eBooks on Asian Art, Culture, History & Travel

Books

PAGES FROM THE BOOK OF KELLS

PAGES FROM THE BOOK OF KELLS

9,500 words, 43 full colour plates, 2 black and white plates

The Book of Kells is a magnificently illuminated manuscript Gospel in Vulgate Latin containing the four Gospels of the New Testament - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - together with various prefatory texts and tables. It was created by Celtic monks on the small Island of Iona off the coast of western Scotland in about 800 CE. The text is mainly in Vulgate Latin dating from the 4th century CE, though there are passages in Vetus Latin or ‘Old Latin’ that predate the Vulgate Bible.

The Book of Kells is chiefly celebrated for its illuminated illustrations and extraordinarily elaborate ornamentation. It is considered to represent the very best of insular illumination and is widely considered Ireland’s most important national treasure. This ebook includes full colour images of all the major illuminated pages in the Book of Kells, together with an introduction, the main text of Sir Edward Sullivan’s seminal study of the Book of Kells from 1914, a brief biography of Sir Edward Sullivan, and an essay on Saint Columba and the Island of Iona where the book was made.

Read More  /  Buy

HEALTH AND WELL BEING : A MEDIEVAL GUIDE

HEALTH AND WELL BEING : A MEDIEVAL GUIDE

Profusely illustrated with 132 full colour images from 6th century Byzantium, 11th century Iraq and 14th century Italy

The Tacuinum Sanitatis is a medieval handbook on Health and Well Being. First printed in Europe in 1531, it was aimed at an educated secular readership and offered concise and sensible advice on how to live a long, healthy and enjoyable life. Four handsomely illustrated manuscripts of the Tacuinum survive, all produced in Lombardy and now housed, respectively, at libraries in Rome, Vienna, Paris and Liège.

The Latin text describes in detail the beneficial and harmful properties of plants and foodstuffs, as well as considering social, physiological and psychological aspects of wellness. Following established medieval principles, it sets forth six essential elements for mental and physical well-being.

Read More  /  Buy

NOMADS AND DEMONS OF THE SILK ROAD

NOMADS AND DEMONS OF THE SILK ROAD

Nomads and Demons of the Silk Road

Nomads and Demons of the Silk Road

Read More  /  Buy

ANCIENT CHIANG MAI Volume 1

ANCIENT CHIANG MAI Volume 1

The first of a series exploring the Peoples, Cultures and History of Northern Thailand. 12 articles, 18,000 words, 60 images

The beautiful old walled city of Chiang Mai, set amid the forested mountains and fertile valleys of northern Thailand, is the historic capital of the former Lanna Kingdom. Founded in 1296 by King Mangrai the Great, it did not become fully part of Thailand until 1939, and even today the region retains a distinctly different character, with its own language, culture, cuisine and even temperament.

Read More  /  Buy

ANCIENT CHIANG MAI Volume 2

ANCIENT CHIANG MAI Volume 2

The second of a series exploring the Peoples, Cultures and History of Northern Thailand. 12 articles, 18,000 words, 60 images

The beautiful old walled city of Chiang Mai, set amid the forested mountains and fertile valleys of northern Thailand, is the historic capital of the former Lanna Kingdom. Founded in 1296 by King Mangrai the Great, it did not become fully part of Thailand until 1939, and even today the region retains a distinctly different character, with its own language, culture, cuisine and even temperament.

Read More  /  Buy

ANCIENT CHIANG MAI Volume 4

ANCIENT CHIANG MAI Volume 4

The fourth of a series exploring the Peoples, Cultures and History of Northern Thailand. 12 articles, 18,000 words, 60 images

The beautiful old walled city of Chiang Mai, set amid the forested mountains and fertile valleys of northern Thailand, is the historic capital of the former Lanna Kingdom. Founded in 1296 by King Mangrai the Great, it did not become fully part of Thailand until 1939, and even today the region retains a distinctly different character, with its own language, culture, cuisine and even temperament.

Read More  /  Buy

ANCIENT CHIANG MAI Volume 3

ANCIENT CHIANG MAI Volume 3

The third of a series exploring the Peoples, Cultures and History of Northern Thailand. 12 articles, 18,000 words, 60 images

The beautiful old walled city of Chiang Mai, set amid the forested mountains and fertile valleys of northern Thailand, is the historic capital of the former Lanna Kingdom. Founded in 1296 by King Mangrai the Great, it did not become fully part of Thailand until 1939, and even today the region retains a distinctly different character, with its own language, culture, cuisine and even temperament.

Read More  /  Buy

ANCIENT CHIANG MAI Volume 5

ANCIENT CHIANG MAI Volume 5

The fifth of a series exploring the Peoples, Cultures and History of Northern Thailand. 12 articles, 18,000 words, 60 images

The beautiful old walled city of Chiang Mai, set amid the forested mountains and fertile valleys of northern Thailand, is the historic capital of the former Lanna Kingdom. Founded in 1296 by King Mangrai the Great, it did not become fully part of Thailand until 1939, and even today the region retains a distinctly different character, with its own language, culture, cuisine and even temperament.

Read More  /  Buy

1   2   3   4   5   6   7