Breverton's Nautical Curiosities

A Book of the Sea
Author: Terry Breverton
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1849166269
Category: History
Page: 384
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Breverton's Nautical Curiosities is about ships, people and the sea. However, unlike many other nautical compendiums, the focus of this book is on the unusual, the overlooked or the downright extraordinary. Thus, someone most of us do not know, Admiral William Brown, is given equal coverage to Admiral Nelson. Without Admiral Brown releasing Garibaldi, modern Italy might not exist. And without the barely known genius John Ericsson designing the Monitor, the Confederacy might have won the American Civil War. Readers will be stimulated to read more about the remarkable men - explorers, admirals and trawlermen - who have shaped our world. The sea has had a remarkable effect upon our language. We hear the terms 'steer clear of', 'hit the deck', 'don't rock the boat', 'to harbour a grudge' and the like, and give little thought to them. In the pages of this book, the reader will find the origin of 'bumpkin', a 'brace of shakes', 'born with a silver spoon', 'booby prize', 'to take on board', 'above board', 'bombed' (in the sense of being drunk), the 'blues', 'blind-side', 'blind drunk', 'the pot calling the kettle black', 'reach the bitter end', 'wasters', 'ahoy', 'all at sea', 'to keep aloof', 'piss-artist', 'taken aback', 'barbecue'' and 'bamboozle'. Other colourful terms, which have passed out of common usage, such as 'bring one's arse to anchor' (sit down), 'belly timber' (food) and 'bog orange' (potato) are also included, as well as important pirate haunts, technical terms, famous battles, maritime inventors and ship speed records.

Breverton's Phantasmagoria

A Compendium of Monsters, Myths and Legends
Author: Terry Breverton
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0857384112
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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From dragons and wyverns to vampires, werewolves and mischievous gremlins, pixies and fairies, Breverton's Phantasmagoria is a unique compendium of over 250 mythical animals. Prepare to revisit familiar myths, such as vampires, werewolves and the Loch Ness Monster, the Minotaur and Medusa from Greek legend, and Biblical beasts such as Behemoth and Leviathan. Discover new mysterious animals like the giant serpents of Central America, the lethal Mongolian death worm, and the Ennedi tiger in Africa, and investigate the evidence for sightings of Bigfoot and the reclusive Yeti. Packed with quirky line illustrations and a wealth of weird and wonderful information, Breverton's Phantasmagoria surveys the globe to uncover over 250 imaginary creatures passed down from generation to generation.

Breverton's Encyclopedia of Inventions

A Compendium of Technological Leaps, Groundbreaking Discoveries and Scientific Breakthroughs that Changed the World
Author: Terry Breverton
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1780873409
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 384
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Invention and innovation are what distinguish the human race from all of the other species on Earth. Throughout history the imagination and pioneering spirit of human kind has compelled us to question why we do things in a certain way and, more importantly, how we can do things better. Celebrating the ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness that has led to some of the most amazing technological leaps through the ages, Breverton's Encyclopedia of Inventions examines the key innovations and breakthroughs of all time and the genius behind them. Starting with the building of the pyramids in ancient Egypt and the discovery of the solar system, moving through surgery, dynamite and rockets, to modern technology such as the smart card and genetic engineering, Terry Breverton springs many surprises. He uncovers fascinating and little-known facts: for example, that Price, not Fleming, discovered penicillin; that Swan, not Edison invented the electric light, and that Wallace, not Darwin first advanced the theory of evolution. Tracing the sheer persistence of brilliant men and women across the globe, who fought the prevailing ideas of their times and advanced technology, Breverton's Encyclopedia of Inventions will inspire anyone interested in the history and developments that have changed our lives and shaped our planet's future.

Breverton's Complete Herbal

A Book of Remarkable Plants and Their Uses
Author: Terry Breverton
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780762770229
Category: Gardening
Page: 383
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"Based on Culpeper's the English physitian of 1652 and Compleat herball of 1653."

Physicians of Myddfai


Author: Terry Breverton
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780957245990
Category: Medical
Page: 292
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About the Book This is the first new and unexpurgated translation of Meddygon Myddfai, The Physicians of Myddfai, for over 150 years. The original mediaeval manuscripts are unique, being written in Middle Welsh, whereas across England and the rest of Europe, Latin was the universal language for documents. Nicholas Culpeper's famous 17th century medical handbooks are at least five hundred years later than the genesis of the works of the Myddfai mediciners. Around 1000 Welsh remedies and suggestions for a healthy life make fascinating reading, with many being useful today. The evocative Legend of the Lady of the Lake (Llyn y Fan Fach) is included. This tale is the starting point for the line of practising Myddfai physicians from being court mediciners to Prince Rhys Gryg (d.1234) until the present day. Not only has the herbal and healing tradition carried on for around 800 years, but the places named in the legend can still be seen, and many of the plant cures have uses in modern medicine. About the Author Terry Breverton has written over forty books, with his main focus being upon Welsh history, heritage and culture. A former businessman, consultant and academic, he has worked all over the world, has given talks about Wales in Boston, Washington, Vancouver and elsewhere, and has appeared in several documentaries. He believes that books, whether in print or electronic form, have to be entertaining and informative, and hopes that this is the case with The Physicians of Myddfai.

The Journal of Penrose, Seaman


Author: Terry Breverton,William Williams
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780957679115
Category: Fiction
Page: 550
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This long-forgotten factional novel was the literary sensation of its day. The Poet Laureate Robert Southey said of it 'Truth is often stranger than falsehood; and so it is in this case'. This is the account of the privateer William Williams's adventures after being marooned upon the Miskito Coast. It is the first story of a message in a bottle, of buried treasure, the first novel written in America, and incredibly anti-slavery, at a time when America's first three presidents owned slaves. The descriptions of flora and fauna are unparalleled, and some of Williams' stories of mammoth bones and inscribed basalt pillars have only been discovered to be factual in the last two decades. This book updates the language of the original manuscript, which was expurgated when originally printed, and gives a short account of the life of its polymath author. This is a wonderful work of literature which will bring joy to readers old and young, and is crying out to be heard again today. The amazing William Williams: Painter, Author, Teacher, Musician, Stage Designer, Castaway. The activities of this forgotten genius spread across almost every branch of American culture... he will stand out as a significant figure in the development of American culture - James Thomas Flexner I have never read so much of a book in one sitting in my life. He [Penrose] kept me up half the night, and made me dream of him the other half... it has all the air of truth, and is most entertaining and interesting in every point of view - Lord George Byron

The Tudor Cookbook

From Gilded Peacock to Calves Feet Pie
Author: Terry Breverton
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
ISBN: 1445649039
Category: History
Page: 256
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What the Tudors ate and drank in 400 authentic recipes

Richard III

The King in the Car Park
Author: Terry Breverton
Publisher: Amberley Pub Plc
ISBN: 9781445621050
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 188
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Has history gone full circle? Was Richard III really as evil as Shakespeare would have us believe?

Owen Tudor

Founding Father of the Tudor Dynasty
Author: Terry Breverton
Publisher: Amberley
ISBN: 9781445654188
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 336
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The first-ever biography of the founding father of the Tudor dynasty, a Welsh commoner who secretly married Catherine of Valois, widow of Henry V.

Deep Sea

Eine Reise zum Grund des Ozeans
Author: James Nestor
Publisher: Piper ebooks
ISBN: 3492967353
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 320
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Ein Besuch der Apnoe-Weltmeisterschaft wird für James Nestor zum Beginn eines persönlichen Abenteuers: Fasziniert von der Kompromisslosigkeit dieses Sports, erlernt er selbst das Freitauchen. Und fortan zieht es ihn immer tiefer in die verborgene Welt der Ozeane hinab: Er besucht eine Forschungsstation 20 Meter unter der Meeresoberfläche, trifft renommierten Meeresbiologen bei ihrer Arbeit, schwimmt mit Walen und geht im U-Boot auf Tauchstation. Dabei entdeckt er einen unfassbar reichen Lebensraum, mit telepathischen Korallen, leuchtenden Fischen und rätselhaften Riesenkraken. Bis er schließlich den tiefsten Punkt der Erde erreicht – die absolute Grenze für Mensch und Technik. Eine grandiose Entdeckungsreise, die zugleich unseren Wurzeln nachspürt.

Das Goldschiff

die größte Schatzsuche des 20. Jahrhunderts
Author: Gary Kinder
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783492232562
Category:
Page: 585
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Gammler, Zen und hohe Berge


Author: Jack Kerouac
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644498717
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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Buddha in Kalifornien Zusammen mit dem Dichter und Zenbuddhisten Japhy Ryder begibt sich der temperamentvolle junge Schriftsteller Ray Smith auf eine berauschende Reise: von den Partys und Poetry Sessions in San Francisco bis in die einsamen Höhen der High Sierras – immer auf der Suche nach einem intensiven, sinnerfüllten Leben. Kerouac, der gefeierte Autor der Beat Generation, verfasste mit diesem Buch das literarische Dokument einer Jugend, die für sich die Natur neu entdeckte und die Fesseln der zivilisatorischen Annehmlichkeiten abzuwerfen bereit war. «In Kerouacs brillanten Naturbeschreibungen liegt eine berauschende Kraft und Originalität.» (The New York Times Book Review)

Die Pforte des Lichts

Roman
Author: Julián Sánchez
Publisher: Limes Verlag
ISBN: 3641055741
Category: Fiction
Page: 512
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Sie töten für ein Manuskript: Barcelona zwischen Mord und Mystik ... Die Ermordung seines Vaters bringt einen jungen Schriftsteller auf die Spur eines uralten Geheimnisses, das einst Christen und Juden im mittelalterlichen Barcelona verband ... Der Antiquitätenhändler Artur Aiguador wird ermordet, nachdem er eine Handschrift aus dem 15. Jahrhundert erworben hat. Darin berichtet ein Steinmetz, dass sich ein Smaragd in seinem Besitz befinde, in den der wahre Name Gottes eingraviert sei. Christen und Juden machten Jagd auf den Stein, ein Jahrtausende währender Geheimkrieg. Arturs Sohn Enrique lässt die Handschrift übersetzen, um den Mördern seines Vaters auf die Spur zu kommen. Mit jeder Seite erfährt er mehr über den Kathedralenbau, die Mystik der Kabbala und die vielen Geheimnisse der jüdischen Viertel Barcelonas im Mittelalter. Und die tödliche Jagd auf den »Stein Gottes« ist noch immer nicht vorüber ... Ein packender Thriller, der in die geheime Welt des mittelalterlichen Spaniens entführt – auf den Spuren der Kabbalisten.

Die große Enzyklopädie der Serienmörder


Author: Michael Newton
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 385365276X
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 534
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Sie sind Stoff für unzählige Verfilmungen: die Taten von Serienmördern. Auch wenn oder gerade weil ihre Handlungen immer unbegreiflich bleiben werden, üben sie eine große Faszination auf uns "normale" Menschen aus. Die erste Frage muss wohl lauten: Gibt es überhaupt so viele Serienmörder, dass damit eine ganze Enzyklopädie gefüllt werden kann? Die Antwort: Es gibt sie, wie die sechste ergänzte und überarbeitete Auflage der "Großen Enzyklopädie der Serienmörder" beweist. Und es sind nicht die Unbekanntesten, die in dieser Sammlung vermerkt sind: Jack the Ripper beispielsweise, dessen Treiben im nebeligen London schon so manche Verfilmung erlebt hat. Fritz Haarmann, dem Schauspieler Götz George in der Verfilmung seines Lebens sein kahlgeschorenes Haupt lieh. Oder Edward Gein, um ein Beispiel aus den USA zu nennen, der zum real existierenden und mordenden Vorbild für Alfred Hitchcocks wohl besten Film - "Psycho" - wurde. Jack Unterweger ist ebenso vertreten, wie der "Vampir von Düsseldorf" oder der "Menschenfresser von Duisburg". Die Geschichte der Serienmörder beginnt bereits bei Jeanne d'Arc - einer ihrer Kampfgefährten hatte hunderte Knaben auf dem Gewissen. Leider hat die Geschichte bis heute kein Ende. Zu den aktuellsten Beispielen gehören der BTK-Mörder ("Bind, Torture, Kill") und der Franzose Fourniret, der gemeinsam mit seiner Frau junge Mädchen misshandelte und tötete. Was treibt sie also an? Wir werden es nie verstehen. Aber wir können dank dieser Enzyklopädie ihre Lebensgeschichte nachlesen und gleichzeitig in die wahre Welt der Kriminalfälle eintauchen - eine Welt, die grausamer ist, als es jede erfundene Geschichte je sein kann.

Selkirks Insel

die wahre Geschichte von Robinson Crusoe
Author: Diana Souhami
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783442152629
Category:
Page: 252
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