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Oxford Freemasons - A Social History of Apollo University Lodge (Hardcover): Joe Mordaunt Crook, James Daniel Oxford Freemasons - A Social History of Apollo University Lodge (Hardcover)
Joe Mordaunt Crook, James Daniel
R945 Discovery Miles 9 450 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Over the past 200 years, many thousands of undergraduates have been initiated into membership of Apollo - the Masonic lodge of the University of Oxford. These have included such diverse figures as Oscar Wilde, Osbert Lancaster, Samuel Reynolds Hole, Cecil Rhodes, Edward, Prince of Wales and his brother Leopold, Charles Canning, Hugh Trevor-Roper, Godfrey Elton and Roger Makins. Drawing on archives held in the Bodleian Library, this book is the first serious attempt to set the story of Apollo in the context of Oxford life and learning as well as its wider social and political diaspora. From the devastating numbers lost in the First and Second World Wars, as well as those decorated for bravery, to the significant number of Olympians who were members of the lodge, it also charts the lodge's charitable work, its changes of location, social events and adaptation to twenty-first-century life in Oxford. Illustrated with archival material, portraits and Masonic treasures, this is history in a minor key, but a minor narrative with major implications, documenting the remarkable numbers of Oxford freemasons with distinguished careers in government, law, the army and the Church.

Girl Scout Collector's Guide - A History of Uniforms, Insignia, Publications, and Memorabilia (Hardcover, 2nd Revised... Girl Scout Collector's Guide - A History of Uniforms, Insignia, Publications, and Memorabilia (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
Mary Degenhardt, Judith Kirsch
R1,617 R1,306 Discovery Miles 13 060 Save R311 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is a welcome new edition of a standard - unavailable for nearly a decade. In more than nine decades of Girl Scouting, a vast popular and material culture has given rise to a wealth of Girl Scout history collections. More than an identification guide to uniforms, insignia, and other Girl Scout objects, this work also documents when changes occurred and why new items were introduced. Placing these objects in context, this essential guide provides a discerning look at the history and development of the Girl Scout Movement in the United States. Scholars and aficionados of Girl Scout history, costume history, womens studies, popular culture, and dress will welcome this indispensable and definitive resource. This new, expanded edition, with hundreds of illustrations, photographs, and tables, is indisputably the go-to source for information on all Girl Scout uniforms, insignia, awards, and handbooks, as well as dolls, postcards, posters, calendars, and more - from the founding of the Girl Scouts in 1912 through the present day. 'An invaluable resource to Girl Scout councils managing a history collection. And, beyond that ...an informative and intriguing glimpse ...into the evolution of a Movement that . ..today is the worlds preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls' - Cynthia B. Thompson, chair, National Board of Directors, and Kathy Cloninger, national chief executive officer, GSUSA. 'An indispensable reference for collectors; a fascinating resource for anyone interested in Girl Scouting, this comprehensive guide to Girl Scout memorabilia is firmly grounded in the history of the Girl Scouts of the United States. Mary Degenhardt and Judith Kirsch show us what Girl Scouts wore and read, and explain how changes in uniforms, insignia, and publications reflect the evolution of Girl Scout programs and the expansion of opportunities for American girls. Reading this book is like walking through a fine museum where material culture brings the past to life' - Anastatia Sims, author of ""Negotiating Boundaries of Southern Womanhood"". Mary Degenhardt and Judith Kirsch, lifelong Girl Scouts, compiled the original ""Girl Scout Collectors Guide"" in 1987. Degenhardt, now an archivist with the National Historic Preservation Center, GSUSA, and Kirsch, a researcher at the Benson Ford Research Center in Dearborn, Michigan, devoted two years of concentrated effort to this new and expanded edition.

The Reappeared - Argentine Former Political Prisoners (Paperback): Rebekah Park The Reappeared - Argentine Former Political Prisoners (Paperback)
Rebekah Park
R784 Discovery Miles 7 840 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Between 1976 and 1983, during a period of brutal military dictatorship, armed forces in Argentina abducted 30,000 citizens. These victims were tortured and killed, never to be seen again. Although the history of "los desaparecidos," "the disappeared," has become widely known, the stories of the Argentines who miraculously survived their imprisonment and torture are not well understood. "The Reappeared" is the first in-depth study of an officially sanctioned group of Argentine former political prisoners, the Association of Former Political Prisoners of Cordoba, which organized in 2007. Using ethnographic methods, anthropologist Rebekah Park explains the experiences of these survivors of state terrorism and in the process raises challenging questions about how societies define victimhood, what should count as a human rights abuse, and what purpose memorial museums actually serve. The men and women who reappeared were often ostracized by those who thought they must have been collaborators to have survived imprisonment, but their actual stories are much more complex. Park explains why the political prisoners waited nearly three decades before forming their own organization and offers rare insights into what motivates them to recall their memories of solidarity and resistance during the dictatorial past, even as they suffer from the long-term effects of torture and imprisonment. "The Reappeared" challenges readers to rethink the judicial and legislative aftermath of genocide and forces them to consider how much reparation is actually needed to compensate for unimaginable--and lifelong--suffering.

Masters of Deception - Murder and Intrigue in the World of Occult Politics (Paperback): Guy Patton Masters of Deception - Murder and Intrigue in the World of Occult Politics (Paperback)
Guy Patton
R408 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R99 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 2003, the publication of The Da Vinci Code propelled the enigmatic Priory of Sion to international fame as the guardians of a sacred bloodline. But Guy Patton has been investigating the group for more than two decades, and has reached the conclusion that the Priory operates within the milieu of occult politics, a shadowy world in which secret societies throughout the centuries have tried to influence the power of governments and the fate of nations; a world of symbols, archetypes, ritual and fantasy, where the separation of idealism, personal gain, egocentricity and criminality are often blurred. Patton's investigation reveals that the Priory is only part of a web of secretive groups and individuals many of which, in true Machiavellian style, have resorted to deception, fraud, blackmail and even murder in pursuit of hidden, and frequently sinister, goals. Their manipulation is now laid bare. Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln said that Masters of Deception should be considered as the third part of Holy Blood, Holy Grail and The Messianic Legacy

How the Girl Guides Won the War (Paperback): Janie Hampton How the Girl Guides Won the War (Paperback)
Janie Hampton 1
R265 R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Save R60 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A completely original history of one of the most extraordinary movements in the world - the Girl Guides - and how they helped win the war. Mention Girl Guides to any woman and the reaction will be strong. They either loved them or hated them; they were either proud to wear their uniform or refused to join. Whatever their feelings, most former Guides retain strong memories of their experiences. All too often regarded merely in terms of biscuit sales and sing-songs, hardly anybody is aware of the massive impact that the Guides had on gender equality and, more fundamentally, the outcome of the Second World War. In this eye-opening history, Janie Hampton explores how the Guides' work was crucial to Britain's victory. When the Blitz broke out, the Guides knew what to do. They kept up morale in bomb shelters, demonstrating 'blitz cooking' with emergency ovens made from the bricks of bombed houses at the request of the Ministry of Food. They grew food on their company allotments and knitted for the entire country. The embodiment of the Home Front spirit, they dug shelters, provided crucial First Aid, and also assisted the millions of children who were forced to flee their city homes to safer places in the country. It is difficult to imagine what the war effort would have looked like without the Guides. Full of fond and funny anecdotes and rich social history, 'How the Guides Won the War' takes us on the journey of one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary movements.

Scouting for Boys - A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship (Hardcover): Robert Baden-Powell Scouting for Boys - A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship (Hardcover)
Robert Baden-Powell; Edited by Elleke Boehmer
R458 R382 Discovery Miles 3 820 Save R76 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'A scout must always be prepared at any moment to do his duty, and to face danger in order to help his fellow-men.' A startling amalgam of Zulu war-cry and imperial and urban myth, of borrowed tips on health and hygiene, and object lessons in woodcraft, Robert Baden-Powell's Scouting for Boys (1908) is the original blueprint and 'self-instructor' of the Boy Scout Movement. One of the all-time bestsellers in the English-speaking world, this primer of 'yarns and pictures' constitutes probably the most influential manual for youth ever published. Yet the book is at the same time a roughly composed hodge-podge of jingoist lore and tracker legend, padded with lengthy quotations from adventure fiction and Baden-Powell's own autobiography, and seamed through with the multiple anxieties of its time: fears of degeneration, concerns about masculinity and self-restraint, invasion paranoia. Elleke Boehmer's edition of Scouting for Boys reprints the original text and illustrations, and her fine introduction investigates a book that has been cited as an authority by militarists and pacifists, capitalists and environmentalists alike.

Freemasons For Dummies (Paperback, 2nd Edition): Christopher Hodapp Freemasons For Dummies (Paperback, 2nd Edition)
Christopher Hodapp
R431 R328 Discovery Miles 3 280 Save R103 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Take the mystery out of the Freemasons

Fascinated by Freemasons? "Freemasons For Dummies" is the internationally bestselling introduction to the Masons, the oldest and largest "secret society" in the world. This balanced, eye-opening guide demystifies Freemasonry, explaining everything from its elaborate rituals and cryptic rites, to its curious symbols and their meanings.

With new and improved content, including updated examples and references throughout, this new edition of "Freemasons For Dummies" provides the most straightforward, non-intimidating guide to the subject on the market. Updated expert coverage of the basic beliefs and philosophy behind FreemasonryRevised information on the history of the society, including updates concerning its founding, famous historical members, and pivotal eventsNew coverage devoted to the recent influx of younger membership"The latest and ongoing controversies and myths surrounding FreemasonryThe role of women in a Masonic organization, including opportunities for women to participate in FreemasonryThe effects cultural and political changes and worldwide events are having on the organization

If you're intrigued by the mystery that surrounds the Masons, get ready to learn the facts about this ancient order in "Freemasons For Dummies."

Hasan-I-Sabah - Assassin Master (Hardcover): James Wasserman Hasan-I-Sabah - Assassin Master (Hardcover)
James Wasserman
R770 R619 Discovery Miles 6 190 Save R151 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Scouting for Boys - A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship (Paperback, Annotated Ed): Robert Baden-Powell Scouting for Boys - A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship (Paperback, Annotated Ed)
Robert Baden-Powell; Edited by Elleke Boehmer 2
R247 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R39 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'A trained scout will see little signs and tracks, he puts them together in his mind and quickly reads a meaning from them such as an untrained man would never arrive at.' A startling amalgam of Zulu war-cry and imperial and urban myth, of borrowed tips on health and hygiene, and object lessons in woodcraft, Robert Baden-Powell's Scouting for Boys (1908) is the original blueprint and 'self-instructor' of the Boy Scout Movement. An all-time bestseller in the English-speaking world, second only to the Bible, this primer of 'yarns and pictures' constitutes probably the most influential manual for youth ever published. Yet the book is at the same time a roughly composed hodge-podge of jingoist lore and tracker legend, padded with lengthy quotations from adventure fiction and B-P's own autobiography, and seamed through with the multiple anxieties of its time: fears of degeneration, concerns about masculinity and self-restraint, invasion paranoia. Elleke Boehmer's edition of Scouting for Boys is the first to reprint the original text and illustrations, and her fine introduction investigates a book that has been cited as an authority by militarists and pacifists, capitalists and environmentalists alike.

Memory Palaces and Masonic Lodges - Esoteric Secrets of the Art of Memory (Paperback): Charles B Jameux Memory Palaces and Masonic Lodges - Esoteric Secrets of the Art of Memory (Paperback)
Charles B Jameux
R336 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R108 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Reveals how the art of memory is the origin of the Masonic method In Antiquity, the art of memory was a mnemonic device that allowed an orator, such as Cicero, to recall all the points he wished to make by associating each of them with an image or architectural element in the site he was speaking. When this art was rediscovered in the Renaissance, hermetic thinkers like Giordano Bruno reworked it into a method that allowed them to acquire knowledge with the creation of "memory palaces." The elements of these memory palaces were not intended to trigger the memory but would actually transform into talismanic objects with knowledge entirely new to the seeker. In this book, Charles B. Jameux shows that this hermetic reworking of the classical art of memory was no mystery to operative Masons, who grafted it onto their own rituals, catalyzing the transformation of operative Masonry into speculative Masonry. He shows how the hieroglyphic writing used during the Renaissance in the art of memory provided the groundwork for one of the most esoteric elements of masonic practice: the grasp of the realm of image by the letter, where symbols were "buried" within words. Using archival evidence from 17th-century Scotland and earlier, combined with the research of modern scholars such as Frances Yates and David Stevenson, Jameux argues that the creation of speculative Freemasonry can be traced back 100 years earlier than conventional history records--to 1637, when the first recorded use of the Mason's Word appeared and with it, the first known appearance of the symbolic Temple of Solomon. He follows Giordano Bruno's visit to the British Isles in the late 16th century and the subsequent activities of the men he met there, showing that Masonic symbolism owes much of its current form to early memory palaces, which represented the Masonic lodge and temple in their fully imaginary states. Revealing the pivotal role of the memory palace and hermetic traditions in early Masonic symbolism, Jameux sheds new light on the Masonic questions asked of each initiate and the spiritual importance of the Temple of Jerusalem to Freemasonry.

The Secret History of the World (Paperback, 2 Rev Ed): Jonathan Black, Quercus The Secret History of the World (Paperback, 2 Rev Ed)
Jonathan Black, Quercus 1
R310 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R91 (29%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER The complete history of the world, from the beginning of time to the present day, based on the beliefs and writings of the secret societies. Jonathan Black examines the end of the world and the coming of the Antichrist - or is he already here? How will he make himself known and what will become of the world when he does? - and the end of Time. Having studied theology and learnt from initiates of all the great secret societies of the world, Jonathan Black has learned that it is possible to reach an altered state of consciousness in which we can see things about the way the world works that hidden from our everyday commonsensical consciousness. This history shows that by using secret techniques, people such as Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton and George Washington have worked themselves into this altered state - and been able to access supernatural levels of intelligence. This book will leave you questioning every aspect of your life and spotting hidden messages in the very fabric of society and life itself. It will open your mind to a new way of living and leave you questioning everything you have been taught - and everything you've taught your children.

Pieces Of A Dream - The Story Of Dance For All (Paperback): Gillian Warren-Brown Pieces Of A Dream - The Story Of Dance For All (Paperback)
Gillian Warren-Brown
R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 In stock

Pieces Of A Dream – The Story Of Dance For All is a beautiful coffee-table book that features more than seventy images by top local and international photographers, which complement the text by award-winning writer Gillian Warren-Brown.

Philip Boyd, a principal dancer with CAPAB Ballet, started Dance for All (DFA) in 1991, with the support of his late wife, Prima Ballerina Assoluta Phyllis Spira. The book chronicles the growth and development of this non-profit organisation, which is dedicated to the upliftment of children from historically disadvantaged communities in and around Cape Town.

Through the medium of dance, DFA offers its students the opportunity for enjoyment, creativity and self-expression; and the high standard of training they receive empowers them with valuable skills that could lead to a career in dance. The images that appear in the book, shot over the past two decades, capture the essence of each of these aspects.

Pieces Of A Dream opens with the story of Hope Nongqongqo, a founder student who went on to become DFA’s Outreach Manager. Her story is woven throughout the book and is symbolic of what DFA and dance have meant to thousands of other students, some of whom are dancing professionally in South Africa and abroad. The text is brought to life through interviews with some of these students, past and present, as well as with CEO Philip Boyd, Company Manager Marlene Carstens, other members of staff, long-time supporters and observers of DFA. In an engaging, anecdotal style, the challenges of running a non-profit organisation are juxtaposed with uplifting stories of hope, triumph and success.

Pieces Of A Dream was chosen as the title of the book because it was the name of the launch performance of DFA’s InSPIRAtions Dance Company, with choreography for the title piece by Natalie Fisher; and it is symbolic of the individual students who have the opportunity to develop and pursue their own dreams. It also represents the fragments that came together to create Dance for All – the realisation of Philip’s dream.

The Secrets of Rosslyn (Paperback, New edition): Roddy Martine The Secrets of Rosslyn (Paperback, New edition)
Roddy Martine
R263 R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Save R53 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Nestling in an exquisite glen just seven miles from the centre of Edinburgh, Rosslyn Chapel is one of the world's most extraordinary places. Ever since it was built in the mid fifteenth century it has cast a mesmerising spell over all who have visited it, exuding an aura of profound mystery, as if it holds the key to some vast, unearthly secret.Six hundred years later it continues to confound and intrigue, inspiring stories of The Knights Templar, the Holy Grail and a myriad of esoteric beliefs, most notably in the 1980s bestseller The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, which made the chapel known to millions throughout the word. In this book Roddy Martine sifts through mounds of unfounded conjecture and fantasy to make sense of it all. The Secrets of Rosslyn is the only book that lets the facts speak for themselves, showing ultimately that the truth is no less amazing than fiction.

Jesse James and the Lost Templar Treasure - Secret Diaries, Coded Maps, and the Knights of the Golden Circle (Paperback):... Jesse James and the Lost Templar Treasure - Secret Diaries, Coded Maps, and the Knights of the Golden Circle (Paperback)
Daniel J. Duke
R340 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R108 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An investigation into the lost treasures of Jesse James and the Freemasons and their connections to the Templars, Rosicrucians, and the Founding Fathers Jesse James left behind secret diaries and coded treasure maps. Working to decrypt these maps, Daniel J. Duke--the great-great grandson of Jesse James--reveals hidden treasures yet to be recovered as well as connections between the infamous train robber and Freemasonry, the Knights Templar, the Founding Fathers, and Jewish mysticism. The author explains how Jesse James faked his death and lived out his final years under the name James L. Courtney. He uncovers James' affiliation with the Knights of the Golden Circle, a secret society that buried Confederate gold across the United States, and shows how the hidden treasures coded into James' maps were not affiliated with the KGC but with the Freemasons, the Knights Templar, and the treasure of the Temple Mount. Using sacred geometry, gematria, and the Kabbalistic Tree of Life symbol, the author explains the encoded map technique used by the Freemasons to hide and later recover treasures, an esoteric template known as the "Veil". He shows how the Veil template confirms the locations of Jesse James' recovered treasures in Texas as well as other suspected treasure locations, such as the Oak Island Money Pit and Victorio Peak in New Mexico. Tracing knowledge of the Veil template back through the centuries, the author reveals the Veil hidden on the cover of a 16th-century book that contains a secret map of the New World and the "hooked X" symbol of the Knights Templar. He shows how the template was used not only to hide treasures but also sacred knowledge and relics, such as within the Bruton Vault, which originally contained secrets tied to Francis Bacon, the Freemasons, the Rosicrucians, and the founding of the United States. Applying the Veil template alongside the esoteric secrets of Poussin's famous painting, Et In Arcadia Ego, and Cassini's Celestial Globe, Duke shows how the template reveals other Templar and Freemason treasure sites scattered throughout America and around the world.

Freemasonry: Ancient Egypt and the Islamic Destiny (Paperback, [1st ed.]): Mustafa El-Amin Freemasonry: Ancient Egypt and the Islamic Destiny (Paperback, [1st ed.])
Mustafa El-Amin
R265 R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Save R43 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Mustafa El-Amin, author of bestseller Al-Islam, Christianity, and Freemasonry, now examines what it is about Freemasonry that made most of the founding fathers of America feel the need to embrace it; why is it that so many people of influence (members of Congress, the Supreme Court, judges, politicians)--past and present--have joined and studied the teachings of Freemasonry.

Leadership from the margins - Women and civil society organizations in Argentina, Chile and El Salvador (Hardcover, New):... Leadership from the margins - Women and civil society organizations in Argentina, Chile and El Salvador (Hardcover, New)
Serena Cosgrove
R2,718 Discovery Miles 27 180 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Women have experienced decades of economic and political repression across Latin America, where many nations are built upon patriarchal systems of power. However, a recent confluence of political, economic, and historical factors has allowed for the emergence of civil society organizations (CSOs) that afford women a voice throughout the region. Leadership from the Margins describes and analyzes the unique leadership styles and challenges facing the women leaders of CSOs in Argentina, Chile, and El Salvador. Based on ethnographic research, Serena Cosgrove's analysis offers a nuanced account of the distinct struggles facing women, and how differences of class, political ideology, and ethnicity have informed their outlook and organizing strategies. Using a gendered lens, she reveals the power and potential of women's leadership to impact the direction of local, regional, and global development agendas.

Leadership from the margins - Women and civil society organizations in Argentina, Chile and El Salvador (Paperback, New):... Leadership from the margins - Women and civil society organizations in Argentina, Chile and El Salvador (Paperback, New)
Serena Cosgrove
R815 Discovery Miles 8 150 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Women have experienced decades of economic and political repression across Latin America, where many nations are built upon patriarchal systems of power. However, a recent confluence of political, economic, and historical factors has allowed for the emergence of civil society organizations (CSOs) that afford women a voice throughout the region. Leadership from the Margins describes and analyzes the unique leadership styles and challenges facing the women leaders of CSOs in Argentina, Chile, and El Salvador. Based on ethnographic research, Serena Cosgrove's analysis offers a nuanced account of the distinct struggles facing women, and how differences of class, political ideology, and ethnicity have informed their outlook and organizing strategies. Using a gendered lens, she reveals the power and potential of women's leadership to impact the direction of local, regional, and global development agendas.

Home Town Associations - Indigenous Knowledge and Development in Nigeria (Paperback): Rex Honey, Stanley I. Okafor Home Town Associations - Indigenous Knowledge and Development in Nigeria (Paperback)
Rex Honey, Stanley I. Okafor
R477 Discovery Miles 4 770 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

There is a growing recognition of the role of indigenous knowledge systems and resources, as shown by the role of local organizations in the development process. These organizations have been responsible for significant local development achievements in a number of developing countries, and they play a central role in the process of building sustained and participatory development.This book focuses on one such type of organization: the Nigerian hometown association (HTA). HTAs are based on ties of kinship and ancestry, but are products of migrations and urbanization and are therefore of contemporary vintage. Associational life was, and remains, an important part of Nigerian social structure, and hometown associations have evolved into the most visible form of that associational life. Though they vary in many respects, HTAs have a few common properties, a crucial one being that they have significance both at "home" and "abroad." At home, the focus is on improvement, though the specifics of what is to be improved and who decides is the subject of struggle. Abroad, the focus is dual -- maintaining connections with home but also providing a supportive environment for people in a place where they are regarded as strangers.These studies illuminate the vitality of a fast-developing society.

Confessions of an Illuminati, Volume II - The Time of Revelation and Tribulation Leading up to 2020 (Paperback): Leo Lyon Zagami Confessions of an Illuminati, Volume II - The Time of Revelation and Tribulation Leading up to 2020 (Paperback)
Leo Lyon Zagami
R421 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R63 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
In the Club - Associational Life in Colonial South Asia (Hardcover): Benjamin Cohen In the Club - Associational Life in Colonial South Asia (Hardcover)
Benjamin Cohen
R2,011 R315 Discovery Miles 3 150 Save R1,696 (84%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the club presents a comprehensive examination of social clubs across South Asia, arguing for clubs as key contributors to South Asia's colonial associational life and civil society. Using government records, personal memoirs, private club records, and club histories themselves, In the club explores colonial club life with chapters arranged thematically: the legal underpinnings of clubs; their physical locations and compositions; their financial health; the role of servants and staff as employees of clubs; issues of race and class in clubs; women's clubs; and finally clubs in their postcolonial milieus. This book will be critical reading for scholars of South Asia, graduate students, and intellectually engaged club members alike. -- .

The Rough-Stuff Fellowship Archive - Adventures with the world's oldest off-road cycling club (Paperback, New edition):... The Rough-Stuff Fellowship Archive - Adventures with the world's oldest off-road cycling club (Paperback, New edition)
Mark Hudson
R756 R651 Discovery Miles 6 510 Save R105 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Founded in 1955, the Rough-Stuff Fellowship is the world's oldest off-road cycling club. Its archive contains thousands of stunning images, hand-drawn maps and documents - an unexpected treasure trove of incredible value and beauty that is now being brought to a wider public by Isola Press. The photos are evocative of a bygone age and a bygone style - a time when you might set off on a bike ride wearing a shirt and tie or a bobble hat, and no ride was complete without a stop to brew up some tea and smoke a pipe. They are also a record of intrepid adventures. RSF riders explored the Lake District, the Cairngorms, the Alps and further afield, and their exploits were beautifully documented by amateur and professional photographers. In their own very British way, these men and women were pioneers, pedalling and carrying their bikes where angels feared to tread. Mountain bikes, gravel bikes, adventure bikes all owe them a debt. This book celebrates their style and their spirit. It is a stunning visual resource of cycling heritage that will inspire new adventures.

The Oddfellows - 200 Years of Making Friends and Helping People (Hardcover): Daniel Weinbren The Oddfellows - 200 Years of Making Friends and Helping People (Hardcover)
Daniel Weinbren
R694 Discovery Miles 6 940 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

On 10 October 1810, 27 men came together to form the Independent Order of Oddfellows, Manchester Unity. It was to be the beginning of an organisation which for the last 200 years has appealed to the best in people, treated them as capable of exercising responsibility, and empowered them to face the challenges of life. All the principles and practices of Oddfellowship developed from these core values, which still characterise the Society today. The story of the last two centuries, including many dramatic changes, is chronicled in this well-researched, readable and lively history, lavishly illustrated with many wonderful photographs, documents and commemorative memorabilia. And, as befits a Society which values its members so highly, there are also contributions from present-day Oddfellows, whose memories and recollections have been passed down through families over generations. This wonderful book vividly portrays the life of the Oddfellows since its birth and is certain to fascinate all current Society members, for whom it will be a treasured keepsake. It is also, however, a valuable and interesting resource for historians, those connected with the study of friendly societies, and anyone interested in British social history.

Scouts: The Stories That Built a Movement (Hardcover): Scouts UK (adult) Scouts: The Stories That Built a Movement (Hardcover)
Scouts UK (adult) 1
R702 R577 Discovery Miles 5 770 Save R125 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Discover how a global phenomenon began with a small adventure camp in 1907 and grew into a movement of 50 million members that equips young people with valuable skills for life. Including previously unseen photographs from the UK Scout Heritage Collection, and fascinating stories of the people that created the Wolf Cubs, the Rover Scouts, the Sea Scouts and the Air Scouts, this book is the story of a movement with young people at its heart. Learn how Scouts have journeyed into space, how they helped during wartime, and how Scouts today continue to support communities both locally and around the world. With a foreword by Bear Grylls, UK Chief Scout and Chief Ambassador of World Scouting, this is the ultimate book for Scouts of all ages.

The History of Cults - From Satanic Sects to the Manson Family (Hardcover): Robert Schroeder The History of Cults - From Satanic Sects to the Manson Family (Hardcover)
Robert Schroeder 1
R523 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R194 (37%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In The History of Cults, Robert Schroeder examines movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in a historical and cultural context, tracing their existence back to the earliest days of mankind. Investigating the essence of their continued appeal with reference to the experiences of ex-members, along with profiles of their often enigmatic creators and leaders, he provides a compelling and sometimes disturbing insight into these mysterious organizations, be they modern or ancient. More than 50 cults, movements, cult leaders, sects and religions of the modern and ancient world are explained and explored.

Secret Practices of the Sufi Freemasons - The Islamic Teachings at the Heart of Alchemy (Paperback, Original): Baron Rudolf Von... Secret Practices of the Sufi Freemasons - The Islamic Teachings at the Heart of Alchemy (Paperback, Original)
Baron Rudolf Von Sebottendorff; Introduction by Stephen E. Flowers; Translated by Stephen E. Flowers
R325 R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Save R55 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

*Shows how this order, also known as oriental Freemasonry, preserves the ancient spiritual doctrines forgotten by modern Freemasonry*Explains how to transform the soul into the alchemical Magnum opus by combining Masonic grips and the abbreviated letters of the Qur'an*Includes a detailed biography of Baron von SebottendorffOriginally published in Germany in 1924, this rare book by Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorff reveals the secret spiritual exercises of the Bektashi Order of Sufis as well as how this order, also known as Oriental Freemasonry, preserves the ancient spiritual doctrines forgotten by modern Freemasonry. Sebottendorff explains how the mysterious abbreviated letters found in the Qur'an represent formulae for perfecting the spirit of the individual. When combined with Masonic hand signs and grips and conducted accordingly to a precise schedule, these formulae incorporate spiritual power into the body and transform the soul from its base state into a noble, godlike state: the Magnum Opus of the mediaeval alchemists. Laying out the complete programme of spiritual exercises, Sebottendorff explains each abbreviated word-formula in the Qur'an, the hand gestures that go with them and the exact order and duration for each exercise. Including a detailed biography of Sebottendorff and an examination of alchemy's Islamic heritage, this book shows how the traditions of Oriental Freemasonry can ennoble the self and lead to higher knowledge.

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