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Sicily

Author: John Julius Norwich
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0812995198
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Critically acclaimed author John Julius Norwich weaves the turbulent story of Sicily into a spellbinding narrative that places the island at the crossroads of world history. “Sicily,” said Goethe, “is the key to everything.” It is the largest island in the Mediterranean, the stepping-stone between Europe and Africa, the link between the Latin West and the Greek East. Sicily’s strategic location has tempted Roman emperors, French princes, and Spanish kings. The subsequent struggles to conquer and keep it have played crucial roles in the rise and fall of the world’s most powerful dynasties. Yet Sicily has often been little more than a footnote in books about other empires. John Julius Norwich’s engrossing narrative is the first to knit together all of the colorful strands of Sicilian history into a single comprehensive study. Here is a vivid, erudite, page-turning chronicle of an island and the remarkable kings, queens, and tyrants who fought to rule it. From its beginnings as a Greek city-state to its emergence as a multicultural trading hub during the Crusades, from the rebellion against Italian unification to the rise of the Mafia, the story of Sicily is rich with extraordinary moments and dramatic characters. Writing with his customary deftness and humor, Norwich outlines the surprising influence Sicily has had on world history—the Romans’ fascination with Greek civilization dates back to their sack of Sicily—and tells the story of one of the world’s most kaleidoscopic cultures in a galvanizing, contemporary way. This volume has been a long time coming—Norwich began to explore Sicily’s colorful history during his first visit to the island in the early 1960s. The dean of popular historians leads his readers through the millennia with the steady narrative hand of a master teacher or the world’s most learned tour guide. Like the island itself, Sicily is a book brimming with bold flavors that begs to be revisited again and again. Praise for Sicily “Suavely readable . . . The very model of a popular historian, [Norwich] writes to give pleasure to the common reader. And what pleasure it is.”—The Wall Street Journal “Entertaining on every page . . . There is something ancient and sorrowful in Sicily, ‘some dark, brooding quality,’ just as captivating as its spellbinding history or its beautiful and varied landscapes, from beaches to lemon groves, pine forests to volcanoes. . . . The most amiable and freewheeling of guides, Norwich will always find time for the amusing anecdote.”—The Sunday Times “Utterly engrossing . . . written with passion about the art and architecture of this magical island, filled with gossipy tidbits and sweeping historical theories.”—The Daily Beast “Dazzling . . . Norwich is an elegantly graceful and entertaining storyteller.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch “Charming . . . richly nuanced history relayed with enormous fondness.”—Kirkus Reviews “A brisk and always-lively tour.”—Open Letters Monthly “Norwich is deeply in love with Sicily. [His] boundless affection has inspired a determined effort to understand its painful past. The result is impressionistic, as love often is.”—The Times “Norwich sketches personalities vividly. . . . He does the island and the reader a generous service in providing such an amiable introduction.”—The Sunday Telegraph “Norwich tells [Sicily’s] long, sad but fascinating story with sympathy and brio.”—Literary Review From the Hardcover edition.

Invasion Der Barbaren

Author: Peter Heather
Publisher: Klett-Cotta
ISBN: 3608101896
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Spätrömische Dekadenz und plündernde Vandalen: so lauten die Klischees über die sogenannte Völkerwanderungszeit. Doch wie entstand im ersten Jahrtausend aus dem hochentwickelten römischen Süden und dem barbarischen Norden die neue kulturelle Einheit Europa? Um Christi Geburt war Europa zweigeteilt in den hochentwickelten Süden der Mittelmeerkulturen und den unentwickelten Norden germanischund slawisch sprechender Stammeskulturen. Diese kannten weder die Schrift noch den steinernen Siedlungsbau, ein stehendes Heer oder die Geldwirtschaft, geschweige denn Städte mit Feuerwehr und Müllabfuhr. Wie konnte der »Ansturm der Barbaren« dem römischen Imperium den Todesstoß versetzen? Peter Heather stellt diese alte Frage im Licht der Erkenntnisse zur Ethnogenese und der modernen Migrationsforschung neu. Vom Hunnensturm bis zu den Wikingern untersucht er die Dynamik der europäischen Wanderungsbewegungen. Die sozialen und wirtschaftlichen Wechselwirkungen zwischen beiden Kulturräumen veränderten diese von Grund auf und ließen sie langfristig zu einer neuen kulturellen Einheit werden: dem Europa, das wir in weiterentwickelter Form noch heute kennen.

Lonely Planet Reisef Hrer Sizilien

Author: Vesna Maric
Publisher: Mair Dumont DE
ISBN: 3575440190
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E-Book Feature: - Zoombare Karten und Grafiken (offline verfügbar) - Google Maps-Verlinkungen - Weblinks führen direkt zu den Websites der Tipps - Praktische Volltextsuche - einfach Suchbegriff eingeben - Persönlichen Reiseplan erstellen - durch setzen von Lesezeichen und persönlichen Notizen - Kein zusätzliches Gewicht im Reisegepäck Mit dem Lonely Planet Sizilien auf eigene Faust über eine Insel der Gegensätze! Etliche Monate Recherche stecken im Kultreiseführer für Individualreisende. Auf mehr als 300 Seiten geben die Autoren Hintergrundinfos zum Reiseland, liefern Tipps für die Planung der Reise, beschreiben alle interessanten Sehenswürdigkeiten mit aktuellen Öffnungszeiten und Preisen. Auch Globetrotter, die abseits der ausgetretenen Touristenpfade unterwegs sein möchten, kommen auf ihre Kosten. Wie wäre es beispielsweise mit Familienurlaub? Agriturismi heißt nichts anderes als Ferien auf dem Bauernhof, doch auf Sizilien macht das Leben auf dem Land viel mehr Spaß. Oder lieber Outdoor-Abenteuer? Dann sollte man die Gewalt des Vulkans nicht versäumen: auf dem Gipfel selbst oder von einem Boot aus lässt sich das nächtliche Feuerwerk des Stromboli beobachten. Wo unterwegs übernachten und essen? Für jeden größeren Ort gibt es eine Auswahl an Unterkünften und Restaurants für jeden Geschmack und Geldbeutel. Abgerundet wird der Guide durch Übersichts- und Detailkarten, einem Farbkapitel zu den 8 Top-Highlights, Reiserouten, Hintergrundinformationen und - damit Sie gut verständlich ankommen - einem Sprachführer. Der Lonely-Planet-Reiseführer Sizilien ist ehrlich, praktisch, witzig geschrieben und liefert inspirierende Eindrücke und Erfahrungen. Das E-Book basiert auf: 4. deutsche Auflage 2017, Mehr Informationen zu Lonely Planet Reiseführern unter: www.lonelyplanet.de Unser Special-Tipp: Erstellen Sie Ihren persönlichen Reiseplan durch das Setzen von Lesezeichen und Ergänzen von Notizen. ... und durchsuchen Sie das E-Book in sekundenschnelle mit der praktischen Volltextsuche!

The Normans In Sicily

Author: John Julius Norwich
Publisher: Penguin Global
ISBN: 9780140152128
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This omnibus volume is made up of John Julius Norwich's first two works of history published 20 years ago - The Normans in the South and The Kingdom in the Sun. The books tell the story of the dazzling Norman kingdom of Sicily founded in the 11th century by an enterprising band of adventurers from Normandy under Robert Guiscard. The state they founded was outstanding in medieval civilization.

Crossroads And Cultures Combined Volume A History Of The World S Peoples

Author: CTI Reviews
Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews
ISBN: 1497075211
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Facts101 is your complete guide to Crossroads and Cultures, Combined Volume, A History of the World's Peoples. In this book, you will learn topics such as Settlers and Migrants: The Creation of States in Asia, Creation of Empire: North Africa and Southwest Asia, The Greeks and the Wider World, and Peoples and World Empires: Classical India, the Kushan Empire, and Chi ... plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.

Treasures Of Britain

Author: John Julius Norwich
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393057409
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Offers alphabetical listings of more than two thousand locations, including gardens, historic houses, museums, and natural sites.

Love In The Ancient World

Author: John Julius Norwich
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN: 9781841880105
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Travel back in time in search of long-lost attitudes on love, lust, and passion. Beautifully illustrated in full color, this fascinating exploration uncovers how ancient civilizations regarded sex and sexuality. Exquisite photographs showcase sculpture, pottery, paintings, and architecture that feature graphic representations of the human form and the art of love. Seeing how romance was represented, communicated, and mythologized from the cave dwellers through the sophisticated Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans gives us new perspectives on history and on our lives today.

The World Atlas Of Architecture

Author: John Julius Norwich
Publisher: Crescent
ISBN: 9780517668757
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Traces the development of architecture all around the world from the pyramids of ancient Egypt to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C

Aa Treasures Of Britain

Author: Automobile Association (Great Britain) Staff
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780749546762
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This is an extensive guide to over 2,000 places featuring the country's best architecture, art and natural beauty. The book includes a varied collection of interest, from castles and abbeys to museums and art collections. With full colour photographs throughout this is an ideal gift as a family reference, or a treat for both historians and enthusiasts alike. It provides a detailed introduction on the history, literature, art and architecture of Britain. Beautifully bound, including a silken marker ribbon to help you keep your place. It also includes a 19 page map section to help you plan trips to the places featured.

The Twelve Days Of Christmas

Author: John Julius Norwich
Publisher: Atlantic
ISBN: 9781848877085
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My dearest darling- That partridge, in that lovely little pear tree! What an enchanting, romantic, poetic present! Bless you and thank you. Your deeply loving Emily Everyone knows the 'Twelve days of Christmas', but not as rewritten by John Julius Norwich in this delightful correspondence, which records the daily thank-you letters from one increasingly bemused young lady to her unseen admirer. And who but Quentin Blake could exploit the full comic possibilities of this hilarious debacle as first birds, then maids and finally the full percussion section of the Liverpool Philharmonic create mayhem in the calm of an English country Christmas?