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Geoffrey Hindley - Author

About the Author

Geoffrey Hindley, educated at Kingswood School, Bath and University College Oxford, is a lecturer and writer. He was three times an invited participant at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University; was visiting associate professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville; and has lectured in Europe and America in European culture, Medieval social history and Magna Carta, and the history of music. From 1994 to 2000 he taught English Civilization at the University of Le Havre. He is also co-president of the Society for the History of Medieval Technology and Science of Oxford and London. His many books include The Shaping of Europe, England in the Age of Caxton, The Book of Magna Carta, A Brief History of the Crusades and A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons.

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Black Dynasty The saga of the Stone and Porter families of Kentucky, as told to Geoffrey Hindley by Loretta Stone

Black Dynasty The saga of the Stone and Porter families of Kentucky, as told to Geoffrey Hindley by Loretta Stone

Author: Geoffrey Hindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/09/2012

Black Dynasty is a story of African-American life and ambition set in the first seventy years after the Civil War. It is a family saga about a black storekeeper in a remote company town in Kentucky, and how he exploits the business possibilities opened up by a modification in kerosene-lamp design, which he appropriates from his inventive young black shop assistant, to build a multi-million dollar family business, with repercussions far into the future. The book's broad social and geographical sweep offers a mini history of post Civil War African American life, in-depth research means that the rounded, highly believable (sometimes controversial) characters play out their loves, ambitions, rivalries, triumphs and sufferings, against a credible and vivid background. Details of everyday life - artefacts, street scenes, characters and incidents from the historical record - pitch the reader into the dangerous realities of 1920s South Side Chicago, the horrors of Ku Klux Klan white `justice' and the sometimes dubious politicking of evangelical religion. We crowd into Mott's Chicago Pekin Theater, for the running commentary by ticker tape from Reno Nevada on black heavy-weight Jack Johnson's championship triumph; cruise the Mississippi by river boat to the seedy nightlife violence of Natchez-under-the-Hill; tour Harlem's elegant nightclub scene with sensation seeking white socialites. Through it all we see the ruthless commercial ambition of Willard Stone, creator of Stone's Kerosene Lamp Corporation, powerfully offset by the impassioned commitment and campaigning of Elsie `Blaze' Marre, black women's rights activist, his childhood sweetheart turned remorseless critic. Meanwhile, music-crazy son and heir Willard Jnr, disowned by his father, is blowing his `jass' horn all across Prohibition club-land. Geoffrey Hindley worked in London publishing, then freelance as writer, lecturer and teacher in UK, Europe and the US. As visiting professor, he travelled pretty widely, seeing something of poorer neighbourhoods and riding railroad sleeping car from Chicago to New York.

Black Dynasty

Black Dynasty

Author: Geoffrey Hindley Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2012

Black Dynasty is a story of African-American life and ambition set in the first seventy years after the Civil War. It is a family saga about a black storekeeper in a remote company town in Kentucky, and how he exploits the business possibilities opened up by a modification in kerosene-lamp design, which he appropriates from his inventive young black shop assistant, to build a multi-million dollar family business, with repercussions far into the future. The book's broad social and geographical sweep offers a mini history of post Civil War African American life, in-depth research means that the rounded, highly believable (sometimes controversial) characters play out their loves, ambitions, rivalries, triumphs and sufferings, against a credible and vivid background. Details of everyday life - artefacts, street scenes, characters and incidents from the historical record - pitch the reader into the dangerous realities of 1920s South Side Chicago, the horrors of Ku Klux Klan white 'justice' and the sometimes dubious politicking of evangelical religion. We crowd into Mott's Chicago Pekin Theater, for the running commentary by ticker tape from Reno Nevada on black heavy-weight Jack Johnson's championship triumph; cruise the Mississippi by river boat to the seedy nightlife violence of Natchez-under-the-Hill; tour Harlem's elegant nightclub scene with sensation seeking white socialites. Through it all we see the ruthless commercial ambition of Willard Stone, creator of Stone's Kerosene Lamp Corporation, powerfully offset by the impassioned commitment and campaigning of Elsie 'Blaze' Marre, black women's rights activist, his childhood sweetheart turned remorseless critic. Meanwhile, music-crazy son and heir Willard Jnr, disowned by his father, is blowing his 'jass' horn all across Prohibition club-land. Geoffrey Hindley worked in London publishing, then freelance as writer, lecturer and teacher in UK, Europe and the US. As visiting professor, he travelled pretty widely, seeing something of poorer neighbourhoods and riding railroad sleeping car from Chicago to New York.

Saladin Hero of Islam

Saladin Hero of Islam

Author: Geoffrey Hindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2010

The extraordinary character and career of Saladin are the keys to understanding the Battle of Hattin, the fall of Jerusalem and the failure of the Third Crusade. He united warring Muslim lands, reconquered the bulk of Crusader states and faced the Richard the Lion Heart, king of England, in one of the most famous confrontations in medieval warfare. Geoffrey Hindley's sympathetic and highly readable study of the life and times of this remarkable, many-sided man, who dominated the Middle East in his day, gives a fascinating insight into his achievements and into the Muslim world of his contemporaries. Geoffrey Hindley is a distinguished medieval historian who has written widely on many aspects of the period. He has made a special study of medieval warfare and of sieges in particular. His previous books include Castles of Europe, Medieval Warfare, England in the Age of Caxton, Under Siege, Tourists, Travellers and Pilgrims, The Book of Magna Carta and The Crusades. His most recent publications are is A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons and Medieval Siege and Siegecraft.

A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons

A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons

Author: Geoffrey Hindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2006

Starting AD 400 (around the time of their invasion of England) and running through to the 1100s (the 'Aftermath'), historian Geoffrey Hindley shows the Anglo-Saxons as formative in the history not only of England but also of Europe. The society inspired by the warrior world of the Old English poem Beowulf saw England become the world's first nation state and Europe's first country to conduct affairs in its own language, and Bede and Boniface of Wessex establish the dating convention we still use today. Including all the latest research, this is a fascinating assessment of a vital historical period.

A Brief History of the Crusades

A Brief History of the Crusades

Author: Geoffrey Hindley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/04/2003

Why did the medieval Church bless William of Normandy's invasion of Christian England in 1066 and authorise cultural genocide in Provence? How could a Christian army sack Christian Constantinople in 1204? Why did thousands of ordinary men and women, led by knights and ladies, kings and queens, embark on campaigns of fanatical conquest in the world of Islam? The word 'Crusade' came later, but the concept of a 'war for the faith' is an ancient one. Geoffrey Hindley instructively unravels the story of the Christian military expeditions that have perturbed European history, troubled Christian consciences and embittered Muslim attitudes towards the West. He offers a lively record of the Crusades, from the Middle East to the pagan Baltic, and fascinating portraits of the major personalities, from Godfrey of Bouillon, the first Latin ruler of Jerusalem, to Etienne, the visionary French peasant boy who inspired the tragic Children's Crusade. Addressing questions rarely considered, Hindley sheds new light on pressing issues surrounding religious division and shows how the Crusades have helped to shape the modern world and relations between Christian and Muslim countries to this day.

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