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Baker, Alan

Overview
Works: 15 works in 36 publications in 2 languages and 2,203 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Juvenile works  Handbooks and manuals  Adventure stories  Conference papers and proceedings  Picture books 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: PZ7.B1688, E
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Alan Baker
The knight by Alan Baker( Book )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and Polish and held by 826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the thunderous cavalry charge mounted to the firm recital of a solemn vow and the gentle murmurings of courtly love, echoes of the medieval knight live in the modern imagination as enduring symbols of courage, adventure, romance, and honor. But what was the knight's life really like? How was he selected and trained? Did the knight keep his vows? How did he make a living? The Knight plunges you into the glorious world of the Middle Ages and reveals the truth behind the countless legends of knightly valor and chivalry. Through true stories that recount major and minor events of the period, author Alan Baker creates a vivid portrait of medieval culture and offers penetrating insights into the life and times of the knight in shining armor. You'll learn about the complex role of the knight in Europe's feudal society, meet the young men who attended to the knight's needs as they trained to become knights themselves, and thrill to jousting tournaments, pageants, and the raucous banquets of the age. You'll follow the knight's day-to-day life as he perfected his military skills, paid obeisance to his liege-lord, and oversaw the work of surfs and peasants whose labor provided the substantial wealth required to subsidize his profession. You'll also discover the intricacies of the chivalric code, which encouraged compassion, gallantry, and sometimes ridiculous behavior on the battlefield and off, and you'll witness the horrifying cruelty of those who broke the code. Meet Sir Oliver de Mauny, who swam the moat of his besieged castle to do battle with an enemy and win a bag of partridges, and listen as an English knight begs his king to spare the lives of their most hated enemies. Gallop into battle with Duke Godfrey of Bouillon, the courtly knight who led the armies of Christendom in the first Crusade, and watch in horror as he carries out one of the most brutal massacres in history. To preserve his life and honor on the chaotic battlefields of the Middle Ages, the knight required weapons and equipment of the very highest quality. You'll find detailed descriptions of medieval weapons and the technology that produced them, trace the many changes and innovations in body armor through the centuries, and discover surprising facts about the legendary war horses of the era. You'll also take an intriguing tour of the medieval castle; discover its multiple functions; and examine the advances in both castle building and siegecraft that continued throughout the era. Punctuated with dramatic recreations of great battles, grim sieges, and one-on-one combat, this fast-paced account of history's most glamorized warrior takes you straight to the throbbing heart of the age of chivalry. You may cringe, you may shout in triumph, you may yearn for days gone by, but you will never forget The Knight
The gladiator : the secret history of Rome's warrior slaves by Alan Baker( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Condemned and yet feared by emperors, slaughtered and yet adored by the masses, and loved by women, the gladiator's life was invariably short, dramatic, and desperately violent. His existence was an abyss of bloody darkness illuminated only faintly by the distant hope of honor, wealth, public attention, and the adoration of women. Yet men gave up their freedom to become gladiators, noblewomen gave up their positions to elope with them, and emperors risked death to fight these slaves. The Gladiator deftly charts the history of the Roman games, showing that they were more than just violent entertainment; they were a part of the political and cultural life of Rome as a whole. But above all else, it gives the reader an intense view of what a day at the games must have been like.--Publisher
The Viking by Alan Baker( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The very word is synonymous with savage fighting skill, rapacious plunder, and sheer love of battle. For three centuries the Vikings plagued Europe with brutal, lightning-fast raids and full-scale invasions that terrorized entire populations and brought mighty kingdoms to their knees. These fierce warriors from the north spread panic, mayhem, and death from the icy Baltic to the sun-drenched Mediterranean and deep into the heart of the continent. Why, then, does the modern world view the Vikings in a far more positive light than the Huns, the Vandals, and other "barbarian" hordes? In The Viking, the acclaimed author of The Knight delves deep into Viking history, culture, and accomplishments to create a complex portrait of these seafaring warriors, explorers, artisans, poets, nomads, and settlers. Alan Baker explains the forces at work behind the age of Viking expansion, tracks the evolution of Viking raids from isolated attacks to well-coordinated assaults, and documents their impact on European military and political history. Baker's riveting account of Viking military exploits documents 300 years of Norse incursions in the British Isles, France, Spain, Italy, and elsewhere; reveals the tactical and strategic secrets behind their astonishing success; and examines the entire arsenal of Viking weaponry, from the pattern-welded sword to the dreaded longship. His stirring re-creations of battles large and small capture the full fury of these warriors in action, especially the berserkers-crazed fighters whose fearsome battle frenzies were often as lethal to fellow Vikings as to the enemy. As renowned for their intrepid seamanship as for their fighting skill, Vikings ventured farther into the Atlantic Ocean than any other mariners of their day-actually reaching North America 500 years before Columbus. Baker chronicles the journeys of Eirik the Red, Leif Eiriksson, and many other Viking explorers. He also traces the eastward and southerly excursions of the Viking traders known as the Rus, who came to dominate the region surrounding the Volga River and unified and gave their name to Russia. Viking religion, mythology, and culture were distinctly different from the Christian feudal system of central and Western Europe. This comprehensive history includes a clear and fascinating introduction to the Norse gods and Viking concepts of the afterlife. It also examines the day-to-day realities of life in Viking settlements, including the role of women, rules of conduct, clothing and jewelry, free people versus slaves, and more. The Viking brings these legendary warriors and seamen to vivid life with rousing tales of valorous battle, heroic adventure, and surprisingly humorous Viking antics. It is must reading for anyone interested in military history, European history, maritime history, or the history of pagan cultures
White Rabbit's color book by Alan Baker( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"White Rabbit hops from one paint pot to another, changing colors as he goes, until he ends up brown"--Title page verso
Road vehicle suspensions by Wolfgang Matschinsky( Book )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Road Vehicle Suspensions gives a survey of the kinematics, elasto-kinematics, and design methods for vehicle wheel suspensions. - This book will serve as a reference source for automotive design, test, and development engineers, as well as a useful student text."--BOOK JACKET
Hairy tales and nursery crimes by Michael Rosen( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What does Jack find at the top of the Tinstalk? Why does Handsel and Gristle's father go out nutting wood? And will the silly Ghosts Gruff ever get across the fridge? Amazing, incredible, crazy and horrible things happen n the middle of the porridge, in the wicked itch's house and on the streets of Hamelin. Are you mad enough to find out if everyone lives hoppily ever laugther? Micheal Rosen delights children everywhere with his weird and wondeful variations of classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes
Racing car design and development by Len Terry( Book )

3 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Motorbike mechanics by Alan Baker( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The changing forms of incitement to terror and violence : the need for a new international response( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern Garage Equipment by Alan Baker( Book )

1 edition published in 1974 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mity, tajemnice i szaleństwa w historii świata by Alan Baker( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in Polish and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gladiatorzy : nieznane prawdy o życiu rzymskich niewolników by Alan Baker( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in Polish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Viking by Alan Baker( Recording )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In [this book, the author] delves deep into Viking history, culture, and accomplishments to create a complex portrait of these seafaring warriors, explorers, artisans, poets, nomads, and settlers. [The author] explains the forces at work behind the age of Viking expansion, tracks the evolution of Viking raids from isolated attacks to well-coordinated assaults, and documents their impact on European military and political history.-Dust jacket
Red dog by Louis De Bernières( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1998, Louis de Bernieres'acclaimed author of Corelli's Mandolin'came upon a bronze statue in a town on Australia's northwestern coast and was immediately compelled to know more about "Red Dog." He did not have to go far: everyone for hundreds of miles in every direction seemed to have a story about Red Dog. He was a Red Cloud Kelpie, a breed of sheepdog known for its energy and cleverness. But Red Dog was a kind of ultra-Kelpie, energetic and clever enough for an entire breed in himself. Dubbed a "professional traveler" rather than a stray, Red Dog established his own transportation system, hitchhiking between far-flung towns and female dogs in cars whose engine noises he'd memorized and whose drivers he'd charmed. The call of the wild was matched by the call of the supper dish; Red Dog's appetite was as legendary as his exploits. Everyone wanted to adopt him (one group of workers made him a member of their union), but Red Dog would be adopted by'or, more precisely, he would adopt'only one man: a bus driver whose love life quickly began to suffer and who never quite recovered from Red Dog's relentlessly affectionate presence. Independent, clever, sly, stubborn, courageous and foolhardy, impatient with boredom and the boring, Red Dog endeared himself to (almost) everyone who crossed his path. These funny, surprising, and touching stories of his life are certain to endear him to every reader
Israel's Rights as a Nation-State in International Diplomacy( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of articles about israel's right of establishment as a Jewish homeland and as an independent country
 
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