Birth of the Chess Queen

Author: Marilyn Yalom
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061913421
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Everyone knows that the queen is the most dominant piece in chess, but few people know that the game existed for five hundred years without her. It wasn't until chess became a popular pastime for European royals during the Middle Ages that the queen was born and was gradually empowered to become the king's fierce warrior and protector. Birth of the Chess Queen examines the five centuries between the chess queen's timid emergence in the early days of the Holy Roman Empire to her elevation during the reign of Isabel of Castile. Marilyn Yalom, inspired by a handful of surviving medieval chess queens, traces their origin and spread from Spain, Italy, and Germany to France, England, Scandinavia, and Russia. In a lively and engaging historical investigation, Yalom draws parallels between the rise of the chess queen and the ascent of female sovereigns in Europe, presenting a layered, fascinating history of medieval courts and internal struggles for power.

Wie die Franzosen die Liebe erfanden

Author: Marilyn Yalom
Publisher: Ullstein eBooks
ISBN: 384370600X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Neurotisch, leidenschaftlich, höfisch: Die Franzosen kennen fast so viele Spielarten der Liebe wie Käsesorten. Von den Minnesängern bis Dominique Strauss-Kahn: Immer wieder verblüffen sie den Rest der Welt. Wurde die Liebe in Frankreich erfunden? Marilyn Yalom, die große Romanistin und Feministin der ersten Stunde, geht dieser unterhaltsamen Frage anhand berühmter Meisterwerke der Literatur nach – offenherzig, fundiert und mit viel Humor. Nicht umsonst sind Wörter wie Rendezvous, Tête-à-Tête, Ménage-à-trois, Amour fou überall auf der Welt ein Begriff. Von der raffiniert-bösartigen Erotik der Gefährlichen Liebschaften bis zur berechnenden Sinnlichkeit einer Madame Bovary, von der offenen Ehe zwischen Sartre und Beauvoir bis zum exotischen Liebhaber der Marguerite Duras – am Ende steht immer die uralte Frage: Was macht die Liebeaus? Trieb oder Gefühl? Seele oder Intellekt? Für Kenner der Literatur ist dieses Buch ein Fest, bei dem man alte Freunde unter neuen Vorzeichen wiedertrifft. Alle anderen werden große Lust aufs Lesen bekommen.

Chess in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age

Author: Daniel E. O'Sullivan
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110288818
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The game of chess was wildly popular in the Middle Ages, so much so that it became an important thought paradigm for thinkers and writers who utilized its vocabulary and imagery for commentaries on war, politics, love, and the social order. In this collection of essays, scholars investigate chess texts from numerous traditions – English, French, German, Latin, Persian, Spanish, Swedish, and Catalan – and argue that knowledge of chess is essential to understanding medieval culture. Such knowledge, however, cannot rely on the modern game, for today’s rules were not developed until the late fifteenth century. Only through familiarity with earlier incarnations of the game can one fully appreciate the full import of chess to medieval society. The careful scholarship contained in this volume provides not only insight into the significance of chess in medieval European culture but also opens up avenues of inquiry for future work in this rich field.

Becoming Myself

Author: Irvin D. Yalom
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0349410089
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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'Wonderful, compelling and as insightful about its subject and about the times he lived in as you could hope for. A fabulous read' Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone Irvin D. Yalom has made a career of investigating the lives of others. In Becoming Myself, his long-awaited memoir, he turns his therapeutic eye on himself, delving into the relationships that shaped him and the groundbreaking work that made him famous. The first-generation child of immigrant Russian Jews, Yalom grew up in a lower-class neighbourhood in Washington DC. Determined to escape its confines, he set his sights on becoming a doctor. An incredible ascent followed: we witness his start at Stanford Medical School amid the cultural upheavals of the 1960s, his turn to writing fiction as a means of furthering his exploration of the human psyche and his rise to international prominence. Yalom recounts his revolutionary work in group psychotherapy and how he became the foremost practitioner of existential psychotherapy, a method that draws on the wisdom of great thinkers over the ages. He reveals the inspiration for his many seminal books, including Love's Executioner and When Nietzche Wept, which meld psychology and philosophy to arrive at arresting new insights into the human condition. Interweaving the stories of his most memorable patients with personal tales of love and regret, Becoming Myself brings readers close to Yalom's therapeutic technique, his writing process and his family life.

It s All a Game

Author: Tristan Donovan
Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1786494558
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Board games have been with us longer than even the written word. But what is it about this pastime that continues to captivate us well into the age of smartphones and instant gratification? In It's All a Game renowned games expert Tristan Donovan opens the box on the incredible and often surprising history and psychology of board games. He traces the evolution of the game across cultures, time periods, and continents, from the paranoid Chicago toy genius behind classics like Operation and Mouse Trap, to the role of Monopoly in helping prisoners of war escape the Nazis, and even the scientific use of board games today to teach artificial intelligence how to reason and how to win. With these compelling stories and characters, Donovan ultimately reveals why board games have captured hearts and minds all over the world for generations.

A History Of The Wife

Author: Marilyn Yalom
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061913655
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How did marriage, considered a religious duty in medieval Europe, become a venue for personal fulfillment in contemporary America? How did the notion of romantic love, a novelty in the Middle Ages, become a prerequisite for marriage today? And, if the original purpose of marriage was procreation, what exactly is the purpose of marriage for women now? Combining "a scholar's rigor and a storyteller's craft"(San Jose Mercury News), distinguished cultural historian Marilyn Yalom charts the evolution of marriage in the Judeo Christian world through the centuries and shows how radically our ideas about marriage have changed. For any woman who is, has been, or ever will be married, this intellectually vigorous and gripping historical analysis of marriage sheds new light on an institution most people take for granted, and that may, in fact, be experiencing its most convulsive upheaval since the Reformation.

Artifacts from Medieval Europe

Author: James B. Tschen-Emmons
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610696220
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Using artifacts as primary sources, this book enables students to comprehensively assess and analyze historic evidence in the context of the medieval period. • Provides a single-volume resource for using medieval artifacts to better understand the long-ago past • Supplies images of artifacts with detailed descriptions, explanations of significance, and a list of sources for more information, which help students learn how to effectively analyze primary sources • Presents a virtual window into many different aspects of medieval society and life, including particular activities or roles—such as farming, weaving, fashion, or being a mason or a knight • Includes sidebars within selected entries that explain key terms and concepts and supply excerpts from contemporary sources

JACKABY Die verschwundenen Knochen

Author: William Ritter
Publisher: cbt Verlag
ISBN: 3641207827
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Kein Fall zu seltsam, keine Spur zu heiß! New Fiddleham, 1892: Abigail Rook, die junge Assistentin von R.F. Jackaby – Detektiv für unerklärliche Phänomene – langweilt sich nie in ihrem neuen Job. Von besonders garstigen Gestaltwandlern, die sich als süße Kätzchen tarnen, bis hin zu Mord ist alles in ihrem Tagesablauf dabei. Als in dem benachbarten Gad’s Valley ein nicht identifizierbares Monster Tiere und Menschen überfällt, bittet Junior Detective Charlie Cane Abigail um Hilfe. Bald sind Jackaby und Abigail in eine Jagd nach einem Dieb, einem Monster und einem Mörder verwickelt, die ihren ganzen Scharfsinn verlangt ...