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Baker, Alan

Overview
Works: 14 works in 33 publications in 3 languages and 1,582 library holdings
Genres: History  Encyclopedias 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: CR4513, 940.1088355
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Most widely held works by Alan Baker
The knight by Alan Baker( Book )
7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 840 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 Viking by Alan Baker( Book )
3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 304 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
The encyclopedia of alien encounters by Alan Baker( Book )
5 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An A to Z approach to listing of aliens, unidentified flying objects and other unusual phenomenon
The enigmas of history : myths, mysteries and madness from around the world by Alan Baker( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Destination Earth : a history of alleged alien presence by Alan Baker( Book )
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Traces the history of alleged alien presence on Earth from antiquity to the 1990s, examining events, stories, and rumors that have influenced and fed off each other over the years to produce a modern mythological system
UFO sightings by Alan Baker( Book )
4 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Israel's Rights as a Nation-State in International Diplomacy ( )
3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of articles about Israel's right of establishment as a Jewish homeland and as an independent country
Merrill's Marauders by Alan D Baker( Book )
2 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Rycerstwo średniowiecznej Europy : życie i legenda by Alan Baker( Book )
2 editions published in 2004 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 knight : an introduction to the most admired warriors in history by Alan Baker( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 2 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
Mity, tajemnice i szaleństwa w historii świata by Alan Baker( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in Polish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ainigmata tēs historias : mythoi, mystēria kai paraphrosynē apo okolēro ton kosmo by Alan Baker( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in Greek, Modern and held by 1 WorldCat member library 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
 
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