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History

History

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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HISTORY OF THE BOOK IN 100 BOOKS
RODERICK CAVE & SARA AYAD    Book Number: 84595
Bibliophile price: £20.00
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Classic examples such as Gutenberg's 42-Line Bible and The Book of Kells, Egyptian books on papyrus like Book of the Dead of Ani, bone, bamboo and bark extraordinary books of the people of Sumatra,...
STEAM TITANS: Cunard, Collins and the Epic Battle
WILLIAM M. FOWLER JR.    Book Number: 84435
Published price: £20
Bibliophile price: £2.50
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Between 1845 and the American Civil War came a transport revolution delightfully described at the time as "Vulcan now rides in Neptune's Barge". Steam power, the greatest invention - and prime driv...
NUNS OF SANT'AMBROGIO
HUBERT WOLF    Book Number: 81570
Published price: $30
Bibliophile price: £11.00
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A true, never-before-told story discovered in a secret Vatican archive of sex, poison and lesbian initiation rites in a 19th century convent. In 1858, a German princess, recently inducted into the...
TEMPLAR TREASURE AT GISORS
JEAN MARKALE    Book Number: 81969
Published price: £15.99
Bibliophile price: £6.00
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A researcher in medieval culture and spirituality, Celtic scholar Jean Markale asks 'Who were these 'poor Knights of Christ' and what were the true purposes of the order?' When French King Philip ...
KNIGHTS TEMPLAR IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF SPAIN
JUAN GARCÍA ATIENZA    Book Number: 83863
Published price: £14.99
Bibliophile price: £7.50
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Originally published in Spanish with a more literal title Templar Legacy: An Occult History, the hidden nature of the secret order of the Templars constitutes a decisive episode in medieval history...
HOW TO SKIN A LION: A Treasury of Outmoded Advice
CLAIRE COCK-STARKEY    Book Number: 84250
Published price: £10
Bibliophile price: £1.88
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A beautifully produced and woodcut illustrated British Library publication featuring a wealth of advice from bygone days. How to communicate with flowers, make Stilton cheese, read the future with...
ARCTIC AMBITIONS: Captain Cook and the North West Passage
JAMES BARNETT & DAVID NICANDRI    Book Number: 84653
Published price: £27.99
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Cook's journey produced some of the finest charts, collections and anthropological observations of his career, helped establish British relations with Russia, and opened the door to the lucrative f...
EVERYTHING EXPLAINED THAT IS EXPLAINABLE:
DENIS BOYLES    Book Number: 84663
Published price: $30
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The Encyclopaedia Britannica's Eleventh edition, published to great acclaim in 1910, was both a beginning and an end. It was the obituary of the Victorian age, published in association with the Tim...
INVENTIONS THAT DIDN'T CHANGE THE WORLD
JULIE HALLS    Book Number: 84665
Published price: $30
Bibliophile price: £4.50
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The Victorians loved everything about the process of invention, from identifying a perceived need to design, construction, prototypes, patenting and production, but as this wonderful volume shows, ...
MEDIEVAL PEOPLE: Vivid Lives in a Distant Landscape
MICHAEL PRESTWICH    Book Number: 84668
Published price: £24.95
Bibliophile price: £15.00
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In this absorbing description of 70 real medieval people the author takes us from royal palaces to humble monasteries and through England, Germany, Russia, Byzantium and Mongolia, not to mention pi...
SHORES OF KNOWLEDGE: New World Discoveries
JOYCE APPLEBY    Book Number: 84676
Published price: £21.99
Bibliophile price: £1.75
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An engrossing history of the voyages of exploration that ignited curiosity about nature. When Columbus first returned to Spain from the Caribbean, he dazzled King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella with...
TURQUERIE: An 18th Century European Fantasy
HAYDN WILLIAMS    Book Number: 84678
Published price: $65
Bibliophile price: £8.75
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A fantasy publication, this Thames & Hudson publication has 291 glorious colour illustrations and measures 10" x 12". It is the first book to identify the key elements of what in our own time has ...
WATERLOO VOICES 1815: The Battle At First Hand
MARTYN BEARDSLEY    Book Number: 84720
Published price: £20
Bibliophile price: £3.00
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Published accounts of the Battle of Waterloo started to appear within months of the battle itself in the summer of 1815. It is almost impossible to underestimate the impact the battle and its outc...
FIXER & FIGHTER: Life of Hubert de Burgh, Earl of Kent
BRIAN HARWOOD    Book Number: 84802
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Bibliophile price: £7.50
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Close to two kings and a key player in the Plantagenet Dynasty, Hubert de Burgh, Earl of Kent, was a man who fought hard and countersigned the Magna Carta. He defended two great castles, Dover Cast...
FRENCH SOLDIER'S WAR DIARY 1914-1918
HENRI DESAGNEAUX    Book Number: 84803
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This translation was first published in the UK in 1975 and we have the 2014 Pen & Sword Military Press facsimile reprint of a powerfully written personal account by a French Officer of the Great Wa...
GREAT BATTLES OF THE CLASSICAL GREEK WORLD
OWEN REES    Book Number: 84806
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A colossus of the classical era, the Greeks entered into a multitude of conflicts and Owen Rees casts light on a selection of 18 of these land battles and sieges that span the Classical Greek perio...
SINKING OF THE RMS TAYLEUR
GILL HOFFS    Book Number: 84823
Published price: £12.99
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Sub-titled 'The Lost Story of the Victorian Titanic', the wrecking of the RMS Tayleur made headlines almost 60 years before the Titanic. Both were run by the White Star Line, both were heralded as...
WELLINGTON'S RED JACKETS
STEVE BROWN    Book Number: 84829
Published price: £25
Bibliophile price: £10.00
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The Duke of Wellington's Peninsular Army was filled with many illustrious regiments such as the 95th Rifles, the British Guards, the Buffs, and the Die-Hards. A regiment remembered by few is the 4...
CHINESE ART BOOK
INTRO BY COLIN MCKENZIE    Book Number: 84847
Published price: £39.95
Bibliophile price: £19.00
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The unprecedented and often provocative juxtapositions of the 300 works represented here echo the complexity, diversity, richness and modernity of Chinese art. For more than four millennia, dynast...
FREEMASONS: The Ancient Brotherhood Revealed
MICHAEL JOHNSTONE    Book Number: 84469
Published price: £7.99
Bibliophile price: £5.00
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By the former publisher and author of over 60 books, Michael Johnstone explores the fascinating history and laudable aims exposed by the founding fathers of the Brotherhood. It is the story of ord...
ELIZABETH: The Forgotten Years
JOHN GUY    Book Number: 85152
Published price: $35
Bibliophile price: £5.00
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She had the body of a woman, and the heart of a lion. Elizabeth I, the fierce Queen of England, is an example of Britain's iconic monarchs; she is a queen who wielded her power, particularly after ...
WELLINGTON PORTRAYED
CHARLES WELLESLEY    Book Number: 84528
Published price: £40
Bibliophile price: £9.50
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Stately and commanding just like its subject, this very large 2014 first edition by Unicorn Press incorporates 300 colour illustrations to its subject, Wellington, who was painted and sculpted over...
EDGAR ALLAN POE AND THE LONDON MONSTER
KAREN STREET    Book Number: 84998
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Upon inheriting a box of troubling letters, supposedly written by his grandparents, Edgar Allen Poe makes his way across the Atlantic to consult with the detective C. Auguste Dupin in London. The l...
OUTLAWS OF THE ATLANTIC: Sailors, Pirates, and Motley Crews
MARCUS REDIKER    Book Number: 85003
Published price: £16.99
Bibliophile price: £4.00
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The voice of the ordinary sailor is showcased in this brilliant inversion of sea tales. Marcus Rediker explores the stories and wayward experiences, not of merchants, admirals, or 'empire builders'...
LAST ROYAL REBEL: Life and Death of James, Duke of Monmouth
ANNA KEAY    Book Number: 84922
Published price: $40
Bibliophile price: £8.50
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The son of Charles II by his first mistress, the infamous courtesan Lucy Walter, James, Duke of Monmouth (as he would become) was born into a turbulent age. Between his conception and birth in 1649...
LONDON'S TRIUMPH: Merchants, Adventurers
STEPHEN ALFORD    Book Number: 84924
Published price: £21.50
Bibliophile price: £11.00
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Author Alford taught for 15 years at Cambridge University and here tells the dramatic story of the dazzling growth of London in the 16th century. He brings to life the network of merchants, vision...
TILL TIME'S LAST SAND: A History of the Bank of England
DAVID KYNASTON    Book Number: 84929
Published price: £35
Bibliophile price: £17.00
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The Bank of England commenced business on the week beginning 30th July 1694 with capital raised through the subscription of, among many others, a clockmaker, a salter, and the King and Queen of Eng...
IN THE NAME OF LYKOURGOS:
MILTIADIS MICHALOPOULIS    Book Number: 85168
Published price: £25
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Sparta: a titan in ancient Greece and a formidable opponent in every battle they fought, Miltiadis Michalopoulis explores the civilisation's twilight years and its ceaseless attempts to retain its ...
MEDIEVAL MERCENARIES: The Business of War
WILLIAM URBAN    Book Number: 85170
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Our dear old friend the Monty Python Terry Jones said of this book 'William Urban provides an astonishingly clear overview of the subject of mercenaries with tremendous authority and wit. It makes ...
WITH THE GUNS IN THE PENINSULA: The Napoleonic Library
EDIT. BY R. HENRY WOLLOCOMBE    Book Number: 85181
Published price: £19.99
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Sub-titled 'The Peninsular War Journal of Captain William Webber, Royal Artillery', here is one of the unparalleled collection of classic works on the Napoleonic Wars. Captain Webber's fascinating...
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