♥ Book Title : The Emperor's Shadow
☯ Full Synopsis : "'The Emperor's Shadow' tells the true story of Napoleon Bonaparte's friendship with Betsy Balcombe and her family, the only English people he ever lived with, during his exile on St Helena."Article| Anne Whitehead| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Emperor's Shadow
☯ Full Synopsis : ""The Emperor shelters,Atop the marble steps and the metallic throne.The Academy guides,Atop the towering spire that pierces the heavens.The Shadow watches,Atop the mound of remains from those who doubt."Two orphans cried out in defiance against the world that had long forgotten their plight. Throughout history, it has always been the poor and downtrodden masses who paid the price for the greed of the privileged few. In the Glorious Empire, those who graduate from the Academy ascend to Highborn status. Though theoretically possible, real class mobility is but a dream. In this world dominated by Alchemists and ruled by Elites, power is only in the hands of those born into it.It's been five years since the rebellion of Zone S1 ended with a massacre. And unbeknownst to the powers that controlled this world, the real war is about to begin..."Article| Yi Zhu| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Shadow Emperor
☯ Full Synopsis : "A breakout biography of Louis-Napoleon III, whose controversial achievements have polarized historians. Considered one of the pre-eminent Napoleon Bonaparte experts, Pulitzer Prize-nominated historian Alan Strauss-Schom has turned his sights on another in that dynasty, Napoleon III (Louis-Napoleon) overshadowed for too long by his more romanticized forebear. In the first full biography of Napoleon III by an American historian, Strauss-Schom uses his years of primary source research to explore the major cultural, sociological, economical, financial, international, and militaristic long-lasting effects of France's most polarizing emperor. Louis-Napoleon’s achievements have been mixed and confusing, even to historians. He completely revolutionized the infrastructure of the state and the economy, but at the price of financial scandals of imperial proportions. In an age when “colonialism” was expanding, Louis-Napoleon’s colonial designs were both praised by the emperor’s party and the French military and resisted by the socialists. He expanded the nation’s railways to match those of England; created major new transoceanic steamship lines and a new modern navy; introduced a whole new banking sector supported by seemingly unlimited venture capital, while also empowering powerful new state and private banks; and completely rebuilt the heart of Paris, street by street. Napoleon III wanted to surpass the legacy of his famous uncle, Napoleon I. In The Shadow Emperor, Alan Strauss-Schom sets the record straight on Napoleon III's legacy."Article| Alan Strauss-Schom| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : John II Komnenos, Emperor of Byzantium
☯ Full Synopsis : ""John II Komnenos ruled over the Byzantine Empire from 1118 to 1143. His contemporaries often describe him as the best emperor of his dynasty, the Komnenoi, and 'one of the best emperors of all time' (so wrote the famous historian Niketas Choniates). However, today John remains the least famous of the Komnenian emperors, overshadowed by his celebrated father, Alexios, and his legendary son, Manuel. How can the relative obscurity of this Emperor be explained in the light of his military successes, Byzantine territorial expansion in Asia Minor, and the construction of the most important monastic complex of twelfth-century Constantinople? Why has John been neglected by modern historians? What new historical evidence can lead to a reassessment of the achievements of his reign? This book sets out to answer these questions. It includes contributions both by leading experts on the period and by scholars at an earlier stage of their careers, combining overviews of the reign with detailed analysis of events and problematic issues. Coverage is interdisciplinary, from art history to literature, from theology to diplomatic history"--"Article| Alessandra Bucossi| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Yamada Monogatari: The Emperor in Shadow
☯ Full Synopsis : "Lord Yamada is called away one last time from his newly restored estates in Kamakura to help Prince Kanemore ensure that Princess Teiko s son, Takahito, inherits the Chrysanthemum Throne. Unfortunately, assuming the throne proves to be the easy part. Yamada must then help Takahito renounce that throne in such a way as to hobble the power of the Fujiwara clan forever!""Article| Richard Parks| 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 : 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 : Shadows of the Mind
☯ Full Synopsis : "Presenting a look at the human mind's capacity while criticizing artificial intelligence, the author makes suggestions about classical and quantum physics and the role of microtubules"Article| Roger Penrose| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Incas: The puma's shadow
☯ Full Synopsis : "Follows the relationship of forbidden love between Anamaya, a beautiful Incan princess, and Gabriel, a Spanish solider, as Conquistadors threaten the existence of the Incan empire."Article| Antoine B. Daniel| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Historical Dictionary of Chinese Cinema
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Historical Dictionary of Chinese Cinema covers the history of Chinese Cinema 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 ..."