By James Gray, John McPhee, James Graves
Whilst John McPhee lower back to the island of his ancestors—Colonsay, twenty-five miles west of the Scottish mainland—a hundred and thirty-eight humans have been dwelling there. approximately 80 of those, crofters and farmers, had familial histories of unbroken place of dwelling at the island for 2 or 300 years; the remaining, together with the English laird who owned Colonsay, have been "incomers." Donald McNeill, the crofter of the name, was once understanding his life during this final area of the feudal procedure; the laird, the fourth Baron Strathcona, lived in bathtub, seemed on Colonsay frequently in the summertime, and authorized with nonchalance the truth that he was once the least renowned guy at the island he owned. whereas evaluating crofter and laird, McPhee supplies readers a deep and wealthy portrait of the terrain, the background, the legends, and the folks of this fragment of the Hebrides.
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From the first section several statements are important for putting the second section in its proper context. And the first such thing is Orbini&s explanation of the origins of all the Slavs. He repeated the opinion of several authors that Scandinavia was the cradle of all the nations, and thus, of the Slavs as well. The Slavs, however, were not known in history under that name, but rather as the ^^Goths&&. Orbini thus assigns to the Slavs a Gothic theory about the origins of the Slavs, namely that the Goths are Slavs: the identification of the Slavs with the Goths is found in The Chronicle of the Priest of Dioclea.
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Ivo Gundulic;&s Osman is both a Pan-Slav and an anti-Turkish epic. It is an epic which is structured around the central theme of the Wheel of Fortune ªkolo od srec;eº. This central metaphor is extremely common in medieval and Renaissance literatures of both the East (Byzantium) and the West,17 but nowhere is it stated more powerfully than in the very opening verses of Gundulic;&s Osman> Ah, what are thou boasting of, O vain human arrogance$ The more thou spreadest thy wings, The lower wilt thou fall!
The Crofter and the Laird by James Gray, John McPhee, James Graves