By Marjorie Wheeler-Barclay
Marjorie Wheeler-Barclay argues that, even if the life and importance of the technology of faith has been slightly obvious to fashionable students of the Victorian interval, it was once a topic of vigorous and wide debate between nineteenth-century readers and audiences. She exhibits how an past new release of students in Victorian Britain tried to reach at a dispassionate figuring out of the mental and social meanings of spiritual ideals and practices―a subject now not with no modern resonance in a time whilst such a lot of humans suppose either empowered and threatened by means of spiritual passion―and offers the type of historical past she feels has been neglected.
Wheeler-Barclay examines the lives and paintings of six students: Friedrich Max Müller, Edward B. Tylor, Andrew Lang, William Robertson Smith, James G. Frazer, and Jane Ellen Harrison. She illuminates their makes an attempt to create a scholarly, non-apologetic learn of faith and religions that drew upon numerous diversified disciplines, together with anthropology, sociology, the classics, and Oriental experiences, and relied upon contributions from these outdoor in addition to in the universities. This highbrow enterprise―variously referred to as comparative faith, the heritage of religions, or the technological know-how of religion―was essentially excited about non-Christian religions. but in Wheeler-Barclay’s research of the heritage of this box in the vast contexts of Victorian cultural, highbrow, social, and political background, she lines the hyperlinks among the emergence of the technology of faith to debates approximately Christianity and to the historical past of British imperialism, the latter of which made attainable the gathering of loads of the ethnographic information on which the students relied and which legitimized exploration and conquest. faraway from selling an anti-religious or materialistic time table, the technological know-how of faith unfolded cultural house for an exploration of faith that used to be now not constricted via the phrases of up to date conflicts over Darwin and the Bible and that made it attainable to imagine in new and extra versatile methods in regards to the very definition of religion.
By Marc C. Conner
“An vital number of essays that are meant to encourage new curiosity in Joyce’s poetry, either for its personal sake and for its dating to the prose works.”—Patrick A. McCarthy, coeditor of the James Joyce Literary Supplement
“The authors display jointly that the lyric poems reward—and will proceed to reward—greater awareness than they've got hitherto bought. the gathering as an entire should still motivate the following iteration of Joyceans to foreground Chamber Music and Pomes Penyeach in their scholarship and of their teaching.”—Victor Luftig, coeditor of Joyce and the topic of History
To many, James Joyce is just the best novelist of the 20th century. students have pored over each minutia of his private and non-private life—from software debts to deeply own letters—in seek of recent insights into his lifestyles and paintings. but, for the main half, they've got paid scant recognition to the 2 volumes of poetry he published.
The 8 members to The Poetry of James Joyce Reconsidered convincingly problem the severe consensus that Joyce’s poetry is not so good as his prose. They demonstrate how his poems offer entries into Joyce’s so much own and intimate recommendations and concepts. in addition they exhibit that
Joyce’s poetic explorations—of the character of data, sexual intimacy, the altering caliber of affection, the family members among writing and track, and the non secular dimensions of the human experience—were basic to his improvement as a author of prose.
This intriguing new paintings is bound to spark new curiosity in Joyce’s poetry and should turn into a necessary and crucial source for college students and students of his existence and work.
By Professor Christopher Flint
Eighteenth-century fiction holds an strange position within the background of recent print tradition. the unconventional received prominence principally due to advances in publishing, yet, as a well-liked style, it additionally assisted in shaping these very advancements. Authors within the interval manipulated the looks of the web page and print know-how extra intentionally than has been intended, prompting new varieties of reception between readers. Christopher Flint's booklet explores works by means of either imprecise 'scribblers' and canonical figures, akin to speedy, Haywood, Defoe, Richardson, Sterne and Austen, that interrogated the advanced interactions among the book's fabric elements and its manufacturers and shoppers. Flint hyperlinks historic shifts in how authors addressed their occupation to how books have been synthetic and the way readers fed on texts. He argues that writers exploited typographic media to enhance different an important advancements in prose fiction, from formal realism and loose oblique discourse to bills of the way 'the novel' outlined itself as a style.
By Michael Jecks
The Knights Templar They have been warrior priests, devoted to the safety of pilgrims within the Holy Land—until an avaricious king who sought after their wealth savagely destroyed the order. One knight, besides the fact that, escaped the stake, vowing justice for his blameless murdered brothers. An in poor health Wind the coming of the eminent Bishop of Exeter to the small Devonshire city of Crediton—coupled with the undesirable visual appeal of a very unsavory band of mercenary soldiers—has made existence exceptionally tough for Simon Puttock, bailiff of Lydford, and ex-Knight Templar Baldwin Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace. however it is the awful discovery of the physique of a tender woman hidden in a chest that unleashes a village-wide plague of worry and suspicion. Stemming the chaos should be past the powers of 2 committed upholders of the legislations. For the Crediton killings have in simple terms simply begun—and every one homicide to stick to threatens to be extra heinous and baffling than the single sooner than.
By Gale H. Carrithers
Hardcover in airborne dirt and dust jacket. FIRST version, FIRST PRINTING. Publisher's assertion: "In the main accomplished analyzing of Milton in over a decade, Carrithers and Hardy continue on 3 assumptions: that love, in all its quite a few and contradictory types, is of crucial value in Milton's poetry; that a lot of Milton's poetry is a discourse in theology, essentially Augustinian and biblically established; and that theirs could be a hermeneutic research of a hermeneutic textual content. For Milton, love is the human metaphor--granted via grace--of eternity; its polar contrary is the selfishness of strength. The poet believed profoundly within the truth of the autumn, which he conceived because the starting of human time, of man's "wand'ring steps" towards redemption, and of human mischoice and misorientation in want of strength over love...According to Carrithers and Hardy, Milton seen human knowing as "fallen"--that is, as continually in midprocess, and hence hermeneutic. They contend that his works, early and overdue, comprise a basic continuity and jointly exhibit his personal hermeneutic trip as without doubt as does him masterpiece, Paradise Lost."
By Harry Sidebottom
Mesopotamia, advert 260. Betrayed by way of his so much relied on adviser, the Roman Emperor Valerian has been captured through the Sassanid barbarians.
The disgrace of the vanquished beats down mercilessly, because the frail outdated emperor prostrates himself sooner than Shapur, King of Kings. Ballista appears to be like on helplessly, yet vows lower than his breath to avenge those that have introduced the empire to the threshold of destruction with their treachery. yet first, he needs to make a decision what fee he'll pay for his personal freedom. simply the fearless and merely these whom the gods will spare from hell can now retailer the empire from a catastrophic finishing. Ballista, the Warrior of Rome, faces his maximum problem but.
By Oddvar Holmesland
By Alison Weir
Having confirmed herself a talented and fascinating novelist together with her portrayals of Queen Elizabeth I within the girl Elizabeth and woman Jane gray in blameless Traitor, long island instances bestselling writer Alison Weir now harks again to the 12th century with a sensuous and tempestuous story that brings vividly to existence England’s such a lot passionate—and destructive—royal couple: Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry II.
Nearing her 30th birthday, Eleanor has spent the previous dozen difficult years as consort to the pious King Louis VII of France. For all its political benefits, the wedding has introduced Eleanor purely expanding unhappiness—and daughters rather than the hoped-for male inheritor. but if the younger and dynamic Henry of Anjou arrives on the French court docket, Eleanor sees a fashion out of her discontent. For at the same time their eyes meet for the 1st time, the seductive Eleanor and the virile Henry be aware of that theirs is a keenness which could ignite the world.
Returning to her duchy of Aquitaine after the annulment of her marriage to Louis, Eleanor instantly sends for Henry, the longer term King of britain, to come back and marry her. The union of this royal couple will create an unlimited empire that stretches from the Scottish border to the Pyrenees, and marks the start of the distinguished Plantagenet dynasty.
But Henry and Eleanor’s marriage, charged with actual warmth, starts off a fiery downward spiral marred through energy struggles, betrayals, sour rivalries, and a devil’s brood of younger Plantagenets—including Richard the Lionheart and the long run King John. Early on, Eleanor needs to undergo Henry’s bold mom, the Empress Matilda, in addition to his infidelities, whereas in later years, Henry’s friendship with Thomas Becket will bring about a perilous competition. finally, because the couple’s rebellious sons develop impatient for strength, the scene is determined for a vicious and tragic clash that would engulf either Eleanor and Henry.
Vivid intimately, epic in scope, Captive Queen is an striking and brilliantly wrought old novel that encompasses the construction of an empire and the huge tale of a royal marriage.
By Christina Georgina Rossetti
For folks and kids, those undying verses are a fabulous approach of taking pictures the enjoyment and wonder of youth — reproduced right here with unique Victorian illustrations. one hundred twenty poems. a hundred and twenty illustrations by means of Arthur Hughes.
By Richard Perceval Graves
A. E. Housman, romantic poet and classical pupil, is best-known because the writer of A Shropshire Lad and the meticulous editor of Manilius, the Latin poet of astronomy.
In this primary complete biography, Richard Perceval Graves convincingly reconciles the 2 it seems that conflicting aspects of Housman's character, and reassesses the recognition of a guy who was once anything of a secret even to his closest friends.
'This is sure to develop into the traditional life.' John Carey, Sunday Times
'Dispassionate and well-researched.' Philip Larkin, Guardian