The Mammoth Book of King Arthur

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The Mammoth Book of King Arthur

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Publisher: Robinson

ISBN: 1780333552

Genre: Social Science

Page: 160

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Book Summary: The most complete guide ever to the real Arthurian world and the legends that surround it He defeated the Saxons so decisively at the Battle of Badon that he held the Saxon invasion of Britain at bay for at least a generation. He has inspired more stories, books and films than any other historical or legendary figure. But who was the real King Arthur? Here is the most comprehensive guide to the real Arthurian world and the legends that surround and often obscure it. Sifting fact from fancy, Mike Ashley reveals the originals not only of King Arthur but also of Merlin. Guinevere, Lancelot and the knights of the Round Table - as well as all the major Arthurian sites. He traces each of the legends as they developed and brilliantly shows how they were later used to inspire major works of art, poetry, fiction and film. There is clear evidence that. The Arthurian legends arose from the exploits of not just one man, but at least three originating in Wales, Scotland and Brittany The true historical Arthur really existed and is distantly related to the present royal family The real Arthur and the real Merlin never knew each other The real Lancelot was not British but was closer to a sixth-century asylum-seeker The Holy Grail legend probably grew out of a cosmic catastrophe that could have destroyed most of civilization


A Brief History of King Arthur

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A Brief History of King Arthur

Author: Mike Ashley

Publisher: Robinson

ISBN: 1472107659

Genre: History

Page: 160

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Book Summary: Who was the real King Arthur? What do the historical documents tell us about the Knight of the Round Temple? It is just a chivalric fantasy? The story of Arthur has been handed down to us by Medieval poets and legends - but what if he actually existed and was in fact a great king in the early years of Britain's story. Mike Ashley visits the source material and uncovers unexpected new insights into the legend: there is clear evidence that the Arthurian legends arose from the exploits of not just one man, but at least three originating in Wales, Scotland and Brittany. The true historical Arthur really existed and is distantly related to the present royal family.


The Mammoth Book of Merlin

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The Mammoth Book of Merlin

Author: Mike Ashley

Publisher: Robinson

ISBN: 1849012539

Genre: Fiction

Page: 160

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Book Summary: A superb collection of stories of magic and adventure from the golden age of Arthurian legend by bestselling writers. Enter into the darker realms of the age of the Knights of the Round Table, when magic held sway and Merlin vied with Arthur's heroic new world. Included are: Jane Yolen on Merlin's youth and coming of age; Marion Zimmer Bradley on Nimuë, Merlin's lover and doom; Charles de Lint on Merlin's influence through the centuries; Darrell Schweitzer on the legends of Merlin's birth; plus stories by Tanith Lee, Peter Tremayne, Phyllis Ann Karr, Jennifer Roberson, and many others. There is also a detailed introduction by Mike Ashley on the mystery and magic of Merlin and his world.


The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance

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The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance

Author: Trisha Telep

Publisher: Robinson

ISBN: 1849011796

Genre: Fiction

Page: 160

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Book Summary: Paranormal romance is a supernatural force to be reckoned with. Although packed with a menagerie of werewolves, shapeshifters and assorted demons, its undisputed king is none other than our favourite centuries-old bloodsucker - the vampire. We're now living in a post-Buffy world of dark urban fantasy à la Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Sherrilyn Kenyon's irresistible Dark Hunters and the blood-lusting soul mates of Christine Feehan. But it doesn't stop there. This Mammoth collection opens a vein to reveal the mind-boggling scope of the supercharged phenomenon created when vampires met romance. Let the biggest and brightest names in the paranormal romance business take you hot on the haemoglobin trail of the sexiest creatures of the night. Witness the bewildering array of complex vampire codes of conduct, dark ritual and dating practices, as they chat up the locals and engage in the most erotic encounters you will sink your teeth into this side of un-Death. These ain't your mother's vampires!


The Lost Tomb of King Arthur

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The Lost Tomb of King Arthur

Author: Graham Phillips

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 159143758X

Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 304

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Book Summary: One man’s journey to uncover the final resting place of the historical King Arthur • Pinpoints the exact locations of Arthur’s tomb, the ruins of Camelot, and the sword Excalibur using literary research and the latest geophysics equipment • Examines previously unknown ancient manuscripts preserved in the vaults of the British Library--including one written within the living memory of Arthur’s time • Reveals the mythic king as the real-life leader Owain Ddantgwyn, who united the British to repel invasion from Germany around 500 AD One of the most enigmatic figures in world history, King Arthur has been the subject of many fantastical tales over the past 1500 years, leading many scholars to regard him and his fabled city of Camelot simply as myth. But, as Graham Phillips shows through a wealth of literary and scientific evidence, King Arthur was a real man, Camelot a real place, and the legendary Excalibur a real sword--and Phillips has located them all. Phillips examines the earliest stories of Arthur as well as previously unknown ancient manuscripts preserved in the vaults of the British Library in London, such as the work of the 9th-century monk Nennius, to pinpoint the exact locations of Arthur’s tomb, the ruins of Camelot, and the sword Excalibur. He reveals the mythic king as the real-life leader Owain Ddantgwyn, who united the British to repel invasion from Germany around 500 AD. Moving his quest from library vaults to the real sites of Arthur’s life, the author confirms his research through a Dark Age monument, hidden away in the mountains of western Britain, that bears an inscription about a powerful warlord who went by the battle title “Arthur.” He visits archaeological excavations at the ruins of Viroconium, near Wroxeter in Shropshire, clearly identifying the ancient city as Camelot, the fortified capital of Arthur’s Britain. Working with specialist divers and marine archaeologists, he surveys the depths of an ancient lake in the English countryside to reveal the resting place of Excalibur. Enlisting a team of scientists and sophisticated geophysics equipment, he uncovers the lost grave of the historical King Arthur, buried with his shield, just as told in legend. The culmination of 25 years of research, including new translations of primary source material, this book provides the necessary evidence to allow King Arthur to finally be accepted as the authentic British king he was.


The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories

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The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories

Author: Peter Haining

Publisher: Robinson

ISBN: 1780333641

Genre: Fiction

Page: 160

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Book Summary: Expanded and with great new stories, this is the biggest and best anthology of ghostly hauntings ever. Over 40 tales of visitation by the undead - from vengeful and violent spirits, set on causing harm to innocent people tucked up in their homes, to rarer and more kindly ghosts, returning from the grave to reach out across the other side. Yet others entertain desires of a more sinister bent, including the erotic. This new edition includes a selection of favourite haunted house tales chosen by famous screen stars Boris Karloff, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Plus a top ranking list of contributors that includes Stephen King, Bram Stoker, Ruth Rendell, and James Herbert - all brought together by an anthologist who himself lives in a haunted house. Stories include: Something unspeakable lurks in a Connecticut apartment closet, in Stephen King's 'The Boogeyman'; An Irish castle holds something truly horrifying in wait, in 'The Whistling Room' by William Hope Hodgson; The lecherous old ghost of a Georgian country house eyes up his latest tenant, in Norah Lofts' 'Mr Edward'; An ancient mansion on a shelf of rock previously occupied by a doomed castle, in 'In Letters of Fire' by Gaston Le Roux; The hunter is hunted in James Herbert's tale of nineteenth-century country mansion, 'The Ghost Hunter'; Psychic phenomena and poltergeists, avenging spirits and phantom lovers - curl up and read on, but never imagine you are safe from a visit...


Britain AD: A Quest for Arthur, England and the Anglo-Saxons

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Britain AD: A Quest for Arthur, England and the Anglo-Saxons

Author: Francis Pryor

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007347588

Genre: History

Page: 320

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Book Summary: Leading archaeologist Francis Pryor retells the story of King Arthur, legendary king of the Britons, tracing it back to its Bronze Age origins.


The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures

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The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures

Author: Mike Ashley

Publisher: C & R Crime

ISBN: 1849015392

Genre: Fiction

Page: 320

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Book Summary: The biggest collection of new Sherlock Holmes stories since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle laid down his pen - nearly 200,000 words of superb fiction featuring the Great Detective by masters of historical crime, including Stephen Baxter, H. R. F. Keating, Michael Moorcock and Amy Myers. Almost all the stories here are specially written; the cases presented in the order in which Holmes solved them. The result is a new life of Sherlock Holmes, with a continuous narrative alongside the stories that identifies the 'gaps' in the canon and places the new and hitherto unrecorded cases in sequence. Plus an invaluable complete Holmes chronology.


The Mists of Avalon

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The Mists of Avalon

Author: Marion Zimmer Bradley

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0345448162

Genre: Fiction

Page: 912

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Book Summary: The magical saga of the women behind King Arthur's throne. “A monumental reimagining of the Arthurian legends . . . reading it is a deeply moving and at times uncanny experience. . . . An impressive achievement.”—The New York Times Book Review In Marion Zimmer Bradley's masterpiece, we see the tumult and adventures of Camelot's court through the eyes of the women who bolstered the king's rise and schemed for his fall. From their childhoods through the ultimate fulfillment of their destinies, we follow these women and the diverse cast of characters that surrounds them as the great Arthurian epic unfolds stunningly before us. As Morgaine and Gwenhwyfar struggle for control over the fate of Arthur's kingdom, as the Knights of the Round Table take on their infamous quest, as Merlin and Viviane wield their magics for the future of Old Britain, the Isle of Avalon slips further into the impenetrable mists of memory, until the fissure between old and new worlds' and old and new religions' claims its most famous victim.


The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

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The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

Author: John Steinbeck

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440655529

Genre: Fiction

Page: 416

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Book Summary: Steinbeck's only work of fantasy literature—in a deluxe edition with a foreword by Christopher Paolini, New York Times bestselling author of Eragon, Eldest and Brisingr A Penguin Classic Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur was the first book that John Steinbeck truly enjoyed reading as a child. Fascinated by Arthurian tales of adventure, knighthood, honor and friendship, in addition to the challenging nuances of the original Anglo-Saxon language, Steinbeck set out to render these stories faithfully and with keen animation for a modern audience. Here then is Steinbeck’s modernization of the adventure of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, featuring the icons of Arthurian legend—including King Arthur, Merlin, Morgan le Fay, the incomparable Queen Guinevere, and Arthur's purest knight, Sir Lancelot of the Lake. These enduring tales of loyalty and betrayal in the time of Camelot flicker with the wonder and magic of an era past but not forgotten. Steinbeck's retelling will capture the attention and imagination of legions of Steinbeck fans, including those who love Arthurian romances, as well as countless readers of science fiction and fantasy literature. This edition features a new foreword by Christopher Paolini, author of the number-one New York Times bestselling novels Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr. It also includes the letters John Steinbeck wrote to his literary agent, Elizabeth Otis, and to Chase Horton, the original editor of this volume. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


Arthurian Legends

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Arthurian Legends

Author: Rosalind Kerven

Publisher: Batsford

ISBN: 1849946183

Genre: Fiction

Page: 224

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Book Summary: The definitive book of stories from Arthurian legend. Delve into the enchanted world of Arthurian legends where you will meet the Knights of the Round Table, Wizard Merlin, King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. With plots full of romance, adventure and enchantment, these fascinating ancient tales have been revived by the author to reflect their origins in oral history and will appeal to a whole new generation of readers. Stories include Elaine Who Loved Sir Lancelot, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Tristan and Isolde and The Enchantment of Merlin, many of which have recently been adapted in modern cinema and remain a fascination within contemporary culture. The book also features detailed notes on each story and mentions specific places in Britain with Arthurian links, including properties such as Tintagel. Beautifully illustrated with images inspired by Arthurian legend by Arthur Rackham and others.


The Mammoth Book of Celtic Myths and Legends

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The Mammoth Book of Celtic Myths and Legends

Author: Peter Ellis

Publisher: Robinson

ISBN: 1780333633

Genre: Social Science

Page: 160

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Book Summary: Developed from an early oral storytelling tradition dating back to the dawn of European culture, this is one of the oldest and most vibrant of Europe's mythologies. From all six Celtic cultures - Irish, Scots, Welsh, Cornish, Manx and Breton - Peter Berresford Ellishas included popular myths and legends, as well as bringing to light exciting new tales which have been lying in manuscript form, untranslated and unknown to the modern general reader. The author brings not only his extensive knowledge of source material but also his acclaimed skills of storytelling to produce an original, enthralling and definitive collection of Celtic myths and legends - tales of gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, magical weapons, fabulous beasts, and entities from the ancient Celtic world.


Child of the Northern Spring

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Child of the Northern Spring

Author: Persia Woolley

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1402245246

Genre: Fiction

Page: 576

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Book Summary: "An absorbing portrait of the Arthurian age." -San Francisco Chronicle Among the first to look at the story of Camelot through Guinevere's eyes, Woolley sets the traditional tale in the time of its origin, after Britain has shattered into warring fiefdoms. Hampered by neither fantasy nor medieval romance, this young Guinevere is a feisty Celtic tomboy who sees no reason why she must learn to speak Latin, wear dresses, and go south to marry that king. But legends being what they are, the story of Arthur's rise to power soon intrigues her, and when they finally meet, Guinevere and Arthur form a partnership that has lasted for 1500 years. This is Arthurian epic at its best-filled with romance, adventure, authentic Dark Ages detail, and wonderfully human people. Praise for Persia Woolley's Guinevere Trilogy "Original...accurate in detail...Child of the Northern Spring is rich and sweet." -New York Times "Vivid...dramatic...once again we are captivated by the magic of the legend that has long fed our appetite for pageantry and romantic adventure." -Washington Post "Vividly re-creates sixth-century Britain in the throes of change...Child of the Northern Spring portrays a sensitive young woman who will appeal to modern readers." -Publishers Weekly "Richly textured, evoking the sights and sounds of castle and countryside, the qualities of knight and servant. Highly recommended." -Library Journal


The Mammoth Book of Golden Age

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The Mammoth Book of Golden Age

Author: Isaac Asimov,Martin Greenberg

Publisher: Robinson

ISBN: 178033723X

Genre: Fiction

Page: 160

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Book Summary: Ten classic stories from the birth of modern science fiction writing The Golden Age of Science Fiction, from the early 1940s through the 1950s, saw an explosion of talent in SF writing including authors such as Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and Arthur C. Clarke. Their writing helped science fiction gained wide public attention, and left a lasting impression upon society. The same writers formed the mould for the next three decades of science fiction, and much of their writing remains as fresh today as it was then. Collected in one giant volume, here is the very best of the golden era. The stories include: A.E. van Vogt, 'The Weapons Shop' Isaac Asimov, 'The Big and the Little' Lester del Rey, 'Nerves' Fredric Brown, 'Daymare' Theodore Sturgeon, 'Killdozer!' C.L. Moore, 'No Woman Born' A. Bertram Chandler, 'Giant Killer'


New Critical Essays on H.P. Lovecraft

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New Critical Essays on H.P. Lovecraft

Author: D. Simmons

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137320966

Genre: Fiction

Page: 259

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Book Summary: The last ten years have witnessed a renewed interest in H.P. Lovecraft in academic and scholarly circles. New Critical Essays on H.P. Lovecraft seeks to offer an expansive and considered account of a fascinating yet challenging writer; both popular and critically valid but also problematic in terms of his depictions of race, gender and class.


The New Mammoth Book Of Pulp Fiction

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The New Mammoth Book Of Pulp Fiction

Author: Maxim Jakubowski

Publisher: C & R Crime

ISBN: 147211180X

Genre: Fiction

Page: 832

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Book Summary: Pulp fiction has been looked down on as a guilty pleasure, but it offers the perfect form of entertainment: the very best storytelling filled with action, surprises, sound and fury. In short, all the exhiliration of a roller-coaster ride. The 1920s in America saw the proliferation of hundreds of dubiously named but thrillingly entertaining pulp magazines in America ? Black Mask, Amazing, Astounding, Spicy Stories, Ace-High, Detective Magazine, Dare-Devil Aces. It was in these luridly-coloured publications, printed on the cheapest pulp paper, that the first gems began to appear. The one golden rule for writers of pulp fiction was to adhere to the art of storytelling. Each story had to have a beginning, an end, economically-etched characters, but plenty going on, both in terms of action and emotions. Pulp magazines were the TV of their day, plucking readers from drab lives and planting them firmly in thrilling make-believe, successors to the Victorian penny dreadfuls of writers such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens. These stories exemplify the best of crime and mystery pulp fiction ? its zest, speed, rhythm, verve and commitment to straightforward storytelling ? spanning seven decades of popular writing.


Sherlock Holmes Handbook

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Sherlock Holmes Handbook

Author: Christopher Redmond

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 1554884462

Genre: Reference

Page: 336

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Book Summary: Here, in one convenient volume, is everything needed for the enjoyment of Holmess canon.


Serial Killers

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Serial Killers

Author: Stéphane Bourgoin

Publisher: Grasset

ISBN: 2246462290

Genre: Literary Criticism

Page: 880

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Book Summary: Ouvrage de référence, traduit dans le monde entier, cette édition revue et augmentée pour la troisième fois est le résultat d'une trentaine d'années de recherches sur ces criminels qui tuent en série sans mobile évident, mais sous l'emprise de pulsions sexuelles le plus souvent ; et qui commettent leurs forfaits en toute impunité pendant des mois, voire des années. Stéphane Bourgoin a pu s'entretenir avec plus de soixante-dix de ces serial killers dans les prisons de hauté sécurité du monde entier. Cannibales, comme Ottis Toole ou le pédophile sud-africain Stewart Wilken ; psychotiques, tel Gary Heidnik, dont le cas inspire le personnage de Buffalo Bill dans Le Silence des agneaux ; ou Richard Chase et James Riva, authentiques vampires modernes ; femmes criminelles, comme Martha Beck ou Christine Falling ; tueurs d'enfants à l'exemple de John Joubert et Albert Fish ; nécrophiles et chasseurs de têtes, à l'image de Gerard Schaefer et Ed Kemper qui sert de modèle au Hannibal Lecter de Thomas Harris ; étrangleurs de prostituées à la façon d'Arthur Shawcross, tous expriment les mêmes fantasmes sanglants — et une absence totale de remords. Grâce à de nombreux séjours à l'étranger (Etats-Unis, Afrique du Sud, Europe de l'Est, etc.), l'auteur a pu rencontrer les agents spéciaux du FBI chargés d'étudier ces assassins hors norme, ainsi que des profilers du monde entier qui utilisent une approche psychologique et des bases de données informatiques pour résoudre les enquêtes. Leurs conclusions sont confrontées à l'avis des plus grands psychiatres dans le domaine. L'ouvrage est complété par une étude sur la "détection de la sérialité", par le colonel de Gendarmerie Joël Vaillant et par une étude sur les nouvelles méthodes d'investigation informatique du FBI.


Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle (Bluebell Castle, Book 2)

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Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle (Bluebell Castle, Book 2)

Author: Sarah Bennett

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008314810

Genre: Fiction

Page: 384

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Book Summary: ‘A fun and fabulous book!’ Stardust Book Reviews The summer she will never forget...


Poems

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Poems

Author: Frank P Gay

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781453594773

Genre: Poetry

Page: 239

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Book Summary: Much of the book is exercises in various forms of poetry. The main purpose was having fun with a secondary focus on the challenge given by the many forms of classical poetry easy and enjoyable to memorize and recall. Euphony and rhythm make poetry pleasant for me to read, jagged edges are best left for rock climbing.