Alexander the Great
Themes and Issues
Recent scholarship has challenged Alexander’s epithet ‘Great’, judging his conquests destructive rather than, as earlier historians believed, a civilizing force. This study examines Alexander’s life and career through the major issues surrounding his reign and legacy. In chapters on his Macedonian background, the legacy of Philip II, deification, the administration of an empire, and Asia, Anson sets out the major academic positions, evaluates the historical evidence and brings a new clarity to the history of Alexander.
Ministry of Defeat
The British War in Iraq 2003–2009
In this hard-hitting account of Britain's military occupation of southern Iraq, from the aftermath of the 2003 invasion to 2009, when the last British troops were ordered to leave by the Iraqi government, Richard North argues that the occupation was an abject failure and the blame lies with the Blair government's failure to provide the Army with the forces and equipment to meet a challenge that it and the military establishment had hopelessly misread from the start.
Little Jazz Giant
Roy Eldridge (1911-89) worked with some of the finest jazz players of his day, including Teddy Hill and Artie Shaw, and forged a distinctive trumpet style that linked the more traditional sound of Louis Armstrong to the Be-Bop generation. John Chilton's perceptive biography traces Eldridge's long career and his often turbulent professional relationships to reassess the work of one of the most exciting and unjustly neglected players in jazz history.
Newman's Unquiet Grave
The Reluctant Saint
Written in the wake of publicity about the beatification of John Henry Newman (1801–1890), Cornwell's highly acclaimed biography focuses not on arguments for and against sainthood, but on Newman's character and importance as a writer. The study includes chapters devoted to each of his major works – Idea of a University, the Apologia, The Dream of Gerontius and The Grammar of Assent – and aims to reveal Newman's 'genius for creating new ways of imagining and writing about religion'.
The Siege of Jerusalem
Crusade and Conquest in 1099
In this vivid narrative history Kostick retells the events that unfolded following the arrival of a Christian army at Jerusalem in June 1099. He also sets this siege and the brutal sack of the city against the wider background of the First Crusade, following the crusaders on their march towards Jerusalem, highlighting tensions and factions among their ranks and assessing both the immediate aftermath and the longer-term legacy for the Crusade's leaders.
The Power Game in Byzantium
Antonina and the Empress Theodora
Justinian's reign (527–565) was a time of increasing intolerance and absolutism but also brought social mobility, with both the Empress Theodora and her friend Antonina rising from origins in the theatre to positions of great power and influence. In his history of this turbulent period Evans examines how both women negotiated the intrigues of the Byzantine imperial court; he pays special attention to Antonina's management of her husband Belisarius' career and Theodora's protection of Christians who rejected the Chalcedonian creed.
A Surprising History
This book seeks to show that throughout history royal prayers have had a place at the heart of a nation's life, and that monarchs continue to play a pivotal role in protecting the interests of their people today. Chapters discuss royal prayers at times of national tragedy or emergency, prayers to launch ships, prayers of remembrance, of patronage, and of support for endeavours of science or exploration. An appendix contains the Collects of each branch of the Armed Forces.
The Athlone History of Witchcraft and Magic in Europe
Volume 3: The Middle Ages
This third part of a modern, scholarly survey of supernatural beliefs in Europe demonstrates how a common European concept of magic emerged in the Middle Ages; it also examines the lore of pagan Scandinavia; and discusses the response of the medieval Church.
Shakespeare's Political and Economic Language
Part of the Continuum Shakespeare Dictionary series, this is an authoritative guide to Shakespeare’s engagement with political and economic developments and concepts, from the economic force of abound, to the various uses of worth. No jacket.
Poet, translator, novelist and writer of detective stories, Cecil Day-Lewis was a restless personality, forever driven to experiment and explore. This first authorized biography tells the private story behind the headlines: his Irish roots, his youthful communism and friendships with Auden and Isherwood, his travels, his many infidelities, and his appointment as Poet Laureate. In doing so, it reveals how the rich, many-faceted and often turbulent life of this handsome and charismatic man is reflected in his poetry. Slightly off-mint.
Butler's Saint for the Day
With one saint for each day of the year, this volume is a selection from the 2,500 entries in the full edition of Butler's work. It gives simple factual presentations of the saints' lives, showing how they worked for the good of their fellow men and women, and illustrating the words of Alban Butler himself: in saints' lives 'we see the most perfect maxims of the gospel reduced to practice'. This is a revised and updated version of Butler's Lives of the Saints: New Concise Edition (2003).
The Lectionary Commentary: Theological Exegesis for Sunday's Texts
The Second Readings: Acts and the Epistles
This second of three volumes of exegetical essays on biblical texts from the Revised Common Lectionary, covers the final chapters of Acts and the New Testament Epistles from Romans to Revelation.
Britain and Oil in the Twentieth Century
Until the discovery of North Sea oil in the early 1970s, Britain had virtually no known oil of its own. Yet by 1914, British or part-British companies were producing oil in Persia, Russia, Romania, Mexico, Peru, Burma, Borneo and the USA. This history explains how that happened and how the two main companies, BP and Shell, remained world leaders in the oil industry, and examines how the industry has evolved and its role in the Second World War and crises such as Suez and the Arab-Israeli wars.
Shakespeare's Legal Language
The law is a central theme in many of Shakespeare's plays and every play makes some reference to legality or justice. Shakespeare displays considerable interest in the capacity of legal language to convey matters of social, moral and intellectual substance and his use of legal language reveals a familiarity with legal terminology. In this A-Z guide to his legal references, over 100 entries explore early modern social life, legal thought and the interaction of these within Shakespearean drama.
Charles Dickens is without doubt a literary giant. The most widely read author of his own generation, his works remain incredibly popular today. Part of the Writers' Lives series, this study combines a biographical approach with a close reading of the novels, to give a short, lively yet sophisticated introduction to Dickens's work and the personal and social contexts in which it was written.
Russell's Theory of Perception
Sajahan Miah re-examines and evaluates the development of Russell's concept of perception and the relation of perception to our knowledge of the external world. He focuses largely on the period 1909-19, when Russell attempted a reductionist analysis of empirical knowledge. No jacket.
Dictionary of Christian Biography
The scope of this Dictionary extends beyond 'professional' Christians such as churchmen, saints, theologians and mystics: in 6,500 or so brief biographies it covers many hundreds of people from diverse walks of life, selected because their commitment to Christianity played an important part in their public lives. Here are profiles of economists, artists, archaeologists and journalists alongside the major, and many minor, figures of Christian history. The Dictionary covers the period from the end of the New Testament era to the 20th century.
Introduction to the History of Christianity
From the Early Church to the Enlightenment
Focusing on the interaction between the sacred and the secular, this introduction to the history of Christianity examines three pivotal periods: from 300 CE, when Constantine initiated the process of Christianizing the Roman world, to 500 CE; 1050-1250, which saw a radical programme of renewal in Latin Christendom; and 1450-1650, the age of upheavals known as the Reformation. Within these periods Herring illuminates specific aspects of the historical experience of Christianity by looking at institutions, theological ideas or particular individuals.
The Seven Perennial Sins and Their Offspring
Drawing on astonishingly wide reading (Lucian, Augustine, Pascal, Kierkegaard, Dante, Heine, Flaubert, Ruskin, Orwell, Truffaut and Francis of Assisi are just some of the authors cited), Bazyn sets each of the seven 'deadly sins' - and seven 'subsins' - in the context of millennia of observations on the darker side of human nature. Never moralizing, but often amusing, the book provides a corrective to modern Christianity's neglect of this traditional resource for teaching responsibility in ethics. Slightly off-mint.
Science and Theology since Copernicus
The Search for Understanding
In this survey of scientific development and theological response over the past 450 years, Barrett covers three major shifts in Western science – the Scientific Revolution (16th and 17th centuries), Darwin's theory of evolution, and New Physics in the 20th century. He describes how the work of leading figures such as Copernicus, Boyle, Newton, Linnaeus and Darwin impacted on Christian belief and concludes with a discussion of the discourse between science and theology in recent decades.
How to Be a Philosopher
or How to Be Almost Certain that Almost Nothing is Certain
In his practical guide to philosophizing, Gary Cox explains philosophical ideas – on metaphysics, epistemology, solipsism, transcendental idealism etc – with examples drawn from great works including Family Guy, Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Matrix. He also argues that learning to philosophize will help you think more clearly and honestly about your own life, and even offers advice on how to make a living from philosophy.
Volume Eleven: Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers
Part of the Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers series, this volume looks at the life and work of the Harvard philosopher Robert Novick, author of the groundbreaking Anarchy, State and Utopia (1974), which sparked new interest in libertarianism. No jacket.
Volume Eighteen: Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers
Herbert Spencer (1820–1903) was a prominent philosopher in the Victorian era. This intellectual biography makes a compelling argument for the continued relevance of his political philosophy. Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers series, volume 18. No jacket.
The French Revolution
Thomas Carlyle began his three-volume history of the French Revolution in 1835 and finished two years later, when he described the work as 'a wild savage Book, itself a kind of French Revolution' that 'has come hot out of my own soul'. In this volume from the Continuum Histories series, Ruth Scurr introduces extracts from all three volumes of 'the most exciting account of the Revolution there has ever been'.
Survey of London XXXVIII (Off-mint)
The Museums Area of South Kensington and Westminster
Covering more than 20 important buildings including the V&A, the Royal Albert Hall, Imperial College and the Natural History Museum, this Survey of London volume provides a detailed historical and architectural record, illustrated with architectural plans, elevations and photographs. Off-mint. No jacket.
A Dictionary of Christian Denominations
Contrary to Jesus' wish that his followers 'may all be one', Christianity has become, over time, ever more schismatic. This dictionary provides information on over 1,000 significant denominations and movements, ranging from the mainstream historical churches to heretical sects that flourished briefly in the third or fourth centuries and groups that sprang up around charismatic leaders in the 19th and 20th centuries.