Medieval Lyrics of Europe

Willard R Trask one of the foremost translators of the day and winner of the National Book Award for his translations of the first volume of Casanova s i History of My Life i has selected and translated a brilliant sampling of medieval lyric poetry from Provence France Germany Italy and Spain The authors include princes and monks high born ladies and professional troubadours such immortals as Dante Fran ois Villon and Walter von der Vogelwerde as well as those whose identities are lost to histroy Many of the lyrics are translated here for the first time

Unwritten Song

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The World Is Not Enough

The World Is Not Enough re creates medieval life This first of Zoe Oldenbourg s acclaimed historical novels chronicles the lives of a remarkable gallery of people in twelfth century France and the catastrophic upheavals of the Second and Third Crusades

The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion

In the classic text i The Sacred and the Profane i famed historian of religion Mircea Eliade observes that even moderns who proclaim themselves residents of a completely profane world are still unconsciously nourished by the memory of the sacred Eliade traces manifestations of the sacred from primitive to modern times in terms of space time nature and the cosmos In doing so he shows how the total human experience of the religious man compares with that of the nonreligious br This book of great originality and scholarship serves as an excellent introduction to the history of religion but its perspective also emcompasses philosophical anthropology phenomenology and psychology It will appeal to anyone seeking to discover the potential dimensions of human existence

The Myth of the Eternal Return or Cosmos and History

This founding work of the history of religions first published in English in secured the North American reputation of the Romanian emigre scholar Mircea Eliade Making reference to an astonishing number of cultures amp drawing on scholarship published in no less than half a dozen European languages Eliade s The Myth of the Eternal Return makes both intelligible amp compelling the religious expressions amp activities of a wide variety of archaic amp primitive religious cultures While acknowledging that a return to the archaic is no longer possible Eliade passionately insists on the value of understanding this view in order to enrich our contemporary imagination of what it is to be human

A History of Religious Ideas 2: From Gautama Buddha to the Triumph of Christianity

In volume of this monumental work Mircea Eliade continues his magisterial progress through the history of religious ideas The religions of ancient China Brahmanism and Hinduism Buddha and his contemporaries Roman religion Celtic and German religions Judaism the Hellenistic period the Iranian syntheses and the birth of Christianity all are encompassed in this volume br

Myth and Reality

An informative guide to the modern mythologies This classic study translated from the original French deals primarily with societies around the world in which myth is or was until very recently living in the sense that it supplies models for human behavior amp by that very fact gives meaning amp value to life The author believes that understanding the structure amp function of myths in these traditional societies serves to clarify a stage in the history of human thought myths reveal that the world man amp life have a supernatural origin amp history amp that this history is significant precious amp exemplary

The Black Swan

Thomas Mann s bold and disturbing novella written in is the feminine counterpart of his masterpiece i Death in Venice i Written from the point of view of a woman in what we might now call mid life crisis i The Black Swan i evinces Mann s mastery of psychological analysis and his compelling interest in the intersection of the physical and the spiritual in human behavior It is startlingly relevant to current discussions of the politics of the body male inscriptions of the feminine and discourse about and of women The new introduction places this dramatic novella in the context of contemporary feminist and literary concerns bringing it to the attention of a new generation of readers

Rites and Symbols of Initiation

Organizing data from cultures the world over Eliade lays out the basic patterns of initiation group puberty rites entrance into secret cults shamanic instruction individual visions and heroic rites of passage The vast information assembled so beautifully transcends usual scholarship Eliade always affirms the greater experience in all initiations the indissoluble tie between humans and the cosmos of Gods spirits animals ancestors and nature The absence of initiation in our culture has left modern men and women often isolated from each other from the invisible powers beyond and from the myths that sustain daily life The primal soul desire for symbolic rituals pushes youth into substitutes for initiatory experience gangs suicide car crashes teenage pregnancy street drugs These symptoms show the unquenchable urge for existential transformation and the need for elders mentors and rituals This book is about crossing from confusion to knowledge from innocence to experienced elder

The Hatter's Phantoms

A haunting mystery set in the back streets of La Rochelle