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Soldiers - Great Stories Of War And Peace (Paperback): Max Hastings Soldiers - Great Stories Of War And Peace (Paperback)
Max Hastings
R430 R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Save R131 (30%) Ships in 5 - 10 work days

A stunning anthology of great stories of war and peace collected and edited by Max Hastings.

Soldiers is a very personal gathering of sparkling, gripping tales by many writers, about men and women who have borne arms, reflecting bestselling historian Max Hastings's lifetime of studying war. It rings the changes through the centuries, between the heroic, tragic and comic; the famous and the humble. The nearly 350 stories illustrate vividly what it is like to fight in wars, to live and die as a warrior, from Greek and Roman times through to recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Here you will meet Jewish heroes of the Bible, Rome's captain of the gate, Queen Boudicca, Joan of Arc, Cromwell, Wellington, Napoleon's marshals, Ulysses S. Grant, George S. Patton and the modern SAS. There are tales of great writers who served in uniform including Cobbett and Tolstoy, Edward Gibbon and Siegfried Sassoon, Marcel Proust and Evelyn Waugh, George Orwell and George MacDonald Fraser. Here are also stories of the female 'abosi' fighters of Dahomey and heroic ambulance drivers of World War I, together with the new-age women soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The stories reflect a change of mood towards warfare through the ages: though nations and movements continue to inflict terrible violence upon each other, most of humankind has retreated from the old notion of war as a sport or pastime, to acknowledge it as the supreme tragedy. This is a book to inspire in turn fascination, excitement, horror, amazement, occasionally laughter.

Max Hastings mingles respect for the courage of those who fight with compassion for those who become their victims, above all civilians, and especially in the twenty-first century, which some are already calling 'the Post-Heroic Age'.

Between the Pagan Past and Christian Present in Byzantine Visual Culture - Statues in Constantinople, 4th-13th Centuries CE... Between the Pagan Past and Christian Present in Byzantine Visual Culture - Statues in Constantinople, 4th-13th Centuries CE (Hardcover)
Paroma Chatterjee
R2,081 R1,931 Discovery Miles 19 310 Save R150 (7%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Up to its pillage by the Crusaders in 1204, Constantinople teemed with magnificent statues of emperors, pagan gods, and mythical beasts. Yet the significance of this wealth of public sculpture has hardly been acknowledged beyond late antiquity. In this book, Paroma Chatterjee offers a new perspective on the topic, arguing that pagan statues were an integral part of Byzantine visual culture. Examining the evidence in patriographies, chronicles, novels, and epigrams, she demonstrates that the statues were admired for three specific qualities - longevity, mimesis, and prophecy; attributes that rendered them outside of imperial control and endowed them with an enduring charisma sometimes rivaling that of holy icons. Chatterjee's interpretations refine our conceptions of imperial imagery, the Hippodrome, the Macedonian Renaissance, a corpus of secular objects, and Orthodox icons. Her book offers novel insights into Iconoclasm and proposes a more truncated trajectory of the holy icon in medieval Orthodoxy than has been previously acknowledged.

Powers and Thrones - A New History of the Middle Ages (Hardcover): Dan Jones Powers and Thrones - A New History of the Middle Ages (Hardcover)
Dan Jones
R694 Discovery Miles 6 940 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

"An audacious, entertaining page-turner. Dan Jones covers a thousand years of history with elegance and panache."-Dan Carlin, host of Hardcore History "Simply the best popular history of the Middle Ages there is."-The Sunday Times (UK) The New York Times bestselling author returns with an epic history of the medieval world-a rich and complicated reappraisal of an era whose legacy and lessons we are still living with today. When the once-mighty city of Rome was sacked by barbarians in 410 and lay in ruins, it signaled the end of an era--and the beginning of a thousand years of profound transformation. In a gripping narrative bursting with big names-from Sts Augustine and Attila the Hun to the Prophet Muhammad and Eleanor of Aquitaine-Dan Jones charges through the history of the Middle Ages. Powers and Thrones takes readers on a journey through an emerging Europe, the great capitals of late Antiquity, as well as the influential cities of the Islamic West, and culminates in the first European voyages to the Americas. The medieval world was forged by the big forces that still occupy us today: climate change, pandemic disease, mass migration, and technological revolutions. This was the time when the great European nationalities were formed; when the basic Western systems of law and governance were codified; when the Christian Churches matured as both powerful institutions and the regulators of Western public morality; and when art, architecture, philosophical inquiry and scientific invention went through periods of massive, revolutionary change. The West was rebuilt on the ruins of an empire and emerged from a state of crisis and collapse to dominate the world. Every sphere of human life and activity was transformed in the thousand years covered by Powers and Thrones. As we face a critical turning point in our own millennium, Dan Jones shows that how we got here matters more than ever.

The Making of Medieval Rome - A New Profile of the City, 400 - 1420 (Hardcover): Hendrik Dey The Making of Medieval Rome - A New Profile of the City, 400 - 1420 (Hardcover)
Hendrik Dey
R1,133 R1,068 Discovery Miles 10 680 Save R65 (6%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Integrating the written sources with Rome's surviving remains and, most importantly, with the results of the past half-century's worth of medieval archaeology in the city, The Making of Medieval Rome is the first in-depth profile of Rome's transformation over a millennium to appear in any language in over forty years. Though the main focus rests on Rome's urban trajectory in topographical, architectural, and archaeological terms, Hendrik folds aspects of ecclesiastical, political, social, military, economic, and intellectual history into the narrative in order to illustrate how and why the cityscape evolved as it did during the thousand years between the end of the Roman Empire and the start of the Renaissance. A wide-ranging synthesis of decades' worth of specialized research and remarkable archaeological discoveries, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in how and why the ancient imperial capital transformed into the spiritual heart of Western Christendom.

The Last Duel (Movie Tie-In) - A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat (Paperback, Media tie-in): Eric Jager The Last Duel (Movie Tie-In) - A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat (Paperback, Media tie-in)
Eric Jager
R289 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R73 (25%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback): Edward Gibbon The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback)
Edward Gibbon
R523 Discovery Miles 5 230 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback): Edward Gibbon The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback)
Edward Gibbon
R585 Discovery Miles 5 850 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback): Edward Gibbon The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback)
Edward Gibbon
R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback): Edward Gibbon The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback)
Edward Gibbon
R557 Discovery Miles 5 570 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The Crusaders, Or, Scenes, Events, and Characters from the Times of the Crusades (Paperback): Thomas Keightley The Crusaders, Or, Scenes, Events, and Characters from the Times of the Crusades (Paperback)
Thomas Keightley
R588 Discovery Miles 5 880 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback): Edward Gibbon The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback)
Edward Gibbon
R523 Discovery Miles 5 230 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The Year 1000 - When Globalization Began (Paperback): Valerie Hansen The Year 1000 - When Globalization Began (Paperback)
Valerie Hansen
R400 R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Save R60 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Anglo-Saxon England: Volume 47 (Hardcover): Rosalind Love, Simon Keynes, Andy Orchard Anglo-Saxon England: Volume 47 (Hardcover)
Rosalind Love, Simon Keynes, Andy Orchard
R2,285 Discovery Miles 22 850 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The forty-seventh volume of Anglo-Saxon England begins with a record of the eighteenth conference of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, and ends with a fourth supplement to the Hand-list of Anglo-Saxon Non-Runic Inscriptions. Other articles in this volume cover a diverse range of subjects, including Skaldic art in Cnut's court, alliteration in Old English poetry, the northern world of an Anglo-Saxon mappa mundi and the Germanic context of Beowulf. Religious matters are given particular consideration in this volume: new light is shed on the lost St Margaret's crux nigra, and on Anglo-Breton contact between the tenth and twelfth centuries through an examination of St Kenelm and St Melor. Also included are an account of Archbishop Wulfstan's forgery of the 'laws of Edward and Guthrum', and an edition of the four sermons attributed to Candidus Witto. Each article is preceded by a short abstract.

Building Anglo-Saxon England (Paperback): John Blair Building Anglo-Saxon England (Paperback)
John Blair
R754 Discovery Miles 7 540 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize A radical rethinking of the Anglo-Saxon world that draws on the latest archaeological discoveries This beautifully illustrated book draws on the latest archaeological discoveries to present a radical reappraisal of the Anglo-Saxon built environment and its inhabitants. John Blair, one of the world's leading experts on this transformative era in England's early history, explains the origins of towns, manor houses, and castles in a completely new way, and sheds new light on the important functions of buildings and settlements in shaping people's lives during the age of the Venerable Bede and King Alfred. Building Anglo-Saxon England demonstrates how hundreds of recent excavations enable us to grasp for the first time how regionally diverse the built environment of the Anglo-Saxons truly was. Blair identifies a zone of eastern England with access to the North Sea whose economy, prosperity, and timber buildings had more in common with the Low Countries and Scandinavia than the rest of England. The origins of villages and their field systems emerge with a new clarity, as does the royal administrative organization of the kingdom of Mercia, which dominated central England for two centuries. Featuring a wealth of color illustrations throughout, Building Anglo-Saxon England explores how the natural landscape was modified to accommodate human activity, and how many settlements--secular and religious-were laid out with geometrical precision by specialist surveyors. The book also shows how the Anglo-Saxon love of elegant and intricate decoration is reflected in the construction of the living environment, which in some ways was more sophisticated than it would become after the Norman Conquest.

Gibbon's History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - in Vols. Iv, V, and Vi, Quarto, Reviewed (Paperback): John... Gibbon's History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - in Vols. Iv, V, and Vi, Quarto, Reviewed (Paperback)
John Whitaker
R426 Discovery Miles 4 260 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback): Edward Gibbon The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback)
Edward Gibbon
R557 Discovery Miles 5 570 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback): Edward Gibbon The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback)
Edward Gibbon
R653 Discovery Miles 6 530 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback): Edward Gibbon The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback)
Edward Gibbon
R523 Discovery Miles 5 230 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The Wars of the Jews - Tr. by Sir R. L'estrange. Containing the Life of Flavius Josephus: Written by Himself. Revised... The Wars of the Jews - Tr. by Sir R. L'estrange. Containing the Life of Flavius Josephus: Written by Himself. Revised (Paperback)
Flavius Josephus
R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
An Introduction to the Study of the Middle Ages (375-814) (Paperback): Ephraim Emerton An Introduction to the Study of the Middle Ages (375-814) (Paperback)
Ephraim Emerton
R457 Discovery Miles 4 570 Ships in 12 - 17 work 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 (Paperback)
Jean Froissart
R715 Discovery Miles 7 150 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The Code of Honor - Or, Rules for the Government of Principals and Seconds in Duelling (Paperback): John Lyde Wilson The Code of Honor - Or, Rules for the Government of Principals and Seconds in Duelling (Paperback)
John Lyde Wilson
R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The History of the Mahometan Empire in Spain (Paperback): James Cavanah Murphy The History of the Mahometan Empire in Spain (Paperback)
James Cavanah Murphy
R490 Discovery Miles 4 900 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Arms and Armour in Antiquity and the Middle Ages - Also a Descriptive Notice of Modern Weapons (Paperback): Charles Boutell Arms and Armour in Antiquity and the Middle Ages - Also a Descriptive Notice of Modern Weapons (Paperback)
Charles Boutell
R458 Discovery Miles 4 580 Ships in 12 - 17 work 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. - in 2 Vols (Paperback)
Jean Froissart
R651 Discovery Miles 6 510 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
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