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This book looks at some of history's most fascinating recluses and remarkable loners. Some withdrew from society for religious reasons, as in the case of the hermits and ascetics who gave their lives entirely to the service of God by meditating alone in the desert, in cliffside caves, in monastic cells, or, as in the case of Saint Simeon Stylites, on top of a tall rock pillar for 37 years. Some of the world's most powerful leaders and monarchs have also sought a solitary and secluded life to try to escape from the burden of their responsibilities. One of them was Ludwig II of Bavaria, who built some of the world's most beautiful fairytale castles on the Rhine and then lived in them in self-imposed loneliness and seclusion. There are those who hide from the demands of celebrity, like Greta Garbo; and from the pressures of everyday human society, like millionaire Howard Hughes.
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Barry Stone is a writer and travel photographer and a graduate of the Australian College of Journalism. His photographs have been widely exhibited. Barry has been a long-time contributor of feature stories and travel pieces to some of Australia's largest daily newspapers, and was a contributing author to the 2006 ABC Books publication Historica: 1000 Years of Our Lives and Times. He is author of the Pier 9 history title Mutiny on the High Seas and coauthor of The Greatest Headlines in History (2010), also under the Pier 9 imprint.

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