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Mistress of the Empire

By Raymond E. Feist,Janny Wurts
  • ISBN Code: : 0525480161
  • Publisher : Spectra
  • Pages : 688
  • Category : Fiction
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The world on the other side of the rift: Kelewan, a land seething with political intrigue and deadly conspiracies. Following the opulent panoply of Daughter Of The Empire and the dazzling pageantry of Servant Of The Empire comes the resounding conclusion to the Empire trilogy. Besieged by spies and rival houses, stalked by a secret and merciless brotherhood of assassins, the brilliant Lady Mara of the Acoma faces the most deadly challenge she has ever known. The fearsome Black Robes see Mara as the ultimate threat to their ancient power. In search of allies who will join her against them, Mara must travel beyond civilization's borders and even into the hives of the alien cho-ja. As those near and dear to her fall victim to many enemies, Mara cries out for vengeance. Drawing on all of her courage and guile she prepares to fight her greatest battle of all--for her life, her home, and the Empire itself.

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From King of Ashes to Queen of Storms, it’s all built up to this—the thrilling conclusion to legendary New York Times bestselling author Raymond E. Feist’s epic Firemane saga. War has swept across Marquensas. Ruthless raiders have massacred the inhabitants of Beran’s Hill, including Gwen, the beloved wife of Declan Smith. Hollow of heart, his hopes burned to ashes, Declan swears to track down and destroy the raiders, an ambition shared by Baron Daylon Dumarch, whose family was massacred as they fled the capital. Meanwhile Hava, whose gift for piracy has seen her acquire the treasure ship Borzon’s Black Wake and the swift Azhante sailing vessel, Queen of Storms, and won her the name of “the Sea Demon,” is closing in on the whereabouts of those who unleashed the murderous hordes. Her husband, Hatushaly, the last remaining member of the ruling family of Ithrace, the legendary Firemanes, seeks to control the magical powers he has inherited. He is able now to visualize and even travel among the filaments of energies that power all existence: the furies. But will he be able to channel his magic in time to combat the deepest, darkest threat the world of Garn has ever faced?

Women of the Teutonic Nations

By Hermann Schoenfeld
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  • Publisher : Library of Alexandria
  • Book Code : 1465579869
  • Total of Pages : 412
  • Category : Germanic peoples
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The Ending of Roman Britain

By A.S. Esmonde-Cleary
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1134554923
  • Total of Pages : 262
  • Category : History
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Why did Roman Britain collapse? What sort of society succeeded it? How did the Anglo-Saxons take over? And how far is the traditional view of a massacre of the native population a product of biased historical sources? This text explores what Britain was like in the 4th-century AD and looks at how this can be understood when placed in the wider context of the western Roman Empire. Information won from archaeology rather than history is emphasized and leads to an explanation of the fall of Roman Britain. The author also offers some suggestions about the place of the post-Roman population in the formation of England.

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Volume 2 (羅馬帝國衰亡史(第二卷))

By Edward Gibbon, Esq.
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  • Publisher : Hyweb Technology Co. Ltd.
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 73
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Churchill and Empire

By Lawrence James
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  • Publisher : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • Book Code : 0297869159
  • Total of Pages : 448
  • Category : History
  • Members : 356
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A genuinely original biography of Churchill, focusing on his contradictory and lifelong relationship with the British Empire. 'A superb history of a memorable subject' Andrew Roberts, bestselling author of CHURCHILL: WALKING WITH DESTINY One of our finest narrative historians, and journalist for the SUNDAY TIMES and LITERARY REVIEW, Lawrence James, has written a genuinely new biography of Winston Churchill, set within a fully detailed historical context, but solely focusing on his relationship with the British Empire. As a young army officer in the late 19th century, Churchill's first experience of the Empire was serving in conflicts in India, South Africa and the Sudan. His attitude towards the Empire at the time was the stereotypical Victorian paternalistic approach - a combination of feeling responsible and feeling superior. Conscious even then of his political career ahead, Churchill's natural benevolence towards the Empire was occasionally overruled for political reasons, and he found himself reluctantly supporting - or at least not publicly condemning - British atrocities. As a politician he consistently relied on the Empire for support during crises, but was angered by any demands for nationalisation. He held what many would regard today as racist views, in that he felt that some nationalities were superior to others, but he didn't regard those positions as fixed. His (some might say obsequious) relationship with America reflected that view. America was a former colony where the natives had become worthy to rule themselves, but - he felt - still had that tie to Britain. Thus he overlooked the frequently expressed American view that the Empire was a hangover from a bygone era of colonisation, and reflected poorly on Britain's ability to conduct herself as a political power in the current world order. This outmoded attitude was one of the reasons the British voters rejected him after a Second World War in which - it was universally felt - he had led the country brilliantly. His attitude remained Victorian in a world that was shaping up very differently. However, it would be a mistake to consider Churchill merely as an anachronistic soldier. He grasped the problems of the Cold War immediately, believing that immature nations prematurely given independence would be more likely to be sucked into the vortex of Communism. This view chimed with American foreign policy, and made the Americans rather more pragmatic about their demands for self-governance for Empire countries. Lawrence James has written a fascinating portrait of an endlessly interesting statesman - and one that includes tantalising vignettes about his penchants for silk underwear and champagne.

History of Europe, Ancient and Medieval

By James Henry Breasted
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  • Publisher : Dalcassian Publishing Company
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 665
  • Category : Europe
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The Templars

By Piers Paul Read
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  • Publisher : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • Book Code : 1780225989
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : History
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The dramatic, ultimately tragic history of the Knights Templar, the largest and most powerful military order of the Crusades. Sifting myth from history, Piers Paul Read reveals the Templars - the multinational force of warrior monks, in their white tunics with red crosses over chainmail. They were not only unique among Christian institutions but constituted the first uniformed standing army in the western world and became pioneers of international banking. Expropriated by Philip IV of France in 1307, and confessing under torture to blasphemy, heresy and sodomy, the Order was finally suppressed by Pope Clement V in 1312. In a narrative that incorporates the story of the crusades and the many colourful characters who had links with the Templars, Piers Paul Read examines the question of their guilt and identifies their relevance to our own times.

Arbutus

By Cyril Smith
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1477152563
  • Total of Pages : 454
  • Category : Fiction
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Timius Arbutus is the son of a Roman Legionnaire. Human frailty of others leaves its mark on him in his formative years. At an early age he is taken to a Roman institution equivalent to a boarding school where he remains until his teens. On leaving the institution he has to fi nd work and eventually decides to follow in his father's footsteps and become a legionnaire. Towards the latter end of his army career he is very much disturbed by an event that took place and in which he was tasked. Another more senior legionnaire witnessed the same event and was traumatised by it. It is a work of fi ction based on various facts but written as though most events took place circa AD35. Some place names and those of individuals are fi ctitious and bear no resemblance to the actual places or any living persons.

Empire of the Deep

By Ben Wilson
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  • Publisher : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • Book Code : 0297864092
  • Total of Pages : 544
  • Category : History
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The bestselling complete history of the British Navy - our national story through a different prism. The story of our navy is nothing less than the story of Britain, our culture and our empire. Much more than a parade of admirals and their battles, this is the story of how an insignificant island nation conquered the world's oceans to become its greatest trading empire. Yet, as Ben Wilson shows, there was nothing inevitable about this rise to maritime domination, nor was it ever an easy path. EMPIRE OF THE DEEP: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BRITISH NAVY also reveals how our naval history has shaped us in more subtle and surprising ways - our language, culture, politics and national character all owe a great debt to this conquest of the seas. This is a gripping, fresh take on our national story.

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Volume 4 (羅馬帝國衰亡史(第四卷))

By Edward Gibbon, Esq.
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  • Publisher : Hyweb Technology Co. Ltd.
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 61
  • Category : Foreign Language Study
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