The Jewel And The Sword

Author: Marjorie Jones
Publisher: Medallion Media Group
ISBN: 1605424897
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The Jewel And The Sword. Following the ensuing battle with the Earl of Ravenstone’s forces, Meghan Douglas tends to the wounds of her father’s men, the Laird of Clan Douglas. Among the fallen, she finds a sorely wounded English knight. Though he is an enemy, Meghan takes pity on the handsome, burly stranger and has him taken to a chamber. There, once he has been securely bound to her father’s bed, she attempts to save his life, attending to the most intimate details of his care. When Devlin Barnett regains consciousness at last, it is only to find himself tied to a bed, being cared for by a beautiful young woman. Not just any young woman, however, but the daughter of his treacherous foster brother, the Laird of the keep, for whom he is now being held as ransom. To make matters worse, he finds his traitorous, vulnerable body responding to Meghan’s tender ministrations in a most alarming, and conspicuous, manner. Meghan cannot deny the powerful attraction she feels for the captive in her bed . . . the captive who so stubbornly refuses to give up his name. She knows only that he is one of the Earl of Ravenstone’s knights. Devlin finally manages to escape, both his imprisonment and the danger to his heart. He has not gone far, however, when he realizes he is being followed. His emotions are in peril once again, for the lovely Meghan insists he take her to Ravenstone’s castle that she might plead for her father’s release. She has no idea of her former prisoner’s true identity. Or the forces of evil that will be unleashed to separate and destroy.

Mirror Sword And Jewel

Author: Kurt Singer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134248385
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Mirror Sword And Jewel. Edited with an Introduction by Richard Storry. First published over 20 years ago and long out of print, this is a unique interpretation of the essence of Japanese society and individual psychology.

The Prince And The Pirate

Author: Nicole Enyart
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1469155966
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The Prince And The Pirate. Prologue The Captain of the guard, Corin, strode quickly across the marble floor, his armor chinked with each step he took and echoed throughout the room. His face that always seemed to be set in a determined look was now lined deeper in concentration. His steel gray eyes glared straight ahead as he drew closer and closer to the end of the room. There, stood a throne set in gold and precious jewels, and sitting upon that throne was the most dangerous and powerful man in the country, King Kadesh. Approaching the throne Captain Corin dropped down to one knee and bowed his head. Though older than the King, the royal made certain to crush any thoughts of superiority the Captain might have against him, by wearing lavish clothing, jewels, but most of all he always had a nonchalant expression on his face, no matter who it was that walked into his throne room, how rich they were or the title they bore, he treated them all the same. He treated them as slaves. King Kadesh waited until the Captain thought he could no longer keep his patience before finally speaking. “What do you want?” He asked, his tone almost sounding bored. Captain Corin gritted his teeth, “My Lord, the rumors were true. Pirates from the East are approaching our docks.” The King interrupted him by sighing impatiently, “I know all this already, Captain. I also know that they plan on kidnapping my daughter for ransom. What I don’t know is what your plan is to stop them.” The Captain’s face flushed with anger, “My men and I will station ourselves inside the Princess’ chambers and wait for the pirates.” “And you will fight to the death is that it?” Kind Kadesh asked. The Captain nodded his head. The King stood up from his throne. “Tell me, do you think many of your men will die?” The Captain was taken aback by this question. It was unusual for the King to be concerned about the loss of other lives. “Yes many will die, but I assure you, my Lord, that my men are prepared to die for the safety of the princess.” “I know that!” The King yelled, sounding offended. “Every soldier signs their lives over to me when they join the army, but it costs money to replace dead soldiers. Money that I do not want to pay.” Corin dropped his head down, no longer able to hide his anger. Each and every man he was in charge of were important to him, and to hear the King speak of their value in only money was unbearable. “What then, do you want me to do, my Lord?” When the King didn’t answer, Captain Corin raised his head to look at him and was shocked to see that the King had a puzzled expression on his face. At that moment there was a loud crash, as if someone had dropped glass dishes on the floor. Both the King and the Captain turned in the direction of the sound. Standing in a pile of broken glass, was a servant girl, she was desperately scooping up the broken pieces as if perhaps she could hide the mess now, but the look of terror in the girl’s eyes caused the Captain’s heart to stop. Already two guards were making their way towards the girl to take her away and no doubt punish her. The Captain looked away, but the King once again surprised him. “Hold!” He ordered. The guards instantly stopped advancing towards the girl. The King stepped down from his throne and walked over to stand in front of the girl. The Captain watched the King’s eyes study over the child, slowly a gleam of inspiration filled those cold eyes. “Captain,” The King began, never taking his eyes off the girl. “Does this girl look to be around the same age as my daughter?” The Captain felt his throat tighten, for he was no fool, he knew what his answer could mean for this innocent child. “I’ll take that as a yes.” The King said, grinning wickedly. “Perhaps the pirates will think the same thing.” ********************************************************************* In the dead of night, shadows crept along the castle wall, slithering up the wall silently and up towards the window of th

The Jewel Of Medina

Author: Sherry Jones
ISBN: 9781906142414
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The Jewel Of Medina. This novel, banned shortly before publication in Sept '08 by Random House, attracting British and world-wide media attention, tells for the first time the moving but little known love story between Mohammed and his favoured wife Ai'sha. A wonderful fast-paced novel and an uplifting subject that readers from all religions will enjoy.

The Sword Of Heaven

Author: Mikkel Aaland
Publisher: Travelers' Tales
ISBN: 1609520076
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The Sword Of Heaven. “Any attempt at peace must be attended by a knowledge of self,” discovers writer and photographer Mikkel Aaland, who grew up with a bomb shelter for a bedroom, in terror of nuclear war. At the height of the Cold War, Aaland finds himself drawn into a mysterious Shinto priest’s plan to save the world. Traveling from Norway to the Philippines, Iceland to South Africa, he places pieces of a sacred Shinto sword in key power spots around the world. Along the way, he comes face to face with his deepest childhood fears of war and destruction, encounters the compelling and mysterious Shinto religion, struggles with the uncertainties of love, and learns to face life with an open heart. The Sword of Heaven tells the extraordinary true story of a journey in which all boundaries are pushed—geographical, cultural, and personal—and in which the healing of the world and the healing of one man appear to be inextricably linked.

The Chrysanthemum And The Sword

Author: Ruth Benedict
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547525141
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The Chrysanthemum And The Sword. Essential reading for anyone interested in Japanese culture, this unsurpassed masterwork opens an intriguing window on Japan. Benedict’s World War II–era study paints an illuminating contrast between the culture of Japan and that of the United States. The Chrysanthemum and the Sword is a revealing look at how and why our cultures differ, making it the perfect introduction to Japanese history and customs.

Dpal Gsang Ba Dus Pa Phags Lugs Dang Mthun Pa I Sngags Kyi Sa Lam Rnam Gzhag Legs Bshad Skal Bzang Jug Ngogs

Author: Losang Tsephel (Geshe.)
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Dpal Gsang Ba Dus Pa Phags Lugs Dang Mthun Pa I Sngags Kyi Sa Lam Rnam Gzhag Legs Bshad Skal Bzang Jug Ngogs. Paths and Grounds of Guhysamaja according to Arya Nagarjuna is a very significant eighteenth century Tibetan treatise(with brief contemporary) which maps out the paths and the grounds of Guhyasamaja Tantra according to Arya Nagarjuna's tradition. It is based on the incomparable masterpieces of Manjushri, Lama Tsongkhapa and his hear-like disciples. In many Buddhist Tantras and works of realised masters Guhyasamaja is refered to as 'the supreme and king of all Tantras". Acharya Chandrakirti's Bright Lamp(sgron gsal) states. "This (Guhyasamaja) is the supreme subsidiary practice; a compendium of the meaning of all Tantras".

Shiva S Own Story

Author: K. Chandra Sekhar
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency
ISBN: 1609764250
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Shiva S Own Story. The 'Brihakatha', or Lord Shiva's narrative to his wife Parvati, is featured in Gunadhya's epic composition 'Katha Sarita Sagara' in Sanskrit. Somadeva's adaptation retains the storyline, with Lord Shiva substituting for Lord Kubera, the God of Wealth. C H Tawney, blending pure Hindu mythology with Buddhist and tantric beliefs, translated the story into English as The Ocean of a Story, which runs 12 volumes and includes footnotes. Shiva's Own Story is a condensed version of Tawney's work. The setting of the stories is India in the 10th and 11th centuries, when the country was composed of many small kingdoms and fiefdoms. There was no dearth of monarchs with dynastic ambitions. The king was usually advised by an intelligent and devoted Brahman minister. The heir apparent, the crown prince, had a circle of friends, mostly sons of the king's ministers, who became part of the cabinet when the prince became king. Intrigue was rife and matrimonial alliances were often a strategy to expand the kingdom. In a country where illiteracy is still formidable, storytelling is a means of promoting and propagating religious and moral culture.

Gleams From Japan

Author: S. Katsumata
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136654216
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Gleams From Japan. First published in 1937 this is a collection of articles written by the author under the pseudonym 'Waseda Eisaku' for the Japan Tourist Bureau's magazine over twenty five years. Intended to satisfy the intellectual curiosity of cultivated tourists from abroad by giving the insider's view of all things Japanese, it was published as a book just before the outbreak of World War II. Writing in the first person, Katsumata becomes both guide and confidante, writing about his own travel experiences in Japan and about Japanese customs and practices that interest him, such as traditional incense ceremonies, or fishing with rod and creel. This personal approach results in an unusual selection of topics and itineraries including tray landscapes, old Japanese clocks, hot springs, Japanese humour, sumo wrestling, pines in Japanese scenery, the Japanese sun flag and Buddhist temple bells. The author not only describes, but draws the reader into his own experiences - his joy on buying an antiquarian book he cannot really afford, the monotony he feels when travelling too long through snowy landscapes, the delight he takes in telling you that the best bait for carp fishing is sweet potato. Katsumata's unconventional choice of subjects and his informal and individualistic writing style make this a refreshingly different guide to Japan, and a valuable record of the period in which it was written.

Sword And Brush

Author: Dave Lowry
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834825422
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Sword And Brush. This moment of perfect clarity that is the force behind all the traditional Japanese arts—from archery to flower arranging—is celebrated here in Dave Lowry's exploration of the common principles shared by calligraphy and the martial arts. Forty-two examples of Lowry's calligraphy, accompanied by his essays, show how the way of the brush reflects the strategic principles of the way of the sword. Each calligraphy represents a term from the martial arts—such as do, the way, or wa, harmony. The accompanying text amplifies our understanding of the term, what it meant to Japanese warriors, and what it means to practitioners of calligraphy and the martial arts today. What becomes clear is that these two seemingly unrelated disciplines actually partake of the same profound elemental spirit.