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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SHAKESPEARE AND HIS TRAGIC LIFE: A Biography
FRANK HARRIS    Book Number: 56215
Bibliophile price: £2.50
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First published in 1909 as 'The Man Shakespeare and his Tragic Life Story' this is a lively biography of England's and arguably the world's greatest playwright and poet by an ardent admirer. A pro...
VICTORIA
DAISY GOODWIN    Book Number: 86176
Published price: £26.99
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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...
NELSON THE COMMANDER
GEOFFREY BENNETT    Book Number: 87377
Published price: £9.99
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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...
RESOLUTION: Two Brothers, a Nation in Crisis, a World at War
DAVID RUTLAND & EMMA ELLIS    Book Number: 88079
Published price: £30
Bibliophile price: £2.25
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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...
UNFORTUNATE COLONEL DESPARD
MIKE JAY    Book Number: 88861
Published price: £12.99
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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 ...
WANTED: The Outlaw Lives of Billy the Kid and Ned Kelly
ROBERT UTLEY    Book Number: 88504
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A renowned biographer compares the lives and times of American outlaw Billy the Kid and his Australian counterpart Ned Kelly and the stories behind the exploits of these two notorious young outlaws...
CHURCHILL & ORWELL: The Fight for Freedom
THOMAS E. RICKS    Book Number: 88941
Published price: £25
Bibliophile price: £7.50
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Historian Simon Schama called Winston Churchill and George Orwell 'the architects of their time'. The two never met, but their parallel lives and views on how society should function, their ideas ...
MEISTER ECKHART: Philosopher of Christianity
KURT FLASCH    Book Number: 88947
Published price: £50
Bibliophile price: £11.00
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One of the most senior scholars and best-known writers on late German Medieval thought in Europe, renowned philosopher Kurt Flasch offers a full-scale reappraisal of the life and legacy of Meister ...
ARTIST'S DAUGHTER: A Fictionalised Memoir
SALLY KIBBLE    Book Number: 89270
Published price: £17.50
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For lovers of Suffolk in general and Woodbridge and the Deben Valley in particular, Thomas Churchyard charted Georgian and Victorian scenery still charming us today. Sally Kibble has been inspired...
AN AUDIENCE WITH QUEEN VICTORIA: The Royal Opinion
IAN LLOYD    Book Number: 89271
Published price: £16.99
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A compelling series of vignettes on 30 famous Victorians such as Barnum, the Greatest Showman, who failed to impress Queen Victoria, how the Queen was taught to use the telephone by Alexander Graha...
LEONARDO DA VINCI AND THE BOOK OF DOOM
SIMON HEWITT    Book Number: 89302
Published price: £25
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A great artistic detective story which turns our understanding of Leonardo da Vinci upside down. Simon Hewitt demonstrates that Leonardo's only male portrait (The Musician) depicts Bianca Sforza's...
SOUND OF HUNGER: One German Family's Chronicle
CHRIS HEAL    Book Number: 89320
Published price: £30
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Proud natives of Berlin, Erich and Georg Gerth were both U-Boat commanders in World War I but followed very different paths in the post-war world. This huge, comprehensively researched book is the ...
SIX OF MONTY'S MEN
ADRIAN STEWART    Book Number: 89352
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More than any other WWII commander, Field Marshal Montgomery divides opinion. This fascinating book uniquely approaches the legend through his relationship with six of the men who worked closely wi...
AND I'D DO IT AGAIN
AIMÉE CROCKER    Book Number: 88024
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An American heiress, Bohemian, world traveller and author best known for her adventures in the Far East, Aimée Crocker's extravagant parties and collections of husbands and lovers, adopted children...
GUNPOWDER & GEOMETRY: The Life of Charles Hutton:
BENJAMIN WARDHAUGH    Book Number: 89063
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Charles Hutton. One of Britain's most brilliant mathematicians. At the tender age of 18 in August 1755, he had been down in the coal pits in Newcastle on the north bank of the Tyne on and off for m...
ST. GEORGE: Knight, Martyr, Patron Saint and Dragonslayer
GILES MORGAN    Book Number: 89075
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Dragon slayer, a Christian martyr and legendary soldier. St George is the patron saint of England and a figure associated with the Islamic hero Al Khidr and the Green Man of pre-Christian myth. Und...
RAGGED LION: A Novel
Allan Massie    Book Number: 89497
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Richard West in The Oldie said of this, 'Outstandingly good on Scott's relationship with his contemporaries, notably Wordsworth... The observations of Byron are dazzling.' In this critically accla...
YOUNG LEONARDO: The Evolution of a Revolutionary Artist
JEAN-PIERRE ISBOUTS    Book Number: 89651
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A visually rich book which unravels an historical mystery, this is an exceptional insight into the gestation of Leonardo da Vinci as the leading artist of the High Renaissance. The authors bring a...
EINSTEIN: The Man, the Genius and the Theory of Relativity
WALTER ISAACSON    Book Number: 89676
Published price: £20
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Written by the first author allowed access to his private papers, and with fascinating imagery and accounts from his friends and family, the private aspects of Albert Einstein's life are illuminate...
FREUD: The Man, the Scientist & the Birth of Psychoanalysis
RUTH SHEPPARD    Book Number: 89677
Published price: £20
Bibliophile price: £6.00
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The majority of Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic and personal papers are based in the US, in the Sigmund Freud Archives. This is the only biography of the great man to contain images of 15 items of ...
LEONARDO DA VINCI: 500 Years On
MATTHEW LANDRUS    Book Number: 89684
Published price: £25
Bibliophile price: £10.00
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A portrait of the artist, scientist and innovator, Leonardo da Vinci considered himself an inventore of pictorial effects, sculptural forms, machines, buildings, allegories, festivals and costumes ...
THIS IS GOYA
WENDY BIRD    Book Number: 89702
Published price: £9.95
Bibliophile price: £4.00
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Modern art begins with Goya. He was the first to create works of art for their own sake and lived in a time of incredible cultural and social dynamism. He saw his world ripped apart by Napoleon's...
CARDINAL NEWMAN: The Second Spring
MICHAEL FFINCH    Book Number: 89790
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Teacher, poet, theologian, genius, John Henry, Cardinal Newman was canonised in 2019, despite having said 'I have nothing of a saint about me'. He was an important and controversial figure in the ...
EDWARD BANCROFT: Scientist, Author, Spy
THOMAS J. SCHAEPER     Book Number: 89382
Published price: £34.95
Bibliophile price: £3.00
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The name of Edward Bancroft (1744-1821) is little-known, but in this first complete biography we discover what an important figure he was in the history of espionage and the American Revolution. Bo...
BORGIAS: The Hidden History
G. J. MEYER    Book Number: 89713
Published price: £15.99
Bibliophile price: £6.50
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Apologies if stickered and has small remainder mark, we could not resist importing from the US this important book. The mention of the Borgia family conjures up images of serpentine plots, assassi...
NAPOLEON'S SHIELD AND GUARDIAN:
EDWARD RYAN    Book Number: 89720
Published price: £25
Bibliophile price: £6.50
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When 17-year-old Pierre Daumesnil killed a man in an ill-advised duel, the only thing to do was to run away to the army. Leaving his native Perigueux, he headed for the Army of the eastern Pyrenees...
FLESH AND BLOOD: A History of My Family in Seven Maladies
STEPHEN MCGANN    Book Number: 90108
Published price: £20
Bibliophile price: £4.50
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The McGann brothers - Joe, Mark, Paul and Stephen - are well-known British actors who have appeared in many of our best-loved TV dramas and comedies and on stage for almost four decades. Flesh and ...
LIFE OF LONGCHENPA: The Omniscient Dharma King
EDIT JAMPA MACKENZIE STEWART    Book Number: 89196
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Longchenpa was a 14th century scholar and abbot of Tibetan Buddhism, a prolific writer whose 300 books, manuals, sadhanas and treatises cover the entire range of Buddhist teaching and practice. 650...
LIFE AND LOVES OF E. NESBIT
ELEANOR FITZSIMMONS    Book Number: 90249
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Beautiful, talented and dressed in flowing robes in defiance of Victorian corsetry, Edith Nesbit was "always surrounded by adoring young men" and embraced an unconventional lifestyle, eventually ma...
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