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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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 ...
EDWARD II THE MAN: A Doomed Inheritance
STEPHEN SPINKS    Book Number: 86747
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Edward II lived in the shadow of Titans. His 20 year reign is wedged between those of his infinitely more successful father Edward I and his son Edward III, reigning for 35 and 50 years respective...
I WAS TRANSFORMED: Frederick Douglass An American Slave
LAURENCE FENTON    Book Number: 86769
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Tall and strong and most importantly black, Frederick Douglass, the 27 year old runaway slave who had recently been catapulted to fame by the publication of his incendiary autobiography stood out a...
PRISONER KING: Charles I In Captivity
JOHN MATUSIAK    Book Number: 86784
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In April 1646, reduced to anonymity and finally taking his leave of Oxford in the guise of a Roundhead serving man, King Charles I rode away from the previously safe haven of his headquarters and r...
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...
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 ...
REMBRANDT: The Complete Paintings
MANUTH, DE WINKEL, VAN LEEUWEN    Book Number: 86057
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The Dutch Golden Age of painting spawned some of history's greatest artists and artisans, but few can boast the genius and legacy of Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606-1669). Despite never leaving ...
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...
STILICHO: The Vandal Who Saved Rome
IAN HUGHES    Book Number: 87022
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The story of Flavius Stilicho who defended the West from the Goths under Alaric and who was in control when the Vandals, Alans and Sueves crossed the Rhine in 406 and 'devastated' Gaul. It was Sti...
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...
REGARDING THOMAS ROWLANDSON 1757-1827
MATTHEW PAYNE & JAMES PAYNE    Book Number: 86296
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From a pair who have written extensively on Thomas Rowlandson and his circle, Matthew Payne is a Senior Archivist at the London Metropolitan Archives and was formerly in the Manuscripts Section of ...
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...
MICHAEL FARADAY AND THE ELECTRICAL CENTURY
IWAN RHYS MORUS    Book Number: 83415
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Bibliophile Books is lucky enough to have their HQ exactly where Michael Faraday conducted his electrical experiments, at Trinity Buoy Wharf on the River Thames. Faraday is a giant of science his...
HOUSE FULL OF DAUGHTERS: A Memoir of Seven Generations
JULIET NICOLSON    Book Number: 86991
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A book about seven generations of women in one family, that of the author, beginning with the birth of her grandmother's grandmother in 1830, right up to the story in 2015. The historical span str...
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...
DAUGHTERS OF THE WINTER QUEEN: Four Remarkable Sisters
NANCY GOLDSTONE    Book Number: 87209
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Elizabeth of Bohemia, the Winter Queen, was the daughter of James I of England and the granddaughter of Mary Queen of Scots. With such a pedigree it was important that she should be married appropr...
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
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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
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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 ...
JOYCE TYLDESLEY    Book Number: 86143
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Surprisingly, this is the first book ever to recount the full history of the colourful queens of Egypt. Its vivid biographies cover 3,000 years of Egyptian queenship from Early Dynastic times unti...
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