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All the Queen's Men

By SJ Bennett
  • ISBN Code: : 0063051168
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
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“Sheer entertainment… Bennett infuses wit and an arch sensibility into her prose… This is not mere froth, it is pure confection.” — New York Times Book Review on The Windsor Knot Amateur detective Queen Elizabeth II is back in this hugely entertaining follow-up to the bestseller The Windsor Knot, in which Her Majesty must determine how a missing painting is connected to the shocking death of a staff member inside Buckingham Palace. At Buckingham Palace, the autumn of 2016 presages uncertain times. The Queen must deal with the fallout from the Brexit referendum, a new female prime minister, and a tumultuous election in the United States—yet these prove to be the least of her worries when a staff member is found dead beside the palace swimming pool. Is it truly the result of a tragic accident, as the police think, or is something more sinister going on? Meanwhile, her assistant private secretary, Rozie Oshodi, is on the trail of a favorite painting that once hung outside the Queen’s bedroom and appears to have been misappropriated by the Royal Navy. And a series of disturbing anonymous letters have begun circulating in the palace. The Queen’s courtiers think they have it all ‘under control’, but Her Majesty is not so sure. After all, though the staff and public may not be aware, she is the keenest sleuth among them. Sometimes, it takes a Queen’s eye to see connections where no one else can.

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Engaging Topical Guide for Women Whatever the topic, this unique and engaging Bible reference series can help direct readers to the answer. Through a blend of Scripture and analysis, biblical character studies, personal application, and more, these volumes help readers discern what God's Word has to say about topics relevant to them. Geared to people of all levels of Bible understanding, these books are accessible and easy to navigate as well as ideal for both comprehensive, in-depth study and a shorter survey approach.

The Redacted Sherlock Holmes - Volume V

By Orlando Pearson
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  • Publisher : Andrews UK Limited
  • Book Code : 1787053350
  • Total of Pages : 148
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 640
  • Pdf File: the-redacted-sherlock-holmes-volume-v.pdf

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Five sensational Sherlock Holmes stories by Orlando Pearson followed by three meditations hinting at the most radical theory yet about the Great Baker Street Detective. A Type of Infamy - Holmes investigates a mysterious disappearance in 1938; The Fourth Student - shocking events in the worlds of athletics and medicine; A Question of Time - Holmes, Churchill, and Realpolitik at Britain's finest hour; The Sleeper's Cache - the sequel to the Bruce Partington Plans with Machiavellian manoeuvring by Mycroft; The Other Woman - Holmes's second female nemesis and a musical discovery; and Three Holmesian Meditations - an investigation into the true nature of the enigma that is Sherlock Holmes Mr Pearson's previous works have been hailed by the Church Times as "Clever, thought-provoking, and terrific fun". This description applies just as aptly to this latest collection. A must for traditionalists, lovers of crime fiction, and anyone who likes a thrilling read.

The Redacted Sherlock Holmes - The Stage Plays

By Orlando Pearson
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  • Publisher : Andrews UK Limited
  • Book Code : 1787056732
  • Total of Pages : 115
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 804
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After the Redacted stories, the Redacted plays. Dramatisations of the works of Arthur Conan-Doyle, Shakespeare, Sophocles, and of Orlando Pearson. A Scandal in Nova Alba - Did Macbeth really kill King Duncan? Sherlock Holmes investigates. The Baron of Wimbledon - The story of a true German hero of the Nazi period. And a jaw-dropping revelation about the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler. A Case of Complex Identity - Arthur Conan Doyle's A Case of Identity. And its shocking sequel, The Camberwell Tyrant. The Bruce-Partington Diptych - Arthur Conan Doyle's espionage story, The Bruce-Partington Plans and its realpolitik inspired sequel, The Sleeper's Cache, featuring Mycroft as well as Sherlock Holmes. A Perilous Engagement - more Machiavellian machinations as we see that there can be a whitewash at Whitehall. Mr Devine's Original Problem - Sherlock Holmes is consulted by the most illustrious client of all. Pearson's plays are ideal for private reading, Zoom broadcasting or production on stage or in the classroom with forces small or large.

Heart Songs

By George Franklin
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  • Publisher : Dorrance Publishing
  • Book Code : 1480938203
  • Total of Pages : 116
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 213
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Heart Songs by George Franklin Heart Songs is a collection of spiritual adaptations of Gospel stories placed in a modern context. Using creative fidelity, the stories reveal Gospel truths in a manner that will resonate with every person regardless of their religious affiliation. Although the stories are adaptations of biblical stories, they read like modern dramas of the human heart. The stories are not meant for literal interpretation. They are akin to parables. Their purpose is to teach a lesson in a down-to-earth manner with which the reader can relate. You will find the stories easy to read and entertaining while conveying a heartrending message. One surprise for Western readers to keep in mind is that the griot has a knack for playing with and inventing words. The stories are best appreciated audibly. In a nutshell, the stories are modern-day parables of the eschatological process and progress from being into becoming the imperfect persona to the “I AM” perfect person God designed us to be.

James VI and I

By Ralph Houlbrooke
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1351925725
  • Total of Pages : 212
  • Category : History
  • Members : 315
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James VI and I was the first king to rule both England and Scotland. He was unique among British monarchs in his determination to communicate his ideas by means of print, pen, and spoken word. James's own work as an author is one of the themes of this volume. One essay also sheds new light on his role as a patron and protector of plays and players. A second theme is the king's response to the problems posed by religious divisions in the British Isles and Europe as a whole. Various contributors to this collection elucidate James's own religious beliefs and their expression, his efforts before 1603 to counter a potential Catholic claim to the English throne, his attempted appropriation of scripture in support of his own authority, and his distinctive vision of imperial kingship in Britain. Some different reactions to the king, to his expression of his ideas and to the implementation of his policies form this book's third theme. They include the vigorous resistance to his attempt to change Scottish religious practice, and the sharply contrasting assessments of his life and reign written after James's death.

The Masters of the Revels and Elizabeth I's Court Theatre

By W. R. Streitberger
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0191030406
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 370
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The Masters of the Revels and Elizabeth I's Court Theatre places the Revels Office and Elizabeth I's court theatre in a pre-modern, patronage and gift-exchange driven-world of centralized power in which hospitality, liberality, and conspicuous display were fundamental aspects of social life. W.R. Streitberger reconsiders the relationship between the biographies of the Masters and the conduct of their duties, rethinking the organization and development of the Office, re-examining its productions, and exploring its impact on the development of the commercial theatre. The nascent capitalist economy that developed alongside and interpenetrated the gift-driven system that was in place during Elizabeth's reign became the vehicle through which the Revels Office along with the commercial theatre was transformed. Beginning in the early 1570s and stretching over a period of twenty years, this change was brought about by a small group of influential Privy Councillors. When this project began in the early 1570s the Queen's revels were principally in-house productions, devised by the Master of the Revels and funded by the Crown. When the project was completed in the late 1590s, the Revels Office had been made responsible for plays only and put on a budget so small that it was incapable of producing them. That job was left to the companies performing at court. Between 1594 and 1600, the revels consisted almost entirely of plays brought in by professional companies in the commercial theatres in London. These companies were patronized by the queen's relatives and friends and their theatres were protected by the Privy Council. Between 1594 and 1600, for example, all the plays in the revels were supplied by the Admiral's and Chamberlain's Players which included writers such as Shakespeare, and legendary actors such as Edward Alleyn, Richard Burbage, and Will Kempe. The queen's revels essentially became a commercial enterprise, paid for by the ordinary Londoners who came to see these companies perform in selected London theatres which were protected by the Council.

These Lonely, These Dead

By Robert Colby
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  • Publisher : Wildside Press LLC
  • Book Code : 1479418331
  • Total of Pages : 118
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 488
  • Pdf File: these-lonely-these-dead.pdf

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Howie was a millionaire and he and Andrea were planning to be married. But he never got to walk to the altar -- he was murdered first!

Military Comedy Films

By Hal Erickson
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 0786492678
  • Total of Pages : 428
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 992
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Beginning with Charlie Chaplin’s Shoulder Arms, released in America near the end of World War I, the military comedy film has been one of Hollywood’s most durable genres. This generously illustrated history examines over 225 Army, Navy and Marine–related comedies produced between 1918 and 2009, including the abundance of laughspinners released during World War II in the wake of Abbott and Costello’s phenomenally successful Buck Privates (1941), and the many lighthearted service films of the immediate postwar era, among them Mister Roberts (1955) and No Time for Sergeants (1958). Also included are discussions of such subgenres as silent films (The General), military-academy farces (Brother Rat), women in uniform (Private Benjamin), misfits making good (Stripes), anti-war comedies (MASH), and fact-based films (The Men Who Stare at Goats). A closing filmography is included in this richly detailed volume.

Mary Queen of Scotland and The Isles

By Margaret George
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  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Book Code : 1429938412
  • Total of Pages : 880
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 979
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Margaret George's exhaustively researched novel skillfully weaves both historical fact and plausible fiction in bringing the story of Mary Queen of Scots to life. She was a child crowned a queen.... A sinner hailed as a saint.... A lover denounced as a whore... A woman murdered for her dreams... Margaret George's Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles brings to life the fascinating story of Mary, who became the Queen of Scots when she was only six days old. Raised in the glittering French court, returning to Scotland to rule as a Catholic monarch over a newly Protestant country, and executed like a criminal in Queen Elizabeth's England, Queen Mary lived a life like no other, and Margaret George weaves the facts into a stunning work of historical fiction. "With a seamless use of original letters, diaries, and poems: a popular, readable, inordinately moving tribute to a remarkable queen." -- Kirkus Reviews

Fairy Tale Queens

By J. Carney
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137269693
  • Total of Pages : 238
  • Category : History
  • Members : 229
  • Pdf File: fairy-tale-queens.pdf

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Most of today's familiar fairy tales come from the stories of Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Andersen, but this innovative study encourages us to explore the marvelous tales of authors from the early modern period Giovanni Straparola, Giambattista Basile, Madame Marie-Catherine D'Aulnoy, and others whose works enrich and expand the canon. As author Jo Eldridge Carney shows, the queen is omnipresent in these stories, as much a hallmark of the genre as other familiar characteristics such as the number three, magical objects, and happy endings. That queens occupy such space in early modern tales is not surprising given the profound influence of so many powerful queens in the political landscapes of early modern England and Europe. Carney makes a powerful argument for the historical relevance of fairy tales and, by exploring the dynamic intersection between fictional and actual queens, shows how history and folk literature mutually enrich our understanding of the period.