By Adina Hoffman

NATIONAL JEWISH ebook AWARD FINALIST

WINNER OF THE 2012 AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION’S SOPHIE BRODY AWARD FOR awesome fulfillment IN JEWISH LITERATURE

Sacred Trash tells the outstanding tale of the Cairo Geniza—a synagogue repository for tired texts that grew to become out to comprise the main very important cache of Jewish manuscripts ever found.

This story of buried communal treasure weaves jointly unforgettable pictures of Solomon Schechter and the opposite sleek heroes answerable for the collection’s rescue with explorations of the medieval records themselves—letters and poems, wills and marriage contracts, Bibles, funds orders, fiery dissenting spiritual tracts, fashion-conscious trousseaux lists, prescriptions, petitions, and mysterious magical charms. offering a pan­oramic view of virtually 1000 years of brilliant Mediterranean Judaism, Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole carry modern readers into the guts of this little-known trove, whose contents have rightly been dubbed “the dwelling Sea Scrolls.” half biography, half meditation at the preferrred worth the Jewish humans has lengthy positioned within the written be aware, Sacred Trash is specifically a gripping story of experience and redemption. 

(With black-and-white illustrations throughout.) 

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By John Clements

From the writer of Renaissance Swordsmanship comes the main entire and traditionally actual view ever of the misplaced struggling with arts of Medieval knights, warriors and men-at-arms. according to years of in depth education and examine within the use of ecu swords, it includes powerful battling ideas for the sword, sword & safeguard, long-sword, great-sword, pole-arm and extra. And with greater than two hundred illustrations and infrequent old files, it's a scholarly reference in addition to a hands-on education advisor for martial artists of all degrees.

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By Christof Rolker

Ivo of Chartres was once essentially the most discovered students of his time, a strong bishop and an important determine within the so-called 'Investiture Contest'. Christof Rolker right here bargains an enormous new examine of Ivo, his works and the position he performed within the highbrow, non secular and political tradition of medieval Europe round 1100 advert. evaluating Ivo's broad correspondence to the modern canon legislations collections attributed to him, Dr Rolker presents a brand new interpretation in their authorship. opposite to present assumptions, he finds that Ivo didn't bring together the Panormia, exhibiting that its compiler labored in a tremendously various psychological framework from Ivo. those findings demand a reassessment of the connection among Church reform and scholasticism and shed new mild on Ivo as either a student and bishop.

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Those volumes suggest a renewed method of framing the controversy round the heritage of medieval artwork and structure to focus on the a number of roles performed by means of ladies. at the present time s typical department of artist from consumer isn't obvious in medieval inscriptions on work, metalwork, embroideries, or structures the place the commonest verb is 'made' ("fecit"). from time to time this denotes the person whose fingers produced the paintings, however it can both confer with the individual whose donation made the project attainable. right here twenty-four students study secular and spiritual paintings from throughout medieval Europe to illustrate diversity of reviews is of curiosity not only for a selected time and position yet simply because, from this variety, total conclusions should be drawn for the query of medieval paintings historical past as an entire. participants are Mickey Abel, Glaire D. Anderson, Jane L. Carroll, Nicola Coldstream, Maria Elena Diez Jorge, Jaroslav Folda, Alexandra Gajewski, Loveday Lewes Gee, Melissa R. Katz, Katrin Kogman-Appel, Pierre Alain Mariaux, Therese Martin, Eileen McKiernan Gonzalez, Rachel Moss, Jenifer Ni Ghradaigh, Felipe Pereda, Annie Renoux, Ana Maria S. A. Rodrigues, Jane Tibbetts Schulenburg, Stefanie Seeberg, Miriam Shadis, Ellen Shortell, Loretta Vandi, and Nancy L. Wicker."

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This prestigious choice of essays through major students presents a radical reassessment of the medieval period which questions how, while and why the center a long time begun, and the way without warning the shift from the Roman Empire to Barbarian Europe happened.

Presenting the most up-tp-date paintings together with newly-available fabric reminiscent of translations of French and German essays, From Roman Provinces to Medieval Kingdoms gathers the major thinkers within the box jointly in a single easy-to-use volume.

Examining a wealth of fabric at the origins of the Barbarian humans and their tribes, Thomas F.X. Noble reviews the features of the tribes and debates whether or not they have been blood-tied clans or devices certain by way of social, political and fiscal objectives.

Highly readable and scholar pleasant, From Roman Provinces to Medieval Kingdoms incorporates a basic advent, clear prologues to every part and makes the main debates of the topic available to scholars.

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By Christopher B. Krebs

The New York instances ebook overview Editor's Choice
Times Literary complement Book of the Year
Choice Outstanding title
Winner of Phi Beta Kappa's 2012 Christian Gauss e-book Award.

    

"A version of well known highbrow historical past. . . . In each means, 
A most deadly booklet is a such a lot tremendous achievement."--Washington Post  

When the Roman historian Tacitus wrote the Germania, a none-too-flattering little e-book in regards to the historic Germans, he couldn't have foreseen that centuries later the Nazis may extol it as "a bible" and vow to resurrect Germany on its grounds. however the Germania inspired--and polarized--readers lengthy ahead of the increase of the 3rd Reich. during this based and attractive background, Christopher B. Krebs, a professor of classics at Harvard collage, lines the wide-ranging impression of the Germania, revealing how an historic textual content rose to take its position one of the most deadly books on the planet. 14 illustrations

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By Marc Bloch

Marc Bloch stated that his aim in writing Feudal Society was once to move past the technical learn a medievalist would routinely write and ‘dismantle a social structure.’ during this impressive and huge paintings, which has brought generations of scholars and historians to the feudal interval, Bloch treats feudalism as dwelling, respiring strength in Western Europe from the 9th to the 13th century. At its middle lies a magisterial account of kinfolk of lord and vassal, and the origins of the character of the fief, delivered to existence via compelling bills of the the Aristocracy, knighthood and chivalry, kinfolk relatives, political and criminal associations, and the church. For Bloch historical past was once a means of consistent flow and evolution and he describes in the course of the sluggish strategy during which feudal societies become what may develop into state states. A travel de strength of historic writing, Feudal Society is key examining for somebody drawn to either Western Europe’s earlier and present.

With a brand new foreword via Geoffrey Koziol

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By Ernst Robert Curtius

In this "magnificent booklet" (T. S. Eliot), Ernst Robert Curtius (1886-1956), one of many preferable literary students of this century, examines the continuity of ecu literature from Homer to Goethe, with specific emphasis at the Latin center a long time. In an intensive new epilogue, drawing on hitherto unpublished fabric, Peter Godman analyzes the highbrow and political context and personality of Curtius's ideas.

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By William Manchester

From stories of chivalrous knights to the barbarity of trial through ordeal, no period has been a better resource of awe, horror, and sweetness than the center a long time. In handsomely crafted prose, and with the grace and authority of his notable reward for narrative heritage, William Manchester leads us from a civilization tottering on the point of cave in to the grandeur of its rebirth-the dense explosion of power that spawned a few of history's maximum poets, philosophers, painters, adventurers, and reformers, in addition to a few of its so much fantastic villains- the Renaissance.

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