♥ Book Title : Sex in History
☯ Full Synopsis : "SEX IN HISTORY chronicles the pleasures- and perils- of the flesh from the time of mankind's distant ancestors to the modern day; from a sexual act which was bried, crude and purposeful, to the myriad varieties of contemporary sexual mores. Reay Tannahill's scholarly, yet accessible study ranges from the earliest form of contraception (one Egyptian concoction included crocodile dung) to some latter- day misconceptions about it- like the men who joined their lovers in taking the pill 'just to be on the safe side.' It surveys all manner of sexual practice, preference and position (the acrobatic 'wheelbarrow' position, the strenuous 'hovering butterflies' position...) and draws on souces as diverse as THE ADMIRABLE DISCOURSES OF THE PLAIN GIRL, the EXHIBTION OF FEMALE FLAGELLANTS, IMPORTANT MATTERS OF THE JADE CHAMBER and THE ROMANCE OF CHASTISEMENT. Whether writing on androgyny, courtly love, flagellation or zoophilia, Turkish eunuch's Greek dildoes, Taoist sex manuals or Japanses geisha girls, Reay Tannahill is consistently enlightening and entertaining."Article| Reay Tannahill| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : The Seventh Son
☯ Full Synopsis : "A superb historical novel about Richard III, the notorious hunchback king whose burial site was recently uncovered, which will appeal to fans of Josephine Tey's THE DAUGHTER OF TIME, Philippa Gregory's THE KINGMAKER'S DAUGHTER, and readers of Hilary Mantel. At the heart of this stunning novel is the complex human being known to history as Richard III, a king whose reign is darkened by the murder of the young Princes in the Tower, but who also found a touching love with the woman he married, and possessed immense courage. As goes the old adage 'history is written by the victors', so Richard III's own story was corrupted by the spokesman of the Tudor regime, William Shakespeare. And yet here is a man who inspired loyalty and hatred in almost equal measure, until at last the implacable enmity of one woman brought about his downfall. In this classic novel, the paradox of England's most enigmatic king is vividly brought to life. It is a family drama in the grand tradition, a tale of brother against brother, cousin against cousin, of love, hate and intrigue, of women inescapably entangled in the fates of their men, and of a mystery that has exercised people's minds for more than five hundred years."Article| Reay Tannahill| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Food in History
☯ Full Synopsis : "Spanning over half a million years, this lively account describes the world history of food and the way in which food has influenced the whole course of human development. Full of intriguing information and insights, it reveals how pepper contributed to the fall of the Roman empire; how a new kind of plough helped to spark off the Crusades; why the cow became sacred in India; why stir-fry cooking was invented; how the turkey got its name. This book confirms that food is still, as it always has been, not only inseperable from the history of the human race but essential to it."Article| Reay Tannahill| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : A Dark And Distant Shore
☯ Full Synopsis : "'An ancient brooding castle... a dispossessed child... a lifelong passion for one errant man... wars, crises and feuds... ' WashINGTON POST. Reay Tannahill's great bestseller is the story of an extraordinary woman's determination to win back her birthright – the remote and beautiful West Highland castle of Kinveil – sold by her father to a Glasgow merchant when she was seven years old. It is also the intricate picture of a family in the heyday of the British Empire, an epic story spanning almost a hundred years and stretching from Edinburgh to the Crimea, from an expanding America to the India of the Raj."Article| Reay Tannahill| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Fatal Majesty
☯ Full Synopsis : "In Fatal Majesty, critically acclaimed novelist Reay Tannahill immerses readers in the tragedy of Mary, Queen of Scots-but this is not a conventional retelling of a fascinating yet familiar tale. Eighteen-year-old Mary returns from the sophisticated French court to claim her throne in cold, backward Scotland. A gloomy reception proves least among the na?ve young monarch's challenges: her arrival provides the opportunity for smoldering vendettas to explode and for intricate conspiracies to form and then unravel-intrigue besets her on every side. Mary's self-righteous brother, James, seeks to rule in her place; her brilliant Secretary of State, Lethington, dedicates his energies to placing the Stuarts on the throne of England; and her cousin, Elizabeth I, dazzling and unscrupulous, fears Mary as a threat to her crown and to her life. Mingling a poet's passion with an historian's insight, Tannahill chronicles an era of easy violence, desperate action, and grand conspiracy. In Fatal Majesty, masterful characterization combines with lightning pace and classic plotting to deliver a tragic romantic saga with all the complexity of a major political thriller."Article| Reay Tannahill| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Flesh and Blood
☯ Full Synopsis : "Presenting a history of cannibalism, this text shows how in primitive times, human game was treated just as any other, and both the prophet Muhammed and Richard the Lionheart consumed the bodies of their enemies. Also covered are modern-day cannibals such as Chikatilo and Hannibal Lecter."Article| Reay Tannahill| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : In Still and Stormy Waters
☯ Full Synopsis : "Two women, born to different worlds, tied unknowingly by blood - and locked in bitter rivalry for the Highland estate, and the man they both lay claim to... Sophie - wilful, entrancing toast of exotic Hong Kong blissfully immune to the deceitful deals, clash of cultures, and growing menace of the opium trade that threaten her beloved city. Rachel - subtle and stubborn, plucked from the slums of Victorian London to a new life and status in the remote Scottish castle of Juran - then faced with the loss of what has become her obsession. Ranier Blake - clever, manipulative banker with interests in Scotland and Hong Kong - and in both women. And Blake alone knows the tangled history of Rachel, Sophie and Juran... From vivid Hong Kong to Scotland's stormy west coast, the two women play out their passions against a background of intrigue and violence. But only one can win what they both so desire..."Article| Reay Tannahill| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Food in History
☯ Full Synopsis : "Surveys the evolution of man's diverse gastronomic habits, customs, and traditions against their cultural and historical background"Article| Reay Tannahill| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Having the Builders In
☯ Full Synopsis : "A delightfully witty and utterly charming novel that will have resonance for anyone today who has ever had, or contemplated Having the Builders In. Dame Constance de Clair has a remarkable talent for getting what she wants. And, at this precise moment she wants to transform her beloved yet overly square castle, Vine Regis, by adding an extension. But for once all is not going according to her plans...Quite apart from the fact that her builders seem more intent on demolishing the existing castle than they do on building the extension, her son's wife-to-be, Susanna (a flirtatious minx with a penchant for drama), has arrived at Vine Regis eager to dislodge her as Lady of the Castle; Constance's son, Gervase, appears more interested in going hunting than getting to know his intended; everyone is in a state of mild hysteria as the French threaten to invade England; and to top it all off, there appears to be thievery afoot. Something is going to have to be done about it all before the estate begins to crumble but the question is what!?"Article| Reay Tannahill| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Survive the Savage Sea
☯ Full Synopsis : "Dougal Roberts is a writer and sailing enthusiast."Article| Dougal Robertson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Regency England
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♥ Book Title : Having the Decorators In
☯ Full Synopsis : "With a cast of charming characters - introduced to us in HAVING THE BUILDERS IN - this witty and clever novel tells the story of the inhabitants of Vine Regis castle and its surrounding town. After far too many months of HAVING THE BUILDERS IN, Dame Constance's (newly extended) castle, Vine Regis, is her own once more. Finally she has the peace and quiet she needs to begin the all-important task of decorating. Or so she thinks... Unfortunately for Constance, it's not just her Italian decorator's choice of colours that are revolting - apparently the townsfolk are at it too. Outraged by the Poll Tax, murderous rebels are rumoured to be on the rampage. As meddlesome merchants, pesky Pilgrims and rowdy relatives seek refuge at the castle, Constance's dreams of interior design disappear out of the window. This simply won't do; Dame Constance should be picking out fabrics not picking up after uninvited guests. But as Lady of the Manor she must do her duty. Unless, of course, she can devise a way to get rid of them... HAVING THE DECORATORS IN is wickedly witty, deliciously delightful and infinitely more enjoyable than watching paint dry."Article| Reay Tannahill| Statement ..."