As many as a hundred and fifty thousand people eventually responded to the call, leaving everything they knew behind to undertake what appeared to be a fool’s mission: marching several thousand miles into enemy territory to reconquer Jerusalem for Christendom. In the late fall of 1095 pope urban II gave a speech in Clermont, France and set all of Europe into motion.
In Distant Lands: A Short History of the Crusades #ad - . Some of the most famous names of the middle ages - Richard the Lionheart, and the legendary Prester John - illuminate this era of splendor, adventure, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Saladin, and faith.
The Normans: From Raiders to KingsCrux Publishing #ad - It is rare to find an author who takes on a subject so broad and so complex, while delivering a book that is both fast-paced and readable. Bill yenne, author of julius caesar: lessons in leadership from the great Conqueror and Sitting Bull"An evocative journey through the colourful and dangerous world of early medieval Europe" Jonathan Harris, author of Byzantium and the CrusadesThere is much more to the Norman story than the Battle of Hastings.
Lars brownworth’s 'the normans' is like a gallop through the Middle Ages on a fast warhorse. In the process he brings to vivid life the norman tapestry’s rich cast of characters: figures like Rollo the Walker, William Iron-Arm, Tancred the Monkey King, and Robert Guiscard. They were the success story of the Middle Ages; a footloose band of individual adventurers who transformed the face of medieval Europe.
The Normans: From Raiders to Kings #ad - These descendants of the vikings who settled in France, English, and Italy - but were not strictly French, England, or Italian - played a large role in creating the modern world. During the course of two centuries they launched a series of extraordinary conquests, carving out kingdoms from the North Sea to the North African coast.
It presents a fascinating glimpse of a time when a group of restless adventurers had the world at their fingertips. In the normans, author lars brownworth follows their story, from the first shock of a Viking raid on an Irish monastery to the exile of the last Norman Prince of Antioch.
Words of Fire, Deeds of Blood: France in RevolutionNew Word City, Inc. #ad - Along the way, the names of the major players - from Marat and Robespierre to Talleyrand and Mirabeau - were etched into the history of France as well as the rest of the world. Award-winning historian and biographer olivier bernier has turned to primary sources - including the correspondence of Marie Antoinette, eyewitness accounts, the journals of the governess of the royal children, and newspapers and journals of the time - to make sense of the rapid and profound change the Revolution incited.
Words of Fire, Deeds of Blood: France in Revolution #ad - Words of fire, deeds of blood is a stirring account of one of the most fascinating and significant periods in history. In the space of just a few years, king Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette descended from immense popularity and unquestionable power to a place on the scaffold. This book is a unique history of the french Revolution - a colorful, insightful, and impassioned recounting of the events that signaled the birth of modern France and, indeed, the modern world.
Beginning with the storming of the Bastille, and finally, the government of France went from oligarchy to near anarchy, to the formation of a republic.
Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western CivilizationBroadway Books #ad - Lost to the west is replete with stories of assassination, ruthless grasping for power, sexual scheming, mass mutilation and execution, and clashing armies that soaked battlefields with the blood of slain warriors numbering in the tens of thousands. When europe fell into the Dark Ages, Byzantium held fast against Muslim expansion, keeping Christianity alive.
Streams of wealth flowed into Constantinople, making possible unprecedented wonders of art and architecture. Filled with unforgettable stories of emperors, and religious patriarchs, Lost to the West reveals how much we owe to the Byzantine Empire that was the equal of any in its achievements, appetites, generals, as well as fascinating glimpses into the life of the ordinary citizen, and enduring legacy.
Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization #ad - And the emperors who ruled Byzantium enacted a saga of political intrigue and conquest as astonishing as anything in recorded history. For more than a millennium, Byzantium reigned as the glittering seat of Christian civilization.
The Sea Wolves: A History of the VikingsCrux Publishing Ltd #ad - In ad 793 norse warriors struck the English isle of Lindisfarne and laid waste to it. Much of the british isles fell before their swords, and the continental capitals of Paris and Aachen were sacked in turn. They were also sophisticated merchants and explorers who settled Iceland, founded Dublin, and established a trading network that stretched from Baghdad to the coast of North America.
In the sea wolves, heroes, lars brownworth brings to life this extraordinary Norse world of epic poets, and travellers through the stories of the great Viking figures. Wave after wave of norse ‘sea-wolves’ followed in search of plunder, land, or a glorious death in battle. They were makers of law - the term itself comes from an Old Norse word - and they introduced a novel form of trial by jury to England.
The Sea Wolves: A History of the Vikings #ad - Among others, and the crafty harald hardrada illuminate the saga of the viking age - a time which “has passed away, Eric Bloodaxe who ruled in York, Leif the Lucky who discovered a new world, Ragnar Lothbrok the scourge of France, and grown dark under the cover of night”. But there is more to the Viking story than brute force.
Turning east, captured kiev and clashed with mighty Constantinople, they swept down the uncharted rivers of central Europe, the capital of the Byzantine Empire.
The BarbariansNew Word City, Inc. #ad - She covers the rise of france and the holy Roman Empire and shows how the last great wave of barbarians - the Vikings -colonized a new world in Greenland and North America. She examines the successes and failures of the principal barbarian tribes over the six centuries of their dominance and explores the surprising role of the Church as the era progressed.
. Historian grace cole steps back and reviews the long history of barbarian invaders who pushed into Europe from the steppes of Asia, beginning 3, 000 years ago with the nomadic Scythians, and then traces the tribes from Scandinavia, who migrated south to plague the empire until it finally crumbled. Finally, the strange structure that held society together into the early Renaissance, she explains feudalism, outlining how it foreshadowed and laid the foundations for the civilization that became Europe.
The Barbarians #ad - This rich heritage - the flowering of learning, the bold exploration and colonization of the globe, the idea of personal freedom - all were, in large part, new political and economic structures, the fruit of barbarism. And finally, the belief that barbarians and medieval Europe belonged to a dark age is conclusively put to rest.
Here is the dramatic story of the barbarians, beginning with the epochal event that shook civilization and signaled the end of the western empire: the sacking of Rome by the Visigoth Alaric in the early fifth-century CE.
Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the TudorsThomas Dunne Books #ad - But he also gives us a vivid sense of how England's early people lived: the homes they built, the food they ate, the clothes the wore, even the jokes they told. He shows us glimpses of the country's most distant past--a neolithic stirrup found in a grave, Saxon, a Roman fort, a Saxon tomb, despite being themselves Roman, Viking, a medieval manor house--and describes in rich prose the successive waves of invaders who made England English, or Norman French.
With his extraordinary skill for evoking time and place and his acute eye for the telling detail, Ackroyd recounts the story of warring kings, of civil strife, and foreign wars. The first book in peter ackroyd's history of England series, which has since been followed up with two more installments, Tudors and Rebellion.
Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors #ad - In foundation, the chronicler of london and of its river, takes us from the primeval forests of England's prehistory to the death, in 1509, of the first Tudor king, the Thames, Henry VII. All are brought vividly to life in this history of England through the narrative mastery of one of Britain's finest writers.
He guides us from the building of Stonehenge to the founding of the two great glories of medieval England: common law and the cathedrals.
The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman RepublicRandom House #ad - Now robert L. O’connell, tells the whole story of cannae for the first time, giving us a stirring account of this apocalyptic battle, one of the most admired names in military history, its causes and consequences. O’connell brilliantly conveys how rome amassed a giant army to punish Carthage’s masterful commander, how Hannibal outwitted enemies that outnumbered him, and how this disastrous pivot point in Rome’s history ultimately led to the republic’s resurgence and the creation of its empire.
The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic #ad - National bestsellerfor millennia, carthage’s triumph over Rome at Cannae in 216 B. C. Finally, o’connell reveals how cannae’s legend has inspired and haunted military leaders ever since, and the lessons it teaches for our own wars. Has inspired reverence and awe. No general since has matched Hannibal’s most unexpected, innovative, and brutal military victory.
. Piecing together decayed shreds of ancient reportage, from Hannibal—resolutely sane and uncannily strategic—to Scipio Africanus, the author paints powerful portraits of the leading players, the self-promoting Roman military tribune.
The Grand Inquisitor's Manual: A History of Terror in the Name of GodHarperOne #ad - The surprising history and legacy of the inquisitionThe renowned historian and critic Jonathan Kirsch presents a sweeping history of the Inquisition and the ways in which it has served as the chief model for torture in the West to this day. Ranging from the knights templar to the first protestants; from joan of arc to galileo; from the inquisition's immense power in Spain after 1492, when the secret tribunals and torture chambers were directed for the first time against Jews and Muslims, to the torture and murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent women during the Witch Craze; and to the modern war on terror—Kirsch shows us how the Inquisition stands as a universal and ineradicable reminder of how absolute power wreaks inevitable corruption.
The Pirate Queen: Queen Elizabeth I, Her Pirate Adventurers, and the Dawn of EmpireHarperCollins e-books #ad - All these men contributed their vast genius, power, greed, and expertise to the advancement of England. In the pirate queen, historian susan ronald offers a fresh look at Elizabeth I, focusing on her uncanny instinct for financial survival and the superior intellect that propelled and sustained her rise.
Her visionary accomplishments were made possible by her daring merchants, Sir Francis Walsingham, astronomer philosophers, and her stalwart Privy Council, including Sir William Cecil, gifted rapscallion adventurers, and Sir Nicholas Bacon. The foundation of elizabeth's empire was built on a carefully choreographed strategy whereby piracy transformed England from an impoverished state on the fringes of Europe into the first building block of an empire that covered two-fifths of the world.
The Pirate Queen: Queen Elizabeth I, Her Pirate Adventurers, and the Dawn of Empire #ad - Based on a wealth of historical sources and thousands of personal letters between Elizabeth and her merchant adventurers, advisers, " The Pirate Queen tells the thrilling story of Elizabeth and the swashbuckling mariners who terrorized the seas, planted the seedlings of an empire, and royal "cousins, and amassed great wealth for themselves and the Crown.
Dubbed the "pirate queen" by the Vatican and Spain's Philip II, Elizabeth I was feared and admired by her enemies. Extravagant, whimsical, and hot-tempered, Elizabeth was the epitome of power.