Free history Kindle books for 08 Jul 18

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Free AudioBook) (A to Z Classics)

by Oscar Wilde

With A to Z Classics, discover or rediscover all the classics of literature.

Contains Active Table of Contents (HTML) and â??in the end of book include a bonus link to the free audiobook.
Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life; indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman inthe eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence. The novel was a succès de scandale and the book was later used as evidence against Wilde at the Old Bailey in 1895. It has lost none of its power to fascinate and disturb.



The Rise and Fall of the First Bulgarian Empire

by William Miller

 LIKE the Serbs, but unlike the Albanians, the Bulgarians are not autochthonous inhabitants of the Balkan country to which they have given their name. It was not till 679 that this Finnish or Tartar race, after numerous previous incursions into the Balkan provinces of the Byzantine Empire, definitely abandoned the triangle formed by the Black Sea, the Dnieper, and the Danube (the modern Bessarabia), and settled between the Danube and the Balkans (the ancient Moesia). Thus, the first Bulgarian state practically coincided with the Bulgarian principality created 1200 years later by the Treaty of Berlin. The Finnish or Tartar invaders found this country already peopled with Slays, immigrants like themselves but of different customs and language. As time went on, the conquered, as so often happens, absorbed the conquerors; the Bulgarians adopted the Slav speech of the vanquished; the country received the name of the invaders, and became known to all time as “Bulgaria.” Still, after the lapse of more than twelve centuries, the “Bulgarians,” as this amalgam of races came to be called, possess qualities differing from those of their purely Slav neighbours, and during the recent European war Bulgarian political writers reminded the world that the Bulgarian people was not of Slavonic origin.
 
 The Patriarch Nicephorus has left the earliest account of this Bulgarian invasion and settlement. He tells how the Bulgarians originally lived on the shores of the Sea of Azov and on the banks of the river Kuban; how their chief, Kovrat (identified with the “Kurt” of the earliest list of Bulgarian rulers), left five sons, the third of whom, Asparuch (or Isparich), migrated to Bessarabia. There he and his Bulgarians might have remained, had not the Emperor Constantine IV Pogonatus undertaken an expedition for the purpose of punishing them for their raids into the borderlands of his dominions. The strength of the Bulgarian position in a difficult country and an attack of gout obliged the Emperor to retire to Mesembria. A panic seized the troops left behind to continue the siege; the Bulgarians pursued them across the Danube as far as Varna. Neither Greeks nor Slays offered resistance; the Emperor had to make peace and pay a tribute, in order to save Thrace from invasion…



120 Inspirational Quotes On Love: Life Changing and Heart Warming Wisdom on Love for Life, Family, and Work

by K. Kloopler

“I challenge you to try to read no more than just one of these quotes a day. It is impossible!”

Love is the greatest force in our universe. The human heart is the instrument by which we harness the power of love. The motivational quotes in this book will open your heart and increase its capacity for love. The book will cause you to pause and ponder long-held assumptions that are inherently selfish and self-serving. It will challenge your views on love and improve all your love relationships both at home and at work.

K. Kloopler, creator of www.Quotes.how presents an amazing set of heartwarming love quotes in

“120 Inspirational Love Quotes”

. He has limited this book to 120 of some of the most inspirational and transformational love quotes available. The book prioritizes quotes that are informational, actionable, and easy to remember. A quote you do not remember is off little benefit, and so is a quote that is not actionable. A few powerful quotes are all you need to start seeing tangible changes in your life. The book contains great inspirational quotes for women as well as for men. Almost all of the quotes are positive quotes, several are funny quotes and a handful qualify as both love and life quotes.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not
proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily
angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but
rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes,
always perseveres. “
â?? Paul (Saul of Tarsus)

“Love comes when manipulation stops, when you think more about the other
person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself
fully. When you dare to be vulnerable.”
â?? Joyce Brothers

“A strong man doesn’t have to be dominant toward a woman. He doesn’t match
his strength against a woman weak with love for him. He matches it against the
world.”
â?? Marilyn Monroe



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