Madonna of the Seven Hills: A Novel of the Borgias by Jean Plaidy

By Jean Plaidy

The main appealing girl in Rome, Lucrezia Borgia, was once born right into a family—and a destiny—she couldn't wish to flee . . .Fifteenth-century Rome: The Borgia relatives is at the upward push. Lucrezia’s father, Pope Alexander VI, locations his illegitimate daughter and her merely brothers, Cesare, Giovanni, and Goffredo, within the jeweled splendor—and scandal—of his courtroom. From the Pope’s affairs with adolescent women to Cesare’s risky jealousy of an individual who conjures up Lucrezia’s affections to the ominous delivery of a kid conceived in mystery, no Borgia can elude infamy.Young Lucrezia steadily accepts her destiny as she involves phrases with the fragile nature of her relationships together with her father and brothers. The unbreakable bond she stocks with them either exhilarates and terrifies her as her innocence starts to vanish. quickly she is going to remember that her family’s love pales subsequent to their quest for energy and that she herself is the best instrument of their political arsenal. From the inimitable pen of Jean Plaidy, this family’s epic legend is repletewith ardour, intrigue, and murder—and it’s in simple terms the start.

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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 historic truth and believable fiction in bringing the tale of Mary Queen of Scots to existence.

She used to be a toddler topped a queen....
A sinner hailed as a saint....
A lover denounced as a whore...
A girl murdered for her dreams...

Margaret George's Mary Queen of Scotland & the Isles brings to lifestyles the attention-grabbing tale of Mary, who turned the Queen of Scots while she was once merely six days previous. Raised within the glittering French courtroom, returning to Scotland to rule as a Catholic monarch over a newly Protestant nation, and done like a legal in Queen Elizabeth's England, Queen Mary lived a real looking no different, and Margaret George weaves the evidence 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 extraordinary queen." -- Kirkus Reviews

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A Shrinking Island: Modernism and National Culture in by Jed Esty

By Jed Esty

This booklet describes an enormous literary tradition stuck within the act of changing into minor. In 1939, Virginia Woolf wrote in her diary, ''Civilisation has shrunk.'' Her phrases captured not just the onset of worldwide struggle II, but additionally a longer-term reversal of nationwide fortune. the 1st finished account of modernism and imperialism in England, A Shrinking Island tracks the joint eclipse of modernist aesthetics and British strength from the literary experiments of the Thirties throughout the upward push of cultural reports within the 1950s.

Jed Esty explores the consequences of declining empire on modernist form--and at the very which means of Englishness. He levels from canonical figures (T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf) to influential midcentury intellectuals (J. M. Keynes and J.R.R. Tolkien), from cultural experiences pioneers (Raymond Williams and E. P. Thompson) to postwar migrant writers (George Lamming and Doris Lessing). concentrating on writing that converts the aptitude strength of the contracting British kingdom into the language of insular integrity, he argues that an anthropological ethos of cultural holism got here domestic to roost in late-imperial England. Esty's interpretation demanding situations renowned myths in regards to the demise of English literature. It portrays the survivors of the modernist iteration now not as aesthetic dinosaurs, yet as individuals within the transition from empire to welfare nation, from metropolitan paintings to nationwide tradition. blending literary feedback with postcolonial concept, his account of London modernism's end-stages and after-lives offers a clean tackle significant works whereas redrawing the traces among modernism and postmodernism.

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Literary Remains: Representations of Death and Burial in by Mary Elizabeth Hotz

By Mary Elizabeth Hotz

Literary is still explores the without warning crucial position of demise and burial in Victorian England. As Alan Ball, writer of HBO's Six toes less than, quipped, "Once you place a lifeless physique within the room, you could discuss anything." So, too, with the Victorians: lifeless our bodies, in particular their burial and cremation, engaged the passionate cognizance of prime Victorians, from sanitary reformers like Edwin Chadwick to bestselling novelists like Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, and Bram Stoker. finding corpses on the middle of an in depth variety of matters, together with cash and legislation, drugs and concrete structure, social making plans and folklore, faith and nationwide id, Mary Elizabeth Hotz attracts on more than a few criminal, administrative, journalistic, and literary writing to supply a considerate meditation on Victorian attitudes towards dying and burial, in addition to how these attitudes motivated present-day deathway practices. Literary continues to be provides new intending to the word that serves as its major subject: "Taught by means of dying what lifestyles should still be."

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Enacting History in Henry James: Narrative, Power, and by Gert Buelens

By Gert Buelens

The Jamesian mode of writing, it's been claimed, actively works opposed to an knowing of how fact, heritage and gear circulation in his texts. Enacting heritage in Henry James argues in its place that James' writing can provide an experiential form of wisdom, person who is attained by way of actively partaking within the energy video games and ethical dramas that spread in the textual content. interpreting James hence calls for not only an emotional responsiveness, but in addition a moral assumption of accountability for the act of interpreting. This ebook locations James' paintings in a clean theoretical context and throws new mild in this such a lot enigmatic of writers.

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Bareface: A Guide to C.S. Lewis's Last Novel by Doris T. Myers

By Doris T. Myers

          C. S. Lewis desired to identify his final novel “Bareface.” Now Doris T. Myers’s Bareface offers a welcome examine of Lewis’s final, so much profound, and so much skillfully written novel, until we've got Faces. even if many declare it truly is his most sensible novel, until eventually we now have Faces is an intensive departure from the fable style of Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters and has been much less well known than Lewis’s previous works. In Bareface, Myers provides heritage details in this tricky paintings and indicates studying ideas designed to make it extra obtainable to common readers. She additionally offers a clean method of Lewis feedback for the joy of specialists.  Previous reports have frequently handled the radical as mere fable, ignoring Lewis’s attempt to give the tale of Cupid and Psyche as whatever which may have occurred. Myers emphasizes the historic historical past, the grounding of the characterizations in sleek psychology, and the completely life like narrative presentation. She identifies key books in historical and medieval literature, background, and philosophy that inspired Lewis’s considering in addition to declaring a formerly left out affinity with William James. From this context, a clearer figuring out of until eventually we've Faces can emerge.  Approached during this means, the paintings might be noticeable as a practical twentieth-century novel utilizing modernist ideas corresponding to the unreliable narrator and the manipulation of time. the main characters healthy smartly into William James’s typology of spiritual adventure, and Orual, the narrator-heroine, additionally develops the type of own adulthood defined by way of Carl Jung. while, either environment and plot offer insights into the traditional international and pre-Christian modes of thought.  Organized to facilitate shopping in response to the reader’s own pursuits and desires, this research is helping readers discover this advanced and sophisticated novel of their personal manner. Containing clean insights that even the main skilled Lewis student will take pleasure in, Bareface is an accomplishment necessary of Lewis’s lifelong contemplation.

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Literature and Architecture in Early Modern England by Anne M. Myers

By Anne M. Myers

Buildings inform tales. Castles, nation houses, church buildings, and monasteries are "documents" of the folks who equipped them, owned them, lived and died in them, inherited and kept or destroyed them, and recorded their histories. Literature and structure in Early sleek England examines the connection among 16th- and seventeenth-century architectural and literary works. by means of changing into extra delicate to the narrative capabilities of structure, Anne M. Myers argues, we commence to appreciate how a number of writers seen and made use of the fabric equipped surroundings that surrounded the creation of early glossy texts in England.

Scholars have lengthy stumbled on themselves within the place of excusing or explaining England’s failure to accomplish the similar of the Italian Renaissance within the visible arts. Myers proposes that structure encouraged an strange quantity of historiographic and literary construction, together with poetry, drama, architectural treatises, and diaries. Works by way of William Camden, Henry Wotton, Ben Jonson, Andrew Marvell, George Herbert, Anne Clifford, and John Evelyn, while regarded as a bunch, are texts that overturn the engrained serious inspiration Protestant worry of idolatry sentenced the visible arts and structure in England to a kingdom of suspicion and neglect.

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Blake, ethics, and forgiveness by Jeanne Moskal

By Jeanne Moskal

  For the final twenty years, students who focus on the poetry and paintings of William Blake have under pressure the formal and historic dimensions of his aesthetic theories and practices. Such an emphasis neglects the moral commitments that tell his paintings. fundamental between those moral commitments is Blake’s passionate advocacy of forgiveness among humans as a way to resolve the matter of human evil, an advocacy that turns out to contradict Blake’s assertions that moral legislation create the appearance of human evil and hire the concept that of “forgiveness” completely to augment the phrases of the unique oppression.             Blake, Ethics, and Forgiveness makes a speciality of a tremendous and pervasive factor present in the paintings of the English Romantic visionary poet, engraver, and mystic William Blake. It treats the ethical and literary challenge of representing moral or human forgiveness, as specified from the divine forgiveness of humans.  

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