The Travels

The TravelsMarco Polo 1254 1329 has achieved an almost archetypal status as a traveller, and his Travels is one of the first great travel books of Western literature, outside the ancient world The Travels recounts Polo s journey to the eastern court of Kublai Khan, the chieftain of the Mongol empire which

Falls the Shadow (Welsh Princes, #2)

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Njal's Saga

Njal's SagaWritten in the thirteenth century, Njal s Saga is a story that explores perennial human problems from failed marriages to divided loyalties, from the law s inability to curb human passions to the terrible consequences when decent men and women are swept up in a tide of violence beyond their control.

The Prose Edda

The Prose EddaWhat was the beginning, or how did things start What was there before The Prose Edda is the most renowned of all works of Scandinavian literature and our most extensive source for Norse mythology Written in Iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, it tells ancient stories of the

Labyrinth (Languedoc, #1)

Labyrinth (Languedoc, #1)In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig, stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls, and the pattern of a labyrinth Eight hundred years earlier, on the eve of a brutal crusade that will

The Reckoning (Welsh Princes, #3)

The Reckoning  (Welsh Princes, #3)Penman s characters are so shrewdly imagined, so full of resonant human feeling that they seem to be on the page.Most compelling is the portrait of the Welsh as wild and rugged as their landscape SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLEHere, alive from the pages of history, is the compelling tale of a Celtic

The Sister Queens

The Sister QueensPatient, perfect, and used to being first, Marguerite becomes Queen of France But Louis IX is a religious zealot who denies himself the love and companionship his wife craves Can she borrow enough of her sister s boldness to grasp her chance for happiness in a forbidden love Passionate,

Bohemian Gospel (Bohemian Trilogy, #1)

Bohemian Gospel (Bohemian Trilogy, #1)Set against the historical reign of the Golden and Iron King, Bohemian Gospel is the remarkable tale of a bold and unusual girl on a quest to uncover her past and define her destiny Thirteenth century Bohemia is a dangerous place for a girl, especially one as odd as Mouse, born with unnatural

Vita Nuova

Vita NuovaVita Nuova 1292 94 is regarded as one of Dante s most profound creations The thirty one poems in the first of his major writings are linked by a lyrical prose narrative celebrating and debating the subject of love Composed upon Dante s meeting with Beatrice and the Lord of Love, it is a love

The Nibelungenlied

The NibelungenliedWritten by an unknown author in the twelfth century, this powerful tale of murder and revenge reaches back to the earliest epochs of German antiquity, transforming centuries old legend into a masterpiece of chivalric drama Siegfried, a great prince of the Netherlands, wins the hand of the beautiful

Four Sisters, All Queens

Four Sisters, All QueensRich in intrigue and scheming, love and lust, Sherry Jones s vibrant historical novel follows four women destined to sway the fate of nations and the hearts of kings Amid the lush valleys and fragrant wildflowers of Provence, Marguerite, Elonore, Sanchia, and Beatrice have learned to charm,

The Essential Rumi

The Essential RumiThis revised and expanded edition of The Essential Rumi includes a new introduction by Coleman Barks and than 80 never before published poems Through his lyrical translations, Coleman Barks has been instrumental in bringing this exquisite literature to a remarkably wide range of readers,

The Romance of the Rose

The Romance of the RoseThis is a new translation of The Romance of the Rose, an allegorical account of the progress of a courtly love affair which became the most popular and influential of all medieval romances In the hands of Jean de Meun, who continued de Lorris s work, it assumed vast proportions and embraced almost

On a Highland Shore (Highland, #1)

On a Highland Shore (Highland, #1)From acclaimed historical novelist Kathleen Givens comes a magnificently conceived, intricately detailed novel that brings to vivid life the tumult, adventure, and passion of thirteenth century Scotland, when Norse invaders laid claim to the land and its people and an explosive clash of cultures,

The Anchoress

The AnchoressEngland, 1255 What could drive a girl on the cusp of womanhood to lock herself away from the world forever Sarah is just seventeen when she chooses to become an anchoress, a holy woman shut away in a cell that measures only seven by nine paces, at the side of the village church Fleeing the grief

The Raven's Head

The Raven's HeadThe Raven s Head by Karen Maitland, author of the bestselling and much loved Company of Liars, will delight fans of Kate Mosse or Deborah Harkness seeking a new, dark fix A compelling blend of historical grit and supernatural twists Daily Mail on The Falcons of Fire and Ice Vincent is an

Templar Silks (William Marshal #6)

Templar Silks (William Marshal #6)William Marshal has reached the end of his long and glorious life On his deathbed at his manor in Caversham, he has one final task for his loyal servant to fetch the silks William had woven in Jerusalem as a young man William made a solemn promise to the Order of the Templars and he intends to

Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty

Magna Carta: The Birth of LibertyFrom the author of the New York Times bestseller The Plantagenets, a short, lively, action packed history of how the Magna Carta came to beThe Magna Carta is revered around the world as the founding document of Western liberty Its principles can be found in our Bill of Rights and in the

Bohemian Gospel (Bohemian Trilogy, #1)

Bohemian Gospel (Bohemian Trilogy, #1)Set against the historical reign of the Golden and Iron King, Bohemian Gospel is the remarkable tale of a bold and unusual girl on a quest to uncover her past and define her destiny Thirteenth century Bohemia is a dangerous place for a girl, especially one as odd as Mouse, born with unnatural