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
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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...
GOLDEN TREASURES OF TROY: The Dream of Heinrich Schliemann
HERVÉ DUCHÊNE    Book Number: 74403
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Such marvels as the Mask of Agamemnon and the dazzling treasure of Priam were unearthed, not by your ordinary common or garden archaeologist, but by a German national called Heinrich Schliemann. H...
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...
ELGAR: The Erotic Variations and DELIUS: A Moment with Venus
KEN RUSSELL    Book Number: 74689
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Filmmaker Ken Russell made a celebrated BBC Monitor television film on Elgar, the Worcestershire composer. Here is his portrayal as a devoted husband whose career hinges largely on the support of ...
ROMANTIC POETS AND THEIR CIRCLE:
RICHARD HOLMES    Book Number: 74692
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In an assessment of an extraordinary generation of poets and the impact of their work on contemporary culture and society, Richard Holmes' engaging text explores the portraits and the lives of 28 w...
CLEOPATRA: The Last Pharaoh
PRUDENCE JONES    Book Number: 74945
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We owe much of our knowledge of Cleopatra to her enemy Octavian, the man who had become Rome's first Emperor Augustus. Cleopatra VII (69-30BC) was the last monarch of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egyp...
GRAVEN WITH DIAMONDS: The Many Lives of Thomas Wyatt
NICOLA SHULMAN    Book Number: 74960
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For Henry VIII, poetry made things happen. It affected his wars, his diplomacy and his many marriages. It was at the root of his fatal attraction to Anne Boleyn, a source of her power and a means...
STORY OF EDWARD MUNCH
KETIL BJORNSTAD    Book Number: 75264
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The Expressionist painter Edvard Munch is famous for his claustrophobic canvas "The Scream" and other works evoking fear, despair and jangling nerves, together with the intimate and moving depictio...
JOAN OF ARC: A Military Leader
KELLY DEVRIES    Book Number: 75419
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In 1428 a young girl from a small French village approached the royal castle of Vaucouleurs with a now famous tale. She said that heavenly voices had told her to seek out the Dauphin of France, Ch...
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...
SARAH: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt
ROBERT GOTTLIEB    Book Number: 75828
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Dull accuracy was not Sarah Bernhardt's strong point. She was 'a complete realist when dealing with her life but a relentless fabulist when recounting it!' Writing her biography must have been re...
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...
REPROBATES: The Cavaliers of the English Civil War
JOHN STUBBS    Book Number: 75894
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During the turbulent decades of the mid-17th century, conflict between King Charles I and Parliament was threatening to explode. A group of courtiers and army officers known as the Cavaliers emerg...
MUHAMMAD
ELIOT WEINBERGER    Book Number: 76241
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Muhammad is a shimmering, lyrical biography of the Prophet composed from the words of Muslims throughout the centuries and drawing on a variety of Islamic sources from throughout the ages. Weinber...
ROYAL EXILES: From Richard the Lionheart to Charles II
IAIN SODEN    Book Number: 76473
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The experience of exile and captivity, usually as a result of war, was not a rare one for medieval kings and princes, and even on occasion queens and princesses. Many knew the joy of survival in ba...
BRIEF LIVES: Marquis de Sade
DAVID CARTER    Book Number: 76503
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What's in a name? Everything, if that name is Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade. The associations with this name will be immediate - brutality, perversion, male dominance, sexual depravi...
SELECTED LETTERS OF CHARLES DICKENS
EDITED BY JENNY HARLTEY    Book Number: 76349
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The 450 letters included here have been cherry-picked from a vast 14,000, to give readers the best essence of the 'Sparkler of Albion'. He was a man with ten times the energy of ordinary mortals. ...
LIVES OF THE GREAT SPIRITUAL LEADERS: 20 Inspirational Tales
HENRY WHITBREAD    Book Number: 76690
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'Most of us are aware of having a conscience, a guiding instinct that tells us what is right and wrong. But it is also in our nature to have a powerful sense of wonder and a desire for meaning tha...
ESSEX BOYS
KAREN BOWMAN    Book Number: 76823
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Henry VIII, Daniel Defoe and Wat Tyler, warriors, medicine men, seadogs, martyrs, felons like Dick Turpin, wizards, explorers, gentlemen of letters, smugglers, men of science and vision like Humphr...
LETTERS FROM AMERICA
ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE    Book Number: 76872
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For the first time here are the complete translated correspondence of Tocqueville on his first journey to America in 1831. These remarkable letters contain the seeds of his later masterful account...
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...
DID SHE KILL HIM? A Victorian Tale of Deception
KATE COLQUHOUN    Book Number: 77170
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The details of this account, and all italicised speech, are taken from primary records, including Home Office documents, contemporary newspaper accounts, American archives, court transcripts and Fl...
THOMAS BECKET: Warrior, Priest, Rebel, Victim
JOHN GUY    Book Number: 77222
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For 900 years, he has been lauded and damned, venerated and judged. In this living, breathing portrait, he is finally understood. The story of Thomas Becket is the story of an enigma. As the des...
BORN ON A MOUNTAINTOP
BOB THOMPSON    Book Number: 76999
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Sub-titled 'On the Road With Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier' the book combines the stories of the real hero and his Disney-enhanced afterlife. It is more than just a bold new bi...
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT: A Rendezvous with Destiny
FRANK FREIDEL    Book Number: 77028
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If, as Franklin D. Roosevelt's parents had wished, he had grown up to become another Hudson River Valley aristocrat - managing the family estates, meeting civic and charitable obligations, and serv...
IRELAND'S SAINT: The Essential Biography of St. Patrick
J. B. BURY    Book Number: 77043
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The Irish historian and Cambridge professor J. B. Bury (1861-1927) first published this book as The Life of St. Patrick and His Place in History in 1905. This fabulous reprint has been edited and ...
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