BLACK DIAMONDS THE DOWNFALL OF AN ARISTOCRATIC DYNASTY AND THE FIFTY YEARS THAT CHANGED ENGLAND

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Black Diamonds

Author : Catherine Bailey
ISBN : 9780698182950
Genre : History
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From the New York Times–bestselling author of The Secret Rooms, the extraordinary true story of the downfall of one of England’s wealthiest families Fans of Downton Abbey now have a go-to resource for fascinating, real-life stories of the spectacular lives led by England’s aristocrats. With the novelistic flair and knack for historical detail Catherine Bailey displayed in her New York Times bestseller The Secret Rooms, Black Diamonds provides a page-turning chronicle of the Fitzwilliam coal-mining dynasty and their breathtaking Wentworth estate, the largest private home in England. When the sixth Earl Fitzwilliam died in 1902, he left behind the second largest estate in twentieth-century England, valued at more than £3 billion of today’s money—a lifeline to the tens of thousands of people who worked either in the family’s coal mines or on their expansive estate. The earl also left behind four sons, and the family line seemed assured. But was it? As Bailey retraces the Fitzwilliam family history, she uncovers a legacy riddled with bitter feuds, scandals (including Peter Fitzwilliam’s ill-fated affair with American heiress Kick Kennedy), and civil unrest as the conflict between the coal industry and its miners came to a head. Once again, Bailey has written an irresistible and brilliant narrative history.
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Politeia

Author : Plato
ISBN : 353424060X
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Author : Chigozie Obioma
ISBN : 9786180303841
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Σε μια μικρή πόλη της δυτικής Νιγηρίας τέσσερα νεαρά αδέλφια –ο μικρότερος είναι εννιά και ο μεγαλύτερος δεκαπέντε– εκμεταλλεύονται την απουσία του πατέρα τους από το σπίτι για να πάνε για ψάρεμα στο απαγορευμένο κοντινό ποτάμι. Εκεί θα συναντήσουν έναν επικίνδυνο τρελό που θα προφητεύσει ότι ο μεγαλύτερος αδελφός θα δολοφονηθεί από ένα από τα αδέλφια του. Αυτή η προφητεία θα σταθεί η αφορμή να διαλυθεί ο ισχυρός δεσμός τους και η αφετηρία μιας αλυσίδας τραγικών γεγονότων σχεδόν μυθικών διαστάσεων. Μια ιστορία αγάπης, μίσους και εκδίκησης που διαδραματίζεται με φόντο τις κοινωνικοπολιτικές εξελίξεις στη Νιγηρία της δεκαετίας του ’90. Μια συγκλονιστική αφήγηση με τη φωνή του μικρότερου αδελφού, του Μπέντζαμιν, και εξαιρετική χρήση της γλώσσας. Αναφορές στην αφρικάνικη φύση, στους μύθους και τις δοξασίες της Νιγηρίας, καταγραφή της καθημερινότητας με κύριο άξονα τη σύγκρουση μεταξύ παραδοσιακού και δυτικού τρόπου ζωής, σε ένα έξοχο πρώτο βιβλίο ενός λογοτέχνη που αξιοποιεί με μοντέρνο τρόπο την αφρικάνικη αφηγηματική παράδοση και φαίνεται να έχει μακρά καριέρα μπροστά του.
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Author : Τζούλιαν Μπαρνς
ISBN : 9786180305609
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Μάιος του 1937. Ένας τριαντάρης περιμένει δίπλα στον ανελκυστήρα μιας πολυκατοικίας του Λένινγκραντ. Περιμένει όλη τη νύχτα ότι ανά πάσα στιγμή θα τον οδηγήσουν στο Αρχηγείο της Υπηρεσίας Κρατικής Ασφάλειας. Καμιά από τις διασημότητες που γνώρισε την περασμένη δεκαετία δεν μπορεί τώρα να του φανεί χρήσιμη. Και ελάχιστοι από όσους οδηγούνται στο Αρχηγείο επιστρέφουν. Αυτή είναι η αφετηρία του νέου αριστουργηματικού μυθιστορήματος του Μπαρνς, μια ιστορία για τη σύγκρουση ζωής και τέχνης, το θάρρος, τη δειλία, και τον πόνο του αναπόφευκτου συμβιβασμού. Το βιβλίο αναφέρεται στη ζωή, το έργο του Ντμίτρι Σοστακόβιτς καθώς και στη σύγκρουσή του με το σταλινικό καθεστώς.
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Author : Σόφι Κινσέλλα
ISBN : 9789601665498
Genre : Young Adult Fiction
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Η Όντρεϋ δυσκολεύεται να βγει από το σπίτι. Ακόμα κι εκεί της είναι αδύνατο να βγάλει τα μαύρα γυαλιά της. Και τότε μπαίνει στη ζωή της ξαφνικά ο φίλος του αδερφού της, ο Λάινους. Με το τεράστιο χαμόγελο και τα αστεία σημειώματά του βοηθά σιγά σιγά την Όντρεϋ να βγει από το καβούκι της – και να πάει μέχρι τα Starbucks, για αρχή. Με τον Λάινους στο πλευρό της, η Όντρεϋ αρχίζει να νιώθει ότι μπορεί να κάνει και πάλι τα πράγματα που πριν την έκαναν να παραλύει από φόβο. Και ότι ίσως τελικά να καταφέρει κάποτε να ξαναβρεί τον δρόμο της προς την πραγματική ζωή.Ετοιμάσου να γελάσεις και να ονειρευτείς μαζί με την Όντρεϋ, καθώς ανακαλύπτει ότι, ακόμα κι όταν νιώθεις ότι έχεις χάσει τον εαυτό σου, ο έρωτας μπορεί να σε βρει παντού…
Category: Young Adult Fiction

The Death Of The Maiden In Classical Athens

Author : Katia Margariti
ISBN : 1784915467
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The present study examines the death of maidens in classical Athens, combining the study of Attic funerary iconography with research on classical Attic maiden burials, funerary inscriptions, tragic plays, as well as the relevant Attic myths. The iconography of funerary reliefs focuses on the idealized image of the deceased maiden, as well as the powerful bonds of love and kinship that unite her with the members of her family, whereas the iconography of vases emphasizes the premature death of the maiden, the pain of loss and mourning felt by her family, as well as the observance of the indispensable funerary rites concerning her burial and 'tomb cult'. Particularly interesting is the fact that the 'traditional' theory according to which the loutrophoros marked the graves of the unmarried dead alone has been proven non valid. The study of classical Attic maiden burials indicates that the prematurely dead maidens were buried as children who didn't live long enough to reach adulthood. The untimely death of maidens in Attic drama and mythology is beneficial to the family or the city. In great contrast to that, the premature death of real - life Athenian maidens was a terrible disaster for the girls' families, as well as the polis itself. Despite this, the iconography of dead maidens in classical Athens is in accordance with the 'image' of the deceased maidens presented by funerary epigrams, tragedy, and mythology. It has to be noted though, that the same is not true in the case of maiden burials. This Access Archaeology publication presents a special edition of Katia Margariti's doctoral thesis entitled The Death of the Maiden in Classical Athens. The original thesis was submitted to the Department of History, Archaeology, and Social Anthropology (IAKA) of the University of Thessaly in Volos in 2010. Here the original thesis is augmented by an extensive 63 page summary in English accompanied by the original Greek text, catalogue and illustrations. The thesis contains much valuable analysis and catalogue material and this publication has been produced in order that the work should not be overlooked merely for reasons of language.
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The Berties Of Grimsthorpe Castle

Author : Allan Chilvers
ISBN : 9781452043272
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"The Berties of Grimsthorpe" traces the history of the Berties in England from when Grimsthorpe Castle, Edenham, Lincolnshire became the home of the Willoughby family in the 16th century when it passed in to the hands of Catherine Willoughby, Duchess of Suffolk and Baroness Willoughby de Eresby. The widowed Duchess married her Gentleman Usher, Richard Bertie. This account relates the history of the Berties at Grimsthorpe thereafter until 1809. They became Earls of Lindsey, Marquesses of Lindsey, and Dukes of Ancaster and Kesteven...... The life of Peregrine Bertie, Lord Willoughby de Eresby, the Berties son. His exciting and dangerous life serving Queen Elizabeth I as a military commander, Peregrine as the quintessential Elizabethan hero.... Robert, Lord Willoughby de Eresby, loyal supporter of the Stuarts, killed at Battle of Edgehill in Civil War. Created 1st Earl of LindseyLife as soldier, courtier and landowner in Lincolnshire. 2nd Earl of Lindsey, Supporter of Stuart kings, survived the Civil War and subsequent Commonwealth, his large family and their marriages into other aristocratic dynasties. Robert Bertie, 1st Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, Life under the Hanoverian administrations and duties at Court, in Parliament and as Lord Great Chamberlain Peregrine Bertie, 2nd Duke of Ancaster & Kesteven. Very involved in equine pursuits with a stud at the Castle, called Ancaster Stud. Breeding and racing. General Peregrine Bertie, 3rd Duke of Ancaster & Kesteven -. The Duchess served for many years as Mistress of the Robes to Queen Charlotte, wife of George III. Activities as Lord Great Chamberlain, responsible for state occasions and state trials at Westminster Hall. Featured in a satire by William Jackson titled "Sodom and Onan" along with other famous figures of the time as homosexuals. Robert Bertie, 4th Duke of Ancaster & Kesteven. Served as a volunteer, as Marquess of Lindsey, in the English forces in the American War of Independence, serving in America until he succeeded his father. A handsome and rich young man with a tendency to unruly behaviour and consorting with the wrong kind of people. Brownlow Bertie, 5th Duke of Ancaster & Kesteven .Life in Town, and at Court of his sister-in-law, Mary, Dowager Duchess of Ancaster. Died with no male heir who could inherit the dukedom and it expired along with the marquessate.
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Family Herald

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Cold Steel

Author : Tim Bouquet
ISBN : 9780748111763
Genre : Business & Economics
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When the world's two largest steel producers went head to head in a bitter struggle for market domination, an epic corporate battle ensued that sent shockwaves through the political corridors of Europe, overheated the world's financial markets and transformed the steel industry. Billions of dollars were at stake. At the heart of the battle were two men: Guy Dollé, Chairman and CEO of Luxembourg-based Arcelor, the world's largest steel producer by turnover and Lakshmi Mittal, a self-made Indian industrialist and the richest man in Great Britain. Only one could prevail . . .
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The Spectator

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