A Vision of Light
Author: Judith Merkle Riley
The first book in the series, this bestselling novel introduces Margaret of Ashbury, a fourteenth-century Englishwoman with mystical abilities Margaret of Ashbury wants to write her life story. However, like most women in fourteenth-century England, she is illiterate. Three clerics contemptuously decline to be Margaret’s scribe, and only the threat of starvation persuades Brother Gregory, a Carthusian friar with a mysterious past, to take on the task. As she narrates her life, we discover a woman of startling resourcefulness. Married off at the age of fourteen to a merchant reputed to be the Devil himself, Margaret was left for dead during the Black Plague. Incredibly, she survived, was apprenticed to an herbalist, and became a midwife. But most astonishing of all, Margaret has experienced a Mystic Union—a Vision of Light that endows her with the miraculous gift of healing. Because of this ability, Margaret has become suddenly different—to her tradition-bound parents, to the bishop’s court that tries her for heresy, and ultimately to the man who falls in love with her.
Author: Judith Merkle Riley
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
Eine Frau folgt Gottes Plan: Margaret von Ashbury und ihre Vision England, 1355. Die Hebamme und Heilerin Margaret von Ashbury will ein Buch über ihr Leben schreiben - ein äußerst ungewöhnliches Vorhaben für eine Frau im Mittelalter. Als Analphabetin sucht sie sich einen Schreiber: Bruder Gregory, der Frauen für naturgegeben dumm hält und dies auch gerne kundtut - aber dringend Geld braucht. Doch was Margaret zu erzählen hat, berührt den Mönch: Ihr Glaube, Humor und ein Hang zu Pragmatismus haben ihr geholfen, die Große Pest und die Hexenverfolgung zu überleben. Und vor allem: Sie schreibt dieses Buch, weil Gott es ihr aufgetragen hat. Trotz seiner anfänglichen Ablehnung beginnt Bruder Gregory sich zu fragen: Ist es möglich, dass Gott, dessen Stimme er bislang vergeblich zu hören versucht, zu dieser Frau spricht? Humorvoll, authentisch und fesselnd geschrieben: Dieser historische Roman bildet den Auftakt der beliebten Trilogie über die fiktive Heldin Margaret von Ashbury und ihr faszinierendes Leben im Spätmittelalter. Von Judith Merkle Riley, Autorin des Bestsellers "Die Hexe von Paris". Die Margaret-von-Ashbury-Trilogie: Die Stimme. * Die Vision. * Die Zauberquelle. eBooks von beHEARTBEAT - Herzklopfen garantiert.
The Water Devil
Author: Judith Merkle Riley
The final adventure in the beloved and bestselling Margaret of Ashbury trilogy, which began with A Vision of Light and In Pursuit of the Green Lion. Margaret of Ashbury is ready to settle down; the medieval healer is looking forward to an uneventful life in the country. And, indeed, life with her true love and a brood of rambunctious children is nearly perfect—except for her husband Gregory’s ever-meddling family. Finding himself deep in debt once again, Gregory’s father has plotted to sell Margaret’s daughter off in marriage to save his woodlands from a greedy abbot. In a panic, Margaret turns to her old friend Brother Malachi to help save her daughter by whatever means necessary. The tension within the feuding family rouses an ancient being that dwells in a spring at the center of the disputed woodland. The watery creature has its own plans, and its eye is on Margaret’s infant son. Favorite characters return, the stakes are high, and the air is thick with intrigue and danger. Written with the historical accuracy, supernatural plot twists, and humor that Riley’s readers have grown to love, The Water Devil is a high-spirited adventure that brings Margaret’s odyssey to a satisfying conclusion. From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Oracle Glass
Author: Judith Merkle Riley
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller! "Absorbing and arresting." —New York Times "Fascinating and factual." —Los Angeles Times "Chilly, witty, and completely engrossing ... great, good fun." — Kirkus Reviews "An outstanding historical novel of 17th–century France ... based on a real–life scandal known as the Affaire des Poisons, this tale is riveting from start to finish." —Library Journal For a handful of gold, Madame de Morville will read your future in a glass of swirling water. You'll believe her, because you know she's more than 150 years old and a witch, and she has all of Paris in the palm of her hand. But Madame de Morville hides more behind her black robes than you know. Her real age, the mother and uncle who left her for dead, the inner workings of the most secret society of Parisian witches: none of these truths would help her outwit the rich who so desperately want the promise of the future. After all, it's her own future she must control , no matter how much it is painted with uncertainty and clouded by vengeance. "Take a full cup of wit, two teaspoons of brimstone, and a dash of poison, and you have Judith Merkle Riley's mordant, compelling tale of an ambitious young woman who disguises herself as an ancient prophetess in order to gain entry into the dangerous, scheming glamour of the Sun King's court. Based on scandalous true events, The Oracle Glass brims with our human foibles, passions, and eccentricities; it's a classic of the genre and unlike any historical novel you have ever read." —C. W. Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici
Author: Judith Merkle Riley
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
Eine Frau kämpft um ihre Familie: Margaret von Ashbury auf dem Land England, 1360. Als ihr Mann Gilbert wohlbehalten von einem Feldzug zurückkehrt, möchte Margaret nur eines: endlich in Ruhe ihr Familienglück genießen. Doch mit ihrem Schwiegervater kommen die Probleme: Er steckt wieder einmal in Geldnöten. Ein Abt will die zauberkräftige Quelle der Familie enteignen lassen. Um den Rechtsstreit zu seinen Gunsten zu entscheiden, braucht Gilberts Vater Geld. Daher versucht er, an Margarets Vermögen und das Erbe ihrer Kinder zu gelangen - auch wenn er dazu ihre Tochter zwangsverheiraten lassen muss. Zu allem Überfluss treibt auch noch ein Wassergeist an der Quelle sein Unwesen. Unerschrocken nimmt Margaret einmal mehr den Kampf um ihre Lieben auf ... Gekonnte Verbindung von historischen, humorvollen und übersinnlichen Elementen: der dritte Roman der "Margaret von Ashbury"-Trilogie von Bestsellerautorin Judith Merkle Riley. Die Margaret-von-Ashbury-Trilogie: Die Stimme. * Die Vision. * Die Zauberquelle. eBooks von beHEARTBEAT - Herzklopfen garantiert.
Author: David Michael Kleinberg-Levin
Publisher: SUNY Press
Probing study of how literature can redeem the revelatory, redemptive powers of language. In this probing look at Alfred Döblin’s 1929 novel Berlin Alexanderplatz and the stories of W. G. Sebald, Redeeming Words offers a philosophical meditation on the power of language in literature. David Kleinberg-Levin draws on the critical theory of Benjamin and Adorno; the idealism and romanticism of Kant, Hegel, Hölderlin, Novalis, and Schelling; and the nineteenth- and twentieth-century thought of Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida. He shows how Döblin and Sebald—writers with radically different styles working in different historical moments—have in common a struggle against forces of negativity and an aim to bring about in response a certain redemption of language. Kleinberg-Levin considers the fast-paced, staccato, and hard-cut sentences of Döblin and the ghostly, languorous, and melancholy prose fiction of Sebald to articulate how both writers use language in an attempt to recover and convey this utopian promise of happiness for life in a time of mourning. “Redeeming Words is an elegant, highly learned, and incisive exploration of how language—and thus the greatest literature of our time—both registers the experience of the loss of utopia and affirms hope by making the loss more clear. It takes as its theme the most profound reflections on the role of words in a time of abandonment and disenchantment. Kleinberg-Levin argues not only that words communicate this sense of loss but constitute it by failing to achieve total mastery and transparency and self-consciously thematizing the corruption and also affirmative power of words. At the deepest level, this study analyzes words and what the very existence of words can confer to individuals and communities.” — Peter Fritzsche, author of The Turbulent World of Franz Göll: An Ordinary Berliner Writes the Twentieth Century
The unforgettable Margaret of Ashbury returns in the second book of the trilogy that began with A Vision of Light. Margaret, a resourceful midwife, is living with the insufferable relatives of her third husband, Gilbert de Vilers, known as Gregory. She is carving out a life for herself and her daughters despite the hostility and greed of her in-laws. But when Gregory is captured in France and held for ransom, Margaret knows she must take action—her in-laws are too tight with money to be of any use—so she teams up with her old friends Mother Hilde, the herbalist, and Brother Malachi, an alchemist on a quest for the secret of changing base metals into gold. Together, the trio plan to rescue Gregory and bring him back to London, where he and Margaret can start a new life away from his meddling family. And thus begins a wild romp across fourteenth-century Europe. Murderous noblemen, scheming ladies, truculent ghosts, and a steady stream of challenges plague the journey. Margaret will need not only her special gift of healing, her quick mind, and her independent spirit but the loyalty of her friends and the love of her new husband to carry them all safely home. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Bob Dylan All the Songs
Author: Philippe Margotin, Jean-Michel Guesdon
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal
Get the story behind every recording session, album, and single released during Bob Dylan's illustrious-and now Nobel Prize-winning-career. Bob Dylan: All the Songs is the New York Times bestselling, definitive book that captures Dylan's creative process and his organic, unencumbered style of recording. It is the only book to tell the stories, many unfamiliar even to his most fervent fans, behind all the 492 songs he released. Organized chronologically by album, Margotin and Guesdon recount the details that led to the composition of Dylan's recorded songs, what went on in the recording studio, what instruments he used, and behind-the-scenes account of the great artists who worked with Dylan. Lyrics and accounts of the recording sessions are accompanied by classic photos, both in and out of the studio, to create a true Dylan treasury. Bob Dylan: All the Songs is the comprehensive record of the music career which defined an era, delighted fans for more than 50 years and has now won the world's most prestigious prize. Please note that the ebook does not contain images.
The White Mare
Author: Jules Watson
Publisher: Dalriada Trilogy
Seeking to help her people hold out against Roman conquerors in 79 AD, Scottish priestess and princess Rhiann is forced into a political marriage, while exiled Irish prince Eremon must unite the feuding tribes of his adopted country.
Author: Anne Perry
Publisher: Ballantine Books
“[A] magic kingdom of Victorian murder and intrigue.”—The New York Times Book Review Thomas Pitt is now the powerful head of Britain’s Special Branch, and some people fear that he may have been promoted beyond his abilities. His own self-doubt is fueled by rumors of a plot to blow up connections on the Dover-London rail line, on which Austrian duke Alois Habsburg is soon to travel. But why destroy an entire train to kill one obscure Austrian royal? Are the rumors designed to distract police from an even more devastating plot? Meanwhile, in a London sickroom, an old Italian woman is terrified that as she sinks into dementia, she may divulge secrets from her career as a revolutionary spy. And behind the doors of a stately manor, a beautiful young Croatian woman hoards mysteries of her own. Pitt and his clever wife, Charlotte, need these two fascinating women to tell them things they desperately need to know—before death and terror ignite an international catastrophe. Includes a preview of Anne Perry’s next Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel, Midnight at Marble Arch “The always clever Anne Perry infuses Dorchester Terrace with the right amount of intrigue and complex relationships that have made this prolific series one of the finest in modern mystery fiction.”—Bookreporter “A classic . . . [a] novel of intrigue, romance and treason . . . replete with well-drawn characters.”—Huntington News
The Serpent Garden
Author: Judith Merkle Riley
Publisher: Broadway Books
When Henry VIII arranges a marriage between his sister and the aging French king, widowed painter Susanna Dallet joins the entourage, unwittingly carrying a perilous secret that will embroil her in the dark intrigues of the French court.
From the golden-haired, curly-headed half of Simon & Garfunkel--a memoir (of sorts): artful, moving, lyrical; the making of a musician; the evolution of a man, a portrait of a life-long friendship and collaboration that became one of the most successful singing duos of their time. Art Garfunkel writes about his life before, during, and after Simon & Garfunkel . . . about their folk-rock music in the roiling age that embraced and was defined by their pathbreaking sound. He writes about growing up in the 1940s and '50s (son of a traveling salesman), a middle class Jewish boy, living in a red brick semi-attached house in Kew Gardens, Queens, a kid who was different--from the age of five feeling his vocal cords "vibrating with the love of sound" . . . meeting Paul Simon in school, the funny guy who made Art laugh; their going on to junior high school together, of being twelve at the birth of rock'n'roll, both of them "captured" by it; going to a recording studio in Manhattan to make a demo of their song, "Hey Schoolgirl" (for $7!) and the actual record (with Paul's father on bass) going to #40 on the national charts, selling 150,000 copies . . . He writes about their becoming Simon & Garfunkel, taking the world by storm, ruling the pop charts from the time he was sixteen, about not being a natural performer, but more a thinker . . . touring; sex-for-thrills on the road, reading or walking to calm down (walking across two continents--the USA and Europe). He writes of being an actor working with directors Nicolas Roeg (Bad Timing) and Mike Nichols ("the greatest of them all") . . . getting his masters in mathematics at Columbia; choosing music over a PhD; his slow unfolding split with Paul and its aftermath; learning to perform on his own, giving a thousand concerts worldwide, his voice going south (a stiffening of one vocal cord) and working to get it back . . . about being a husband, a father and much more.
Master Of War
Author: David Gilman
Publisher: Head of Zeus
'Like a punch from a mailed fist, MASTER OF WAR gives a true taste of the Hundred Years War. It is a gripping chronicle of pitched battle, treachery and cruelty. The stench and harshness of medieval life is ever present' ROBERT FABBRI, bestselling author of the Vespasian series. England, 1346: For Thomas Blackstone the choice is easy – dance on the end of a rope for a murder he did not commit, or take up his war bow and join the king's invasion of France. As he fights his way across northern France, Blackstone will learn the brutal lessons of war – from the terror and confusion of his first taste of combat, to the savage realities of siege warfare. Vastly outnumbered, Edward III's army will finally confront the armoured might of the French nobility on the field of Crécy. It is a battle that will change the history of warfare, a battle that will change the course of Blackstone's life, a battle that is just the first chapter in a book of legend – Blackstone: Master of War.
Night of the Lightbringer
Author: Peter Tremayne
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
A stranger murdered in a gruesome ritual. A prophetess foretelling the return of the ancient gods: the intriguing new Sister Fidelma mystery. Ireland, AD 671. On the eve of the pagan feast of Samhain, Brother Edulf and the warrior, Aidan, discover a man murdered in an unlit pyre in the heart of Cashel. He has been dressed in the robes of a religieux and killed by the ritualistic 'three deaths'. When a strange woman known as Brancheó appears in a raven-feather cloak foretelling of ancient gods returning to exact revenge upon the mortal world, she is quickly branded a suspect. But in their search for the killer, Sister Fidelma and Eadulf will soon discover a darker shadow looming over the fortress. For their investigation is linked to a book stolen from the Papal Secret Archives which could destroy the New Faith in the Five Kingdoms...and Fidelma herself will come up against mortal danger before the case is unravelled