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...
MISS MURIEL MATTERS
ROBERT WAINWRIGHT    Book Number: 85881
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A leading campaigner for women's suffrage, Muriel Matters was the child of economic migrants to Adelaide, Australia, where votes for women became law in 1894. As a young woman born in 1877 Muriel...
VICTORIA
DAISY GOODWIN    Book Number: 86176
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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
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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
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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...
QUEEN VICTORIA: Anniversary Edition
ELIZABETH LONGFORD    Book Number: 88115
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This anniversary edition of Lady Longford's classic 1964 biography is introduced by Tristram Hunt, who praises Longford for rescuing the whole Victorian era and the monarch in particular from the w...
UNFORTUNATE COLONEL DESPARD
MIKE JAY    Book Number: 88861
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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 ...
LOUISA: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs Adams
LOUISA THOMAS    Book Number: 88526
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Louisa Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams, the second American president in the Adams dynasty, was born in England in 1775. Her father was the American ambassador, and their house near Tower Hill sa...
PRINCE ALBERT: THE MAN WHO SAVED THE MONARCHY
A. N. WILSON    Book Number: 88537
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In his foreword, A.N. Wilson gratefully thanks the Her Majesty the Queen for her consent to the writing of this book and for full access to the Royal Archives - he also tells of how, whilst researc...
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
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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
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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
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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
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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...
GAINSBOROUGH'S COTTAGE DOORS:
HUGH BELSEY    Book Number: 89290
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Thomas Gainsborough's work was centred around subjects that preoccupied him which he would define in his paintings. This book is inspired by a recent identification of a third autographed version o...
LANSDOWNE: The Last Great Whig
SIMON KERRY    Book Number: 89300
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Simon (Earl of) Kerry is a direct descendent of Lansdowne and the current heir to his title and here he lays out facts of a remarkable but largely forgotten statesman. His great achievement is his...
LEONARDO DA VINCI AND THE BOOK OF DOOM
SIMON HEWITT    Book Number: 89302
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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
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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...
CASANOVA: The Seduction of Europe
EDIT BY ILCHMAN, MICKIE, BELL    Book Number: 89389
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The name of Casanova conjures up intrigue, clandestine meetings and sex, but his historical importance is far wider. Casanova's memoir covering the middle years of the 18th century includes a signi...
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
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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
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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
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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 ...
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