From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, the first book in the Grail Series—the spellbinding tale of a young man, a fearless archer, who sets out wanting to avenge his family's honor and winds up on a quest for the Holy ...
Author: Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: Harper Collins
A brutal raid on the quiet coastal English village of Hookton in 1342 leaves but one survivor: a young archer named Thomas. On this terrible dawn, his purpose becomes clear -- to recover a stolen sacred relic and pursue to the ends of the earth the murderous black-clad knight bearing a blue-and-yellow standard, a journey that leads him to the courageous rescue of a beautiful French woman, and sets him on his ultimate quest: the search for the Holy Grail.
CHAPTER 1 - THE ARCHER'S TALE * CHAPTER 2 - ENGLISH SOCIETY IN THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY * The Three Estates of Man and the Feudalism.
Author: U. S. Military
Much of England's success in the Hundred Years War is attributed to England's use of large infantry formations made up of commoners armed with the longbow. A variety of factors including the Black Death and the amalgamation of several cultures, created a society in England with a relatively high degree of social mobility. The demands of war against a much larger opponent combined with England's relative social mobility made it possible for England to incorporate low born archers into their professional military community which previously only included the aristocracy and the gentry. The success of these common archers on the battlefield continued to increase the level of social mobility available to low born men. English "Yeoman Archers," as they came to be known, became the embodiment of a new social order in which ability was more prized than birth. They had a dramatic impact on the character of warfare in the fourteenth century and the development of the western way of war as we know it today. CHAPTER 1 - THE ARCHER'S TALE * CHAPTER 2 - ENGLISH SOCIETY IN THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY * The Three Estates of Man and the Feudalism. The Realities of English Society * Wealth and Social Mobility * Government * English National Identity * Plague and War in the Fourteenth Century * The Plague * The Hundred Years War * CHAPTER 3 - THE ENGLISH MILITARY COMMUNITY OF THE LATTER FOURTEENTH CENTURY * The Social and Economic Realities of the English Military Situation in the Fourteenth Century * Training * Why Join the Army? * Conclusion * CHAPTER 4 - THE ENGLISH ARCHER * The Yeoman Archer * Hunting in the King's Forest * Outlaws, the Robin Hood Legend, and Royal Pardons * Conclusion * CHAPTER 5 - THE ARCHER'S IMPACT ON WARFARE AND SOCIETY * CHAPTER 6 - CONCLUSION * BIBLIOGRAPHY In order to understand the archer's place in society one must first have some understanding of society as a whole. Therefore, chapter 2 begins with a brief discussion of English society in the fourteenth century. This discussion addresses how English society tried to define itself utilizing the three estates, and how the realities of English society differed from this idealized model. Additionally, there is a brief examination of the major events that shaped the fourteenth century. Chapter 3 narrows the focus to examine the English military community of the fourteenth century. It is necessary to discuss the structure of the military community and the social aspects that determined who served as a man-at-arms and who served as an archer. It will also be necessary to examine the social and military realities of the English position at the beginning of the Hundred Years War that necessitated their reliance on archers. These discussions will establish a firm understanding of English society and the English military community and allow for a more detailed analysis of the social status of English archers. The fourth chapter examines the social status of English archers as well as the specific aspects of English culture that allowed England to create a massed archery capability when no other western monarchy could. This study will conclude with an examination of the archer's impact on the western way of war and English society.
The Archer, the Horse and Other Fairy Tales Nick Davis. With tiny beady little
eyes Koshchey turned spying the Archer riding down on him, “Another one? How
bravely you come to face your great death. This Kingdom provides many fun play
Author: Nick Davis
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Once Upon a Time… What a magical phrase that opens up a story to wonder and adventure. The Wonder Tales Volume One is a collection of all ages fantastical fables that are set in a fantasy world of Once Upon a Time, in a Land Far, Far Away known as the Ninth Kingdom. It is a world of magic, of wonder, of vain Kings, noble Heroes, beautiful Princesses, Pirates, evil Witches, scary Monsters and one very unique and smart talking Horse… The Wonder Tales Volume One, The Archer, the Horse and Other Tales collects together the first six Wonder Tales. The Archer, the Horse and the Princess The Archer, the Horse and the Golden Braid The Daughter of Frost The Archer and the Flying Pirate Ship The Girl and the Troll The Archer, the Horse and the Forgotten Quest Bonus story – I Am Wolf Read these tales to your children, or you can let them explore the wonder of reading for themselves with these magical yarns of pure imagination.
Tales of Translation Story One There is a story told today about an event in
ancient China wherein five hundred archers were said to have been dispatched,
on the emperor's express orders, to a coastal location near Hangzhou that was
Author: George Steinmetz
Publisher: Duke University Press
Category: Social Science
The Politics of Method in the Human Sciences provides a remarkable comparative assessment of the variations of positivism and alternative epistemologies in the contemporary human sciences. Often declared obsolete, positivism is alive and well in a number of the fields; in others, its influence is significantly diminished. The essays in this collection investigate its mutations in form and degree across the social science disciplines. Looking at methodological assumptions field by field, individual essays address anthropology, area studies, economics, history, the philosophy of science, political science and political theory, and sociology. Essayists trace disciplinary developments through the long twentieth century, focusing on the decades since World War II. Contributors explore and contrast some of the major alternatives to positivist epistemologies, including Marxism, psychoanalysis, poststructuralism, narrative theory, and actor-network theory. Almost all the essays are written by well-known practitioners of the fields discussed. Some essayists approach positivism and anti-positivism via close readings of texts influential in their respective disciplines. Some engage in ethnographies of the present-day human sciences; others are more historical in method. All of them critique contemporary social scientific practice. Together, they trace a trajectory of thought and method running from the past through the present and pointing toward possible futures. Contributors. Andrew Abbott, Daniel Breslau, Michael Burawoy, Andrew Collier , Michael Dutton, Geoff Eley, Anthony Elliott, Stephen Engelmann, Sandra Harding, Emily Hauptmann, Webb Keane, Tony Lawson, Sophia Mihic, Philip Mirowski, Timothy Mitchell, William H. Sewell Jr., Margaret R. Somers, George Steinmetz, Elizabeth Wingrove
Monday after the shoot , in a blazing editorial celebrating the victory of the archers , Rimrose recommended an increase in annual salary for the archery
coach from her present wage of $ 12,500 as assistant professor of Exercise
Science to ...
Author: Mark Harris
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Mark Harris took you out to the ballgame in his Henry Wiggen novels, The Southpaw, Bang the Drum Slowly, A Ticket for a Seamstitch, and It Looked Like For Ever. In The Tale Maker, he takes you to college. Rimrose was well-read, smart, and strong. As the editor of the campus Sentinel, he was perfectly placed to observe how a university worked, and ideally inclined to expose its ethical weaknesses. Supported by his parents, he could concentrate on things that mattered: his writing, his wife-to-be, and his friends and enemies—including the warped Kakapick, who serves Rimrose lastingly as model and prototype of the literary scoundrel. Rimrose—Tale Maker of the title—turns from journalism to fiction-writing, kept alive by his wife’s practical and ingenious devotion to selling his stories, even those he has tossed in the trash. As he grows older and begets children, he worries about income and faces stultifying choices: managing his father’s small-town newspaper or playing politics in university service.
As the main battle front raged on with Legarilis and Borgen leading the brave
troops, the archers had begun picking off several of the orcs who had not yet
gotten into the main fray and could be taken down without endangering one of
Met at the edge of the hill by an Archer : he is driven back ; they struggle on the
bridge . The Archer's sword taken by ROMALDI ; who , again attempting fight , is
again met by several Archers . ROMALDI maintains a retreating fight . FIAMETTA
Met at the edge of the bill by an Archer : be is driven back ; they struggle on the
bridge . The Archer's sword taken by Romaldi ; who , again attempting flight , is
again met by several Archers . ROMALDI maintains a retreating fight . FIAMETTA
Bagradas' troopers, a band of archers and lancers about equal in numbers to the
mounted Halogai, rode into the no-man's-land. There they stopped and waited.
After a moment the Halogai understood the challenge. They yelled and spurred ...
Author: Harry Turtledove
Publisher: Del Rey
Against all expectations, Krispos had won the crown of Videssos. But how long could he hope to keep head and crown together? For trouble was brewing in every, quarter. Civil war erupted under Petronas, the late Emperor's uncle. A brilliant general and a canny politician, Petronas had a very personal score to settle against the upstart Krispos. And even as rebel troops took the field against the untried Emperor, outland raiders swept down from the northlands in a tide of carnage. The power stemmed from foulest sorcery, and Videssos' wizards could not counter its evil curse. Krispos reign showed every sign of being brief -- and very bloody... From the Paperback edition.
The archers were protected by a group of five hundred mounted hoblers—the
light horse of Ireland—led by William de Bermingham. John was determined not
to repeat the English mistakes of Bannockburn. John kept two groups of five ...
Author: DJ Birmingham
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
The struggle for the survival of Ireland in the 14th Century An Irish friar scribes the tale of an ancient Irish Queen whose tormented soul is imprisoned in a second century Gaelic brooch, The Golden Harp. The demonic destruction spread by the evil queens spirit will lead to the death of one of every three individuals in Ireland in the early 14th Century. The Queens Tale chronicles the journey of the brooch as it travels from Ireland into England, then to Scotland, and back again into Ireland, leaving a trail of death and destruction. Two individuals vie for the right to possess the brooch believing it to be a sacred relic of St. Patricks that will protect the one who wears it from all danger. John de Bermingham, the second son of an Irish baron, is first to wear the brooch. He is obsessed with winning an earldom and becoming the English kings justiciar of Ireland. Despite being betrothed to one of the earl of Ulsters daughters, he rescues and falls in love with an Irish princess, deemed unsuitable. Three times he will regain possession of the brooch. Only a sacred rosary given to him by a mysterious Italian Franciscan friar protects his life. Unknown to John, he can defeat the ancient evil in the brooch if he is able to pass four preordained tests in his journey of life. The first is a test of devotion, where he bestows the brooch to an unattainable love. The second is a test of obedience, where he must give up the brooch to a weak king. For the third test he must decline to become a king. In the fourth and final test, he of Anglo-Norman heritage must become more Irish than the native Irish, and unselfishly give up his life for the undeserving king. The second to control possession of the brooch is Edward II, King of England. He is weak and easily manipulated by false friends, seeking only wealth and power. He would rather thatch and dig ditches than be king. Married to Isabella of France, he prefers the couch of his male lovers to her. He gives the brooch to three of his favorites, who die violently. He leads England into civil war and the loss of Scotland. Only after being imprisoned, by his queen and her lover, and forced to abdicate, does he grasp and repent his folly. After defeating the English at the battle of Bannockburn, the Scottish King, Robert the Bruce, gives permission to his younger brother, Edward, to invade and conquer Ireland. Edward Bruce leads his army of seasoned Scots into Ireland wearing the Golden Harp Brooch. He had taken it from the slain body of Edward IIs favorite nephew at Bannockburn. After three years of Bruces terror and defeat of defending armies, John de Bermingham steps forward to lead the Anglo-Norman militias of Ireland into the final battle against the never defeated Bruce, whom the native Irish had crowned High King of all Ireland. The historical novel is based on actual historical events and individuals Only the motivations and inner feelings of the main characters are based on the authors imagination. Of the twenty-four characters in the novel, only four are fictional. The opening sequence of the novel starts with a monologue given by the novels narrator, an Irish Dominican monk from Athenry, County Galway. Grey Friars Church, London - 1528 A.D. An Irish Friar speaks.. Have I gone mad? For the past two days I, Seamus Cassidy, a lowly Dominican priest, have been conversing non-stop in Gaelic with the devil. I am upset and fearful as to why this evil spirit from the depths of hell has chosen to disclose to me an incredible tale which reveals some of the darkest secrets of the fourteenth century. Was the King of England brutally murdered in 1327? Or did the much maligned Edward II escape his intended murders, flee into Ireland, and then later live hidden for the rest of his natural life in Italy? I now possess all the knowledge I need to know to lay
To their credit are such classics as Black Narcissus, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The Red Shoes, and The Tales of Hoffman.
Author: Scott Salwolke
Category: Performing Arts
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger successfully collaborated on 16 films over a period of 15 years, most often with their identities united as the Archers. To their credit are such classics as Black Narcissus, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The Red Shoes, and The Tales of Hoffman.
shouted one of the archers as he loaded his bow and began racing towards the
front gate with the other archers in tow. A wide smile spread across the
commander's face. “I always prefer battle before breakfast, m' boys.” A volley of
I can well perceive was left but for them to remain quietly until Hawk . how you lay
to your heart a joy at what you deem wood returned to set them at liberty .
retribution , in plucking me out of the centre of The archers betrayed but little
See ! the envious sails are swelling , Hark ! the wave the tale is telling , They bear
him far from British dwelling , To India's fervid day . Check your mirth ! your
feasting stay , One hallow'd tear we drop to - day , Such tribute we may surely pay
Cnut and a chosen band went first; Cuthbert followed, with Lady Margaret and
her attendants; and the rest of the archers brought up the rear, a trusty man being
left in charge at last with orders to swing back the stone into its place, having first
Author: George Alfred Henty
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
It was a bright morning in the month of August, when a lad of some fifteen years of age, sitting on a low wall, watched party after party of armed men riding up to the castle of the Earl of Evesham. A casual observer glancing at his curling hair and bright open face, as also at the fashion of his dress, would at once have assigned to him a purely Saxon origin; but a keener eye would have detected signs that Norman blood ran also in his veins, for his figure was lither and lighter, his features more straightly and shapely cut, than was common among Saxons. His dress consisted of a tight-fitting jerkin, descending nearly to his knees. The material was a light-blue cloth, while over his shoulder hung a short cloak of a darker hue. His cap was of Saxon fashion, and he wore on one side a little plume of a heron. In a somewhat costly belt hung a light short sword, while across his knees lay a crossbow, in itself almost a sure sign of its bearer being of other than Saxon blood. The boy looked anxiously as party after party rode past toward the castle. "I would give something," he said, "to know what wind blows these knaves here. From every petty castle in the Earl's feu the retainers seem hurrying here. Is he bent, I wonder, on settling once and for all his quarrels with the Baron of Wortham? or can he be intending to make a clear sweep of the woods? Ah! here comes my gossip Hubert; he may tell me the meaning of this gathering."
. . Has he achieved 'The Perfect Murder'? A tantalizing opening to A Twist in the Tale, a fantastic collection of short stories from bestselling author Jeffrey Archer.
Author: Jeffrey Archer
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
The expected never happens . . . A man calls unexpectedly on his mistress and sees another man leaving her flat. Accusing her of being unfaithful, he quarrels with her, strikes her. She dies. Leaving unseen, he tips off the police so that the other man is arrested and charged . . . Has he achieved 'The Perfect Murder'? A tantalizing opening to A Twist in the Tale, a fantastic collection of short stories from bestselling author Jeffrey Archer. Consider also: a wine-tasting with a bizarre difference, a game of sex with a sexy stranger, a violent row in a golf clubhouse bar, a rivalry founded on eating cornflakes . . . just some of the openings in this cunningly constructed, fast-moving, entertaining set of stories from the bestselling author.
On the practice field you could see archers shooting at theshadow creatures, the
Shadowen were so many that somehad beenable to get through the storm of
arrows and kill a few of thekings soldiers. Twomen inside the castle grounds
Author: Andrea Smith
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
This fictional story is set in a time of myth, magic and legend. Find out if my mismatched heroes are strong and brave enough to stand and fight together. Evil is lurking deep down inside a cave on a barren Island. Will our friends Aaron, Tom, Sky and Hope find a weapon to stand against them? Is Sky strong enough to embrace her heritage? Will Shaggy find his identity? A whole kingdom is in danger. Will our heroes find all the answers they are searching for, or will they fail in their quest? It’s all about sacrifice, hope and friendship.