Historical Biography

Historical Biography

Historical Biography

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LIFE AND WORKS OF LEONARDO DA VINCI
ROSALIND ORMISTON    Book Number: 87265
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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
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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...
SULTAN OF ZANZIBAR
MARTYN DOWNER    Book Number: 87727
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Sub-titled 'The Bizarre World of Spectacular Hoaxes of Horace de Vere Cole' here is the story of a volatile, unhappy fantasist who is both a transgressor and a product of his age. A generation kne...
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
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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...
DEVICES AND DESIRES: Bess of Hardwick
KATE HUBBARD    Book Number: 87797
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The Earl of Shrewsbury wrote to Bess of Hardwick, 23rd October 1585: 'I have sene throwlie into your devices and desires.' Aided by a quartet of judicious marriages and a shrewd head for business,...
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...
WHAT REGENCY WOMEN DID FOR US
RACHEL KNOWLES    Book Number: 87843
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The Regency period 1780-1820 was not always an age of romance. There was no system of equal opportunities and women had very few rights. There were huge variations in the amount of education that...
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...
SHE-MERCHANTS, BUCCANEERS AND GENTLEWOMEN
KATIE HICKMAN    Book Number: 88303
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This highly acclaimed book examines the memsahib myth of British India, questioning the stereotype of the cool pampered woman with legions of servants whose life is dominated by croquet and tennis....
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. ...
FRANCIS I: The Maker of Modern France
LEONIE FRIEDA    Book Number: 88427
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Contemporary with Henry VIII, Francis I of France arguably changed the face of Europe as much as his English rival. When the two kings met in 1520 at the famous Field of Cloth of Gold, Francis's d...
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 ...
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS: Two Queens, One Future
JOHN GUY    Book Number: 88788
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As thrillingly written as a detective story, here is the long overdue and dramatic reinterpretation of Mary, Queen of Scots, by one of the leading historians at work today. She was crowned Queen o...
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...
ANNE BOLEYN, A KING'S OBSESSION: A Novel
ALISON WEIR    Book Number: 88509
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In this fascinating novel, historian Alison Weir imagines herself into the mind of England's most enigmatic queen, the short-lived consort of Henry VIII. Anne Boleyn was executed on a charge of tr...
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...
QUEEN VICTORIA: Scenes and Incidents of her Life and Reign
G. A. PENTY    Book Number: 88539
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For the better part of the 19th century Queen Victoria ruled Great Britain and Ireland and all of the territories of the British Empire. During the Victorian era Britain flourished economically, so...
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...
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