The Travels

The TravelsMarco Polo 1254 1329 has achieved an almost archetypal status as a traveller, and his Travels is one of the first great travel books of Western literature, outside the ancient world The Travels recounts Polo s journey to the eastern court of Kublai Khan, the chieftain of the Mongol empire which c

Falls the Shadow (Welsh Princes, #2)

Falls the Shadow  (Welsh Princes, #2)This is Simon de Montfort s story and the story of King Henry III, as weak and changeable as Montfort was brash and unbending It is a saga of two opposing wills that would later clash in a storm of violence and betrayal, a story straight from the pages of history that brings the world of the thirte

The Prose Edda

The Prose Eddan What was the beginning, or how did things start What was there before n n nThe Prose Edda is the most renowned of all works of Scandinavian literature and our most extensive source for Norse mythology Written in Iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, it tells ancient stories of th

Njal's Saga

Njal's SagaWritten in the thirteenth century, Njal s Saga is a story that explores perennial human problems from failed marriages to divided loyalties, from the law s inability to curb human passions to the terrible consequences when decent men and women are swept up in a tide of violence beyond their control.

The Reckoning (Welsh Princes, #3)

The Reckoning  (Welsh Princes, #3)Penman s characters are so shrewdly imagined, so full of resonant human feeling that they seem to be on the page.Most compelling is the portrait of the Welsh as wild and rugged as their landscape SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLEHere, alive from the pages of history, is the compelling tale of a Celtic so

Labyrinth (Languedoc, #1)

Labyrinth (Languedoc, #1)In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig, stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls, and the pattern of a labyrinth Eight hundred years earlier, on the eve of a brutal crusade that will

The Sister Queens

The Sister QueensPatient, perfect, and used to being first, Marguerite becomes Queen of France But Louis IX is a religious zealot who denies himself the love and companionship his wife craves Can she borrow enough of her sister s boldness to grasp her chance for happiness in a forbidden love n nPassionate, strong w

Bohemian Gospel (Bohemian Trilogy, #1)

Bohemian Gospel (Bohemian Trilogy, #1)Set against the historical reign of the Golden and Iron King, Bohemian Gospel is the remarkable tale of a bold and unusual girl on a quest to uncover her past and define her destiny n nThirteenth century Bohemia is a dangerous place for a girl, especially one as odd as Mouse, born with unnatural sens

The Essential Rumi

The Essential RumiThis revised and expanded edition of The Essential Rumi includes a new introduction by Coleman Barks and than 80 never before published poems n nThrough his lyrical translations, Coleman Barks has been instrumental in bringing this exquisite literature to a remarkably wide range of readers, maki

Vita Nuova

Vita NuovaVita Nuova 1292 94 is regarded as one of Dante s most profound creations The thirty one poems in the first of his major writings are linked by a lyrical prose narrative celebrating and debating the subject of love Composed upon Dante s meeting with Beatrice and the Lord of Love, it is a love s

The Nibelungenlied

The NibelungenliedWritten by an unknown author in the twelfth century, this powerful tale of murder and revenge reaches back to the earliest epochs of German antiquity, transforming centuries old legend into a masterpiece of chivalric drama Siegfried, a great prince of the Netherlands, wins the hand of the beautiful