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The Burglar Caught by a Skeleton

and Other Singular Tales from the Victorian Press

Jeremy Clay

Icon 2013

The British Library's newspaper collection preserves a hidden history of the farcical and tragic misfortunes of ordinary people which enthralled and appalled Victorian readers. For this compendium, Jeremy Clay has unearthed hundreds of bizarre tales, including the pallbearer killed by a coffin, the Father Christmas whose beard caught fire, an elephant called into the witness-box and a 19-ton consignment of embalmed cats. ...more

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The Book of Kells

Charles Gidley

Arina 2011
Hardback Illustrated

The Book of Kells, comprising the four Gospels and their Preliminaries, is Ireland's greatest national art treasure. Produced by unknown monks in the late 8th century, it has resided for the past 350 years in the library of Trinity College, Dublin. Gidley describes the manuscript's origins and history in the introduction to this edition which features reduced-size reproductions of every folio. Over 50 of the most striking pages are reproduced at full size to show the intricacy of their colourful illumination. ...more

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The Real Middle Earth

Magic and Mystery in the Dark Ages

Brian Bates

Pan Books 2003
Paperback Illustrated

The concept of Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings was drawn from the imaginative world of Anglo-Saxon and Norse mythology in which dragons flew across the sky and elves fired poisoned arrows. Professor Bates combines literary evidence with the researches of historians and archaeologists to uncover the vanished Dark Age way of life from which those tales emerged. ...more

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Where a Dobdob Meets a Dikdik

A Word Lover's Guide to the Weirdest, Wackiest and Wonkiest Lexical Gems

Bill Casselman

Adams 2011

In this potted tour through the nooks and crannies of the English language, renowned etymologist Bill Casselman considers the difference between a petard and a queef, and explains why you might want to avoid a pilliwinks. From nautical slang to sporting cliche to 'words of exquisite rarity', his book - part-lexicon, part rumination - revels in the language's eccentric history. ...more

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The Facts on File Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases

Second edition

Martin H Manser

Facts on File 2008

English speakers sprinkle their writing and conversations with terms borrowed from other languages, whether these have been fully assimilated (igloo, bonanza) or are still viewed as foreign (de rigueur). This dictionary offers information on the origins and pronunciation of 4,500 of these words and phrases, with definitions and examples of their use. Reflecting our increasingly globalized world, the second edition includes over 500 new entries, including panini, retro and sudoku. ...more

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Bad History

How We Got the Past Wrong

Emma Marriott

Michael O'Mara 2011
Hardback Illustrated

Did Mussolini make the trains run on time? Did Galileo invent the telescope? How 'Roman' was Roman Britain? Examining these and 28 more examples, Emma Marriott shows that some of our most cherished beliefs about the great events of history are inaccurate, either through errors and misunderstandings or because of deliberate attempts to cover up or mislead. ...more

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The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World

The Great Monuments and How They Were Built

Chris Scarre

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Thames & Hudson 2004
Hardback Illustrated

The colossal statuary of ancient Egypt, Roman aqueducts, or hill- forts such as Maiden Castle - such vast monuments from antiquity fill modern visitors with awe: how were they constructed using only simple tools and manpower? This volume focuses on the engineering achievements of the ancients, going beyond the original seven wonders to span the whole world and around 6,500 years, from the menhirs of Brittany, to the Great Temple of the Aztecs at Tenochtitlan, built between 1325-1500 CE. ...more

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The Medieval Imagination

Building The Medieval World

Christine Sciacca

British Library 2010
Hardback Illustrated

Some of the greatest achievements of the Middle Ages are its soaring cathedrals and imposing castles. While many survive, others have disappeared, and it is to illuminated manuscripts that we must look to get an idea of their appearance. With illustrations from manuscripts in the Getty Museum and the British Library collections, this book examines medieval artists' treatment of architecture, both real and imaginary, and the insight it provides into the evolving styles and construction methods of the period. ...more

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Making a House Your Home

Letter Writing Box

Kyle Books

Kyle 2011

Inspired by Making a House Your Home, the first book by the Mail on Sunday's Lifestyle editor, Clare Nolan, this letter writing box uses images from the book - of piaget roses, peonies and rambling roses on a cottage wall - to decorate the reverse of the notepaper and the box itself. The 'keepsake' box, tied with deep red ribbons, contains 30 sheets of writing paper in four different designs and 30 plain white envelopes. ...more

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British Interrogation Techniques in the Second World War

Sophie Jackson

History Press 2012
Hardback Illustrated

Despite the haste of its reassembly for the Second World War, Britain's vast intelligence agency learned well from early blunders and was soon uncovering vital data on German military advances such as the Enigma machine and Tiger Tank. Jackson examines how details were extracted from often unwitting prisoners by means of the eccentric, subtle and devious methods which were characteristic of British interrogation - and which were both admired and imitated by the Nazis themselves. ...more

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