Impress Books

History, Religion & South West Studies

The Churches of Medieval Exeter
Medieval Exeter was a religious city containing nearly seventy churches, chapels, monasteries, and almshouses, as well as private oratories, holy wells, and standing crosses. This book explains why this huge number of buildings came into being from about the eleventh century onwards. It shows what they existed to do and how they interacted with one another and with lay people in the old walled city and the surrounding areas of St Thomas, Heavitree and Topsham.

ISBN: 9781907605512
eISBN: 9781907605529
Dimensions: 240 mm x 168mm
Pages: 210
Format: Paperback
Published: 1 Sept 2014
Price: £14.99

The Church in Devon 400-1560
‘Orme possesses a writing style that is a model of clarity for anyone who wishes to present the fruits of academic research to the nonspecialist reader.’
Allison D. Fizzard, University of Regina, Speculum 89/4 (October 2014).
DEVON has a rich Christian history going back to the early fifth century. This book explains how the Church grew into a complex organisation of bishops and clergy, monasteries and friaries, parish churches and chapels, and how it was reshaped by the Norman Conquest, the Black Death, and the great changes of the Reformation up to the accession of Queen Elizabeth I.

ISBN:  9781907605413 
eISBN:  9781907605550 
Dimensions: 168 mm x 240 mm
Pages: 241
Format: Paperback
Published: 1 Sept 2013
Price: £14.99

Debating Palestine and Israel
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While the Jews strove for statehood and national identity as a result of their claim to their ancient homeland, the Palestinians were denied both, leading to their marginalisation and the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. This book seeks to uncover and explore the central issues of this crisis through the dialogue and debate of a pro-Palestinian Christian and a pro-Zionist Jew.

ISBN: 9781907605499
eISBN: 9781907605505
Dimensions: 134 mm x 205 mm
Pages: 308
Format: Paperback
Published: 1 May 2014
Price: £12.99

Of Sirens and Centaurs
Of Sirens and Centaurs provides a superb introduction to the fascinating world of medieval sculpture through examples in Exeter Cathedral which, for a Gothic building, contains a surprisingly rich repertoire of such classically-derived monsters.

The Palestinian State
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In this concise volume American-born Reform rabbi and Professor of Judaism Dan Cohn-Sherbok outlines the history of the conflict in Israel and draws on ethical Jewish religious principles to create a compelling argument for Jews world-wide to press for the creation of a Palestinian state in the Holy Land.

ISBN: 9781907605291
eISBN: 9781907605314
Dimensions: 132 mm x 205 mm
Pages: 129
Format: Paperback
Published: 28 Feb 2012
Price: £7.99

Fleas, Flies and Friars
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Medieval children lived in a rich culture of poetry: lullabies, nursery rhymes, songs, riddles, tongue-twisters, nonsensical verses and insults. They read or listened to ballads of Robin Hood, romances and comic tales. Poems were written to teach them how to behave, eat at meals, hunt game and even learn Latin and French.

ISBN: 9781907605239
Dimensions: 134 mm x 205 mm
Pages: 191
Format: Paperback
Published: 12 Oct 2011
Price: £6.99

A Dictionary of Kabbalah and Kabbalists
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“…an impressive and lucid, erudite book… Dan Cohn-Sherbok has the rare scholarly ability to clearly encapsulate the complexities of Kabbalah.” Z’ev Ben Shimon Halevi, Principal of the Kabbalah Society

ISBN: 9780955623967/ 9780955623974
eISBN: 9781907605178
Dimensions: 154 mm x 233 mm
Pages: 216
Format: Paperback & Hardback
Published: 15 Dec 2009
Price: £12.99/ £25

Exeter Cathedral: The First Thousand Years
“…the best book on an English cathedral I’ve ever come across.” Christopher Howse, The Daily Telegraph

“It does exactly what it says on the cover, but is written not for the ecclesiastical scholar but the general reader.” The Express and Echo

ISBN: 9780955623981
eISBN: 9781907605543
Dimensions: 168 mm x 239 mm
Pages: 244
Format: Paperback
Published: 19 Oct 2009
Price: £14.99

The Cathedral Cat
“An enthralling book of stories about the Cathedral’s past.” Western Morning News

“A sparkling jeu d’esprit … Orme puts the grin into Lohengrin and the cat into Cathedral.” The Spectator

ISBN: 9780955623943
eISBN: 9781907605536
Dimensions: 155 mm x 220 mm
Pages: 142
Format: Paperback
Published: 1 Oct 2008
Price: £9.99

East Devon Pebblebed Heaths
“A fascinating book that charts the very long history of a naturally beautiful place with an epic geological past.” Devon Life

“The heaths here have such an amazing story to tell.” BBC News

ISBN: 9780955623905
Dimensions: 247 mm x 250 mm
Pages: 85
Format: Hardback
Published: 16 July 2007
Price: £9.99

Heavenly Harmony
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Heavenly Harmony tells the fascinating story of the organs and organists of Exeter Cathedral. Beginning in 1284 when Roger de Ropford and his wife and heirs were given responsibility for making bells for the cathedral and repairing the clock and organ, the book contains pen portraits of all of the cathedral’s organists since the late sixteenth century and also mentions assistant organists, masters of the choristers and many of those who pumped the bellows in the days before electric blowers. The story of those appointed to play the organs is one of variable standards of behaviour and musicianship, from the high quality of the decades before the Civil War, through the nadir of cathedral music in the eighteenth century, to the brilliance of today.

ISBN: 9781907605659
Dimensions: 240 mm x 170 mm
Pages: 228
Format: Paperback
Published: 1 Dec 2014
Price: £25.00

Terror and Religion: An Interfaith Dialogue
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With Islamist violence rising as groups such as Al-Qaeda and ISIS make their mark across the globe, discussions about terror, violence, and religion have never been more important. Terror and Religion brings together leading academics – Rabbi, Dan Cohn-Sherbok, Christian author and lecturer, George D. Chryssides, and Islamic scholar Dawoud Sudqi El-Alami – in a dialogue that engages with the most pressing questions of our time.

The History of England’s Cathedrals
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England’s sixty or so Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals are among its most iconic buildings and attract thousands of worshippers and visitors every year. Yet though much has been written about their architecture, there is no complete guide to their history and activities. This book provides the first rounded account of the whole of their 1700 years from Roman times to the present day.

A Dictionary of Jews and Jewish Life
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A handy guide for anyone seeking knowledge about the Jewish faith and the Jewish people. Containing thousands of entries…

ISBN: 9781911293163eISBN: 9781911293170Format: Paperback/eBookPrice: £12.99/£5.99Available: March 2018 ‘A sensitive, thoughtful, well-constructed piece of writing – a rare treat to read something contemporary that’s as well written and quietly nourishing as this is!’ Susan Wicks, author of Driving My Father ‘A gripping, moving account of a love affair across cultures, languages, and the English Channel.’ Western Morning News Paulette Tourdes was… View Article

Medieval Pilgrimage
ISBN: 9781911293354 Format: Paperback Price: £14.99 Available: 1 September 2018 Information sheet Pilgrimage was popular throughout medieval England until it was suppressed at the Reformation. This book explains how it originated, what it involved, and what it meant to those who practised it. Normally it is imagined in terms of long journeys to famous places in England… View Article