The Battle of Wills in Chechnya Wojciech Jagielski. eagles' nests, the stone
necropolis erected centuries ago in the shapes of houses and towers. They
started building towers of stone in the Caucasus as shelters, or as defensive
fortresses for ...
Author: Wojciech Jagielski
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
In Towers of Stone, award-winning Polish reporter Wojciech Jagielski brings into focus the tragedy of Chechnya, its inhabitants, and the war being waged there by a handful of desperate warriors against a powerful and much more numerous army. Jagielski's narrative is told through the lens of two men: Shamil Basaev, a hero to some, a dangerous warlord to others; and Aslan Maskhadov, a calculating and sober politician, who is viewed as a providential savior by some of his compatriots and a cowardly opportunist by the rest. Caught up in a war to which they owe everything and without which they could not live, the two fighters face enemy forces—and one another—in protean conflicts that prove hard to quell. Viewing the two men’s personal story as a microcosm of the conflict threatening to devour a land and its peoples, Jagielski distills the bitter history of the region with forceful clarity.
The Tower of Magic was an impres<sive building. Great flat stones paved a wide
square around the Tower, meaning anyone approaching the great door felt very
exposed and vulnerable. The Tower itself was made of im<mense blocks of ...
Author: Jason Buck
'Stories from the Towers of Stone and Steel' is a new collection of stories for adults and young adults. Whereas most fairy tales start in enchanted woods and flowery meadows, these stories are set in town and cities: Fantastical cities in the desert, the dark of modern day alternative London nightclubs, and locations in India and Japan. Written and illustrated by Jason Buck, storyteller and performer, these stories were first written for telling aloud, and have all been performed to live audiences. Drawing on traditional themes and introducing new ideas, these are original stories from the towns and cities of the world with folklore monsters, romance, wishes to grant our dreams, and horrors that lurk.
At the apex are mad visionaries who talk to God like Cassandra in The Tower
beyond Tragedy (Zaller, Cliffs, 109). ... Both Jeffers and Yeats were carvers of stone and of language that they might create permanence though they knew all ...
Author: Deborah Fleming
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
Category: Literary Criticism
In this critical study of the influence of W. B. Yeats (1865–1939) on the poetry and drama of Robinson Jeffers (1887–1962), Deborah Fleming examines similarities in imagery, landscape, belief in eternal recurrence, use of myth, distrust of rationalism, and dedication to tradition. Although Yeats’s and Jeffers’s styles differed widely, Towers of Myth and Stone examines how the two men shared a vision of modernity, rejected contemporary values in favor of traditions (some of their own making), and created poetry that sought to change those values. Jeffers’s well-known opposition to modernist poetry forced him for decades to the margins of critical appraisal, where he was seen as an eccentric without aesthetic content. Yet both Yeats and Jeffers formulated social and poetic philosophies that continue to find relevance in critical and cultural theory. Engaging Yeats’s work enabled Jeffers to develop a related, though distinct, sense of what themes and subject matter were best suited for poetic endeavor. His connection to Yeats helps to explain the nature of Jeffers’s poetry even as it helps to clarify Yeats’s influence on those who followed him. Moreover, Fleming argues, Jeffers’s interest in Yeats suggests that critics misunderstand Jeffers if they take his rejection of modernism (as exemplified by Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, and Ezra Pound) as a rejection of contemporary poetry or the process by which modern poetry came into being.
relation to ancient stone architecture, in works whose common theme is that man
can vainly strive for, but not attain permanence and eternity on earth.87 It was
attainable only in heaven and God destroys such follies, of which the Old English
Author: Michael G. Shapland
Publisher: Oxford University Press
It has long been assumed that England lay outside the Western European tradition of castle-building until after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is now becoming apparent that Anglo-Saxon lords had been constructing free-standing towers at their residences all across England over the course of the tenth and eleventh centuries. Initially these towers were exclusively of timber, and quite modest in their scale, although only a handful are known from archaeological excavation. There followed the so-called 'tower-nave' churches, towers with only a tiny chapel located inside, which appear to have had a dual function as buildings of elite worship and symbols of secular power and authority. For the first time, this book gathers together the evidence for these remarkable buildings, many of which still stand incorporated into the fabric of Norman and later parish churches and castles. It traces their origin in monasteries, where kings and bishops drew upon Continental European practice to construct centrally-planned, tower-like chapels for private worship and burial, and to mark gates and important entrances, particularly within the context of the tenth-century Monastic Reform. Adopted by the secular aristocracy to adorn their own manorial sites, it argues that many of the known examples would have provided strategic advantage as watchtowers over roads, rivers and beacon-systems, and have acted as focal points for the mustering of troops. The tower-nave form persisted into early Norman England, where it may have influenced a variety of high-status building types, such as episcopal chapels and monastic belltowers, and even the keeps and gatehouses of the earliest stone castles. The aim of this book is to finally establish the tower-nave as an important Anglo-Saxon building type, and to explore the social, architectural, and landscape contexts in which they operated.
The Question raised - Numbers of Round Towers in IrelandTower of Devenish -
Swords — Kildare - Monasterboice ... Duc on “ Light Towers ” - Suggestion
respecting Irish Towers — Early architecture of Ireland - The Stone Age - Early
Nay , in the Brooklyn Bridge it is noteworthy that the drawbacks to the
architectural success are in the treatment , not of the metal , but of the masonry . A
considerable pecuniary sacrifice was made in order to construct the towers of
solid stone ...
As an evidence of the inferiority of the Irish genuine Christian architecture to the
English of the same period , I would notice the fact that , while several specimens
of Bell - towers of stone of the early Norman period exist in England , there is no ...
One of the figures in Plate 89 shows a plan of the double iron tower which forms
one of the piers of suspension . ... towers of this last pier is a platform 80 feet in
length by 40 feet in breadth , paved with Purbeck stone , and beneath are
B. — Under the central rear tower , and the campanile and octagonal towers —
ist , a course of stone seven feet wide and two feet thick ; 2d , a course of stone
five feet wide and two feet thick . C. - Under all the remaining towers — 1st , a ...
Stone towers are still in use in the Caucasus, and round towers of dry stone,
without mortar, are used in parts of Italy. I)ry-stone ruins are also met with in
Sardinia and in the Balearic Islands. Describing Spain under the Moors,
Author: John Mackenzie
Publisher: London : S. Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
Author: Oxford Architectural & Historical SocietyPublish On: 1840
Vether Broughton and Over Broughton have both late towers of Perpendicular
work . A little further on we have ... Abbaye de St . Wandrille - - One in the centre tower , of immense height , stone , thirteenth century . Lillebonne parish church ...
As the minimal aesthetic gain to be obtained from later insertion of plain stone
dressings into an existing plastered tower arch would hardly seem to justify the
difficulties of what would be an awkward structural undertaking – still less , the ...
Author: Stephen Hart
Category: Architecture, Anglo-Saxon
During the preparation of this book, Stephen Hart visited all 181 known round tower churches in England, all but five of which are located in East Anglia, mostly in Norfolk. These churches are characterised by a western tower attached to the body of the church which may well have been used primarily for bells, although a whole range of other uses have been suggested for them. Hart's straightforward guide to this striking feature of the East Anglian landscape discusses the features of the buildings, the use of flint, their date (ranging from the Saxon and Norman periods to 19th-century restorations), their features and doors. Much of the book comprises an illustrated gazetter of examples. A glossary and a full list are also included.
A Descriptive and Historical Account of the Town and Gold Field of Charters Towers, Queensland, with Full and ... 4 level , here for the first time mentioned ,
has been driven in all up to date , 9 ft .; there is , at present , 6 ft . of stone in this
Author: Society of Antiquaries of ScotlandPublish On: 1862
Of semicircular - headed doorways cut out of a single stone , we have examples
in the round towers of Glendalough , Co. Wicklow ; Killree , Co. Kilkenny ; Armoy ,
Co. Antrim . The heads of all these are thorough ; but I know of no instance ...
Author: William Fullerton (Architect.)Publish On: 1890
Towers , spires , and turrets ; examples of the junction of spires with towers . ...
octagon continuing down to the base ; a form is shown where an octagon belfry
springs from a circular tower finished with short spire ; also tower finished with stone ...
Buttress : stone structure built against a wall to provide lateral support . In this
context either set back , angle , set forward or diagonal . Canopy : upper part of a tower consisting of parapet merlons and pinnacles . Crocket : decoration , usually
During the first seven years the torical evidence as to their origin and uses , and I
in their stone - walled and stone - roofed towers . annual rate of mortality never
descended to the fearlessly assert that up to the present we have Indeed , it is ...
The Gate - house , built by Archbishop Morton about 1490 , consists of an
embattled centre and two immense square towers , of fine red brick with stone
dressings , and a spacious Tudor arched gateway and postern . The towers are
Author: James Dunning Baker GribblePublish On: 1896
Capacious towers of large hewn stone were at every hundred yards much
neglected and many fallen in the ditch. The curtain was of great height perhaps
forty feet from the benne of the ditch entirely built of huge stones strongly
cemented and ...
Author: British Archaeological AssociationPublish On: 1888
The shape of these round towers seems to be entirely a case of necessity . It
would have been next to impossible to construct them of any other shape but that
of a circle without the use of stone to form the quoins ; and , from the careful and ...