Killers of the King

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Killers of the King

Killers of the King

The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I

  • Author: Charles Spencer
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1408851717
  • Category: History
  • Page: 352
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January, 1649. After seven years of fighting in the bloodiest war in Britain's history, Parliament had overpowered King Charles I and now faced a problem: what to do with a defeated king, a king who refused to surrender? Parliamentarians resolved to do the unthinkable, to disregard the Divine Right of Kings and hold Charles I to account for the appalling suffering and slaughter endured by his people. A tribunal of 135 men was hastily gathered in London, and although Charles refused to acknowledge the power of his subjects to try him, the death sentence was unanimously passed. On an icy winter's day on a scaffold outside Whitehall, in an event unique in English history, the King of England was executed. When the dead king's son, Charles II, was restored to the throne, he set about enacting a deadly wave of retribution against all those – the lawyers, the judges, the officers on the scaffold – responsible for his father's death. Some of the 'regicides' – the killers of the king – pleaded for mercy, while others stoically awaited their sentence. Many went into hiding in England, or fled to Europe or America. Those who were caught and condemned suffered agonising and degrading ends, while others saw out their days in hellish captivity. Bestselling historian Charles Spencer explores this violent clash of ideals through the individuals whose fates were determined by that one, momentous decision. A powerful tale of revenge from the dark heart of royal history and a fascinating insight into the dangers of political and religious allegiance in Stuart England, these are the shocking stories of the men who dared to kill a king.

The Awful Grace of God

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The Awful Grace of God

The Awful Grace of God

Religious Terrorism, White Supremacy, and the Unsolved Murder of Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Author: Stuart Wexler,Larry Hancock
  • Publisher: Catapult
  • ISBN: 1619020750
  • Category: History
  • Page: 446
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An in-depth examination of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination using declassified documents to reveal a secret right-wing terrorist network. The Awful Grace of God examines America’s most violent right-wing extremists, including Sam Bowers, head of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Mississippi; J.B. Stoner, founder of the National States’ Rights Party; and Reverend Wesley Swift, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ Christian, who are the likely culprits behind the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis on April 4, 1968. Hancock and Wexler have sifted through thousands of pages of newly declassified law enforcement files on the King murder, conducted dozens of interviews with figures of the period, and re-examined information from several recent cold case investigations. Their research shed new light on the terrorist network built by these racist militant groups. The data they found—previously unavailable to congressional investigators—as well as the new data-mining techniques they employed will provide a roadmap for future investigation. “A timely study.” —Kirkus Reviews “A step in the [right] direction of a better understanding of a national tragedy.” —Booklist

The history of Justin, taken out of the four and forty books of Trogus Pompeius

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The history of Justin, taken out of the four and forty books of Trogus Pompeius

The history of Justin, taken out of the four and forty books of Trogus Pompeius

containing the affairs of all aages and countries, both in peace and war, from the beginning of the world until the time of the Roman emperors. With an account of Justin, and the time when he flourished, from G. J. Vossius, and a list of the kings and emperors of the several monarchies, with the year of their reigns, from Eusebius, Berosus and Metasthenes. Tr. into English by Rob. Codrington, master of arts

  • Author: Marcus Junianus Justinus,Robert Codrington,Gerardus Joannes Vossius,Pre-1801 Imprint Collection (Library of Congress)
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 304
  • View: 4027
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Man-Killers of the Air

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Man-Killers of the Air

Man-Killers of the Air

  • Author: L. Ron Hubbard
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press LLC
  • ISBN: 1592125859
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 107
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There’s not a dare Smoke Burnham won’t take, and there’s not a wager he won’t make. Now he’s betting his life that he can fly his plane, Super Comet—with his pet cheetah Patty coming along for the ride—across the mountains and jungles of South America to a prize-winning payday. All he has to do is out-race the competition, out-maneuver a saboteur, and make out with his girl—who’s determined to bring him down to earth. One thing you can count on—in the air, in a fight, or in his girlfriend’s arms—he’s a man who likes to turn up the heat. Because where there’s Smoke, there’s fire. Set a course for the Andes and the Amazon as the Man-Killers of the Air takes you on a death-defying flight from heaven to hell and back again. “Great adventure to keep you on the edge of your seat.” —Gather.com

The Work of Culture

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The Work of Culture

The Work of Culture

Symbolic Transformation in Psychoanalysis and Anthropology

  • Author: Gananath Obeyesekere
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 9780226615981
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 354
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"The Work of Culture is the product of two decades of field research by Sri Lanka's most distinguished anthropological interpreter, and its combination of textual analysis, ethnographic sensitivity, and methodological catholicity makes it something of a blockbuster."—Arjun Appadurai, Journal of Asian Studies

The Philosophy of Film Noir

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The Philosophy of Film Noir

The Philosophy of Film Noir

  • Author: Mark Conard
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • ISBN: 0813171709
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 264
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A drifter with no name and no past, driven purely by desire, is convinced by a beautiful woman to murder her husband. A hard-drinking detective down on his luck becomes involved with a gang of criminals in pursuit of a priceless artifact. The stories are at once romantic, pessimistic, filled with anxiety and a sense of alienation, and they define the essence of film noir. Noir emerged as a prominent American film genre in the early 1940s, distinguishable by its use of unusual lighting, sinister plots, mysterious characters, and dark themes. From The Maltese Falcon (1941) to Touch of Evil (1958), films from this classic period reflect an atmosphere of corruption and social decay that attracted such accomplished directors as John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, and Orson Welles. The Philosophy of Film Noir is the first volume to focus exclusively on the philosophical underpinnings of these iconic films. Drawing on the work of diverse thinkers, from the French existentialist Albert Camus to the Frankurt school theorists Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, the volume connects film noir to the philosophical questions of a modern, often nihilistic, world. Opening with an examination of what constitutes noir cinema, the book interprets the philosophical elements consistently present in the films—themes such as moral ambiguity, reason versus passion, and pessimism. The contributors to the volume also argue that the essence and elements of noir have fundamentally influenced movies outside of the traditional noir period. Neo-noir films such as Pulp Fiction (1994), Fight Club (1999), and Memento (2000) have reintroduced the genre to a contemporary audience. As they assess the concepts present in individual films, the contributors also illuminate and explore the philosophical themes that surface in popular culture. A close examination of one of the most significant artistic movements of the twentieth century, The Philosophy of Film Noir reinvigorates an intellectual discussion at the intersection of popular culture and philosophy.

King John

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King John

King John

An Underrated King

  • Author: Graham E. Seel
  • Publisher: Anthem Press
  • ISBN: 0857282395
  • Category: History
  • Page: 244
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Through contextual analysis and by reassessing the chronicle evidence, ‘King John: An Underrated King’ presents a compelling reevaluation of the reign of King John, England’s most maligned sovereign. With its thought-provoking analysis of the key issues of John’s reign, such as the loss of the French territories, British achievement, Magna Carta, relations with the church, and civil war, the volume presents an engaging argument for rehabilitating King John’s reputation. Each chapter features both narrative and contextual analysis, and is prefaced by a timeline outlining the key events of the period. The volume also contains an array of maps and diagrams, as well as a collection of useful study questions.

The Last King of Wales

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The Last King of Wales

The Last King of Wales

Gruffudd ap Llywelyn, c. 1013-1063

  • Author: Michael Davies,Sean Davies
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • ISBN: 0752479237
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 160
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Gruffudd ap Llywelyn was a mighty king, yet 1,000 years after his birth he is all but forgotten. In 1055 he led a great army into England, burning Hereford and forcing King Edward the Confessor to seek peace. Gruffudd united Wales and conquered border land that had been in English hands for centuries, turning the Viking threat into a powerful weapon. In 1063, however, he was betrayed and beheaded by the forebears of the princes who have entered history as Wales’ national heroes, leaving the country in chaos on the eve of the arrival of the Normans. The death of the last king of Wales would nevertheless also lead to the downfall at Hastings of England’s last Anglo-Saxon king, Harold II.

Temple of the Lion

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Temple of the Lion

Temple of the Lion

The Darius Chronicles

  • Author: Darrell Abdullah Kirk
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 1465379401
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 194
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In an antiquated era from an unsung time, when man’s design remained in sodden soil, lions and Dragons battled for authority over earth’s lands. The fi rst war was waged by Ari the father of all lions. He, his fi ve sons and their forces fought a long victorious fi erce battle against the Dragons, but this war sadly brought Ari’s end as well. Agrim, a lion prophet born centuries after the war foretold of a leader to be born amongst lions. This leader would come during the age of man and would wield the Nuru or ‘the gift’, as its catalyst for victory delivering hope to all life. After the many wars fought against these beasts known as the Nungeda, dragons of the ancient world, their Emperor eventually retreated with his forces back to the Ice Mountains of Hursagam, hibernating, growing in numbers and preparing for their return centuries later to decimate all life upon planet earth. Over fi ve Millennia has past’s since their defeat and the fi rst of the caller’s appear during the age of man in the personage of the lion Darius. Darius is the fi rst of the foretold Diyeen, the one who despite overwhelming Odds, fi ght in the way of his creator and purpose. Will he bring hope back to lion kind and will his presence with the aid of the Nuru bring victory over the Nungeda who vows a triumphant return? This you will gage for yourself within these pages of the Temple of the Lion – The Darius Chronicles. The fi rst installment of a trilogy detailing the role lions once played in a past that has escaped the historical annals of earth’s shrouded history.

Blood on the Stage, 480 B.C. to 1600 A.D.

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Blood on the Stage, 480 B.C. to 1600 A.D.

Blood on the Stage, 480 B.C. to 1600 A.D.

Milestone Plays of Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem

  • Author: Amnon Kabatchnik
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 1442235489
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 402
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This volume examines the key representations of transgression drama produced between 480 B.C. and 1600. Arranged in chronological order, the entries consist of plot summary (often including significant dialogue), performance data (if available), opinions by critics and scholars, and other features. The plays covered in this volume will include the great ancient Greek and Roman tragedies, fifteenth century Passion plays, and dramas by Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare.