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The Swan King

Author : Christopher McIntosh
ISBN : 9781848858473
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Ludwig II of Bavaria has inspired a fascination like no other 19th century monarch. Best remembered for his patronage of Wagner and the imaginative genius of his extraordinary "fantasies in stone", and alternately dubbed "the Swan King", the "Mad King", and the "Dream King", Ludwig's life and death have long been characterized by mystery, legend, and romance. In this penetrating biography, Christopher McIntosh seeks to unravel these layers of mystery and reveal the man at the core of the legend, shedding new light on the more ambiguous aspects of Ludwig II's life - his latent homosexuality, supposed madness, and the enduring mystery of his death. Ludwig II's short life is steeped in tragic irony. Through his idealistic quest for romance and his fixation with Bavarian myths and legends, most tellingly with the Grail stories of Lohengrin - so potently incarnated in Wagner's operas - the Swan King became more fabled than the very legends he sought to recreate. Yet in his desire to escape from a cloistered upbringing and the stale pattern of his adult life as king and his subsequent neglect of Bavaria at such a fragile period in its history, Ludwig planted the seeds of his own undoing - exposing himself to the treachery of factions unnerved by his eccentricity, extravagance, and luminous vision. Ludwig II's death marked the passing of the old Bavaria and the birth of a new order, yet his legend lives on, a nineteenth century King Arthur, a man surpassed by his own mythological persona.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Ludwig Ii Of Bavaria

Author : Christopher McIntosh
ISBN : 1860643140
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Ludwig II was one of the most enigmatic figures of the 19th century--an eccentric remembered for his patronage of composer Richard Wagner and for the fabulous palaces in which he hid from state responsibilities. Author Christopher McIntosh investigates the rumors of the king's madness and homosexuality and pieces together the story of his downfall. 16 illustrations.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Swan King

Author : Nina Clare
ISBN : 1797046039
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Elsa, the sheltered daughter of a baron, has been forced to flee her home.When she's given refuge at the royal castle it would seem that help is at hand, but the young king is not an easy man to speak to. In fact, Elsa's not sure what kind of man he is.Caught up into strange and magical happenings, political intrigues and romantic conflicts, the glamorous world of the king disintegrates about her, and enemies close in.Elsa wonders who to trust, who to love, and if she will ever make it home again.

The Woodland Fae And The Swan King

Author : Christina Johnston
ISBN : 1503094316
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Follow the adventures of The Woodland Fae in the third book in the series.

The Magical Swan And The Chronicles Of Silverrealm

Author : Laqaixit Tewee
ISBN : 9781469194677
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Following the published mini-series of 4 books titled: WINTERBLOOM AND THE MAGICAL SWAN in which the orphan toddler Winterbloom discovers magical characters in her grandmother's cottage, one of which is a story-telling swan - comes the 2nd larger series of 12 books titled THE MAGICAL SWAN AND THE CHRONICLES OF SILVERREALM in which Winterbloom is growing up and learning from the Magical Swan stories of how he became a Magical Swan, why, who he really is, and what is eventually to be required of her to help rescue him from a terrible curse. BOOK 1 THE SWAN KING AND THE MAGICAL MIRRORS - The reader is introduced to an inventor named King Peacock who discovers two magical mirrors: one of Greed and the other of Compassion that vie for his attention. It tells how discontentment and lust for power caused the downfall of the Kingdom of Silverrealm and the loss of a good king, It begins the saga of the ruin of Silverrealm by a sly, manipulative fairy.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

Friendly Advice By N R Ya A And King Vikrama S Adventures

Author : Nārāyaṇa
ISBN : 9780814783054
Genre : Literary Collections
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Street outreach workers comb public places such as parks, vacant lots, and abandoned waterfronts to search for young people who are living out in public spaces, if not always in the public eye. Street Kids opens a window to the largely hidden world of street youth, drawing on their detailed and compelling narratives to give new insight into the experiences of youth homelessness and youth outreach. Kristina Gibson argues that the enforcement of quality of life ordinances in New York City has spurred hyper-mobility amongst the city’s street youth population and has serious implications for social work with homeless youth. Youth in motion have become socially invisible and marginalized from public spaces where social workers traditionally contact them, jeopardizing their access to the already limited opportunities to escape street life. The culmination of a multi-year ethnographic investigation into the lives of street outreach workers and ‘their kids’ on the streets of New York City, Street Kids illustrates the critical role that public space regulations and policing play in shaping the experience of youth homelessness and the effectiveness of street outreach.
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Hindu Literature

Author : Epiphanius Wilson
ISBN : 9781528786881
Genre : Religion
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This volume contains English translations by Epiphanius Wilson of various ancient Sanskrit texts, including “The Book of Good Counsels”, “Nala and Damayanti”, and the “Rámáyana” and “Sakoontalá”. “Hindu Literature” will appeal to those with an interest in the Sanskrit epics of ancient India and would make for a worthy addition to any bookshelf. Contents include: “The Winning of Friends”, “The Story of the Tiger and the Traveller”, “The Story of the Jackal, Deer, and Crow”, “The Story of the vulture, the Cat, and the Birds”, “The Story of the Dead Game and the Jackal”, “The Story of the Prince and the Wife of a Merchant's Son”, “Parting of Friends”, etc. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with the original text and artwork.
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Author : S Narayana
ISBN : 9789351180968
Genre : Literary Collections
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The ever-popular Book of Good Counsels from ancient India. One of the best-known Sanskrit classics, Narayana’s Hitopadesa is a fascinating collection of animal and human fables augmented with polished verse epigrams and gnomic stanzas, many of which have become proverbial. This satirical, often irreverent and sometimes ribald text has been popular for centuries as a compendium of worldly advice on matters ranging from statesmanship and detailed battle plans to personal conduct and marital fidelity. It has also served generations of students as a model of grammatical and metaphorical excellence. In this ‘Garden of Pleasing Stories’, as Narayan himself describes it, birds, beasts, men and women scheme, suffer, lust, err, grieve and rejoice, acting as perceptive social critics and astute commentators on the absurd nature of human folly. Combining his own literary genius with skilful selections and modifications of material from the Panchatantra and a host of other traditional sources, Narayan has created a refreshingly original masterpiece. This excellent new translation faithfully renders the wit and wisdom of the original.
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