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LEON L AFRICAIN
LATTES JEAN-CLAUDE EDITIONS, 1986

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Cette autobiographie imaginaire part d’une histoire vraie. En 1518, un ambassadeur maghrébin, recevant d’un pèlerinage à la Mecque, est capturé par des pirates siciliens, qui l’offrent en cadeau à Léon X, le grand pape de la Renaissance. Ce voyageur s’appelait Hassan al-Wazzan. I l devient le géographe Jean-Léon de Médicis, dit Léon l’Africain. Sa vie, faite de passions, de dangers et d’honneurs, et que ponctuent les grands événements de son temps, est fascinante : il se trouvait à Grenade pendant la Reconquista, d’où, avec sa famille, il a dû fuir l’Inquistion, en Égypte lors de sa prise par les Ottomans, en Afrique noire à l’apogée de l’empire de l’Askia Mohamed Touré, enfin à Rome aux plus belles heures de la Renaissance, ainsi qu’au moment du sac de la ville par les soldats de Charles Quint. Homme d’Orient et d’Occident, homme d’Afrique et d’Europe, on pouvait difficilement trouver dans l’histoire personnage dont la vie corresponde davantage à l’époque étonnante que fut le XVIe siècle. ... Leer resumen completo

22.85€

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THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE
Fecha Lanzamiento: 22/02/2005
DOVER, 2005

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Hardy's novel begins with the famous scene in which Michael Henchard, a young farmer, gets drunk at a village fair and sells his wife and baby daughter to a passing sailor for five guineas. The consequences of this impulsive act are regrettable and far-reaching, and culminate in Henchard's ruin and his death in obscurity as a lonely old man. Henchard is similar to the heroes of Greek tragedies who destroy themselves through weaknesses in their own character. (The subtitle of the novel is "The Life and Death of a Man of Character.") ... Leer resumen completo

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BATAVIA S GRAVEYARD
Fecha Lanzamiento: 14/04/2005
PHOENIX (ORION), 2005

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When the Dutch East Indiaman Batavia struck an uncharted reef off the new continent of Australia on her maiden voyage in 1629, 332 men, women and children were on board. While some headed off in a lifeboat to seek help, 250 of the survivors ended up on a tiny coral island less than half a mile long. A band of mutineers, who se motives were almost beyond comprehension, then started on a cold-blooded killing spree, leaving less than 80 people alive when the rescue boat arrived three months later. BATAVIA'S GRAVEYARD tells this strange story as a gripping narrative structured around three strong principal characters: Francisco Pelsaert, the cultivated but weak-willed captain; Jeronimus Cornelisz, a sinister apothecary with a terrifying personal philosophy influenced by Rosicrucianism who set himself up as the ruler of the island; and Wiebbe Hayes, the only survivor with the courage to fight Jeronimus's band. The background to these events, including the story of the Dutch East India Company, and the discovery of Australia, is richly drawn. ... Leer resumen completo

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NORTHANGER ABBEY
DOVER, 2000

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NORTHANGER ABBEY is about a naïve young woman whose head is full of the Gothic novels she consumes, and who begins to imagine that life may well be even stranger than fiction. Catherine Morland makes a touching, if somewhat charmingly brainless, heroine; Henry Tilney is a self-possessed and witty hero; and the plot dev ice in which Catherine sees General Tilney as a black-hearted villain out of a Gothic romance is ingenious and engrossing. In fact, this early work is full of sustained and sparkling inventiveness, and exhibits the sharp and accurate social observations of Austen's more mature fiction. ... Leer resumen completo

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EL REGRESO DE TROYA
Fecha Lanzamiento: 18/06/2008
LA ESFERA DE LOS LIBROS, 2008

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Tras diez años de guerra, Troya ha caído, sin embargo las penalidades de los vencedores no han hecho más que empezar. Femio, bardo de Ítaca, narra la historia del aciago regreso de los señores de la guerra. Con Casandra a su lado y el tesoro de Troya en su poder, Agamenón vuelve a Micenas, donde su esposa Clitemnestra lleva tiempo alimentando una vengativa furia por el sacrificio de su hija Ifigenia. Entre tanto, su hermano Menelao debe decidir el destino de Helena, por cuya incomparable belleza se libró la guerra. Por su parte, Odiseo, el gran protagonista de esta novela, es un hombre tan traumatizado por la matanza que su propio ingenio ha provocado que ya no se cree merecedor de vivir junto a su esposa y su hijo. Arrastrado por las tempestades y por su propia tormenta interior, se embarca en una travesía que lo llevará a los confines del mundo y lo sumergirá en las sombras de sus propias emociones antes de que una misteriosa liberación le permita culminar su viaje de retorno al hogar. «Una nueva versión de la historia de Homero, que engancha por la mezcla de arcaísmo mítico, psicodrama y la sátira de hoy en día». The Guardian ... Leer resumen completo

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THE HAND OF FATIMA
CORGI BOOKS LTD., 2011

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1564, Granada. The Moors have unsuccessfully tried to rise up against their Christian oppressors and have painted the town in victims' blood. Our hero Hernando, an Arab with a Christian father, is despised by the townsfolk and by his step-father for his ‘tainted’ heritage and banished to live in the stables. Her nando has an affinity with horses and becomes an expert muleteer. News of his special touch reaches the king of the Moors and he is appointed to fight the Christian troops sent by the Spanish king Philip II. ... Leer resumen completo

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THE LANGUAGE OF STONES
HARPERCOLLINS PUB., 2005

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A rich and evocative tale set in a mythic 15th−century Britain‚ to rival the work of Bernard Cornwell. The Realm is poised for war. Hal‚ its weak king‚ is dominated by his wife and her lover. Against them stand Duke Richard of Ebor and his allies; the two sides are on a bloody collision course. Gwydi on is watching over the Realm. Here when Arthur rode to war − they called him ′Merlyn′ then − he has walked the land since before the time of the druids‚ since before the Slavers came to subdue the people. The Realm is a still−magical England‚ its by−ways populated by legendary beasts. It is a land criss−crossed by lines of power upon which standing stones have been set as a secret protection against invasion. A thousand years ago‚ the Slavers broke the power of the array‚ laid straight roads across the land‚ and built walled cities of shattered stone. The dangerous stones are awakening‚ and their unruly influence is calling men to battle. Unless Gwydion and his apprentice‚ Willand‚ can unearth them‚ the Realm will be plunged into a disastrous civil war. But their enemies include men‚ monsters and a sorcerer who is as powerful as Gwydion himself. ... Leer resumen completo

11.70€

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MOSAIC OF SHADOWS
ARROW (RANDOM), 2005

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Byzantium, 1096. When a mysterious assassin looses his arrow at the emperor, he has more than a man in his sights; the keystone of a crumbling empire, he is the solitary figure holding its enemies in check. If he falls, then the mightiest power in Christendom will be torn apart. Aware of the stakes, the emperor hires Demetr ios Askiates, the unveiler of mysteries, to catch the would-be-killer. But Demetrios is entering an unknown world, a babbling cauldron of princes, slaves, mercenaries, pimps and eunuchs. From the depths of the slums to the golden towers of the palace, and from the sands of the hippodrome to the soaring domes of Ayia Sophia, he must edge his way through a glittering maze of treachery and deceit before time runs out. Nor are all the enemies within the city walls. With the Turks rampant across Asia, the emperor has sent to the west for mercenaries to reinforce his position. He gets more than he bargained for, however, when a great army, tens of thousands strong, appears before the gates. The first crusaders have arrived, intent on making their fortunes in war, and they have no allegiance to an empire they eye with jealousy and suspicion. As the armies of east and west confront each other, and the assassin creeps ever closer to his prey, Demetrios must untangle the golden web of intrigue which surrounds the emperor before the city - and the empire - are drowned in blood. ... Leer resumen completo

11.80€

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MY LIFE AS EMPEROR
FABER AND FABER, 2005

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China's uniquely long history has been characterised as the embodiment of wise stewardship and an adherence to Confucian principles of humanity. My Life as Emperor tells the real story of incompetence, cruelty, decadence and an absence of concern for anyone's well-being but those holding power. It is a chilling yet enormous ly entertaining glimpse of the dark side of nation-building, as well as a vivid insight into the lives of the palace women and the surrounding court intrigue richly embroidered with extraordinary calamities and rampant slaughter. ... Leer resumen completo

10.85€

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RHADOPIS OF NUBIA
NAJIB MAHFOUZ
WATERBROOK PRESS, 2005

15.65€

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ISLANDS
ARROW (RANDOM), 2005

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This novel of epic proportions from South Africa, set between 1650 and 1710, covers the first fifty years of the Dutch colony at the Cape of Good Hope. Beautifully rendered, this is a world and a time never before dealt with in fiction-a period when powerful colonizers took over the lands of Hottentot tribes, exposing abori gines for the first time to Western eyes and Western ways. Through the life stories of seven men-all involved with and defined in one way or another by Pieternella, the beautiful daughter of the first mixed marriage of the new colony-we gain an understanding of the vast historical forces at work. Teeming with characters, rich with lived experience, gripping in its unexpected turns, Islands is a story of greed, power, war, courage, and international intrigue, at once a meticulously researched portrait of the age and a great adventure story. ... Leer resumen completo

14.50€

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THE LAST COMPANION (BOOK ONE OF THE ALBION CHRONICLES)
PATRICK MCCORMACK
CONSTABLE & ROBINSON LTD, 2005

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Ten years after the Battle of Camlann, in which Arthur was slain, Budoc the hermit waits for death in the Sacred Wood, his world crumbling into darkness. Raiders roam the coasts of Britain in wolf packs, burning crops and slaughtering villagers. Among them is an Irish war party in search of a magical chalice, accompanied by a witch doctor. Thirty years before, after his great victory at Mount Badon, Arthur had sailed north to the mist-shrouded Western Isles, taking with him a select band of warriors. There he won possession of the chalice and was declared emperor of Albion. Now, as the flame of civilization dims and the hordes rush in on Britain from all sides, Budoc and a ragtag band consisting of two warriors, a captured Saxon boy, and a village girl must rely on the powers of the Sacred Wood and the martial arts of Arthur's companions to save themselves and Arthur's dream of Albion. In The Last Companion, author Patrick McCormack offers a uniquely compelling take on the great battle for the chalice and the secrets of Dark Age Britain. ... Leer resumen completo

15.15€

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THUNDER GOD
FABER AND FABER, 2005

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A young man, struck by lightning, is believed to be a keeper of the Norse religion's greatest secret. When war breaks out against the rising tide of Christianity, he must embark on a journey where he must confront his own gods, and the gods of a people yet more savage. ''The action sweeps across oceans and continents... As with all Watkins' work, the writing is terse and physical, the themes big and resonant.' Tatler; 'A Viking Odyssey... Thunder God vividly charts the voyages of Hakon, a fisherman's son who is struck by lightning, kidnapped by raiders, taken to Miklagard (Constantinople), where he becomes part of the Emperor's personal guard, caught up in a raid on the Welsh coast, storm-driven across the Atlantic...' The Times; 'The rich physical descriptions are matched by an equally sure understanding of the ways of religious belief... This unusual, fluent novel suggests that Watkins remains a force to be reckoned with.' Sunday Telegraph; 'A thundering good read... Watkins is a master of suspense, and his action sequences have a visceral power' Sunday Times' ... Leer resumen completo

12.65€

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IN GALLANT COMPANY
NATIONAL BOOK NETWORK, 2005

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As the American Revolution rages on the mainland, the British Navy prepares for action at sea. Against a growing fleet of American and French privateers, the navy must maintain its blockade of Washington's vital military supplies. Caught up in the turmoil, junior officer Richard Bolitho finds himself having to make momentou s decisions in the heat of battle--decisions that could affect the lives of many men and, perhaps, even the fate of nations. ... Leer resumen completo

17.10€

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THE PRETENDER
ARROW (RANDOM), 2002

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The sequel to Astraea, The Pretender is the second part of Jane Stevenson's trilogy. Balthasar van Overmeer is the son of the secret marriage between Eliabeth of Bohemia, daughter of James I, and an exiled African prince. We see him first as a young medical student in Holland, then as a doctor in Middleburg, where he become s involved with Aphra Behn, an English intelligence agent and later a playwright, in Restoration London and in the developing colonial society of Barbados. As he matures he is forced to come to terms with his peculiar upbringing and to explore his strange and powerful heritage, both black and white. ... Leer resumen completo

12.55€

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THE CRUSADER
BANTAM BOOKS, 2003

10.75€

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THE DARK CLUE: A NOVEL OF VICTORIAN SUSPENSE
FABER AND FABER, 2001

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Walter Hartwright is married, prosperous and a little bored. When he is approached to write a life of the painter Turner he accepts, unaware that his subject lived a life more dark than light. Researching the painter's life, he is soon affected with its possibilities of violence and even murder that he no longer trusts his own sanity and character. ... Leer resumen completo

13.00€

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PEACETIME
CORGI BOOKS LTD., 2003

13.00€

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THE OCTOBER HORSE
ARROW (RANDOM), 2003

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The sixth book in the epic Masters of Rome series %3Cbr /%3E Julius Caesar is in the prime of his life and at the height of his powers. But behind the myth lies a man beset with contradictions. Happily married, he is also the lover of the enigmatic Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. A great general, he wishes to bring to an end Ro me's endless wars. Conscious of his own power, and contemptuous of lesser men, he is determined not to be worshipped as a living god or crowned emperor. But Caesar is a man whose very greatness attracts envy and jealousy to a dangerous degree, and as the political intrigues which surround him reach their climax, his destruction becomes inevitable. As the Ides of March approach, one of the most powerful stories in history reaches its dramatic conclusion - ... Leer resumen completo

11.15€

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ROMOLA
INTROD. BY ROBERT KIELY y GEORGE ELIOT
VINTAGE INTERNATIONAL. RANDOM HOUSE, 2003

15.78€

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THE LAST CONCUBINE
CORGI BOOKS LTD., 2009

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Sachi finds her life changed forever when she becomes the Shogun prince´s favourite concubine. Epic history and romance combine in a sweeping novel featuring the beautiful mistress of the last Shogun EmperorSachi ve cómo su vida cambia para siempre cuando se convierte en la concubina favorita del príncipe del Shogunad o. La historia épica y el romance se combinan en una trepidante novela protagonizada por la hermosa compañera del último emperador Shogun. ... Leer resumen completo

13.00€

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LOVE AND WAR (VOL. II: NORTH AND SOUTH)
JOHN JAKES
SIGNET. PENGUIN PUTMAN, 2000

9.90€

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D-DAY TO BERLIN
HODDER & STOUGHTON, 2005

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Nightfall, 6 June 1944. D-Day is over and the Allies have carved a tenuous foothold in 'Fortress Europe'. The future of Europe hangs in the balance as Hitler's formidable SS Panzer troops threaten to drive them back into the sea.D-DAY TO BERLIN is the remarkable story of the Allied struggle for survival - the battle from th e beaches of Normandy to the heart of Hitler's Reich and ultimate victory just eleven months later.The campaign to free Europe from Nazi oppression through the collective operations from D-Day to Berlin mark one of the greatest ever military offensives. The Allies overcame initial setbacks to inflict a devastating defeat on Hitler's crack divisions in France - a victory that was threatened just months later in the bitter winter fighting of the Battle of the Bulge. The final crossing of the Rhine and the advance into Germany changed the course of European history forever.In D-DAY TO BERLIN we meet men and women from both sides - British, American and German soldiers - whose bravery and endurance made the final push through Europe the defining drama of the Second World War. ... Leer resumen completo

12.00€

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633 SQUADRON: OPERATION RHINE MAIDEN
FREDERICK E. SMITH
CASSELL PLC, 2004

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Frederick SmithAfter the near-suicide mission to the Norwegian fjord, which had claimed so many lives, morale among what was left of 633 Squadron is at its lowest ebb. Unbearable tension, stupid wrangling among the survivors and problems with replacement recruits are tearing the squadron apart. The new Commander, Ian Moor - young, brilliant and determined - knows that the only thing that will pull it together again is the challenge of another vital mission. The Germans are developing a new anti-aircraft rocket, code name Rhine Maiden, which poses the most deadly threat so far to the Allies' invasion plans. So the top brass decide that 633 Squadron should first flatten the rocket factory on a bombing run, and then make a daring strike on an underground target buried deep in a Bavarian valley - in broad daylight... ... Leer resumen completo

12.25€

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633 SQUADRON
FREDERICK E. SMITH
CASSELL PLC, 2004

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Frederick E. SmithThis bestselling novel has gone into 25 editions in English alone, and inspired a record-breaking Hollywood film. The action-packed story of heroism and sacrifice follows Squadron 633 on a crucial mission--a mission crucial to the success of D-Day. Their target is a Norwegian fjord, where the Germans are d eveloping a top-secret weapon. The pilots know they'll be flying in low, between the steep mountain walls, without fighter support. For many, the trip will be one-way only... ... Leer resumen completo

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Q
ARROW (RANDOM), 2005

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Set in Reformation Europe, Q begins with Luther's nailing of his 95 theses on the door of the cathedral church in Wittenberg and traces the adventures and conflicts of two central characters, an Anabaptist, a member of the most radical of the Protestant sects, the anarchists of the Reformation, and a Catholic spy and inform er, as they travel across Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. Fans of James Ellroy and reminiscent of Neal Stephenson at his most ambitious, the four young writers who shelter behind the pseudonym Luther Blissett have created a world of intrigue, violence and intense political and religious passion. Far from the traditional historical novel, Q is the stuff of which cults are made. ... Leer resumen completo

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WHITE GOLD
HODDER & STOUGHTON, 2005

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En el verano de 1716, la tripulación del buque chico Thomas Pellow, junto con 52 compañeros en manos de traficantes de esclavos árabes y piratas. Él es buscado por el Sultán de Marruecos y ahora han comprado experimentado 23 años como un esclavo a su patio de esplendor y lujo, así como todos los días Grausamkeit.07In el ver ano de 1716, un córnico grumete llamado Thomas Pellow y 52 de sus camaradas fueron capturados en el mar por el Barbary Corsair. Miles de europeos han sido arrebatados de sus hogares y adoptadas en las grandes cadenas de mercados de esclavos de Argel, Túnez y Marruecos en venta para ser vendidos al mejor postor. ... Leer resumen completo

12.15€

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MILTON IN AMERICA
ARROW (RANDOM), 1997

13.49€

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POPE JOAN
BALLANTINE BOOKS (RANDOM), 1996

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"Engaging . . . Pope Joan has all the elements: love, sex, violence, duplicity, and long-buried secrets." —Los Angeles Times Book Review For a thousand years men have denied her existence—Pope Joan, the woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to rule Christianity for two years. Now this compelling novel an imates the legend with a portrait of an unforgettable woman who struggles against restrictions her soul cannot accept. When her older brother dies in a Viking attack, the brilliant young Joan assumes his identity and enters a Benedictine monastery where, as Brother John Anglicus, she distinguishes herself as a scholar and healer. Eventually drawn to Rome, she soon becomes enmeshed in a dangerous mix of powerful passion and explosive politics that threatens her life even as it elevates her to the highest throne in the Western world. "Brings the savage ninth century vividly to life in all its alien richness. An enthralling, scholarly historical novel." —Rebecca Fraser, Author of The Brontës ... Leer resumen completo

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