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History

History, military and Historical Biography of pre-20th century characters like Nelson, Napoleon to Buddha or Ghengis Khan.

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Like most of those who study
history, he (Napoleon III) learned
from the mistakes of the past how
to make new ones.
- A. J. P Taylor

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MESMERIST
WENDY MOORE    Book Number: 84305
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Sub-titled 'The Society Doctor Who Held Victorian London Spellbound' we are taken back to the early 1800s when medicine was a brutal business, operations performed without anaesthesia and conventio...
BAYEUX TAPESTRY EMBROIDERERS' STORY
JAN MESSENT    Book Number: 84035
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We have all heard of the intriguing tapestry kept at Bayeux, France, which was created by English embroiderers in the years following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It recounts the story of the backg...
ASTORS
VIRGINIA COWLES    Book Number: 84390
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No one wept when 84 year old John Jacob Astor, who had arrived in New York as a penniless German youth to become the richest man in America, died in the spring of 1848. To the last breath he was s...
CROWN OF BLOOD: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey
NICOLA TALLIS    Book Number: 84395
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The tragic story of Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for (technically) 13 days, is one that is familiar to us all. Edward VI, acknowledging his imminent death, named her as his heir, which was what...
EMPIRES APART: America and Russia From the Vikings To Iraq
BRIAN LANDERS    Book Number: 84396
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The author has a business background and career and presents a well written and piercing account of American history from its colonial beginnings to its present role as an unacknowledged empire tha...
WAGER DISASTER: Mayhem, Mutiny and Murder in the South Seas
REAR ADMIRAL C. H. LAYMAN    Book Number: 84413
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In the foreword by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, grantor of Bibliophile's Royal Warrant, "Commodore Anson's expedition into the Pacific in 1741 is far more gripping than the record of his more convent...
30-SECOND ANCIENT ROME
EDITED BY MATTHEW NICHOLLS    Book Number: 84416
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The 50 most important achievements each explained in half a minute, includes profiles of Julius Caesar, Augustus, Pliny the Younger, Virgil, Constantine, Livia Drusilla and Vitruvius. Covering lan...
30-SECOND NEWTON
EDITED BY BRIAN CLEGG    Book Number: 84417
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50 key aspects of Isaac Newton's works, life and legacy, each explained in half a minute and with full page colour illustrations on every right hand page to give this a fresh and modern way to abso...
BLACK'S SKETCHBOOK OXFORD 1913
FRED RICHARDS    Book Number: 84418
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From the delightful series, here are 15 sketches of this iconic city as it was in 1913 and depicted in beautiful line art by Fred Richards RE. Here is Tom Tower Christchurch, the High from Magdale...
STORY OF MAPS
ANNE ROONEY    Book Number: 84484
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Sub-titled 'Putting the World in Perspective', maps reflect the preoccupations of humans down the ages, from Aztec images describing landscape and cultural history to Middle Ages charts prioritisin...
BATTLE FOR CHRISTENDOM: The Council of Constance
FRANK WELSH    Book Number: 84333
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In the ancient city of Constance the colossal statue of Imperia is 30ft tall, full breasted, poised on high heels, wearing a G-string and a revealing gown. On each of her huge outstretched hands s...
BOOK OF BOOKS: The Radical Impact of the King James Bible
MELVYN BRAGG    Book Number: 84335
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The King James Bible has been called the Book of Books and has a good claim to the title. It consists of 66 'different books' and has sold more than any other single book since its publication in ...
CHARIOT: From Chariot to Tank
ARTHUR COTTERELL    Book Number: 84338
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Sub-titled 'From Chariot To Tank, The Astounding Rise and Fall of the World's First War Machine', with 98 black and white illustrations and four maps, this is a very important book from 2005 we hav...
DEADLY SISTERHOOD
LEONIE FRIEDA    Book Number: 84341
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Even today, 15th century Italy, that dangerous and exhilarating place, still glitters. Many of the great sculptures, churches, frescoes adorned with the faces of their patrons remain familiar toda...
ENGLISH CIVIL WARS 1642-1649
BOB CARRUTHERS    Book Number: 84342
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This is the definitive military history of the Civil Wars which swept the British Isles from 1642-49 from the Pen & Sword military book series. King Charles I at his trial in January 1649 said, "R...
FELLOWSHIP AND THE STORY OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION
JOHN GRIBBIN    Book Number: 84343
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Sub-titled 'Gilbert, Bacon, Harvey, Wren, Newton and the Story of a Scientific Revolution', 17th century England was ravaged by civil war, plague and fire, and the world ruled by superstition and i...
HOW LANGUAGE WORKS
DAVID CRYSTAL    Book Number: 84346
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How babies babble, words change meaning and languages live or die, we all understand why language works and we have to communicate to survive, but now a world authority on linguistic English shows ...
MISTRESSES: A History of the Other Woman
ELIZABETH ABBOTT    Book Number: 84353
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Known as the 'fancy woman', 'kept woman', the 'other woman', what do Jane Eyre, Madame de Pompadour, Eloise, Marilyn Monroe and Camilla Parker-Bowles have in common? Is a mistress merely a wife-in...
PRIMITIVE REBELS
ERIC HOBSBAWM    Book Number: 84355
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Historian Hobsbawm was born in Egypt months before the Russian Revolution, orphaned at the age of 14, in Berlin when Adolf Hitler rose to power and was on one of the last protests against Nazi rule...
QUEEN ANNE: Patroness of Arts
JAMES ANDERSON WINN    Book Number: 84356
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An Oxford University Press big heavyweight magisterial and highly original view of art, music and literature in the time of Queen Anne. Such figures as Purcell, Handel, Wren, Vanbrugh, Pope, Swift...
RAINBOROWES: Pirates, Puritans
ADRIAN TINNISWOOD    Book Number: 84357
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William Rainborowes was a powerful figure in English naval circles in the 1630s, and advisor to Charles I and the leader of a spectacular raid to free captives from a Moroccan pirate base in 1637. ...
SEA BATTLES IN THE AGE OF SAIL
EDITED BY BOB CARRUTHERS    Book Number: 84361
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A Pen & Sword military book which covers the exploits of Sir Frances Drake, the Spanish Armada of 1588, right through to Trafalgar in 1805. James Grant (1822-1887) was a Scottish author, born in E...
SHIPWRECKS AND SUNKEN TREASURE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
TONY WELLS    Book Number: 84363
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The Ship Index at the back lists ship, nationality, year lost, region lost and page number and is an astonishingly long list, particularly for losses in Indonesia, the South China Sea and Malaysia,...
THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: Sex, Scandal and the Secret Life
SUSAN LAW    Book Number: 84454
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The late 18th century saw a huge shift in public ideas about sexual morality, and "this horrid vice of adultery" among the aristocracy was denounced by puritanical public figures such as William Wi...
LITTLE HISTORY OF BRITAIN: Revolting Peasants & Ropey Royals
CHAS NEWKEY-BURDEN    Book Number: 84377
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In red, white and blue, witness the essence of British history through surreal news reports, satirical correspondence, and quirky cartoons by our friend Tony Husband no less! From Victorian values...
HOW WE GOT TO NOW:
STEVEN JOHNSON    Book Number: 84211
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The six world-changing entities are Glass, Cold, Sound, Clean, Time and Light, and the author's argument is that one apparently small innovation can have immense and completely unforeseen global co...
VISUAL ARTS: A History Revised 7th Edition
HUGH HONOUR & JOHN FLEMING    Book Number: 84235
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An extraordinary heavyweight, oft-reprinted classic from 1984, we have the 2009 most up-to-date edition which bears a golden sticker saying that it has sold 'MORE THAN ONE MILLION COPIES'. Coverin...
CRUSOE'S ISLAND
ANDREW LAMBERT    Book Number: 84501
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"We had come in search of Alexander Selkirk, the Scots mariner who spent four years on the island, and his legendary alter ego Robinson Crusoe; we had also come to find Lord Anson and Juan Fernánde...
SOURCE OF THE NILE
JOHN HANNING SPEKE    Book Number: 84524
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Speke's original text detailing his travels in Africa that began in 1859, during which he hoped to prove that the Victorian N'yanza was the source of the Nile. It details the main sights visited o...
CIVILISATION
KENNETH CLARK    Book Number: 84541
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The classic work first published in 1969 by the BBC here in paperback 2017 reissue we are thrilled to have first time discounted on Bibliophile. Kenneth Clark (1903-83) was Director of the Nationa...
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