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The Last Duel

By Eric Jager
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  • Publisher : Crown
  • Isbn : 0767919610
  • Pages : 256
  • Category : History
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • “A taut page-turner with all the hallmarks of a good historical thriller.”—Orlando Sentinel The gripping true story of the duel to end all duels in medieval France as a resolute knight defends his wife’s honor against the man she accuses of a heinous crime In the midst of the devastating Hundred Years’ War between France and England, Jean de Carrouges, a Norman knight fresh from combat in Scotland, returns home to yet another deadly threat. His wife, Marguerite, has accused squire Jacques Le Gris of rape. A deadlocked court decrees a trial by combat between the two men that will also leave Marguerite’s fate in the balance. For if her husband loses the duel, she will be put to death as a false accuser. While enemy troops pillage the land, and rebellion and plague threaten the lives of all, Carrouges and Le Gris meet in full armor on a walled field in Paris. What follows is the final duel ever authorized by the Parlement of Paris, a fierce fight with lance, sword, and dagger before a massive crowd that includes the teenage King Charles VI, during which both combatants are wounded—but only one fatally. Based on extensive research in Normandy and Paris, The Last Duel brings to life a colorful, turbulent age and three unforgettable characters caught in a fatal triangle of crime, scandal, and revenge. The Last Duel is at once a moving human drama, a captivating true crime story, and an engrossing work of historical intrigue with themes that echo powerfully centuries later.

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Book Summary:

In the second half of the sixteenth century, France was racked by religious civil wars and peace was only restored when Henry of Navarre finally converted to Catholicism, deciding – in his immortal phrase – that 'Paris is worth a mass'. In this lucid introduction to a complex period in French history, Robert Knecht: Explains the evangelical and Lutheran origins of the Huguenot Church in France Challenges simplistic interpretations of the religious conflict as purely a cloak for political rebellion Provides concise analysis of the wars themselves and the ferment of political ideas which they generated Evaluates the extent of France’s recovery under Henry IV This third edition has been updated throughout to take account of the latest scholarship, particularly on the Massacre of St. Bartholomew and the reign of Henry III when the monarchy almost succumbed to the challenge posed by the Catholic League. There is a new colour plate section and the main text is supported by a full glossary of terms, maps and three detailed genealogical tables, as well as a carefully chosen selection of original documents. Each book in the Seminar Studies in History series provides a concise and reliable introduction to complex events and debates. Written by acknowledged experts and supported by extracts from historical Documents, a Chronology, Glossary, Who’s Who of key figures and Guide to Further Reading, Seminar Studies in History are the essential guides to understanding a topic.

Saint's Blood

By Sebastien de Castell
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Jo Fletcher Books
  • Isbn : 1784299642
  • Pages : 576
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 515
  • File Pdf: saint-s-blood.pdf

Book Summary:

'High energy, highly unique, swashbuckling-cop-epic-noir story. Buy it. BUY IT NOW' Sam Sykes The Greatcoats are back - and this time it's personal. How do you kill a Saint? Falcio, Brasti and Kest are about to find out, as someone is doing just that, and they've started with a friend. The Dukes were already looking for ways to weasel out of their promise to put Aline on her father's throne - but with Saints turning up dead, and Church Inquistitors pushing for control - rumours are spreading that the Gods themselves oppose her ascension. The only way Falcio can stop the country turning into a vicious theocracy is to find and stop the Saint-killer - but his only clue is the iron mask encasing the head of the Saint of Mercy, which prevents her from speaking. And even if he can find the murderer, he will still have to face them in battle - and this may be a duel that no swordsman, no matter how skilled, can win.

Discourses We Live By: Narratives of Educational and Social Endeavour

By Hazel R. Wright,Marianne Høyen
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Open Book Publishers
  • Isbn : 1783748540
  • Pages : 642
  • Category : Education
  • Reads : 719
  • File Pdf: discourses-we-live-by.pdf

Book Summary:

What are the influences that govern how people view their worlds? What are the embedded values and practices that underpin the ways people think and act? Discourses We Live By approaches these questions through narrative research, in a process that uses words, images, activities or artefacts to ask people – either individually or collectively within social groupings – to examine, discuss, portray or otherwise make public their place in the world, their sense of belonging to (and identity within) the physical and cultural space they inhabit. This book is a rich and multifaceted collection of twenty-eight chapters that use varied lenses to examine the discourses that shape people’s lives. The contributors are themselves from many backgrounds – different academic disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, diverse professional practices and a range of countries and cultures. They represent a broad spectrum of age, status and outlook, and variously apply their research methods – but share a common interest in people, their lives, thoughts and actions. Gathering such eclectic experiences as those of student-teachers in Kenya, a released prisoner in Denmark, academics in Colombia, a group of migrants learning English, and gambling addiction support-workers in Italy, alongside more mainstream educational themes, the book presents a fascinating array of insights. Discourses We Live By will be essential reading for adult educators and practitioners, those involved with educational and professional practice, narrative researchers, and many sociologists. It will appeal to all who want to know how narratives shape the way we live and the way we talk about our lives.

Wilkie Collins: A Life of Sensation

By Andrew Lycett
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Isbn : 144813689X
  • Pages : 560
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 351
  • File Pdf: wilkie-collins.pdf

Book Summary:

The definitive biography of Wilkie Collins: the Victorian novelist, playwright, author of The Moonstone and The Woman in White, who lived a life of sensation. Wilkie Collins, author of The Moonstone and The Woman in White, was the master of the Victorian sensation novel, but he also had a complex private life that could have come straight out of one of his bestselling novels. While his books focused on uncovering family secrets, Wilkie was determined to keep his own unconventional domestic arrangements – living with two women, neither of them his wife – hidden from the outside world. In this colourful investigative biography, set against the backdrop of Victorian London, Andrew Lycett brings to life one of England’s greatest writers and reveals a brilliant, contrary and sensual man, deeply committed to his work.

Duelling Stories of the Sixteenth Century from the French of Brant?me

By G.H. Powell,P.B. Brant?me
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Рипол Классик
  • Isbn : 5877535919
  • Pages : 244
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 374
  • File Pdf: duelling-stories-of-the-sixteenth-century-from-the-french-of-brant-me.pdf

Book Summary:

Brantôme was a gentleman who traveled through Europe in the latter half of the 16th century. The stories he relates not only describe famous duels, but they also give glimpses into lives of royalty and celebrities.

Aussie Journeyman

By Alvin Gardiner
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Australian eBook Publisher
  • Isbn : 1925516598
  • Pages : 50
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 468
  • File Pdf: aussie-journeyman.pdf

Book Summary:

From the rugged Australian bush to the posh highlife of Newport Beach, California, Aussie Journeyman tells the story of a young Australian boy with dreams of becoming a professional tennis star. It was the early 1970s, fresh out of high school when Alvin Gardiner set off to take on the international tennis tour. From this humble beginning it was hard to foresee what crazy and at times life-risking twists and turns his life would take. With Open tennis no longer an amateur sport, the professional tour was only one year old. Alvin played his way through some 65 countries around the globe on six continents, making it on the big stages at Wimbledon, the Australian and US Opens. Even though it was an adventurous journey, it wasn’t always smooth traveling. There were many weeks on the road, especially in Europe, when pockets were empty with no prospects or plans of the next meal ticket. Alvin played against some of the biggest stars of that era including Borg, Conners, Nastase and Vilas. He also battled the precocious John McEnroe, in John’s very first Grand Slam singles match at the 1977 French Open. Dubbed by Mac himself as the “Aussie Journeyman”. After his twelve years of battling it out on the circuit and living the gypsy life, he settled in one of the most exclusive cities in America. Alvin then went on to coaching and continued his career on the senior tour becoming World Champion and #1 in the over 35 singles division.

Blood on the Stage, 1800 to 1900

By Amnon Kabatchnik
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Isbn : 1538106183
  • Pages : 736
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Reads : 443
  • File Pdf: blood-on-the-stage-1800-to-1900.pdf

Book Summary:

This volume examines the key representations of transgression drama produced between 1800 and 1900. Arranged in chronological order, the entries consist of plot summary (often including significant dialogue), performance data (if available), opinions by critics and scholars, and other features.

The Pocket Guide to Classic Books

By Kieran Hughes
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Pen and Sword
  • Isbn : 1844687287
  • Pages : 192
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 488
  • File Pdf: the-pocket-guide-to-classic-books.pdf

Book Summary:

Everything you need to know about classic literature in one handy guide by lecturer Maureen Hughes. Covering everything from the authors to the plays themselves and their common themes, accessibility is a key selling point with factboxes highlighting key or curious facts about the subject. Its size makes it the perfect stocking filler for the Christmas market or at anytime of the year for those wanting more information about what theyre reading or studying in a handy, pocket-sized guide.