Aspects of Power and Authority in the Middle Ages

History / Military

Brenda M Bolton, Christine E Meek, “Aspects of Power and Authority in the Middle Ages”
S D Lambert, Professor Sarah Lambert, “Languages of Love and Hate: Conflict, Communication, and Identity in the Medieval Mediterranean”
Ronald Pearsall – Night’s Black Angels: The Forms and Faces of Victorian Cruelty
Japanese Secret Projects by Edwin M. Dyer
Wheels Stop: The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program, 1986-2011 (Outward Odyssey: A People’s History of Spaceflight) by Rick Houston

Brenda M Bolton, Christine E Meek, “Aspects of Power and Authority in the Middle Ages”

2008 | ISBN-10: 2503527353 | 360 pages | PDF | 9 MB
Concepts of power and authority and the relationship between them were fundamental to many aspects of medieval society. The essays in this collection present a series of case studies that range widely, both chronologically and geographically, from Lombard Italy to early-modern Iberia and from Anglo-Saxon, Norman, and later-medieval England to twelfth-century France and the lands beyond the Elbe in the conversion period. While some papers deal with traditional royal, princely and ecclesiastical authority, they do so in new ways. Others examine groups and aspects less obviously connected to power and authority, such as the networks of influence centring on royal women or powerful ecclesiastics, the power relationships revealed in Anglo-Saxon and Old-Norse literature or the influence that might be exercised by needy crusaders, by Jews with the ability to advance loans or by parish priests on the basis of their local connections. An important section discusses the power of the written word, whether papal bulls, collections of miracle stories, or the documents produced in lawsuits. The papers in this volume demonstrate the variety and multiplicity of both power and authority and the many ways by which individuals exercised influence and exerted a claim to be heard and respected.

S D Lambert, Professor Sarah Lambert, “Languages of Love and Hate: Conflict, Communication, and Identity in the Medieval Mediterranean”

2012 | ISBN-10: 2503520642 | 313 pages | PDF | 10 MB
This book probes the nature of the clash of cultures as a process of identification and classification of the unknown. ‘There is no world of thought that is not a world of language and one sees of the world only what is provided for by language’ (Walter Benjamin, 1936). In the medieval Mediterranean, cultural groups were frequently labelled, fixed, and identified by language, and these linguistic groupings were consistently in states of conflict and/or exchange. This collection explores various expressions of cultural clash and exchange, and examines some of the ways in which language was used to express difference, to mark out cultural difference, and to further label those cultures – often as alien and inferior, but sometimes as different and worthy of respect. This theme unites scholars coming from a range of perspectives and engaging with a whole series of cultural interchanges and conflicts. It brings together work on a wide range of peoples – Latins, Byzantines, Muslims, and Jews – commenting on and writing about each other, as well as a wide variety of different genres, from theology to farce. This volume seeks to offer a broad and wide-ranging approach to understanding the world at the time of the crusades through the words of participants and observers.

Ronald Pearsall – Night’s Black Angels: The Forms and Faces of Victorian Cruelty

Hodder and Stoughton | 1975 | ISBN: 0340173920 | English | 283 Pages | PDF | 12.97 MB

Japanese Secret Projects by Edwin M. Dyer

English | 9 Sept. 2013 | ISBN: 1857803175 | ASIN: B00F4VWRQU | 160 Pages | AZW3 | 9.05 MB
A fascinating look at the largely untouched world of Japanese secret aviation projects, many of which actually took to the skies amid the chaos of World War 2. The book is divided into two sections dedicated to the air forces of the IJA and IJN with over 42 aircraft examined, each with a history, variants, performance and any other combat records laid out in an easy to read format.

Wheels Stop: The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program, 1986-2011 (Outward Odyssey: A People’s History of Spaceflight) by Rick Houston

English | December 1, 2013 | ISBN: 0803235348 | EPUB | 456 pages | 5.4 MB
Humanity’s first reusable spacecraft and the most complex machine ever built, NASA’s Space Shuttle debuted with great promise and as a dependable source of wonder and national pride. But with the Challenger catastrophe in 1986, the whole Space Shuttle program came into question, as did NASA itself, so long an institution that was seemingly above reproach. Wheels Stop tells the stirring story of how, after the Challenger disaster, the Space Shuttle not only recovered but went on to perform its greatest missions. From the Return to Flight mission of STS-26 in 1988 to the last shuttle mission ever on STS-135 in 2011, Wheels Stop takes readers behind the scenes as the shuttle’s crews begin to mend Cold War tensions with the former Soviet Union, conduct vital research, deploy satellites, repair the Hubble Space Telescope, and assist in constructing the International Space Station. It also tells the heart-wrenching story of the Columbia tragedy and the loss of the magnificent STS-107 crew.
As complex as the shuttle was, the people it carried into orbit were often more so—and this is their story, too. Close encounters with astronauts, flight controllers, and shuttle workers capture the human side of the Space Shuttle’s amazing journey—and invite readers along for the ride.

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