Historical Biography

Historical Biography

Historical Biography

Historical Biography

Biographies of pre-20th century characters like Nelson, Napoleon to Buddha or Ghengis Khan.

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SHAKESPEARE AND HIS TRAGIC LIFE: A Biography
FRANK HARRIS    Book Number: 56215
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First published in 1909 as 'The Man Shakespeare and his Tragic Life Story' this is a lively biography of England's and arguably the world's greatest playwright and poet by an ardent admirer. A pro...
THE LIFE OF CHARLOTTE BRONTE
ELIZABETH GASKELL    Book Number: 56221
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In devoting two years of her own life to 'The Life of Charlotte Brontë', Elizabeth Gaskell wrote what with good reason has been held up as ‘the first successful biography of a woman by a woman’. Ch...
GEORGE ELIOT
MATHILDE BLIND    Book Number: 56224
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This is the first full-length biography of George Eliot, published just three years after her death, by a freethinking German-Jewish émigré and proto-feminist: the first to tackle the Lewes relatio...
MOHAMMED

New MOHAMMED

WASHINGTON IRVING    Book Number: 56597
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According to Mohammed, the one true religion was revealed to five great prophets before him - Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. But each time their message was ignored and people chose to worsh...
MISS MURIEL MATTERS
ROBERT WAINWRIGHT    Book Number: 85881
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A leading campaigner for women's suffrage, Muriel Matters was the child of economic migrants to Adelaide, Australia, where votes for women became law in 1894. As a young woman born in 1877 Muriel...
BLAZING STAR: The Life and Times of John Wilmot
ALEXANDER LARMAN    Book Number: 86066
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The life of John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester was short in duration, but long on scandal. His misdeeds included the abduction of his future wife, banishment from court, and some of the most expli...
VICTORIA
DAISY GOODWIN    Book Number: 86176
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By the creator and screenwriter of the TV series Victoria, Daisy Goodwin 'writes deliciously'. Early one morning, less than a month after her 18th birthday, Alexandrina Victoria is roused from bed...
LINLEY SAMBOURNE: Illustrator and Punch Cartoonist
LEONEE ORMOND    Book Number: 86627
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For more than 40 years, Linley Sambourne had been a draughtsman for the comic magazine Punch, rising to the position of 'First Cartoonist' in his final decade until his death in 1910. A natural hu...
NAPOLEON: The Spirit of the Age
MICHAEL BROERS    Book Number: 87078
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The Oxford University historian focusses his masterly biography on the vitality, intelligence and phenomenal drive of this man. Between 1805 and 1810, Napoleon masterminded a host of stunning vict...
THOMAS TELFORD: Master Builder of Roads and Canals
ANTHONY BURTON    Book Number: 87216
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Thomas Telford, the "Colossus of Roads", grew up in remote Eskdale but had the good fortune to be apprenticed to the Duke of Buccleuch as a mason on his estate at Langholm. The Duke was an "improv...
HOW TO BE COOL
THOMAS W. HODGKINSON    Book Number: 87341
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'150 Essential Idols, Ideals And Other Cool S***' is the sub-title of this multi biography of public figures from William Blake (1757-1827) and Coco Chanel (1883-1971), Charlie Parker (1920-55), Ni...
NELSON THE COMMANDER
GEOFFREY BENNETT    Book Number: 87377
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One of the renowned Pen & Sword Military Classics first published in 1972 and here in paperback reprint. Two centuries after his death, does Nelson still deserve his reputation as one of the world...
PRINCE WHO BEAT THE EMPIRE
MOIN MIR    Book Number: 87419
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Sub-titled 'How an Indian Ruler Took on the Might of the East India Company', here is an acclaimed history of empire and resistance and the moving story of the rebel prince who beat the world's mos...
ANNE BOLEYN: Adultery, Heresy, Desire
AMY LICENCE    Book Number: 88001
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Anne Boleyn is one of the most enigmatic figures in English history, and even the people who knew her at the time were sharply divided. Did she really love Henry VIII or was she a ruthless opportu...
LA REINE BLANCHE: Mary Tudor, A Life in Letters
SARAH BRYSON    Book Number: 88014
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Interest in the Tudor period has exploded in recent years with numerous TV documentaries and the publication of Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning trilogy. But a key figure of the era has been neglect...
RESOLUTION: Two Brothers, a Nation in Crisis, a World at War
DAVID RUTLAND & EMMA ELLIS    Book Number: 88079
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A two-generation saga of the Manners family, Resolution shares the history of John Masters, Marquis of Granby, who famously led a cavalry charge during the Seven Years War and his two sons - Charle...
RIBBONS AMONG THE RAJAHS
PATRICK WHEELER    Book Number: 87830
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Sub-titled 'A History of British Women in India Before the Raj' here is a largely forgotten study of social history of the European women of the early colonial period. Patrick Wheeler argues how t...
SOUL OF THE AGE:
JONATHAN BATE    Book Number: 87832
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How did plague turn William Shakespeare from a jobbing hack into a courtly poet? How did Bottom's dream rewrite the Bible? How did Shakespeare's plays lead to the deaths of an earl and a king? A...
COMPLETE ROMAN EMPEROR IMPERIAL LIFE
MICHAEL SOMMER    Book Number: 87768
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From Augustus to Romulus Augustulus, 80 quotations from ancient commentators, fact boxes, maps and more, seven thematic chapters cover foundation, power and imperial building projects. How did a m...
SHAKESPEARE
F. E. HALLIDAY    Book Number: 87776
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This short introduction to Shakespeare's life and work was first published over 60 years ago and has become a classic. Illustrated on every page with facsimiles of documents, prints and portraits,...
CALIGULA: An Unexpected General
LEE FRATANTUONO    Book Number: 88150
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Gaius Caligula ruled the Rome for just four years from 37-41CE but his actions during this period have made his name synonymous with cruelty, depravity, bloodshed and madness. Given these legendary...
QUANTUM ASTROLOGER'S HANDBOOK
MICHAEL BROOKS    Book Number: 88096
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Cardano invented both the Cardan shaft in mechanics and the imaginary numbers that are the square root of -1, debating the subject with his contemporary Tartaglia, and the author shows how his work...
QUEEN VICTORIA: Anniversary Edition
ELIZABETH LONGFORD    Book Number: 88115
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This anniversary edition of Lady Longford's classic 1964 biography is introduced by Tristram Hunt, who praises Longford for rescuing the whole Victorian era and the monarch in particular from the w...
BYRON IN LOVE
EDNA O'BRIEN    Book Number: 88035
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Hailed as a delight from start to finish on publication, this is a compact and mischievously complicit biography of the great Romantic poet and enfant terrible by the Irish novelist Edna O'Brien. ...
UNFORTUNATE COLONEL DESPARD
MIKE JAY    Book Number: 88861
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Was Despard a hero or villain we ask in this energetic study of the political complexity of the 1790s. It is the true story of Colonel Edward Marcus Despard, the last person to be sentenced to han...
LIFE OF P. T. BARNUM
P. T. BARNUM    Book Number: 88786
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Barnum was the greatest American impresario, a canny businessman and founder of the renowned Barnum & Bailey Circus and who finally became a politician. In 1834, desperate to create a better life ...
ROYAL RENEGADES: The Children of Charles I
LINDA PORTER    Book Number: 88791
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King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria were not happy with each other at the start of their arranged marriage, but after the death of Charles's close friend the Duke of Buckingham they became a d...
THOMAS CROMWELL: A Revolutionary Life
DIARMAID MACCULLOCH    Book Number: 88796
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Diarmaid MacCulloch's superb biography is a masterpiece of detailed research, new insights and gripping readability. Henry VIII's right hand man was a complex character, and the book takes a new an...
LOUISA: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs Adams
LOUISA THOMAS    Book Number: 88526
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Louisa Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams, the second American president in the Adams dynasty, was born in England in 1775. Her father was the American ambassador, and their house near Tower Hill sa...
PRINCE ALBERT: THE MAN WHO SAVED THE MONARCHY
A. N. WILSON    Book Number: 88537
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In his foreword, A.N. Wilson gratefully thanks the Her Majesty the Queen for her consent to the writing of this book and for full access to the Royal Archives - he also tells of how, whilst researc...
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