative . . . Five centuries have not diminished the appetite for all things Tudor.”—Associated Press</b><br /><br />In 1485, young Henry Tudor, whose claim to the throne was so weak as to be almost laughable, crossed the English Channel from France at the head of a ragtag little army and took the crown from the family that had ruled England for almost four hundred years. Half a century later his son, Henry VIII, desperate to rid himself of his first wife in order to marry a second, launched a reign of terror aimed at taking powers no previous monarch had even dreamed of possessing. In the process he plunged his kingdom into generations of division and disorder, creating a legacy of blood and betrayal that would blight the lives of his children and the destiny of his country.<br /><br />The boy king Edward VI, a fervent believer in reforming the English church, died before bringing to fruition his dream of a second English Reformation. Mary I, the disgraced daughter of Catherine of Aragon, tried and failed to reestablish the Catholic Church and produce an heir. And finally came Elizabeth I, who devoted her life to creating an image of herself as Gloriana the Virgin Queen but, behind that mask, sacrificed all chance of personal happiness in order to survive. <br /><br /><i>The Tudors</i> weaves together all the sinners and saints, the tragedies and triumphs, the high dreams and dark crimes, that reveal the Tudor era to be, in its enthralling, notorious truth, as momentous and as fascinating as the fictions audiences have come to love.<br /><br /><b>BONUS: This edition contains a <i>The Tudors </i>discussion guide.</b><br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>The Tudors</i></b><br /><br />“A rich and vibrant tapestry.”<b>—<i>The Star-Ledger</i></b><br /><br />“A thoroughly readable and often compelling narrative . . . Five centuries have not diminished the appetite for all things Tudor.”<b>—Associated Press</b><br /><br />“Energetic and comprehensive . . . [a] sweeping history of the gloriously infamous Tudor era . . . Unlike the somewhat ponderous British biographies of the Henrys, Elizabeths, and Boleyns that seem to pop up perennially, <i>The Tudors</i> displays flashy, fresh irreverence [and cuts] to the quick of the action.”<b>—<i>Kirkus Reviews</i></b><br /><br />“[A] cheeky, nuanced, and authoritative perspective . . . brims with enriching background discussions.”<b>—<i>Publishers Weekly</i></b><br /><br />“[A] lively new history.”<b>—<i>Bloomberg</i></b>
Inside Pepys' London
by Jonathan Bastable

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English

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354

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April 01, 2012

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<b>Journey to the seventeenth century and a dramatic period of political upheaval, plague, and fire, with this “vivid portrait of Restoration England” (<i>History Today</i>).</b><br />  <br /><i>Inside Pepys’ London</i> reveals a vivid picture of London at a critical point in history, as it was poised to become a major center of international commerce and culture. It provides accounts of all aspects of contemporary life, from the arts and entertainment, to politics and religion.<br />  <br /> Samuel Papys was not a king or a famous general—yet his renowned diary makes him one of the most interesting characters in history. His life encompassed happenings of huge historical and human impact—the execution of Charles I and the Great Fire of London to name but two. This book takes Pepys’ diary, which he kept almost daily from 1660-1669, as its central resource, but also includes a range of other contemporary sources to provide a fascinating and vivid picture of the times.
Unmasking The Gentiles: The European Plot To Replace Israel
by Dante Fortson

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English

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84

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November 10, 2017

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Does the term “Gentiles” refer to all non Jews or is that just the lie we’ve been sold to cover up the truth? Who were the Gentiles and where are they now? What role do they play in Bible prophecy and where are we at on the prophetic countdown clock?<br /><br />Believe it or not, the Bible tells us exactly who the Gentiles are, where they are, and what’s about to happen when their time is up… and unfortunately it is too often ignored. We’re about to get into some <b>DEEP and CONTROVERSIAL</b>, but pure Biblical truth, in this eye opening study.<br /><br />There were two Bible verses that really inspired me to look into who the Gentiles are, according the Bible. I’ve heard many people teach on these verses, and I couldn’t shake the feeling that the in-formation was just being repeated, but not actually researched (myself included). Here are the verses:<br /><br />Verse 1<br /><br />“And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” – Luke 21:24<br /><br />Verse 2<br /><br />“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.” – Romans 11:25<br /><br />In verse 1, we see that Jerusalem will be trodden down by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles is fulfilled or completed. This is what I get from the context of verse 1. But was the times of the Gentiles really fulfilled in 1967 during the Six Days War, or are we still looking at the Gentile occupation of Jerusalem?<br /><br />In verse 2 we see that the partial blindness of Israel is only temporary, and will be lifted after the fullness of the Gentiles is come in. What does that really mean, and what specifically would the blindness of Israel encompass?<br /><br />Whatever the answers to these questions are, they do seem to be connected. In Luke, Christ connects the fulfillment of the time of the Gentiles to the end of the age. That leads us to the first big question:<br /><br /><b>Has the time of the Gentiles been fulfilled?</b><br /><br />Break out your pens, papers, styluses, etc, and let’s get down to some good ol’ intense Bible study. In order to answer all of the above questions, we first need to figure out who the Gentiles are.<br />

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