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Bosworth 1485: The Battle That Transformed England Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781681772264
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Published: Pegasus Books - October 25th, 2016

In Bosworth 1485, Michael Jones carefully unfolds an image of Richard III as a human being, a person living up to the expectations of his own world 530 years ago. The questions he asks are: who was Richard III? Shakespeare’s stock character of pure evil? A political construction of the Tudor dynasty? Or was he a “competent commander,” as Jones argues, who could have healed wounds of the “cousin’s war”? And how does the character of Richard III affect the battle in which he died? If you are curious about viewing historical artifacts in different ways, if you are open to a more complex picture of who Richard III was and how the Battle of Bosworth Field (much like the Battle of Hastings in 1066) transformed England, you will enjoy this book.


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The Mabinogion Cover Image
By Sioned Davies (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780199218783
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - May 11th, 2008

The Mabinogion, translated from Welsh by scholar (and druid) Sioned Davies, is a collection of 11 medieval Welsh tales. Myth, memory, and magic—that’s what shapes these stories of power, pride, and friendship. A woman conjured from flowers, a talking head, the badger in the bag, a mouse who must be hanged, dead warriors reborn in a bubbling cauldron, and even King Arthur who heroically kills the Very Black Witch. Let Davies guide you through this unfamiliar world, and you may be caught in its spell, shaking your head, laughing, and wondering.