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The Golden Legend

Author : Jacobus De Voragine
ISBN : 9780691154077
Genre : History
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Depicting the lives of the saints in an array of factual and fictional stories, The Golden Legend was perhaps the most widely read book, after the Bible, during the late Middle Ages. It was compiled around 1260 by Jacobus de Voragine, a scholarly friar and later archbishop of Genoa, whose purpose was to captivate, encourage, and edify the faithful, while preserving a vast store of information pertaining to the legends and traditions of the church. In this translation, the first in English of the complete text, William Granger Ryan captures the immediacy of this rich work, which offers an important guide for readers interested in medieval art and literature and, more generally, in popular religious culture. Arranged according to the order of saints' feast days, these fascinating stories are now combined into one volume. This edition also features an introduction by Eamon Duffy contextualizing the work.
Category: History

50 Places In Rome Florence And Venice Every Woman Should Go

Author : Susan Van Allen
ISBN : 9781609520977
Genre : Travel
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Following the critically acclaimed 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go, Susan Van Allen adds new gems to her selection of the best spots for female travelers in Italy's most popular cities, (Rome, Florence, and Venice), along with enticing Golden Day itineraries to make vacation dreams come true. Like a savvy traveler girlfriend whispering in your ear, she guides readers to masterpieces where women are glorified — from Rome's Pieta to Florence's Birth of Venus, best spots for wine tasting, chocolate, and gelato, artisan shopping experiences to meet leather craftsmen or glass blowers, and places for adventures — from rolling pasta to rowing like a gondolier. Plus, there are fresh, practical tips, giving readers insider's secrets for what to pack, the best places to get their hair styled, and how to bargain for souvenirs. Whatever your mood or budget, whether it's your first or 21st visit to Italy, 50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Woman Should Go opens the door to extraordinary experiences that fully immerse travelers in the beautiful, fascinating, and delicious pleasures of the Bel Paese.
Category: Travel

The Apocryphal Adam And Eve In Medieval Europe

Author : Brian Murdoch
ISBN : 9780191569807
Genre : Religion
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What happened to Adam and Eve after their expulsion from paradise? Where the biblical narrative fell silent apocryphal writings took up this intriguing question, notably including the Early Christian Latin text, the Life of Adam and Eve. This account describes the (failed) attempt of the couple to return to paradise by fasting whilst immersed in a river, and explores how they coped with new experiences such as childbirth and death. Brian Murdoch guides the reader through the many variant versions of the Life, demonstrating how it was also adapted into most western and some eastern European languages in the Middle Ages and beyond, constantly developing and changing along the way. The study considers this development of the apocryphal texts whilst presenting a fascinating insight into the flourishing medieval tradition of Adam and Eve. A tradition that the Reformation would largely curtail, stories from the Life were celebrated in European prose, verse and drama in many different languages from Irish to Russian.
Category: Religion

Second Burial

Author : Andrew Nugent
ISBN : 9780755377329
Genre : Fiction
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The strange and brutal murder of a young African man in Dublin reveals the dark practices of twisted killer... Shad, a young African man, is attacked and left for dead on the Dublin Mountains. He crawls to the nearest house and raises the alarm, but he later dies in hospital. Inspector Quilligan and Molly Power, of the Irish Police Force Murder Squad, launch an inquiry into this deeply disturbing murder. Was Shad the victim of a racist attack, sadism, a punishment, or some mysterious sacrificial ritual? His younger brother, Jude, is grief-stricken and mystified by Shad's cruel death. He swears a solemn oath to find his brother's killer, even if it costs him his life...
Category: Fiction

The Westminster Handbook To Medieval Theology

Author : James R. Ginther
ISBN : 9780664223977
Genre : Religion
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The theologians and major thinkers of the medieval period developed their thought in complicated ways, giving rise to the term scholasticism, which was the method of learning associated with the great schools of the period. Theology was the center of thought, and finding one's way through the many and complex theological ideas introduced during this era can be very difficult. This accessible reference work clarifies these ideas and provides an extensive guide to the main theological features of medieval theology. Author James Ginther provides clear and compelling discussions of major Christian thinkers, sociocultural developments, and key terms and concepts related to the period. Both students and scholars will find this an eminently useful resource for the study of medieval theology.
Category: Religion

India In The Italian Renaissance

Author : Meera Juncu
ISBN : 9781317447689
Genre : History
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India in the Italian Renaissance provides a systematic, chronological survey of early Italian representations of India and Indians from the late medieval period to the end of the 16th century, and their resonance within the cultural context of Renaissance Italy. The study focuses in particular on Italian attitudes towards the inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent and questions how Renaissance Italians, schooled in the admiration of classical antiquity, responded to the challenge of this contemporary pagan world. Meera Juncu draws from a wide-ranging selection of contemporary travel literature to trace the development of Italian ideas about Indians both before and after Vasco Da Gama’s landing in Calicut. After an introduction to the key concepts and a survey of inherited notions about India, the works of a diverse range of writers and editors, including Marco Polo, Petrarch and Giovanni Battista Ramusio, are analysed in detail. Through its discussion of these texts, this book examines whether ‘India’ came in any way to represent a pagan civilization comparable to the classical antiquity celebrated in Italy during the Renaissance. India in the Italian Renaissance offers a new and exciting perspective on this fascinating period for students and scholars of the Italian Renaissance and the history of India.
Category: History

Gods And Heroes

Author : Oladele Olusanya
ISBN : 9781984543011
Genre : Fiction
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Gods and Heroes is the first volume of the Itan—Legends of the Golden Age trilogy about the thousand-year story of the Yoruba people. It starts with the establishment of Ile-Ife by Oduduwa and the great sacrifice of the heroine Moremi. The ancient gods of Yorubaland, Obatala, Orunmila, Ogun, and Olokun all play their part, as well as the great heroes and heroines of antiquity—Oranmiyan, Sango, Oya, Oba Esigie of Benin, and Obanta of Ijebuland. The author uses the genre of the historical novel in a refreshing and imaginative fashion to present the whole tableau of Yoruba history. The result is a vast and rich panorama enlivened with traditional myths and legends seen through the eyes of a single Yoruba family and the Old Woman, the fabled storyteller.
Category: Fiction

Secular Sacred

Author : Nancy Netzer
ISBN : 1892850109
Genre : Art
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A major contribution to the study of medieval and Renaissance art, Secular/Sacred 11th-16th Century studies nearly 100 works from the vast collections of the Boston Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in an effort to determine the multiple ways medieval and early modern objects communicated both secular and sacred messages to their viewers. The book includes essays by noted art historians and literary scholars across a broad range: topics include the role beasts played in illuminated manuscripts, to the sensual Virgin Mary in fifteenth-century Italian art, and the strange conflation of genealogies in a thirty-three-foot-long French manuscript scroll that links the kings of France to Adam and Jesus Christ. Richly illustrated with images from an accompanying spring 2006 exhibition at the McMullen Museum of Art, Secular/Sacred 11th-16th Century will be ideal reading for anyone with an interest in the medieval and early modern periods.
Category: Art

The Golden Apples

Author : Eudora Welty
ISBN : 9780547539966
Genre : Fiction
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This collection of short stories of the Mississippi Delta by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author is “a work of art” (The New York Times Book Review). Here in Morgana, Mississippi, the young dream of other places; the old can tell you every name on every stone in the cemetery on the town’s edge; and cuckolded husbands and love-starved piano teachers share the same paths. It’s also where one neighbor has disappeared on the horizon, slipping away into local legend. Black and white, lonely and the gregarious, sexually adventurous and repressed, vengeful and resigned, restless and settled, the vividly realized characters that make up this collection of interrelated stories, with elements drawn from ancient myth and transplanted to the American South, prove that this National Book Award–winning writer, as Katherine Anne Porter once wrote, had “an ear sharp, shrewd, and true as a tuning fork.” “I doubt that a better book about ‘the South’—one that more completely gets the feel of the particular texture of Southern life, and its special tone and pattern—has ever been written.” —The New Yorker
Category: Fiction

Business Legends

Author : Gita Piramal
ISBN : 0140271872
Genre : Businesspeople
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G.D. Birla, J.R.D. Tata, Walchand Hirachand And Kasturbhai Lalbhai--Four Pioneers Who Were Not Afraid To Think Ahead And Plan Big, At A Time When Indian Industry Had To Compete Fiercely For Market Share Against The Multinationals Of The Day. Together, They Would Lay The Foundations For The Golden Age Of Indian Industry From 1951 To '62. In This Bestselling Book, The Closest Look At These Legends This Far, Gita Piramal Compellingly Brings Alive Their Ambition And Achievement.
Category: Businesspeople