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
Bibliophile price: £2.50
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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...
BRIEF HISTORY OF HENRY VIII: Reformer and Tyrant
DEREK WILSON    Book Number: 85225
Published price: £8.99
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Was England's most famous king 'a fool, a liar and a damnable rotten worm?' Henry VIII changed the course of English life more than any monarch since the Norman Conquest. In the portraits of Holb...
RISE OF FEMALE KINGS IN EUROPE 1300-1800
WILLIAM MONTER    Book Number: 84982
Published price: £30
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Women have traditionally exercised 'soft power', networking and applying anonymous pressure. This book challenges the relegation of women's influence to the boudoir by investigating the lives and ...
ADVENTURES IN THE STRAND
Mike Ashley    Book Number: 85691
Published price: £25
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Sub-titled 'Arthur Conan Doyle and The Strand Magazine', the Sherlock Holmes stories and other contributions such as the Professor Challenger stories, articles on spiritualism and fairies and cover...
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
Published price: £26.99
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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
Published price: £30
Bibliophile price: £12.00
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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...
BLAZING STAR
ALEXANDER LARMAN    Book Number: 87116
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The life and times of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester was one short in duration but long on scandal. His misdeeds included the abduction of his future wife, banishment from court, and some of the m...
HOUDINI AND CONAN DOYLE
CHRISTOPHER SANDFORD    Book Number: 87066
Published price: £20
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Harry Houdini was the world's foremost magician, a friend of Conan Doyle, but was sceptical of his belief in the supernatural. At the age of 11 he attended 'a series of séances' in a failed attemp...
NAPOLEON: The Spirit of the Age
MICHAEL BROERS    Book Number: 87078
Published price: £30
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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...
TENNYSON: To Strive, To Seek, To Find
JOHN BATCHELOR    Book Number: 86985
Published price: $35
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"This biography presents an Alfred Tennyson who is stronger, more self-reliant, more business-like, tougher and more centrally Victorian than previous biographies have displayed...As the major poet...
WHITE KING: Charles I, Traitor, Murderer, Martyr
LEANDA DE LISLE    Book Number: 87002
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King Charles I to his supporters was the saintly White King crowned in robes the colour of innocence. To opponents he was the White King of the prophecies of Merlin, a tyrant destined for a violen...
EMPRESS OF ART
SUSAN JAQUES    Book Number: 87194
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Sub-titled 'Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia' here is a book for art lovers to discover untold riches. Intelligent and determined, Catherine modelled herself on her grandfather...
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
Published price: £9.99
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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...
BESS OF HARDWICK: First Lady of Chatsworth
MARY S. LOVELL    Book Number: 82666
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How did Bess, born in 1527 to a gentleman farmer and his wife, rise to become a wealthy, powerful woman who numbered Queen Elizabeth I amongst her friends? In this well-researched and highly readab...
EINSTEIN'S GREATEST MISTAKE: The Life of A Flawed Genius
DAVID BODANIS    Book Number: 87462
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A perceptive biography which shows how a genius fell out of favour with the scientific world. Widely considered the greatest genius of all time, Albert Einstein revolutionised our understanding of...
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...
LIFE AND WORKS OF LEONARDO DA VINCI
ROSALIND ORMISTON    Book Number: 87265
Published price: £20
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Regarded by many as the greatest artist who ever lived, and even in his own lifetime revered as a multi-talented genius, Leonardo da Vinci left only a small number of completed paintings, together ...
VERDI: Life & Times
BARBARA MEIER    Book Number: 87747
Published price: £8.99
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Beautifully designed with colour typography and many colour plates, this is one of the acclaimed Life & Times Haus Publishing biographies. Giuseppe Verdi, the popular genius behind Rigoletto, Aida...
KEATS
ANDREW MOTION    Book Number: 87875
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The outline of the story of John Keats's life is well known - the archetypal life of the Romantic genius, critically spurned and dying young. In this celebrated biography and valuable work of scho...
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...
CATHERINE OF ARAGON: An Intimate Life
AMY LICENCE    Book Number: 88006
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Catherine of Aragon believed to the end of her life that she was a Henry VIII's true and lawful wife, inheriting a fighting spirit from her formidable mother Isabella of Castile. Catherine arrived ...
LA REINE BLANCHE: Mary Tudor, A Life in Letters
SARAH BRYSON    Book Number: 88014
Published price: £20
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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
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...
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