Historical Biography

Historical Biography

Historical Biography

Historical Biography

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ADVENTURES IN THE STRAND
Mike Ashley    Book Number: 85691
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Sub-titled 'Arthur Conan Doyle and The Strand Magazine', the Sherlock Holmes stories and other contributions such as the Professor Challenger stories, articles on spiritualism and fairies and cover...
ARBELLA STUART: The Uncrowned Queen
Jill Armitage    Book Number: 85695
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"Where London's tower its turrets show so stately by the Thames side, Fair Arbella, child of woe for many a day had sat and sighed..." In 1562 Queen Elizabeth I lay dying of smallpox, and the curs...
ISABELLA OF FRANCE: The Rebel Queen
Kathryn Warner    Book Number: 85739
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In the hot summer of 1326, 42 year old King Edward II was staying at the Tower of London with his household and a few important allies who still remained to him after almost two decades of misrule,...
LAWSON LIES STILL IN THE THAMES
Gill Blanchard    Book Number: 85743
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Sub-titled 'The Extraordinary Life of Vice-Admiral Sir John Lawson', this biography charts the tumultuous life and times of an ordinary seaman born in Scarborough who had come to play a major role ...
RELUCTANT AMBASSADOR: Life and Times of Sir Thomas Chaloner
Dan O'Sullivan    Book Number: 85761
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"He experienced during the religious upheaval of political intrigue of four Tudor reigns, while many close to him lost their positions and even their lives." Serving in the household of Thomas Cro...
SCANDALOUS LIAISONS: Charles II and His Court
R. E. PRITCHARD    Book Number: 85764
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An insight into the most hedonistic court in English history, the context is Restoration Libertinism and political events such as Charles II's secret deals with Louis XIV, the wars with the Dutch, ...
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...
SOUNDS AND SWEET AIRS:
ANNA BEER    Book Number: 85884
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When the young musician Rebecca Clarke won a big prize with her violin sonata in 1919 it was widely suggested that it must have been written by a man under a pseudonym. A hundred years earlier, be...
TIGER AND THE RUBY
KIEF HILLSBERY    Book Number: 85885
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Sub-titled 'A Journey to the Other Side of British India', in this page-turning addition to the literature of the Great Game, the author sets out to discover the riddle of his ancestor Nigel Hallec...
AMERICAN SHARPE: The Adventures of an American Officer
GARETH GLOVER    Book Number: 85904
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Written by an ex-Royal Navy officer and author of more than 40 books of previously unpublished archival material from the period, this is an excellent Pen & Sword publication. Charles Penman Gaird...
CATHERINE THE GREAT: Portrait of a Woman
ROBERT K. MASSIE    Book Number: 85808
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This absorbing account of Catherine the Great's reign incorporates the 20 years research findings of Isabel de Madariaga. She has written an account of Catherine's life which disentangles myth fro...
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
ADRIAN GOLDSWORTHY    Book Number: 85979
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A Yale University Press first edition 2010 by the prize-winning classicist who combines scholarship with storytelling. Grounded in scrupulous analysis of ancient sources from documents on papyrus ...
CLIVE: Founder of British India
C. BRAD FAUGHT    Book Number: 85989
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One of the excellent Potomac Military Profiles series, this lively, informed and balanced account of the great military and political leader shows that Robert Clive (1724-1774) was an unlikely mili...
CAESAR: The Life of a Colossus
ADRIAN GOLDSWORTHY    Book Number: 85953
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Caius Julius Caesar - Politician. General. Historian. Soldier. Lover. Adrian Goldsworthy explores the life of this ancient political titan and identifies his place in the ancient Mediterranean wor...
QUEEN'S EMBROIDERER: A True Story of Paris, Lovers
JOAN DEJEAN    Book Number: 85897
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The royal embroiderer of the title is Jean Magoulet, a gainier or maker of leather goods who was appointed royal glove supplier to the French Queen Marie Thérèse and King Louis XIV and who then som...
THEIR PROMISED LAND: My Grandparents In Love and War
IAN BURUMA    Book Number: 85900
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A moving account of what it meant to be Jewish and English in one of the most troubled times of the last century. Throughout a devoted 60 year marriage that spanned the terror and separation of tw...
WICKED BOY: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer
KATE SUMMERSCALE    Book Number: 85902
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On 8 July 1895 Robert aged 13 and a plater at West Ham Docks, and Nathanael (Nattie) Coombes aged 12 set off from their home in Plaistow to go and see W.G. Grace playing at Lord's cricket ground. T...
VICTORIANS UNDONE: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum
KATHRYN HUGHES    Book Number: 86111
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Five corporeal conundrums locating five body parts at the moment they create crises in individual lives - Lady Flora's Belly, Charles Darwin's Beard, George Eliot's Hand, Fanny Cornforth's Mouth an...
YOUNG AND DAMNED AND FAIR:
GARETH RUSSELL    Book Number: 86114
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Moving effortlessly between a private, inner world and the public life of the Henrician court, here is an unparalleled view into a tragic chapter of Tudor history. We learn a great deal about 16th...
AKBAR: The Great Emperor of India
EDIT BY GIAN CARLO CALZA    Book Number: 86122
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Produced in association with the Fondazione Art Museum of Rome for an exhibition a few years ago, this is a lavishly produced volume on the origins and originality of Indo-Islamic art and architect...
BLAZING STAR: The Life and Times of John Wilmot
ALEXANDER LARMAN    Book Number: 86066
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The life of John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester was short in duration, but long on scandal. His misdeeds included the abduction of his future wife, banishment from court, and some of the most expli...
TIGRESS OF FORLI: The Life of Caterina Sforza
ELIZABETH LEV    Book Number: 86081
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"If I were to write the story of my life, I would shock the world." - Caterina Sforza (1463-1509) famously said. In the words of the New York Times hundreds of years later they describe her world ...
NICHOLAS II: The Last Tsar
MICHAEL PATERSON    Book Number: 86252
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The tragic life of Tsar Nicholas and his Romanov wife and children has long haunted the world's imagination. He ruled one sixth of the earth's land area, representing a regime that lasted 300 year...
NEWTON: Brief Lives
PETER ACKROYD    Book Number: 86199
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Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, an MP, Master of the Mint and President of the Royal Society, Isaac Newton (1642-1727) the author of Principia one of the most important books in the history ...
CHRONICLE OF THE ROMAN REPUBLIC:
PHILIP MATYSZAK    Book Number: 82573
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Hannibal's bid to conquer Rome is legendary, but how well known is Scipio Africanus who finally defeated him in 202 BC? Likewise, the great orator Cicero is a major figure in Roman history, but hav...
BRAND LUTHER
ANDREW PETTEGREE    Book Number: 86141
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Sub-titled 'How an Unheralded Monk Turned His Small Town into A Center Of Publishing, Made Himself The Most Famous Man In Europe - And Started The Protestant Reformation'. Martin Luther's life as ...
CHRONICLE OF THE QUEENS OF EGYPT:
JOYCE TYLDESLEY    Book Number: 86143
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Surprisingly, this is the first book ever to recount the full history of the colourful queens of Egypt. Its vivid biographies cover 3,000 years of Egyptian queenship from Early Dynastic times unti...
ELIZABETH: The Forgotten Years
JOHN GUY    Book Number: 86150
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She had the body of a woman, and the heart of a lion. Elizabeth I, the fierce Queen of England, is an example of Britain's iconic monarchs; she is a queen who wielded her power, particularly after ...
KING JOHN AND THE ROAD TO MAGNA CARTA
STEPHEN CHURCH    Book Number: 86156
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Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia, Church reveals how a king famous for his misrule gave rise to Magna Carta, the blueprint for good governance. King John (1166-1216) ...
QUEEN VICTORIA
CHRISTOPHER HIBBERT    Book Number: 86167
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Hibbert's Victoria is not only the formidable, demanding, capricious queen of popular imagination, she is also often shy, diffident and vulnerable, prone to giggling fits and outbursts of weeping. ...
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