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The history of my misfortune Historia calamitatum By Peter Abelard
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The revealing autobiography of a famed mediaeval philosopher and theologian, worshipped by his students, adored by his teenage pupil Heloise, but feared - and, shockingly, violently emasculated -... More > by his rivals and opponents. Heartbreaking, unflinching and inspiring, it unveils one of-the great love stories of the world. CALLENDER CLASSICAL AND MEDIAEVAL TEXTS / CALLENDER LOVE< Less
Pied-Noir: Story of a Colonial Boy By Robert J Dewar
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Robert Dewar lived in Uganda, Tanganyika (present day Tanzania) and Kenya, before moving to South Africa when he was 6 years old. He grew up in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and was educated at the... More > University of the Witwatersrand. Restless, adventurous, battling with periodic bouts of alcoholism, and troubled by his homosexuality, he traveled between South Africa and Britain for two decades, cramming in time as a private investigator, a game ranger, and a business researcher and writer. Aged 47, he finally defeated alcoholism, and found peace in Buckinghamshire, in the beautiful Chiltern Hills, where he lives today. This is a story of victory and defeat, of triumph over adversity. It is a contemporary morality tale.< Less