By Alison Weir
Having confirmed herself a talented and interesting novelist together with her portrayals of Queen Elizabeth I within the woman Elizabeth and girl Jane gray in blameless Traitor, ny occasions bestselling writer Alison Weir now harks again to the 12th century with a sensuous and tempestuous story that brings vividly to existence England’s so much passionate—and destructive—royal couple: Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry II.
Nearing her 30th birthday, Eleanor has spent the previous dozen challenging years as consort to the pious King Louis VII of France. For all its political merits, the wedding has introduced Eleanor merely expanding unhappiness—and daughters rather than the hoped-for male inheritor. but if the younger and dynamic Henry of Anjou arrives on the French court docket, Eleanor sees a fashion out of her discontent. For whilst their eyes meet for the 1st time, the seductive Eleanor and the virile Henry recognize that theirs is a keenness that can ignite the world.
Returning to her duchy of Aquitaine after the annulment of her marriage to Louis, Eleanor instantly sends for Henry, the long run King of britain, to come back and marry her. The union of this royal couple will create an enormous empire that stretches from the Scottish border to the Pyrenees, and marks the start of the distinguished Plantagenet dynasty.
But Henry and Eleanor’s marriage, charged with actual warmth, starts off a fiery downward spiral marred via energy struggles, betrayals, sour rivalries, and a devil’s brood of younger Plantagenets—including Richard the Lionheart and the long run King John. Early on, Eleanor needs to undergo Henry’s bold mom, the Empress Matilda, in addition to his infidelities, whereas in later years, Henry’s friendship with Thomas Becket will result in a perilous competition. ultimately, because the couple’s rebellious sons develop impatient for strength, the scene is determined for a vicious and tragic clash that may engulf either Eleanor and Henry.
Vivid intimately, epic in scope, Captive Queen is an outstanding and brilliantly wrought old novel that encompasses the development of an empire and the huge tale of a royal marriage.
By Boris Akunin
In Special Assignments, Erast Fandorin, nineteenth-century Russia’s suavest sleuth, faces bold new foes: One steals outrageous sums of cash, the opposite takes lives. “The Jack of Spades” is a civilized swindler who has conned hundreds of thousands of rubles from Moscow’s residents–including Fandorin’s personal boss, Prince Dolgorukoi. To seize him, Fandorin and his new assistant, timid younger policeman Anisii Tulipov, needs to don virtually as many disguises because the grifter does himself. “The Decorator” is a unique case altogether: A savage serial killer who believes he “cleans” the ladies he mutilates and takes his orders from on excessive, he has to be given Fandorin’s such a lot severe attentions.
Peopled by way of a wealthy solid of eccentric characters, and with plots which are as fantastic as they're artistic, Special Assignments will pride Akunin’s many lovers, whereas difficult the gentleman sleuth’s really good powers of detection.
Praise from England:
“Boris Akunin’s wit and invention are a resource of continuing wonder.”
“[Fandorin is] a debonair blend of Sherlock Holmes, D’Artagnan and lots of the soulful heroes of Russian literature. . . . This pair of completely balanced tales allow the nature of Fandorin to grow.”
–The Sunday Telegraph
“Agatha Christie meets James Bond: [Akunin’s] plots are elaborate and tantalizing. . . . [These tales] are unputdownable and nice fun.”
“The beguiling, super-brainy, horny, unpredictable Fandorin is a production like no different in crime fiction.”
By Anne Perry
He will be dependent, yet there is not any mistaking it--the gentleman tied to the lamppost on Westminster Bridge is easily useless. sooner than Inspector Thomas Pitt also can speculate on why someone may want to kill the eminent M.P., Sir Lockwood, a colleague of his, meets an analogous destiny on the related spot. the general public is outraged, and shrewdpermanent Charlotte Pitt, Thomas's well-born spouse, is helping her hard-pressed husband via scouting society's drawing rooms for clues to those appalling crimes. in the meantime, one other sufferer is being stalked...."Mrs. Perry once more demonstrates her precise and energetic passion....Her finely drawn characters could not be more well-off in the customs and sensibility in their old period."THE ny instances e-book evaluate
By Joyce, James; Joyce, James; Conner, Marc C
“An vital number of essays that are supposed to motivate new curiosity in Joyce’s poetry, either for its personal sake and for its courting to the prose works.”—Patrick A. McCarthy, coeditor of the James Joyce Literary Supplement
“The authors reveal jointly that the lyric poems reward—and will proceed to reward—greater awareness than they've got hitherto obtained. the gathering as an entire may still encourage the following iteration of Joyceans to foreground Chamber Music and Pomes Penyeach in their scholarship and of their teaching.”—Victor Luftig, coeditor of Joyce and the topic of History
To many, James Joyce is just the best novelist of the 20 th century. students have pored over each minutia of his private and non-private life—from application accounts to deeply own letters—in seek of recent insights into his existence and paintings. but, for the main half, they've got paid scant awareness to the 2 volumes of poetry he published.
The 8 individuals to The Poetry of James Joyce Reconsidered convincingly problem the serious consensus that Joyce’s poetry is not so good as his prose. They demonstrate how his poems supply entries into Joyce’s such a lot own and intimate recommendations and ideas. in addition they exhibit that
Joyce’s poetic explorations—of the character of data, sexual intimacy, the altering caliber of affection, the kin among writing and song, and the spiritual dimensions of the human experience—were basic to his improvement as a author of prose.
This interesting new paintings is certain to spark new curiosity in Joyce’s poetry and should turn into a vital and critical source for college kids and students of his existence and work.
By Harry Sidebottom
Mesopotamia, advert 260. Betrayed by means of his such a lot relied on adviser, the Roman Emperor Valerian has been captured through the Sassanid barbarians.
The disgrace of the vanquished beats down mercilessly, because the frail outdated emperor prostrates himself earlier than Shapur, King of Kings. Ballista appears to be like on helplessly, yet vows below his breath to avenge those that have introduced the empire to the edge of destruction with their treachery. yet first, he needs to make a decision what fee he'll pay for his personal freedom. merely the fearless and in simple terms these whom the gods will spare from hell can now store the empire from a catastrophic finishing. Ballista, the Warrior of Rome, faces his maximum problem but.
By Jean Plaidy
From princesses to kingdom ladies to actresses…the loves of Charles II come to life.
Ten years after Charles i used to be deposed and done, his son, Charles II, regains the throne after a long time in exile. Charles is decided not just to revive the monarchy but in addition to restore a society that has suffered less than a long time of Puritan rule, whilst every little thing from theater to Christmas fairs was once unlawful. As king, Charles II throws himself into the gaiety of courtroom lifestyles, changing into a customer of the humanities and a consummate lover of ladies. He first secures a robust dynastic alliance via marrying Catherine of Braganza, a shy, simple Portuguese princess who falls in love along with her good-looking husband and brings him nice wealth, yet can by no means provide him the son he longs for. for a few years, his “untitled queen” is a daring and sensual older woman—Barbara, Countess of Castlemaine—whose husband is generally paid to appear the wrong way. but if the politically bold girl Castlemaine turns into too strong, she is changed via Louise de Kéroualle, a baby-faced French noblewoman who can have been despatched to Charles’s courtroom as a secret agent. His different nice love, and Louise’s rival, is Nell Gwyn, a degree actress who rises from the streets of London to develop into the king’s favourite and a hero of the operating classification.
Court intrigue and affairs of the guts weave jointly during this unforgettable page-turner.
By Anne Perry
The Prince of Wales has requested 4 prosperous marketers and their other halves to Buckingham Palace to debate a ravishing inspiration: the development of a six-thousand-mile railroad that may stretch the complete size of Africa. however the prince’s accumulating proves disastrous whilst the mutilated physique of a prostitute turns up in a linen closet one of the queen’s monogrammed sheets. With nice haste, Thomas Pitt, the intense mainstay of targeted providers, is summoned to solve the drawback. The Pitts’ cockney maid, Gracie, is usually recruited to pose as a palace servant and snoop on the visitors’ conversations. If Pitt and Gracie fail to determine who brutally murdered the younger lady, Pitt’s profession may be over, and the scandal could reason the monarchy to fall.
By Rosemary Rowe
A Libertus secret of Roman Britain - the wedding of a former vestal virgin is often an enormous occasion, so the predicted arrival of this sort of bride in Glevum is the excuse for a good extra lavish ceremonial dinner than traditional at the Emperor’s birthday ceremonial dinner. even though, whilst Audelia’s lined carriage eventually arrives, the woman in query is nowhere to be chanced on. Libertus investigates and makes a grotesque discovery, suggesting that Druid rebels can have been concerned. but if one other girl disappears, Libertus unearths himself in a race opposed to time to make sure the protection of the ‘vanishing vestals’.
By Robin Bayne
By Guy Cuthbertson
In this new biography man Cuthbertson offers a clean account of Owen's lifestyles and formative affects: the lower-middle-class youth that he attempted to flee; the areas he lived in, from Birkenhead to Bordeaux; his category anxieties and his spiritual doubts; his sexuality and friendships; his shut dating together with his mom and his childlike character. Cuthbertson chronicles a very good poet's development to poetic adulthood, illuminates the social strata of the extreme Edwardian period, and provides wealthy context to how Owen's enduring verse could be understood.