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Books by Charles Phillips

  • Aztec and Maya: An Illustrated History

    Charles Phillips

    Product Code: BXZHH
    Hardback
    The definitive chronicle of the ancient peoples of Central America & Mexico - including the Aztec, Maya, Olmec, Mixtec, Toltec and Zapotec In a sumptuous new large-format edition, this wide-ranging reference book covers almost 3000 years of history, offering enthralling insights into the art and architecture, myths and legends, and everyday life of the many different empires of Central America and Mexico. Stories of sun-gods and blood sacrifice, of pyramids and temples, and of the fabulous treasuries filled with gold have fascinated many generations. This book unravels the true facts behind the stories and looks at how myth and legends can tell us much about the cult of war in these pre-industrial nations. The magnificent architectural and cultural achievements of a succession of Mesoamerican peoples - the Olmecs, Maya, Zapotecs, Toltecs, Mixtec and Aztecs - cover almost 3000 years. These achievements range from the temple-pyramids and colossal stone carvings of the Olmecs to the awe-inspiring cities, vast trading networks and complex religious societies of the Aztecs and Maya. The World Heritage sites of historic Mexico City and Tenochtitla n, Teotihuaca n, Chiche n Itza , Tikal and Monte Alba n, are examined giving life to the civic, military and everyday world of the time. Archaeological finds and surviving documents provide intriguing insights into astronomy, the development of calendars, mathematics, writing and the arts. They also reveal a grim commitment to war and a savage religious devotion to gods who demanded the blood of human sacrifice. Pottery and textiles, carvings, mosaics, and gold and metalwork show the technological innovations of these pre-industrial civilizations. Superbly illustrated throughout, with more than 1000 colour photographs, artworks, maps and plans, the book reveals every aspect of the history of these lost civilizations. This unrivalled volume is not only a perfect introduction to the subject but also a stunning visual record of a fascinating period that has helped to shape our world.
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  • The Ancient World in Minutes

    Charles Phillips

    Product Code: BPNWL
    Paperback
    Clear, concise yet wide-ranging, The Ancient World in Minutes is the quickest way to understand the great civilizations of the distant past. From the first-ever cities of Sumeria and Babylon around 3500 BCE to the fall of Rome and the bloody demise of the Aztecs, here - in 200 mini-essays - are the critical leaders and wars; ideas and inventions; myths and religions; and art and architecture of the first 5000 years of recorded history. Discover the spiritual, cultural, technological and artistic innovations of the ancient civilizations that still amaze and influence us today - from the Pyramids and Parthenon to Machu Picchu and the Great Wall of China; and from the first hieroglyphic writings and great epics of world literature to democracy and the Olympic Games. The great civilizations are brought to life in vivid illustrations with 200 maps, iconic artworks and ancient artefacts. Contents include Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient India, Ancient China, The Persian Empire, Classic Greece, The Roman Republic, the Maya, The Inca and many more.
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  • Medieval Castle Manual

    Charles Phillips

    Product Code: BMLNL
    Hardback
    An illustrated, behind the scenes look at medieval castles and how they combined two purposes, a weapon of war and a home for an entire community. Using the beautiful construction of a medieval castle at Guedelon as the starting point for each chapter, the book takes each section of the building itself to explain its design, construction and how it was used and lived in. Using images and techniques learned at the site, step-by-step photographs reveal the ancient skills of stone working, carpentry, dying, rope making, milling and many more, while the text discusses the similarities with other impressive medieval castles from the same period.
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  • The Palaces, Stately Houses & Castles of Georgian, Victorian and Modern Britain

    Charles Phillips

    Product Code: BBVMG
    Paperback
    A history of Britain's architectural masterpieces from the Georgians to today, with 200 magnificent pictures.
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  • Castles & Great Houses of the Middle Ages

    Charles Phillips

    Product Code: AIKSC
    Paperback
    This book comes from ancient times to the Wars of the Roses and 1485. Britain's magnificent architectural history and heritage explored in an expert visual guide. It comes with more than 200 glorious photographs, fine-art paintings, reconstructions and maps. It is a comprehensive introduction and guide to over 90 of Britain's great medieval castles, palaces and manor houses, and the kings, queens and nobles who lived there. You can discover the beauty of World Heritage sites at William the Conqueror's Tower of London, Edward I's castles at Caernarvon and Conway, and the Palace of Westminster. Location maps and an A-Z property listing make it easy to find every building described in this excellent book. This lavish visual history traces and records Britain's finest secular buildings in the years up to 1485. It describes developments in method and style from ancient earthworks and Roman forts to splendid Norman and medieval castles and fortified manor houses with their great tower keeps and concentric groundplans. In this celebration of Britain's historic houses and national treasures, fact boxes focus on architectural features or the lives of famous inhabitants. Beautifully illustrated with over 200 photographs, drawings and maps, this will prove a valuable reference book for anyone who wishes to learn more about the castles, palaces and stately homes of Britain in the medieval period.
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  • Kings & Queens of Ancient Britain

    Charles Phillips

    Product Code: AIETI
    Hardback
    Britain's royal history brought to life with 200 contemporary and historical illustrations, maps, shields and comprehensive genealogical tables. It includes the story of King Arthur, why William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings, how Robert the Bruce guarded Scottish independence, and the search for the body of Richard III. Throughout the book specially commissioned maps, plans, timelines and family trees highlight the vital events of every reign. It is a valuable reference book for any historian, with fact boxes to highlight important events for each reign. The royal history of the monarchs of Britain continues to fascinate. This book tells the story from the rise of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and Alfred the Great to the Union of the English and Scottish Crowns in 1603. Family trees trace the line of succession in the English royal houses of Wessex, the Danes, the Normans and the Plantaganets, and the Scottish houses of Macalpine, Dunkeld, Balliol, Bruce and Stewart. Pictures include paintings and contemporary portraits, manuscript drawings, sculptures and photographs. Charting nearly 1500 years of royal rule, this informative history brings the lives of Britain's ancient and medieval monarchs into focus.
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  • An Illustrated History of the Later Crusades

    Charles Phillips

    Product Code: ADATY
    Paperback
    The crusades of 1200-1588 in Palestine, Spain, Italy and Northern Europe, from the Sack of Constantinople to the crusades against the Hussites, depicted in over 150 fine art images. This title offers an evocative account of what are known as the Late Crusades: the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eight and ninth crusades between 1200 and 1588. It explains the political and religious background to the struggles in Palestine, the Christian determination to regain Spain, and the rise of the Ottomans in Egypt. It includes the wars waged by fellow Christians with the papal campaigns against the Cathars and Hussites, as well as against the pagan tribes in the Baltic states. It features the brotherhoods of warrior monks, including the Knights of St John, and the Knights Templar. It includes special sections on the crusading knights, generals and princes of that time such as: Prince Edward of England, King Peter of Cyprus, and Grand Master Jacques de Molay. This title is richly illustrated throughout with over 150 images of the battles, fortresses and epic journeys of the crusaders. This expertly researched and vividly illustrated book details the fascinating later crusades, which were fought between 1200 and 1588. These began with the attempts to regain the city of Jerusalem, held by the Christians for two generations but lost to Saladin in 1187. Conflict soon spread to Egypt, Spain and Italy, and then beyond, as the Pope used his call to arms to invoke campaigns against European pagans and Christian heretics. Charles Philips succeeds in explaining this complex period of history, and examining how the crusades impacted on the religious, social and political aspects of life in that time.
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  • The Illustrated History of Knights & Crusades

    Charles Phillips

    Product Code: AAQBC
    Hardback
    A vivid account of the life and times of the medieval knight, an examination of the code of chivalry, and a detailed history of the crusades
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