The Songs of the Kings

A Novel

Author: Barry Unsworth

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780307424143

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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“Troy meant one thing only to the men gathered here, as it did to their commanders. Troy was a dream of wealth; and if the wind continued the dream would crumble.” As the harsh wind holds the Greek fleet trapped in the straits at Aulis, frustration and political impotence turn into a desire for the blood of a young and innocent woman – blood that will appease the gods and allow the troops to set sail. And when Iphigeneia, Agamemnon’s beloved daughter, is brought to the coast under false pretences, and when a knife is fashioned out of the finest and most precious of materials, it looks as if the ships will soon be on their way. But can a father really go to these lengths to secure political victory, and can a daughter willingly give up her life for the worldly ambitions of her father? Throwing off the heroic values we expect of them, Barry Unsworth’s mythic characters embrace the political ethos of the twenty-first century and speak in words we recognize as our own. The blowhard Odysseus warns the men to not “marginalize” Agamemnon and to “strike while the bronze is hot.” High-sounding principles clash with private motives, and dark comedy ensues. Here is a novel that stands the world on its head.
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The Song of the King

Author: Max Lucado

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780891078272

Category: Kings, queens, rulers, etc.

Page: 32

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Three knights set out on a perilous journey to reach the king's castle, but the only one to reach his goal is the one who was wise enough to listen to the song of the king.
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The songs of Scotland

adapted to their appropriate melodies ... : illustrated with historical, biographical, and critical notices by George Farquhar Graham

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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Page: N.A

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The Song of King Gesar

Author: Alai

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 0857868950

Category: Fiction

Page: 360

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In this extraordinary retelling by award-winning ethnic Tibetan writer Alai, The Song of King Gesar is brilliantly brought to life. It is one of the world's great epics, as significant for Tibetans as the Odyssey and Iliad for the ancient Greeks, and as the Ramayana and Mahabarata in India. Passed down in song from one generation to the next, it continues to be a living part of the Tibetan culture, and is sung by Tibetan bards even today. Set partly in ancient Tibetan society, where evil spirits mingle with the lives of humans, and partly in modern-day Tibet, The Song of King Gesar tells of two lives inextricably entwined. Gesar, the youngest and bravest of the gods, has been sent down to the human world to defeat the demons that plague the lives of ordinary people and threaten to enslave them. Jigmed is a young shepherd, who is visited by dreams of Gesar, of gods and of ancient battles while he sleeps. So begins an epic journey for both the shepherd and the king. The wilful child of the gods will become Gesar, the warrior-king of Ling, and will unite the nation of Tibet under his reign. And Jigmed will learn to see his troubled country with new eyes, and, as the storyteller chosen by the gods, must face his own destiny.
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Song of Redemption (Chronicles of the Kings Book #2)

Author: Lynn Austin

Publisher: Bethany House

ISBN: 9781441202406

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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When King Hezekiah discovers that God's Law forbids him to take multiple wives, he must choose one woman to love. He must also choose to trust God's promises when he decides to rebel against his powerful Assyrian overlords. Hezekiah seeks to strengthen his nation's fortifications by building a tunnel in Jerusalem to hide his water supply. The tension mounts as the Assyrians march closer--and Hezekiah's tunnel remains incomplete.With his officials advising him to submit to the Assyrians, Hezekiah's faith is once more severely tested. Chronicles of the King Book 2.
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Writing Dylan: The Songs of a Lonesome Traveler, 2nd Edition

Author: Larry David Smith

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440861595

Category: Music

Page: 585

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This study of Dylan's mission-driven music reveals a functional approach to art that not only sustained his 60-year career but forever changed an art form. • Offers an unprecedented presentation of Dylan's lyrics, unavailable elsewhere • Comprehensively studies Dylan's work in relation to the mission with which it is associated • Thoroughly analyzes all types of Dylan's art, including songs, movies, and poetry • Provides a unique narrative taxonomy of Dylan's songwriting • Presents Dylan's creative method as art by assembly
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Twelve Kings

The Song of the Shattered Sands

Author: Bradley Beaulieu

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1473203031

Category: Fiction

Page: 592

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In the cramped west end of Sharakhai, the Amber Jewel of the Desert, Çeda fights in the pits to scrape a living. She, like so many in the city, pray for the downfall of the cruel, immortal Kings of Sharakhai, but she's never been able to do anything about it. This all changes when she goes out on the night of Beht Zha'ir, the holy night when all are forbidden from walking the streets. It's the night that the asirim, the powerful yet wretched creatures that protect the Kings from all who would stand against them, wander the city and take tribute. It is then that one of the asirim, a pitiful creature who wears a golden crown, stops Çeda and whispers long forgotten words into her ear. Çeda has heard those words before, in a book left to her by her mother, and it is through that one peculiar link that she begins to find hidden riddles left by her mother. As Çeda begins to unlock the mysteries of that fateful night, she realizes that the very origin of the asirim and the dark bargain the Kings made with the gods of the desert to secure them may be the very key she needs to throw off the iron grip the Kings have had over Sharakhai. And yet the Kings are no fools-they've ruled the Shangazi for four hundred years for good reason, and they have not been idle. As Çeda digs into their past, and the Kings come closer and closer to unmasking her, Çeda must decide if she's ready to face them once and for all.
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The Song of Giraldus

Author: Richard Loomis

Publisher: Richard Loomis

ISBN: 9780738846057

Category: Fiction

Page: 228

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"A fan letter. I very much enjoyed and appreciated your novel, with its splendid evocation of the medieval world–as seen through the consciousness of a historian of the time. Your sense of language has a wonderful feeling of a vanished age, and yet with a kind of modern, almost minimalist restraint. Bravo for a job well done." Robert Rosenstone Cal Tech, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
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