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Concise 48 Laws of Power 2nd Edn

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Robert Greene

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1215: The Year of Magna Carta

Surveying a broad landscape through a narrow lens, 1215 sweeps readers back eight centuries in an absorbing portrait of life during a time of global upheaval, the ripples of which can still be felt to...day. At the center of this fascinating period is the document that has become the root of modern freedom: the Magna Carta. It was a time of political revolution and domestic change that saw the Crusades, Richard the Lionheart, King John, and — in legend — Robin Hood all make their marks on history.The events leading up to King John's setting his seal to the famous document at Runnymede in June 1215 form this rich and riveting narrative that vividly describes everyday life from castle to countryside, from school to church, and from hunting in the forest to trial by ordeal. For instance, women wore no underwear (though men did), the average temperatures were actually higher than they are now, and the austere kitchen at Westminster Abbey allowed each monk two pounds of meat and a gallon of ale per day. Broad in scope and rich in detail, 1215 ingeniously illuminates what may have been the most important year of our history. Publishers Weekly Magna Carta is considered a foundation of modern freedoms, yet it is deeply rooted in the unique facts and political situation of 13th-century England. This excellent study is not only about the document itself but also about the context in which it can be fully understood. Danziger (The Year 1000) and Gillingham, professor emeritus of history at the London School of Economics, head each chapter with a passage from the Great Charter and elucidate the daily experience and issues that underlie it. While the first chapters elaborate on how both average folk and elites lived, worked, hunted, married, studied, played and went to church, later chapters get deeper into the meaning of the document itself. Marvelous details about daily life abound, while myths and misperceptions are firmly swept away. The infamous King John, who signed the Great Charter, moves slowly to center stage against the background stories of his parents, the legendary Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine; his brother Richard Lionheart; and other great figures of the day, both historical and mythical, including Robin Hood and Thomas Becket. When the reader reaches the climactic chapter, in which the barons force the Charter on John, the document has jumped off the pedestal on which tradition has placed it and become a living thing. The event itself and the details of the document show how age-old practices and last-minute concessions shaped the text (which is included in its entirety). Danziger and Gillingham make it clear that the Magna Carta was not an abstract thesis, but a brilliant response to a particular time and circumstance. Map. (June 15) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Danny Danziger

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Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty

The Magna Carta Is Revered Around The World As The Founding Document Of Western Liberty. Its Principles--even Its Language--can Be Found In Our Bill Of Rights And In The Constitution. But What Was Thi...s Strange Charter And How Did It Gain Such Legendary Status? Historian Dan Jones Takes Us Back To The Turbulent Year Of 1215, When, Beset By Foreign Crises And Cornered By A Growing Domestic Rebellion, King John Reluctantly Agreed To Fix His Seal To A Document That Would Change The Course Of History. At The Time Of Its Creation, The Magna Carta Was Just A Peace Treaty Drafted By A Group Of Rebel Barons Who Were Tired Of The King's High Taxes, Arbitrary Justice, And Endless Foreign Wars. The Fragile Peace It Established Would Last Only Two Months, But Its Principles Have Reverberated Over The Centuries. Jones's Narrative Follows The Story Of The Magna Carta's Creation, Its Failure, And The War That Subsequently Engulfed England, And Charts The High Points In Its Unexpected Afterlife. Reissued By King John's Successors, It Protected The Church, Banned Unlawful Imprisonment, And Set Limits To The Exercise Of Royal Power. It Established The Principle That Taxation Must Be Tied To Representation And Paved The Way For The Creation Of Parliament. In 1776 American Patriots, Inspired By That Long-ago Defiance, Dared To Pick Up Arms Against Another English King And To Demand Even More Far-reaching Rights. We Think Of The Declaration Of Independence As Our Founding Document, But Those Who Drafted It Had Their Eye On The Magna Carta.--adapted From Book Jacket. I: Origins. -- The Devil's Brood -- Lionheart And Softsword -- Interdict And Intimidation -- Crisis And Catastrophe -- Ii: Opposition. -- Trouble At The Temple -- Taking The Cross -- Confrontation -- London -- Iii: The Rule Of Law. -- Runnymede -- The Magna Carta -- England Under Siege -- Endgame -- Iv: Afterlife. -- The Magna Carta Reborn -- Then And Now -- Appendix A: The Text Of The Magna Carta, 1215 -- Appendix B: The Enforcers Of The Magna Carta -- Appendix C: Eight Hundred Years Of The Magna Carta. Dan Jones. Includes Bibliographical References (pages 241-264) And Index.

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Dan Jones

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Founding America: Documents from the Revolution to the Bill of Rights

The Barnes & Noble Classics Series Offers A Constellation Of Influences; Biographical, Historical And Literary, To Enrich Each Reader's Understanding Of These Enduring Works. Modern American Politicia...ns Refer To ?the Founders? So Often That They{u2019}re In Danger Of Becoming Clich├ęs. But Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Abigail And John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, James Madison, James Monroe, And The Other Authors Included In This New Collection Were A Wholly Unique{u2015}and Complex{u2015}group Of Individuals, Graced With Extraordinary Intellectual Powers, A Profound Dedication To Their Ideals, And A Striking Ability To Articulate Those Ideals In Clear And Passionate Prose. This Original Anthology Of Their Writings, Many Of Them Far Less Familiar To Us Than They Should Be, Demonstrates The Depth Of Their Thinking{u2015}and Of Their Disagreements. It Covers The Full Range Of Events From 1773 To 1789: That Is, From The Early Debates About Whether The North American Colonies Should Declare Their Independence From England, To The Ratification Of The Constitution And The First Ten Amendments (the Bill Of Rights). Among The Documents Included Are Papers From The First And Second Continental Congresses, The Articles Of Confederation, Washington{u2019}s Farewell Address To His Armies, And Extensive Excerpts From The Federalist Papers And The Madison{u2013}jefferson Correspondence On The Constitution. Founding America: A Timeline -- General Introduction By Jack N. Rakove -- The Imperial Dispute -- First Continental Congress -- Second Continental Congress -- Remember The Ladies -- Inventing A Republic -- Independence -- Drafting The Articles Of Confederation -- Reforming The Articles Of Confederation -- George Washington -- Political Reformers -- The Road To Philedelphia -- Rival Visions Of Union -- Getting Down To Details -- The Constitution -- A More Perfect Union -- The Case Against The Constitution -- Publius Replies -- The Problem Of Declaring Rights -- Proposing Amendments -- Framing The Bill Of Rights. Edited, With An Introduction And Notes By Jack N. Rakove ; George Stade, Consulting Editorial Director. Includes Bibliographical Resources (p. 643-646).

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Jack N. Rakove

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King John: Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta

The Brilliantly Compelling New Biography Of The Treacherous And Tyrannical King John, Published To Coincide With The 800th Anniversary Of Magna Carta. King John Is Familiar To Everyone As The Villain ...From The Tales Of Robin Hood - Greedy, Cowardly, Despicable And Cruel. But Who Was The Man Behind The Legend? Was He Truly A Monster, Or A Capable Ruler Cursed By Ill Luck? In This Book, Bestselling Historian Marc Morris Draws On Contemporary Chronicles And The King's Own Letters To Bring The Real John Vividly To Life. John Was Dynamic, Inventive And Relentless, But Also A Figure With Terrible Flaws. In Two Interwoven Stories, We See How He Went From Being A Youngest Son With Limited Prospects To The Ruler Of The Greatest Dominion In Europe, An Empire That Stretched From The Scottish Border To The Pyrenees. We Discover How, Having Lost Most Of His Lands In France, He Battled For The Rest Of His Life To Win Them Back. His Rise To Power Involved Treachery, Rebellion And Murder. His Reign Saw Oppression On An Almost Unprecedented Scale: Former Friends Hounded Into Exile And Oblivion; Wales, Scotland And Ireland Invaded; Harsh Fines And Huge Taxes, The Greatest Level Of Financial Exploitation Since The Norman Conquest. A Quarrel With The Pope Led To The King Being Excommunicated And England Being Placed Under Interdict; For Six Years, The Church Bells Remained Silent And The Dead Were Buried In Unconsecrated Ground. John's Tyrannical Rule Climaxed In Conspiracy And Revolt, And His Leading Subjects Famously Forced Him To Issue Magna Carta, A Document Binding Him And His Successors To Behave Better In Future. The King's Rejection Of The Charter Led To Civil War And Foreign Invasion, Bringing His Life To A Disastrous Close. Authoritative And Dramatic, Marc Morris's King John Offers A Compelling Portrait Of An Extraordinary King, Whose Reign Marked A Momentous Turning Point In The History Of Britain And Europe. Contains A Translation Of Magna Carta: 1215

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Marc Morris

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The King's Assassin (The Outlaw Chronicles, #7)

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Angus Donald

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1215 and All That: Magna Carta and King John

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Ed West

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Magna Carta: The Medieval Roots of Modern Politics

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David Starkey

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A Realm Divided: England in 1215

1215, The Penultimate Year Of The Reign Of A King With The Worst Reputation Of Any In Our History, Saw England Engulfed By Crisis. Weakened By The Loss Of Normandy, King John Faced Insurrection By His... Disgruntled Barons. With The Assistance Of The Archbishop Of Canterbury, They Drew Up A List Of Their Demands. In June, In A Quiet Thames-side Water-meadow, John Attached His Regal Seal - Under Oath, To A Charter That Set Limits On Regal Power. In Return, The Barons Renewed Their Vows Of Fealty. Groundbreaking Though 'magna Carta' Was, It Had Scant Immediate Impact As England Descended Into Civil War That Would Still Be Raging When John Died The Following Year. Dan Jones's Vivid Account Of The Vicissitudes Of Feudal Power Politics And The Workings Of 13th-century Government Is Interwoven With A Exploration Of The Lives Of Ordinary People: How And Where They Worked, What They Wore, What They Ate, And What Role The Church Played In Their Lives.

Author:

Dan Jones

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The Magna Charta

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James Daugherty

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