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A Musical Journey - Seville, Granada [DVD] [2004]
A Musical Journey - Seville, Granada [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Various Artists
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars totally captivating and atmospheric, 8 July 2012
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I never tire listening and watching this DVD. The music selected totally captures the feel of Seville and Granada, and the photography is beautiful.

Easy Spanish Crossword Puzzles (NTC Foreign Language)
Easy Spanish Crossword Puzzles (NTC Foreign Language)
by Jane Burnett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revising the easy way, 19 Jun. 2010
I absolutely adore this book. It is a wonderful, totally enjoyable way to revise your Spanish AND to learn new vocabulary. There are useful english/spanish, spanish/english sections at the back of the book as well as answers to all the puzzles.I hope there are more books of a similar nature. Do the puzzles in pencil so that on completion of the book, you can start all over again and check to what extent you have remembered the newly acquired vocabulary.

Pitt the Elder: Man of War
Pitt the Elder: Man of War
by Edward Pearce
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Explaining the Book, 18 Mar. 2010
The point of this review writes EDWARD PEARCE is not to praise or blame it. An author can only explain. And I wrote this book
So, let me explain:
The image of Pitt is of a national hero, who won the Seven Years War 1756-63 and created the Empire,a patriot and liberal who would have prevented the War of American Independence. Scholarly work(Fraser and Durban in Oxford doctoral theses 1975 and 1985), scouted this. Richard Middleton in 'The Bells of History' (Cambridge) put the sceptical case between hard covers, and Marie Peters wrote two very good related books. But outside Academe, the false image lingers.
I wrote to show that Pitt's only military act consisted of a series of four raids on the French Coast which almost completely failed. He resisted making Germany a military theatre for political reasons - to please the anti-Hanoverian lobby which supported him. When that campaign did come it was a triumph, but the commanders there were chosen by George II. So were the successful soldiers in Canada, Amherst and Wolfe. In naval matters Pitt thought the Great Lord Anson 'Unfit to command a cockboat on the Thames.' He also hated the fighting leader of the Navy and victor at Quiberon Bay, Admiral Edward Hawke!
Pitt was no liberal, but closely involved with the Slave lobby through his key backer, William Beckford the Elder, who owned 30,000 slaves. As for America, he continued to believe that the Colonies should acknowledge English suzerainty.
The book deals with dirty politics and exciting soldiering: the battles at sea, like the triumph of Quiberon Bay and the historic land campaign distinguished by the great fight of Minden. For better or worse, it is military history and political history and it traces fascinating personalities: Pitt himself, compelling, bombastic, eloquent, self-believing, always close to hysteria but ultimately theatre.He had extremist instincts and talked about smashing France for ever.
By contrast, the Duke of Newcastle is undervalued because he fussed and worried, but he foresaw the failure of the coastal excursions, raised the money in a financial crisis and knew when the war had gone far enough. Newcastle worked disinterestedly and without vanity. All in all, 'The Elder Pitt' tries to cover exciting times and major events without indulging national arrogance or hero-worship.ENDS
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A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years
A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years
by Diarmaid MacCulloch
Edition: Hardcover

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wise,Cool View, 7 Jan. 2010
The History of Christianity is exceptional in several ways.It is profoundly informed - wide scholarship lightly warn. The style is accessible and easy to read without the least lowering of quality.The approach stands somewhere between Anglicanism and Agnosticism and is directed at grown-ups.His enemies atre the fanatics, literalists and clerical politicians.He is wise to clericalism, the exaltation of the priesthood - in Tennessee as much as Rome. His understanding of how complex theolgy was created out of institutional purposes puts the Church parties' correct lines into an ironical light from which they don't escape.He is excptionally good on the Tractarians of Oxford, St Paul, Calvin and Calvinism,D.F.Strauss and what followed him. He is too especially sympathetic and understanding of the Anglican Church through all its vicissitudes.This is a book to learn from, honest, fair, humorous and marked by affectionate doubt. It is also written in the sort of quiet good English, not readily available in these slatternly days. Genuinely I think this is a masterpiece. Edward Pearce

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