Historical Biography

Historical Biography

Historical Biography

Historical Biography

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SHAKESPEARE AND HIS TRAGIC LIFE: A Biography
FRANK HARRIS    Book Number: 56215
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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...
THE LIFE OF CHARLOTTE BRONTE
ELIZABETH GASKELL    Book Number: 56221
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In devoting two years of her own life to 'The Life of Charlotte Brontë', Elizabeth Gaskell wrote what with good reason has been held up as ‘the first successful biography of a woman by a woman’. Ch...
GEORGE ELIOT
MATHILDE BLIND    Book Number: 56224
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This is the first full-length biography of George Eliot, published just three years after her death, by a freethinking German-Jewish émigré and proto-feminist: the first to tackle the Lewes relatio...
MOHAMMED
WASHINGTON IRVING    Book Number: 56597
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According to Mohammed, the one true religion was revealed to five great prophets before him - Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. But each time their message was ignored and people chose to worsh...
BEETHOVEN CONFIDENTIAL and BRAHMS GETS LAID
KEN RUSSELL    Book Number: 74688
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A companion to Elgar and Delius code 74689, Ken Russell long ago blew apart the notion that classical composers were as solemn in their private lives as in their music. These new novel-biographies...
THE PROMETHEANS: John Martin and the Generation
MAX ADAMS    Book Number: 75426
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In an intriguing look at the impact on Britain of the first industrial revolution, the author details the richly varied lives of four very different men. They are William Martin an inventor, Richa...
MAY BRIDE
SUZANNAH DUNN    Book Number: 75949
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All that is known about Katherine Filliol - or Filioll or Fillol, since spelling during the 16th century was often arbitrary - is that, by the time her father's will was written in 1527, her marria...
MOLL: The Life and Times of Moll Flanders
SIAN REES    Book Number: 76876
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What does the name "Moll Flanders" bring to mind? We will bet that it has little to do the actuality. For instance, a great many people are under the impression that she was a real person. She was ...
CREATION OF THE AMERICAN SOUL:
JOHN M. BARRY    Book Number: 76933
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In a masterful and penetrating book, the author layers biography and history, ranging widely across questions of politics, religion and ideology, and culminating in a definition of the very princip...
CHARLES DICKENS: The Making of A Literary Giant
CHRISTOPHER HIBBERT    Book Number: 77646
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'If I were to live a hundred years and write three novels in each, I should never be so proud of any of them as I am of Pickwick; feeling as I do, that it has made its own way, and hoping, as I mus...
ELIZABETH: RENAISSANCE PRINCE
LISA HILTON    Book Number: 77897
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Elizabeth I is perhaps the Queen who fascinates and enthrals us the most. We picture her as a strong woman in her splendid, richly-embroidered gowns with a large lace ruff around her neck, her red ...
LIVES OF EMINENT MEN
JOHN AUBREY    Book Number: 78659
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A companion to Scientific Lives code 78685, antiquary and biographer John Aubrey (1626-97), was acquainted with the most distinguished writers, politicians and aristocrats of his time. The gentlem...
WELLINGTON: A Journey Through My Family
JANE WELLESLEY    Book Number: 81151
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Covering six generations, this richly anecdotal family biography of a fascinating dynasty is proudly evocative of the British characteristics of gallantry and eccentricity. The first Duke of Welli...
GANDHI BEFORE INDIA
RAMACHANDRA GUHA    Book Number: 80842
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The Bania caste occupied an ambiguous place in the Hindu social hierarchy - positioned below the two elite "upper" castes and above the two "lower" castes - they were in more than one sense "middle...
IMPOSSIBLE LOVE: Ascher Levy's Longing for Germany
ROMAN FRISTER    Book Number: 80859
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Following a surprise find of documents in the flea market at Jaffa, the author lovingly reconstructs the lives of five generations of the Jewish family Levy, based mainly in Pomeranian towns which ...
LAUGHTER OF TRIUMPH: William Hone
BEN WILSON    Book Number: 80872
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Alexander Pope said 'satire's my weapon', and here the first of many illustrations is of William Hone and George Cruikshank, the author and the artist, and their fight for a free press. It is an e...
WILLIAM BECKFORD
PERRY GAUCI    Book Number: 80954
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Sub-titled 'First Prime Minister of the London Empire' this is the first-ever biography of William Beckford to provide a unique look at 18th century British history from the perspective of the colo...
MARK ANTONY: A Plain Blunt Man
PAOLO DE RUGGIERO    Book Number: 81246
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The "plain blunt man" of the title is Shakespeare's description of the romantic hero of Antony and Cleopatra. But does this picture match up to the reality? Ruggiero shows that in the eyes of histo...
SCARLET WOMEN: The Scandalous Lives of Courtesans
IAN GRAHAM    Book Number: 81233
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With stories from the hetaerae of ancient Greece, educated, unmarried decision-making women, the cortigiani onesti of 16th century Venice, the oiran of Edo-period Japan, the demimondaines of 19th c...
JOHN MILTON
RICHARD BRADFORD    Book Number: 81363
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It is hard to overstate the role that John Milton played in the historical, political and literary context of 17th century England. His writings and very life challenged the status quo. Living th...
MARIE-ANTOINETTE AND COUNT FERSEN
EVELYN FARR    Book Number: 81368
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Many biographers have obscured the true nature of the relationship of this untold love story. The tragic life of Marie-Antoinette, the last Queen of France, known as the 'Austrian whore' and accus...
GREAT RULERS OF THE WORLD: Set of Four DVDs
THE BRITISH MUSEUM PRESS    Book Number: 81445
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Hadrian: Empire and Conflict DVD is a 52 minute film based on the latest research and new discoveries and produced to accompany the British Museum exhibition in 2008. For almost 21 years from AD11...
ELIZABETH: Renaissance Prince
LISA HILTON    Book Number: 81767
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Elizabeth I is perhaps the Queen who fascinates and enthrals us the most. We picture her as a strong woman in her splendid, richly-embroidered gowns with a large lace ruff around her neck, her red ...
GOLDEN CHERSONESE AND THE WAY THITHER
ISABELLA L. BIRD    Book Number: 81773
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Isabella Lucy Bird published anonymously her first book The English Woman in America in 1856. She was a 19th century explorer, writer and natural historian and her father gave her £100 in 1854 to ...
KILLER OF LITTLE SHEPHERDS
DOUGLAS STARR    Book Number: 81792
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"The Killer of Little Shepherds" was a French serial killer whose homicidal spree came a little after our own Jack the Ripper and he actually took more lives than the Whitechapel murderer - but the...
MONA LISA: A Life Discovered
DIANNE HALES    Book Number: 81797
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She is one of the most famous women in the world, and every year millions flock to see her portrait - but what do we actually know about her? The author sets out to unearth the story of Mona Lisa G...
SPANISH QUEEN: A Novel of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon
CAROLLY ERICKSON    Book Number: 81811
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When the young Catherine of Aragon was sent from Spain to marry the juvenile weak English Prince Arthur she loved him from first sight, and was full of hope and anticipation for a lengthy, happy ma...
ROYAL EXPERIMENT: The Private Life of King George III
JANICE HADLOW    Book Number: 81974
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A magnificent biography of a marriage between King George III and Queen Charlotte, of love and duty, madness and betrayal. His late-life illness made him known as 'the Mad King', but King George I...
LORENZO DA PONTE
RODNEY BOLT    Book Number: 82139
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Sub-titled the extraordinary adventures of the man behind Mozart, here is a man who lived in four cities, Venice, Vienna, London and New York, at fascinating moments in their histories. Rather tha...
AGINCOURT: My Family, the Battle, and the Fight for France
RANULPH FIENNES    Book Number: 82228
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Fiennes is a world-famous arctic explorer who is also the oldest Briton to reach the summit of Everest. He is has some illustrious ancestors, being descended from Count Eustace of Boulogne, William...
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