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Mistress of the Art of Death

By Ariana Franklin
  • ISBN Code: : 0143181297
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Pages : 496
  • Category : Fiction
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In medieval Cambridge, four children have been murdered. The Catholic townsfolk blame their Jewish neighbors, so to save them from the rioting mob, the Cambridge Jews are placed under the protection of the king. King Henry II is no friend of the Jews—or anyone, really—but he believes in law and order, and he desperately needs the taxes he receives from Jewish merchants. Hoping scientific investigation will catch the true killer, Henry calls on his cousin, the King of Sicily—whose subjects include the best medical experts in Europe—and asks for his finest "master of the art of death," the earliest form of medical examiner. The Italian doctor chosen for the task is a young prodigy from the University of Salerno, an expert in the science of anatomy and the art of detection. But her name is Adelia; the king has been sent a "mistress of the art of death." In a backward and superstitious country like England, Adelia faces danger at every turn. As she examines the victims and retraces their last steps, Adelia must conceal her true identity in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she’s assisted by one of the king’s tax collectors, Sir Rowley Picot, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. A former Crusader knight, Rowley may be a needed friend ... or the fiend for whom they are searching. As Adelia’s investigation takes her along Cambridge’s shadowy river paths, and behind the closed doors of its churches and nunneries, the hunt intensifies and the killer prepares to strike again...

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For a while, the famous writer Irving Washington was an employee of the American diplomatic mission in Spain. He spent three months in the famous Alhambra Palace. This acquaintance with the historical relic inspired him to write this book. In addition to historical descriptions and essays the book contains many magnificent legends that have become loved by millions of readers. By the way, Irving's work is still called the Alhambra guidebook.

The Land of The Blessed Virgin

By W. Somerset Maugham
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1633554414
  • Total of Pages : 162
  • Category : History
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William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) was an English playwright, novelist, and short story writer. He was one of the most popular authors of his era, and reputedly the highest paid of his profession during the 1930s. By 1914 he was famous, with 10 plays produced and 10 published novels. His masterpiece is generally agreed to be Of Human Bondage (1915), a semi-autobiographical novel that deals with the life of the main character Philip Carey, who like Maugham, was orphaned, and brought up by his pious uncle. His last major novel, The Razor's Edge, published in 1944, was a departure for him in many ways. While much of the novel takes place in Europe, its main characters are American, not British. His other works include: Liza of Lambeth (1897), Mrs Craddock (1902), A Man of Honour (1903), The Land of the Blessed Virgin (1905), The Bishop's Apron (1906), Lady Frederick (1907), The Magician (1908), Home and Beauty (1909), The Moon and Sixpence (1919), The Circle (1921), The Trembling of a Leaf (1921), and On a Chinese Screen (1922).

The Heart of Mid-Lothian

By Walter Scott
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  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Book Code : 0141922095
  • Total of Pages : 864
  • Category : Fiction
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Jeanie Deans, a dairymaid, decides she must walk to London to gain an audience with the Queen. Her sister is to be executed for infanticide and, while refusing to lie to help her case, Jeanie is desperate for a reprieve. Set in the 1730s in a Scotland uneasily united with England, The Heart of Mid-Lothian dramatizes different kinds of justice - that meted out by the Edinburgh mob in the lynching of Captain Porteous, and that encountered by a terrified young girl suspected of killing her baby. Based on an anonymous letter Scot received in 1817, this is the seventh and finest of Scott's 'Waverley' novels. It was an international bestseller and inspired succeeding novelists from Balzac to George Eliot.

The Story of the Moors in Spain

By Stanley Lane-Pool
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  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Book Code : 1446549445
  • Total of Pages : 302
  • Category : History
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This scarce book was originally published in 1896. Its 301 pages contain 14 detailed chapters that cover the history of Islamic Spain. It is a comprehensive and informative look at the subject by an industrious and scrupulous author. Contents Include: The Last of the Goths; The Wave of Conquest; The People of Andalusia; A Young Pretender; The Christian Martyrs; The Great Khalif; The Holy War; The City of the Khalif; The Prime Minister; The Berbers in Power; My Cid the Challenger; The Kingdom of Granada; The Fall of Granada; Bearing the Cross; Index. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Narratives of the Islamic Conquest from Medieval Spain

By Geraldine Hazbun
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137514108
  • Total of Pages : 225
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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Exploring medieval literary representations of the Islamic conquest of Spain in 711, Hazbun discusses chronicles, epic and clerical poetry, and early historical novels. While material on the conquest of Spain is substantial, it is understudied and this book works to fill that gap.

Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry

By Various
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  • Publisher : DigiCat
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 280
  • Category : Fiction
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The majority of the tales presented in "Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry" were collected in the nineteenth century by such folklorists as William Allingham, T. Crofton Croker, Douglas Hyde, and Lady Wilde who was the mother of Oscar Wilde. The book transports its readers to the shadowy, twilit world of Celtic myth and legend. There, the mysterious fairy people work their mischief, priests and the devil wage an endless struggle for the souls of humankind, clever wives outwit murderous giants and druids cast spells.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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  • Publisher : Lindhardt og Ringhof
  • Book Code : 9176392775
  • Total of Pages : 96
  • Category : Fiction
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When Sir Charles Baskerville dies suddenly from a heart attack, a rumour of a deadly, supernatural giant dog, who may have been persecuted for generations, begins to circulate in the village. When Sir Henry Baskerville arrives from Canada for the legacy of the Baskerville manor in England, the skeptical Sherlock Holmes is called to help with the case. Was the death of Sir Charles Baskerville really a heart attack or maybe an animal lurking in deserted moors? Will Baskerville's new owner become the next victim of the dog? The Hound of the Baskervilles is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's third Sherlock Holmes novel. The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of Doyle's most famous works and has been adapted for the big screen more than 20 times. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was a British writer, best known for his thrilling stories about the adventures of the detective Sherlock Holmes. He published four novels and more than 50 short stories starring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The stories are seen as important milestones in the history of crime fiction.

Tales of Old Japan

By Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford Baron Redesdale
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  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 2651
  • Category : Fiction
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Tales of Old Japan is an anthology of short stories which focus on various aspects of Japanese life before the Meiji Restoration. The book, which was written in 1871, forms an introduction to Japanese literature and culture, both through the stories, all adapted from Japanese sources, and Mitford's supplementary notes. Also included are Mitford's eyewitness accounts of a selection of Japanese rituals, ranging from harakiri (seppuku) and marriage to a selection of sermons.

Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846

By James Richardson
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  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 1356
  • Category : Travel
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"Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846" by James Richardson. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

By Daniel Defoe
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  • Publisher : Prabhat Prakashan
  • Book Code : N.a
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  • Category : Fiction
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