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Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources: Fascicule V: I-J-K-L

Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources: Fascicule V: I-J-K-L
A guide to Latin during the Middle Ages.

The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century

release date: Jan 01, 2003
The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century
This is the first scholarly survey of the British constitution in the twentieth century. Indeed, it fills a very real gap in the history of Britain during the last hundred years. The book is a product of interdisciplinary collaboration by a distinguished group of constitutional lawyers, historians and political scientists, and draws where possible on primary sources. Its evaluation of the recent constitutional reforms will be of particular interest. This major interpretation of the constitution will remain authoritative for many years. It is essential reading for all those seeking to understand the impact of the constitutional reforms of recent years.

Annual Lecture on Art in Relation to Civilization Including Poetry, Henriette Hertz Trust

Society and Exchange in Nias

Society and Exchange in Nias
The island of Nias in Indonesia is renowned for its 'feasts of merit'. In pursuit of prestige and a noble title, a Nias chief must slaughter scores of pigs and give away a lifetime's wealth. Based on two years' field research, this book gives an account of kinship and ceremonial exchange in a village of the interior. The first part introduces a unique form of marriage alliance which represents, arguably, a link between elementary and complex social systems and has important implications for kinship theory. The second part contains perhaps the fullest account to date of the feast of merit, a widely-occurring Southeast Asian institution. Andrew Beatty's analysis sheds new light on the relation between gift exchange, status, and power, and he gives equal attention to the pragmatic and ideological concerns of the participants. Through case histories and ethnographic description he shows how exchange is involved in all that is most fundamental to life in Nias: the acquisition of prosperity, the creation of alliances and networks of support, the promotion of rank and prestige, and the assurance of salvation.

Letterbook of Greg & Cunningham, 1756-57

release date: Jan 01, 2001
Letterbook of Greg & Cunningham, 1756-57
The correspondence from Greg & Cunningham, the most successful Irish-American trading company during the colonial period, is a remarkable archive for anyone interested in the eighteenth century. These letters cover the first nine months of trade, and present a vivid picture of the transatlantic economy. The private letters between Cunningham in New York and Greg in Belfast are of particular worth, allowing a behind-the-scenes take on the operation.

Charters of Abingdon Abbey

release date: Jan 01, 2000
Charters of Abingdon Abbey
An edition of charters 51 to 151 from Abingdon Abbey, most of which are diplomas of Anglo-Saxon kings granting estates to lay beneficiaries and so provide an invaluable record of Anglo-Saxon royal government during the 10th and 11th centuries. The charters are in Old English and Latin and are accompanied by detailed commentaries. Appendices include indices of personal and place names and a Latin glossary. The pagination continues from Part 1 which is also available.

Mathematics and Necessity

release date: Jan 01, 2000
Mathematics and Necessity
Why did Plato place mathematics at the heart of education for the rulers of his ideal city? Why has mathematics played such a central role in Western philosophy? And how do we acquire knowledge of necessary truths? The answers to such questions offered by distinguished scholars M.V. Burnyeat, Ian Hacking, and Jonathan Bennett make a significant contribution to our understanding of the great thinkers from ancient to modern philosophy

British Academy Papers on Anglo-Saxon England

release date: Jan 01, 1990
British Academy Papers on Anglo-Saxon England
10 classic papers on Anglo-Saxon scholarship including 'The survival of Anglo-Saxon illumination after the Norman Conquest' ( F Wormald ), 'The Old English Bede' ( D Whitelock ), 'The compilation of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, 60 BC - AD 890' ( J M Bately ).

The William Stancomb Collection of Coins of the Black Sea Region

release date: Jan 01, 2000
The William Stancomb Collection of Coins of the Black Sea Region
In recent years, archaeologists and scholars of the ancient world have become increasingly interested in the area surrounding the Black Sea. Coinage represents one of the principal and most accessible forms of evidence for the ancient cultures of the region. This new volume illustrates and describes 1092 coins from the Black Sea region, and will serve as an essential resource for specialists.

Records of the Social and Economic History of England and Wales

Belmont Castle

release date: Jan 01, 2000
Belmont Castle
This is the final definitive publication of the excavations that were conducted by the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem on the site of the Crusader castle of Belmont (Suba), in the Judaean hills west of Jerusalem, between 1986 and 1989. The excavations and associated documentary research indicate that Belmont began its existence as a manor house or maison-forte in the first half of the twelfth century; at that time it probably represented the country seat of a fief-holding knight on the royal domain. By the 1140s, however, the areain which Belmont lay had been acquired by the Hospital of St John, which subsequently developed nearby Abu Ghosh (identified as biblical Emmaus) as the centre for an extensive estate. Following the Hospitallers takeover, while another former maison-forte, Aqua Bella, was converted into a priory orinfirmary building, Belmont was extended and developed as a concentric castle, dominating the landscape round about. A polygonal outer ward was added to the original rectangular maison-forte on the top of the hill, and ranges of vaulted buildings were constructed within it. This castle fell toSaladin in 1187, and was slighted by the Ayyubids in 1191. After this, the site was occupied by a village until 1948. The account of the excavation is preceded by a historical introduction and a discussion of the castles archaeological setting. It is followed by specialist reports on the coins and tokens, pottery, ceramic lamps, Persian seal impressions, glass, metalwork, clay tobacco pipes, and objects of stone,bone and terracotta. A detailed analysis and discussion is provided of the faunal remains; and a concluding chapter discusses the castles architecture and planning, its military functions, and its economic role within an agricultural estate that developed in the the later twelfth century to producefood and revenue for the Hospital in Jerusalem.

Memoirs of Giambattista Scala, Consul of His Italian Majesty in Lagos in Guinea (1862)

release date: Jan 01, 2000
Memoirs of Giambattista Scala, Consul of His Italian Majesty in Lagos in Guinea (1862)
This is the first edition of the Memoirs of Giambattista Scala, who, from 1852 to 1859, was a pioneer in the 'legitimate' trade which was replacing the Atlantic slave trade. Scala witnessed the dying years of the slave traffic and the growth of an export trade from West Africa to Europe, notably in palm products. From 1855 he also served as Sardinian Consul and observed the growth of British influence within Lagos and the surrounding parts of southern Yorubaland. Originally published in 1862, these Memoirs provide an interesting account of life among the Yoruba and of the community of traders and missionaries who settled in Lagos.

Lordship and Landscape in Norfolk: 1250-1350

release date: Jan 01, 1993

Middle English Literature

release date: Jan 01, 1989
Middle English Literature
This volume collects all of the Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Lectures that have been delivered on Middle English topics over the last forty years. Together, they represent the many advances in the critical and scholarly study of Middle English literature since World War II.

Papyri, Greek & Egyptian

Papyri, Greek & Egyptian
Fifty-five literary and documentary texts, from various sources, in honour of Eric Turner.

World Prehistory

release date: Jan 01, 1999
World Prehistory
Sir Grahame Clark (died 1995) was the foremost figure in world prehistoric studies. This volume presents new developments in Clark's major fields of interest, as well as reflecting on his own contribution to archaeological scholarship. The topics covered range from the origins of our own genus in Africa around two million years ago, to the issues of the Later Stone Age and the emergence of civilization in Northern Europe, Anatolia, and South-east Asia.

Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts in the British Isles: The Spanish and Portuguese manuscripts

Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts in the British Isles: The Spanish and Portuguese manuscripts
The most important Sephardi illuminated manuscripts are in British collections. Although many of their illustrations have been published previously, they have never been published in toto. Each of the manuscripts presented is treated from several aspects, codicological, historical and decorative, with a detailed description of each subject depicted.

The Upper Nile Province Handbook

release date: Jan 01, 1995
The Upper Nile Province Handbook
This account of one of the Sudan's remotest provinces provides the historical context for the early classics of British social anthropology.

Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum: The John Morcom collection of western Greek bronze coins

release date: Jan 01, 1995

The Diary of Robert Sharp of South Cave

release date: Jan 01, 1997
The Diary of Robert Sharp of South Cave
Robert Sharp was the schoolmaster of South Cave, a market village in East Riding, from 1804 until his death in 1843. The diary proper begins in 1826 and goes on almost without interruption until 1837, just prior to the accession of Queen Victoria. It therefore covers the period between the end of the Napoleonic Wars and the Victorian era - a period that included the passing of the Reform Act of 1832. The importance of the diary lies in its intimate portrayal of village life at this time. Robert Sharp, as an educated, literate man, was involved in almost every aspect of local life, so this record is exceptionally detailed. There are also many entries concerning more national and international matters, such as the burning of the Houses of Parliament (1834).

Translating the Bible

Translating the Bible
This book takes a look at the Ethiopian translation of the Old Testament, which is of fundamental importance both in terms of the influence it has had on Ethiopian life and culture, as well as being one of the 'daughter versions' of the Greek Old Testament.
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