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  • Andrei Tarkovskyby Sean Martin

    Oldcastle Books 2011; US$ 14.57

    Andrei Tarkovsky is the most celebrated Russian filmmaker since Eisenstein, and one of the most important directors to have emerged during the 1960s and 70s. Although he made only seven features, each one was a major landmark in cinema, the most well-known of them being the mediaeval epic Andrei Rublev - widely regarded as one of the greatest films... more...

  • Alchemy and Alchemistsby Sean Martin

    Oldcastle Books 2011; US$ 7.28

    Alchemy has traditionally been viewed as ?the history of an error?, an example of mediaeval gullibility and greed, in which alchemists tried to turn lead into gold, create fabulous wealth and find the elixir of life. But alchemy has also been described as ?the mightiest secret that a man can possess?, and it obsessed the likes of Isaac Newton, Robert... more...

  • The Black Deathby Sean Martin

    Oldcastle Books 2011; US$ 7.28

    The Black Death is the name most commonly given to the pandemic of bubonic plague that ravaged the medieval world in the late 1340s. From Central Asia the plague swept through Europe, leaving millions of dead in its wake. Between a quarter and a third of Europe's population died. In England the population fell from nearly six million to just over... more...

  • The Catharsby Sean Martin

    Oldcastle Books 2012; US$ 8.47

    Catharism was the most successful heresy of the Middle Ages. Flourishing principally in the Languedoc and Italy, the Cathars taught that the world is evil and must be transcended through a simple life of prayer, work, fasting and non-violence. They believed themselves to be the heirs of the true heritage of Christianity going back to apostolic times,... more...

  • The Gnosticsby Sean Martin

    Oldcastle Books 2012; US$ 8.74

    Gnosticism - derived from the Greek word gnosis, to know - is the name given to various religious schools that proliferated in the first centuries after Christ and, at one time, it almost became the dominant form of Christianity. Yet some Gnostic beliefs derive from the older Mystery traditions of Greece and Rome, and the various Gnostic schools came... more...

  • New Waves in Cinemaby Sean Martin

    Oldcastle Books 2013; US$ 20.37

    The term 'New Wave' conjures up images of Paris in the early 1960s: Jean Seberg and Jean Paul Belmondo, the young Jean-Pierre Leaud, the three protagonists of Jules and Jim capering across a bridge, all from the films of French filmmakers Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut. The impact of the French New Wave continues to be felt, and its ethos... more...

  • The Gnosticsby Sean Martin

    Oldcastle Books 2010; US$ 11.99

    Gnosticism is the name given to various religious schools that proliferated in the first centuries after Christ, nearly becoming the dominant form of Christianity, but was eventually branded as heretical by the emerging Christian church. The long and diverse history of Gnosticism is recounted here, as well as reasons for its continued relevance... more...

  • The Black Deathby Sean Martin

    Oldcastle Books 2008; US$ 13.99

    The Black Death is the name most commonly given to the pandemic of bubonic plague that ravaged the medieval world in the late 1340s. From Central Asia, the plague swept through Europe, leaving millions of dead in its wake. Between a quarter and a third of Europe's population died, and in England the population fell from nearly six million to just... more...

  • Andrei Tarkovskyby Sean Martin

    Oldcastle Books 2011; US$ 23.99

    A concise study of the work of the most celebrated Russian filmmaker since Eisenstein, and one of the most important directors to have emerged during the 1960s and 1970s Considering the whole of Tarkovsky's oeuvre, this book covers everything from the classic student film The Steamroller and the Violin , across the full-length films, to the... more...

  • The Catharsby Sean Martin

    Oldcastle Books 2012; US$ 11.99

    Catharism was the most successful heresy of the Middle Ages. Flourishing principally in the Languedoc and Italy, the Cathars taught that the world is evil and must be transcended through a simple life of prayer, work, fasting, and non-violence. They believed themselves to be the heirs of the true heritage of Christianity going back to apostolic times,... more...