By Peter Reese

Boosted through the luck of naval campaigns within the Western Isles and help for the Danes, James IV, in a inaccurate try to aid France whilst that state was once invaded via Henry VIII's troops, ordered the Scottish military around the Border. At Flodden he confronted English troops below the Earl of Surrey, and even supposing having a major virtue by way of numbers, suffered a defeat so humiliating that it dented Scotland's self belief for hundreds of years. James IV misplaced his existence at Flodden, and in addition took with him the flower of the Scottish the Aristocracy, as well as as many as 10,000 Scottish squaddies, either Highland and Lowland. It used to be not anything under disaster. during this second look of 1 of Europe's final medieval battles, Peter Reese considers Flodden opposed to the styles of either international locations' conventional army contention and the private animosity that existed among James and Henry. He discusses the lads who made up either armies, their contrasting weaponry, structures of command and army strategies, and considers the key half the conflict performed within the street to the unification of Scotland and England. a few maps let the reader to persist with the occasions of the conflict in shut element.

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Medieval Futures explores the wealthy number of ways that medieval humans imagined the longer term, from the prophetic anticipation of the top of the realm to the mundane expectation that the area could proceed indefinitely, allowing usual human plans and provisions. The articles discover the ways that the longer term used to be represented to serve the current, equipment used to foretell the longer term, and methods followed so as to plan and supply for it. varied conceptions of the long run are proven to narrate to varied social teams and the emergence of recent mentalities, suggesting that altering conceptions of the longer term have been with regards to normal shifts in medieval tradition. participants: PIERO BOITANI, PAUL model, ELIZABETH A.R. BROWN, MARCUS BULL, JOHN BURROW, RHIANNON PURDIE, PHYLLIS B. ROBERTS, JEAN-CLAUDE SCHMITT, IAN P. WEI

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By Jacque Le Goff

During this ground–breaking new study,Jacques Le Goff, arguably the prime medievalist of his new release, offers his view of the primacy of the center a while within the improvement of eu heritage. "[A] fabulous and precious publication. This provocative review from a life of scholarship may also help us to put ourselves, not only territorially, yet in that different invaluable part of historical past: time." The mum or dad "A ebook that by no means fails to be informative, readable and provocative. Le Goff... has been the bravest and better of champions for medieval historical past. This book... is in each experience an inspiration." BBC historical past journal Praised through favorite figures in Europe and background together with: Rt Hon Christopher Patten, CH, Former Member of the eu fee, and Neil Kinnock, Vice–President, eu fee.

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By Umberto Eco

“Il libro più intelligente
– ma anche il più divertente –
di questi ultimi anni.”
Lars Gustafsson, Der Spiegel

“Il libro è così ricco
che permette tutti i livelli di lettura…
Eco, ancora bravo!”
Robert Maggiori, Libération
“Brio e ironia. Eco è andato a scuola
dai migliori modelli.”
Richard Ellmann, the recent York assessment of Books

“Precisamente il genere di libro che,
se fossi un milionario,
comanderei su misura.”
Punch

“Quando Baskerville e Adso
entrarono nella stanza murata allo scoccare
della mezzanotte e all’ultima parola del capitolo,
ho sentito, anche se è fuori moda,
un caratteristico sobbalzo al cuore.”
Nicholas Shrimpton, The Sunday Times
“È riuscito a scrivere un libro
che si legge tutto d’un fiato,
accattivante, comico, inatteso…”
Mario Fusco, Le Monde

“È un tipo di libro che ci trasforma,
che sostituisce l. a. nostra realtà con l. a. sua…
ci presenta un mondo nuovo nella tradizione
di Rabelais, Cervantes, Sterne, Melville,
Dostoevskij, lo stesso Joyce e García Márquez.”
Kenneth Atchity, la Times

“Mi rallegro
e tutto il mondo delle lettere si rallegrerà con me,
che si possa diventare top seller
contro i pronostici cibernetici,
e che un’opera di letteratura genuina
possa soppiantare il ciarpame…
L’alta qualità e il successo non si escludono a vicenda.”
Anthony Burgess, The Observer

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Barbara W. Tuchman—the acclaimed writer of the Pulitzer Prize–winning vintage The weapons of August—once back marshals her reward for personality, background, and gleaming prose to compose an miraculous portrait of medieval Europe.
 
The fourteenth century displays contradictory photographs: at the one hand, a glittering age of crusades, cathedrals, and chivalry; at the different, an international plunged into chaos and non secular ache. during this revelatory paintings, Barbara W. Tuchman examines not just the good rhythms of heritage however the grain and texture of household existence: what adolescence used to be like; what marriage intended; how funds, taxes, and struggle ruled the lives of serf, noble, and clergy alike. Granting her matters their loyalties, treacheries, and responsible passions, Tuchman re-creates the lives of proud cardinals, college students, grocers and clerks, saints and mystics, legal professionals and mercenaries, and, dominating all, the knight—in all his valor and “furious follies,” a “terrible bug in an iron cocoon.”
 
Praise for A far away Mirror
 
“Beautifully written, cautious and thorough in its scholarship . . . What Ms. Tuchman does fantastically is to inform how it was once. . . . nobody has ever performed this better.”The manhattan evaluation of Books
 
“A appealing, impressive booklet . . . Tuchman on the best of her powers . . . She has performed not anything finer.”The Wall highway Journal
 
“Wise, witty, and beautiful . . . a very good e-book, in a very good ancient tradition.”—Commentary

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A riveting foray into Scottish military history

The conflict of Bannockburn, at which Robert the Bruce's military vanquished Edward I, is still some of the most major and ongoing assets of Scottish delight. This history begins with the army clashes in the course of the preliminary phases of the Wars of Independence. After Bruce's rebel opposed to Edward I, it follows his chain of army successes which resulted in the siege of the English garrison in Stirling citadel and taken concerning the nice conflict among either international locations at Bannockburn. The ebook considers the importance of the Scottish victory, primarily—but now not exclusively—in the sunshine in their persisted battlefield successes that forced England to recognize Scotland's reemergence as a sovereign strength 14 years later.

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By Robert Bonfil

Composed in Hebrew in Capua, Italy in 1054, the kin chronicle of Ahima'az is still the most vital historic assets of medieval Jewish lifestyles, folklore, tradition, and mentalités in Western Europe, specially within the so-called Ashkenazi zone. As such, it presents a wealthy source to students of medieval background, cultural experiences, gender reports, and anthropology. during this ebook Robert Bonfil offers an in depth old advent and new English translation of the chronicle. Readers a professional in Hebrew also will vastly enjoy the new, vocalized serious version of the Hebrew textual content, skillfully arrange in entrance of the interpretation.

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By Nigel Cawthorne

The tale of Robin Hood comprises compelling narratives of crusades and outlaws and has develop into an emblem for justice in an unjust international. Robin Hood grew to become a hero over the centuries and has been immortalized in books, artwork, and films, in addition to a determine of admiration, stealing from the wealthy and giving to the bad. This Brief History explores the reality at the back of the myths and the realities in the back of the pictures, and divulges an unforeseen tale that hits on the subject of home.

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For centuries the meals and culinary delights of the Byzantine empire -- targeted on Constantinople -- have captivated the west, even though it seemed that little or no details were handed all the way down to us. Andrew Dalby's Tastes of Byzantium now unearths in mind-blowing aspect, for the 1st time, what used to be eaten within the courtroom of the japanese Roman Empire -- and the way it used to be cooked. Fusing the spices of the Romans with the seafood and straightforward neighborhood nutrients of the Aegean and Greek global, the delicacies of the Byzantines was once precise and a precursor to a lot of the foodstuff of recent Turkey and Greece. Bringing this vanished food to existence in brilliant and sensual element, Dalby describes the points of interest and scents of Constantinople and its marketplaces, relates visitors' stories and paints a complete photograph of the recipes and customs of the empire and their dating to overall healthiness and the seasons, love and medication. For food-lovers and historians alike, Tastes of Byzantium is either crucial and riveting -- a unprecedented illumination of way of life within the Byzantine world.

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