The Journey Through Wales and the Description of Wales


Author: Gerald of Wales

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141915552

Category: History

Page: 336

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Scholar, churchman, diplomat and theologian, Gerald of Wales was one of the most fascinating figures of the Middle Ages and The Journey Through Wales describes his eventful tour of the country as a missionary in 1188. In a style reminiscent of a diary, Gerald records the day-to-day events of the mission, alongside lively accounts of local miracles, folklore and religious relics such as Saint Patrick's Horn, and eloquent descriptions of natural scenery that includes the rugged promontory of St David's and the vast snow-covered panoramas of Snowdonia. The landscape is evoked in further detail in The Description, which chronicles the everyday lives of the Welsh people with skill and affection. Witty and gently humorous throughout, these works provide a unique view into the medieval world.

Cambriae Descriptio


Author: Giraldus (Cambrensis),Lewis Thorpe

Publisher: Penguin Classics

ISBN: 0140443398

Category: History

Page: 333

View: 2215

Gerald of Wales was one of the most dynamic and colorful churchmen of the 12th century. His JOURNEY describes a mission to Wales undertaken in 1188 by Baldwin, Archbishop of Canterbury, with Gerald as his companion. THE DESCRIPTION provides a picture of the day-to-day existence of ordinary Welshmen of the time. Both offer a wealth of fascinating first-hand historical detail.

The Rough Guide to Wales


Author: Catherine Le Nevez,Paul Whitfield

Publisher: Rough Guides UK

ISBN: 1409359026

Category: Travel

Page: 488

View: 1108

Full-colour throughout, The Rough Guide to Wales is the ultimate guide to this beautiful country. With 30 years experience and our trademark 'tell it like it is' writing style, Rough Guides cover all the basics with practical, on-the-ground details, as well as unmissable alternatives to the usual must-see sights. At the top of your list and guaranteed to get you value for money, each guide also reviews the best accommodation and restaurants in all price brackets. We know there are times for saving, and times for splashing out. In The Rough Guide to Wales: - Over 50 colour-coded maps featuring every listing - Area-by-area chapter highlights - Top 5 boxes - Things not to miss section Make the most of your trip with The Rough Guide to Wales. Now available in ePub format.

The Welsh The Biography


Author: Terry Breverton

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 144561572X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 379

View: 1988

A uniquely accessible history of the Welsh people.

The History of the Franks


Author: Gregory of Tours

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141903791

Category: History

Page: 720

View: 714

Written following the collapse of Rome's secular control over western Europe, the History of Gregory (c. AD 539-594) is a fascinating exploration of the events that shaped sixth-century France. This volume contains all ten books from the work, the last seven of which provide an in-depth description of Gregory's own era, in which he played an important role as Bishop of Tours. With skill and eloquence, Gregory brings the age vividly to life, as he relates the exploits of missionaries, martyrs, kings and queens - including the quarrelling sons of Lothar I, and the ruthless Queen Fredegund, third wife of Chilperic. Portraying an age of staggering cruelty and rapid change, this is a powerful depiction of the turbulent progression of faith at a time of political and social chaos.

Dancing in the Streets

A History of Collective Joy


Author: Barbara Ehrenreich

Publisher: Metropolitan Books

ISBN: 9781429904650

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 8915

From the bestselling social commentator and cultural historian, a fascinating exploration of one of humanity's oldest traditions: the celebration of communal joy In the acclaimed Blood Rites, Barbara Ehrenreich delved into the origins of our species' attraction to war. Here, she explores the opposite impulse, one that has been so effectively suppressed that we lack even a term for it: the desire for collective joy, historically expressed in ecstatic revels of feasting, costuming, and dancing. Ehrenreich uncovers the origins of communal celebration in human biology and culture. Although sixteenth-century Europeans viewed mass festivities as foreign and "savage," Ehrenreich shows that they were indigenous to the West, from the ancient Greeks' worship of Dionysus to the medieval practice of Christianity as a "danced religion." Ultimately, church officials drove the festivities into the streets, the prelude to widespread reformation: Protestants criminalized carnival, Wahhabist Muslims battled ecstatic Sufism, European colonizers wiped out native dance rites. The elites' fear that such gatherings would undermine social hierarchies was justified: the festive tradition inspired French revolutionary crowds and uprisings from the Caribbean to the American plains. Yet outbreaks of group revelry persist, as Ehrenreich shows, pointing to the 1960s rock-and-roll rebellion and the more recent "carnivalization" of sports. Original, exhilarating, and deeply optimistic, Dancing in the Streets concludes that we are innately social beings, impelled to share our joy and therefore able to envision, even create, a more peaceable future.

Elements of General Knowledge

Introductory to Useful Books in the Principal Branches of Literature and Science. With Lists of the Most Approved Authors; Including the Best Editions of Th Classics. Designed Chiefly for the Junior Students in the Universities, and the Higher Classes in Schools


Author: Henry Kett

Publisher: N.A


Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

Page: N.A

View: 9233

The Rough Guide to Wales


Author: Mike Parker,Paul Whitfield

Publisher: Rough Guides Limited

ISBN: 9781858285436

Category: Travel

Page: 501

View: 7310

This guide takes an enthusiastic look at the recent surge in Welsh confidence brought on by successes in music, art and film and in events such as the establishment of the National Assembly and the Rugby World Cup.

A Journey to the Northern Ocean


Author: Samuel Hearne

Publisher: TouchWood Editions

ISBN: 1926971078

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 8865

Widely recognized as a classic of northern-exploration literature, A Journey to the Northern Ocean is Samuel Hearne's story of his three-year trek to seek a trade route across the Barrens in the Northwest Territories. Hearne was a superb reporter, from his anguished description of the massacre of helpless Eskimos by his Indian companions to his meticulous records of wildlife, flora and Indian manners and customs. As esteemed author Ken McGoogan points out in his foreword: Hearne demonstrated that to thrive in the north, Europeans had to apprentice themselves to the Native peoples who had lived there for centuries-a lesson lost on many who followed. First published in 1795, more than two decades after Hearne had completed his trek, the memoir was originally called A Journey from Prince of Wales's Fort in Hudson's Bay to the Northern Ocean in the years 1769, 1770, 1771, and 1772. This Classics West edition brings a crucial piece of Canadian history back into print.

Penguin classics

a complete annotated listing of Penguin classics and twentieth-century classics


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780147710901

Category: Literature

Page: 233

View: 5853

Das Leben der Rebecca Jones



Author: Angharad Price

Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3423424680

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

View: 341

Ein Meisterwerk aus Wales Die Geschichte einer Farmer-Familie in Wales durch das stürmische 20. Jahrhundert. 1000 Jahre hatte die Familie das Land bewirtschaftet, bevor die hereinbrechende Moderne ihre Sprache, ihre Lebensweise, ihr Überleben gefährdet. Als der Vater starb, wurde aus dem Stoff, aus dem Rebeccas Leben gewirkt war, ein Faden gelöst. Ihre Erinnerungen erreichen uns mit anrührender Würde und Innigkeit. Kraftvoll, poetisch und voller Anmut beschwört Angharad Price den Wandel der Zeiten und eines Lebens. Und am Ende lüftet sie ein Geheimnis, das dem Leser den Atem raubt.

A Company of Forts

A Guide to the Medieval Castles of West Wales


Author: Paul R. Davis

Publisher: Gomer Press


Category: Carmarthenshire (Wales)

Page: 128

View: 462

The old county of Dyfed, now Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Cardiganshire, abounds with reminders of the turbulent medieval past - castles grace the landscape. This edition provides a comprehensive guide to over 40 castles of this area, large and small, including fortified manor-houses.

It’s teatime, my dear!

Vom Autor des Weltbestsellers »Reif für die Insel«


Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641111331

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 6423

Abwarten, Tee trinken, weiterreisen! Vor über dreißig Jahren beschloss der Amerikaner Bill Bryson, England zu seiner Wahlheimat zu machen und für einige Jahre dort zu leben. Damals brach er auf zu einer großen Erkundungsreise quer über die britische Insel. Inzwischen ist er ein alter Hase, was die Eigentümlichkeiten der Engländer betrifft, aber dennoch entdeckt er immer wieder Neues, was ihn fasziniert und amüsiert. Kein Wunder also, dass es ihn reizt, diese Insel erneut ausgiebig zu bereisen. Von Bognor Regis bis Cape Wrath, vom englischen Teehaus bis zum schottischen Pub, von der kleinsten Absteige bis zum noblen Hotel, Bryson lässt nichts aus und beantwortet zahlreiche Fragen. Wie heißt der Big Ben eigentlich wirklich? Wer war Mr. Everest? Warum verstehen sich Amerikaner und Engländer nur bedingt? Bill Bryson will noch einmal wissen, was dieses Land so liebenswert macht, und begibt sich auf den Weg – schließlich ist er wieder reif für die Insel!

In Patagonia


Author: Bruce Chatwin

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101503140

Category: Travel

Page: 240

View: 9219

The masterpiece of travel writing that revolutionized the genre and made its author famous overnight An exhilarating look at a place that still retains the exotic mystery of a far-off, unseen land, Bruce Chatwin’s exquisite account of his journey through Patagonia teems with evocative descriptions, remarkable bits of history, and unforgettable anecdotes. Fueled by an unmistakable lust for life and adventure and a singular gift for storytelling, Chatwin treks through “the uttermost part of the earth”—that stretch of land at the southern tip of South America, where bandits were once made welcome—in search of almost-forgotten legends, the descendants of Welsh immigrants, and the log cabin built by Butch Cassidy. An instant classic upon publication in 1977, In Patagonia is a masterpiece that has cast a long shadow upon the literary world. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.