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Making Space: Revisioning the World,1475-1600 (Space, Place & Society) (Space, Place, and Society)
Making Space: Revisioning the World,1475-1600 (Space, Place & Society) (Space, Place, and Society)
by John R. Short
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.92

4.0 out of 5 stars No foreign lands, 17 Dec 2010
This is a well-written easy read on a great topic, the change in the conceptions of the world as spatial and knowable in the time of the great discoveries. It is not, however, the place to start if you are interested in cultural perspectives or the finer questions about the history of science. This book is very much a story of linear progress, and it does not take any real interest in older practices of mapping or in pre-modern ideas of space. If you have more than a passing, general interest in the subject, go for John Gillies' Shakespeare and the Geography of Difference (Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture) or Alfred Hiatt's Terra Incognita: Mapping the Antipodes Before 1600, where you will find more probing questions and more complex answers.


Memorable Deeds and Sayings: One Thousand Tales from Ancient Rome
Memorable Deeds and Sayings: One Thousand Tales from Ancient Rome
by Valerius Maximus
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The classic work of exemplary history, 25 April 2010
This collection of tales about events and persons who had important lessons to teach posterity, was hugely important for European students and readers for almost two millennia. Unmissable for anyone interested in classical reception studies and renaissance and early modern culture. It may even inspire us to live better lives today.


The Forgotten Kingdom/Le Royaume Oublie (Hesperion XXI/Jordi Savall)
The Forgotten Kingdom/Le Royaume Oublie (Hesperion XXI/Jordi Savall)
Price: £19.64

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful - as always?, 17 April 2010
This is a lavish release: a stunning book packed with images and information about the history, persecution, and destruction of the Albigensian cathars, and three well-filled CDs. Savall and his ensemble make a haunting, wonderful sound, but I cannot help feeling that it is in every last detail the sound they have been making for the last twenty years. Even though I can put my feet up and enjoy both the book and the music, I cannot make myself believe that the performances I hear have any specific connection to the history I am being told - which is slightly disturbing when the history is so tragic.


Justin Dello Joio; Blue Mountain
Justin Dello Joio; Blue Mountain
Price: £14.66

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but off-beat, 23 Mar 2009
Chamber opera about the end of Grieg's life, more an intelligent fantasy about his lack of self-confidence and the role of Percy Grainger in his life than a real biographical drama. The music is a mixture of modernism-light, late Britten and a dash of musical, with the odd and witty quote from Grieg's own works. Excellent Norwegian singers and orchestra. Sung in English, full text and libretto.


Bach - The Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo
Bach - The Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £20.19

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Middle of the road, 17 Feb 2008
The best music there is, but this introvert and erratic performance does not convey a strong personal reading on the level of the best modern instrument recordings (Milstein, Grumiaux, Julia Fischer) or the sense of historical rhetoric or harmony which you will find in the best original instrument performances (Heléne Schmitt, Sigiswald Kuijken). Kremer is technically superb, but not the most interesting of interpreters here. His earlier Bach set is better, actually.
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From the Meadows of Gold (Penguin Great Journeys)
From the Meadows of Gold (Penguin Great Journeys)
by Masʿūdī
Edition: Paperback

6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 31 May 2007
Together with Herodotus' History, this is perhaps the most amazing thing you can read today. You should. Today. Give us a complete, multi-volume edition, please!


Lifelines from Our Past (Sources & studies in world history)
Lifelines from Our Past (Sources & studies in world history)
by Leften Stavros Stavrianos
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Erratic and engaging, 23 May 2006
Personal and well-written account of world history, laid out as background for today's problems: the threat of nuclear war and environmental disaster. Interesting up to a certain point, but more politics than history after the late 19th century. Problems and solutions are both somewhat dated -- it is a pity that Stavrianos did not live to review this book after the events of 1989, particularly as he still seems to see Soviet economics as part of a better world.


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