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The March of Wales 1067-1300 - A Borderland of Medieval Britain (Paperback, New): Max Lieberman The March of Wales 1067-1300 - A Borderland of Medieval Britain (Paperback, New)
Max Lieberman
R549 Discovery Miles 5 490 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

By 1300, a Marcher region had been created between England and Wales, consisting of about forty castle-centered lordships that extended along the Anglo-Welsh border and much of southern Wales. Expressions like "the Welsh marches" are still part of today's vernacular, though they refer only vaguely to Anglo-Welsh borders--but the question remains: what was this medieval March of Wales, and how and why was it created? This book provides a readerly, scholarly, yet concise answer, aided by maps, illustrations, a list of key dates, and primary source material--placing the March in the context of current debates on frontiers and the medieval British Isles.

Anglo-Saxon Christianity - Exploring the Earliest Roots of Christian Spirituality in England (Paperback): Paul Cavill Anglo-Saxon Christianity - Exploring the Earliest Roots of Christian Spirituality in England (Paperback)
Paul Cavill
R335 R243 Discovery Miles 2 430 Save R92 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Following the interest in recent years in Celtic spirituality, Paul Cavill's book looks at the impact of Christianity on the pagan Germanic peoples who invaded Britain from the 5th century onwards. Drawing on historical and archeological evidence, he paints a vivid picture of Anglo-Saxon culture and belief, contrasting this with the Celtic world view, and explaining how the powerful warrior code of the Anglo-Saxon peoples became merged with new Christian values. Quotes from Anglo-Saxon literature include the epic "Beowulf", and "The Dream of the Rood" along with Caedmon's "Hymn to Creation", a translation of Psalm 136 and numerous miracle stories.

The White Horse King - The Life of Alfred the Great (Paperback): Ben Merkle The White Horse King - The Life of Alfred the Great (Paperback)
Ben Merkle
R335 R243 Discovery Miles 2 430 Save R92 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The unlikely king who saved England.

Down swept the Vikings from the frigid North. Across the English coastlands and countryside they raided, torched, murdered, and destroyed all in their path. Farmers, monks, and soldiers all fell bloody under the Viking sword, hammer, and axe.

Then, when the hour was most desperate, came an unlikely hero. King Alfred rallied the battered and bedraggled kingdoms of Britain and after decades of plotting, praying, and persisting, finally triumphed over the invaders.

Alfred's victory reverberates to this day: He sparked a literary renaissance, restructured Britain's roadways, revised the legal codes, and revived Christian learning and worship. It was Alfred's accomplishments that laid the groundwork for Britian's later glories and triumphs in literature, liturgy, and liberty.

"Ben Merkle tells the sort of mythic adventure story that stirs the imagination and races the heart―and all the more so knowing that it is altogether true " ―George Grant, author of "The Last Crusader" and" The Blood of the Moon"

Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages (Paperback): Frances Gies, Joseph Gies Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages (Paperback)
Frances Gies, Joseph Gies
R495 Discovery Miles 4 950 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A compelling, lucid, and highly readable chronicle of medieval life written by the authors of the bestselling Life in a Medieval Castle and Life in a Medieval City

Historians have only recently awakened to the importance of the family, the basic social unit throughout human history. This book traces the development of marriage and the family from the Middle Ages to the early modern era. It describes how the Roman and barbarian cultural streams merged under the influence of the Christian church to forge new concepts, customs, laws, and practices. Century by century it follows the development -- sometimes gradual, at other times revolutionary -- of significant elements in the history of the family:

  • The basic functions of the family as production unit, as well as its religious, social, judicial, and educational roles.

  • The shift of marriage from private arrangement between families to public ceremony between individuals, and the adjustments in dowry, bride-price, and counter-dowry.

  • The development of consanguinity rules and incest taboos in church law and lay custom.

  • The peasant family in its varying condition of being free or unfree, poor, middling, or rich.

  • The aristocratic estate, the problem of the younger son, and the disinheritance of daughters.

  • The Black Death and its long-term effects on the family.
  • Sex attitudes and customs: the effects of variations in age of men and women at marriage.

  • The changing physical environment of noble, peasant, and urban families.

  • Arrangements by families for old age and retirement.

Westminster Abbey - The Lady Chapel of Henry VII (Hardcover): Timothy Tatton-Brown, Richard Mortimer Westminster Abbey - The Lady Chapel of Henry VII (Hardcover)
Timothy Tatton-Brown, Richard Mortimer
R1,757 Discovery Miles 17 570 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Lady Chapel, constructed at the wish of Henry VII, at Westminster Abbey is the last great masterpiece of English medieval architecture, and the culminating achievement of over three hundred years of development in the gothic style, at the point where it intersects with the new movements of the Renaissance. The burial place of some fifteen kings and queens, it houses both the largest surviving programme of gothic figure sculpture and the earliest and finest Renaissance tomb sculptures in England. This new book covers all the most important aspects of the Chapel's history, from the establishment of the cult of the Virgin in the twelfth century to the restoration of the 1990s, which provided an unrepeatable opportunity for close examination of the structure and contents of the building which is the subject of this volume. Contributors include: Roger Bowers, Donald Buttress, Thomas Cocke, Margaret Condon, Barbara Harvey, Jacques Heyman, Phillip Lindley, Richard Mortimer, Julian Munby, John Physick, Andrew Reynolds, Tim Tatton-Brown, Charles Tracy, and, Christopher Wilson, Historians of British Art Book Prize for 2003. Richard Mortimer is Keeper of the Muniments, Westminster Abbey, and, Tim Tatton-Brown is Consultant Archaeologist to Westminster Abbey.

Danger to Elizabeth (Paperback, New edition): Alison Plowden Danger to Elizabeth (Paperback, New edition)
Alison Plowden 1
R309 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R60 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Elizabeth I is perhaps England's most famous monarch. Born in 1533, the product of the doomed marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth was heir to her father's title, then disinherited and finally imprisoned by her half sister Mary. But in 1558, on Mary's death, she ascended the throne and reigned for forty-five years. Respected by her subjects and idolised by future generations, Gloriana's fierce devotion to her country and its people truly made her England's fairest queen and icon. In the wake of the Reformation Europe lay deeply divided by religion. This, the second volume of Alison Plowden's acclaimed Elizabethan quartet, charts the dramatic and multi-faceted struggle between Elizabeth and the Catholics of England and the rest of Europe who, denouncing the queen as a heretic, a bastard and a usurper, threatened to overthrow her and re-establish the supremacy of Rome in all Christendom.

William Marshal - The Flower of Chivalry (Paperback, 1st American Ed): Georges Duby William Marshal - The Flower of Chivalry (Paperback, 1st American Ed)
Georges Duby
R383 R350 Discovery Miles 3 500 Save R33 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Recreates in detail the life of this advisor to the Plantagnets and knight extraordinaire.

A Medieval Family (Paperback): Frances Gies, Joseph Gies A Medieval Family (Paperback)
Frances Gies, Joseph Gies
R343 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R62 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Paston family of Norfolk, England, has long been known to medieval scholars for its large collection of personal correspondence, which has survived five centuries. Until now, however, they have remained virtually unknown to the general reading public. Revealing a wealth of information about the manners, morals, lifestyles, and attitudes of the late Middle Ages, the letters also tell a story of three generations of the fifteenth-century Paston family that reads like a historical novel full of memorable characters:

  • Margaret Paston, the indomitable wife and mother who fought the family's battles;

  • her husband, John Paston I, tough, hardheaded, and thrice confined to Fleet Prison but never yielding to his enemies;

  • daughter Margery, who scandalized family and friends by falling in love with the Paston bailiff, Richard Calle;

  • lighthearted, chivalric Sir John; and

  • cheerful, sensible John Ill, who against all odds succeeded in marrying for love.

A Medieval Family traces the family history from 1420, through the stormy Wars of the Roses, to the early 1500s. The family's story, extracted from their letters and papers and told largely in their own words, shows a side of history rarely revealed: the lives and fortunes not of kings and queens but of ordinary people with problems, tragedies, and moments of happiness.

English Episcopal Acta, v.2-3 - Canterbury, 1162-90 & 1193-1205 (Paperback): C. R. Cheney, Etc English Episcopal Acta, v.2-3 - Canterbury, 1162-90 & 1193-1205 (Paperback)
C. R. Cheney, Etc; Edited by B.E.A. Jones, E. John
R1,088 R909 Discovery Miles 9 090 Save R179 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Designed as a reference resource for history studies of the 12th and early 13th centuries, these two volumes are now available in paperback for the wider use of medieval historians. The output of the archbishops' chanceries reveals that the underlying principles of ecclesiastical government were changed not by the turbulent events of the period, but by a gradual evolution of offices, institutions and customs in Latin Christendom. This collection of official acts reflects the unprecedented activity of English prelates of this period in the management of their dioceses, in the transfer of parochial patronage from laymen to religious houses, and in correspondence with the court of Rome.

History of William the Conqueror (Hardcover): Jacob Abbott History of William the Conqueror (Hardcover)
Jacob Abbott
R766 Discovery Miles 7 660 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Scottish Gypsies Under the Stewarts (Hardcover): David Mac Ritchie Scottish Gypsies Under the Stewarts (Hardcover)
David Mac Ritchie
R728 Discovery Miles 7 280 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
History of William the Conqueror (Hardcover): Jacob Abbott History of William the Conqueror (Hardcover)
Jacob Abbott
R833 Discovery Miles 8 330 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Historic Byways and Highways of Old England (Hardcover): William Andrews Historic Byways and Highways of Old England (Hardcover)
William Andrews
R837 Discovery Miles 8 370 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Historic Byways and Highways of Old England (Hardcover): William Andrews Historic Byways and Highways of Old England (Hardcover)
William Andrews
R836 Discovery Miles 8 360 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Scottish Gypsies Under the Stewarts (Hardcover): David Mac Ritchie Scottish Gypsies Under the Stewarts (Hardcover)
David Mac Ritchie
R728 Discovery Miles 7 280 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Adjoining Countries, from the Latter Part of the Reign of Edward II to the... Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Adjoining Countries, from the Latter Part of the Reign of Edward II to the Coronation of Henry IV Volume 2 (Hardcover)
Jean Froissart
R981 Discovery Miles 9 810 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Richard I. - With Engravings (Hardcover): Jacob Abbott Richard I. - With Engravings (Hardcover)
Jacob Abbott
R873 Discovery Miles 8 730 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Chronicles of England, France, Spain, Etc (Hardcover): Jean Froissart The Chronicles of England, France, Spain, Etc (Hardcover)
Jean Froissart
R907 Discovery Miles 9 070 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
History of William the Conqueror (Hardcover): Jacob Abbott History of William the Conqueror (Hardcover)
Jacob Abbott
R837 Discovery Miles 8 370 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Glimpses of Anne of Cleves (Paperback): Shuma Chakravarty Glimpses of Anne of Cleves (Paperback)
Shuma Chakravarty
R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book describes the life and times of Anne of Cleves (1515-1557) based on historic facts. Her wit and wisdom, charity and clarity, generosity and goodness are described with delight.

Scottish Gypsies Under the Stewarts (Hardcover): David Mac Ritchie Scottish Gypsies Under the Stewarts (Hardcover)
David Mac Ritchie
R738 Discovery Miles 7 380 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

1894. A study of the Scottish Gypsies under the Stewarts has the advantage of embracing a much longer period of time than the Tudor period, as the era of Stewart rule, beginning with the accession of Robert II in 1371, did not actually come to an end until the death of Queen Anne in 1714. This study of the Scottish gypsies cannot claim to do more than assist in the ultimate unraveling of the intricate question of these persons.

Chronicles of England, France, Spain, and the Adjoining Countries - From the Latter Part of the Reign of Edward II. to the... Chronicles of England, France, Spain, and the Adjoining Countries - From the Latter Part of the Reign of Edward II. to the Coronation of Henry IV., Volume 1 (Paperback)
Jean Froissart, Sainte-Palaye
R984 Discovery Miles 9 840 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

The Sanctuaries And Sanctuary Seekers Of Mediaeval England (Paperback): J. Charles Cox The Sanctuaries And Sanctuary Seekers Of Mediaeval England (Paperback)
J. Charles Cox
R896 Discovery Miles 8 960 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishings Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the worlds literature. Kessinger Publishing is the place to find hundreds of thousands of rare and hard-to-find books with something of interest for everyone!

Chronicles of England, France, Spain, Etc. (Paperback): Jean Froissart Chronicles of England, France, Spain, Etc. (Paperback)
Jean Froissart
R984 Discovery Miles 9 840 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Title: Chronicles of England, France, Spain, etc.Publisher: British Library, Historical Print EditionsThe British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. It is one of the world's largest research libraries holding over 150 million items in all known languages and formats: books, journals, newspapers, sound recordings, patents, maps, stamps, prints and much more. Its collections include around 14 million books, along with substantial additional collections of manuscripts and historical items dating back as far as 300 BC.The HISTORY OF EUROPE collection includes books from the British Library digitised by Microsoft. This collection includes works chronicling the development of Western civilisation to the modern age. Highlights include the development of language, political and educational systems, philosophy, science, and the arts. The selection documents periods of civil war, migration, shifts in power, Muslim expansion into Central Europe, complex feudal loyalties, the aristocracy of new nations, and European expansion into the New World. ++++The below data was compiled from various identification fields in the bibliographic record of this title. This data is provided as an additional tool in helping to insure edition identification: ++++ British Library Froissart, Jean; 1842. 4 . 9506.f.24.

The Pilgrim's Way to St. Patrick's Purgatory (Hardcover): Eileen Gardiner The Pilgrim's Way to St. Patrick's Purgatory (Hardcover)
Eileen Gardiner
R762 Discovery Miles 7 620 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"The Pilgrim's Way to St. Patrick's Purgatory" traces a route for the modern pilgrim across Ireland and across the boundaries of the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland. It begins in Dublin and ends at Lough Derg in County Donegal, bringing travelers on a journey through the medieval past and the fragmentary riches that remain today. It provides a cultural itinerary that can be traveled by car or bike, on foot, and even partly by boat, through one of the loveliest landscapes of Ireland and Europe. This publication, offered in both print and digital formats, presents an introduction to the topic, an exploration of a taxonomy for medieval pilgrimage and an overview of what the early pilgrims have told us about the route. It features descriptions of the monuments, relics and saints along the way, as well as a stage-by-stage description of the journey itself. Ancillary materials include travelers' information, a complete bibliography, a chronology and index. 54 photos, 23 maps and plans. 204 pages

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