God S Hammer

Author: Eric Schumacher
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ISBN: 9781545201169
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History and legend combine in the gripping tale of Hakon Haraldsson, a Christian boy who once fought for the High Seat of a Viking realm. It is 935 A.D. and the North is in turmoil. King Harald Fairhair has died, leaving the High Seat of the realm to his murderous son, Erik Bloodaxe. To solidify his claim, Erik ruthlessly disposes of all claimants to his throne, save one: his youngest brother Hakon. Erik's surviving enemies send a ship to Wessex, where the Christian King Athelstan is raising Hakon. Unable to avoid his fate, he returns to the Viking North to face his brother and claim his birthright, only to discover that victory will demand sacrifices beyond his wildest nightmares. I was swept up in the action and enthralled by the descriptions of Hakon's struggle. -Roundtable Reviews- I highly recommend this historical fiction novel, both for its entertaining story and historical information. -Historical Fiction Review-

Legenden Des Krieges Das Blutige Schwert

Author: David Gilman
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644401055
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Der erste Band von David Gilmans packender Romanserie «Legenden des Krieges» England, 1346. Der junge Steinmetz Thomas Blackstone wird vor die Wahl gestellt: Entweder der Tod durch den Strick – für einen Mord, den er nicht begangen hat. Oder er schließt sich der englischen Armee an, für die König Edward dringend weitere Bogenschützen sucht. Die Entscheidung fällt ihm nicht schwer. Doch in der Normandie lernt Thomas die bittere Realität des Krieges kennen. Ritterlichkeit ist ein Kodex für bessere Zeiten. Gnade gibt es nicht – schon gar nicht in der Schlacht von Crécy, dem blutigen Kessel des Hundertjährigen Krieges ...

The Viking Age Vol 1 Of 2 Illustrations

Author: Paul B. Du Chaillu
Publisher: Press of J. J. Little & Co
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Example in this ebook CHAPTER I. CIVILISATION AND ANTIQUITIES OF THE NORTH. A study of the ancient literature and abundant archæology of the North gives us a true picture of the character and life of the Norse ancestors of the English-speaking peoples. We can form a satisfactory idea of their religious, social, political, and warlike life. We can follow them from their birth to their grave. We see the infant exposed to die, or water sprinkled, and a name bestowed upon it; follow the child in his education, in his sports; the young man in his practice of arms; the maiden in her domestic duties and embroidery; the adult in his warlike expeditions; hear the clash of swords and the songs of the Scald, looking on and inciting the warriors to greater deeds of daring, or it may be recounting afterwards the glorious death of the hero. We listen to the old man giving his advice at the Thing. We learn about their dress, ornaments, implements, weapons; their expressive names and complicated relationships; their dwellings and convivial halls, with their primitive or magnificent furniture; their temples, sacrifices, gods, and sacred ceremonies; their personal appearance, even to the hair, eyes, face and limbs. Their festivals, betrothal and marriage feasts are open to us. We are present at their athletic games preparatory to the stern realities of the life of that period, where honour and renown were won on the battle-field; at the revel and drunken bout; behold the dead warrior on his burning ship or on the pyre, and surrounded by his weapons, horses, slaves, or fallen companions who are to enter with him into Valhalla; look into the death chamber, see the mounding and the Arvel, or inheritance feast. These Norsemen had carriages or chariots, as well as horses, and the numerous skeletons of this animal in graves or bogs prove it to have been in common use at a very early period. Their dress, and the splendour of their riding equipment for war, the richness of the ornamentation of their weapons of offence and defence are often carefully described. Everywhere we see that gold was in the greatest abundance. The descriptions of such wealth might seem to be very much exaggerated; but, as will be seen in the course of this work, the antiquities treasured in the museums of the North bear witness to the truthfulness of the records. The spade has developed the history of Scandinavia, as it has done that of Assyria and Etruria, but in addition the Northmen had the Saga and Edda literature to perpetuate their deeds. We are the more astonished as we peruse the Eddas and Sagas giving the history of the North, and examine the antiquities found in the country, for we hear hardly anything about the customs of the people from the Roman writers, and our ideas regarding them have been thoroughly vitiated by the earlier Frankish and English chronicles and other monkish writings, or by the historians who have taken these records as a trustworthy authority. Some writers, in order to give more weight to these chronicles, and to show the great difference that existed between the invaders and invaded, and how superior the latter were to the former, paint in a graphic manner, without a shadow of authority, the contrast between the two peoples. England is described as being at that time a most beautiful country, a panegyric which does not apply to fifteen or twenty centuries ago; while the country of the aggressor is depicted as one of swamp and forest inhabited by wild and savage men. It is forgotten that after a while the people of the country attacked were the same people as those of the North or their descendants, who in intelligence, civilisation, and manly virtues were far superior to the original and effete inhabitants of the shores they invaded. To be continue in this ebook...

Thor

Author: Martin Arnold
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441158804
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The myths of the Norse god Thor were preserved in the Icelandic Eddas, set down in the early Middle Ages. The bane of giants and trolls, Thor was worshipped as the last line of defence against all that threatened early Nordic society. Thor's significance persisted long after the Christian conversion and, in the mid-eighteenth century, Thor resumed a symbolic prominence among northern countries. Admired and adopted in Scandinavia and Germany, he became central to the rhetoric of national romanticism and to more belligerent assertions of nationalism. Resurrected in the latter part of the twentieth century in Marvel Magazine, Thor was further transformed into an articulation both of an anxious male sexuality and of a parallel nervousness regarding American foreign policy. Martin Arnold explores the extraordinary regard in which Thor has been held since medieval times and considers why and how his myth has been adopted, adapted and transformed.

Der Wei E Reiter

Author: Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644407819
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«Und ich sah ein weißes Pferd, und des Reiters Name hieß Tod.» «Sie waren wie ein dunkler Fleck in der Landschaft. Sie zogen durch grüne Felder, Reihe um Reihe von Reitern, und es schien, als entstiegen sie dem Schattenreich, wie sie langsam ins Licht der Sonne vorrückten. Speerspitzen, Helme und Rüstungen glitzerten, unzählige Male brachen sich die Sonnenstrahlen und schossen Lichtblitze, denn immer mehr Männer tauchten aus der wolkenverhangenen Zone auf.» Ende des 9. Jahrhunderts haben die dänischen Eroberer alle fünf englischen Königreiche unterjocht. Das gesamte Land der Angelsachsen ist in der Gewalt der Invasoren – mit Ausnahme eines kleinen Sumpfgebietes. Hier hält sich König Alfred von Wessex mit wenigen Getreuen versteckt. Uhtred, Krieger in Alfreds Diensten, kennt die Übermacht des dänischen Heeres genau. Dennoch will Alfred eine letzte, entscheidende Schlacht führen. Der fromme König setzt dabei auf Gottes Hilfe, Uhtred hingegen vertraut lieber seinem kampferprobten Schwert. Über eines aber sind sich die beiden ungleichen Verbündeten vollkommen einig: Eine Niederlage wäre der Untergang Englands. Die Fortsetzung des Weltbestsellers «Das letzte Königreich»: «Wieder eine absolute Spitzenleistung vom Meister des Fachs.» (Booklist) «Unterhaltung auf höchstem Niveau, packend und informativ zugleich.» (Washington Post)

Die Galgenfrist

Author: Bernard Cornwell
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ISBN: 9783548283876
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Das Gleichgewicht Der Welt

Author: Rohinton Mistry
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104028923
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Bombay 1975. Vier Menschen treffen aufeinander. Ihre Schicksale verknüpft Rohinton Mistry meisterlich zu einem großen Roman. Wir bedgenen Dina Dalal, einer Frau Anfang Vierzig und Maneck Kohlah, einem Studenten aus dem Gebiet des Himalaja; dem unglaublich optimistischen Ishvar Darji und seinem widerspenstigen Neffen, zwei Schneidern, die vom Land in die Stadt geflohen sind. Seine großen erzählerischen Bögen spannt Misty von den grünen Tälern des Himalaja bis in die Straßen von Bombay. Er erzählt von Rajaram, dem Haarsammler; dem geschäftstüchtigen Bettlermeister, Herr über eine Bettlerarmee; oder Mr Valmik, einem Korrekturleser, der eine Allergie gegen Druckerschwärze entwickelt. ›Das Gleichgewicht der Welt‹ läßt den indischen Subkontinent vor den Augen der Leser entstehen - ein Kosmos, der nur auf den ersten Blick fremd erscheint.

Raven S Feast

Author: Eric Schumacher
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781545516843
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It is 935 A.D. and Hakon Haraldsson has just wrested the High Seat of the North from his ruthless brother, Erik Bloodaxe. Now, he must fight to keep it. The land-hungry Danes are pressing from the south to test Hakon before he can solidify his rule. In the east, the Uplanders are making their own plans to seize the throne. It does not help that Hakon is committed to his dream of Christianizing his people - a dream his countrymen do not share and will fight to resist. As his enemies move in and his realm begins to crumble, Hakon and his band of oath-sworn warriors must make a stand in Raven's Feast, the riveting sequel to God's Hammer.

Centurio

Author: Simon Scarrow
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641040523
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Im ersten Jahrhundert nach Christus steht nur das kleine Königreich Palmyra zwischen dem römischen Imperium und seinem Erzfeind, dem Reich der Parther. Als die Parther in Palmyra einfallen, um eine Invasion vorzubereiten, werden die beiden Veteranen Macro und Cato mit der Aufgabe betraut, die scheinbar unbesiegbare Übermacht aufzuhalten. Der Lektor zum Buch: Bernard Cornwell und Conn Iggulden haben nicht von ungefähr eine große und treue Leserschaft: Historische Romane mit viel Action und Spannung erfreuen sich – nicht nur beim männlichen Publikum – großer Beliebtheit. Grund genug also, hier ein Geschichtspanorama vorzustellen, das sich so packend wie ein großer Hollywoodfilm liest. Die Abenteuer der beiden Legionäre Macro und Cato, die sich durchs Römische Imperium schlagen, haben Simon Scarrow in England ganz oben auf die Bestsellerlisten katapultiert. Zu Recht – denn man glaubt förmlich, den Staub des Schlachtfelds zu schmecken und das Klirren der Klingen zu hören.