This book follows the patrician Albrecht family from the late 15th century to the fall of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806. Set in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, an Imperial Free City within the Holy Roman Empire, it covers the Albrecht family’s interaction with the Reformation, the Peasants’ War, the Thirty Years War, the Enlightenment, and the Napoleonic Wars.
For the first time, significant primary material has been translated into English. This includes four dissertations from four generations of Albrechts who give an insight to the political thinking of the time. These dissertations have been translated by Dr Geoff Thompson, of the University of Auckland, who provides his comments on the significance of these publications
‘Opportunities to translate and comment upon four theses from successive generations of the same family, each covering a different aspect of the legal system in German states of the Holy Roman Empire, and written at such a pivotal period in history, are extremely rare. Each Albrecht’s thesis reflects, to some extent, the times in which he was writing and betrays each author’s stance on key contemporary issues. Every thesis contains surprises, many of which will challenge what you think you know about common attitudes of the period in which they were written. The Albrechts were taught by some of the great minds behind the formation of a peculiarly German national identity, but what comes through most clearly of all is their overreaching humanity and the fair-mindedness of what was obviously a quite extraordinary family.’
Dr Geoff Thompson PhD, Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Auckland.
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After a successful Auckland launch, and an inspiring interview with Paul by Leighton Smith on Newstalk ZB on Friday 13 July, this book is set to become one of New Zealand's best on the effects of a brain injury and how one man, a doctor who was about to become a neurosurgeon himself, has overcome them to win back his life.
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In his book Seeing Through A Cloud, Paul tells the inspiring story of how he coped with all the changes and challenges he faced on his long journey of recovery following a severe brain injury. The doctors had little hope, but with the strength of his family, Paul worked on his physical recovery and regaining his memory and, eventually, his life. He tells us of the strategies he used to help his memory in everyday circumstances. As a thirty-year-old qualified doctor, Paul has had to go from total incontinence, without any memory of his past or present life, back to a thinking, feeling adult. It has been a very long journey.
The aim of the book is to help others in similar situations, to get their lives back and succeed in living, as Paul has done. Of course, we can all use these strategies to help our memory, but they are especially useful for anyone who has undergone trauma such as Paul suffered
I recall the lakes and puddles of white which seemed to almost overwhelm the grey. I wondered how Paul survived at all. I wondered how he would recover - which bits of that intelligent, caring and funny man would come back. Now we know. After more than 20 years, Paul has written his story of recovery and it is remarkable and inspiring. That he has written a book at all is extraordinary, but it is a very good and important book. Had he become a Professor of Neurosurgery, giving lectures on major brain injuries and teaching generations of medical students, we would have learnt less about major brain injuries than we can learn from his story of recovery.
At med school, Paul was certainly one of the more socially active classmates. He loved to party and play up. A few friends spent the occasional afternoon bunking class and going to his parents' home… to swim or watch videos. He loved his cars, and loved his driving too. He would think nothing of taking his Alfa GTV for a quick drive down the three- or four-kilometre stretch of the Christchurch motorway. Fast-forward to 1994, and Paul's life changed. After his accident, he spent weeks on a ventilator and many months in rehabilitation in Melbourne. His recovery, while not complete, has been remarkable to witness.
A book launch was held on 5 October at The Booklover bookshop in Milford for this sorely needed collection of thoughts, memories
There are no pat answers or experts' theories here. These ordinary women have written a book that is different: it is raw, it is honest. They write about the daily struggle to rebuild shattered lives and mend broken hearts. Join them as they describe how they coped with the loss and grief which changed their lives and their families
It is not in the true nature of things that we should outlive our children. When the unbelievable happens - the loss of a child, or a sibling - the grief can be overwhelming for the whole family. This book traces the courage of a group of parents who lost a child and how they coped in various ways with their changed world. It is an uplifting account of how people survive the unexpectedness of the death of a child. Each writer met their agony bravely, and their stories are written with poignancy and love.
In this sorely needed book, bereaved parents bravely give voice to their own stories of loss and grief… An invaluable source of support for bereaved parents, it is also a unique resource that I hope will engender much greater understanding of the worlds of bereaved parents by professionals and within our wider communities.
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