The Caliph’s Splendor: Islam and the West in the Golden Age of Baghdad by Benson Bobrick
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Overview: The Caliph’s Splendor is a revelation: a history of a civilization we barely know that had a profound effect on our own culture.
While the West declined following the collapse of the Roman Empire, a new Arab civilization arose to the east, reaching an early peak in Baghdad under the caliph Harun al-Rashid. Harun is the legendary caliph of The Thousand and One Nights, but his actual court was nearly as magnificent as the fictional one. In The Caliph’s Splendor, Benson Bobrick eloquently tells the little-known and remarkable story of Harun’s rise to power and his rivalries with the neighboring Byzantines and the new Frankish kingdom under the leadership of Charlemagne.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History > Middle-east
Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal- Building St. Peter’s by R. A. Scotti
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Overview: In this dramatic journey through religious and artistic history, R. A. Scotti traces the defining event of a glorious epoch: the building of St. Peter’s Basilica.
Begun by the ferociously ambitious Pope Julius II in 1506, the endeavor would span two tumultuous centuries, challenge the greatest Renaissance masters – Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bramante – and enrage Martin Luther. By the time it was completed, Shakespeare had written all of his plays, the Mayflower had reached Plymouth and Rome had risen with its astounding basilica to become Europe’s holy metropolis.
A dazzling portrait of human achievement and excess, Basilica is a triumph of historical writing.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History > Architecture > Vatican