Historical Biography

Historical Biography

Historical Biography

Historical Biography

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THEUERDANK: The Epic of The Last Knight
EDITED BY STEPHAN FÜSSEL    Book Number: 84785
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The amazing tales of the knight Theuerdank and his companion Ehrenhold constitute the last great epic verse of the late Middle Ages. The courageous knight's journey to woo his future wife, Mary of...
LAST ROYAL REBEL: Life and Death of James, Duke of Monmouth
ANNA KEAY    Book Number: 84922
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The son of Charles II by his first mistress, the infamous courtesan Lucy Walter, James, Duke of Monmouth (as he would become) was born into a turbulent age. Between his conception and birth in 1649...
BRIEF HISTORY OF HENRY VIII: Reformer and Tyrant
DEREK WILSON    Book Number: 85225
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Was England's most famous king 'a fool, a liar and a damnable rotten worm?' Henry VIII changed the course of English life more than any monarch since the Norman Conquest. In the portraits of Holb...
ENGLISH HOURS
HENRY JAMES    Book Number: 83823
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First published in 1905, this is one of Henry James's most loved works of travel literature. Henry James left America for England in 1876 where he remained for the next three decades. Arriving in...
IMMORTAL IRISHMAN: The Irish Revolutionary
TIMOTHY EGAN    Book Number: 84973
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Murdered in 1867 at the height of his exotic career, the escaped convict Thomas F. Meagher (pronounced 'Mar') became Governor of Montana with an heiress for a wife before being brutally drowned on ...
ORDEAL OF ELIZABETH MARSH: A Woman in World History
LINDA COLLEY    Book Number: 84979
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Voted one of the New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year here is a grand tale of physical hardiness and surprising moral choices. In this remarkable reconstruction of an 18th century woman's ext...
RISE OF FEMALE KINGS IN EUROPE 1300-1800
WILLIAM MONTER    Book Number: 84982
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Women have traditionally exercised 'soft power', networking and applying anonymous pressure. This book challenges the relegation of women's influence to the boudoir by investigating the lives and ...
MAID AND THE QUEEN: The Secret History of Joan of Arc
NANCY GOLDSTONE    Book Number: 85035
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Written on the 600th anniversary of Joan of Arc's birth, Nancy Goldstone weaves an incredible history of the transcendent Joan of Arc and the powerful Yolande of Aragon, Queen of Sicily: powerful w...
AMAZING GRACE: THE MAN WHO WAS W.G.
RICHARD TOMLINSON    Book Number: 85420
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The legendary W.G. Grace was born into a Victorian world where the all-powerful MCC divided cricketers into Gentlemen and Players, and as the son of a Bristol doctor W.G. did not quite qualify as a...
AMAZING GRACE: THE MAN WHO WAS W.G.
RICHARD TOMLINSON    Book Number: 85421
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The legendary W.G. Grace was born into a Victorian world where the all-powerful MCC divided cricketers into Gentlemen and Players, and as the son of a Bristol doctor W.G. did not quite qualify as a...
MOLLY KEANE: A Life
SALLY PHIPPS    Book Number: 85435
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An excellent biography of Anglo-Irish writer Molly Keane, whose childhood was spent in a 'big house', amongst the hunting and shooting fraternity. Born to Agnes and Walter Skrine in 1904, in Co. Ki...
WIT IN THE DUNGEON: Life of Leigh Hunt
ANTHONY HOLDEN    Book Number: 85442
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Leigh Hunt, critic, poet, a complex man who demanded perfection, regularly chastised his sweetheart Marianne because her letters to him were too short, poorly written, full of ink blots and scratch...
SISTERS TO THE KING
MARIA PERRY    Book Number: 85294
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Sub-titled 'The Tumultuous Lives of Henry VIII's Sisters - Margaret of Scotland and Mary of France'. Aged just 13, Margaret became Queen of Scotland. She was taken aback to find her dower castle a...
AUGUSTINE: Conversions to Confessions
ROBIN LANE FOX    Book Number: 85053
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A magisterial and beautifully written authoritative portrait of this colossal figure at his most thoughtful, vulnerable and profound, written by the Emeritus Fellow of New College, Oxford. 'You ar...
STUDIO OF THE SOUTH: Van Gogh in Provence
MARTIN BAILEY    Book Number: 85562
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A superbly detailed narrative, spectacularly illustrated. The Yellow House in Arles was painted 'outside in the yellow of fresh butter, with garish green shutters,' wrote Vincent Van Gogh. He refe...
HUSBAND HUNTERS: Social Climbing in London and New York
ANNE DE COURCY    Book Number: 85622
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Social climbing or social mobility? In this fascinating book Anne de Courcy turns her beady eye on the period between 1870 and 1914, when 454 American girls came over to marry titled Europeans, 60 ...
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
JENNY WORMALD    Book Number: 85627
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The author presented the BBC programme 'Bloody Queens' and had also featured in a Timewatch episode about Mary Queen of Scots in 1987, commemorating the 400th anniversary of her execution. The fir...
RICHARD III: Brother, Protector, King
CHRIS SKIDMORE    Book Number: 85634
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Richard III's personality and behaviour was the talk of the courts of Europe. He had been the unswervingly loyal younger brother of Edward IV, the Yorkist king who had reigned, albeit with one dep...
ROBERT BRUCE: Our Most Valiant Prince, King and Lord
COLM MCNAMEE    Book Number: 85635
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700 years ago Robert Bruce seized the Kingship of Scotland as his birth right and, defeated in battle, fled overseas, preserving in his own person the kingship of Scotland from extirpation by Edwar...
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 ...
OWEN TUDOR: Founding Father of the Tudor Dynasty
Terry Breverton    Book Number: 85757
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Calling the Tudors 'notorious' possibly demonstrates a lack of awareness about their Plantagenet predecessors, or a lack of knowledge of the Normans who preceded them. "In 1485, young Henry Tudor,...
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, ...
PATRON SAINT OF PROSTITUTES
HELEN MATHERS    Book Number: 83343
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In Victorian England, police forces were granted powers to force any woman they suspected of being a 'common prostitute' to undergo compulsory and invasive medical examination, while women who refu...
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...
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