Empire of the Sun (Empire of the Sun, Book 1) by J. G. Ballard

By J. G. Ballard

The vintage, award-winning novel, made well-known by way of Steven Spielberg's movie, tells of a tender boy's fight to outlive international struggle II in China.

Jim is separated from his mom and dad in a global at warfare. to outlive, he needs to discover a power more than the entire occasions that encompass him.

Shanghai, 1941 -- a urban aflame from the fateful torch of Pearl Harbor. In streets filled with chaos and corpses, a tender British boy searches in useless for his mom and dad. Imprisoned in a jap focus camp, he's witness to the fierce white flash of Nagasaki, because the bomb bellows the top of the war...and the sunrise of a blighted world.

Ballard's enduring novel of conflict and deprivation, internment camps and loss of life marches, and hunger and survival is a decent coming-of-age story set in a global thrown completely out of joint.

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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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