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The Players’ Boy Is Dead

by Leonard Tourney

‘vividly evocative of its era.” –The People

Elizabethan England.

A country that is growing rich and powerful.

But, under the surface, there are matters savage and murderous, as wellâ?¦

When a small players’ troupe come to perform for a lord and his lady, none of the rag-tag group shine more than the young players’ boy, with his flaxen hair and fine features.

The player boy had won a scullery maid’s heart, and it was she, at cock’s crow, who went searching for him in the stables where he slept.

But upon finding him dead – murdered in a most gruesome way – the maid’s heart is broken.

County Constable Matthew Stock, a humble clothier by trade, and his practical-minded wife Joan set about to get to the bottom of this horrendous crime.

Constable Matthew must search high and low, from a Lord’s castle to a disreputable inn, to find the person who dealt such an ungodly blow â?¦

So impossible is the case that Matthew finds himself resenting the position of Constable, as every lead seems to be a dead end.

Magistrate Sir Henry Saltmarsh and his ominous secretary Varnell take great pleasure in scrutinising the honest Constable.

As their keen interest escalates, Matthew begins to suspect that they are less than honourable.

Between adulterous wives, less than holy priests and a brutally enforced political hierarchy, Constable Matthew has his work cut out for him if he is to keep his job and get justice for the murdered boy…

The Players’ Boy Is Dead is a widely acclaimed mystery novel as rich in historical detail as it is in suspense.

Praise for The Players’ Boy is Dead:

“Tourney writes so well that we are drawn into another world.” – Pittsburgh Press

“A truly original suspense novel set in Elizabethan England â?? a most satisfying story.”- M. M. MacGiffin

“This detective story, written in the style of 16th-century England, is vividly evocative of its era.” –People

“This exceptional mystery comes from â?¦ an English professor who plotted murder while doing background reading for a Shakespeare course.” – The Washington Post

“Tourney is a superb writer, skilled in the richness of the Elizabethan use of the language.”
The Tulsa World

Leonard Tourney was born and raised in Southern California, Leonard Tourney has spent his professional life as a teacher of writing and literature, especially that of William Shakespeare. He has written eight earlier mystery novels featuring the detective Matthew Stock and his wife, Joan. Since 1985, Tourney has been on the faculty of the Writing Program at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is married to the actress/director Judith Olauson.

The Histories of Polybius (Vol.1&2)

by Polybius

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The Histories is a multi-volume work written by Polybius who was taken as a hostage to Rome after the Roman defeat of the Achaean League, and there he began to write an account of the rise of Rome to a world power. Polybius’ Histories begin in the year 264 BC and end in 146 BC. He is primarily concerned with the 53 years in which Ancient Rome became a dominant world power. This period, from 220-167 BC, saw Rome subjugate Carthage and gain control over Hellenistic Greece. Volume I of the Histories contains the first nine Books. Books I through V cover the affairs of important states at the time (Ptolemaic Egypt, Hellenistic Greece, Macedon) and deal extensively with the First and Second Punic Wars. In Book VI he describes the Roman Constitution and outlines the powers of the consuls, Senate and People. He concludes that the success of the Roman state was based on their mixed constitution, which combined elements of a democracy, aristocracy, and monarchy.

Caesar’ Gallic War: An Account of Caesar’s Campaign in Celtic Gaul

by Julius Caesar

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The Commentaries on the Gallic War is Julius Caesar’s firsthand account of the Gallic Wars, written as a third-person narrative. In it Caesar describes the battles and intrigues that took place in the nine years he spent fighting the Germanic peoples and Celtic peoples in Gaul that opposed Roman conquest. The Gallic Wars were a series of military campaigns waged by the Roman proconsul Julius Caesar against several Gallic tribes. Rome’s war against the Gallic tribes lasted from 58 BC to 50 BC and culminated in the decisive Battle of Alesia in 52 BC, in which a complete Roman victory resulted in the expansion of the Roman Republic over the whole of Gaul (mainly present-day France and Belgium).

The Life of King Philip, War Chief of the Wampanoag People

by John Stevens Cabot Abbott

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Metacomet (1638-1676), also known by his adopted English name King Philip, was chief to the Wampanoag people and the second son of the sachem Massasoit. He became a chief in 1662 when his brother Wamsutta (or King Alexander) died shortly after their father Massasoit. Wamsutta’s widow Weetamoo (d. 1676), sunksqua of the Pocasset, was Metacomet’s ally and friend for the rest of her life. Metacomet married Weetamoo’s younger sister Wootonekanuske. No one knows how many children they had or what happened to them all. Wootonekanuske and one of their sons were sold to slavery in the West Indies following the defeat of the Native Americans in what became known as King Philip’s War.
Landing of the Pilgrims
Clouds of Wart
The Pequot War
Commencement of the Reign of King Philip
Commencement of Hostilities
Autumn and Winter Campaigns
Captivity of Mrs. Rowlandson
The Indians Victorious
The Vicissitudes of War
Death of King Philip
Conclusion of the War

Burial Mounds in the North (Illustrated)

by Cyrus Thomas

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“All the works of the mound-builders of our country are exceedingly interesting to the antiquarian and are valuable as illustrating the habits, customs, and condition of the people by whom they were formed, but the sepulchral tumuli surpass all others in importance in this respect. Although usually simple in form and conveying thereby no indications of the characteristics of the people by whom they were erected, yet when explored they reveal to us, by their internal structure and contents, more in regard to the habits, beliefs, and art of their authors than can be learned from all their other works combined.”
Cyrus Thomas (1825 – 1910) was a U.S. ethnologist and entomologist prominent in the late 19th century and noted for his studies of the natural history of the American West.

Sign Language of the North American Indians (Illustrated Edition): Compared With That Among Other Peoples And Deaf-Mutes

by Garrick Mallery

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Over the period of two years author has devoted the intervals between official duties to collecting and collating materials for the study of sign language. As the few publications on the general subject, possessing more than historic interest, are meager in details and vague in expression, original investigation has been necessary. The high development of communication by gesture among the tribes of North America, and its continued extensive use by many of them, naturally directed the first researches to that continent, with the result that a large body of facts procured from collaborators and by personal examination has now been gathered and classified.

Parallel Lives

by Plutarch

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Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans or Parallel Lives is a series of biographies of famous men, arranged in tandem to illuminate their common moral virtues or failings, probably written at the beginning of the second century AD by Plutarch. Parallel Lives comprises 23 pairs of biographies, each pair consisting of one Greek and one Roman, as well as four unpaired, single lives. It is a work of considerable importance, not only as a source of information about the individuals described, but also about the times in which they lived. Volume I contains 13 pairs of biographies from Theseus and Romulus to Cimon and Lucullus, with comparisons.

The Warlords: Rise of a Dynasty

by John-Philip Penny

This is the incredible true story of one of England’s richest and most powerful families.

In 1066, Anglo-Saxon Britain fell to the swords of the Normans, a French army descended from Vikings. My ancestor, William de Warenne, proved himself a valiant knight at the pivotal Battle of Hastings, and went on not only to become one of the highest ranking noblemen in King William the Conqueror’s Norman forces, but also one of the wealthiest men in the world.

Strangely, until now, the role of this warrior, and of his heirs, has remained shadowy, despite the important part that Warenne and his progeny were to play in the shaping of almost every aspect of the new Britain that was forged out of the old.

This is a tale of greed, lust, ambition and treachery, interwoven with stunning battle sequences, all leading to a great dynasty’s dissolution after nearly 300 years.

This new non-fiction work by the author of ‘By The Sword’ will be of interest to anyone who is fascinated by the history of England in the Middle-Ages.

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PARTHIA (Illustrated): Geography of Parthia Proper, The Region, Ethnic Character of the Parthians, Revolts of Bactria and Parthia

by George Rawlinson

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The Parthian Empire was a major Iranian political and cultural power in ancient Iran. Arsaces I of Parthia, a leader of the Parni tribe, founded the country in the mid-3rd century BC when he conquered the region of Parthia in Iran’s northeast, then a province in rebellion against the Seleucid Empire. Mithridates I of Parthia greatly expanded the empire by seizing Media and Mesopotamia from the Seleucids. At its height, the Parthian Empire stretched from the northern reaches of the Euphrates, in what is now central-eastern Turkey, to eastern Iran. The empire, located on the Silk Road trade route between the Roman Empire in the Mediterranean Basin and the Han Empire of China, became a center of trade and commerce.

The Siouan Cults (Illustrated Edition)

by James Owen Dorsey

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Cult, as used in this book, means a system of religious belief and worship, especially the rites and ceremonies employed in such worship. The present book treats of the cults of a few of the Siouan tribesâ??that is, with two exceptions, of such tribes as have been visited by the author. “Siouan” is a term originated by the Bureau of Ethnology. It is derived from “Sioux,” the popular name for those Indians who call themselves “Dakota” or “Lakota,” the latter being the Teton appellation. “Siouan” is used as an adjective, but, unlike its primitive, it refers not only to the Dakota tribes, but also to the entire linguistic stock or family. The Siouan family includes the Dakota, Assiniboin, Omaha, Ponka, Osage, Kansa, Kwapa, Iowa, Oto, Missouri, Winnebago, Mandan, Hidatsa, Crow, Tutelo, Biloxi, Catawba, and other Indians.

Artillery Through the Ages: A Short, Illustrated History of the Cannon, Emphasizing Types Used in America

by Albert Manucy

Looking at an old-time cannon, most people are sure of just one thing: the shot came out of the front end. For that reason, these pages are written; people are curious about the fascinating weapon that so prodigiously and powerfully lengthened the warrior’s arm. And theirs is a justifiable curiosity, because the gunner and his “art” played a significant role in American history.
The Era of Artillery
The Ancient Engines of War
Gunpowder Comes to Europe
The Bombards
Sixteenth Century Cannon
The Seventeenth Century and Gustavus Adolphus
The Eighteenth Century
United States Guns of the Early 1800’s
The War Between the States
The Change Into Modern Artillery
Modern Use of Black Powder
The Characteristics of Cannon
The Early Smoothbore Cannon
Smoothbores of the Later Period
Garrison and Ship Guns
Siege Cannon
Field Cannon
Solid Shot
Explosive Shells
Scatter Projectiles
Incendiaries and Chemical Projectiles
Fixed Ammunition
The Practice of Gunnery

ASSYRIA (Illustrated)

by George Rawlinson

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Assyria was a major Mesopotamian kingdom and empire of the ancient Near East and the Levant. It existed as a state from perhaps as early as the 25th century BC in the form of the Assur city-state, until its collapse between 612 BC and 609 BC. This book will introduce you with great Assyrian emperors and their conquests of Anatolia, Ancient Iran, Levant and Babylonia. This history book covers also other segments of Assyrian life such as the language and writing, Assyrian manners and customs and architecture and other arts.
Description of the Country
Climate and Productions
The People
The Capital
Language and Writing
Architecture and Other Arts
Manners and Customs
ReligionChronology and History

BABYLON (Illustrated)

by George Rawlinson

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Babylon was a key kingdom in ancient Mesopotamia from the 18th to 6th centuries BCE. The city was built on the Euphrates river and divided in equal parts along its left and right banks, with steep embankments to contain the river’s seasonal floods. he town became part of a small independent city-state with the rise of the First Amorite Babylonian Dynasty in the nineteenth century BC. After the Amorite king Hammurabi created a short-lived empire in the 18th century BC, he built Babylon up into a major city and declared himself its king. It has been estimated that Babylon was the largest city in the world from c.â??1770 – c.â??1670 BC, and again between c.â??612 – c.â??320 BC. It was perhaps the first city to reach a population above 200,000.
Extent of the Empire.
Climate and Productions.
The People.
The Capital.
Arts and Sciences.
Manners and Customs.
History and Chronology.
Standard Inscription of Nebuchadnezzar.
On the Meanings of Babylonian Names.

History of Phoenicia

by George Rawlinson

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Phoenicia was a great and highly influential ancient civilization that originated in the Eastern Mediterranean. Scholars generally agree that it included the coastal areas of today’s Lebanon, northern Israel and southern Syria reaching as far north as Arwad. Phoenician civilization spread across the Mediterranean between 1500 BC and 300 BC. Phoenician colonies reached the Western Mediterranean, most notably Carthage, and even the Atlantic Ocean. Phoenician writing became one of the most widely used writing systems, spread by Phoenician merchants across the Mediterranean world, where it evolved and was assimilated by many other cultures.
The Land
Climate and Productions
The Peopleâ??origin and Characteristics
The Cities
The Colonies
Aethetic Art
Industrial Art and Manufactures
Ships, Navigation, and Commerce
Dress, Ornaments, and Social Habits
Phoenician Writing, Language, and Literature
Political History
Phoenicia, Before the Establishment of the Hegemony of Tyre.
Phoenicia Under the Hegemony of Tyre
Phoenicia During the Period of Its Subjection to Assyria
Phoenicia During Its Struggles With Babylon and Egypt
Phoenicia Under the Persians
Phoenicia in the Time of Alexander the Great
Phoenicia Under the Greeks
Phoenicia Under the Romans

History of the Vikings: A Captivating Guide to the Viking Age and Feared Norse Seafarers Such as Ragnar Lothbrok, Ivar the Boneless, Egil Skallagrimsson, and More

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The predominant modern image of the mighty Viking warriors has become that of the warmonger and marauding berserker. In popular culture, the Norsemen, portrayed as giant, sword-wielding men with flowing hair and bushy beards, have been reduced to a one-dimensional tribe of ruthless warriors, who cared little for the communities they attacked and plundered.

Men like Ragnar Lothbrok, Eric Bloodaxe, Ivar the Boneless and Bjorn Ironside are portrayed as preying on unsuspecting communities and spreading fear across Europe as they laid waste to all that lay before them, taking what they wanted at the point of a sword.

It is true that the Vikings were, without a doubt, brutal men living in a brutal age. They did use their skills as warriors to relentlessly attack Europe and the British Isles to increase their wealth and territory, but that is not all the Vikings were, and their contribution to world history is far more than warmongering.

In this captivating history book, you’ll not only learn about heroic warriors in battle but you’ll also discover the remarkable achievements made by the Vikings.

In History of the Vikings: A Captivating Guide to the Viking Age and Feared Norse Seafarers Such as Ragnar Lothbrok, Ivar the Boneless, Egil Skallagrimsson, and More, you will discover topics such as

  • The Rise of the Mighty Vikings and the Viking Age
  • Significant Viking Raids and Battles
  • Ragnar Lothbrok – Man or Myth
  • Ivar the Boneless – Ruthless Warrior, Leader of the Great Heathen Army, and Conqueror of England
  • Bjorn Ironside – Raider of the Mediterranean
  • Harald Fairhair – First King of Norway
  • Eric Bloodaxe – Terrifying Family Killer
  • Egil Skallagrimsson – Warrior Poet/li>
  • Sweyn Forkbeard – The Forgotten King of England
  • King Olaf Tryggvason and the Rise of Christianity in Norway
  • Harald Hardrada – The Last Great Viking Ruler
  • The Viking Age of Exploration
  • The Significance of the Settlement of Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland
  • Viking Society and Everyday Life
  • And much, much more!

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Stories from Paul the Deacon: A Latin Reader for GCSE, A-Level and University Students: Edited with an Introduction, Notes and Comprehensive Vocabulary

by Sean Gabb

This is a book of short readings that are in genuine but fairly simple Latin, that are interesting in themselves, and that are accompanied by a Vocabulary containing nearly every word used in the text. It also has an Introduction that explains the historical background. The book is directed at intermediate students of Latinâ??that is, those who have made some progress in the language, but who still find the Roman classics too difficult to read with any fluency.

It will help:

  • A-Level students in England;
  • Advanced school students elsewhere;
  • University students;
  • Students in home education;
  • Self-learners;
  • Classicists who want to know more about post-Imperial Latin;

Paul the Deacon (c.725-799) is a primary source for many of the most important and dramatic events of the early middle ages in both Italy and the wider Mediterranean World. Though simpler than that of the Roman classics, his Latin is lucid and often graceful. He knows how to tell a story, and how to weave his stories into an extended narrative. For his History of the Lombards, he is justly called the Herodotus of the Middle Ages.

Contents include:

  • The Importance of Germany as a Factory of Humanity;
  • The Story of the Seven Sleepers;
  • How the Lombard Came to Italy;
  • How Narses the Eunuch Betrayed the Empire;
  • The Murder of King Alboin by His Wife;
  • The Plague of Justinian;
  • How Rotten Meat Can be Used to Ward off Rapists;
  • How the Emperor Constans II Tried to Reconquer Italy;
  • The Arab Invasion of France.

The book is part of a series that already includes Stories from the Life of Christ (in Latin), and will soon include extracts from Bede, Liutprand, the Gesta Francorum, and other key Latin texts of the middle ages.

Sean Gabb is an historian, broadcaster and university lecturer. His novels have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Greek, Slovak, Hungarian, Chinese and Indonesian. He also directs the Centre for Ancient Studies. He lives in Kent with his wife and daughter.

The History of Sassanian New Persian Empire

by George Rawlinson

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The Sasanian Empire or Neo-Persian Empire, was the last period of the Persian Empire before the rise of Islam. It was named after the House of Sasan who ruled from 224 to 651 AD. The Sasanian Empire, which succeeded the Parthian Empire, was recognized as one of the leading world powers alongside its neighboring arch-rival the Byzantine Empire, for a period of more than 400 years.

The Histories of Herodotus

by Herodotus

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The Histories of Herodotus is now considered the founding work of history in Western literature. Written in 440 BC in the Ionic dialect of classical Greek, The Histories serves as a record of the ancient traditions, politics, geography, and clashes of various cultures that were known in Western Asia, Northern Africa and Greece at that time. The Histories also stands as one of the first accounts of the rise of the Persian Empire, as well as the events and causes of the Greco-Persian Wars between the Achaemenid Empire and the Greek city-states in the 5th century BC. The Histories was at some point divided into the nine books that appear in modern editions, conventionally named after the nine Muses.

The Story of Moors in Spain

by Stanley Lane-Poole

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In 711 the Islamic Moors of Arab and Berber descent in North Africa crossed the Strait of Gibraltar onto the Iberian Peninsula, and in a series of raids they conquered Visigothic Christian Hispania and founded the first Muslim countries in Europe.
The Last of the Goths
The Wave of Conquest
The People of Andalusia
A Young Pretender
The Christian Martyrs
The Great Khalif
The Holy War
The City of the Khalif
The Prime Minister
The Berbers in Power
My Cid the Challenger
The Kingdom of Granada
The Fall of Granada
Bearing the Cross

LEVIATHAN (Complete Edition)

by Thomas Hobbes

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Leviathan or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civilâ??commonly referred to as Leviathanâ??is a book written by Thomas Hobbes. Its name derives from the biblical Leviathan. The work concerns the structure of society and legitimate government, and is regarded as one of the earliest and most influential examples of social contract theory. Leviathan ranks as a classic western work on statecraft comparable to Machiavelli’s The Prince. Written during the English Civil War (1642-1651), Leviathan argues for a social contract and rule by an absolute sovereign. Hobbes wrote that civil war and the brute situation of a state of nature (“the war of all against all”) could only be avoided by strong, undivided government.

MY LIFE AS AN INDIAN: The Story of a Red Woman and a White Man in the Lodges of the Blackfeet

by James Willard Schultz

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“My Life as an Indian” is the memoir of James Willard Schultz. The book tells the story of his first year living with the Pikuni tribe of Blackfeet Indians east of Glacier. Contents: Fort Benton The Ruse of a Savage Lover The Tragedy of the Marias A War Trip for Horses Days With the Game The Story of the Crow Woman A White Buffalo A Winter on the Marias I Have a Lodge of My Own The Killing of a Bear The Kutenai’s Story The Great Race The Snake Woman The Snake Woman’s Quest I Return to My People The Story of Rising Wolf A Friendly Visit From the Crows A Raid by the Crows Nat-Ah’-Ki’s Wedding The Attack on the Hunters Never-laughs Goes East The War Trip of Queer Person The Piegans Move in A Wolverine’s Medicine Little Deer’s End The Ways of the Northland The Story of Ancient Sleeper Diana’s Marriage A Game of Fate Trade, Hunt, and War Party Nat-Ah’-Ki’s Ride Curbing the Wanderers Crees and Red Rivers The Last Op the Buffalo The “Winter of Death” The “Black Robe’s” Help Later Years. 

CHALDEA (Illustrated Edition)

by George Rawlinson

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Chaldea was a Semitic-speaking nation which existed between the late 10th or early 9th and mid-6th centuries BC. This book brings the complete history of Chaldean nation and gives insight into Chaldean language, religion, arts and sciences.
General View of the Country
Climate and Productions
The People
Language and Writing
Arts and Sciences
Manners and Customs
History and Chronology

Cherokee Mythology (Illustrated Edition)

by James Mooney

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The myths given in this book are part of a large body of material collected among the Cherokee, chiefly in successive field seasons from 1887 to 1890, inclusive, and comprising more or less extensive notes, together with original Cherokee manuscripts, relating to the history, archeology, geographic nomenclature, personal names, botany, medicine, arts, home life, religion, songs, ceremonies, and language of the tribe.
Historical Sketch of the Cherokee
Stories and Story-tellers
The Myths
Cosmogonic Myths
Quadruped Myths
Bird Myths
Snake, Fish, and Insect Myths
Wonder Stories
Historical Traditions
Miscellaneous Myths and Legends


by Tacitus

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The Histories is a Roman historical chronicle by Tacitus and it covers the Year of Four Emperors following the downfall of Nero in 68 AD, a year in the history of the Roman Empire in which four emperors ruled in succession: Galba, Otho, Vitellius, and Vespasian. The mode of their accession showed that because imperial power was based on the support of the legions, an emperor could now be chosen not only at Rome, but anywhere in the empire where sufficient legions were amassed. The style of narration is rapid, reflecting the speed of the events. The narrative rhythm leaves no space to slow down or digress. To write effectively in this style, Tacitus had to summarize substantial information from his sources. Along with The Annals, The Histories provide a key source for modern understanding of the history of the Roman Empire during the 1st century AD.

Pictographs of the North American Indians (Illustrated)

by Garrick Mallery

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A pictograph is a writing by picture. It conveys and records an idea or occurrence by graphic means without the use of words or letters. The execution of the pictures of which it is composed often exhibits the first crude efforts of graphic art, and their study in that relation is of value. When pictures are employed as writing the conception intended to be presented is generally analyzed, and only its most essential points are indicated, with the result that the characters when frequently repeated become conventional, and in their later forms cease to be recognizable as objective portraitures. A general deduction made after several years of study of pictographs of all kinds found among the North American Indians is that they exhibit very little trace of mysticism or of esotericism in any form. They are objective representations and cannot be treated as ciphers or cryptographs in any attempt at their interpretation. A knowledge of the customs, costumes, including arrangement of hair, paint, and all tribal designations, and of their histories and traditions is essential to the understanding of their drawings, for which reason some of those particulars known to have influenced pictography are set forth in this book, and others are suggested which possibly had a similar influence.

The Winning of the West (Complete Edition)

by Theodore Roosevelt

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This four-volume edition by one of the most admired Presidents of the United States thoroughly explains the historical process of the conquest of the American West and how the Americans fought Indian tribes, British, French, and Spanish troops to become the greatest power of the world.
From the Alleghanies to the Mississippi 1769-1776
The Spread of the English-speaking Peoples
The French of the Ohio Valley
The Appalachian Confederacies
The Algonquins of the Northwest
Boon and the Long Hunters; and Their Hunting in No-man’s-land
Sevier, Robertson, and the Watauga Commonwealth
Lord Dunmore’s War
The Battle of the Great Kanawha; and Logan’s Speech
Boon and the Settlement of Kentucky
The Southern Backwoodsmen Overwhelm the Cherokees
Growth and Civil Organization of Kentucky
From the Alleghanies to the Mississippi 1777-1783
The War in the Northwest
Clark’s Conquest of the Illinois
Clark’s Campaign Against Vincennes
Continuance of the Struggle in Kentucky
The Moravian Massacre
Kentucky Until the End of the Revolution
The Holston Settlements
King’s Mountain
Robertson Founds the Cumberland Settlement
What the Westerners Had Done During the Revolution
The Founding of the Trans- Alleghany Commonwealths 1784-1790
The Inrush of Settlers
The Indian Wars
The Navigation of the Mississippi Separatist Movements and Spanish Intrigues
Kentucky’s Struggle for Statehood
The War in the Northwestâ?¦

Thomas Jefferson: Notes on the State of Virginia: A Compilation of Data About the State’s Natural Resources, Economy and the Nature of the Good Society

by Thomas Jefferson

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“Notes on the State of Virginia” is the only full-length book which Jefferson published during his lifetime. Widely considered the most important American book published before 1800, this book is both a compilation of data by Jefferson about the state’s natural resources and economy, and his vigorous argument about the nature of the good society, which he believed was incarnated by Virginia.
An Exact Description of the Limits and Boundaries of the State of Virginia
A Notice of the Rivers, Rivulets, and How Far They Are Navigable
A Notice of the Best Seaports of the State, and How Big Are the Vessels They Can Receive
A Notice of Its Mountains
Its Cascades and Caverns
A Notice of the Mines and Other Subterraneous Riches; Its Trees, Plants, Fruits, &c.
A Notice of All That Can Increase the Progress of Human Knowledge
The Number of Its Inhabitants
The Number and Condition of the Militia and Regular Troops, and Their Pay
The Marine
A Description of the Indians Established in That State
A Notice of the Counties, Cities, Townships and Villages
The Constitution of the State, and Its Several Charters
The Administration of Justice and the Description of the Laws
The Colleges and Public Establishments, the Roads, Buildings, &c.
The Measures Taken With Regard to the Estates and Possessions of the Rebels, Commonly Called Tories
The Different Religions Received Into That State
The Particular Customs and Manners That May Happen to Be Received in That State
The Present State of Manufactures, Commerce, Interior and Exterior Trade
The Public Income and Expenses
The Histories of the State, the Memorials Published in Its Name in the Time of Its Being a Colony, and the Pamphlets Relating to Its Interior or Exterior Affairs, Present or Ancient

Siouan Indians

by William John McGee

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The term Siouan is the adjective denoting the “Sioux” Indians and cognate tribes. The word “Sioux” has been variously and vaguely used. Originally it was a corruption of a term expressing enmity or contempt, applied to a part of the plains tribes by the forest-dwelling Algonquian Indians. The Indians of the Siouan stock occupied the central portion of the continent. They were preeminently plains Indians, ranging from Lake Michigan to the Rocky Mountains, and from the Arkansas to the Saskatchewan, while an outlying body stretched to the shores of the Atlantic.
The Siouan Stock
Extent of the Stock
Tribal Nomenclature
Principal Characters
Phonetic and Graphic Arts
Industrial and Esthetic Arts
The Development of Mythology
The Siouan Mythology
The Eastern and Southern Tribes
General Movements
Some Features of Indian Sociology

The Chronicles of Border Warfare (Complete Edition)

by Alexander Scott Withers

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“Chronicles of Border Warfare” describes events during the four decades between the French and Indian War (1754) and the Battle of Fallen Timbers (1794). Besides its own research author have used different material including the writings of a generally reliable antiquarian, Hugh Paul Taylor. In addition, he incorporated material gathered by a local judge, Edwin S. Duncan, as well as visiting with venerable local pioneers Noah Zane and John Hacker, which required several arduous trips on horseback.

Life Among the Indians (Illustrated): Indians of North and South America: Everyday Life & Customes of Indian Tribes, Indian Art & Architecture, Warfare, Medicine and Religion     

by George Catlin

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Life Among the Indias was written as a result of a demand for a book of facts on the character and condition of the American Indians. George Catlin (1796-1872) was an American painter, author, and traveler, who specialized in portraits of Native Americans in the Old West. Travelling to the American West five times during the 1830s, Catlin was the first white man to depict Plains Indians in their native territory.
The Indians of America
My Adventure With the First Indian I Ever Saw
How the Indians Build Their Wigwams
Indian Warfare â?? Scalps and Scalping
Medicine Men â?? “Drawing Fire From the Sun”
How the Indians Paint Themselves â?? The Prairies
Catching Wild Horses â?? A Buffalo Hunt
An Adventure With Bears
The Mandan Indians â?? The Chief’s Tale
The Sioux Indians â?? A Challenge!
Pipe-stone Quarry â?? “The Thunder’s Nest” â?? “Stone Man Medicine”
A Ride to the Camanchees â?? A False Alarm
A Solitary Bide on “Charley” Across the Prairies
A Journey Down the Orinoco â?? The “Handsome Dance”
En Route for the Amazon â?? The “Medicine Gun”
Rio Trombutas â?? Adventures With a Tiger and a Rattlesnake
Still en Route for the Amazon â?? An Adventure With Peccaries
On the Amazon
The Indians of the Amazon â?? Poisoned Arrows
Red Indians in London
Red Indians in Paris

The Essential Writings of James Willard Schultz: In the Great Apache Forest, With the Indians in the Rockies, Rising Wolf the White Blackfoot, Sinopah … The War-Trail Fort, My Life as an Indian

by James Willard Schultz

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James Willard Schultz, or Apikuni, (1859-1947) was a noted author, explorer, Glacier National Park guide, fur trader and historian of the Blackfeet Indians. He operated a fur trading post at Carroll, Montana and lived among the Pikuni tribe during the period 1880-82. He was given the name Apikuni by the Pikuni chief, Running Crane. Schultz is most noted for his books about Blackfoot life.
In the Great Apache Forest
With the Indians in the Rockies
Rising Wolf the White Blackfoot
Sinopah the Indian Boy
The War-Trail Fort
My Life as an Indian

The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees (Illustrated)

by James Mooney

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The sacred formulas here given are selected from a collection of about six hundred, obtained on the Cherokee reservation in North Carolina in 1887 and 1888, and covering every subject pertaining to the daily life and thought of the Indian, including medicine, love, hunting, fishing, war, self-protection, destruction of enemies, witchcraft, the crops, the council, the ball play, etc., and, in fact, embodying almost the whole of the ancient religion of the Cherokees. The original manuscripts, now in the possession of the Bureau of Ethnology, were written by the shamans of the tribe, for their own use, in the Cherokee characters invented by Sikwâ´ya (Sequoyah) in 1821, and were obtained, with the explanations, either from the writers themselves or from their surviving relatives.


by Tacitus

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The Annals by Roman historian and senator Tacitus is a history of the Roman Empire from the death of Augustus to that of Nero, the years AD 14-68, covering the reigns of Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero. As a senator, Tacitus had access to Acta Senatus, the Roman senate’s records, thus providing a solid basis for his work. The Annals provide a key source for modern understanding of the history of the Roman Empire during the 1st century AD.

In the Great Apache Forest (Complete Edition): The Story of a Lone Boy Scout

by James Willard Schultz

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This book brings us the story of George Crosby, the Lone Boy Scout. George Crosby was born and has lived all of his seventeen years, in Greer, a settlement of a half-dozen pioneer families located on the Little Colorado River, in the White Mountains, Arizona. At the beginning of the Great War Geroge considered what he could do for the good cause. During the summer of 1918, the Supervisor of the Apache National Forest found himself woefully short of men, with the dreaded fire season coming on. Most of his rangers, fire lookouts, and patrols had gone to the war, and he could not find enough men of the right sort to take their place so George Crosby became a member of a troop of the Phoenix Boy Scouts of America.
Alone on Mount Thomas
The Mountain Cave
The Firebugs at Work
Hunting the Deserter
The People-of-Peace
The Wrongs of the Hopis
The Old Men in Rain God’s Cave
The Death of Old Double Killer
The Bear Skin Is Stolen
Catching the Firebugs

The Mountain Chant (Complete Edition): Navajo Ceremony

by Washington Matthews

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“The ceremony of dsilyídjeqaçàl, or mountain chantâ??literally, chant towards (a place) within the mountainsâ??is one of a large number practiced by the shamans, or medicine men, of the Navajo tribe. I have selected it as the first of those to be described, because I have witnessed it the most frequently, because it is the most interesting to the Caucasian spectator, and because it is the best known to the whites who visit and reside in and around the Navajo country.”
Myth of the Origin of DsilyídjeQaçàl
Ceremonies of DsilyídjeQaçàl
First Dance (Nahikàï)
Second Dance (Great Plumed Arrow)
Third Dance
Fourth Dance
Fifth Dance (Sun)
Sixth Dance (Standing Arcs)
Seventh Dance
Eighth Dance (Rising Sun)
Ninth Dance (Hoshkàwn, or Yucca)
Tenth Dance (Bear)
Eleventh Dance (Fire)
The Great Pictures of DsilyídjeQaçàl
First Picture (Home of the Serpents)
Second Picture (Yays and Cultivated Plants)
Third Picture (Long Bodies)
Fourth Picture (Great Plumed Arrows)
Sacrifices of DsilyídjeQaçàl
Original Texts and Translations of Songs, &c.
Songs of Sequence
First Song of the First Dancers
First Song of the Mountain Sheep
Sixth Song of the Mountain Sheep
Twelfth Song of the Mountain Sheep
First Song of the Thunder
Twelfth Song of the Thunder
First Song of the Holy Young Men, or Young Men Gods
Sixth Song of the Holy Young Men
Twelfth Song of the Holy Young Men
Eighth Song of the Young Women Who Become Bears
One of the Awl Songs
First Song of the Exploding Stick
Last Song of the Exploding Stick
First Daylight Song
Last Daylight Song
Other Songs and Extracts
Song of the Prophet to the San Juan River
Song of the Building of the Dark Circle
Prayer to Dsilyi’ Neyáni
Song of the Rising Sun Dance
Prayer of the Prophet to His Mask
Last Words of the Prophet

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