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Ildefonso Falcones : Cathedral of the Sea (Audiobook, Unabridged)[Audio CD] - 290,- Kč
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Medieval Spain's caste system can't keep a good man down in this absorbing epic, a Spanish-language bestseller. Arnau Estanyol, son of a fugitive peasant, starts out in 14th-century Barcelona as a lowly porter who carries stone blocks to a cathedral construction site and ends up a rich moneylender who saves the city from pillaging and frees the serfs of a barony he acquires by marriage. Alas, his dizzying social assent and defiance of the feudal order provoke enraged aristocrats—his status-obsessed wife included—into siccing the Inquisition on him. Arnau is a kindhearted, somewhat passive figure who combines piety, industry and cosmopolitanism to challenge a corrupt, dogmatic church and a parasitic nobility. The plot features thwarted romance, war, plague, immolations and self-immolations, set in a Machiavellian world ruled by privilege, cronyism and brute force. The melodrama is sometimes laid on thick, but Falcones's rich portrait of medieval society is fascinating.
Eco, Umberto - The Name of the Rose - 199,- Kč
Forsyth, Frederick – The Afghan (Bantam Press) – 199,- Kč
Forsyth, Frederick – The Afghan Audio CD (4CD) – 390,- Kč
Harriette Wilson's Memoirs: The Greatest Courtesan of Her Age - Harriette Wilson (Author), Lesley Blanch (Editor) - 149,- Kč
Richardson Joanna - The Courtesans: The Demi-Monde in Nineteenth-Century France - 99,- Kč
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Eco, Umberto - The Name of the Rose
In 1327, Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate heresy among the monks in an Italian abbey; a series of bizarre murders overshadows the mission. Within the mystery is a tale of books, librarians, patrons, censorship, and the search for truth in a period of tension between the Papacy and the Holy Roman Empire.
Forsyth, Frederick – The Afghan
British and American intelligence forces learn of an impending al-Qaeda terrorist strike. However, they don't know exactly when or where the strike will take place. Their solution: to have one of their own officers infiltrate the terrorist group, posing as one of its own. It's an inventive story, and Forsyth spins it eloquently and with enough nail-biting suspense to leave readers' fingertips raw.
Harriette Wilson's Memoirs: The Greatest Courtesan of Her Age
19th century London produced a fine flowering of eccentrics and individualists. Chief among them was Harriette Wilson, whose patrons included most of the distinguished men of the day, from the Duke of Wellington to Lord Byron. She held court in a box at the opera, attended by statesmen, poets, national heroes, aristocrats, members of the beau monde, and students who hoped to be immortalized by her glance. She wrote these memoirs in middle age, when she had fallen out of favor, and she advised her former lovers that 200 of them would be edited out. The result is an elegant, zestful, unrepentant memoir, which offers intimately detailed portraits of the Regency demimonde.
Lesley Blanch was born in London, England, and has travelled over most of the globe. She began her career as a painter, illustrator and theatrical designer, but in 1937 transferred her allegiance to journalism and became features editor of London VOGUE. Her essays and articles have since appeared in most of Britain's leading periodicals, including the OBSERVER and the NEW STATESMAN. Harriette Wilson (1786-1846) was one of the most glamorous and intelligent women of her age. She allowed herself to be seduced by Lord Craven at the age of 15 and rapidly acquired a string of rich and powerful lovers, chief among whom was the Duke of Wellington.
The Courtesans: The Demi-Monde in Nineteenth-Century France - Joanna Richardson
Richardson pens a colorful portrait of twelve of the most famous courtesans; women who encrusted bathroom taps with jewels, fought duels in the Bois de Boulogne, scandalized society, influenced the press and politics, and ensnared the husbands and lovers of the most beautiful women in Paris.
Writer and critic Joanna Richardson was born in London.
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Lovesey, Peter – Der Urlaub eines Übergeschnappten – Kriminalroman
Peter Harmer Lovesey (* 10. September 1936 in Whitton, Middlesex, England) ist ein englischer Krimi-Schriftsteller.
Nach dem Anglistik-Studium in Reading arbeitete Lovesey einige Zeit als Lehrer in der Erwachsenenbildung. Sein Interesse für Sportler am Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts führte nicht nur zu einer Sachbuchveröffentlichung, sondern lieferte 1969 auch die Handlung für den ersten Kriminalroman Der Tod hat lange Beine, mit dem er an einem Schreibwettbewerb teilnahm und prompt gewann.
Daraus entwickelte sich dann eine ganze Serie aus dem viktorianischen London von Sherlock Holmes. Obwohl seine Ermittler Sergeant Richard Cribb und dessen Assistent Constable Edward Thackeray Polizisten beim Yard sind, greifen sie immer wieder zu „modernen“ verdeckten Ermittlungsmethoden.
Verne, Jules – Fünf Wochen im Ballon – 19,- Kč
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Der fiktive Tatsachenbericht von der Entdeckungsreise dreier Engländer in Afrika, der Jules Verne über Nacht berühmt machte.
Von jetzt an werde ich nur noch im Traum reisen, soll der elfjährige Jules reumütig versprochen haben, als sein Vater ihn vom Schiff holte, mit dem er heimlich nach Indien hatte ausreißen wollen. 1864 verfaßte er, beeinflußt von Dumas dem Älteren und von Poe, einen Abenteuerroman, Fünf Wochen im Ballon, der von beachtlicher Wirkung war: Nicht nur, daß er Jules Verne über Nacht berühmt machte und ihm einen phantastischen Vertrag mit seinem Verleger sicherte - sein Erstling machte auf Tolstoi einen solchen Eindruck, daß dieser ihn eigenhändig für seine Kinder illustrierte, und inspirierte den Ingenieur Andree zu seiner verhängnisvollen Luftfahrt.
Michael Eisner - The Crusader - 49,- Kč
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This engrossing tale about one Spanish knight's experiences in the Crusades during the latter half of the 13th century is a first-rate historical novel, richly imagined and plainly written. After his brother Sergio drowns along with 500 other knights while sailing from Barcelona to the Holy Land, Francisco de Montcada dedicates himself to the Cross. Reported dead after the siege of the Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers, Francisco returns to Spain mute and seemingly possessed, and is chained in the dungeon of a Cistercian monastery for his own protection. There, Cistercian monk Brother Lucas attempts to get him to speak of his experiences, and in the process earn the reward Francisco's father has offered for his son's recovery. Francisco's tale, when he begins to speak, involves the ghost of his brother, his warlike cousin Andres and Andres's intelligent sister Isabel, with whom Francisco is just beginning to fall in love when he goes off to train with the knights of Calatrava in preparation for their journey to the Holy Land. Artfully balancing Francisco's reminiscences with Brother Lucas's framing narration, Eisner smoothly turns the tables on the reader by slowly revealing that the real question of salvation does not concern the knight alone, but the monk as well. Brother Lucas, justifying his dreams of glory and renown with dogma and doctrine, must weigh his beliefs against the hypocrisy of everyone from promiscuous abbots to the evil Don Fernando, the bastard son of Spain's King Jaime, whose encounter with Francisco at Krak des Chevaliers is the centerpiece of the novel. Meticulously researched and artfully told, this is a historical novel that illuminates as it entertains, and proves Eisner to be a promising writer.