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The Phantom Atlas is an atlas of the world not as it ever existed, but as it was thought to be. These marvellous and mysterious phantoms - non-existent islands, invented mountain ranges, mythical civilisations and other fictitious geography - were all at various times presented as facts on maps and atlases. This book is a collection of striking antique maps that display the most erroneous cartography, with each illustration accompanied by the story behind it. Exploration, map-making and mythology are all brought together to create a colourful tapestry of monsters, heroes and volcanoes; swindlers, mirages and murderers. Sometimes the stories are almost impossible to believe, and remarkably, some of the errors were still on display in maps published in the 21st century. The Phantom Atlas is a beautifully produced volume, packed with stunning maps and drawings of places and people that never existed. The remarkable stories behind them all are brilliantly told by Edward Brooke-Hitching in a book that will appeal to cartophiles everywhere. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781471159459• Format: Hardback• Author: Edward Brooke-Hitching• Publisher: Simon { Schuster• Pages: 256• Dimensions: 25 x 20 x 2.5cm

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A stunning collection of myths and legends from Ancient Greece and Rome, retold by a variety of expert storytellers. The myths and legends of Ancient Greece and Rome have influenced art and literature for millennia and continue to capture our imaginations today. These enduring stories from classical antiquity form a major part of the heritage of Western culture, ranging from myths of the Titans, Hercules and the creation of the world to the legends of the Trojan War and the founding of Rome. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781789503692• Author: Arcturus• Publisher: Arcturus• Format: Paperback• Pages: 335• Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.5 x 2.5cm

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Shaped through conflict and conquest, the Roman Empire's foundation of success was its legendary military might. Using stunning colourful artwork of soldiers and battles, as well as photographs and maps, Rome At War introduces the men who fought first for their Republic and then for their Emperor... Discover the story of the Ancient World's most effective war machine! Product Information:• ISBN: 9781472831460• Author: Osprey• Publisher: Osprey• Format: Hardback• Pages: 192• Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 3cm

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Details:Viking artefacts discovered across a vast geographical range, from Russia and modern-day Turkey to Greenland and North America, bear witness to an artistic legacy that astonishes by its beauty, wealth and diversity. This richly illustrated introduction to an extraordinary people presents an art of immense sophistication, ranging from exquisite gold jewellery to superbly decorated weapons of war, breathtakingly intricate woodcarvings, and vividly incised and painted runestones. This north European civilisation has always had a special place in the popular imagination. "The Vikings" reflects favourite themes, including: the restless spirit of these warrior-explorers and their extraordinary voyages in quest of trade as well as adventure, booty, conquest and glory; the mighty pantheon of gods and goddesses such as Odin, Freyja, Thor and the mischief-making trickster Loki; the mysteries of the afterlife, including Valhalla (land of dead warriors) and the Underworld domain of the goddess Hel; the warrior cult, which produced the terrifying Berserks (fighters who believed themselves to be possessed by wolves or bears in battle); and, the ceremonies and sacrifices that accompanied the magnificent longship burials of the Viking chieftains. A superb addition to any library of art and the imagination, "The Vikings" sets new standards in capturing the achievements of an ancient civilisation through the marriage of word and image. Ideal for:A fascinating read for history buffs and people with an interest in the Viking age. This paperback book has 143 pages and measures: 20 x 20 x 1cm.

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The raiders who sacked the island monastery of Lindisfarne were the first Vikings - the sea-borne attackers who brought terror to northern Europe. Despite their reputation as bloodthirsty violent warriors, the Vikings possessed quite a sophisticated culture of arts, literature and kingdoms of surprising endurance. Explore how and why a region at the edge of Europe came to dominate and terrorise the rest of the continent with Philip Parker. Dive into the research and thrill of the story told about this utterly fascinating people. 'A fascinating read' - Literary Review. 'It is quite a feat to write history this good... An engaging and splendidly written book' - Dan Jones, Sunday Times. Product Information:• ISBN: 9780099551843• Author: Philip Parker• Publisher: Vintage Books• Format: Paperback• Pages: 450• Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 4cm

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Shrouded in myth and conspiracy, the history of the Knights Templar is little understood. Geordie Torr pulls fact from fiction, revealing the astonishing tale of this military-religious order that dominated the politics of the medieval Middle East. Initially created to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land in the wake of the First Crusade, the Templars soon became an institution of incredible power, possessing wealth and influence throughout the courts of Europe. Yet just two centuries later they dramatically fell as its members were accused of heresy and burned at the stake. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the wars between Christians and Muslims, this illustrated book brings to life the legacy of this secretive order and the characters who defined the era. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781789502282• Author: Geordie Torr• Publisher: Arcturus• Format: Paperback• Pages: 256

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Operation Overlord was one of the greatest ever military offensives, working to free Europe from the yoke of Nazism. Starting with the landings on D-Day, Victory in Europe traces the Allied struggle to create a foothold in "Fortress Europe". Overcoming initial setbacks, the final crossing of the Rhine and the advance into Germany changed the course of European history forever. This gripping story is told from the perspective of the service men at the centre of the operation, and how their bravery and doggedness made the defeat of Hitler's hordes possible. Illustrated with over 100 black and white photos and maps, Victory in Europe is a thrilling read on the final offensive push against Adolf Hitler. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781839402692• Author: Karen Farrington• Publisher: Arcturus Publishing• Format: Paperback• Pages: 144• Dimensions: 178 x 252mm

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