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The Tudors: The Complete Story of England's Most Notorious Dynast...
by G. J. Meyer

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English

Pages

658

Publication Date

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>
The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Hea...
by , Roy Doliner

Language

English

Pages

340

Publication Date

October 13, 2009

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<p> The Shocking Secrets of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Artwork </p><p>The recent cleaning of the Sistine Chapel frescoes removed layer after layer of centuries of accumulated tarnish and darkness. <em>The Sistine Secrets</em> endeavors to remove the centuries of prejudice, censorship, and ignorance that blind us to the truth about one of the world's most famous and beloved art treasures.</p><p>Some images that appeared in the print edition of this book are unavailable in the electronic edition due to rights reasons.</p>
Rome: A History in Seven Sackings
by Matthew Kneale

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English

Pages

433

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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"Kneale's account is a masterpiece of pacing and suspense. Characters from the city's history spring to life in his hands." —<i>The Sunday Times</i> (London)<BR> <BR>Novelist and historian Matthew Kneale, a longtime resident of Rome, tells the story of the Eternal City—from the early Roman Republic through the Renaissance and the Reformation to Mussolini and the German occupation in World War Two—through pivotal moments that defined its history.<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 uses seven of these crisis moments to create a powerful and captivating account of Rome’s extraordinary history. He paints portraits of the city before each assault, 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. He shows how Rome became the chaotic and wondrous place it is today. <i>Rome: A History in Seven Sackings</i> offers a unique look at a truly remarkable city.
Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo
by Stephanie Storey

Language

English

Pages

354

Publication Date

March 01, 2016

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<div>From 1501 to 1505, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti both lived and worked in Florence. Leonardo was a charming, handsome fifty year-old at the peak of his career. Michelangelo was a temperamental sculptor in his mid-twenties, desperate to make a name for himself.<BR><BR>Michelangelo is a virtual unknown when he returns to Florence and wins the commission to carve what will become one of the most famous sculptures of all time: David. Even though his impoverished family shuns him for being an artist, he is desperate to support them. Living at the foot of his misshapen block of marble, Michelangelo struggles until the stone finally begins to speak. Working against an impossible deadline, he begins his feverish carving.<BR><BR>Meanwhile, Leonardo's life is falling apart: he loses the hoped-for David commission; he can't seem to finish any project; he is obsessed with his ungainly flying machine; he almost dies in war; his engineering designs disastrously fail; and he is haunted by a woman he has seen in the market--a merchant's wife, whom he is finally commissioned to paint. Her name is Lisa, and she becomes his muse.<br /><BR>Leonardo despises Michelangelo for his youth and lack of sophistication. Michelangelo both loathes and worships Leonardo's genius.<BR><BR><I>Oil and Marble</I> is the story of their nearly forgotten rivalry. <BR><BR>Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction--novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a <I>New York Times</I> bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.</div>
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
by Stephen Greenblatt

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English

Pages

377

Publication Date

September 26, 2011

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<p><strong>Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction <br /><br />Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Non-Fiction</strong></p><br />One of the world's most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it.<br /><br /><br /><br />Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late thirties took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, <em>On the Nature of Things</em>, by Lucretius—a beautiful poem of the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles in eternal motion, colliding and swerving in new directions.<br /><br /><br /><br />The copying and translation of this ancient book-the greatest discovery of the greatest book-hunter of his age-fueled the Renaissance, inspiring artists such as Botticelli and thinkers such as Giordano Bruno; shaped the thought of Galileo and Freud, Darwin and Einstein; and had a revolutionary influence on writers such as Montaigne and Shakespeare and even Thomas Jefferson.
Elizabeth: Renaissance Prince
by Lisa Hilton

Language

English

Pages

421

Publication Date

November 10, 2015

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<DIV><B>This surprising portrait of the Tudor queen offers an “ambitious re-examination of the intersection of gender and monarchy” (<I>The </I><I>New York Times Book Review</I>).</B><BR />  <BR /> Queen Elizabeth I was all too happy to play on courtly conventions of gender when it suited her “‘weak and feeble’ woman’s body” to do so for political gain. But in <I>Elizabeth</I>, historian Lisa Hilton offers ample evidence why those famous words should not be taken at face value. With new research out of France, Italy, Russia, and Turkey, Hilton’s fresh interpretation is of a queen who saw herself primarily as a Renaissance prince—an expert in Machiavellian statecraft.<BR />  <BR /><I>Elizabeth </I>depicts a sovereign less constrained by her femininity than most accounts claim, challenging readers to reassess Elizabeth’s reign and the colorful drama and intrigue to which it is always linked. It’s a fascinating journey that shows how a marginalized newly crowned monarch, whose European contemporaries considered her to be the illegitimate ruler of a pariah nation, ultimately adapted to become England’s first recognizably modern head of state.<BR />  <BR />  </DIV>
Until Us (The Black Harts MC)
by Amanda Kaitlyn

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English

Pages

162

Publication Date

November 23, 2017

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<b>Stone</b><br /><br />She's young.<br /><br />She's beautiful.<br /><br />She's irresistible.<br /><br />And she's a virgin.<br /><br />I'm not supposed to go there.<br /><br />Especially with my VP's baby girl.<br /><br />But, when she offers herself to me, how the **** can I say no?<br /><br /><br /><b>Madison</b><br /><br />I'm in love with him.<br /><br />He doesn't know it, but soon, he will.<br /><br />I've waited years for this moment.<br /><br />And it's finally here.<br /><br />"Stone Cold" Hart is the president of my daddy's Motorcycle Club.<br /><br />He doesn't show emotion.<br /><br />He's not supposed to.<br /><br />But when he's with me, he's so different.<br /><br />Sweet.<br /><br />Seductive.<br /><br />Intoxicating.<br /><br />We were made for each other.<br /><br />But that doesn't mean being together will be easy.<br /><br />My family doesn't approve of us.<br /><br />I'm going against everyone I love for him and it's doubtful we'll come out of it unscathed.<br /><br />Finding our forever may just mean breaking us, before we've even begun.<br /><br />Until Us is the prequel of Amanda Kaitlyn's long-awaited Black Harts MC series; a novella with a happily ever after and one panty melting, crass alpha male.<br /><br />If you don't enjoy sweep-you-off your-feet insta love, this one may not be for you.
The Tudors: A Captivating Guide to the History of England from He...
by Captivating History

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English

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Publication Date

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 Medici: Power, Money, and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance
by Paul Strathern

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English

Pages

430

Publication Date

March 15, 2016

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<p><strong>A vivid, dramatic, and authoritative account of perhaps the most influential family in Italian history: the Medici.</strong></p><br />A dazzling history of the modest family that rose to become one of the most powerful in Europe, <em>The Medici</em> is a remarkably modern story of power, money, and ambition. Against the background of an age that saw the rebirth of ancient and classical learning Paul Strathern explores the intensely dramatic rise and fall of the Medici family in Florence, as well as the Italian Renaissance which they did so much to sponsor and encourage.<br /><br /><br /><br />Strathern also follows the lives of many of the great Renaissance artists with whom the Medici had dealings, including Leonardo, Michelangelo and Donatello; as well as scientists like Galileo and Pico della Mirandola; and the fortunes of those members of the Medici family who achieved success away from Florence, including the two Medici popes and Catherine de' Médicis, who became Queen of France and played a major role in that country through three turbulent reigns.
Teutonic Knights
by William Urban

Language

English

Pages

304

Publication Date

December 01, 2011

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >The Teutonic Knights were powerful and ferocious advocates of holy war. Their history is suffused with crusading, campaigning and struggle. Feared by their enemies but respected by medieval Christendom, the knights and their Order maintained a firm hold over the Baltic and northern Germany and established a formidable regime which flourished across Central Europe for 300 years.<BR><BR>This major new book surveys the gripping history of the knights and their Order and relates their rise to power; their struggles against Prussian pagans; the series of wars against Poland and Lithuania; the clash with Alexander Nevsky’s Russia; and the gradual stagnation of the order in the fourteenth century. The book is replete with dramatic episodes - such as the battle on frozen Lake Peipus in 1242, or the disaster of Tannenberg - but focuses primarily on the knights’ struggle to maintain power, fend off incursions and raiding bands and to launch crusades against unbelieving foes. And it was the crusade which chiefly characterized and breathed life into this Holy Order.<BR><BR>William Urban’s narrative charts the rise and fall of the Order and, in an accessible and engaging style, throws light on a band of knights whose deeds and motives have long been misunderstood.</SPAN>

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