Historical Biography

Historical Biography

Historical Biography

Historical Biography

Biographies of pre-20th century characters like Nelson, Napoleon to Buddha or Ghengis Khan.

Use the handy Search below to find your person of interest from our vast range and discover more fine biographies.

 

- 1 - 2
Number: 58
Page 1 of 2
SHAKESPEARE AND HIS TRAGIC LIFE: A Biography
FRANK HARRIS    Book Number: 56215
Bibliophile price: £2.50
Product format: Paperback

=
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...
UNFORTUNATE COLONEL DESPARD
MIKE JAY    Book Number: 88861
Published price: £12.99
Bibliophile price: £2.00
Product format: Paperback

=
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...
MEISTER ECKHART: Philosopher of Christianity
KURT FLASCH    Book Number: 88947
Published price: £50
Bibliophile price: £11.00
Product format: Hardback

=
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
Bibliophile price: £3.75
Product format: Hardback

=
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
Bibliophile price: £3.00
Product format: Paperback

=
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
Bibliophile price: £4.25
Product format: Paperback

=
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...
GUNPOWDER & GEOMETRY: The Life of Charles Hutton:
BENJAMIN WARDHAUGH    Book Number: 89063
Published price: £9.99
Bibliophile price: £1.50
Product format: Paperback

=
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...
EDWARD BANCROFT: Scientist, Author, Spy
THOMAS J. SCHAEPER     Book Number: 89382
Published price: £34.95
Bibliophile price: £1.50
Product format: Paperback

=
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: £3.25
Product format: Paperback

=
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...
LIFE OF LONGCHENPA: The Omniscient Dharma King
EDIT JAMPA MACKENZIE STEWART    Book Number: 89196
Published price: £22.50
Bibliophile price: £1.75
Product format: Paperback

=
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
Published price: £20
Bibliophile price: £2.00
Product format: Hardback

=
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...
RICHARD III: England's Most Controversial King
CHRIS SKIDMORE    Book Number: 90318
Published price: $29.99
Bibliophile price: £4.00
Product format: Hardback

=
Interest in Richard III reached fever pitch a few years ago with the discovery of his bones in a Leicester car park, but fascination with the controversial "hunchback" king goes back to Richard's o...
BURNED AT THE STAKE
SUMMER STREVENS    Book Number: 90349
Published price: £12.99
Bibliophile price: £1.88
Product format: Paperback

=
Subtitled 'The Life and Death of Mary Channing', we learn that in 1706 the 19 year old Mary was convicted of poisoning her husband. She became the last woman to be burned at the stake in Dorset. ...
CAPTAIN ELLIOT AND THE FOUNDING OF HONG KONG:
JON BURSEY    Book Number: 90350
Published price: £25
Bibliophile price: £6.25
Product format: Hardback

=
The British took possession of the island of Hong Kong on 26th January 1841, following the Convention of Chuanbi. The Convention was immediately repudiated by both the British and Chinese governme...
DARK SIDE OF ISAAC NEWTON: Science's Greatest Fraud?
NICK KOLLERSTROM    Book Number: 90357
Published price: £25
Bibliophile price: £4.75
Product format: Hardback

=
Aldous Huxley once said, 'The price Newton had to pay for being a supreme intellect was that he was incapable of friendship, love, fatherhood, and many other desirable things. As a man he was a fai...
DARK SIDE OF SAMUEL PEPYS: Society's First Sex Offender
GEOFFREY PIMM    Book Number: 90358
Published price: £19.99
Bibliophile price: £4.00
Product format: Hardback

=
As we know from his personal diaries, Samuel Pepys recorded carefully every daily event of his public and private life over a period of more than nine years from January 1660 to May 1669. There wa...
LIFE AND LEGEND OF A REBEL LEADER: Wat Tyler
STEPHEN BASDEO    Book Number: 90372
Published price: £19.99
Bibliophile price: £4.00
Product format: Hardback

=
Wat Tyler was the leader of the Peasants' Revolt in 1381, a group of Kentish labourers who marched to London to demand their rights from Richard II and were brutally treated following the murder of...
SIR JOHN TIPTOFT: Butcher of England
PETER SPRING    Book Number: 90384
Published price: £25
Bibliophile price: £4.00
Product format: Hardback

=
The world of the Wars of the Roses can seem remote, with the throne changing hands between Lancastrian Henry VI and Yorkist Edward IV several times, and courtiers coming and going in rapid and viol...
TRAILBLAZING WOMEN OF THE GEORGIAN ERA:
MIKE RENDELL    Book Number: 90394
Published price: £14.99
Bibliophile price: £3.25
Product format: Paperback

=
Legal barriers, the lack of education, the prejudices and misconceptions held by men hampered moves towards equality during the Georgian era. Representing women from all walks of life - artists, b...
HOSPITAL SKETCHES FROM THE CIVIL WAR
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT    Book Number: 89189
Published price: £6.99
Bibliophile price: £1.38
Product format: Paperback

=
The author of Little Women wrote personal letters which provide a raw and honest account of the reality of battlefield medicine during the American Civil War, a war which tore the country and famil...
SERVANT OF EMPIRE: Thomas Wilson Bracken
MARTIN GIBSON    Book Number: 90766
Published price: £20
Bibliophile price: £2.00
Product format: Hardback

=
In 1915, when the War Office appealed for experienced civil engineers to volunteer to help break the Western Front's appallingly costly stalemate, aged 50, Lieutenant and the Captain Bracken RE whi...
JOANNA OF FLANDERS: Heroine and Exile
JULIE SARPY    Book Number: 90806
Published price: £20
Bibliophile price: £7.00
Product format: Hardback

=
Joanna of Flanders, Countess of Montfort and Richmond, Duchess of Brittany was in her time the heroine of Hennebont, the pivotal siege during the first half of the Breton Civil War (1341-1365) that...
CHARLES DARWIN: Victorian Mythmaker
A. N. WILSON    Book Number: 90854
Published price: $32.50
Bibliophile price: £5.50
Product format: Hardback

=
As British biographers go, few can match A.N. Wilson and even fewer when it comes to the Victorian age. Published in the UK in 2017 (this is the US first edition of the same year), this was the fir...
CLASSICAL SCHOOL:
CALLUM WILLIAMS    Book Number: 90856
Published price: £20
Bibliophile price: £5.50
Product format: Hardback

=
This is an education on economics wrapped up in the fascinating history of 20 people who have shaped nations through their philosophy, all written with an engaging but clear tone that draws in both...
SISTERS IN ARMS: Female Warriors
JULIE WHEELWRIGHT    Book Number: 90888
Published price: £18.99
Bibliophile price: £4.50
Product format: Hardback

=
Western culture has a popular tradition of women who dressed as men and joined the military, often immortalised in books or on stage and screen. Julie Wheelwright soon discovered many of these acc...
NOW WE SHALL BE ENTIRELY FREE
ANDREW MILLER    Book Number: 91046
Published price: £8.99
Bibliophile price: £3.25
Product format: Paperback

=
Winner of the Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 2019 this is a 'propulsive, beautifully written investigation into atrocity, guilt and new beginnings.' - Justine Jordan. One rainswept winter's...
PRINCE ALBERT: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy
A. N. WILSON    Book Number: 91051
Published price: £25
Bibliophile price: £8.50
Product format: Hardback

=
The award-winning biographer A. N. Wilson has produced a deliciously readable biography and brings his novelist's perception and immense knowledge of the Victorian era. For more than six decades Q...
MUTUAL ADMIRATION SOCIETY
MO MOULTON    Book Number: 91070
Published price: £20
Bibliophile price: £5.00
Product format: Hardback

=
Sub-titled 'How Dorothy L. Sayers and her Oxford Circle Remade the World for Women.' A group biography of the renowned crime novelist and the Oxford University women who stood at the vanguard of ...
AUTUMN IN VENICE: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse
ANDREA DI ROBILANT    Book Number: 91118
Published price: £9.99
Bibliophile price: £4.50
Product format: Paperback

=
One of the most wrenching and scandalous love stories in all of literary biography, the author finely details the last productive years of Ernest Hemingway in a kaleidoscopic succession of relation...
MAN WITH HIS HEAD IN THE CLOUDS
RICHARD O. SMITH    Book Number: 91159
Published price: £14.99
Bibliophile price: £5.00
Product format: Hardback

=
A brilliant blend of biography and a bold book about ballooning, the book is hilarious, entertaining and inspiring about James Sadler, the first Englishman to fly. It is the story of how an uneduc...
- 1 - 2
Number: 58
Page 1 of 2