New PDF release: 1610: A Sundial in a Grave

By Mary Gentle

ISBN-10: 0061842702

ISBN-13: 9780061842702

"It's approximately intercourse, and cruelty, and forgiveness."

therefore starts off a sweeping old event approximately dueling swordsmen and the plot to kill a king within the grand culture of Dorothy Dunnett and Alexander Dumas.

The yr is 1610. Continental Europe is in brief at peace after years of warfare, yet Henri IV of France is making plans to invade the German principalities. In England, purely 5 years past, conspirators approximately succeeded in blowing up King James I and his Parliament. The seeds of the English Civil conflict and the Thirty Years warfare are visibly being sown, and the chance for either enlightenment and catastrophe abounds.

yet Valentin Rochefort, duelist and undercover agent for France's robust monetary minister, couldn't care much less. till he's drawn into the glittering palaces, bawdy again streets, and lovely theatrics of Renaissance France and Shakespearean London in a dangerous plot either to kill King James I and to avoid wasting him. For this swordsman and not using a sense of right and wrong is set to discover himself stuck among loyalty, love, and blackmail, among kings, queens, politicians, and Rosicrucians -- and the girl he has, unknowingly, crossed land and sea to fulfill.

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For Americans, it was a familiar image. Christopher Columbus, we knew, never put foot or keel on the continent of North America. He claimed what he called the Indies not for any collection of future Protestants from Northern Europe but for Catholic Spain in the fifteenth century. But we were happy to see the man as a hero and the moment on the beach in 1492 as the start of something that eventually produced the best hope yet for liberty and self-government. The landing led to much else, of course.

At such events, the physician did no cutting. He stood on a high pulpit reading from Galen, while below, the poor barber-surgeon did his best to prove the cadaver matched Galen’s description. Pictures of these scenes show crowds of students and plain rubberneckers pressing in around the corpse - also sometimes a small dog waiting for any choice bits that may come his way. Galen had used Barbary apes in his experiments, and there were some dramatic anatomical discrepancies. But since Galen could not be wrong, these were blamed on the ineptitude of the surgeon.

History has derided Spanish experts leery of Columbus’ estimates. They were right. But Ferdinand and Isabella were right to back him anyway. By risking the equivalent of $7,200 and the use of two ships (he had to charter the third), they got title to much of the New World. Within thirty years, trading ships were shuttling back and forth where, shortly before, hardly anyone had dreamed of going. The Western Hemisphere was being explored, the Pacific had been crossed and, with Ferdinand Magellan’s voyage of 1519, Europeans had made it around the world.

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