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The Templars' Last Days

It's Friday the 13th October 1307, and the arrest of key Templar Knights, under the orders of King Philip IV, marks the beginning of the end for this Christian Order. But how did it come to this? What happened to the Templar treasure?Why are the Templar vaults empty? Why is the Templar Fleet no longer at La Rochelle? And just where has the Holy Grail been laid to rest?The Templars' Last Days, answers these questions, by taking you through those dramatic few months in France, with its rich descriptions bringing to life the excitement and the intense manoeuvring and posturing behind the scenes as the negotiations reach their final conclusion - to devastating effect.
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In Search of the Lost Testament of Alexander the Great

A unique 'backstory' of Alexander and his successors: the biased historians, deceits, wars, generals, and the tale of the literature that preserved them. 'Babylon, mid-June 323 BCE, the gateway of the gods; prostrated in the Summer Palace of Nebuchadrezzar II on the east bank of the Euphrates, wracked by fever and having barely survived another night, King Alexander III, the rule of Macedonia for 12 years and 7 months, had his senior officers congregate at his bedside. Abandoned by Fortune and the healing god Asclepius, he finally acknowledged he was dying. Some 2,340 years on, five barely intact accounts survive to tell a hardly coherent story. At times in close accord, though more often contradictory, they conclude with a melee of death-scene rehashes, all of them suspicious: the first portrayed Alexander dying silent and intestate; he was Homeric and vocal in the second; the third detailed his Last Will and Testament though it is attached to the stuff of romance. Which account...
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More Than a Score

"Jesse Hagopian brought a rare moment of truth to the corporate-dominated Education Nation show when he spoke on behalf of his colleagues at Garfield High in Seattle. He instantly became the voice and face of the movement to stop pointless and punitive high-stakes testing."—Diane Ravitch, former US Assistant Secretary of Education, education historian, and best-selling authorIn cities across the country, students are walking out, parents are opting their children out, and teachers are rallying against the abuses of high-stakes standardized testing.These are the stories—in their own words—of some of those who are defying the corporate education reformers, and fueling a national movement to reclaim public education.Alongside the voices of students, parents, teachers, and grassroots education activists, the book features renowned education researchers and advocates, including Diane Ravitch, Alfie Kohn, and Mark Naison.Jesse...
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Finny and the Boy from Horse Mountain

Against the backdrop of the high-stakes and intensely competitive equestrian sport of show jumping, Finny, a fifteen-year-old girl in California, adopts an emaciated, untrained horse without her parents' knowledge. Soon after adopting Sky, Finny meets Joe, a sixteen-year-old, who has run away from his cruel uncle in Montana. His love for horses and desire to be a trainer matches Finny's dream of competing in the show jumping arena—against rich girls on fancier horses—and together, they train Sky to become a first-rate show jumper. But the path is fraught with danger. Sky is not like other horses and is so destructive and difficult he gets them kicked out of the barn where Finny has been working and training. Helped by a kind woman who owns a horse rescue, Joe is able to prove both his and Sky's incredible talents. When Joe is kidnapped by his violent uncle, Finny and Sky are the only ones who can save him. In a breathtaking finale, Sky and Finny must enter the...
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