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.
A Chronology of World Christianity
From the birth of Jesus to the present day, this year-by-year listing of significant events in the history of Christianity covers the activities of all those who call themselves Christians – the creation of places of worship, the organization and administration of their communities, their relationship with each other and with other religions. The chronology also records dates of key figures, written texts and works of art, and is accompanied by short articles on important events and themes.
The 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.
Meditating on the Psalms
John Eaton has selected 52 of the best-loved psalms, providing his own new translations and offering spiritual insights in the form of devotional commentaries and prayers based on the thoughts of each psalm. A general introduction explains these ancient poems' origins and cultural context, the different ways in which they have been used down the centuries and the difficulties encountered by the modern reader trying to understand their message.
The Birth of Christian Liberty
'My approach to Milton is rather eccentric', writes Theo Hobson, 'in that it takes his religious thought very seriously indeed'. Treating Milton primarily as a great thinker about both religion and politics, he shows that the poet was an opponent of the authoritarian Puritanism which he is often accused of supporting, and argues that his libertarian Christian views have a vital role to play in enabling the modern Western world to understand the interaction of religion and secular ideals.
Letters of Direction
'Never follow any narrow way; but on the contrary choose the broadest, the most generous way.' This book comprises extracts from a spiritual classic, the Letters of Direction written by the Parisian priest Henri de Tourville (1842-1903) in the last 20 years of his life when, although an invalid, he never lost his noble optimism and common sense.
A Philosophical Prologue
Born into a devout Jewish family, Edith Stein was drawn to philosophy and in 1913 went to study with the phenomenologist Edmund Husserl in Gottingen. Later she was to convert to Catholicism and in 1942 she was murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau; but in this study, MacIntyre focuses on her philosophical background in the early decades of the 20th century, and gives a clear account of the questions and insights her writings offer students of Husserl, Heidegger and the Thomism of the 1920s and 1930s.
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).