Historical Biography

Historical Biography

Historical Biography

Historical Biography

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QUEEN'S EMBROIDERER: A True Story of Paris, Lovers
JOAN DEJEAN    Book Number: 85897
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The royal embroiderer of the title is Jean Magoulet, a gainier or maker of leather goods who was appointed royal glove supplier to the French Queen Marie Thérèse and King Louis XIV and who then som...
THEIR PROMISED LAND: My Grandparents In Love and War
IAN BURUMA    Book Number: 85900
Published price: £17
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A moving account of what it meant to be Jewish and English in one of the most troubled times of the last century. Throughout a devoted 60 year marriage that spanned the terror and separation of tw...
AKBAR: The Great Emperor of India
EDIT BY GIAN CARLO CALZA    Book Number: 86122
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Produced in association with the Fondazione Art Museum of Rome for an exhibition a few years ago, this is a lavishly produced volume on the origins and originality of Indo-Islamic art and architect...
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...
BRAND LUTHER
ANDREW PETTEGREE    Book Number: 86141
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Sub-titled 'How an Unheralded Monk Turned His Small Town into A Center Of Publishing, Made Himself The Most Famous Man In Europe - And Started The Protestant Reformation'. Martin Luther's life as ...
KING JOHN AND THE ROAD TO MAGNA CARTA
STEPHEN CHURCH    Book Number: 86156
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Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia, Church reveals how a king famous for his misrule gave rise to Magna Carta, the blueprint for good governance. King John (1166-1216) ...
QUEEN VICTORIA
CHRISTOPHER HIBBERT    Book Number: 86167
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Hibbert's Victoria is not only the formidable, demanding, capricious queen of popular imagination, she is also often shy, diffident and vulnerable, prone to giggling fits and outbursts of weeping. ...
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...
SIR WATKIN'S TOURS
PAUL HERNON    Book Number: 86389
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Sub-titled 'Excursions to France, Italy and North Wales, 1768-71', Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, 4th Baronet of Wynnstay (1749-89), is one of those shadowy figures who crop up in history in various gui...
VICTORIA CROSS
GARY MEAD    Book Number: 86464
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A military historian's balanced account of the VC's life and times which exposes the hypocrisy behind one of the UK's last sacred cows, and explores its role as a barometer for the shifting sands o...
INFAMOUS MISTRESS
JOANNE MAJOR & SARAH MURDEN    Book Number: 86687
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Sub-titled 'The Life, Loves and Family of the Celebrated Grace Dalrymple Elliott', here is an engaging and at times scandalous book about a tumultuous life. Divorced twice, infamous mistress, pris...
VALENTINE BAKER'S HEROIC STAND AT TASHKESSEN 1877
FRANK JASTRZEMBSKI    Book Number: 86717
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Colonel Valentine Baker's name is attached to one of the most notorious scandals of 19th century Victorian Britain. His name next surfaces as a soldier-of-fortune serving in Egypt during the 1880s...
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...
SHORT NIGHTS OF THE SHADOW CATCHER
TIMOTHY EGAN    Book Number: 86634
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Sub-titled 'The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis' this multi-award winning non-fiction Book of the Year is a darn good yarn. Charismatic, handsome and a famous portrait photogra...
THE COUNTESS: The Scandalous Life of Frances Villiers
TIM CLARKE    Book Number: 86742
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Fanny Twysden, the future Countess of Jersey, was one of the great beauties of her time. Clever and witty, she had enormous charm and was a leader of Society in the grandest sense, and a woman of ...
IN SEARCH OF ANCIENT NORTH AFRICA
BARNABY ROGERSON    Book Number: 86510
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For over 40 years, Barnaby Rogerson has travelled through North Africa, making sense of the region's complex and fascinating history which he tells through the lives of five men and one woman. Que...
FOUR PRINCES
JOHN JULIUS NORWICH    Book Number: 86574
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'Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman The Magnificent and the Obsessions That Forged Modern Europe' is the sub-title of this gripping and flamboyant history by the Oxford popular historian. ...
THIS LONG PURSUIT: Reflections of a Romantic Biographer
RICHARD HOLMES    Book Number: 86487
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Multi award-winning Cambridge scholar and OBE Richard Holmes is deeply versed in the people and culture of 18th century science. Here is his luminous meditation on the art of biography fusing his ...
WEST'S WORLD: The Extraordinary Life of Dame Rebecca West
LORNA GIBB    Book Number: 86890
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Dame Rebecca West was a woman of surprising contradictions - socialist, defender of women's suffrage, a disciple of St Augustine and lover of H. G. Wells, successful novelist and astute, prophetic ...
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF DAVY CROCKETT
EDITED BY STEPHEN BRENNAN    Book Number: 86935
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David Crockett of Tennessee became King of the Wild Frontier. A local hero and honest man, he was made a Justice of the Peace, elected Colonel of a local militia regiment and later to the Tennesse...
JANE AUSTEN: The Banker's Sister
E. J. CLERY    Book Number: 87032
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In 2013 the Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney announced that Jane Austen would appear on the redesigned £10 note. Few noted a fact that the £10 'Austen' bank note was already in existenc...
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
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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
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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
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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...
POCKET HERCULES: Captain Morris
M. J. TROW    Book Number: 87297
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Captain William Morris was in the front rank during the Charge of the Light Brigade and one of the first horsemen to reach the Russian guns. He was wounded severely but survived and this is his st...
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...
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