In Distant Lands: A Short History of the Crusades by Lars Brownworth
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 5.5 MB
Overview: In the late fall of 1095 Pope Urban II gave a speech in Clermont, France and set all of Europe into motion. 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. Against all odds they succeeded, creating a Christian outpost in the heart of the Islamic world that lasted for the better part of two centuries.
Perhaps no other period in history is as misunderstood as the Crusades, and in this fast-paced account, bestselling author Lars Brownworth presents the entire story, from the first clash of Christendom and Islam in the dusty sands of Yarmouk, to the fall of the last crusader state. Along the way he introduces the reader to an exotic world peopled by mighty emperors, doomed Templars, grasping generals, and ambitious peasants. Some of the most famous names of the Middle Ages – Richard the Lionheart, Saladin, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and the legendary Prester John – illuminate this era of splendor, adventure, and faith.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by means of Barbara W. Tuchman
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 761 MB
Overview: The fourteenth century displays two contradictory photographs: at the one hand, a glittering age of crusades, cathedrals, and chivalry; at the different, an international plunged into chaos and religious agony. In this revelatory paintings, Barbara W. Tuchman examines no longer simplest the good rhythms of historical past however the grain and texture of home existence: what adolescence used to be like; what marriage supposed; how cash, taxes, and struggle ruled the lives of serf, noble, and clergy alike. Granting her topics their loyalties, treacheries, and accountable passions, Tuchman re-creates the lives of proud cardinals, college students, grocers and clerks, saints and mystics, attorneys and mercenaries, and, dominating all, the knight-in all his valor and “livid follies,” a “horrible malicious program in an iron cocoon.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
Faint Echoes Distant Stars: The Science and Politics of Finding Life Beyond Earth [Audiobook]
A Distant Heritage: The Growth of Free Speech in Early America by Larry D. Eldridge
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Overview: Historians often rely on a handful of unusual cases to illustrate the absence of free speech in the colonies-such as that of Richard Barnes, who had his arms broken and a hole bored through his tongue for seditious words against the governor of Virginia. In this definitive and accessible work, Larry Eldridge convincingly debunks this view by revealing surprising evidence of free speech in early America. Using the court records of every American colony that existed before 1700 and an analysis of over 1,200 seditious speech cases sifted from those records, A Distant Heritage shows how colonists experienced a dramatic expansion during the seventeenth century of their freedom to criticize government and its officials. Exploring important changes in the roles of juries and appeals, the nature of prosecution and punishment, and the pattern of growing leniency, Eldridge also shows us why this expansion occurred when it did. He concludes that the ironic combination of tumult and destabilization on the one hand, and steady growth and development on the other, made colonists more willing to criticize authority openly and officials less able to prevent it. That, in turn, established a foundation for the more celebrated flowering of colonial dissent against English authority in the eighteenth century. Steeped in primary sources and richly narrated, this is an invaluable addition to the library of anyone interested in legal history, colonial America, or the birth of free speech in the United States.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Distant Strangers: How Britain Became Modern by James Vernon
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 4.18MB | Retail
Overview: What does it mean to live in the modern world? How different is that world from those that preceded it, and when did we become modern?
In Distant Strangers, James Vernon argues that the world was made modern not by revolution, industrialization, or the Enlightenment. Instead, he shows how in Britain, a place long held to be the crucible of modernity, a new and distinctly modern social condition emerged by the middle of the nineteenth century. Rapid and sustained population growth, combined with increasing mobility of people over greater distances and concentrations of people in cities, created a society of strangers.
Vernon explores how individuals in modern societies adapted to live among strangers by forging more abstract and anonymous economic, social, and political relations, as well as by reanimating the local and the personal.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational