♥ Book Title : The Emperor's Shadow
☯ Full Synopsis : "After Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo, he was sent into exile on St Helena, arriving in October 1815. For the six years until his death, he was an 'eagle in a cage', reduced from the most powerful figure in Europe to a prisoner on a rock in the South Atlantic. But the fallen emperor was charmed and entertained by Betsy Balcombe, the pretty teenage daughter of a local merchant. Anne Whitehead brings to life Napoleon's time on St Helena and the web of connections around the globe which framed his last years. Betsy's father, William Balcombe, was well-connected in London, and he smuggled letters and undertook a clandestine mission to Paris for Napoleon. Betsy's friendship with Napoleon cast a shadow over the rest of her colourful life. She married a Regency cad, who soon left her and their daughter, and she travelled to Australia in 1823 with her father, who was appointed the first Colonial Treasurer of New South Wales. After her father was exposed for fraud and the family lost their fortune, she returned to London and published a memoir which turned her into a celebrity. With her extraordinary connections to royalty in London and to the Bonaparte family and their courtiers, Betsy Balcombe led a life worthy of a Regency romance. This new account reveals Napoleon at his most vulnerable, human and reflective, and a woman caught in some of the most dramatic events of her time."Article| Anne Whitehead| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Emperor's Shadow
☯ Full Synopsis : "Two orphans cried out in defiance, against the world that had long forgotten their plight. In the Glorious Empire, those who graduate from the Academy ascend to Highborn. Though theoretically possible, class mobility is but a dream. The rebellion of Zone S1 ended in a massacre, but the real war has just begun."Article| Yi Zhu| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : In the Shadow of the Mongol Empire
☯ Full Synopsis : "Memories of the Mongol Empire loomed large in fourteenth-century Eurasia. Robinson explores how Ming China exploited these memories for its own purposes."Article| David M. Robinson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : In the Light and Shadow of an Emperor
☯ Full Synopsis : "The present collection was written to commemorate the third centenary of the death of the Portuguese Jesuit, Tomás Pereira (1645–1708). Dealing with some of the most decisive and controversial moments in the history of the Jesuit mission in China during the Kangxi era (1662–1722), these essays were produced by an international team of scholars and cover a wide range of topics that reflect a permanent academic interest, in Europe and America as well as in China, in the history of the Catholic mission in China, Sino-Russian diplomacy, the history of Western science and music in China, intercultural history, and history of art. While the names of such missionaries as Matteo Ricci, Adam Schall and Ferdinand Verbiest are well known, Pereira has been relatively neglected, and this volume seeks to redress that imbalance. Pereira was important as a musician and diplomat and was closer to the Kangxi emperor than any other Westerner, something that enabled him to exert considerable influence for the protection of the Chinese Christians and also to further the interests of Portugal in China. However, towards the end of his life he saw his efforts undermined by the damaging consequences of the papal legation to China led by Charles-Thomas Maillard de Tournon."Article| Vasconcelos de Saldanha Antonio Wardega Artur K| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : John II Komnenos, Emperor of Byzantium
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Emperor John II Komnenos (1118–1143) has been overshadowed by both his father Alexios I and his son Manuel I. Written sources have not left us much evidence regarding his reign, although authors agree that he was an excellent emperor. However, the period witnessed territorial expansion in Asia Minor as well as the construction of the most important monastic complex of twelfth-century Constantinople. What else do we know about John’s rule and its period? This volume opens up new perspectives on John’s reign and clearly demonstrates that many innovations generally attributed to the genius of Manuel Komnenos had already been fostered during the reign of the second great Komnenos. Leading experts on twelfth-century Byzantium (Jeffreys, Magdalino, Ousterhout) are joined by representatives of a new generation of Byzantinists to produce a timely and invaluable study of the unjustly neglected figure of John Komnenos."Article| Alessandra Bucossi| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The First Emperor
☯ Full Synopsis : "'The following year Qin unified all under Heaven and the title of August Emperor was immediately adopted.' The short-lived Qin dynasty unified China in 221 BC and created an imperial legacy that lasted until 1911. The extraordinary story of the First Emperor, founder of the dynasty, is told in the Historical Records of Sima Qian, the Grand Historiographer and the most famous Chinese historian. He describes the Emperor's birth and the assassination attempt on his life, as well as the political and often brutal events that led to the founding of the dynasty and its aftermath. Sima Qian recounts the building of the Great Wall, the 'burning of the books', and the construction of the First Emperor's magnificent tomb, a tomb now world famous since the discovery of the terracotta warriors in 1974. Sima Qian's love of anecdote ensures that his history is never dull, and Raymond Dawson's fluent translation captures his lively and vivid style. Chronicling recent archaeological developments and questioning Sima Qian's biases, K. E. Brashier's preface highlights the importance of the Grand Historiographer's account and Dawson's translation in the twenty-first century. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more."Article| Sima Qian| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Emperor's Mistress
☯ Full Synopsis : "Teenaged Stealth is an artful thief with an attitude. Hired to burgle an exiled mage's villa, she tangles with Derrius, an apprentice mage of revoltingly noble birth. Trapped by political upheaval and their own antipathy, Stealth and Derrius undertake a mission to avert civil war. The two must learn to work together and dovetail her thieving skills and his magic. Long ago, Larenia's Sword protected their nation from evil, but the blade has been lost for a hundred years. Now, evil arises anew in the sultry form of the emperor's mistress, Illisandra Zayla. If Stealth and Derrius fail to find and recover the Sword, the sorceress will enthrall the emperor and seize the power her tormented soul lost long ago."Article| Michael Staton| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Hulk
☯ Full Synopsis : "Savage alien planet! Oppressed barbarian tribes! Corrupt emperor! Deadly woman warrior! Gladiators and slaves! Battle axes and hand blasters! Monsters and heroes... and the Incredible Hulk! Let the smashing commence! Collects Incredible Hulk (1999) #92-105."Article| Greg Pak| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Emperor's New Mind
☯ Full Synopsis : "Winner of the Wolf Prize for his contribution to our understanding of the universe, Penrose takes on the question of whether artificial intelligence will ever approach the intricacy of the human mind. 144 illustrations."Article| Roger Penrose| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Shadow Emperor
☯ Full Synopsis : "Napoleon III is brought out of the shadows of Napoleon Bonaparte by a prize-winning historian: ‘An excellent biography... In these pages, he emerges as the underwriter of modern France... This work’s perceptive synthesis of recent research... and fast-paced narrative will attract general readers.’ Publishers Weekly"Article| Alan Strauss-Schom| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Messallina - The Longest Shadow
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♥ Book Title : Historical Dictionary of Chinese Cinema
☯ Full Synopsis : "Motion pictures were first introduced to China in 1896 and today China has become a major player in the film industry. However, the story of how Chinese cinema became what it is today is an exceptionally turbulent one. It encompasses incursions by foreign powers, warfare among contending rulers, the collapse of the Chinese empire, and the massive setback of the Cultural Revolution. The Historical Dictionary of Chinese Cinema covers the history of Chinese cinema from its very beginning in 1896 to the present. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section contains several hundred cross-referenced dictionary entries on films, directors, and historical figures. This book is an excellent access point for anyone interested in Chinese cinema and for scholars interested in investigating ideas for future research."Article| Tan Ye| Statement ..."