'The Ch�teau de Versailles is a real photographic challenge because it is so huge: there is an infinite number of possible points of view and they are never the same, depending on the time of day, the weather or the season... There are always new photos to take, to contemplate, to dream of. It is a demanding place that stimulates creativity and encourages you to look at it again and again' Thomas Garnier Versailles is one of the most photographed places in the world, but only four people have the privilege of being the Palace's official photographers. They have uniquely unfettered access to the secrets that lie within, outside and beneath this enormous domain where they spend their days - and sometimes their nights. Now, for the first time, they open their personal albums to offer a wealth of impressions and responses. Two hundred and fifty previously unpublished photographs reveal a plethora of outstanding artworks, the private apartments of Louis XIV, MarieAntoinette and Madame de Pompadour, magnificent galleries, the delightful Orangerie and more, all accompanied by texts that provide a lively introduction to daily life at the Ch�teau and its momentous history. This is a monumental volume on a scale that matches the grandeur of the worldrenowned Palace it celebrates.
'The Rape of Europa' is one of Titian's great masterpieces, a work charged with eroticism and classical mystique behind which lies a tale as compelling as the painting itself. Here Charles FitzRoy weaves a unique account of its history and the painting's movement following the rise and fall of the countries in which it has been housed. The story ranges from its place at the court of King Philip II of Spain, through French revolution and English intrigue, to its final move to America, engineered by the brilliant but devious art historian Bernard Berenson. This is the tale of how Titian's masterpiece has captivated kings, nobles, artists, and lovers alike for over four centuries since its conception and continues to do so today.
Traces the historical and technological development of the arch from the ancient world to the twentieth century, and highlights the arches of the Colosseum, Chartres Cathedral, Monticello, and the Guggenheim Museum.
A look at Europe and America after The Great War and the conditions that spawned World War II. Columns written by a small-town southern Editor writing for the folks back home in 1923 and 1924.
It is an era that redefined history. As the 1790s began, a fragile America teetered on the brink of oblivion, Russia towered as a vast imperial power, and France plunged into revolution. But in contrast to the way conventional histories tell it, none of these remarkable events occurred in isolation. Now, for the first time, acclaimed historian Jay Winik masterfully illuminates how their fates combined in one extraordinary moment to change the course of civilization. A sweeping, magisterial drama featuring the richest cast of characters ever to walk upon the world stage, including Washington, Jefferson, Louis XVI, Robespierre, and Catherine the Great, The Great Upheaval is a gripping, epic portrait of this tumultuous decade that will forever transform the way we see America's beginnings and our world
Auch am französischen Königshof war nicht alles Gold, was glänzte: Wo mehr als 4000 Menschen auf engstem Raum zusammenlebten, ergaben sich handfeste Probleme. Die Hofdamen froren erbärmlich vor den zugigen Kaminen, saubere Wäsche war Mangelware und allzumenschliche Bedürfnisse ließen sich bei den ständig verstopften Latrinen kaum befriedigen. William Ritchey Newton wirft einen völlig neuen Blick auf das Leben am Hof von Versailles. Dabei kommt Sensationelles, Kurioses und Unappetitliches ans Licht. Eine höchst amüsante Kulturgeschichte.
Mit den Elementen der Natur schuf der Gartenarchitekt Le Nôtre einen künstlichen Kosmos und suggerierte dessen Grenzenlosigkeit. Der Autor spannt den Bogen von den ursprünglichen Zuständen des Gartens bis zu den spektakulären Rekonstruktionen der letzten Jahre.
Opulent und ergreifend: ein Roman über Johanna, die letzte Königin Spaniens Mit 13 Jahren erlebt Johanna von Kastilien die Vereinigung des Königreichs Spaniens unter ihren Eltern Isabella und Fernando mit. Intelligent, schön, und stolz auf ihre Herkunft kämpft Johanna gegen ihr Schicksal an, als sie als zukünftige Braut des Habsburgers Philip des Schönen auserwählt wird. Aber als sie in Flandern dem attraktiven und sympathischen Prinzen gegenübersteht schlagen ihre Gefühle um. Doch weiß sie noch nicht, dass dieser Mann, nicht nur die größte Liebe ihres Lebens sein wird, sondern auch ihre bitterste Enttäuschung ...
This comprehensive A-Z guide to the history of Britain and its peoples will be indispensable reading for general readers and students. It contains some 1400 pages packed full of fascinating detail on everything from Hadrian's Wall to the Black Death to Tony Blair. The Companion to British Historywas assembled over more than thirty years and was first published in 1996 by Longcross Press to great acclaim. The author has comprehensively updated it for the paperback edition.

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