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La concubina del sultano
Author: Jane Johnson
Publisher: Longanesi
ISBN: 8830439177
Pages: 412
Year: 2013-10-10T00:00:00+02:00
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Marocco, 1677. Dietro le magnifiche mura e gli archi imponenti del palazzo di Meknes, vive il sultano Moulay Ismail con il suo harem, in cui innumerevoli schiavi custodiscono le sue mille concubine. A sovrintendere a quell’universo femminile è la moglie Zidana, una donna astuta e crudele, ossessionata dal timore che i figli di altre concubine possano scavalcare i suoi rampolli nella successione al trono. Ed è proprio in questo spazio fuori dal mondo e dal tempo, eppure così saturo di odio e di intrighi, che Alys Swann, una giovane gentildonna inglese catturata dai corsari e destinata all’harem del sultano, incontra lo schiavo nero Nus-Nus, figlio di un piccolo re di una tribù africana. Tra i due prigionieri, che non possono nutrire alcuna speranza di libertà, nasce un sentimento fortissimo: lui la desidera in silenzio con una forza di cui non si credeva capace. Sarà l’odio implacabile che Zidana nutre per Alys, divenuta ben presto la favorita del sultano e soprannominata Cigno bianco, a mettere alla prova il loro legame: minacciata dall’imperatrice, Alys affiderà a Nus-Nus quanto ha di più prezioso al mondo...
Sultana
Author: Lisa J. Yarde
Publisher: Babelcube Inc.
ISBN: 1633396282
Pages: 133
Year: 2015-07-13
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Descripción del libro: Libro 1 de la serie Sultana En el siglo XIII en la España musulmana, el reino de Granada está en crisis. La unión entre Fátima, nieta del sultán de Granada y Faraj, sobrino del sultán, ha dividido a la nación. Una enconada guerra civil tiene lugar y pone en peligro las vidas de Fátima y Faraj. Durante toda su vida, Fátima ha vivido en palacios suntuosos en los que el peligro nunca la había importunado, hasta ahora. Como niña precoz e involuntario peón de una partida de ajedrez familiar, se da cuenta de cómo su matrimonio puede decidir su futuro y el destino de Granada. Su esposo Faraj tiene sus propios escrúpulos en relación con su unión. A temprana edad, fue testigo de la muerte de sus padres y descubrió cómo la riqueza y el poder no pueden protegerle de enemigos indomables. En las peligrosas fronteras del sur de España, los pujantes reinos cristianos del norte de la península y los áridos estados del norte de África, Fátima y Faraj, sobreviven a asesinos despiadados y a las intrigas. Se unen y hacen frente a enemigos comunes empeñados en destruir la última dinastía musulmana.
The Janissary Tree
Author: Jason Goodwin
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571267491
Pages: 332
Year: 2010-12-09
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Yashim is no ordinary detective. It's not that he's particularly brave. Or that he cooks so well, or reads French novels. Not even that his best friend is the Ambassador from Poland, whose country has vanished from the map. Yashim is a eunuch. As the Sultan plans a series of radical reforms to his empire, a concubine is strangled in the palace harem. And a young cadet is found butchered in the streets of Istanbul. Delving deep into the city's crooked alleyways, and deeper still into its tumultuous past, Yashim discovers that some people will go to any lengths to preserve the traditions of the Ottoman Empire. Brilliantly evoking Istanbul in the 1830s, The Ottoman Detective is a fast-paced literary thriller with a spectacular cast, from mystic orders and lissom archivists to soup-makers and a seductive ambassador's wife. Darker than any of these is the mysterious figure who controls the Sultan's harem.
Lepanto
Author: Alessandro Barbero
Publisher: Gius.Laterza & Figli Spa
ISBN: 8858106369
Pages: 784
Year: 2012-11-08T00:00:00+01:00
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«Non appena in Occidente si sparse la voce della prossima uscita della flotta turca, papa Pio V decise che quella era l'occasione buona per realizzare un progetto che sognava da tempo: l'unione delle potenze cristiane per affrontare gli infedeli in mare con forze schiaccianti, e mettere fine una volta per tutte alla minaccia che gravava sulla Cristianità. Quando divenne sempre più evidente che la tempesta era destinata a scaricarsi su Cipro, il vecchio inquisitore divenuto pontefice, persecutore accanito di ebrei ed eretici, volle affrettare i tempi.»È la primavera del 1570. Un anno e mezzo dopo, il 7 ottobre 1571, l'Europa cristiana infligge ai turchi una sconfitta catastrofica. Ma la vera vittoria cattolica non si celebra sul campo di battaglia né si misura in terre conquistate. L'importanza di Lepanto è nel suo enorme impatto emotivo quando, in un profluvio di instant books, relazioni, memorie, orazioni, poesie e incisioni, la sua fama travolge ogni angolo d'Europa.Questo libro non è l'ennesima storia di quella giornata. È uno straordinario arazzo dell'anno e mezzo che la precedette. La sua trama è fatta degli umori, gli intrecci diplomatici, le canzoni cantate dagli eserciti, i pregiudizi che alimentavano entrambi i fronti, la tecnologia della guerra, di cosa pensavano i turchi dei cristiani e viceversa. Per tessere i suoi fili ci sono volute la prosa appassionante e la maestria rara di Alessandro Barbero.
Al-Andalus
Author: Howard Headworth
Publisher: New Generation Publishing
ISBN: 1785071009
Pages: 522
Year: 2014-08-15
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The exciting historical novel by Howard Headworth takes us to the 1480s in Spain. For the Spaniards it is the dawn of the golden age of the country. For the moors of Al-Andalus in the south, it is the beginning of a bitter harvest. And Far west, a new world beckons..... Glorious descriptions of battles and conflicts, the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition, the tracing of historical events leading to the entrance of the Catholic monarchs in Granada in 1492, a panoply of characters, profiles of the traditions and skills of the Muslim peasants in Al-Andalus, and finally the first voyage of Christopher Columbus to the Indies, make this book a unique treasure. Howard Headworth lives in Almeria, Spain, for twenty years. He was born in Wales and studied geology at the university there and in London. He uses his great experience as a scientific director as well as his passion for the history of his adopted country in this historical novel.
Storia di una concubina
Author: Gül Irepoglu
Publisher:
ISBN: 8865965401
Pages: 205
Year: 2015
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El amuleto
Author: Barbara Wood
Publisher: DEBOLS!LLO
ISBN: 8499892248
Pages:
Year: 2011-04-29
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Barbara Wood explora en esta obra las traiciones y las obsesiones del corazón del hombre y describe la búsqueda de la esencia humana. Hace millones de años, un meteorito se estrelló en la Tierra y de él se desprendió una bella y misteriosa piedra azul. Muchos siglos después, una niña Homo sapiens encontró el cristal en la llanura africana. Su destino cambiaría para siempre, así como el destino de las generaciones venideras. Del antiguo Israel a la Roma imperial, de la Inglaterra medieval a la Alemania del siglo XV, del Caribe del siglo XVIII al Lejano Oeste americano, el devenir de esta piedra mágica y de sus diferentes dueños recorre la historia de la humanidad. A través de los distintos episodios, la autora explora las traiciones y las obsesiones del corazón del hombre y describe la búsqueda de la esencia humana.
Storia della Repubblica di Venezia
Author: Pierre Antoine Noël Bruno Daru
Publisher:
ISBN:
Pages: 545
Year: 1834
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Viaje á Oriente
Author: Luis Malanco
Publisher:
ISBN:
Pages:
Year: 1882
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Viaggio di cinque anni in Asia, Africa, & Europa del Turco
Author: Giovanni B. de Burgo
Publisher:
ISBN:
Pages:
Year: 1686
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La Esclava de su deber
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Pages: 483
Year: 1865
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Cartas de un espía de Carlos V
Author: Jerónimo Bucchia, Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, María Jose Bertomeu Masiá
Publisher: Universitat de València
ISBN: 8437063434
Pages: 226
Year: 2006
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Los fondos documentales que conforman la correspondencia de Antonio Perrenot de Granvela, conservados en la Biblioteca Nacional de Madrid, constituyen una valiosa fuente de información sobre gran cantidad de aspectos históricos, filológicos y lingüísticos referentes a buena parte de siglo XVI. Entre otros muchos menesteres, Granvela era la cabeza del sistema de espionaje del Imperio de Carlos V, y, por tanto, su epistolario está repleto de cartas de espías y agentes referentes a los muchos frentes abiertos durante los últimos diez años del reinado de Carlos V. La autora desvela las cartas que uno de esos espías –un hombre de origen dálmata llamado Jerónimo Bucchia–, envió a Granvela en los meses previos a la toma de Trípoli por parte del Imperio turco el 14 de agosto de 1551. Un estudio histórico acompaña a la edición filológica de estos interesantes documentos. En la introducción se revisan diversos aspectos como la manera de conseguir y transmitir las informaciones, la forma de organizar la red de espías e incluso algunas particularidades lingüísticas y formales propias del tipo de textos especiales que conforman las cartas de avisos de espionaje. M. José Bertomeu Masiá es licenciada en Filología Hispánica y Filología Italiana por la Universitat de València. Ha participado en diversos congresos científicos internacionales con artículos sobre la historia de las lenguas española e italiana en el siglo XVI, las relaciones entre la historia y la literatura en el caso de Rodrigo Sánchez de Arévalo y Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, y el espionaje en la correspondencia de Antonio Perrenot de Granvela.
The Book of the Thousand and One Nights
Author: J.C. Mardrus, E.P. Mathers
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0203359127
Pages: 608
Year: 2004-03-09
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The second volume of this accurate translation of the wonderful and enchanting tales of the Arabian nights.
Unto the Tulip Gardens
Author: Gül Irepoglu
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 1783084561
Pages: 374
Year: 2016-06-27
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The sumptuous Topkapı Palace in eighteenth century Istanbul is a place of breathtaking splendour where human foibles, love, lust and above all greed reign supreme in the lives of a sultan, a painter, a grand vizier and some of the world’s most beautiful women. Imperial favour has raised a graceful blossom to the symbol of a time that history would later name the Tulip Era. Sultan Ahmed III reigns over a still vast empire as his close companion and Chief Imperial Painter Levnî creates exquisite works of art. But real power lies with his trusted Grand Vizier İbrahim Pasha. In the background, the radiant denizens of the imperial harem fight for supremacy in their cloistered universe. How will history record Sultan Ahmed III? Hedonist, aesthete or reformer? What will happen to his descendants? 'Unto the Tulip Gardens: My Shadow' is a novel founded on historical fact woven by the silken yarn of imagination.
Academy Street
Author: Mary Costello
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374712751
Pages: 160
Year: 2015-04-07
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A vibrant, intimate, hypnotic portrait of one woman's life, from an important new writer Tess Lohan is the kind of woman that we meet and fail to notice every day. A single mother. A nurse. A quiet woman, who nonetheless feels things acutely—a woman with tumultuous emotions and few people to share them with. Academy Street is Mary Costello's luminous portrait of a whole life. It follows Tess from her girlhood in western Ireland through her relocation to America and her life there, concluding with a moving reencounter with her Irish family after forty years of exile. The novel has a hypnotic pull and a steadily mounting emotional force. It speaks of disappointments but also of great joy. It shows how the signal events of the last half century affect the course of a life lived in New York City. Anne Enright has said that Costello's first collection of stories, The China Factory, "has the feel of work that refused to be abandoned; of stories that were written for the sake of getting something important right . . . Her writing has the kind of urgency that the great problems demand" (The Guardian). Academy Street is driven by this same urgency. In sentence after sentence it captures the rhythm and intensity of inner life.

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