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This Orient Isle

This Orient Isle Author Jerry Brotton
ISBN-10 0141978678
Release 2017-03-02
Pages 384
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In 1570, after plots and assassination attempts against her, Elizabeth I was excommunicated by the Pope. It was the beginning of cultural, economic and political exchanges with the Islamic world of a depth not again experienced until the modern age. England signed treaties with the Ottoman Porte, received ambassadors from Morocco and shipped munitions to Marrakech in the hope of establishing an accord which would keep the common enemy of Catholic Spain at bay. This awareness of the Islamic world found its way into many of the great English cultural productions of the day - especially, of course, Shakespeare's Othello and The Merchant of Venice. This Orient Isle shows that England's relations with the Muslim world were far more extensive, and often more amicable, than we have ever appreciated, and that their influence was felt across the political, commercial and domestic landscape of Elizabethan England.

This Orient Isle

This Orient Isle Author Jerry Brotton
ISBN-10 0241004020
Release 2016-04
Pages 357
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"In 1570, when it became clear she would never be gathered into the Catholic fold, Elizabeth I was excommunicated by the Pope. On the principle that 'my enemy's enemy is my friend', this marked the beginning of an extraordinary English alignment with the Muslim powers who were fighting Catholic Spain in the Mediterranean, and of cultural, economic and political exchanges with the Islamic world of a depth not again experienced until the modern age. England signed treaties with the Ottoman Porte, received ambassadors from the kings of Morocco and shipped munitions to Marrakesh. By the late 1580s hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Elizabethan merchants, diplomats, sailors, artisans and privateers were plying their trade from Morocco to Persia." -- Publisher's description

The Sultan and the Queen

The Sultan and the Queen Author Jerry Brotton
ISBN-10 9780525428824
Release 2016
Pages 338
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First published in Great Britain in 2016 as This Orient isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic world.

Islam and the English Enlightenment 1670 1840

Islam and the English Enlightenment  1670   1840 Author Humberto Garcia
ISBN-10 9781421403533
Release 2012
Pages 346
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A corrective addendum to Edward Said’s Orientalism, this book examines how sympathetic representations of Islam contributed significantly to Protestant Britain’s national and imperial identity in the eighteenth century. Taking a historical view, Humberto Garcia combines a rereading of eighteenth-century and Romantic-era British literature with original research on Anglo-Islamic relations. He finds that far from being considered foreign by the era’s thinkers, Islamic republicanism played a defining role in Radical Enlightenment debates, most significantly during the Glorious Revolution, French Revolution, and other moments of acute constitutional crisis, as well as in national and political debates about England and its overseas empire. Garcia shows that writers such as Edmund Burke, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey, and Percy and Mary Shelley not only were influenced by international events in the Muslim world but also saw in that world and its history a viable path to interrogate, contest, and redefine British concepts of liberty. This deft exploration of the forgotten moment in early modern history when intercultural exchange between the Muslim world and Christian West was common resituates English literary and intellectual history in the wider context of the global eighteenth century. The direct challenge it poses to the idea of an exclusionary Judeo-Christian Enlightenment serves as an important revision to post-9/11 narratives about a historical clash between Western democratic values and Islam.

The Renaissance Bazaar

The Renaissance Bazaar Author Jerry Brotton
ISBN-10 9780192802651
Release 2003
Pages 243
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More than ever before, the Renaissance stands as one of the defining moments in world history. Between 1400 and 1600 European perceptions of society, culture, politics and even humanity itself emerged in ways that continue to affect not only Europe but the entire world. This wide-ranging exploration of the Renaissance guides the reader through the key issues that defined the period, from its art, architecture, and literature, to its advancements in the fields of science, trade and travel.

The A to Z of Elizabethan London

The A to Z of Elizabethan London Author Adrian Prockter
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105025397394
Release 1979-01
Pages 62
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The A to Z of Elizabethan London has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The A to Z of Elizabethan London also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The A to Z of Elizabethan London book for free.

Agents of Empire

Agents of Empire Author Noel Malcolm
ISBN-10 9780190262785
Release 2015
Pages 640
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"First published in Great Britain by Penguin Random House UK"--Title page verso.

Classical Education in Britain 1500 1900

Classical Education in Britain 1500   1900 Author Martin Lowther Clarke
ISBN-10 9781107622067
Release 2014-01-02
Pages 246
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Originally published in 1959, this book examines the history of classical education in Britain, beginning in the sixteenth century with the rise of humanism, which emphasized the importance of reading only the best Latin authors and re-introduced Roman structures of education in the form of grammar schools. Clarke also uses Scotland to compare and contrast with the educational history of England, particularly the ways in which the teaching of classics changed and developed over time. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the history of education in general, and the history of classical education in particular.

Islam in Britain 1558 1685

Islam in Britain  1558 1685 Author Nabil Matar
ISBN-10 0521622336
Release 1998-10-13
Pages 226
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This book examines the impact of Islam on Britain between 1558 and 1685. Professor Matar provides a perspective on the transformation of British thought and society by demonstrating how influential Islam was in the formation of early modern British culture. Christian-Muslim interaction was not, as is often thought, primarily adversarial; rather, there was extensive cultural, intellectual and missionary engagement with Islam in Britain. The author documents conversion both to and from Islam, and surveys reactions to these conversions. He examines the impact of the Qur'an and Sufism, not to mention coffee, on British culture, and cites extensive interaction of Britons with Islam through travel, in London coffee houses, in church, among converts to and from Islam, in sermons and in plays. Finally, he focuses on the theological portrait of Muslims in conversionist and eschatological writings.

Turkman Governors Shiraz Artisans and Ottoman Collectors

Turkman Governors  Shiraz Artisans and Ottoman Collectors Author Lâle Uluç
ISBN-10 9754589631
Release 2006
Pages 531
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Turkman Governors Shiraz Artisans and Ottoman Collectors has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Turkman Governors Shiraz Artisans and Ottoman Collectors also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Turkman Governors Shiraz Artisans and Ottoman Collectors book for free.

Florence and Baghdad

Florence and Baghdad Author Hans Belting
ISBN-10 0674050045
Release 2011
Pages 303
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In this lavishly illustrated study, Belting deals with the double history of perspective, as a visual theory based on geometrical abstraction (in the Middle East) and as pictorial theory (in Europe). Florence and Baghdad addresses a provocative question that reaches beyond the realm of aesthetics and mathematics: What happens when Muslims and Christians look upon each other and find their way of viewing the world transformed as a result?

Southern Horrors

Southern Horrors Author Gilbert Bonifas
ISBN-10 9781443864398
Release 2014-07-18
Pages 255
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Rather than focus on the attraction exerted by the Mediterranean South on Northerners in search of health, pleasure, leisure and culture, the contributors to this book choose to bring out its less enticing aspects and the repugnance these induced in northern Europeans over four centuries, through a series of sixteen essays covering a geographical area stretching from Portugal to Turkey and Lebanon, from the Balkans to Egypt, and embracing several cultures, two religious faiths and very diverse populations. Most of them were read at an international conference held in Nice in April 2012, and were substantially revised for publication in this volume. All contributions centre around the manner in which British, German (and American) travellers, tourists, writers, thinkers, all members of Protestant modernizing nations rapidly rising in political and economic power reacted to their physical, or merely intellectual, encounter with a Mediterranean world whose pure light, warm sunshine and marvellous scenery could not make them overlook the fact that the glories of the classical past were now “set in the midst of a sordid present” (George Eliot in Middlemarch) and that the successors, possibly the descendants, of the Romans in the countries of the South were sunk in poverty, religious superstition and racial degeneracy. What emerges from these studies that draw on a variety of primary sources is nothing but cruelty, decrepitude, ignorance and obscurantism. With its dark side exposed, the Mediterranean bears little resemblance to the “exquisite lake,” the fons et origo of form and harmony, to which E. M. Forster compared it in A Passage to India. Beyond the portrayal of horrors, however, all essays attempt to unravel the historical conditions and the nexus of mentalités that determined or inspired the perception, imagination or representation of a dark Mediterranean and Near-Eastern world. Not only do they make a useful contribution to the elaboration of the Mediterranean as an intellectual construct, but their original angle of vision offers a valuable addition to the intellectual and cultural history of the North, telling more, perhaps, about the values, prejudices and certainties of northern Europeans than about the true nature of the Mediterranean South.


Aleppo Author Philip Mansel
ISBN-10 9781784534615
Release 2016
Pages 250
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The first half is a history of Aleppo, its social classes and their conflicts, its legacy of tolerance, and its mixed population of Muslims, Christians, and Jews; Arabs, Turks, and Westerners, until the recent civil war. The second half is excerpts from the writings of fifteen Western travelers or inhabitants.--

The Witchfinder s Sister

The Witchfinder s Sister Author Beth Underdown
ISBN-10 0241978041
Release 2017-03-20
Pages 400
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"Do you believe in the devil? Not so long ago I too would have scoffed. Now - now I am not so sure.' 1645. Alice Hopkins returns in disgrace, husbandless and pregnant, to her brother Matthew's house in the small Essex town of Manningtree. When she left, Matthew was an awkward boy, bullied for the scars that disfigure his face. But the brother Alice has come back to is like a different person. Now Matthew has powerful friends, and mysterious business that keeps him out late into the night. Then the rumours begin- whispers of witchcraft, and of a great book, in which Matthew is gathering women's names. Just how far will Matthew's obsession drive him? And what choice will Alice make, when she finds herself at the very heart of his plan?"

A History of the World in 12 Maps

A History of the World in 12 Maps Author Jerry Brotton
ISBN-10 9780143126027
Release 2014
Pages 544
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An engaging survey of 12 maps from Ancient Greece to Google Earth examines how they have had a profound influence on how the world is seen, revealing how historical geographical depictions were subject to deliberate manipulations to promote a range of special interests. 30,000 first printing.

The Sultan s Organ

The Sultan s Organ Author John Mole
ISBN-10 0955756928
Release 2012-04
Pages 106
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Title on cover: The sultan's organ: the diary of Thomas Dallam, 1599: London to Constantinople and adverntures on the way.

Brutus of Troy

Brutus of Troy Author Anthony Adolph
ISBN-10 9781473849181
Release 2015-11-30
Pages 224
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Just who did the British think they were? For much of the last 1,500 years, when the British looked back to their origins they saw the looming mythological figure of Brutus of Troy. A great-great-grandson of the love goddess Aphrodite through her Trojan son Aeneas (the hero of Virgil's Aeneid), Brutus accidentally killed his father and was exiled to Greece. He liberated the descendants of the Trojans who lived there in slavery and led them on an epic voyage to Britain. Landing at Totnes in Devon, Brutus overthrew the giants who lived in Britain, laid the foundations of Oxford University and London and sired a long line of kings, including King Arthur and the ancestors of the present Royal Family. Invented to give Britain a place in the overarching mythologies of the Classical world and the Bible, Brutus's story long underpinned the British identity and played a crucial role in royal propaganda and foreign policy. His story inspired generations of poets and playwrights, including Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Pope, Wordsworth, Dickens and Blake, whose hymn 'Jerusalem' was a direct response to the story of Brutus founding London as the New Troy in the west. Leading genealogist Anthony Adolph traces Brutus's story from Roman times onwards, charting his immense popularity and subsequent fall from grace, along with his lasting legacy in fiction, pseudo-history and the arcane mythology surrounding some of London's best-known landmarks, in this groundbreaking biography of the mythological founder of Britain.