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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ARTIST'S DAUGHTER: A Fictionalised Memoir
SALLY KIBBLE    Book Number: 89270
Published price: £17.50
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For lovers of Suffolk in general and Woodbridge and the Deben Valley in particular, Thomas Churchyard charted Georgian and Victorian scenery still charming us today. Sally Kibble has been inspired...
AN AUDIENCE WITH QUEEN VICTORIA: The Royal Opinion
IAN LLOYD    Book Number: 89271
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A compelling series of vignettes on 30 famous Victorians such as Barnum, the Greatest Showman, who failed to impress Queen Victoria, how the Queen was taught to use the telephone by Alexander Graha...
LEONARDO DA VINCI AND THE BOOK OF DOOM
SIMON HEWITT    Book Number: 89302
Published price: £25
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A great artistic detective story which turns our understanding of Leonardo da Vinci upside down. Simon Hewitt demonstrates that Leonardo's only male portrait (The Musician) depicts Bianca Sforza's...
GUNPOWDER & GEOMETRY: The Life of Charles Hutton:
BENJAMIN WARDHAUGH    Book Number: 89063
Published price: £9.99
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Charles Hutton. One of Britain's most brilliant mathematicians. At the tender age of 18 in August 1755, he had been down in the coal pits in Newcastle on the north bank of the Tyne on and off for m...
EDWARD BANCROFT: Scientist, Author, Spy
THOMAS J. SCHAEPER     Book Number: 89382
Published price: £34.95
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The name of Edward Bancroft (1744-1821) is little-known, but in this first complete biography we discover what an important figure he was in the history of espionage and the American Revolution. Bo...
BORGIAS: The Hidden History
G. J. MEYER    Book Number: 89713
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Apologies if stickered and has small remainder mark, we could not resist importing from the US this important book. The mention of the Borgia family conjures up images of serpentine plots, assassi...
LIFE OF LONGCHENPA: The Omniscient Dharma King
EDIT JAMPA MACKENZIE STEWART    Book Number: 89196
Published price: £22.50
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Longchenpa was a 14th century scholar and abbot of Tibetan Buddhism, a prolific writer whose 300 books, manuals, sadhanas and treatises cover the entire range of Buddhist teaching and practice. 650...
LIFE AND LOVES OF E. NESBIT
ELEANOR FITZSIMMONS    Book Number: 90249
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Beautiful, talented and dressed in flowing robes in defiance of Victorian corsetry, Edith Nesbit was "always surrounded by adoring young men" and embraced an unconventional lifestyle, eventually ma...
BURNED AT THE STAKE
SUMMER STREVENS    Book Number: 90349
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Subtitled 'The Life and Death of Mary Channing', we learn that in 1706 the 19 year old Mary was convicted of poisoning her husband. She became the last woman to be burned at the stake in Dorset. ...
SIR JOHN TIPTOFT: Butcher of England
PETER SPRING    Book Number: 90384
Published price: £25
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The world of the Wars of the Roses can seem remote, with the throne changing hands between Lancastrian Henry VI and Yorkist Edward IV several times, and courtiers coming and going in rapid and viol...
TRAILBLAZING WOMEN OF THE GEORGIAN ERA:
MIKE RENDELL    Book Number: 90394
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Legal barriers, the lack of education, the prejudices and misconceptions held by men hampered moves towards equality during the Georgian era. Representing women from all walks of life - artists, b...
HOSPITAL SKETCHES FROM THE CIVIL WAR
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT    Book Number: 89189
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The author of Little Women wrote personal letters which provide a raw and honest account of the reality of battlefield medicine during the American Civil War, a war which tore the country and famil...
SERVANT OF EMPIRE: Thomas Wilson Bracken
MARTIN GIBSON    Book Number: 90766
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In 1915, when the War Office appealed for experienced civil engineers to volunteer to help break the Western Front's appallingly costly stalemate, aged 50, Lieutenant and the Captain Bracken RE whi...
JOANNA OF FLANDERS: Heroine and Exile
JULIE SARPY    Book Number: 90806
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Joanna of Flanders, Countess of Montfort and Richmond, Duchess of Brittany was in her time the heroine of Hennebont, the pivotal siege during the first half of the Breton Civil War (1341-1365) that...
CHARLES DARWIN: Victorian Mythmaker
A. N. WILSON    Book Number: 90854
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As British biographers go, few can match A.N. Wilson and even fewer when it comes to the Victorian age. Published in the UK in 2017 (this is the US first edition of the same year), this was the fir...
CLASSICAL SCHOOL:
CALLUM WILLIAMS    Book Number: 90856
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This is an education on economics wrapped up in the fascinating history of 20 people who have shaped nations through their philosophy, all written with an engaging but clear tone that draws in both...
SISTERS IN ARMS: Female Warriors
JULIE WHEELWRIGHT    Book Number: 90888
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Western culture has a popular tradition of women who dressed as men and joined the military, often immortalised in books or on stage and screen. Julie Wheelwright soon discovered many of these acc...
NOW WE SHALL BE ENTIRELY FREE
ANDREW MILLER    Book Number: 91046
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Winner of the Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 2019 this is a 'propulsive, beautifully written investigation into atrocity, guilt and new beginnings.' - Justine Jordan. One rainswept winter's...
MUTUAL ADMIRATION SOCIETY
MO MOULTON    Book Number: 91070
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Sub-titled 'How Dorothy L. Sayers and her Oxford Circle Remade the World for Women.' A group biography of the renowned crime novelist and the Oxford University women who stood at the vanguard of ...
AUTUMN IN VENICE: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse
ANDREA DI ROBILANT    Book Number: 91118
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One of the most wrenching and scandalous love stories in all of literary biography, the author finely details the last productive years of Ernest Hemingway in a kaleidoscopic succession of relation...
MAN WITH HIS HEAD IN THE CLOUDS
RICHARD O. SMITH    Book Number: 91159
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A brilliant blend of biography and a bold book about ballooning, the book is hilarious, entertaining and inspiring about James Sadler, the first Englishman to fly. It is the story of how an uneduc...
NELSON'S BAND OF BROTHERS: Lives and Memorials
PETER HORE    Book Number: 91164
Published price: £25
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While there is perennial interest in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars and in Nelson himself, there is no reference work that chronicles all the captains of his ships, their social origins,...
STORY OF EDVARD MUNCH
KETIL BJORNSTAD    Book Number: 91173
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A fascinating literary construction of the life of one of the world's most popular 19th century painters, based on Edvard Munch's own diaries, notes and letters. His troubled relationships, partic...
AUGUSTUS: From Revolutionary to Emperor
ADRIAN GOLDSWORTHY    Book Number: 91185
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It was the year 44BC when Julius Caesar was killed, when Augustus was a mere teenager who had been adopted into Caesar's household. His rection to Caesar's death was to step forward and proclaim h...
FIRST VCs: Maurice Dease and Sidney Godley
MARK RYAN    Book Number: 90787
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The first two VCs of World War I were gained at the bloody battle of Mons in an action defending the Nimy Bridge. Both men received multiple gunshot wounds but refused to leave their posts, in spi...
HUSTLING HITLER: The Jewish Vaudevillian
WALTER SHAPIRO    Book Number: 90789
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Journalist Walter Shapiro always assumed that the stories about his great uncle Freeman Bernstein, particularly the one where he conned Hitler's war effort out of a valuable shipload of scrap metal...
ANTIPATER'S DYNASTY: Alexander the Great's Regent
JOHN GRAINGER    Book Number: 91226
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Antipater was a key figure in the rise of Macedon under Philip II and instrumental in the succession of Alexander III (the Great). Alexander entrusted Antipater with ruling Macedon in his long abse...
PARRY THOMAS:
HUGH TOURS    Book Number: 91252
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John Godfrey Parry Thomas (J. G. Thomas) set numerous records across his extraordinary motor career, achieving a speed of more than 170 mph in 1926 in his 27-litre Liberty engine powered Higham 'Sp...
MIDNIGHT THREE WOMEN AT THE HOUR OF RECKONING
VICTORIA SHORR    Book Number: 91380
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'Written with a novelist's narrative flair and a biographer's factual command, Shorr recreates and reassesses the lives of Jane Austen, Mary Shelley and Joan of Arc at their hour of reckoning.' - J...
SHADOW EMPEROR: A Biography of Napoleon III
ALAN STRAUSS-SCHOM    Book Number: 91396
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Very few people have the power to change the world they live in but Louis Napoleon, Emperor of France as Napoleon III, was one of the few. Nephew of the Great Napoleon, he presided over France's Se...
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