Borgon the Axeboy and the Whispering Temple by Kjartan Poskitt

By Kjartan Poskitt

The 3rd during this dangerously humorous new sequence for girls and boys age 7-9 from bestselling writer Kjartan Poskitt, with illustrations by way of the single and purely Philip Reeve.

Borgon the Axeboy, barbarian extraordinaire, is again for one more experience! while Borgon and his pals the savages Hunjah and Mungoid stumble throughout a ruined temple within the misplaced wasteland, they ask yourself, is there treasure within? Annoyingly, they wish Grizzy's support to get in and discover. yet can they keep away from a deadly blue rattlesnake, hearth wasps and forestall the evil Zaffar from stealing the treasure..?

This sequence is decided to have you ever rolling within the barren region with laughter.

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John was a vehement and eloquent upholder of the value of images – in fresco, mosaic, sculpture – as an aid to Christian worship. Living where he did, beyond the reach of the imperial authorities, he was safe from persecution. Had he returned to the Empire he would have lost certainly his liberty, perhaps his life. As it was, all that the Roman authorities could do was to shriek abuse at him: Anathema to Mansur, the man of evil name and Saracen sentiments! Anathema to Mansur, the worshipper of images and writer of falsehood!

Abu-l-’Abbas, known as as-Saffāh, ‘the Shedder of Blood’, liquidated the members of the ruling Umayyad dynasty and installed himself as caliph in Damascus. The new ruler claimed descent from the Prophet’s uncle, al-’Abbas: hence his family is known as the Abbasid dynasty. His successor, al-Mansūr, moved the capital city of the Islamic empire to an entirely new, purpose-built capital at Baghdad in 762. There the Abbasids presided over the Islamic world until they were displaced by the Mongols in 1258.

A first step was the translation of antique learning into the local Syriac vernacular. For example, George ‘of the Arabians’, a bishop in Mesopotamia who died in 724, translated a number of Aristotle’s works into Syriac and composed commentaries upon them. The second step was the translation of this Syriac corpus into Arabic. It was one of the Barmakid family who commissioned the translation of Ptolemy’s Almagest into Arabic, thus making available to Islamic scholars the most important work of astronomy produced in the ancient world.

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