Monday, 7 September 2009

This week's new books

Pyrrhus of Epirus, Jeff Champion (Pen & Sword)
A biography of Pyrrhus of Epirus, a second cousin of Alexander the Great, born into the royal house of Epirus in northwest Greece. Pyrrhus was rated by Hannibal as a better general than himself and was the first Hellenistic king to fight against the Roman legions, when he was invited, in 281 BC, to defend the southern Italian states against the Roman Republic.

The White Queen, Philippa Gregory (Simon & Schuster)
The first in the new series, The Cousins’ War, The White Queen is set in amid the tumult of the Wars of the Roses and tells the story of Elizabeth Woodville of the House of Lancaster, who marries in secret the reigning king Edward VI of the family of the white rose, the House of York.

Mercenaries and their Masters, Michael Mallett (Pen & Sword)
A new edition of Michael Mallett’s of study of warfare in Renaissance Italy, first published in Britain in 1974. Set in the context of the Italian society of the time, Mallett’s account of the age of the condottieri and of the soldiers who fought under them provides an insight into the way in which war was organised and practised in the Renaissance world.

The German Myth of the East, Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius (Oxford University Press)
A study of German views of Eastern Europe from 1800 to the present day, which provides an insight into how the relationship between Germany and the East has influenced how Germans have defined themselves and their own national identity.

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