If ever a catharsis in Western European Civilization occurred, it had to have been the period we refer to as the Renaissance. After a thousand years of theocracy, manorialism, feudalism, and narrow economic development, Europe was ripe for change. She got it with a vengeance. The prime mover in this momentous event was a rapid economic transformation which got underway in the 12th century. By 1350, European trade had finally recovered and attained the economic levels reached at the height of ancient Roman prosperity during the time of Emperor Antoninus Pius. But Europe was about to go far beyond even that. In the rush to escape the hardships and restrictions of manorial life, thousands abandoned the rural feudal domains and crowded into growing towns and cities. Concomitantly, the land owning aristocracy and church were left reeling. With money and its attendant political power now flowing into urban centers, and into the hands of merchant princes, the social changes that followed were bound to be profound. Historian Wallace K. Ferguson spends the entire first chapter just in bringing his listeners to an understanding of the changes wrought in the economic, social, and political spheres during the late Middle Ages. For it is only by going back to the period preceding the Renaissance that any of the events, with which we are familiar, will make sense. How did people respond to these chaotic social and economic changes? Why did the Church break apart under the pressure? Professor Ferguson provides the essential information we need in order to understand the dynamic Renaissance society that emerged, first in Italy, and later in Northern Europe. It was a remarkable transmutation whose legacy of brilliant works of art, architecture, literature, and scientific inquiry were to result in the mind expanding epochs that were to follow, and whose works continue to enrich the lives of millions right up to the present day. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlton Griffin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acon/000057/bk_acon_000057_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The 15th century saw the evolution of a distinct and powerfully influential European artistic culture. But what does the familiar phrase ´´Renaissance Art” actually refer to? Through engaging discussion of timeless works by artists such as Jan van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo, Tom Nichols offers a masterpiece of his own as he explores the truly original and diverse character of the art of the Renaissance. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001327/bk_boli_001327_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Are you familiar with the term ´´tossing salad´´ when it means something other than mixing the lettuce for dinner? If not, here´s a vocabulary tip: hipsters use this phrase to mean eating booty, or anilingus. Susie reads from a Gawker article by Tyrone Palmer that details recent hip-hop stars´ declarations of liking to ´´eat da booty´´. Citing many rappers, this article shines a positive light on what Susie says is a delightful pleasure that has been stigmatized as dirty - and as a line that shouldn´t be crossed - and that means you are gay. Next, a headline: Men Who Make Virginity Pledges as Teens Struggle with Sex Once Married. Susie finds this research, from livescience.com, to be understandably true - and sad. The Purity culture has, in fact, kept young people from having unmarried sex, but it hasn´t dealt with some deep psychological scars. Some men surveyed spoke about needing guidance once they were married, because the church had taught them to talk about sex with their teenage peers, but then when married to keep their mouths shut. Then, in our ´´What´s New on Audible´´ segment, Susie has another audiobook sample for us to hear, from True Porn Clerk Stories by Ali Davis. Susie loves to think about the old video stores, where all kinds of crazy behavior was on display. This is a great book, and the author narrates it. Have a question or a news story for Susie? You can send your confidential queries and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. [Episode 635, October 24, 2014] Explicit Language Warning: You must be 18 years or older to purchase this program. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susie Bright. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/suzy/141024/pf_suzy_141024_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Everyone´s favorite supernatural detective steps in to thwart unchivalrous deeds at a Renaissance fair. With Penguin´s Fall 2009 publication of Introducing Aunt Dimity, Paranormal Detective certain to attract new listeners to the popular cozy series, Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon is poised as the perfectly irresistible gem that will leave them eager for more. After living in the small English village of Finch for eight years, Lori Shepherd longs for some excitement to spice up her all-too-familiar routine. So when a Renaissance festival complete with wizards, wenches, knights, and jesters sets up in town for the summer, Lori gets her wish - and more. She soon discovers a sinister stalker, a jealous saboteur, and an evil assassin behind the scenes of King Wilfred´s Faire, and it´s up to Lori - with Aunt Dimity´s otherworldly guidance - to prevent the medieval revelry from ending in modern-day tragedy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Teri Clark Linden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/010777/bk_adbl_010777_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Nameless Dark debuts a major new voice in contemporary weird fiction. Within these minutes, you´ll find whispers of the familiar ghosts of the classic pulps - Lovecraft, Bradbury, Smith - blended with Grau´s uniquely macabre, witty storytelling, securing his place at the table amid this current Renaissance of literary horror. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Armen Taylor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061854/bk_acx0_061854_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For over 200 years, Americans have been fascinated by the Revolutionary period and the patriots who led the growing resistance movement against British authority. In particular, the clandestine activities of Boston´s Sons of Liberty in the decade before the war continue to be a source of both intrigue and mystery. The American Revolution had no shortage of compelling characters with seemingly larger than life traits. Perhaps no Revolutionary leader has been as controversial as Samuel Adams, who has been widely portrayed over the last two centuries as America´s most radical and fiery colonist. Paul Revere was one of the most prominent citizens in Boston, heralded for his silversmith work, his participation in the Sons of Liberty, and his service in the Massachusetts militia. Given everything he did, it would have no doubt greatly surprised Revere if he had known he would become an American legend for his midnight ride on the night of April 18, 1775. John Adams remained a celebrated figure in Boston for all the work he did in Massachusetts before and after the Revolution, but his national reputation has experienced quite a renaissance over the past decade. Most Americans are familiar with John Hancock because of his famous signature on the Declaration of Independence. That overshadowed the various and important contributions Hancock made in Boston before the Revolution, the Continental Congress during the Revolution, and Massachusetts state politics after the Revolution. The Sons of Liberty chronicles the amazing lives and careers of the four most famous members of the Sons of Liberty, examines their relationships before and during the Revolution, and analyzes their lasting legacies. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Samuel Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere and John Hancock like you never have before. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chris Brinkley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/036931/bk_acx0_036931_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Media Type : Book/CD SetLevel : Multiple LevelsMusical Genre : ChristmasNumber of pages : 80Celebration of the Christmas holiday includes a rich musical tradition. For this score and accompanying CD, the internationally-renowned Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo presents a ravishing collection of sacred music written for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. The duo has chosen music from six centuries in a wide variety of musical styles, including familiar Christmas tunes, little-known gems, and interesting variations on familiar themes written by such composers as Bach, Handel, Pachelbel, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. Selections range from beautiful Renaissance tunes suitable for beginning guitarists to concert repertoire for advanced players.
DescriptionNoel! is an exciting collection for mixed voice choirs, selected and edited by David Hill. The contents range from the Renaissance to the present: the polyphony of Victoria and Byrd, via Bach, familiar settings of traditional and lesser known carols through the ages, and works by today´s composers including Richard Rodney Bennett, Judith Bingham, John Tavener and Judith Weir.Mixed voice choirs of all levels will find here new arrangements of favourite carols as well as stimulating works for the Christmas season, from the easy to learn to the more challenging and unconventional. SonglistAdam Lay Ybounden [Ord, Boris]Away In A Manger [Anon]Away In A Manger [Kirkpatrick, W.J.] [Hill, David]Balulalow [Warlok, Peter]Bethlehem Down [Warlock, Peter]Ding Dong! Merrily On High [Wood, Charles]Epiphany [Bingham, Judith]God Is With Us [Tavener, John]God Rest You Merry, GentlemenHark! The Herald Angels Sing [Mendelssohn, Felix] [Hill, David]I Sing Of A Maiden [Berkeley, Lennox]Illuminare, Jerusalem [Weir, Judith]In Dulci Jubilo [Bach, Johann Sebastian]In The Bleak Midwinter [Walker, Robert]It Came Upon The Midnight Clear [Sullivan, Arthur]It Came Upon The Midnight Clear [Willis, Richard Storrs]Jingle Bells [Pierpont, J.] [Allwood, Ralph]Jingle Bells [Pierpont, James Lord]Long The Night [Massey, Roy]Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child [Leighton, Kenneth]No Small Wonder [Edwards, Paul]Noel Nouvelet [Jackson, Stephen]O Come, All Ye Faithful [Wade, John Francis] [Hill, David]O Come, All Ye Faithful [Wade, John Francis] [Willcocks, David]O Little Town Of Bethlehem [Vaughan Williams, Ralph] [Armstrong, Thomas]O Magnum Mysterium [Lauridsen, Morten]O Magnum Mysterium [Victoria, Tomas Luis De] Of The Father´s Love Begotten [Lloyd, Richard]Once In Royal David´s City [Gauntlett, Henry John] [Alexander, Cecil]Once In Royal David´s City [O´donnell, James]Out Of Your Sleep [Nelson, Robin]Rocking [Hill, David]See, Amid The Winter´s Snow [Goss, John]Silent Night [Gruber, Franz]Silent Night [Gruber, Franz] [Mohr, Josef]Sing Lullaby! [Hill, David]So Said The Angel [Skellern, Peter]Still, Still, Still [Gant, Andrew]The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came [Pettman, Edgar]The Clouded Heaven [Bingham, Judith]The Kings [Nicolai, Philipp] [Cornelius, Peter]The Lamb [Tavener, John]The Twelve Days Of Christmas [Carter, Andrew]There Is No Rose [Bax, Arnold] [Dawkes, Hubert]There Is No Rose [Joubert, John]This Day Christ Was Born [Byrd, William]Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day [Gardner, John]We Three Kings Of Orient Are [Hopkins, John Henry Jr.]We Wish You A Merry Christmas [Allwood, Ralph]While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
March 1814. Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho returns to England from several months´ rigorous patrolling off the North American coast. War with the United States has not yet ended, but news of Napoleon´s defeat and abdication has stunned a navy and a nation bled by years of European conflict. Victory has been the impossible dream, and now, for Bolitho, a vision of the future and a personal peace seems attainable. However, an unsympathetic Admiralty dispatches him to Malta. Is this appointment a compliment or a malicious ploy to keep Bolitho from the woman he loves and the freedom he craves? He cannot know, but the voice of duty speaks more insistently even than the voice of the heart, and in this familiar sea where both glory and tragedy have touched his life, Bolitho must confront the future, the renaissance of a hated tyrant and the fulfilment of destiny. Alexander Kent is the author of 28 acclaimed books featuring Richard Bolitho. Under his own name, Douglas Reeman, and in the course of a career spanning 45 years, he has written over 30 novels and two nonfiction books. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Jayston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017980/bk_adbl_017980_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The author discusses numerous topics related to physical alchemy, including the practical methods, which the Renaissance alchemists would have used for transmutation of baser metals into gold. He discusses alchemical mercury, calcination, First Matter, creating both vegetable and metallic tinctures, Caput Mortuum, Essential Salt, the Seed in Metals, the quintessence, separation, the Mystical Marriage, ripening the Seed, the White Tincture, uses of the Stone, the Great Work, and numerous other related aspects of the overall subject matter. The author offer general instructions on many of these procedures, for the listener already familiar with elementary chemical processes and adept in understanding symbolic language. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Strader. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/042713/bk_acx0_042713_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.