An English Medieval and Renaissance Song Book:Part Songs and Sacred Music for One to Six Voices Dover Publications
AD 1270: Antioch has fallen, Tripoli is under siege, and Sultan Baibaars targets his Mamluk hoards against Krak des Chevalier, the Crusaders´ greatest stronghold in Syria. The Holy Land is in turmoil and desperately awaits the arrival of Edward Longshanks and his relieving army of French and English Crusaders. This is a time of brutality, an age of chivalry. A time of strong men with stronger hearts, an era with no place for the weak. Yet a thousand miles away, a 14-year-old boy learns a disturbing secret that drives him on a Crusade of his own. A quest to avenge his family, save his brother, and in the process recover the holiest relic in the history of Christendom. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Parkinson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/021269/bk_acx0_021269_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A fatally dangerous man...and the woman who stands in the way of all he´s ever desired. Beautiful and ruthless, the elegant assassin Allegreto will stop at nothing to regain his rightful place. And the perfect instrument has just fallen into his hands, in the lovely form of Lady Elena - the long-lost princess of the land he intends to wrest back from his enemies. But she is no mere maiden to be possessed. Even as he forces her to bend to his will, in the heat of desire and fury Elena finds the hidden power in her own soul, a merciless passion and command that will bind her dark lover and bring him to his knees. Her mastery may destroy him…or build an unexpected future from the bitter ashes of his life and dreams. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicholas Boulton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/014457/bk_acx0_014457_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A hero of the crusades, Dominic le Sabre has returned in glory and in triumph to claim his reward: the beautiful Saxon bride awarded to him by the conqueror king. But Lady Margaret of the Blackthorne cannot yield to the bold Norman invader. The beloved daughter of a sacred tribe of the Celtic mystics, she fears an ancient curse that could bring further turmoil to her battle-scarred land...and sorrow to her marriage bed. With a word, the lady could turn her wedding into war. But there awaits in the noble knight´s embrace a promise of passion unbound - and a love that neither violence nor treachery can tear asunder, a love both invincible and...untamed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne Flosnik. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/000379/bk_brll_000379_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Forewarned.... Throughout the Disputed Lands, she is called ´´Amber the Untouched´´ - a chaste, golden-haired beauty fleeing the remarkable love that was prophesied at her birth...and the death that must inevitably follow. Foreseen....He comes to her in darkness, as had been foretold - a wounded warrior with no memory...a promised lover seared by passion´s fire, irresistibly drawn to the innocent enchantress who divines truth with a touch. Forgotten....In a time of war, their romance is legend - until a lost past returns to Duncan and labels Amber his enemy. But he cannot forsake the beautiful woman who has healed his body and his heart. He vows to defy to the death the dread forces that have proclaimed their love...forbidden. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sarah Scott. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/000455/bk_brll_000455_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Medieval feudalism is one of those subjects that most of us are familiar with, and yet have difficulty describing. Was is a political, military, economic, or social system? And how did it develop? All these questions are answered in this superb book. Carl Stephenson has done a magnificent job of paring away all extraneous subjects and focusing on just the key elements. This short book, a masterpiece of brevity, succinctly sums up medieval feudalism better than anything ever written. Medieval feudalism was essentially a means of paying retainers in land, rather than money. With the collapse of the Roman Empire and the disappearance of coinage, the only medium of exchange left was land and its produce. Thus, the barbarian German rulers of France sought some means of retaining able-bodied soldiery and companions at court. What evolved was a process of infeudiation - essentially an exchange of land for military service. The entire concept of vassalage, liege lord, and knighthood came about in France in the early Middle Ages, though many of its more advanced forms did not evolve until much later. This is an important book for any history buff who has the least interest in the Middle Ages. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlton Griffin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acon/000096/bk_acon_000096_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this classic of social history, the author describes the lives of obscure men and women of the Middle Ages. She draws on account books, records, letters, diaries, and wills to make the life of those times as concrete and comprehensible as our own. There are full-length portraits of Bodo, a Frankish peasant in the time of Charlemagne (9th century); Marco Polo, the Venetian traveler; Madame Eglentyne, the Prioress of Chaucer´s Canterbury Tales; the 15-year-old wife of a 14th century Parisian bourgeois; and two English merchants of the 15th century, Thomas Betson of the wool trade and Thomas Paycocke of Coggeshall, an Essex clothier. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roe Kendall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/000761/bk_blak_000761_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hiding from a cadaverous stalker in 1046 England, Thorston races to unleash the magical charms from the diabolical Book Without Words. Suddenly, with success almost in his grasp, he slumps to the floor, muttering cryptic words. Newbery Award-winning author Avi adds this jewel to his many literary gems. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Curliss. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/000670/bk_reco_000670_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The millennium between the breakup of the western Roman Empire and the Reformation was a long and hugely transformative period - one not easily chronicled within a single volume. Yet distinguished historian Chris Wickham has taken up the challenge in this landmark book, and he succeeds in producing the most riveting account of medieval Europe in a generation. Tracking the entire sweep of the Middle Ages across Europe, Wickham focuses on important changes century by century, including such pivotal crises and moments as the fall of the western Roman Empire, Charlemagne´s reforms, the feudal revolution, the challenge of heresy, the destruction of the Byzantine Empire, the rebuilding of late medieval states, and the appalling devastation of the Black Death. He provides illuminating vignettes that underscore how shifting social, economic, and political circumstances affected individual lives and international events. Wickham offers both a new conception of Europe´s medieval period and a provocative revision of exactly how and why the Middle Ages matter. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Derek Perkins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009610/bk_blak_009610_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.