• 1407. E solo un bambino, il principe Marcus II di Saxia, quando nel cortile del castello di famiglia assiste impotente al massacro dei suoi cari, trudicati per ordine di Ojsternig, signore del regno vicino. La strage, in cui tutti lo credono morto, è la prima mossa dell'usurpatore Ojsternig per farsi riconoscere dall'imperatore come legittimo erede della terra di Raühnvahl. Ma qualcosa va storto, perché Marcus sopravvive a quella violenza sanguinaria grazie all'aiuto della piccola Eloisa, figlia della levatrice del villaggio.
    Così quel giorno ritornerà ogni notte nei suoi incubi come l'ultimo della sua agiata vita da nobile e il primo di quella da pezzente. Accolto nella casa della levatrice Agnete, Marcus perderà il suo nome - nessuno deve sapere che l'erede del principe della Raühnvahl è vivo - e diventerà Mikael. Ma soprattutto imparerà a vivere come un animale, forgiato dagli stenti e dalla fatica della vita da contadino, e a combattere come un guerriero, senza mai dimenticarsi chi è e cosa gli spetta di diritto.
    Non può immaginare, Mikael, che la sua nuova esistenza è destinata a fare di lui un eroe che conoscerà la forza inarrestabile dell'amore. E cambierà per sempre le sorti dell'Impero.



    • Rizzoli
    • 28 Février 2015

    Featuring breathtaking photographs of some of Scotlands most remarkable and little-known houses, this book tells the story of how incomers adopted the North of Scotland as a recreational paradise and left an astonishing legacy of architecture and decoration inspired by the romanticized image of the Highlands. Known as shooting lodges because they were designed principally to accommodate the parties of guests that flocked north for the annual sporting season, these houses range from Picturesque cottages ornées and Scotch Baronial castles to Arts and Crafts mansions and modern eco-lodges. While their designs respond to some of Britains wildest and most stirring landscapes, inside many were equipped with the latest domestic technology and boasted opulent decoration and furnishings from the smartest London and Parisian firms. A good number survive little altered in their original state, and some are still owned by descendants of the families that built them. Images from the famous Country Life Picture Library and specially commissioned photographs evoke the dramatic settings and arresting detail of these houses, making the book as appealing to decorators and architectural historians as it is to travelers and sportsmen.

  • Pulled from the shelf of a rare-book store by collector Neale M. Albert, Paris: Les Boulevards is a true gem that was forgotten for well over a century but will now enchant readers once again in this charming facsimile edition. Pariss romantic architecture and vibrant street culture make it one of the most enjoyable cities in the world to stroll and people watch in. This charming little illustrated volume by Charles Franck captures just that through delicately rendered Victorian-era illustrations of panoramic cityscapes of the most gorgeous Parisian boulevards. Complete with horse buggies in the streets, women in society hats, and men in coattails, Paris: Les Boulevards highlights a nostalgic era in both fashion and architecture. To further add to the charm, this volume honors its original unique binding with eleven gatefolds: each page folds out to six panels displaying the whole of the famous promenades at once. With pages including boulevard des Italiens, avenue de lOpéra, and boulevard Montmartre, Parisians and tourists alike will savor Francks beautiful and meticulous re-creations of the citys most important streets and their buildings. Added to the original book are thoughtful texts on each panel and an introduction by author and curator, Pamela Golbin. Each panoramic image is brought into historical context by Golbin with short anecdotes and musings on famous addresses and landmarks that may or may not still exist. The original book can only be found in one other library in the world, so little is known about the original publication date or the author, adding further captivation to this volume. Paris remains one of the most romantic and dreamy cities in the world, and for this Paris: Les Boulevards will be perfect for those of all ages smitten with the citys charms.

  • Explore hard-to-find quiet spots in urban jungles, ultimate wilderness hideouts, the world's best mindfulness and meditation retreats, and ancient centers of spiritual succor and artistic solace - perfect for whether you want to find yourself or get completely lost. This inspiring guide is full of ideas and inspirations for travel destinations around the world that invite you to renew yourself physically and spiritually - perfect for recent graduates, soon to be retirees, inveterate daydreamers and armchair travellers, and anyone considering taking a much needed sabbatical. When it is time to escape from the hectic, hurly-burly of ordinary life, this is where you can find a thousand delightful quiet and peaceful places that encourage you to relax. Featuring a range of escapes that include everything from momentary getaways in the heart of New York or Paris to longer contemplative visits to places that allow you to screen out the jangle of contemporary life, this is an expertly curated trove of peaceful places. It includes small parks and squares, lovely old churches and spiritual sanctuaries, off-the-beaten-path museums and galleries, hidden courtyards and gardens, tiny local eateries - and even cemeteries. Also included are wilder escapes in unspoiled natural settings that last over a weekend or longer, ideal for those whose idea of peace and quiet involves birdsong and the gentle rustle of leaves. From the magic of watching the sun rise over the desert at the top of Mt. Sinai, to the perfect quiet of an antiquarian book dealer in London or a Buddhist temple in Tokyo, each destination offers the chance for space, a time to think, and provides a moment to savor the world around us in a new light.



    • Rizzoli
    • 30 Décembre 1899

    « L´idée du départ lui était venue quelques mois plus tôt en regardant jouer des enfants de très jeunes âges dans un parc, grand espace de nature que surplombait un jardin d´hiver dans lequel un commerçant proposait du café ou du thé des colonies. » Sean, adolescent élevé selon les traditions de la bonne société britannique, cultive en secret, avec ses amis, un idéal de société fondée sur des valeurs qui feraient table rase du matérialisme dans lequel ils ont été élevés.
    Embarqués sur l´« AventurA », puis naufragés, ils vont vivre une expérience hors du commun, Robinsons confrontés à la condition humaine dans ce qu´elle peut affronter de plus extrême.
    Une aventure qui va quelque peu écorner leur rêve d´un « état de nature », mais fortifier pour les rares rescapés, leur croyance en un monde meilleur.



    • Rizzoli
    • 30 Décembre 1899

    Mélissa Costier se livre sans concession dans cette autobiographie bouleversante.
    Elle nous décrit son enfance entourée d'une mère indifférente et d'une soeur trop distante. Adulte, battue par son mari, détestée de sa belle-mère et oubliée de sa famille, Mélissa lutte pour que ses deux enfants Romuald et Marina ne souffrent pas de la situation désespérée de leur mère. Elle a à coeur de les éduquer correctement, avec des valeurs de non-violence et de respect des autres. Finalement, au terme de nombreuses épreuves, elle trouve la force de se séparer de l'homme qui la bat et rencontre l'homme de sa vie, Christophe, qui sait la respecter et l'aimer comme elle le mérite. Pourtant, cette vie idyllique ne dure pas.
    Selon les médecins que Mélissa consultait, la violence se transmettrait dans les gènes : sa belle-mère, son premier mari, et aujourd'hui ses enfants. Quand trouvera-t-elle la paix ?
    Écrire ce livre fut un parcours long et douloureux pour Mélissa Costier, mais à travers lui et aux côtés de Christophe, elle espère oublier et tourner la page, pour trouver de nouvelles raisons de vivre.