This chapter of France´s history is about The Italian Wars: campaigns of Charles VIII (1493), the campaign of Louis XII, the Holy League, the campaigns of Francis I, Charles V, the wars of Francis and Charles, Henry II. Charlotte Mary Yonge was an English novelist and historian. Yonge´s work was widely read and respected in the nineteenth century, and admired by many great writers like Lewis Carroll or George Eliot. She attached a lot of importance to the education of girls, and her work reflected the values and concerns of Anglo-Catholicism; she wrote many historical novels, for which she studied history in great detail. This audiobook, read by Paul Spera, is her retelling of the essential episodes that made France. Each historical event is replaced into context and presented in clear and easy-to-read snippets, so that younger and older readers can deepen their understanding of how modern France came to be and broaden their culture. This historical essays deals with France´s earlier kings, the hundred years´ war, the struggle with Burgundy, the Italian wars, the wars of religion, absolute monarchy, and the French Revolution 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Spera. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/cids/001520/bk_cids_001520_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Goethe was probably the greatest universal genius who ever lived. Although known primarily as a poet, playright, and novelist, he was also known for his work in anatomy, botany, color, art criticism, and jurisprudence. Many people are deterred from attempting to read anything by Goethe because of his extremely penetrating intelligence and dense prose. But his travel diary, Italian Journey, is by far easier to digest than anything else by him. The journal is a straightforward account of his sojourn to Italy as a young man between 1786 and 1789. The book has a modern ring to it, and indeed Goethe seems to foreshadow the coming of many of the things we consider ´´modern´´ today: intense self-examination, scientific methodology, and anthropology. But that´s not what makes this a great book. Long after you finish it, you will be contemplating the wealth of pithy, insightful comments he makes about Italians in particular and humans in general. You will revisit portions of this book many times, and you will mark passages in it, so you can pull it down and quote it to your friends. Goethe is a fabulous feast for the intellect and a balm for the spirit. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlton Griffin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acon/000202/bk_acon_000202_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The effects of the Italian Renaissance are still with us today, from the incomparable paintings of Leonardo da Vinci to the immortal writings of Petrarch and Machiavelli. But why was there such an artistic, cultural, and intellectual explosion in Italy at the start of the 14th century? Why did it occur in Italy? And why in certain Italian city-states such as Florence? Professor Bartlett probes these questions and more in 36 dynamic lectures. This is your opportunity to appreciate the results of the Italian Renaissance and gain an understanding of the underlying social, political, and economic forces that made such exceptional art and culture possible. At the heart of Renaissance Italy were the city-states, home to the money, intellect, and talent needed for the growth of Renaissance culture. You´ll look at the Republic of Florence, as well as other city-states that, thanks to geographical and historical circumstances, had much different political and social structures. This course contains a wealth of details that will give you a feel and appreciation for the Italian Renaissance - its contributions to history, the ways it was similar and dissimilar to our times, and how the people of the time, both famous and ordinary, experienced it. You´ll come away surprised by how much of our modern life was made possible by the Renaissance. Our concept of participatory government, our belief in the value of competition, our philosophy of the content and purpose of education, even our notions of love all have roots in the Renaissance period. Its loftiest ideals - the importance of the individual, the value of human dignity and potential, and the promotion of freedom - are ones we embrace as our own. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kenneth R. Bartlett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000168/bk_tcco_000168_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Berlitz, the language learning authority, puts a hip new twist to language learning. If you want to talk the real language the natives do, then Hide this CD is for you. Cool and modern expressions organized by topic Popular topics like shopping, eating, and nightlife Up-to-date tech language Entertaining and helpful tips on culture and usage 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/berl/000025/bk_berl_000025_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It´s a great feeling to know you can be who you are without fear or embarrassment. Our language courses are designed to be fun and easy to follow. The format is easy. You hear the words or phrases spoken in English followed by the translation. Not once, but twice with pauses in between allowing you maximum opportunity for learning. You´ll be amazed at how quickly you pick it up using this proven system.We have covered all of the most likely situations you may face and have prepared you with the key words and phrases most commonly used. In this modern age you will most likely have a cell phone and wear a watch and consequently we have avoided tedious chapters on telling the time, counting and things you can point to. Instead, we have replaced them with more of what you may need.Our programmes are ideal if you are taking a short break or making a business trip. Everything from hiring a car, checking in to your hotel, sightseeing, shopping, eating out, from meeting people to dealing with emergencies is covered in topical chapters that you can access instantly on your audio player.Make the most of your travels with our ´Jump Into´ language courses, available in Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, and French. ´´My friends laughed when the waiter walked up to me and asked what I wanted.... But when I ordered for everyone....´´ Photograph by Ross Anania/Getty images 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/soba/000005/bk_soba_000005_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1494, there were five sovereign regional powers in Italy: Milan, Venice, Florence, the Papal States, and Naples. In 1536, only one remained - Venice. These decades of conflict precipitated great anxiety among Western thinkers. Italians responded to the fragmentation, forevermore, of Latin Christendom, the end of self-governance for Italians, and the beginning of the early modern era in a myriad of ways. They were always heavily influenced by the lived experience of warfare between large Christian armies on the peninsula. Most historians credit the city-state of Florence as the place that started and developed the Italian Renaissance, a process carried out through the patronage and commission of artists during the late 12th century. If Florence is receiving its due credit, much of it belongs to the Medicis, the family dynasty of Florence that ruled at the height of the Renaissance. The dynasty held such influence that some of its family members were even ordained as pope. Among all of the Medicis, its most famous member ruled during the Golden Age of Florence, at the apex of the Renaissance’s artistic achievements. Lorenzo de Medici, commonly referred to as Lorenzo the Magnificent, was groomed both intellectually and politically to rule, and he took the reins of power at the age of 20.Lorenzo de Medici may have not been a king, prince, or duke, but he nevertheless held significant influence over all of the noble houses of the region, from Milan and Naples to the King of France. Between 1482 and 1484, Lorenzo’s influence prevented a close alliance between King Louis IX of France and the city of Venice, which was at war with Ferrara. Lorenzo’s personal influence helped reduce Venice’s power in the region. During the Baron’s War of 1485 and 1486, while Florence sided with the pope, Lorenzo favored Ferdinando of Aragon, who had close ties with Naples, giving Lorenzo the chance to attempt to negotiate an improvement in relations be 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Fluxman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/156948/bk_acx0_156948_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Take a riveting tour of the Italian peninsula, from the glittering canals of Venice to the lavish papal apartments and ancient ruins of Rome. In these 24 lectures, Professor Bartlett traces the development of the Italian city-states of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, showing how the modern nation of Italy was forged out of the rivalries, allegiances, and traditions of a vibrant and diverse people. This comprehensive portrait of Italian history opens an exciting new world-a grand mosaic of lustrous and storied cultures as distinctive as the people who helped build them. As you come to know these many ´´Italys,´´ you´ll see how the Italian states defined themselves against the others, competing for territory, trade, and artistic supremacy - and how the vestiges of these interactions are visible even today. Among other things, you´ll consider the rivalry between the Genoese and the Pisans, which stems from a nearly 800-year-old grudge; examine how the crusades influenced the development of Genoa, Pisa, and Venice; and explore Italy´s troubled relationship with the Holy Roman Empire and the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. You´ll also get a glimpse into the lives of the powerful and influential, including Pope Paul IV, who championed the Roman Inquisition, and Luigi Gonzaga, who cut out the hearts of his enemies and nailed them to the doors of their palaces as a warning to others who might challenge his power. As you get to know the distinctive personalities and events that define the peninsula, you´ll gain fresh insights into the Italy of today. Surprising, enriching, always engaging, this course offers a unique perspective on one of the most dynamic and creative cultures of the modern world. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kenneth R. Bartlett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000167/bk_tcco_000167_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cucina Tipica: An Italian Adventure is the story of Jacoby Pines, a disheartened American who arrives in Italy on holiday, and decides he never wants to leave. What follows is a wine-soaked, food-filled, travel-laden adventure about one man’s quest for an antiquated existence in the modern world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Adam Barton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/151147/bk_acx0_151147_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.