By Bill Bryson
From certainly one of our so much cherished authors, a desirable day trip into the background at the back of where we name home—now richly illustrated with greater than 300 images.
National bestseller At Home is invoice Bryson’s epic chronicle of family historical past. during this good-looking re-creation, his riveting room-by-room trip of discovery round his house—a Victorian parsonage in southern England—is better through greater than 300 conscientiously curated illustrations, the big majority
of them in complete colour. As he did within the highly profitable A brief historical past of approximately every little thing: Illustrated Edition, Bryson enhances his glowing prose with outstanding illustrations chosen from a big selection of resources to create a ceremonial dinner for the eyes in addition to the brain. He has one of many liveliest, such a lot inquisitive brains on the earth, and he's a grasp at turning the possible mundane into an party for the main diverting exposition conceivable. while you’ve comprehensive this ebook, you can find your house—and your day-by-day life—in a brand new and revelatory light.
In invoice Bryson’s fingers, the rest room presents the get together for the historical past of hygiene; the bed room for an account of intercourse, loss of life, and sleep; the kitchen for a dialogue of meals and the spice alternate. From structure to electrical energy, from foodstuff maintenance to epidemics, from the phone to the Eiffel Tower, from crinolines to toilets—and the bright, artistic, and infrequently eccentric minds at the back of them—Bryson demonstrates that no matter what occurs on this planet leads to our homes, within the paint and the pipes and the pillows and each merchandise of furnishings.
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Extra resources for At Home: A Short History of Private Life (Special Illustrated Edition)
The growing political and cultural influence of the world around Byzantium, which had been held at bay for so long, meant that the empire was becoming more and more integrated into the tactical world of the lands around it. Byzantine order and discipline remained a significant element in the empire's armies, but the latter were a polyglot and multi-ethnic mixture of Seljuk, Pecheneg or Cuman horse archers, Norman, German and Frankish knights, Bulgarian and Anatolian light infantry, Georgians and Alans from the Caucasus, imperial guards recruited from outside the empire (Varangians, for example, from the 1070s chiefly made up of Anglo-Saxons who had left recently conquered Norman England).
The further away from Constantinople, the more likely such regulations are to have been ignored. By the 10th century the greater diversity in origins, military value and contexts in which soldiers for different types of unit were recruited must have led to an equal diversity in their conditions of enlistment and service, not just between simple thematic soldiers and soldiers of the imperial tagmata but between foreign units and the mercenary soldiers recruited for specific campaigns. 62 Essential Histories • Byzantium at War All soldiers paid by the government, whether tagmata or themata, were listed in military registers, copies of which were maintained in their province and in the government department responsible at Constantinople.
In a 10th-century account, for example, detailing some of the preparations for an expediton by sea, some provinces were commissioned to produce a certain number of weapons: the region of Thessaloniki was ordered to deliver 200,000 arrows, 3,000 heavy infantry spears and 'as many shields as possible'; the region of Hellas was asked to produce 1,000 heavy infantry spears; while the governor of Eurippos in Greece, and the commanders of the themes of Nikopolis and of the Peloponnese all undertook to provide 200,000 arrows and 3,000 heavy infantry spears.
At Home: A Short History of Private Life (Special Illustrated Edition) by Bill Bryson