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  • The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise
    The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise (English, Hardback) Dario Fernandez-Morera

    A finalist for World Magazine's Book of the Year! "Essential reading." ?Antonio Carreño, Brown University  "A watershed in scholarship." ?Raphael Israeli, Hebrew University of Jerusalem "Desperately, desperately needed as a counter to the mythology that pervades academia on this subject." ?Paul F. Crawford, California University of Pennsylvania  "An intelligent reinterpretation of a supposed paradise of convivencia." ?Julia Pavón Benito, University of Navarra "A splendid book . . . Must-reading." ?Noël Valis, Yale University "I am in awe of The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise." ?FrontPage Magazine "A bracing remedy to a good deal of the academic pabulum that passes for scholarship." ?Middle East Quarterly "An exhilarating and unput-downable read." ?Standpoint Scholars, journalists, and even politicians uphold Muslim-ruled medieval Spain?"al-Andalus"?as a multicultural paradise, a place where Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in harmony. There is only one problem with this widely accepted account: it is a myth. In this groundbreaking book, Northwestern University scholar Darío Fernández-Morera tells the full story of Islamic Spain. The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise shines light on hidden history by drawing on an abundance of primary sources that scholars have ignored, as well as archaeological evidence only recently unearthed. This supposed beacon of peaceful coexistence began, of course, with the Islamic Caliphate's conquest of Spain. Far from a land of religious tolerance, Islamic Spain was marked by religious and therefore cultural repression in all areas of life and the marginalization of Christians and other groups?all this in the service of social control by autocratic rulers and a class of religious authorities. The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise provides a desperately needed reassessment of medieval Spain. As professors, politicians, and pundits continue to celebrate Islamic Spain for its "multiculturalism" and "diversity," Fernández-Morera sets the historical record straight?showing that a politically useful myth is a myth nonetheless.

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  • The Viking Ship
    The Viking Ship (English, Paperback) Gareth Williams

    The Viking ship is one of the most iconic images of the Viking Age. As well as including well-known vessels such as the spectacular ship-burials from Gokstad and Oseberg in southern Norway, Viking Ships introduces the newly-conserved Roskilde 6 ship from Denmark.

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  • On Difficulties in the Church Fathers: Volume I
    On Difficulties in the Church Fathers: Volume I (Multiple languages, Hardback)

    Maximos the Confessor is one of the most challenging and original Christian thinkers of all time. The Ambigua is his greatest philosophical and doctrinal work, in which daring originality, prodigious talent for speculative thinking, and analytical acumen are on lavish display. The result is a labyrinthine map of the mind's journey to God.

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  • Medieval Europe
    Medieval Europe (English, Paperback) Chris Wickham

    A spirited and thought-provoking history of the vast changes that transformed Europe during the 1,000-year span of the Middle Ages

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  • The Book of Five Rings
    The Book of Five Rings (English, Paperback) Miyamoto Musashi

    Miyamoto Musashi was born in 1584, in a Japan struggling to recover from more than four centuries of internal strife. The traditional rule of the emperors had been overthrown in the twelfth century, and although each successive emperor remained the figurehead of Japan, his powers were very much reduced. Since that time, Japan had seen almost continuous civil war between the provincial lords,...

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  • The Middle Ages Unlocked
    The Middle Ages Unlocked (English, Paperback) Katrin Kania, Gillian Polack

    A unique guide to all aspects of life in the Middle Ages.

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  • The Edge of the World
    The Edge of the World (English, Paperback) Michael Pye

    An epic adventure ranging from the terror of the Vikings to the golden age of cities: Michael Pye tells the amazing story of how modernity emerged on the shores of the North Sea.

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  • Henry IV
    Henry IV (English, Hardback) Chris Given-Wilson

    Henry IV (1399?1413), the son of John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster, seized the English throne at the age of thirty-two from his cousin Richard II and held it until his death, aged forty-five, when he was succeeded by his son, Henry V. This comprehensive and nuanced biography restores to his rightful place a king often overlooked in favor of his illustrious progeny....

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  • Magna Carta
    Magna Carta (English, Paperback) David Carpenter

    Magna Carta, forced on King John in 1215 by rebellion, is one of the famous documents in world history. It asserts a fundamental principle: that ruler is subject to the law. This book draws on discoveries to give an account of Magna Carta's origins, survival and enforcement, showing how it quickly gained a central place in English political life.

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  • Medieval Europe
    Medieval Europe (English, Hardback) Chris Wickham

    A spirited and thought-provoking history of the vast changes that transformed Europe during the 1,000-year span of the Middle Ages

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  • Life in a Medieval Castle
    Life in a Medieval Castle (English, Paperback) Joseph Gies, Frances Gies

    From acclaimed historians Frances and Joseph Gies comes the reissue of this definitive classic on medieval castles, which was a source for George R.R. Martin'sGame of Thrones series....

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  • A Great and Terrible King
    A Great and Terrible King (Paperback) Marc Morris

    conquered Wales, extinguishing forever its native rulers, and constructed - at Conwy, Harlech, Beaumaris and Caernarfon - the most magnificent chain of castles ever created. After the death of his first wife he erected the Eleanor Crosses - the grandest funeral monuments ever fashioned for an English monarch.

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  • Everyday Life in Medieval London
    Everyday Life in Medieval London (English, Paperback) Toni Mount

    Step back in time to medieval London to find out about the lives of those working and living there.

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  • The English Resistance
    The English Resistance (English, Paperback) Peter Rex

    The first history of this forgotten English underground struggle against the invading Normans.

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  • Runes
    Runes (Paperback) Martin Findell

    Runes employ many techniques from informal scratchings to sophisticated inlaid designs on weapons, or the exquisite relief carvings of the Franks Casket. This book tells the story of runes from their mysterious origins, their development as a script, to their use and meaning in the modern world.

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  • The Medieval Dagger
    The Medieval Dagger (English, Paperback) Guy Windsor

    The term 'medieval martial arts' conjures images of armoured knights wielding sword, lance and axe. While the image is correct, at the foundation of knightly combat was a sophisticated form of close quarter combat, centred on fighting with - and against - the dagger, a deadly weapon of both self-defense and last resort. In Mastering the Art of Arms, Volume One: The Medieval Dagger, Guy Windsor...

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  • The Book of the Order of Chivalry
    The Book of the Order of Chivalry (English, Paperback) Ramon Llull, Noel Fallows

    New English translation of Llull's classic and significant text, restoring the nuances of the original.

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  • Edward III (Penguin Monarchs)
    Edward III (Penguin Monarchs) (English, Hardback) Jonathan Sumption

    Edward III lived through bloody and turbulent times. His father was deposed by his mother and her lover when he was still a teenager; a third of England's population was killed by the Black Death midway through his reign; and the intractable Hundred Years War with France began under his leadership.

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  • The Varangian Guard 988-1453
    The Varangian Guard 988-1453 (English, Paperback) Raffaele D'Amato, Giuseppe Rava

    The Varangian Guards were Viking mercenaries who operated far beyond their native shores as an elite force within the Byzantine Armies. The Varangians wore mixtures of their native clothing and armour together with a splendid formal Byzantine uniform. This title offers an insightful look at this legendary guard units of the medieval world.

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  • The Book of Gomorrah and St. Peter Damian's Struggle Against Ecclesiastical Corruption
    The Book of Gomorrah and St. Peter Damian's Struggle Against Ecclesiastical Corruption (Paperback) Peter Damian

    "Alas, it is shameful to speak of it! It is shameful to relate such a disgusting scandal to sacred ears! But if the doctor fears the virus of the plague, who will apply the cauterization? If he is nauseated by those whom he is to cure, who will lead sick souls back to the state of health?"With these words, St. Peter Damian introduces the Book of Gomorrah, undoubtedly the most stirringly eloquent...

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