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 - 3 4 5
Number: 129
Page 2 of 5
LABYRINTHS: Emma Jung, Her Marriage
CATRINE CLAY    Book Number: 83974
Published price: £20
Bibliophile price: £3.00
Product format: Hardback

=
Clever, attractive and wealthy, one of the richest heiresses in Switzerland, when aged only 17, Emma met and fell in love with Carl Jung, a brilliant but penniless doctor working in a lunatic asylu...
YOUNG MICHELANGELO: A Biography
JOHN SPIKE    Book Number: 83878
Published price: £10.99
Bibliophile price: £3.00
Product format: Paperback

=
Renowned for his sublime painting of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's talent showed at an early age. Initially taught by Ghirlandaio, to whom he was apprenticed at the age of 13, i...
DREAM OF THE CELT
MARIO VARGAS LLOSA    Book Number: 84124
Published price: $27
Bibliophile price: £5.50
Product format: Hardback

=
By the Nobel Prize in Literature 2012 winner who tackles a controversial man whose story has long been neglected and in doing so pushes the boundaries of the historical novel. In 1916, Irish Natio...
CHINESE LIVES
VICTOR MAIR, SANPING CHEN    Book Number: 84055
Published price: £18.95
Bibliophile price: £4.50
Product format: Hardback

=
China is a vast country with a vast history. Many writers have tackled the history of China, with varying success, and a lot of these efforts result in tombstone-sized books. Chinese Lives is a ref...
OTHER TUDOR PRINCESS
MARY MCGRIGOR    Book Number: 83811
Published price: £17.99
Bibliophile price: £8.00
Product format: Hardback

=
Meet the Other Tudor Princess; Margaret Douglas, Henry VII's niece. Somewhat forgotten by history, she was nonetheless an important part of Henry's reign. A strong woman, she was imprisoned in the ...
CHARLES DARWIN: Destroyer of Myths
ANDREW NORMAN    Book Number: 83818
Published price: $24.95
Bibliophile price: £3.75
Product format: Hardback

=
Looking at the controversy Darwin's writings provoked and at the impact of his work today, here is a compelling portrait of one of the most influential scientific thinkers in history. Charles Darw...
ENGLISHMAN WHO POSTED HIMSELF AND OTHER CURIOUS OBJECTS
JOHN TINGEY    Book Number: 83824
Published price: $24.95
Bibliophile price: £4.00
Product format: Hardback

=
Written and curated by a British stamp collector, the book tells the story of this pioneer mail artist's remarkable story for the first time and includes delightful colour illustrations throughout ...
MESMERIST
WENDY MOORE    Book Number: 84305
Published price: £14.99
Bibliophile price: £2.50
Product format: Paperback

=
Sub-titled 'The Society Doctor Who Held Victorian London Spellbound' we are taken back to the early 1800s when medicine was a brutal business, operations performed without anaesthesia and conventio...
ASTORS
VIRGINIA COWLES    Book Number: 84390
Published price: £7.99
Bibliophile price: £3.00
Product format: Paperback

=
No one wept when 84 year old John Jacob Astor, who had arrived in New York as a penniless German youth to become the richest man in America, died in the spring of 1848. To the last breath he was s...
CROWN OF BLOOD: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey
NICOLA TALLIS    Book Number: 84395
Published price: £12.99
Bibliophile price: £6.00
Product format: Paperback

=
The tragic story of Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for (technically) 13 days, is one that is familiar to us all. Edward VI, acknowledging his imminent death, named her as his heir, which was what...
DEADLY SISTERHOOD
LEONIE FRIEDA    Book Number: 84341
Published price: £9.99
Bibliophile price: £3.50
Product format: Paperback

=
Even today, 15th century Italy, that dangerous and exhilarating place, still glitters. Many of the great sculptures, churches, frescoes adorned with the faces of their patrons remain familiar toda...
FERDINAND COLUMBUS RENAISSANCE COLLECTOR
MARK MCDONALD    Book Number: 84344
Published price: £25
Bibliophile price: £4.00
Product format: Paperback

=
A big beautiful British Library and British Museum UK first edition 2005 paperback with 20 colour and 178 black and white woodcut illustrations, this beautiful book catalogues 110 of the most impor...
QUEEN ANNE: Patroness of Arts
JAMES ANDERSON WINN    Book Number: 84356
Published price: £30
Bibliophile price: £15.00
Product format: Hardback

=
An Oxford University Press big heavyweight magisterial and highly original view of art, music and literature in the time of Queen Anne. Such figures as Purcell, Handel, Wren, Vanbrugh, Pope, Swift...
TRIALS OF THE KING OF HAMPSHIRE
ELIZABETH FOYSTER    Book Number: 84430
Published price: £20
Bibliophile price: £2.75
Product format: Hardback

=
Madness, Secrecy and Betrayal in Georgian England. Was he mad or bad? The 3rd Earl of Portsmouth, John Charles Wallop, was a wealthy aristocrat, who for the first 50 years of his life mixed with t...
CHARLOTTE BRONTË: A Fiery Heart
CLAIRE HARMAN    Book Number: 84202
Published price: $30
Bibliophile price: £7.50
Product format: Hardback

=
"There's a fire and fury raging in that little woman" William Thackeray observed of Charlotte Brontë. "She has a story and a great grief that has gone badly with her." Fellow of the Royal Society...
DEFIANCE: Life and Choices of Lady Anne Barnard
STEPHEN TAYLOR    Book Number: 84502
Published price: £20
Bibliophile price: £2.00
Product format: Hardback

=
Right to the last months of her life, Lady Anne Barnard stayed tied to her desk in London's Berkeley Square. Banked around her was one of the most formidable collections of papers compiled by any ...
ELLEN WILKINSON
PAULA BARTLEY    Book Number: 84503
Published price: £14.99
Bibliophile price: £5.00
Product format: Paperback

=
Sub-titled 'From Red Suffragist to Government Minister' this is one of the Revolutionary Lives acclaimed series from Pluto Press political publishers. A pioneering Labour woman, Ellen Wilkinson wa...
GREAT BRITISH ECCENTRICS
S. D. TUCKER    Book Number: 84505
Published price: £16.99
Bibliophile price: £6.00
Product format: Hardback

=
Britain is famous for its eccentrics and many of our greatest historical figures have had strange foibles, from Lord Byron to Winston Churchill. The borderline between eccentricity and delusion is...
ON THE ESTATE: Memoirs of a Russian Lady
MARIAMNA DAVYDOFF    Book Number: 83078
Published price: $22.95
Bibliophile price: £6.50
Product format: Paperback

=
In 1983 Olga Davydoff Dax was travelling in the US and decided to pay a visit to a cousin in Long Island. Her mother was Mariamna Davydoff who, on her death in 1961, left her three albums of waterc...
MEDIEVAL PEOPLE: Vivid Lives in a Distant Landscape
MICHAEL PRESTWICH    Book Number: 84668
Published price: £24.95
Bibliophile price: £15.00
Product format: Hardback

=
In this absorbing description of 70 real medieval people the author takes us from royal palaces to humble monasteries and through England, Germany, Russia, Byzantium and Mongolia, not to mention pi...
MIRACLES OF ARCHANGEL GABRIEL
DOREEN VIRTUE    Book Number: 84707
Published price: £12.99
Bibliophile price: £7.50
Product format: Hardback

=
'Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy...' These poetic words from Archangel Gabriel during the Annunciation of Mary's motherhood in Luke 2:10 stirs great emotion and herald...
GENTLEMEN'S GENTLEMEN
ROSINA HARRISON    Book Number: 84737
Published price: £8.99
Bibliophile price: £4.50
Product format: Paperback

=
Sub-titled 'From Boot Boys to Butlers: True Stories of Life Below Stairs', here is a treasure trove of memories from the bestselling author of 'The Lady's Maid'. It includes the night the ill-fate...
FIXER & FIGHTER: Life of Hubert de Burgh, Earl of Kent
BRIAN HARWOOD    Book Number: 84802
Published price: £19.99
Bibliophile price: £7.50
Product format: Hardback

=
Close to two kings and a key player in the Plantagenet Dynasty, Hubert de Burgh, Earl of Kent, was a man who fought hard and countersigned the Magna Carta. He defended two great castles, Dover Cast...
MASKELYNE: Astronomer Royal
REBEKAH HIGGITT    Book Number: 84814
Published price: £25
Bibliophile price: £9.00
Product format: Hardback

=
The rebuilding of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, voyages of scientific exploration, expeditions observing the transits of Venus - all of these monumental scientific moments of the 18th century h...
MASTERS OF ITALIAN ART: Caravaggio
EBERHARD KONIG    Book Number: 84846
Bibliophile price: £3.50
Product format: Hardback

=
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, born around 1571 (no documentary records exist), probably in Milan, was apprenticed in 1584 for four years to Simone Peterzano, who called himself a 'pupil of Tit...
ELIZABETH: The Forgotten Years
JOHN GUY    Book Number: 85152
Published price: $35
Bibliophile price: £4.50
Product format: Hardback

=
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 ...
SETTING THE WORLD ON FIRE
SHELLEY EMLING    Book Number: 85154
Published price: £18.99
Bibliophile price: £3.00
Product format: Hardback

=
Sub-titled 'The Brief, Astonishing Life of St Catherine of Siena', here is the first modern, secular biography of Italy's answer to Joan of Arc. Only one of two patron saints of Italy, the other b...
WELLINGTON PORTRAYED
CHARLES WELLESLEY    Book Number: 84528
Published price: £40
Bibliophile price: £9.50
Product format: Hardback

=
Stately and commanding just like its subject, this very large 2014 first edition by Unicorn Press incorporates 300 colour illustrations to its subject, Wellington, who was painted and sculpted over...
RODOLPHE BRESDIN: An Incorrigible Bohemian
TREVOR DANCE    Book Number: 85006
Published price: £29.99
Bibliophile price: £7.00
Product format: Hardback

=
Glamorous hardbound first edition with dozens of full page artworks and plates of etchings, pen and ink drawings, a detail from The Town of Fantasy, lithographs on vellum, this book is the first mo...
WELLINGTON'S DEAREST GEORGY:
ALICE MARIE CROSSLAND    Book Number: 85015
Published price: £14.99
Bibliophile price: £3.50
Product format: Paperback

=
Growing up in a distinctly well-connected branch of the British aristocracy, Lady Georgiana Lennox looked up to the 1st Duke of Wellington as more than a mere family friend. They first met on his r...
1 - 2 - 3 4 5
Number: 129
Page 2 of 5