Love and Madness

Author: Martin Levy
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061877565
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In eighteenth-century England the aristocracy dominated the imagination, their exploits -- and misdeeds -- discussed, debated, and gossiped about in the salons and parlors of London. Now author Martin Levy vividly re-creates one of the most shocking and scandalous events of the period, in a riveting true tale of passion, obsession, murder, and courtroom drama. On a spring evening in the year 1779, a young woman emerged from London's Covent Garden Theatre amid a grand swirl of lords and ladies, their servants and coachmen. From out of the shadows a man emerged, dressed in a black suit. He raised a pistol and fired one fatal shot point-blank into the woman's head. A sudden and brutal murder, it was all the more shocking because of the identities of those involved. The victim was Martha Ray, famed aficionada of fashion and the arts, and longtime live-in mistress of the Earl of Sandwich, high-ranking minister to King George III. The assailant was James Hackman, a respected Anglican minister and Martha Ray's former lover. It was a savage crime that rocked both British high society and the church, and inflamed the interest and imagination of such renowned personages as Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, noted biographer and lover of prostitutes and executions. And it resulted in a courtroom extravaganza unique in the annals of legal proceedings -- where passion was the motive, the madness of "momentary phrenzy" the mitigating circumstance . . . and love the ultimate justification for a crazed act of murder. With consummate skill, author Martin Levy brings to breathtaking life the sights and sounds of an unparalleled era in history -- when hangings were public entertainment and debauchery was a popular pastime of the wealthy and the titled -- and expertly unravels the mystery behind a truly sensational slaying. Fascinating, startling, edifying, and entertaining, Love and Madness is a brilliant tale of crime and punishment as vivid and compelling as the headlines of today.

The Men Who Lost America

Author: Andrew O'Shaughnessy
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 1780742479
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In 1781 the British Empire suffered its most devastating defeat in a war that most believed Britain ought to have won. Common wisdom has held that incompetent military commanders and political leaders in London must have been to blame, their arrogant confidence and outdated tactics proving no match for the innovative and determined Americans. But this is far from the truth. Weaving together the personal stories of ten prominent men who directed the British dimension of the war, Andrew O’Shaughnessy dispels the myths, emerging with a very different and much richer account of the conflict – one driven by able and at times even brilliant leadership. In interlinked biographical chapters, O’Shaughnessy follows the course of the war from the perspectives of King George III, Prime Minister Lord North, military leaders including General Burgoyne, the Earl of Sandwich, and others whose stories shed new light upon our understanding of how the war unfolded. Victories were frequent, and in fact the British conquered every American city at some stage of the Revolutionary War, retaining key strongholds even during the peace negotiations. Taking a wider lens to events, O’Shaughnessy looks past the surrender at Yorktown to British victories against the French and Spanish, demonstrating that, ultimately, many of the men who lost America would go on to save the empire.

Sex and the Church in the Long Eighteenth Century

Author: William Gibson
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 1786721570
Format: PDF
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The Long Eighteenth Century was the Age of Revolutions, including the first sexual revolution. In this era, more tolerant sexual attitudes prevailed and there was a marked increase in the discussion of morality, extra-marital sex, pornography and same-sex relationships in both print and visual culture media. William Gibson and Joanne Begiato here consider the ways in which the Church of England dealt with sex and sexuality in this period. Despite the backdrop of an increasingly secularising society, religion continued to play a key role in politics, family life and wider society and the eighteenth-century Church was still therefore a considerable force, especially in questions of morality. This book integrates themes of gender and sexuality into a broader understanding of the Church of England in the eighteenth century. It shows that, rather than distancing itself from sex through diminishing guidance, regulation and punishment, the Church not only focussed attention on it, but its attitudes to sex and sexuality were at the core of English society’s reactions to the first sexual revolution.

Facts and Inventions

Author: James Boswell
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300210949
Format: PDF
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James Boswell (1740–1795), best known as the biographer of Samuel Johnson, was also a lawyer, journalist, diarist, and an insightful chronicler of a pivotal epoch in Western history. This fascinating collection, edited by Paul Tankard, presents a generous and varied selection of Boswell’s journalistic writings, most of which have not been published since the eighteenth century. It offers a new angle on the history of journalism, an idiosyncratic view of literature, politics, and public life in late eighteenth-century Britain, and an original perspective on a complex and engaging literary personality.

The To Sound

Author: Eric Baus
Publisher: Wave Books
ISBN: 9780972348768
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Juliana Spahr writes: "Birds with extremely long necks. Cassiopeia. A sister. A Marco Polo. A somnambulist. A documentary on the voyages of Columbus. A cartographer. Star charts. Young intellectuals in black robes. Jean-Michel Basquiat. More birds and still more birds. A mathematician. All these things appear in The To Sound’s beautifully warped cosmology. This is a stunning book that builds its own world, a world of ambiguous relations and loaded words; a lyrical world that explores the unstated connections between things. . . ."

Ein Tor zur Welt

Author: Lorrie Moore
Publisher: Piper Verlag
ISBN: 3827074800
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Wenn Tassie abends ihr Vogelkostüm anlegt und in wildem Lauf über die Kartoffelfelder stürmt, um Mäuse und andere Schädlinge zu vertreiben, hat sie ganz kurz das Gefühl, wirklich zu fliegen. Tassie Keltjin ist zwanzig Jahre alt und verlässt die elterliche Farm irgendwo im Mittleren Westen. Amerika rüstet zum Einsatz in Afghanistan, und sie beginnt zu studieren, ahnungslos und rührend entflammt für Sylvia Plath und Simone de Beauvoir. Sie braucht einen Job und findet ihn als Teilzeit-Kindermädchen bei Sarah und Edward, die dabei sind, ein Kind zu adoptieren. Aus Mary, zwei Jahre alt, weiße Mutter, schwarzer Vater, wird Emmie, Kind weißer Mittelschichteltern, und Tassie zu ihrer Hauptbezugsperson. Mit der fragilen Anmut einer Schlafwandlerin gerät Tassie in eine erste Liebe und immer tiefer hinein in das komplizierte Leben einer fremden Familie. Wie fern ihr in einem knappen Jahr die ländliche Kindheit, Eltern und Bruder gerückt sind, merkt Tassie, als sie jäh sowohl ihre Liebe als auch ihren Job verliert. Die Schlafwandlerin wacht auf und nichts ist mehr, wie es war, am wenigsten sie selbst. Mit ihrem neuen Roman zeigt Lorrie Moore, was Literatur im besten Fall zu leisten vermag. Mit Tassie schenkt sie dem Leser eine ganz und gar lebendige, ganzund gar zauberhafte und ergreifende Figur, und während sie mit dem Witz, der zarten Klugheit, für die sie berühmt ist, deren Geschichte erzählt, packt sie wie nebenbei große gesellschaftsrelevante Themen an: Adoption und unterschwelligen Rassismus, Amerikas kriegerische Außenpolitik.

Die Simpsons

Author: Matt Groening
Publisher: Panini Verlags GmbH
ISBN: 9783897483231
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