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Among the Barons

By Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • ISBN Code: : 1442443057
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 192
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
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In this fourth installment of a series about a society that allows only two children per family, Luke Garner is finally adjusting to his new life at Hendricks School as Lee Grant. While the Grants belong to the highest class of society called the Barons, Luke avoids snobbish affectations and befriends his classmates, who are also illegal thirds. When the real Lee Grant's younger brother arrives at the school, along with his fierce body guard, Luke worries that Smits will expose him to the government. However, Smits has come to enlist Luke's help in discovering how his older brother really died, suspecting that he was murdered. The intrigue and danger grow more acute when both boys are called "home" and Luke discovers that the Grants have plans for him that could turn out to be fatal.

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The Reign of King John covers his attempts to adjust a political system to cope with this threat and at the same time to assert the hegemony of the monarchy over its chief rivals—the barons and the church—made his reign one of particular importance and significance in English history.

The Logic of Political Survival

By Bruce Bueno De Mesquita,Alastair Smith,Randolph M. Siverson,James D. Morrow
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  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Book Code : 0262261774
  • Total of Pages : 550
  • Category : Political Science
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The authors of this ambitious book address a fundamental political question: why are leaders who produce peace and prosperity turned out of office while those who preside over corruption, war, and misery endure? Considering this political puzzle, they also answer the related economic question of why some countries experience successful economic development and others do not. The authors construct a provocative theory on the selection of leaders and present specific formal models from which their central claims can be deduced. They show how political leaders allocate resources and how institutions for selecting leaders create incentives for leaders to pursue good and bad public policy. They also extend the model to explain the consequences of war on political survival. Throughout the book, they provide illustrations from history, ranging from ancient Sparta to Vichy France, and test the model against statistics gathered from cross-national data. The authors explain the political intuition underlying their theory in nontechnical language, reserving formal proofs for chapter appendixes. They conclude by presenting policy prescriptions based on what has been demonstrated theoretically and empirically.

Religions and Followers

By Naiter Mohan Chopra
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1514405571
  • Total of Pages : 222
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 510
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To understand what is happening in the troubled world, it is necessary to comprehend the nature and the characteristics of the worlds religions and their followers without any political correctness. I am from the East, and I am a scientist. The scientists are mostly objective. They are unbiased and free from their personal feelings and prejudices. In writing this book, I have tried to be objective and represent how a man from the East views the religions and their followers. This book is dedicated to all the victims of religious violence.

Elisha Magus

By E.C. Ambrose
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1101637412
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 461
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E.C. Ambrose's gritty, sharp historical fantasy series, The Dark Apostle, follows Elisha Barber through a magical reimagining of 14th-century England Elisha, a barber-surgeon from the poorest streets of benighted fourteenth-century London, has come a long way from home. He was always skilled at his work, but skill alone could not protect him on the day that disaster left his family ruined and Elisha himself accused of murder. With no other options, Elisha accepted a devil’s bargain from Lucius, a haughty physician, to avoid death by hanging—by serving under the sadistic doctor as a battle surgeon of the king’s army, at the front lines of an unjust war. Elisha worked night and day, both tending to the wounded soldiers and protecting them from the physician’s experiments. Even so, he soon found that he had a talent for a surprising and deadly sort of magic, and was drawn into the clandestine world of sorcery by the enchanting young witch Brigit—who had baffling ties to his past, and ambitious plans for his future. Yet even Brigit did not understand the terrible power Elisha could wield, until the day he was forced to embrace it and end the war...by killing the king. Now, Elisha has become a wanted man—not only by those who hate and fear him, but by those who’d seek to woo his support. Because, hidden behind the politics of court and castle, it is magic that offers power in its purest form. And the players in that deeper game are stranger and more terrifying than Elisha could ever have dreamed. There are the magi, those who have grasped the secrets of affinity and knowledge to manipulate mind and matter, always working behind the scenes. There are the indivisi, thought mad by the rest of the magical world: those so devoted to their subject of study that they have become “indivisible” from it, and whose influence in their realm is wondrous beyond even the imaginations of “normal” magi. And then there are—there may be—the necromancers, whose methods, motives, and very existence remain mysterious. Where rumors of their passing go, death follows. But death follows Elisha, too.

King John

By Ralph V Turner
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  • Publisher : The History Press
  • Book Code : 0752469010
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : History
  • Members : 717
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King John long ago acquired the epithet 'Bad', and he is reputed to be the worst of England's kings. Before his death in 1216, his desperate exploitation of his subjects for ever more money had turned him into the mythical monster of Hollywood legend. In marked contrast to his brother Richard, John appeared incompetent in battle, failing to defend Normandy (1202-04), and was unsuccessful in recovering his lost lands in 1214. A continuing crisis was a constant need for money, forcing John to drain England of funds for campaigns in France, demanding unlawful and oppressive new taxes. Adding to his evil reputation was an ill-tempered personality and a streak of pettiness and spitfulness that led him to monstrous acts, including murdering his own nephew. King John's unpopularity culminated in a final crisis, a revolt by the English baronage, 1215-16, aimed at subjecting him to the rule of law, that resulted in his grant of Magna Carta.

The Roman de toute chevalerie

By Charles Russell Stone
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  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Book Code : 1487514174
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 890
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The medieval reception of Alexander the Great inspired a complicated literary corpus not simply because it involved so many source-texts and languages, but because it incorporated such diverse perspectives on the conqueror. Beginning with a discussion of the evolution of this corpus, this book examines the manuscripts, readership, and historical contexts of the earliest surviving Alexander romance in England, Thomas de Kent’s Anglo-Norman Roman de toute chevalerie. To shed light on the origins and treatment of this romance, Charles Russell Stone reads each manuscript within the contexts of its production, scribal interpolations, and patronage and readership in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. While Thomas recalls a range of attitudes towards his protagonist in the late twelfth century, when the recovery of classical histories and composition of vernacular romance informed conflicting attitudes towards Alexander’s legacy, scribes and readers of his poem appropriated it as a continuing commentary on power, politics, and the relevance of the Alexander legend in their own time. Each of the three major manuscripts of Thomas’s poem thus offers a unique text informed by unique literary and political contexts, which this book situates within the ongoing debate over Alexander’s reception as a paradigm of imperial authority or failure in late medieval England.

Masques of Gold

By Roberta Gellis
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  • Publisher : Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • Book Code : 140225508X
  • Total of Pages : 512
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 322
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"Robert Gellis has an extraordinary talent!"—Affaire de Coeur With more than 8 million books in print RT Book Reviews Lifetime Achievement Award-winning author Roberta Gellis is the master of the medieval romance. Lissa never much liked her elderly husband, but she certainly hadn't suspected he was plotting treason. When she's suddenly left a widow, the sharp gaze of the king's head investigator turns straight to her. Sir Justin is honor-bound to treat Lissa as a suspect, but keeping his distance from the beautiful temptress requires every ounce of his legendary self-control. As King John's court swirls with intrigue, tempers are high, passions are hot, and one wrong move could change the course of history. "A rich tapestry...delightfully imagined."—Publisher's Weekly "Only a consummate writer of Ms. Gellis's talents could bring the Middle Ages so brilliantly alive."—Rave Reviews

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: The reigns of King Richard I and King John, 1189-1216

By Dale Banham
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  • Publisher : Hodder Education
  • Book Code : 1471862046
  • Total of Pages : 128
  • Category : Education
  • Members : 494
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Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel Level: GCSE Subject: History First teaching: September 2016 First exams: June 2018 Endorsed for Edexcel Enable students to achieve their full potential while ensuring pace, enjoyment and motivation with this popular series from the leading History publisher for secondary schools. br” Blends in-depth coverage of topics with activities and strategies to help students to acquire, retain and revise core subject knowledge brbr” Uses an exciting mix of clear narrative, visual stimulus materials and a rich collection of contemporary sources to capture students' interestbrbr” Helps students to maximise their grade potential and develop their exam skills through structured guidance on answering every question type successfullybrbr” Builds on our experience publishing popular GCSE History resources, providing you with accurate, authoritative content written by experienced teachers who understand the content and assessment requirementsbr

AQA GCSE History: Power and the People

By Alf Wilkinson
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  • Publisher : Hodder Education
  • Book Code : 1471864200
  • Total of Pages : 96
  • Category : Study Aids
  • Members : 350
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Exam Board: AQA Level: GCSE Subject: History First Teaching: September 2016 First Exam: June 2018 AQA approved Create a stimulating, well-paced teaching route through the 2016 GCSE History specification using this tailor-made series that draws on a legacy of market-leading history textbooks and the individual subject specialisms of the author team to inspire student success. - Motivate your students to deepen their subject knowledge through an engaging and thought-provoking narrative that makes historical concepts accessible and interesting to today's learners - Embed progressive skills development in every lesson with carefully designed Focus Tasks that encourage students to question, analyse and interpret key topics - Take students' historical understanding to the next level by using a wealth of original contemporary source material to encourage wider reflection on different periods - Help your students achieve their potential at GCSE with revision tips and practice questions geared towards the changed assessment model, plus useful advice to aid exam preparation - Confidently navigate the new AQA specification using the expert insight of experienced authors and teachers with examining experience