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...
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...
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...
RESOLUTION: Two Brothers, a Nation in Crisis, a World at War
DAVID RUTLAND & EMMA ELLIS    Book Number: 88079
Published price: £30
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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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
RICHARD III: England's Most Controversial King
CHRIS SKIDMORE    Book Number: 88542
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Interest in Richard III reached fever pitch a few years ago with the discovery of his bones in a Leicester car park, but fascination with the controversial "hunchback" king goes back to Richard's o...
WANTED: The Outlaw Lives of Billy the Kid and Ned Kelly
ROBERT UTLEY    Book Number: 88504
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A renowned biographer compares the lives and times of American outlaw Billy the Kid and his Australian counterpart Ned Kelly and the stories behind the exploits of these two notorious young outlaws...
JOHN LAW: A Scottish Adventurer in the Eighteenth Century
JAMES BUCHAN    Book Number: 89115
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At the peak of his reputation in 1720, a period lasting just over 100 days, John Law was the most powerful man in France after the Regent, the Duke of Orléans. He was also the richest private citi...
CHURCHILL & ORWELL: The Fight for Freedom
THOMAS E. RICKS    Book Number: 88941
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Historian Simon Schama called Winston Churchill and George Orwell 'the architects of their time'. The two never met, but their parallel lives and views on how society should function, their ideas ...
MEISTER ECKHART: Philosopher of Christianity
KURT FLASCH    Book Number: 88947
Published price: £50
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One of the most senior scholars and best-known writers on late German Medieval thought in Europe, renowned philosopher Kurt Flasch offers a full-scale reappraisal of the life and legacy of Meister ...
OUT OF THE SHADOW OF A GIANT
JOHN GRIBBIN & MARY GRIBBIN    Book Number: 88953
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One of the finest writers of popular science around, here is a compelling dual biography that argues that Robert Hooke and Edmond Halley deserve credit for the birth of modern science. Their place...
WHITE KING: Charles I, Traitor, Murderer, Martyr
LEANDA DE LISLE    Book Number: 88959
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Winner of the HWA Crown for Best Work of Historical Non-Fiction 2018 Times Book of the Year 2018. Less than forty years after the golden age of Elizabeth I, England was at war with itself. The bloo...
GAIUS MARIUS: The Rise and Fall of Rome's Saviour
MARC HYDEN    Book Number: 89216
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Here is the first English biography of Gaius Marius in nearly 50 years, the central, defining figure of the Late Roman Republic. Though from an obscure, relatively humble background, he became con...
ARTIST'S DAUGHTER: A Fictionalised Memoir
SALLY KIBBLE    Book Number: 89270
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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...
GAINSBOROUGH'S COTTAGE DOORS:
HUGH BELSEY    Book Number: 89290
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Thomas Gainsborough's work was centred around subjects that preoccupied him which he would define in his paintings. This book is inspired by a recent identification of a third autographed version o...
LANSDOWNE: The Last Great Whig
SIMON KERRY    Book Number: 89300
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Simon (Earl of) Kerry is a direct descendent of Lansdowne and the current heir to his title and here he lays out facts of a remarkable but largely forgotten statesman. His great achievement is his...
LEONARDO DA VINCI AND THE BOOK OF DOOM
SIMON HEWITT    Book Number: 89302
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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...
SOUND OF HUNGER: One German Family's Chronicle
CHRIS HEAL    Book Number: 89320
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Proud natives of Berlin, Erich and Georg Gerth were both U-Boat commanders in World War I but followed very different paths in the post-war world. This huge, comprehensively researched book is the ...
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