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Two Sieges of Vienna by the Turks

The fall of Constantinople in 1453 was followed by a rapid extension of the arms and power of the conqueror, Mahomet II. Within a short period he subjected Persia, the whole of Greece and the Morea, most of the islands of the Archipelago, and Trebisond on the coast of Asia Minor, the seat of the Greek empire of the Comnenes. The last of that dynasty, Daniel Comnenus, he took prisoner, and shortly after caused him with his family to be executed for the alleged offence, probably a mere pretext, of an understanding with the Persians...

The Light in the Himalayas, Chronicles of Discovery

Discover the truth of a profound legend that has endured from the very dawn of civilization, a captivating revelation of the existence of a mysterious world hidden deep in the wilderness of the Great Himalayan Range.Years ago, on an extended trek into a closed and largely unexplored inner region of the majestic frozen fortress of the Himalayas, in an isolated valley surrounded by vast snow fields and towering ice peaks, explorer M.G. Hawking chanced on a beautiful small village where he encountered remarkable men and women, introduced to him as "masters" and "adepts."This chronicle, The Light in the Himalayas, contains detailed narratives of Hawking's experiences, including first-hand accounts of the psychokinetic abilities he witnessed and in-depth descriptions of his discussions with the masters and sages he met, revealing the esoteric knowledge that made such extraordinary abilities possible.Scholars relate that the first mention of this fabled realm appears in the scriptures of the pre-Tibetan Zhang Zhung culture which arose some 4000 years ago on the remote Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Compelling references continue through the millennia in numerous esoteric texts: the sacred B'on treaties, manuscripts of the Kalki lore, the Puranas, the earliest texts of the Kalachakra Laghutantra (c. 500 B.C.), in the even older Kalachakra Mulatantra (c. 900 B.C.), and in the ancient wisdom traditions of civilizations throughout the Himalayan regions of Asia and beyond.The Zhang Zhung and Tibetan scriptures refer to the mysterious world as Shambhala I lam-yig, B'on treaties as Olmolungring, Hindu histories as Aryavarth, Chinese as Hsi Tien, and Russian traditions as Belovoyde.In an esoteric treatise composed in the early 1500s by Ensapa Lobsang Dondrup, the Third Panchen Lama describes his remarkable visit to a land of wise masters hidden deep in the Himalayas. A rare manuscript written in 1592 by Antonio Monserrate, a Spanish missionary to the court of the Mughal emperor Akbar, speaks of his experiences in a remote valley in the high mountains where great sages reside. A remarkably similar account is found as recently as the late 1700s, written by the esteemed Sixth Panchen Lama, Lobsang Palden Yeshe.From the Publisher: Our team at Wisdom Masters Press has worked diligently to compose a series of books based on the records explorer M.G. Hawking kept during his five years in remote regions of the Himalayas. This was a complex assignment; Hawking accumulated over 14,000 pages of hand-written journal notes, along with another 4,500 pages of field notes, all of which had to be sorted, cataloged, and organized in a manner conducive to producing books from such a treasury of material. Yet it was a fascinating if formidable task, one which so often filled us with a deep sense of wonder and inspiration.As entertaining as it is enlightening, this is a truly incomparable anthology for anyone interested in greatly expanding their knowledge and personal power, and notably fascinating for anyone interested in exploring the realities underlying the ancient accounts of a legendary world of light in the Himalayan wilderness.For more information, please see the 'Look Inside' feature on this page. Thank you.2018 Edition Anthology, Kindle e-reader page count 247 (estimated, actual count varies depending on reading device used).Library-Cataloging-Data: Shambhala, esoteric knowledge, higher knowledge, ancient wisdom, Himalayan masters, ancient mysteries, Ancient Egypt, visualization practices, psychokinetic abilities, extrasensory perception, psi, paranormal, manifesting, personal growth, inspirational literature, adventure, exploration, Olmolungring, Shangri-La

1494: How a Family Feud in Medieval Spain Divided the World in Half

1494 The author of "Merchant Kings" reveals the untold story of how a personal struggle between queens and kings, churchmen and explorers split the globe between Spain and Portugal and made the world's oceans a battleground. Full description

Intellectuals in the Modern Islamic World: Transmission, Transformation and Communication (New Horizons in Islamic Studies)

Incorporating a rich series of case-studies covering a range of geographical areas, this collection of essays examines the history of modern intellectuals in the Islamic world throughout the twentieth century. The contributors reassess the typology and history of various scholars, providing significant diachronic analysis of the different forms of communication, learning, and authority. While each chapter presents a separate regional case, with a historically and geographically different background, the volume discloses commonalities, similarities and intellectual echoes through its comparative approach. Consisting of two parts, the volume focuses first on "al-Manar", the influential journal published between 1898 and 1935 that inspired much imagination and arguments among local intelligentsias all over the Islamic world. The second part discusses the formation, transmission and transformation of learning and authority, from the Middle East to Central and Southeast Asia. Constituting a milestone in comparative studies of the modern Islamic world, this book highlights the range of and transformation in the role of intellectuals in Islamic societies.

Labor Versus Empire: Race, Gender, Migration

The essays in this collection address issues significant to labor within regional, national and international contexts. Themes of the chapters will focus on managed labor migration; organizing in multi-ethnic and multi-national contexts; global economics and labor; global economics and inequality; gender and labor; racism and globalization; regional trade agreements and labor.

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Blood on the Water: William Monk, Book 20

The new historical thriller featuring William Monk from The New York Times best-selling author.



London, 1856: A deadly act of terror on the Thames leads William Monk into a treacherous world where the powerful seek to buy justice, and no one is safe. It is a time of progress, with the Empire's interests expanding and the Suez Canal nearing completion. Many people stand to gain - and to lose - as the world rapidly changes.



When a Thames pleasure boat is blown up with the loss of many lives, an Egyptian man is quickly sentenced to hang for the crime. But William Monk, head of the River Police, discovers the evidence was flawed. As he and his wife, Hester, investigate further, Monk begins to wonder if the wrong man was convicted. If justice itself has been tainted, exposing the true culprit will be far more hazardous....

Operation Hnoss: Searching for Nazi Gold in Red Square

the hidden details behind the covert operation to recover the Third Reich's gold reserves hidden beneath the ancient pavement of Moscow's Red Square.