The Wars of the Roses [Audiobook]
04 April 2013, 10:58
Recorded Books | 1984 | ISBN: 999986807X | MP3@128 kbps | 10 hrs 37 mins | 581.96MB
In "The Wars Of The Roses", John Gillingham gives the reader a good introduction to this storied generation of turmoil. Although most people's understanding of the Wars of the Roses is gleaned from Shakespeare, Gillingham points out the truth is often less dramatic. Despite their reputation for causing major upheavals tin English society, the wars are shown as being relatively limited struggles involving comparatively small numbers of troops.
Gillingham points out that the touted extinction of noble houses during the wars occurred at a rate comparable to peaceful eras of the same centuries. He also explains how the prevailing architecture shows England to have been a more peaceful land than its continental contemporaries. As the struggle was over personal rights to the throne, it ended with little residual division and bitterness as often result from civil wars based on economic or ideological rivalries.
"Gillingham informs us...with such verve, with and intelligence that we are left dazzled and delighted."--History
Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St Peter's
02 April 2013, 06:23
Tantor Media | 2006 | ISBN: 1400152348 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 15 mins | 226.55MB
It was the splendor-and the scandal-of the age. In 1506, the ferociously ambitious Renaissance Pope Julius II tore down the most sacred shrine in Europe-the millennium-old St. Peter's Basilica built by the Emperor Constantine over the apostle's grave-to build a better basilica.
Construction of the new St. Peter's spanned two centuries, embroiled twenty-seven popes, and consumed the genius of the greatest artists of the age-Michaelangelo, Bramante, Raphael, and Bernini. The cost of building the new cathedral was costly in more than just monetary terms-the new basilica provoked the Protestant Reformation, dividing the Christian world for all time.
In this swift, colorful narrative, R. A. Scotti brings to life the artists and the popes, the politics and the passions behind this audacious enterprise. Scotti turns sacred architecture into a spellbinding human epic of enormous daring, petty jealousy, and staggering genius.
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
30 March 2013, 15:44
HighBridge Audio | 2005 | ISBN: 1565119789 | MP3@64 kbps | 11 hrs 16 mins | 310.16MB
Based on the latest scientific findings, this breakthrough book argues that most of what we thought we knew about the Americas before Columbus was wrong.
In the last 20 years, archaeologists and anthropologists equipped with new scientific techniques have made far-reaching discoveries about the Americas. For example, Indians did not cross the Bering Strait 12,000 years ago, as most of us learned in school. They were already here. Their numbers were vast, not few. And instead of living lightly on the land, they managed it beautifully and left behind an enormous ecological legacy.
In this riveting, accessible work of science, Charles Mann takes us on an enthralling journey of scientific exploration. We learn that the Indian development of modern corn was one of the most complex feats of genetic engineering ever performed. That the Great Plains are a third smaller today than they were in 1700 because the Indians who maintained them by burning died. And that the Amazon rain forest may be largely a human artifact.
Compelling and eye-opening, this book has the potential to vastly alter our understanding of our history and change the course of today’s environmental disputes.