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Dürer
Dürer
by Norbert Wolf
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The imagination and realism of a 16th century european artist, 18 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Dürer (Hardcover)
Bought as a gift along with a companion volume on Hieronymous Bosch, this is an excellent summary of the artist's complete work, consisting of clear reproductions on glossy art paper, with inserted details and explanatory notes.


Hot Knife - Love, Bullets and Revenge in Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Hot Knife - Love, Bullets and Revenge in Leeds, Yorkshire, England
by John Lake
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot knife hot life, 18 Jun. 2011
As someone who lived around Leeds 6 over various periods from the 1970s to mid 90s I am very familiar with all the locations mentioned in this book. The "Royally" (now a typical "student pub)was a regular haunt and I well recall the outside garden,the huge guard dog on the roof (plus the upstairs function room where numerous local musicians made their bids for stardom), the Newlands before and after its mysterious conflagration and the many streets between Burley Road and Hyde Park corner and beyond, not to mention the infamous Hayfield in Chapletown, also now demolished.

While the "scenes" changed somewhat over the years with "hard" drugs supplementing the hippy fare of blow and occasional acid trip, many character types featured in this fictional,fast moving thriller are still recognisable.The spoken dialogues,reflecting both the local dialect with its truthfully, unashamed raw language, speed the action through to its skewed logical conclusion.
Highly recommended.
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The Druids: A History
The Druids: A History
by Ronald Hutton
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Druidry Laid Bare, 14 May 2010
This review is from: The Druids: A History (Paperback)
Professor Ronald Hutton,head of Historical Studies at Bristol University and a board member of English Heritage is the author of numerous books dealing with aspects of British paganism and legends.In "The Druids" he details some 2,000 years of perceptions of what he chooses to call Druidry,from classical Greek and Roman references (Tacitus and Julius Caesar included)up to its 21st century manifesations.

Although a scholarly work this is by no means a dreary text book - far from it! It follows the often hilarious twists and turns of Druidic societies,bringing to life the extraordinary characters who founded them along with sometimes political/revolutionary movements such as Chartism, and their influences on "secret" societies such as Freemasonry.

If the book has any defect it might be "information-overload" but no way could I decide what might be ommitted. Did you know, for instance,that our present Queen,as Princess Elizabeth,was initiated into the Welsh Gorsedd? Read this book to learn more.....


STELLAR MAGIC: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO THE RITES OF THE MOON, PLANETS, STARS AND CONSTELLATIONS
STELLAR MAGIC: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO THE RITES OF THE MOON, PLANETS, STARS AND CONSTELLATIONS
by Payam Nabarz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Cosmic Trip from Payam, 17 Aug. 2009
This latest volume from Payam Nabarz amply fulfils the promises made on the cover.From advice on preparation and closure for the performance of any ritual, he goes on to narrate the myths behind the naming and relative positions of the constellations and similarly deals with each of the seven planets, suggesting detailed worship rituals. He guides you through a vast stellar experience encompassing Shamanic,Egyptian,Wiccan, Grecian, Suffic and Mithraic lore then through the Earthly Almanac. As usual his work is expanded by hymns,poems and prose quotations(ancient,modern and self-penned)and numerous original photographs.Payam amply credits his sources (notably his father Bijan Jan for his Persian calligraphy of the Burj Nameh,in the Moon chapter)and as usual suggests mountains of further reading. In short: a magical universe in a roomy "Tardis" of only 200 pages!


Cartimandua: Queen Of The Brigantes
Cartimandua: Queen Of The Brigantes
by Nicki Howarth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cartimandua, Queen of the Brigantes, by Nicki Haworth, 16 Mar. 2009
Most people have heard of Queen Boudica, made legendary because of her leadership of the rebellion against the Roman occupation of Britain during the latter part of the 1st century AD, but few are aware of her contemporary, Queen Cartimandua, ruler of a coalition of the northern tribes known as the Brigantes.

Nicki Haworth has has done a superb job of uniting a host of different strands,historical,geographical,religious/ritual,socialogical and archaeological in this biography of a woman born into the royal house of a "celtic" warrior clan. Unlike Boudica she welcomed the "good life" offered by the Roman regime as recounted by this tale of passions,local civil wars, betrayals, divorce and remarriage, worthy of a box office hit!

This meticulously researched and referenced work of only 158 pages is an easy read for anyone yet totally acceptable by academics - historians and archaeologists. Heartily recommended.
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The Mysteries of Mithras: The Pagan Belief That Shaped the Christian World
The Mysteries of Mithras: The Pagan Belief That Shaped the Christian World
by Payam Nabarz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mysteries of Mithras by Payam Nabarz, 10 Mar. 2009
I was swept along by Payam's passion for his subject in this very erudite yet readable book which not only brings together the various ancient roots of Mithraism,the universality of ritual activities and religious calendars but also explains how many of its features were "stolen" and "sanitised" by Christianity. It reverentially demystifies the cult of the great spirit Mithras by revealing the initiation ceremony into modern Mithraism,including Zoroastrian hymns of praise to Mithras and his consort/mother Anahita...and so very much more. I now understand why this often misunderstood religion, promoter of peace and love became the religion of choice of the Roman legions! Superbly annotated, illustrated and not totally lacking in humour.


Divine Comedy of Neophyte Corax and Goddess Morrigan
Divine Comedy of Neophyte Corax and Goddess Morrigan
by Payam Nabarz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Divine Comedy of Neophite Corax and Goddess Morrigan by Payam Nabarz, 10 Mar. 2009
Payam triumphs again! An exhilarating romp through the calendar of ancient to modern,world-wide religious festivals - including gruesome feasting, incestuous sex,gender-bending/onanism and drug taking, with a climactic re-appearance of the "Magi". This comedic play takes the form of the education of the young Corax or Raven (and thus the reader) by his mother the Celtic goddess Morrigan. A kind of ageless "Candide"?


Wonderful Life: Burgess Shale and the Nature of History
Wonderful Life: Burgess Shale and the Nature of History
by Stephen Jay Gould
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A radical view of history, 6 Feb. 2009
Not a quick read.347 pages (inclusive of bibliography) and to a non scientist it appeared initially daunting but I was drawn into the fascination of early paleontology and the startling new light shed on the re-interpretation of some of the earliest discovered life-form fossils.Darwin's ideas on the "Tree of Life" also come under review. Don't worry about the "jargon" as Gould takes you step by step (perhaps a little too repetitively)to the fascinating climax.


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