The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century

Author: Ian Mortimer

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448103789

Category: History

Page: 368

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The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there... Imagine you could travel back to the fourteenth century. What would you see, and hear, and smell? Where would you stay? What are you going to eat? And how are you going to test to see if you are going down with the plague? In The Time Traveller's Guide Ian Mortimer's radical new approach turns our entire understanding of history upside down. History is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived, whether that's the life of a peasant or a lord. The result is perhaps the most astonishing history book you are ever likely to read; as revolutionary as it is informative, as entertaining as it is startling.

The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England

Author: Ian Mortimer

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409029565

Category: History

Page: 432

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The past is a foreign country - this is your guide, from the bestselling author of Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England We think of Queen Elizabeth I’s reign (1558-1603) as a golden age. But what was it actually like to live in Elizabethan England? If you could travel to the past and walk the streets of London in the 1590s, where would you stay? What would you eat? What would you wear? Would you really have a sense of it being a glorious age? And if so, how would that glory sit alongside the vagrants, diseases, violence, sexism and famine of the time? In this book Ian Mortimer reveals a country in which life expectancy is in the early thirties, people still starve to death and Catholics are persecuted for their faith. Yet it produces some of the finest writing in the English language, some of the most magnificent architecture, and sees Elizabeth's subjects settle in America and circumnavigate the globe. Welcome to a country that is, in all its contradictions, the very crucible of the modern world. ‘Vivid trip back to the 16th century...highly entertaining book’ Guardian

Zeiten der Erkenntnis

Wie uns die großen historischen Veränderungen bis heute prägen

Author: Ian Mortimer

Publisher: Piper ebooks

ISBN: 3492969917

Category: History

Page: 432

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Welches der vergangenen zehn Jahrhunderte hat die größten Veränderungen erlebt, welches hat uns als Menschheit am weitesten vorangebracht? Mit dieser Frage beginnt Ian Mortimer seine Reise durch die Geschichte des europäischen Westens, vom 11. Jahrhundert bis heute. War es das 15. Jahrhundert als das Zeitalter der Entdeckungen? Oder doch das 16. mit dem Erfindung des Buchdrucks und der Reformation? Auf den ersten Blick würden die meisten von uns vielleicht auf das 20. Jahrhundert tippen, denn die Gründe liegen auf der Hand: Flugzeuge, Raumfahrt, Internet, der Siegeszug der Demokratie, die Globalisierung und vieles andere mehr. Warum diese »Froschperspektive« zu kurz greift (wir mit unserer Vermutung aber dennoch nicht ganz falsch liegen), erklärt Ian Mortimer – witzig, philosophisch und so klug wie prägnant.

Der Churchill-Faktor

Author: Boris Johnson

Publisher: Klett-Cotta

ISBN: 3608101128

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 472

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Mit fulminanter Erzählfreude und einem pointensicheren Gespür für die erhellende Anekdote schildert Boris Johnson Leben und Charakter des bedeutendsten britischen Staatsmannes des 20. Jahrhunderts (1874 –1965). Fasziniert von der Einmaligkeit, dem Humor und Sprachwitz, dem Abenteurertum, den politischen und literarisch-künstlerischen Leistungen seines Helden, hat er eine ebenso kenntnisreiche wie hinreißende Liebeserklärung an Winston S. Churchill verfasst. Mit britischer Nonchalance zeigt Johnson, was die Jahrhundertgestalt Churchill jedem von uns heute noch bedeuten kann.

The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain

Life in the Age of Samuel Pepys, Isaac Newton and The Great Fire of London

Author: Ian Mortimer

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448191971

Category: History

Page: 480

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The past is a foreign country: this is your guidebook. If you could travel back in time, the period from 1660 to 1700 would make one of the most exciting destinations in history. It is the age of Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London; bawdy comedy and the libertine court of Charles II — the civil wars are over and a magnificent new era has begun. But what would it really be like to live in Restoration Britain? Where would you stay and what would you eat? How much should you pay for one of those elaborate wigs? Should you trust a physician who advises you to drink fresh cow’s urine to cure your gout? Why are boys made to smoke in school? And why are you unlikely to get a fair trial in court? The third volume in the series of Ian Mortimer’s bestselling Time Traveller’s Guides answers these crucial questions and encourages us to reflect on the customs and practices of daily life. This unique guide not only teaches us about the seventeenth century but makes us look with fresh eyes at the modern world.

Wie man die Zeit anhält

Roman

Author: Matt Haig

Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3423433841

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Wenn Liebe die Zeit besiegt. Keiner lehrt Geschichte so lebendig wie er ‒ und das hat einen guten Grund: Tom Hazard, Geschichtslehrer und verschrobener Einzelgänger, sieht aus wie 40, ist aber in Wirklichkeit über 400 Jahre alt. Er hat die Elisabethanische Ära in England, die Expeditionen von Captain Cook in der Südsee, die Literaten und Jazzmusiker der Roaring Twenties in Paris erlebt und alle acht Jahre eine neue Identität angenommen. Eines war er über die Jahrhunderte hinweg immer: einsam. Denn die Nähe zu anderen Menschen wäre höchst gefährlich gewesen. Jetzt aber tritt Camille in sein Leben. Und damit verändert sich alles.

The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England

Author: Ian Mortimer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101622784

Category: History

Page: 416

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The author of The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England takes you through the world of Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth I From the author of The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England, this popular history explores daily life in Queen Elizabeth’s England, taking us inside the homes and minds of ordinary citizens as well as luminaries of the period, including Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Sir Francis Drake. Organized as a travel guide for the time-hopping tourist, Mortimer relates in delightful (and occasionally disturbing) detail everything from the sounds and smells of sixteenth-century England to the complex and contradictory Elizabethan attitudes toward violence, class, sex, and religion. Original enough to interest those with previous knowledge of Elizabethan England and accessible enough to entertain those without, The Time Traveler’s Guide is a book for Elizabethan enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

The Time Traveller's Guide to British Theatre

The First Four Hundred Years

Author: Aleks Sierz,Lia Ghilardi

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783197072

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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British theatre is booming. London’s Theatreland is an economic powerhouse and British actors are the toast of Hollywood. But where did it all start and how did we get here? To find out we time travel back four hundred years when there was not a single theatre in the land. This is where the story of British theatre starts, with the invention of new secular plays performed before large urban audiences. Beginning with the coronation of Queen Elizabeth I, Aleks Sierz and Lia Ghilardi trace the history of theatre from its lowly, lawless origins in London’s notorious Bankside, to the Festival of Britain and the accession of Queen Elizabeth II. Lively and based on extensive research, The Time Traveller’s Guide to British Theatre explores our rich and living heritage, covering all the great names — from Shakespeare to Terence Rattigan, by way of Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw — and the classic plays, many of which are revived today. It visits the venues and tells their dramatic stories. At every stage of this epic journey a fictional guide — each with their own idiosyncrasies and personal prejudices — introduces our intrepid travellers to the characters, controversies, gossip, stages and plays that made four centuries of headlines.

Invasion der Barbaren

Die Entstehung Europas im ersten Jahrtausend nach Christus

Author: Peter Heather

Publisher: Klett-Cotta

ISBN: 3608101896

Category: History

Page: 667

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Spätrömische Dekadenz und plündernde Vandalen: so lauten die Klischees über die sogenannte Völkerwanderungszeit. Doch wie entstand im ersten Jahrtausend aus dem hochentwickelten römischen Süden und dem barbarischen Norden die neue kulturelle Einheit Europa? Um Christi Geburt war Europa zweigeteilt in den hochentwickelten Süden der Mittelmeerkulturen und den unentwickelten Norden germanischund slawisch sprechender Stammeskulturen. Diese kannten weder die Schrift noch den steinernen Siedlungsbau, ein stehendes Heer oder die Geldwirtschaft, geschweige denn Städte mit Feuerwehr und Müllabfuhr. Wie konnte der »Ansturm der Barbaren« dem römischen Imperium den Todesstoß versetzen? Peter Heather stellt diese alte Frage im Licht der Erkenntnisse zur Ethnogenese und der modernen Migrationsforschung neu. Vom Hunnensturm bis zu den Wikingern untersucht er die Dynamik der europäischen Wanderungsbewegungen. Die sozialen und wirtschaftlichen Wechselwirkungen zwischen beiden Kulturräumen veränderten diese von Grund auf und ließen sie langfristig zu einer neuen kulturellen Einheit werden: dem Europa, das wir in weiterentwickelter Form noch heute kennen.

Die Rivalin der Königin

Ein Tudor-Roman

Author: Elizabeth Fremantle

Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641182336

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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Mit achtzehn Jahren wird Penelope Devereux Hofdame von Elisabeth I. Dort, in einer Welt voll gnadenloser Rivalität und bösartiger Machenschaften, muss sie versuchen, sich die Gunst der alternden Königin zu sichern. Als sie von ihrem Vormund gezwungen wird zu heiraten, obwohl ihr Herz einem anderen gehört, beschließt Penelope, ihr Schicksal selbst in die Hand zu nehmen. Durch geschickte Intrigen versucht sie, ihre Stellung am Hof zu stärken. Doch Robert Cecil, der mächtigste Minister am Hof, will Penelope und ihre Familie um jeden Preis vernichten. Und auch der Königin ist sie allmählich ein Dorn im Auge ...

The Solar Revolution

One World. One Solution. Providing the Energy and Food for 10 Billion People.

Author: Steve McKevitt,Tony Ryan

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd

ISBN: 1848317875

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 320

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It’s an astonishing fact that capturing all the energy in just one hour’s worth of sunlight would enable us to meet the planet’s food and energy needs for an entire year. The Solar Revolution tells the story of how scientists are working to reconnect us to the ‘solar economy’, harnessing the power of the sun to provide sustainable food and energy for a global population of 10 billion people: an achievement that would end our dependence on ‘fossilised sunshine’ in the form of coal, oil and gas and remake our connection with the soil that grows our food. Steve McKevitt and Tony Ryan describe the human race’s complex relationship with the sun and take us back through history to see how our world became the place it is today – chemically, geologically, ecologically, climatically and economically – before moving on to the cutting-edge science and technology that will enable us to live happily in a sustainable future.

Project Sunshine

How science can use the sun to fuel and feed the world

Author: Steve McKevitt,Tony Ryan

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd

ISBN: 1848315627

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 320

View: 1933

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It’s an astonishing fact that capturing all the energy in just one hour’s worth of sunlight would enable us to meet the planet’s food and energy needs for an entire year. Project Sunshine tells the story of how scientists are working to reconnect us to the ‘solar economy’, harnessing the power of the sun to provide sustainable food and energy for a global population of 10 billion people: an achievement that would end our dependence on ‘fossilised sunshine’ in the form of coal, oil and gas and remake our connection with the soil that grows our food. Steve McKevitt and Tony Ryan describe the human race’s complex relationship with the sun and take us back through history to see how our world became the place it is today – chemically, geologically, ecologically, climatically and economically – before moving on to the cutting-edge science and technology that will enable us to live happily in a sustainable future.

'Antony and Cleopatra' in Context

The Politics of Passion

Author: Keith Linley

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 1783083786

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 266

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This engaging book provides in-depth discussion of the various influences that an audience in 1607 would have brought to interpreting ‘Antony and Cleopatra’. How did people think about the world, about God, about sin, about kings, about civilized conduct? Learn about the social hierarchy, gender relationships, court corruption, class tensions, the literary profile of the time, the concept of tragedy – and all the subversions, transgressions, and oppositions that made the play an unsettling picture of a disintegrating world lost through passion and machination.

Writing Historical Fiction

A Writers' and Artists' Companion

Author: Celia Brayfield,Duncan Sprott

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1780935773

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 344

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Writing Historical Fiction: A Writers' & Artists' Companion is an invaluable companion for a writer working in this challenging and popular literary genre, whether your period is Ancient Rome or World War II. PART 1 includes reflections on the genre and provides a short history of historical fiction. PART 2 contains guest contributions from Margaret Atwood, Ian Beck, Madison Smartt Bell, Ronan Bennett, Vanora Bennett, Tracy Chevalier, Lindsay Clarke, Elizabeth Cook, Anne Doughty, Sarah Dunant, Michel Faber, Margaret George, Philippa Gregory, Katharine McMahon, Valerio Massimo Manfredi, Hilary Mantel, Alan Massie, Ian Mortimer, Kate Mosse, Charles Palliser, Orhan Pamuk, Edward Rutherfurd, Manda Scott, Adam Thorpe, Stella Tillyard, Rose Tremain, Alison Weir and Louisa Young. PART 3 offers practical exercises and advice on such topics as research, plots and characters, mastering authentic but accessible dialogue and navigating the world of agents and publishers.

Isaac Newton

die Geburt des modernen Denkens

Author: James Gleick

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783538071865

Category: Physicists

Page: 258

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Im Mittelalter

Handbuch für Zeitreisende

Author: Ian Mortimer

Publisher: Piper Verlag

ISBN: 3492966438

Category: History

Page: 432

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Stellen Sie sich vor, Sie könnten in der Zeit reisen: Was würden Sie vorfinden, wenn Sie ins 14. Jahrhundert zurückgehen? Was würden Sie sehen, schmecken und hören? Wo würden Sie übernachten? Ian Mortimers große Erzählung über das mittelalterliche England eröffnet uns einen völlig neuen Weg zum Verständnis dieses so fernen wie fremden Zeitalters. Wir bekommen eine Idee davon, welche Vorstellungen die Menschen wirklich prägten, woran sie glaubten, welche Hoffnungen sie beflügelten und welche Ängste sie quälten. Uns wird bewusst, was es heißt, wenn dreißigjährige Frauen schon als »Winterfutter« gelten, erfahren, wie man Krankheiten nach dem Stand der Planeten behandelt und wie viel Spaß eine »Bärenhatz« machen kann – selbst wenn wir heutigen Menschen eine solche Jagd als grausam empfinden. Endlich ein Buch, das zeigt, dass Geschichte nicht nur studiert, sondern auch erlebt werden kann!

'King Lear' in Context

The Cultural Background

Author: Keith Linley

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 1783083743

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 306

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This engaging book provides in-depth discussion of the various influences that an audience in 1606 would have brought to interpreting ‘King Lear’. How did people think about the world, about God, about sin, about kings, about civilized conduct? Learn about the social hierarchy, gender relationships, parenting and family dynamics, court corruption, class tensions, the literary profile of the time, the concept of tragedy – and all the subversions, transgressions, and oppositions that made the play an unsettling picture of a disintegrating world in free fall.

'The Tempest' in Context

Sin, Repentance and Forgiveness

Author: Keith Linley

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 178308376X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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This engaging book provides detailed in-depth discussion of the various influences that an audience in 1611 would have brought to interpreting ‘The Tempest’. How did people think about the world, about God, about sin, about kings, about civilized conduct? Learn about the social hierarchy, gender relationships, parenting and family dynamics, court corruption, class tensions, the concept of tragi-comedy – and all the subversions, transgressions, and oppositions that made the play an unsettling picture of a world attempting to come to terms with capitalism and colonialism while re-addressing the nature of rule.