American Ghost by Janis Owens

By Janis Owens

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JOLIE HOYT is an effective SOUTHERN lady dwelling in Hendrix, a small Florida Panhandle city. The daughter of a Pentecostal preacher who sells assurance at the part, and the simplest pal of a full of life attractiveness who strikes to the massive urban to pursue a profession in inside layout, Jolie is all too conscious of her family’s closet jam-packed with secrets and techniques and long-held mistrust of outsiders. however, she throws warning to the wind while she meets Sam Lense, a Jewish anthropology pupil from Miami, who's on the town to review the ethnic make-up of the region.

Jolie and Sam fall recklessly in love and dream of starting a lifestyles jointly, far-off from Jolie’s buried previous. yet their affair ends suddenly while Sam is chanced on to have pried too deeply into Hendrix’s darkish racial historical past and he turns into the most recent sufferer in a protracted culture of small-town violence.

Twelve years later, while a black businessman from Memphis returns to Hendrix to do correct by means of his father’s reminiscence, Jolie and Sam are introduced jointly back. they're compelled to revisit the unresolved problems with their younger love and eventually make clear the grotesque heritage of Jolie’s hometown.

A advanced and compulsively readable Southern saga, carrying on with within the culture demonstrated by way of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and taken into the recent millennium via writers like Karen Russell and Kathryn Stockett, American Ghost was once encouraged through Janis Owens’s huge study on a true lynching that happened in 1934 in Marianna, Florida.

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This included fair and honorable behavior in battle, as well as generous treatment of people off the battlefield, especially women. Learning to be a knight involved formal training. Usually a son was sent to the household of another lord where he would serve first as a page, then as a squire. He would receive training in the fighting skills necessary for a knight. But he would also learn the manners and accomplishments that were required of a gentleman. Part of the education of a page or squire was to wait at his master's table, learning how to carve meat and select wine.

Of mail and an aketon, a knight was fairly well protected from sword cuts, arrows, and lance thrusts. We know from eyewitness accounts that knights fighting in the Cru- Wearing a full suit Arrows Snared in Mail Armor 24 THE DEVELOPMENT OF ARMOR many arrows caught hedgehogs. And yet they were not sades sometimes had so in their mail they looked like injured. However, mail could not give adequate protection against crushing and bruising blows, and the heavily padded garment worn underneath to prevent breaking bones became unbearably hot.

Straps and buckles were often used, or a raised stud on one plate was fitted into a hole on the other plate. The springiness of the metal was enough to keep them tightly shut. When Breastplate A FULL SUIT OF PLATE ARMOR 50 stud-and-hole fastenings were used for the cuirass, they sometimes had several holes for adjustments. This allowed for gar- ments of different thicknesses to be worn underneath the armor, as well as for weight gain by the knight. In early harnesses, the breast- and backplates were each made of a single plate.

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