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The Durrell family are immortalised in Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals and its ITV adaptation, The Durrells. But what of the real life Durrells? Why did they go to Corfu in the first place - and what happened to them after they left?
The real story of the Durrells is as surprising and fascinating as anything in Gerry's books, and Michael Haag, with his first hand knowledge of the family, is the ideal narrator, drawing on diaries, letters and unpublished autobiographical fragments.
The Durrells of Corfu describes the family's upbringing in India and the crisis that brought them to England and then Greece. It recalls the genuine characters they encountered on Corfu - Theodore the biologist, the taxi driver Spiro Halikiopoulos and the prisoner Kosti - as well as the visit of American writer Henry Miller. And Haag has unearthed the story of how the Durrells left Corfu, including Margo's and Larry's last-minute escapes before the War. An extended epilogue looks at the emergence of Larry as a world famous novelist, and Gerry as a naturalist and champion of endangered species, as well as the lives of the rest of the family, their friends and other animals.
The book is illustrated with family photos from the Gerald Durrell Archive, many of them reproduced here for the first time.
Arguably one of the most provocative, puzzling, and misunderstood organizations of medieval times, the legendary Knights Templar have always been shrouded in a veil of mystery, while inspiring popular culture from Indiana Jones to Dan Brown. In The Templars, author Michael Haag offers a definitive history of these loyal Christian soldiers of the Crusades—sworn to defend the Holy Land and Jerusalem, but ultimately damned and destroyed by the Pope and his church. A bestseller in the United Kingdom—the first history of the enigmatic warriors to include findings from the Chinon Parchment, the long-lost Vatican document absolving the Knights of heresy—The Templars by Michael Haag is fascinating reading.
From Michael Haag, bestselling author of The Templars: The History and the Myth, comes The Tragedy of the Templars, an exciting new look at the rise of Templar power and the saga of their destruction.
Founded on Christmas Day 1119 in Jerusalem, the Knights Templar was a religious order dedicated to defending the Holy Land and its Christian pilgrims in the decades after the First Crusade. Legendary for their bravery and dedication, the Templars became one of the wealthiest and most powerful bodies of the medieval world—and the chief defenders of Christian society against growing Muslim forces.
In The Tragedy of the Templars: The Rise and Fall of the Crusader States, Haag masterfully details the conflicts and betrayals that sent this faction of powerful knights spiraling from domination to condemnation.
This stirring and thoroughly researched work of historical investigation includes maps and full-color photographs of important cultural sites, many of which doubled as battlefields during the Crusades.
From the international bestselling author of The Templars and The Tragedy of the Templars comes a fascinating account of one of the most mysterious and controversial figures in religious history.
Mary Magdalene is a larger figure than any text, larger than the Bible or the Church; she has taken on a life of her own. She has been portrayed as a penitent whore, a wealthy woman, Christ’s wife, an adulteress, a symbol of the frailty of women, and an object of veneration. And, to this day, she remains a potent and mysterious figure.
In the manner of a quest, this book follows Mary Magdalene through the centuries, explores how she has been reinterpreted for every age, and examines what she herself reveals about woman and man and the divine. It seeks the real Mary Magdalene in the New Testament and in the gnostic gospels, where she is extolled as the chief disciple of Christ. It investigates how and why the Church recast her as a fallen woman, traces her story through the Renaissance when she became a goddess of beauty and love, and looks at Mary Magdalene as the feminist icon she has become today.
Prostituta arrependida, mulher rica, discípula e companheira de Jesus, adúltera, símbolo da fragilidade das mulheres, objeto de veneração... Quem realmente foi Maria Madalena? Personagem que extrapola os textos religiosos e a própria Igreja, ela continua sendo uma figura fascinante e misteriosa.
Seguindo Maria Madalena através dos séculos, o historiador inglês Michael Haag analisa a forma como ela tem sido reinterpretada a cada época – desde os tempos bíblicos até os dias de hoje.
O autor busca a verdadeira Maria Madalena no Novo Testamento e nos evangelhos gnósticos (textos apócrifos dos séculos II a IV), onde ela é exaltada como esposa e principal discípula de Cristo. Comparando com sensatez os dois evangelhos, ele investiga por que e de que maneira a Igreja católica preferiu representá-la como uma mulher pecadora, enquanto Maria, mãe de Jesus, foi simbolizada como a Virgem.
Avançando no tempo, Haag mostra que, no Renascimento, Maria Madalena se tornou uma deusa da beleza e do amor; e, ao final, apresenta a Madalena moderna: mulher forte e independente que se transformou em ícone feminista.
Em linguagem clara e direta, o livro aborda um tema controverso de modo sóbrio, sem buscar polêmicas fáceis – e com isso oferece ao leitor um estudo sério e cativante sobre uma das personagens mais controversas da história.
"Ótima leitura. Haag consegue uma clareza de pensamento e uma coesão admiráveis em seu relato, fazendo perguntas que continuam a despertar nossa curiosidade." The Times
"Uma visão excepcional de como Maria Madalena foi vista por várias culturas ao longo dos tempos, investigação perturbadora de uma incompreendida heroína da Bíblia." Kirkus Review
Go deep into the provocative and always compelling world of Dan Brown’s novel, Inferno. Delivering crucial background on the characters, codes, symbols, secrets, and setting of the novel, Inferno Decoded also offers a wealth of fascinating details about the historical and cultural background and the questions it raises. As in Michael Haag’s previous bestseller, The Rough Guide to The Da Vinci Code, the author illuminates the life and work of Dante Alighieri and the world of medieval Florence. Also included: an overview of Dante and his work, along with the other themes of Brown’s thriller; a guide to its sources and Tuscan locations; and a look back at the earlier career of Brown’s hero, Harvard Professor of Symbology, Robert Langdon.