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Hoist the drawbridge and ready the cannons! Even reluctant readers will storm the bookshelves for this high-interest topic where history, math, and magic intersect. This innovative text goes far beyond the familiar medieval European architecture and enhances readers’ global awareness through Celtic fortified settlements, Roman warrior towns, massive Japanese structures, and other architectural marvels. Fantastic photographs and a helpful map will visually enrich the readers’ journey, and they will be thrilled to build their own paper castles in a concluding engineering activity section.
Descended from the Viking raiders who settled in Northern France under the leadership of Rollo in around 911, the Normans were amongst the most feared warriors of their time. Their territorial ambitions culminated in Duke William 1's conquest of England in 1066, but although victory at Hastings left the English crown in William's hands, Norman sovereignty remained far from established on the island. In order to consolidate his position, the new king built a series of fortifications across the country this book covers all these developments from the early days of William I through to the fortifications of Henry II, Richard I and John.
An unbeatable, pocket-sized guide to the Algarve, packed with insider tips and ideas, color maps and top 10 lists--all designed to help you see the very best of the Algarve. Explore the lively city of Faro, step back in time in the elegant town of Tavira, soak up the sun on the golden beaches, or kayak in the caves off Lagos. From top 10 beaches to top 10 castles and forts, discover the best of the Algarve with this easy-to-use travel guide. Inside Top 10 Algarve: - Six easy-to-follow itineraries, perfect for a day trip, a weekend, or a week - Top 10 lists showcase the best attractions in the Algarve, covering Faro, Monchique, Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, and more - Four detailed area maps in color, marked with the top highlights and listings of the area - In-depth area guides explore the Algarve's most interesting neighborhoods, with the best places for shopping, going out, and sightseeing - Color-coded chapters divided by area make it easy to find information quickly and plan your day - Essential travel tips, including our expert choices of where to stay, eat, shop, and sightsee, plus useful transportation, visa, and health information - Color maps help you navigate with ease - Covers Central Region, Eastern Region, Western Region, and the Alentejo Staying for longer and looking for a more comprehensive guide to Portugal? Try our DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Portugal.
Examines the evolution of castles, explores the daily life of the people living there, and shares stories of sieges.
Candide is a French satire by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment. It begins with a young man, Candide, who is living a sheltered life in an Edenic paradise and being indoctrinated with Leibnizian optimism (or simply Optimism) by his mentor, Pangloss. The work describes the abrupt cessation of this lifestyle, followed by Candide's slow, painful disillusionment as he witnesses and experiences great hardships in the world. Voltaire concludes with Candide, if not rejecting optimism outright, advocating a deeply practical precept, "we must cultivate our garden", in lieu of the Leibnizian mantra of Pangloss, "all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds". Candide is characterized by its sarcastic tone, as well as by its erratic, fantastical and fast-moving plot. A picaresque novel it parodies many adventure and romance clichés, the struggles of which are caricatured in a tone that is mordantly matter-of-fact. Still, the events discussed are often based on historical happenings, such as the Seven Years' War and the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. As philosophers of Voltaire's day contended with the problem of evil, so too does Candide in this short novel, albeit more directly and humorously. Voltaire ridicules religion, theologians, governments, armies, philosophies, and philosophers through allegory; most conspicuously, he assaults Leibniz and his optimism. As expected by Voltaire, Candide has enjoyed both great success and great scandal. Immediately after its secretive publication, the book was widely banned because it contained religious blasphemy, political sedition and intellectual hostility hidden under a thin veil of naïveté. However, with its sharp wit and insightful portrayal of the human condition, the novel has since inspired many later authors and artists to mimic and adapt it. Today, Candide is recognized as Voltaire's magnum opus and is often listed as part of the Western canon; it is arguably taught more than any other work of French literature. It was listed as one of The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written.
This book carefully examines the claims made by the followers and promoters of both atheism and religion in a rational and engaging way.
There are all kinds of products. The good ones. The bad ones. The ones that stay in the garage mouldering for years until your garden gnome makes a home out of them. Most are harmless if handled properly, even if they do contain traces of peanuts. But some are not. Not the ones that contain traces of magic. Chris Popham wasn't paying enough attention when he talked to his SatNav. Sure, she gave him directions, never backtalked him, and always led him to his next spot on the map with perfect accuracy. She was the best thing in his life. So was it really his fault that he didn't start paying attention when she talked to him? In his defence, that was her job. But when 'Take the next right' turned into 'Excuse me,' that was when the real trouble started. Because sometimes a SatNav isn't a SatNav. Sometimes it's an imprisoned soul trapped inside a metal box that will do anything it can to get free. And some products you just can't return.

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