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The Queen's Handmaid
Author: Tracy Higley
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 1401686850
Pages: 400
Year: 2014-03-25
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A jealous Egyptian queen. A lascivious Galilean governor. A beautiful servant girl. Theirs is a story of prophecy, self-discovery, and revelation. The year is 39 BC. All of Alexandria awaits the arrival of Herod, the Galilean governor with his eye on the Judean kingship. The handmaid of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, receives a troubling visit from her aging mentor. An orphan since birth, Lydia lives in the palace at the demand of Cleopatra and her royal child, the son of Julius Caesar. But Lydia has a growing problem on her hands: her beauty is becoming a liability to the aging queen, and the visiting Herod’s undisguised interest only makes matters worse. When Lydia’s mentor is murdered, the handmaid inherits a daunting task. An ancient set of sealed scrolls, the secret writings of the prophet Daniel, must be returned to Jerusalem—before those who killed her mentor destroy the scrolls as well. The future of the Israelites depends on it. So Lydia leaves the palace to serve as lady’s maid to Herod’s wife in the Holy City. As Lydia is absorbed into the machinations of Herod’s household, her mission— and her people’s hope of a Messianic King—are endangered at every turn. Can Lydia avoid the adulterous intentions of Herod? Can she deliver the scrolls to the mysterious man on the steps of the Temple? Will the true King of Israel ever rise? "Higley amazes us with another of her action-packed feats of storytelling." —RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 Stars, TOP PICK! (on Palace of Darkness)
The Queen's Handmaiden
Author: Jennifer Ashley
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0425217329
Pages: 323
Year: 2007
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After the death of her father, young Eloise Rousell is sent to live with her aunt, Kat Ashley, the governess to the young Elizabeth Tudor, joining the turbulent household of the princess in exile where she becomes a friend, confidante, lady-in-waiting, and favored seamstress of a girl who would become Britain's greatest monarch. Original.
The Mastery Series
Author: Thomas Prendergast
Pages: 98
Year: 1884
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Radiant Desire (a Handmaid's Seduction, Book One)
Author: Inara Scott
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
ISBN: 1937044300
Pages: 279
Year: 2011
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Includes an excerpt from North of need / Laura A. Kaye.
Handmaid of the Holy Spirit
Author: Esther S. Cope
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472103032
Pages: 247
Year: 1992
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Prophecy, madness, and the history of war and revolution in 17th-century Britain color this study of the life of Eleanor Davies
Roman Catholic Church Music in England, 1791–1914: A Handmaid of the Liturgy?
Author: Dr T E Muir
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409493830
Pages: 310
Year: 2013-01-28
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Roman Catholic church music in England served the needs of a vigorous, vibrant and multi-faceted community that grew from about 70,000 to 1.7 million people during the long nineteenth century. Contemporary literature of all kinds abounds, along with numerous collections of sheet music, some running to hundreds, occasionally even thousands, of separate pieces, many of which have since been forgotten. Apart from compositions in the latest Classical Viennese styles and their successors, much of the music performed constituted a revival or imitation of older musical genres, especially plainchant and Renaissance Polyphony. Furthermore, many pieces that had originally been intended to be performed by professional musicians for the benefit of privileged royal, aristocratic or high ecclesiastical elites were repackaged for rendition by amateurs before largely working or lower middle class congregations, many of them Irish. However, outside Catholic circles, little attention has been paid to this subject. Consequently, the achievements and widespread popularity of many composers (such as Joseph Egbert Turner, Henry George Nixon or John Richardson) within the English Catholic community have passed largely unnoticed. Worse still, much of the evidence is rapidly disappearing, partly because it no longer seems relevant to the needs of the modern Catholic Church in England. This book provides a framework of the main aspects of Catholic church music in this period, showing how and why it developed in the way it did. Dr Muir sets the music in its historical, liturgical and legal context, pointing to the ways in which the music itself can be used as evidence to throw light on the changing character of English Catholicism. As a result the book will appeal not only to scholars and students working in the field, but also to church musicians, liturgists, historians, ecclesiastics and other interested Catholic and non-Catholic parties.
The Handmaid's Tale
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Emblem Editions
ISBN: 1551994968
Pages: 368
Year: 2010-12-10
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In this multi-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate “Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred’s persistent memories of life in the “time before” and her will to survive are acts of rebellion. Provocative, startling, prophetic, and with Margaret Atwood’s devastating irony, wit, and acute perceptive powers in full force, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once a mordant satire and a dire warning.
Italian Sword and Sandal Films, 1908-1990
Author: Roy Kinnard, Tony Crnkovich
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476662916
Pages: 256
Year: 2017-02-21
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Produced in Italy from the turn of the 20th century, "sword and sandal" or peplum films were well received in the silent era and attained great popularity in the 1960s following the release of Hercules (1959), starring Mr. Universe Steve Reeves. A global craze for Bronze Age fantasy-adventures ensued and the heroic exploits of Hercules, Maciste, Samson and Goliath were soon a mainstay of American drive-ins and second-run theaters (though mainly disparaged by critics). By 1965, the genre was eclipsed by the spaghetti western, yet the 1960s peplum canon continues to inspire Hollywood epics. This filmography provides credits, cast and comments for dozens of films from 1908 through 1990.
The Darkest Night (A Marked Souls Christmas Novella)
Author: Jessa Slade
Publisher: Red Circle Ink
Pages: 160
Year: 2013-08-12
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THE DARKEST NIGHT A Marked Souls Christmas Novella Marked Souls series #4.5 "Wishing you a wicked Christmas..." Possessed by a divine entity, Cyril Fane fought rampant evil and the pain of more private losses with a fiery golden sword...until he was beaten and left for dead by a malevolent force. Now exiled from his angelic brethren, he reluctantly joins the Chicago league of talyan-immortal warriors possessed by repentant demons-as his only chance to reclaim his sword and his place in the holy sphericanum. Bella McGreay, mysterious mistress of the Mortal Coil night club, has also danced around an uneasy affiliation with the talyan. She has secrets of her own to keep, and as the days shorten toward the winter solstice, shadows are deepening all around. Even as she barricades herself against the joys-and terrors-of the Christmas season, she'll have to decide whether the shadows or her secrets are more dangerous. Bella and Cyril have good reason to fear evil when an old enemy returns to torment them and the Chicago league. Only together will they find a way to the light after the darkest night. "Praise for the Marked Souls novels" "DARK AND SEXY AND INTENSE." New York Times Bestselling Author Nalini Singh "WONDERFULLY ADDICTIVE!" New York Times Bestselling Author Gena Showalter "A CHILLING, COMPLEX, AND UTTERLY BELIEVABLE WORLD." Award-winning Author Jeri Smith Ready "[A] RICH CROSSOVER URBAN FANTASY." Publishers Weekly
Palace of Darkness
Author: Tracy Higley
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 1401687512
Pages: 368
Year: 2014-09-16
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In an ancient city carved from stone, one desperate young woman searches for peace—in the calm before the Romans attack. In AD 106, a single mother can be certain of one thing—destitution. So Cassia and her six-year-old son flee to Petra, seeking refuge in the loving arms of family. But the great stone city is not what Cassia imagined. And family cannot be trusted. When a secret reveals her son’s true bloodline, the boy becomes the target of a royal conspiracy. He’s snatched from Cassia’s grasp. In her darkest hours, Cassia finds herself surrounded by followers of the Way, a subversive new religious group whose disciples are frequently sentenced to arenas with starved lions and blood-soaked sand. Why would they seek out more danger by helping her? And what kind of religion gives freely and asks for nothing in return? Roman soldiers soon surround Petra, immersing the city in panic and further endangering Cassia’s son. She realizes he cannot be saved by human efforts alone. Her only hope lies with the followers of the Way . . . and her willingness to trust their One True God. Reading Group Guide Included “Higley’s meticulous research enhances readers’ understanding of the daring lives of the first Christians.” —RT Book Reviews, of City on Fire “If you liked Francine Rivers’ A Voice in the Wind, you’ll love Palace of Darkness! It grabbed me from page one and never let go.” —Colleen Coble, USA Today bestselling author

Garden of Madness
Author: Tracy L. Higley
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc
ISBN: 140168680X
Pages: 387
Year: 2012
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Since her treaty marriage at a young age, Tia has lived an opulent yet oppressive life in the palace. But her husband has since died and she relishes her newfound independence. As the queen plans to wed Tia to yet another prince, the powerful mage Shadir plots to expose the family's secret and set his own man on the throne. Tia enlists the help of a reluctant Jewish captive, who challenges her notions of the gods even as he opens her heart to both truth and love.
The Bees
Author: Laline Paull
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062331167
Pages: 352
Year: 2014-05-06
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The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games in this brilliantly imagined debut set in an ancient culture where only the queen may breed and deformity means death. Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive where work and sacrifice are the highest virtues and worship of the beloved Queen the only religion. But Flora is not like other bees. With circumstances threatening the hive’s survival, her curiosity is regarded as a dangerous flaw but her courage and strength are an asset. She is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free to collect pollen. She also finds her way into the Queen’s inner sanctum, where she discovers mysteries about the hive that are both profound and ominous. But when Flora breaks the most sacred law of all—daring to challenge the Queen’s fertility—enemies abound, from the fearsome fertility police who enforce the strict social hierarchy to the high priestesses jealously wedded to power. Her deepest instincts to serve and sacrifice are now overshadowed by an even deeper desire, a fierce maternal love that will bring her into conflict with her conscience, her heart, her society—and lead her to unthinkable deeds. Thrilling, suspenseful and spectacularly imaginative, The Bees gives us a dazzling young heroine and will change forever the way you look at the world outside your window.
Faithful Handmaid
Author: Hester Davenport
Publisher: History PressLtd
ISBN: 0750931930
Pages: 256
Year: 2003-01-01
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Fanny Burney was a pioneering novelist and a valuable social commentator. Drawing on her diaries and letters, this book is a unique insight into the Court of King George III.
Jasmine: The True White Witch
Author: R.D. Brawn
ISBN: 129143500X
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