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              Books by Michael Foss

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              The Road Taken: A Novel

              The Road Taken: A Novel (Hardback)

              By Foss, Michael

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              Holle's life moves from his bleak rural American roots to the sun-baked terrain of southern Spain; he becomes embroiled in drug-trafficking in Morocco, and serves time in an Italian jail. Returning at the end of his life to his family's land in Canada, he chooses to take his own ...life rather than fall victim to disease.
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              ISBN 9781843173311
              Released NZ 1 Sep 2011
              Publisher Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
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              Gods and Heroes: The Story of Greek Mythology
               

              Gods and Heroes: The Story of Greek Mythology (EPUB ebook)

              By Foss, Michael

              The travelling storyteller combined many talents: scholar, educator, linguist, poet and musician. He showed learning, curiosity and judgement, but most of all he could not resist a good story. True to their original telling and stripped of the sanitization of later centurie...s, these powerful tales make compelling reading. The traveller's tales are shaped by the landscape, character, tradition and weather of the stops along his journey: standing below the snow-streaked, cloud-capped massif of Olympus, he feels the awe and majesty of the gods. In the wilderness of Thessaly, menaced by bears and wolves, he recognises the cruel, barbarian anger of Achilles and the ferocious extravagance of Hercules. In soft Eleusis, strong wine at the day's end brings him to the Mysteries of Dionysus and the Bacchic frenzy. The Mycenaean ruins impress on him the workings of the hand of fate: the frailty of empire, the waste of the ten year's Trojan war, the horror of Agamemnon's domestic grief. Under the illumination of the startling Greek light the storyteller interprets for his listeners the sense they have of themselves. His stories of myth and legend are the oldest speculations of the first deep-thinking people of Europe. They are also the first and longest-lasting entertainments of the European imagination.
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              ISBN 9781782432531
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              Released NZ 24 Jan 2014
              Publisher Michael O'Mara
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              Tudor Lives: Success and Failure of an Age
               

              Tudor Lives: Success and Failure of an Age (EPUB ebook)

              By Foss, Michael

              The triumphs of the Tudor age are well known; less apparent is the pain that went hand-in-hand with success. This book considers the cost of great achievement. Michael Foss, author of The World of Camelot and The Search for Cleopatra, holds a microscope up to the lives of key Tud...or figures. He paints a portrait of key Tudor figures undone by the stern course of the century - Walsingham, made poor and hurried to the grave by the laborious demands of Elizabeth's administration; Philip Sidney, who found no place for his chivalrous idealism in the faithless world of contemporary polity - in an age which resembled 'a bow too long bent'.
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              ISBN 9781782432210
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              Released NZ 12 Dec 2013
              Publisher Michael O'Mara
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              Out of India: a Raj Childhood
               

              Out of India: a Raj Childhood (EPUB ebook – Revised ed.)

              By Foss, Michael

              Born in India in 1937, Michael Foss' childhood was spent between the cold, grey austerity of Britain under threat, and the brightly lit and teeming vitality of wartime India.

              ISBN 9781843178279
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              Released NZ 18 Jan 2012
              Publisher Michael O'Mara
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              People of the First Crusade: The Truth about the Christian-Muslim War Revealed
                

              People of the First Crusade: The Truth about the Christian-Muslim War Revealed (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Foss, Michael

              • RRP: $34.50
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                7 Jul 20

              In this work Michael Foss casts new light on the reality of and motives behind the Crusades in general, and in particular the First Crusade, which set the tone for all those that followed. As the eleventh century came to an end, the Christian lands of Western Europe were in troub...le. Afflicted by repeated invasions from the north, by the collapse of internal order and safety, by the increasing laxity and ignorance of the clergy, and by the unrestrained tyranny of the feudal lords, life in the West was, as one philosopher described it, nasty, brutish, and short. To make matters worse, the Seljuk Turks, recently converted to Islam, had overrun the Holy Land. Pope Urban II, searching for a way out of the increasing anarchy and to rid himself of unruly, marauding knights, exhorted the faithful, at the Council of Clermont in 1095, to free Jerusalem from the Infidels. The response was immediate and enthusiastic. Proud knights, poor peasants, artisans armed with pikes and bows and arrows - and often only sticks or clubs - set out on the great adventure, fighting or negotiating their way through strange, exotic lands, until, four long years later, the ragged remnants of the once proud army stood below the forbidding walls of Jerusalem. Michael Foss tells the stories of these men and women of the First Crusade, often in their own words, bringing the time and events to life. Through these eyewitness accounts the cliches of history vanish, the distinctions between hero and villain blur: the Saracen is as base or noble, as brave or cruel, as the crusader. In that sense, the fateful clash between Christianity and Islam teaches us a lesson for our own time. For the attitudes and prejudices expressedon both sides in the First Crusade became the basic currency for all later exchanges, down to our own day, between the two great monotheistic faiths of Mohammed and Christ.
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              ISBN 9781950691548
              Released NZ 7 Jul 2020
              Publisher Arcade Publishing
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              The World of Camelot: King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
               

              The World of Camelot: King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (EPUB ebook)

              By Foss, Michael

              Settle into your favorite chair, prop your feet up, and prepare to journey back in time to a world of knights and ladies, grace and bravery, where the chivalric code reigned supreme. Enter Camelot and relive the coming of Arthur and how as a young boy he pulled the sword from the... stone and claimed his throne. Meet Merlin, Gawain, Balin le Savage, the Knights of the Round Table, and other legendary figures in exciting tales and colorful illustrations. Witness the marriage of Arthur and Guenevere, and the Queen's later romance with the handsome Lancelot. Watch as history's most famous knights demonstrate their bravery in a fierce joust. See the beginnings of the famous quest for the Holy Grail, and how Sir Galahad, the noblest of all knights, was conceived in trickery. Enjoy stories of magic and enchantment, valor and vengeance, that end with Arthur's death and the downfall of his knights, but remain in people's hearts forever.
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              ISBN 9781782432524
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              Released NZ 29 Jan 2014
              Publisher Michael O'Mara
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              The Search for Cleopatra
               

              The Search for Cleopatra (EPUB ebook)

              By Foss, Michael

              The myths surrounding Cleopatra are so vast and so contradictory that it is difficult to separate the real woman from the legend. For centuries she has been portrayed as an Asian femme fatale, the entrapping seductress of both Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, and as a stunningly be...autiful and ruthless queen who used her sexual wiles to subvert the course of Roman rule. In this biography, Michael Foss looks at the myths and then beyond, using fresh research to bring to life the historical Cleopatra. What emerges in vivid detail is the image of a woman with physical grace and appeal, whose mind and political acumen were a match for Rome's mighty rulers. The Search for Cleopatra offers a portrait of one of the most absorbing and intriguing figures of all history.
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              ISBN 9781782432517
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              Released NZ 21 Jan 2014
              Publisher Michael O'Mara
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