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Norse Mythology: The History of the Norse Pantheon and the Most Famous Myths (English Edition) von Charles River Editors, Andrew Scott

Kindle Edition von Charles River Editors

Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2018
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*Includes pictures
*Includes medieval accounts of Norse mythology
*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents

Much of what is known of the Norse myths comes from the 10th century onwards. Until this time and, indeed, for centuries afterwards, Norse culture (particularly that of Iceland, where the myths were eventually transcribed) was an oral culture. In fact, in all Scandinavian countries well into the 13th century laws were memorized by officials known as ?Lawspeakers? who recited them at the ?Thing.? The Thing was the legislative assembly in Scandinavia ?held for judicial purposes.?

One of the most famous of these Lawspeakers was the Icelander Snorri Sturluson, a masterful writer who wrote the Prose Edda in the thirteenth century. There are other sources for the Norse myths, namely the later ?Poetic Edda,? a collection of poems and prose work, and other sagas but the Snorri?s Prose Edda is the most complete work whose attribution is known to modern scholars.

The Prose Edda is a collection of Norse Myths split into three sections, the Gylfaginning (the Deluding of Gylfi), the Skáldskaparmál (the Language of Poetry) and the Háttatal (the Enumeration of Meters). The first has a frame story that entails a Swedish King, Gylfi, disguising himself as an old man, Gangleri, when he journeys to Asgard to meet the gods. When he arrives, he meets three men - ?High One, Just-As-High, and Third? - who reveal to him stories of the world and the gods. The second section contains a warning for Christians not to believe in the Norse gods, specifically the two families, the Æsir and the Vanir, but also refutes the notion that they were demons, which was a common supposition among some Christians at the time. The Prose Edda begins in this line of thought with a euhemeristic prologue, which traces the history of the Norse Gods as human heroes of Troy, making Thor one of King Priam?s sons.

The Norse Myths also appear to follow a chronological narrative, which the historian John Lindow describes as having a ?Mythical Past, Present and Future,? and it is believed that Snorri, a Christian, recorded these pagan beliefs to preserve and explain the stylistic poetry of Iceland, particularly the popular descriptive devices known as kennings. A kenning is made up of a base word and a modifying word that is used to describe a separate object. For example, ?Gold? had a great many kennings, one of which was ?Sif?s Hair.? If, however, the memory of Loki cutting off Sif?s hair and replacing it with gold were lost, then this kenning would make no sense to later readers. There are many of these allusions to the myths, and it is thanks to them that the myths have survived.

Thanks to recent Hollywood depictions of the Norse gods, they are more popular than ever before. For example, despite the virtual disappearance of the indigenous Norse religion and mythology several centuries ago, modern society still regularly encounters the storm god Thor, who continues to be brought back to life in the form of literature and has recently been the protagonist in several blockbuster movies. At the same time, the scarcity of literature about them leaves room for plenty of debate. Modern scholars have to base their theories of Norse gods and the cult practices that are associated with them on fragmentary and untrustworthy sources, but, despite this, for many of the gods there is enough specific information to form a nearly full picture of their character and functions.

Norse Mythology: The History of the Norse Pantheon and the Most Famous Myths looks at the origins of the legendary deities and the stories about them. Along with pictures depicting important people, places, and events, you will learn about Norse mythology like never before.

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind von Yuval Noah Harari

Taschenbuch von Random House UK Ltd
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ISBN-10: 0099590085
ISBN-13: 978-0099590088
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2015, Auflage: 01
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Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly?
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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow von Yuval Noah Harari

Taschenbuch von Vintage
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ISBN-10: 1784703931
ISBN-13: 978-1784703936
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2017, Auflage: 01
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Twelve Years a Slave (AmazonClassics Edition) von Solomon Northup

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Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2017
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Born into ?the blessings of liberty in a free State,? Solomon Northup was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Bayou Boeuf region of Louisiana?s Red River Valley. Twelve Years a Slave is the chronicle of his captivity at the mercy of sadistic plantation owner Edwin Epps, who tested Northup?s tenacity and self-control under the most brutal conditions. Until fate brought a Canadian abolitionist to Epps?s farm, Northup thought he would never draw another free breath.

To this day Northup?s harrowing memoir is recognized as the most reliable, accurate eyewitness account of the daily lives of slaves. As a significant historical reference, it is unsurpassed. As an authentic narrative of a man starved of his freedom, it is unforgettable.

AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from iconic authors. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or revisit an old favorite, these new editions open the door to the stories and ideas that have shaped our world.

Revised edition: Previously published as Twelve Years a Slave, this edition of Twelve Years a Slave (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

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A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership von James Comey

Gebundene Ausgabe von Macmillan Us
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ISBN-10: 1250192455
ISBN-13: 978-1250192455
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2018
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Truth, Lies, and Leadership
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Die Erinnerungen von Ex-FBI-Chef James B. Comey sind aktuell, brisant und spannend wie ein Krimi. 2017 von Präsident Trump gefeuert, schreibt Comey einen fesselnden Insider-Bericht über politische Machenschaften und das von Donald Trump korrumpierte System.
Ein Sachbuch wie ein Kriminalroman der Extraklasse: James Comeys brisante Erinnerungen an die vergangenen 20 Jahre im Zentrum der Macht zeigen ihn als unbeugsamen Ermittler, der gegen die Mafia, gegen CIA-Folter und NSA-Überwachung, und zuletzt im Wahlkampf 2016 gegen Hillary Clintons Umgang mit dienstlichen Emails und Donald Trumps Russland-Verbindungen vorgegangen ist. Der Weg des parteilosen New Yorker Vorzeigejuristen gleicht einer politischen Achterbahnfahrt: stellvertretender Justizminister unter George W. Bush, zum FBI-Direktor ernannt von Barack Obama und gefeuert von Donald Trump wegen angeblicher Illoyalität. Sein Buch ist ein eindrückliches Lehrstück über den aufrechten Gang in einer verantwortungslosen Regierung.

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls von Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo

Gebundene Ausgabe von Penguin Books Ltd (UK)
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ISBN-10: 0120420473
ISBN-13: 978-0120420476
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2017, Auflage: 01
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What if the princess didn't marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Amelia Earhart to Michelle Obama. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don't need rescuing.

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How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence von Michael Pollan

Gebundene Ausgabe von Penguin Press
Preis bei Amazon: EUR 19,99

ISBN-10: 1594204225
ISBN-13: 978-1594204227
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2018
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Has the West Lost It?: A Provocation von Kishore Mahbubani

Kindle Edition von Penguin

Erscheinungsdatum: April 2018
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The West's two-century epoch as global powerhouse is at an end. A new world order, with China and India as the strongest economies, dawns. How will the West react to its new status of superpower in decline?

In Kishore Mahbubani's timely polemic, he argues passionately that the West can no longer presume to impose its ideology on the world, and crucially, that it must stop seeking to intervene, politically and militarily, in the affairs of other nations. He examines the West's greatest follies of recent times: the humiliation of Russia at the end of the Cold War, which led to the rise of Putin, and the invasion of Iraq after 9/11, which destabilised the Middle East. Yet, he argues, essential to future world peace are the Western constructs of democracy and reason, which it must continue to promote, by diplomacy rather than force, via multilateral institutions of global governance such as the UN. Only by recognising its changing status, and seeking to influence rather than dominate, he warns, can the West continue to play a key geopolitical role.

'Kishore Mahbubani might well be the most intelligent, friendly and doggedly persistent critic of the West. In this brief book, he delivers some of his trademark analysis and pungent observations. We should all think of it as the cold shower that is urgently needed to revive the West' Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-American World

'A powerful, disputatious book. It's not comfortable reading, and it wasn't meant to be' Paul Kennedy, Director of International Security Studies and Professor of History at Yale University

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Man's Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust von Viktor E Frankl

Taschenbuch von Rider
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ISBN-10: 1846041244
ISBN-13: 978-1846041242
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2008, Auflage: Export e.
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Leonardo Da Vinci: The Biography von Walter Isaacson

Gebundene Ausgabe von Simon + Schuster UK
Preis bei Amazon: EUR 24,57; Angebote ab EUR 20,99

ISBN-10: 1471166767
ISBN-13: 978-1471166761
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2017, Auflage: 01
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