Rituale by Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger

By Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger

Rituale sind allgegenwärtig. Amtseinsetzung und Friedensschluss, Taufe, Hochzeit und Beisetzung, Denkmalsturz und Erinnerungsfeier - Ritualen kommt eine elementare, sozial strukturbildende Funktion zu. Mehr noch als für die Gegenwart gilt das für frühere Epochen. Seit die Geschichtswissenschaft im Zuge des "cultural flip" dieses Thema für sich entdeckt hat, sind immer mehr historische Phänomene durch die "ritualtheoretische Brille" betrachtet worden. Das Studienbuch gibt einen hervorragenden Überblick über die wichtigsten Theorien und Kontroversen der historischen Ritualforschung und die Vielzahl der rituellen Phänomene in der Geschichte.

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Portrait of an Unknown Woman: A Novel by Vanora Bennett

By Vanora Bennett

Within the yr 1527, the nice portraitist Hans Holbein, fleeing the Protestant Reformation, involves England less than fee to Sir Thomas extra. Over the process the following six years, Holbein paints approximately exact pix of the extra relatives, his expensive and dependable acquaintances. yet nearer exam of the second one portray unearths numerous mysteries. . . . Set opposed to the turmoil and tragedy of Henry VIII's courtroom, Portrait of an Unknown girl vividly inspires sixteenth-century England at the verge of huge change—as considered throughout the eyes of Meg Giggs, More's clever, tenderhearted, headstrong followed daughter, who stands on the heart of this sweeping, awesome epic. it's a story of sin and faith, hope and deception—the tale of a tender lady close to sensual awakening and a rustic at the fringe of mayhem.

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Time and the Moment in Victorian Literature and Society by Sue Zemka

By Sue Zemka

Surprising adjustments, possibilities or revelations have constantly carried a distinct value in western tradition, from the Greek and later the Christian kairos to Evangelical reviews of conversion. This interesting booklet explores the ways that England, below the impact of industrializing forces and elevated precision in assessing the passing of time, connected significance to moments and occasions that compress nice importance into small devices of time. Sue Zemka questions the significance that modernity invests in temporary occasions, from faith to aesthetics and philosophy. She argues for a pressure in Victorian and early sleek novels severe of the values the age invested in moments of time, and means that such novels additionally provide a correction to modern tradition and feedback, with its emphasis at the non permanent occasion as an company of swap.

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Milton's earthly paradise;: A historical study of Eden by Joseph E. Duncan

By Joseph E. Duncan

Milton's Earthly Paradise used to be first released in 1972. Minnesota Archive variations makes use of electronic know-how to make long-unavailable books once more available, and are released unaltered from the unique collage of Minnesota Press editions.This examine offers a heritage of the altering interpretations of the 1st earthly paradise—the backyard of Eden—in Western proposal and relates Paradise misplaced and different literary works to this paradise culture. the writer strains the beginnings of the culture as they seem within the Bible and in classical literature and exhibits how those traces have been joined in early Christian and medieval literature. His emphasis, although, is at the relation of Paradise misplaced to Renaissance statement and to different literary works of the interval facing the paradise story.Professor Duncan perspectives Paradise misplaced as one of the Renaissance works that exhibit an untiring attempt to appreciate and clarify the 1st chapters of Genesis. within the rational and humanistic observation of the Renaissance, he explains, the purpose used to be to supply an interpretation of the literal feel of the Scriptural account that was once credible, precise, and traditionally legitimate. He unearths that the cumulative impact of the statement is mirrored in Milton's consciousness to the site of paradise, the emphasis at the average and the rational in his description of paradise, and within the significance of the typological courting among the terrestrial and celestial paradises. This illuminating dialogue makes it transparent that Milton's new version of paradise is not just very good poetry but in addition a penetrating account of the origins of guy, regarding hugely advanced and arguable concerns.

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Spies and Holy Wars: The Middle East in 20th-Century Crime by Reeva Spector Simon

By Reeva Spector Simon

Illuminating a robust intersection among pop culture and worldwide politics, Spies and Holy Wars attracts on a sampling of greater than 8 hundred British and American thrillers which are propelled by means of the subject of jihad—an Islamic holy battle or campaign opposed to the West. released during the last century, the books during this expansive learn surround undercover agent novels and crime fiction, illustrating new connections among those genres and Western imperialism.

Demonstrating the social implications of the recognition of such books, Reeva Spector Simon covers how the center japanese villain developed from being the malleable sufferer sooner than international conflict II to the overseas, techno-savvy determine in state-of-the-art crime novels. She explores the effect of James Bond, pulp fiction, and comedian books and in addition analyzes the ways that international occasions formed the style, fairly in recent times. around the world terrorism and monetary domination be successful because the most typical resources of narrative stress in those works, whereas army "tech novels" restored the status of the yankee hero within the wake of post-Vietnam skepticism. relocating past stereotypes, Simon examines the relationships among publishing tendencies, political traits, and pop culture at large—giving voice to the formerly unexamined truths that emerge from those provocative page-turners.

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The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling by Peter Ackroyd (Penguin by Peter Ackroyd

By Peter Ackroyd

"A romp for the a long time" (Vanity Fair)now with a image conceal and deluxe packaging

well known novelist, historian, and biographer Peter Ackroyd takes on what's arguably the best poem within the English language and offers it in a prose vernacular that makes it available to readers whereas maintaining the spirit of the unique. A reflect for medieval society, The Canterbury Tales matters a motley crew of pilgrims who meet in a London resort on their strategy to Canterbury and comply with participate in a storytelling festival. Ackroyd's modern prose emphasizes the humanity of those characters-as good as explicitly rendering their bawdy humor-yet nonetheless masterfully inspires the euphonies and harmonies of Chaucer's verse.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more suitable by means of introductions and notes by way of special students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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The Shadow of Eternity: Belief and Structure in Herbert, by Sharon C. Seelig

By Sharon C. Seelig

The poetry of Herbert, Vaughan, and Traherne represents "an try to form their lives and verse round the truth of divine presence and influence," writes Sharon Seelig. the connection among trust and expression in those 3 metaphysical poets is the topic of this deeply perceptive study.

Each of those poets held to a point the inspiration of twin fact, of the area as indicative of a better fact, yet their responses to this practice fluctuate greatly―from the continuing fight among God and the poet of The Temple, which eventually transforms the fabrics of daily life and worship; to the more challenging solidarity of Silex Scintillans, with its rigidity among illumination and resignation; to the ecstatic proclamations of Thomas Traherne, whose experience of divine truth firstly turns out so powerful as to damage the attribute metaphysical stress among this international and the following. Seelig's examine proceeds from person poems to the entire paintings, exploring the relation of cosmology and spiritual event to poetic shape.

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Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles by Margaret George

By Margaret George

Margaret George's exhaustively researched novel skillfully weaves either old truth and believable fiction in bringing the tale of Mary Queen of Scots to existence.

She was once a baby topped a queen....
A sinner hailed as a saint....
A lover denounced as a whore...
A lady murdered for her dreams...

Margaret George's Mary Queen of Scotland & the Isles brings to existence the attention-grabbing tale of Mary, who turned the Queen of Scots while she was once in basic terms six days outdated. Raised within the glittering French court docket, returning to Scotland to rule as a Catholic monarch over a newly Protestant kingdom, and accomplished like a felony in Queen Elizabeth's England, Queen Mary lived a reasonable no different, and Margaret George weaves the proof right into a beautiful paintings of old fiction.

"With a continuing use of unique letters, diaries, and poems: a favored, readable, inordinately relocating tribute to a notable queen." -- Kirkus Reviews

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