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Product Description: Critically acclaimed author John Julius Norwich weaves the turbulent story of Sicily into a spellbinding narrative that places the island at the crossroads of world history.“Sicily,” said Goethe, “is the key to everything.” It is the largest island in the Mediterranean, the stepping-stone between Europe and Africa, the link between the Latin West and the Greek East...read more

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9781848548978 | John Murray Pubs Ltd, May 19, 2016, cover price $15.45 | About this edition: Critically acclaimed author John Julius Norwich weaves the turbulent story of Sicily into a spellbinding narrative that places the island at the crossroads of world history.

Critically acclaimed author John Julius Norwich weaves the turbulent story of Sicily into a spellbinding narrative that places the island at the crossroads of world history.“Sicily,” said Goethe, “is the key to everything.” It is the largest island in the Mediterranean, the stepping-stone between Europe and Africa, the link between the Latin West and the Greek East. Sicily’s strategic location has tempted Roman emperors, French princes, and Spanish kings. The subsequent struggles to conquer and keep it have played crucial roles in the rise and fall of the world’s most powerful dynasties.Yet Sicily has often been little more than a footnote in books about other empires. John Julius Norwich’s engrossing narrative is the first to knit together all of the colorful strands of Sicilian history into a single comprehensive study. Here is a vivid, erudite, page-turning chronicle of an island and the remarkable kings, queens, and tyrants who fought to rule it. From its beginnings as a Greek city-state to its emergence as a multicultural trading hub during the Crusades, from the rebellion against Italian unification to the rise of the Mafia, the story of Sicily is rich with extraordinary moments and dramatic characters. Writing with his customary deftness and humor, Norwich outlines the surprising influence Sicily has had on world history—the Romans’ fascination with Greek civilization dates back to their sack of Sicily—and tells the story of one of the world’s most kaleidoscopic cultures in a galvanizing, contemporary way.This volume has been a long time coming—Norwich began to explore Sicily’s colorful history during his first visit to the island in the early 1960s. The dean of popular historians leads his readers through the millennia with the steady narrative hand of a master teacher or the world’s most learned tour guide. Like the island itself, Sicily is a book brimming with bold flavors that begs to be revisited again and again.Praise for Sicily“Suavely readable . . . The very model of a popular historian, [Norwich] writes to give pleasure to the common reader. And what pleasure it is.”—The Wall Street Journal“Entertaining on every page . . . There is something ancient and sorrowful in Sicily, ‘some dark, brooding quality,’ just as captivating as its spellbinding history or its beautiful and varied landscapes, from beaches to lemon groves, pine forests to volcanoes. . . . The most amiable and freewheeling of guides, Norwich will always find time for the amusing anecdote.”—The Sunday Times“Utterly engrossing . . . written with passion about the art and architecture of this magical island, filled with gossipy tidbits and sweeping historical theories.”—The Daily Beast “Dazzling . . . Norwich is an elegantly graceful and entertaining storyteller.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch “Charming . . . richly nuanced history relayed with enormous fondness.”—Kirkus Reviews “A brisk and always-lively tour.”—Open Letters Monthly“Norwich is deeply in love with Sicily. [His] boundless affection has inspired a determined effort to understand its painful past. The result is impressionistic, as love often is.”—The Times“Norwich sketches personalities vividly. . . . He does the island and the reader a generous service in providing such an amiable introduction.”—The Sunday Telegraph “Norwich tells [Sicily’s] long, sad but fascinating story with sympathy and brio.”—Literary Review

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9780812995176 | Random House Inc, July 21, 2015, cover price $32.00 | About this edition: Critically acclaimed author John Julius Norwich weaves the turbulent story of Sicily into a spellbinding narrative that places the island at the crossroads of world history.

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9780812995183 | Random House Inc, May 3, 2016, cover price $20.00

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Product Description: The classic Christmas carol is told with a very special twist. With inimitable illustrations by Quentin Blake, this is a most elegant and enchanting gift book.My Dearest Darling - That partridge, in that lovely little pear tree! What an enchanting, romantic, poetic present! Bless you and thank you...read more

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9781782396192 | Atlantic Books, December 1, 2015, cover price $16.95 | About this edition: The classic Christmas carol is told with a very special twist.
9780534339852, titled "Physics: Calculus" | Brooks/Cole Pub Co, October 1, 1996, cover price $141.95 | also contains Physics: Calculus

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Product Description: An illuminating and evocatively illustrated tour of forty of the greatest cities that shaped the ancient world and its civilizations, from China and Mesoamerica to Europe and Ethiopia Today we take living in cities, with all their attractions and annoyances, for granted...read more

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9780500252048 | Thames & Hudson, November 11, 2014, cover price $40.00 | About this edition: An illuminating and evocatively illustrated tour of forty of the greatest cities that shaped the ancient world and its civilizations, from China and Mesoamerica to Europe and Ethiopia Today we take living in cities, with all their attractions and annoyances, for granted.

For over 30 years, in lieu of Christmas cards, the distinguished historian John Julius Norwich has been sending friends his Christmas Crackers—personal collections of quirky quotes and literary odds and ends. Every decade, these have been collected into an anthology. Now Quentin Blake has made a selection of his favorite pieces, illustrating them in his own inimitable style. From curious dictionary definitions to Benjamin Franklin’s account of inventing bifocals, this cracker is stuffed with surprising, offbeat, often hilarious gems.

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9781782392514 | Atlantic Books, November 1, 2013, cover price $16.95
9780385605250 | Transworld Pub, February 25, 2005, cover price $18.00 | About this edition: For over 30 years, in lieu of Christmas cards, the distinguished historian John Julius Norwich has been sending friends his Christmas Crackers—personal collections of quirky quotes and literary odds and ends.

Critical praise for ABSOLUTE MONARCHS“Absolute Monarchs sprawls across Europe and the Levant, over two millenniums, and with an impossibly immense cast: 265 popes, feral hordes of Vandals, Huns and Visigoths, expansionist emperors, Byzantine intriguers, Borgias and Medicis, heretic zealots, conspiring clerics, bestial inquisitors and more. Norwich manages to organize this crowded stage and produce a rollicking narrative. He keeps things moving at nearly beach-read pace.”—Bill Keller, New York Times Book Review, Cover review “Renowned historian Norwich offers a rollicking account of the men who held the papal office, their shortcomings and their virtues, and the impact of the papacy on world history. He conducts us masterfully on a tour of the lives of the popes from Peter to Benedict XVI. . . . Entertaining and deeply researched, Norwich’s history offers a wonderful introduction to papal lives.”—Publishers Weekly “Historian, travel writer, and television documentarian Norwich presents an excellent, often surprising history of that 2,000-year-old institution….he focuses on political history as he traces the evolution of the papacy as an institution, while at the same time providing entertaining profiles of the most historically significant popes….An outstanding historical survey.”—Booklist “When Norwich writes, I read; this member of the House of Lords is a notable and engrossing historian, perhaps best known for his monumental study of Byzantium. Here he offers a history of the nearly two-millennia-old papacy that should be popular with many readers.”—Library Journal “A spirited, concise chronicle of the accomplishments of the most noteworthy popes. . . . Norwich doesn’t skirt controversies, ancient and present, in this broad, clear-eyed assessment.”—Kirkus Reviews  A SWEEPING CHRONICLE OF ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT—AND CONTROVERSIAL—INSTITUTIONS IN HISTORY With the papacy embattled in recent years, it is essential to have the perspective of one of the world’s most accomplished historians. In Absolute Monarchs, John Julius Norwich captures nearly two thousand years of inspiration and devotion, intrigue and scandal. The men (and maybe one woman) who have held this position of infallible power over millions have ranged from heroes to rogues, admirably wise to utterly decadent. Norwich, who knew two popes and had private audiences with two others, recounts in riveting detail the histories of the most significant popes and what they meant politically, culturally, and socially to Rome and to the world.Norwich presents such brave popes as Innocent I, who in the fifth century successfully negotiated with Alaric the Goth, an invader civil authorities could not defeat, and Leo I, who two decades later tamed (and perhaps paid off) Attila the Hun. Here, too, are the scandalous figures: Pope Joan, the mythic woman said (without any substantiation) to have been elected in 855, and the infamous “pornocracy,” the five libertines who were descendants or lovers of Marozia, debauched daughter of one of Rome’s most powerful families.Absolute Monarchs brilliantly portrays reformers such as Pope Paul III, “the greatest pontiff of the sixteenth century,” who reinterpreted the Church’s teaching and discipline, and John XXIII, who in five short years starting in 1958 “opened up the church to the twentieth century,” instituting reforms that led to Vatican II. Norwich brings the story to the present day with Benedict XVI, who is coping with a global priest sex scandal.Epic and compelling, Absolute Monarchs is the astonishing story of some of history’s most revered and reviled figures, men who still cast light and shadows on the Vatican and the world today.

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9781400067152 | Random House Inc, July 12, 2011, cover price $30.00 | About this edition: Critical praise for ABSOLUTE MONARCHS“Absolute Monarchs sprawls across Europe and the Levant, over two millenniums, and with an impossibly immense cast: 265 popes, feral hordes of Vandals, Huns and Visigoths, expansionist emperors, Byzantine intriguers, Borgias and Medicis, heretic zealots, conspiring clerics, bestial inquisitors and more.

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9780812978841 | Reprint edition (Random House Inc, May 15, 2012), cover price $20.00

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Product Description: From battlefield to sacred building, from castle to cottage, from the Bridgwater Canal to Blackpool Pier, historian John Julius Norwich tells the political, cultural, social, religious and economic story of England through one hundred key places you can still visit today...read more

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9781848546066 | John Murray Pubs Ltd, October 6, 2011, cover price $41.40 | About this edition: From battlefield to sacred building, from castle to cottage, from the Bridgwater Canal to Blackpool Pier, historian John Julius Norwich tells the political, cultural, social, religious and economic story of England through one hundred key places you can still visit today.

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Product Description: With the papacy embattled in recent years, it is essential to have the perspective of one of the world's most accomplished historians. In Absolute Monarchs, John Julius Norwich captures nearly two thousand years of inspiration and devotion, intrigue and scandal...read more

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9781452634227 | Unabridged edition (Tantor Media Inc, September 5, 2011), cover price $131.99 | About this edition: With the papacy embattled in recent years, it is essential to have the perspective of one of the world's most accomplished historians.

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Product Description: The Emperor and the Saint is a vivid place-by-place telling of the life and times of the most enlightened, creative, and dynamic ruler of Medieval Europe, Frederick II of Hohenstaufen. St. Francis, who shared with Frederick a love of the natural world and was baptized in the same cathedral in Assisi, is a parallel and contrasting presence...read more
By John Julius Norwich (foreword by)

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9780875804392 | Northern Illinois Univ Pr, May 30, 2011, cover price $35.00 | About this edition: The Emperor and the Saint is a vivid place-by-place telling of the life and times of the most enlightened, creative, and dynamic ruler of Medieval Europe, Frederick II of Hohenstaufen.

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Product Description: John Julius Norwich's life has reflected an appetite for living, enlivened by a sense of personal theater. Trying to Please is an engaging and amusing memoir that describes a glamorous but vanishing world. From the monasteries on Mt...read more

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9781604190311 | Axios Pr, September 1, 2010, cover price $20.00 | About this edition: John Julius Norwich's life has reflected an appetite for living, enlivened by a sense of personal theater.

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9780500251546 | Thames & Hudson, November 2, 2009, cover price $45.00

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9781844567386 | Hodder & Stoughton, September 4, 2008, cover price $26.20

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Product Description: Published to coincide with a major exhibition on Byzantium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the spring of 1997, Byzantium tells the dramatic story of Byzantium, from its beginnings in A.D. 330, providing readers with a spirited, gripping, and original account of a great lost civilization and its magnificent artistic heritage...read more

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9780679450887 | 1 amer ed edition (Alfred a Knopf Inc, March 1, 1997), cover price $40.00 | About this edition: A history of the most powerful nation in Europe for over 1000 years during the Dark and Middle Ages recaps its intrigue, madmen, conquests, religious schism, and eventual decline, and profiles the major personalities

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9780679772699 | Reprint edition (Vintage Books, December 1, 1998), cover price $19.00 | About this edition: A history of the most powerful nation in Europe for over 1000 years during the Dark and Middle Ages recaps its intrigue, madmen, conquests, religious schism, and eventual decline, and profiles the major personalities.

Cassette/Spoken Word:

9780788731051 | Unabridged edition (Recorded Books, August 1, 1999), cover price $130.00

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9781439502327 | Reprint edition (Paw Prints, June 26, 2008), cover price $26.95 | About this edition: Published to coincide with a major exhibition on Byzantium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the spring of 1997, Byzantium tells the dramatic story of Byzantium, from its beginnings in A.

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Updated from its original 1924 publication, a portable collection of leisure-time activity suggestions includes such options as weather forecasting, building campfires, making paper cups, and a variety of outdoor games, in a resource that is complemented by a selection of poetic works to be read on quiet country days.
By Francis Meynell (editor) and John Julius Norwich (introduced by)

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9781585678136 | Overlook Pr, May 2, 2006, cover price $17.95 | About this edition: Updated from its original 1924 publication, a portable collection of leisure-time activity suggestions includes such options as weather forecasting, building campfires, making paper cups, and a variety of outdoor games, in a resource that is complemented by a selection of poetic works to be read on quiet country days.

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Spanning more than five thousand years of history, a vivid, accessible narrative chronicles the growth of culture, commerce, political alliances and enmities, and religious movements throughout the Mediterranean world, ranging from the sea-trading Phoenicians and the wonders of ancient Egypt, to the classical world, to the rise of Islam, to the Renaissance and beyond. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

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9780385510233 | Doubleday, November 7, 2006, cover price $39.95 | About this edition: A one-volume narrative history of the Mediterranean from Ancient Egypt to 1919.

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9781400034284 | Reprint edition (Vintage Books, December 4, 2007), cover price $21.00 | About this edition: Spanning more than five thousand years of history, a vivid, accessible narrative chronicles the growth of culture, commerce, political alliances and enmities, and religious movements throughout the Mediterranean world, ranging from the sea-trading Phoenicians and the wonders of ancient Egypt, to the classical world, to the rise of Islam, to the Renaissance and beyond.

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By James Hall and John Julius Norwich (foreword by)

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9788449320569 | Paidos Iberica Ediciones S A, October 1, 2007, cover price $5.95

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Revealing diaries concerning: the Abdication; and serving Churchill during WWII, of the politician, diplomat, and socialite (married to Lady Diana Cooper).

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9780297848431 | Orion Pub Co, September 28, 2007, cover price $45.95 | About this edition: Revealing diaries concerning: the Abdication; and serving Churchill during WWII, of the politician, diplomat, and socialite (married to Lady Diana Cooper).

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9780753821053 | Orion Pub Co, September 28, 2007, cover price $20.95 | About this edition: Duff Cooper was a first-rate witness of just about every significant event from 1914 to 1950.

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Product Description: How would it feel to stand in the Sistine Chapel as Michelangelo painted? To watch him create his breathtaking sculptures? James Hall, an art critic, historian, and lecturer, puts us in that amazing position, and in the process reveals intriguing details on the master artist’s life and thoughts...read more
By James Hall and John Julius Norwich (foreword by)

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9781844835119 | Duncan Baird Pub, September 1, 2007, cover price $9.95 | About this edition: How would it feel to stand in the Sistine Chapel as Michelangelo painted?

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Product Description: This glorious guide to England and Wales explores two of the most beautiful and culturally exciting areas ofthe world. England's rich history of Romans, Vikings, Normans, Plantagenets, Tudors and Stuarts among others left a breathtaking and vast legacy of churches, castles, forts and towns...read more

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9780375711060 | Alfred a Knopf Inc, March 9, 2005, cover price $28.95 | About this edition: This glorious guide to England and Wales explores two of the most beautiful and culturally exciting areas ofthe world.

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The author of A History of Venice traces the period during which the city rose from a proud independent state to a cultural mecca, as told from the perspectives of such figures as Napoleon, Lord Byron, Henry James, and Robert Browning. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

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9780385509046 | Doubleday, October 1, 2003, cover price $32.50 | About this edition: The author of A History of Venice traces the period during which the city rose from a proud independent state to a cultural mecca, as told from the perspectives of such figures as Napoleon, Lord Byron, Henry James, and Robert Browning.

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9781400032372 | Reprint edition (Vintage Books, November 9, 2004), cover price $16.00 | About this edition: The author of A History of Venice traces the period during which the city rose from a proud independent state to a cultural mecca, as told from the perspectives of such figures as Napoleon, Lord Byron, Henry James, and Robert Browning.

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Offers alphabetical listings of more than two thousand locations, including gardens, historic houses, museums, and natural sites.
By Automobile Association (other contributor) and John Julius Norwich (editor)

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9780393057409 | W W Norton & Co Inc, December 30, 2002, cover price $50.00 | About this edition: Offers alphabetical listings of more than two thousand locations, including gardens, historic houses, museums, and natural sites.

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Product Description: Bringing to life Florence's glorious history in first-hand accounts. Reactions to Venice have been, throughout the ages, astonishingly different. Henry James wrote passionately: "You desire to embrace it, to caress it, to possess it...read more

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9781566564656 | Interlink Pub Group Inc, August 1, 2002, cover price $16.95 | About this edition: Bringing to life Florence's glorious history in first-hand accounts.

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