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The Courtiers


Splendour and Intrigue in the Georgian Court at Kensington

Lucy Worsley


Walker 2010
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Now famous as the home of Diana, Princes of Wales, Kensington Palace entered the limelight during the reigns of the first two Georges, when its eleganNow famous as the home of Diana, Princes of Wales, Kensington Palace entered the limelight during the reigns of the first two Georges, when its elegant assembly room was a theatre for intrigue and scandal. This absorbing portrait of court life under the quarrelsome Hanoverians charts the skulduggery, politicking, rivalries and affairs, bringing vividly to life a gallery of ambitious politicians, neglected wives, spurned mistresses, a chancellor with a taste for young men, and George II's two Turkish servants. ...more
 

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Tommy Goes to War


An Association with the Imperial War Museum

Malcolm Brown


History Press 2009
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The designation 'Thomas Atkins' was used on army documents from at least the beginning of the 19th century to describe the typical soldier. This, in tThe designation 'Thomas Atkins' was used on army documents from at least the beginning of the 19th century to describe the typical soldier. This, in turn led to the nickname 'Tommy' which has perhaps become most associated with the British infantrymen of the First World War. This classic study, first published in 1978, collects the reminiscences of Tommies who lived through the long years of struggle on the Western Front. ...more
 

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The Ring and the Crown



Alison Weir; Kate Williams et al


Hutchinson 2011
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The marriage in 2011 of Prince William and Kate Middleton has shown that royal weddings have lost none of their glamour, mystique and public appeal. WThe marriage in 2011 of Prince William and Kate Middleton has shown that royal weddings have lost none of their glamour, mystique and public appeal. Written by four leading experts, this handsome book offers an historical survey of royal nuptials through the centuries, from the pageantry of the Middle Ages to the paparazzi of today. Richly illustrated with photographs, historic images, artefacts and memorabilia, it is also packed with colourful anecdotal detail, some amusing, some poignant, some bawdy. ...more
 

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Codex Sinaiticus


The Story of the World's Oldest Bible

DC Parker


British Library 2010
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Produced in the 4th century, Codex Sinaiticus contains the oldest complete copy of the Greek New Testament, parts of the Old Testament and two other eProduced in the 4th century, Codex Sinaiticus contains the oldest complete copy of the Greek New Testament, parts of the Old Testament and two other early Christian writings. It was preserved for centuries in St Catherine's Monastery on Mount Sinai before its rediscovery in the 19th century and it has now been digitally imaged. David Parker traces the history of the manuscript, from the processes involved in its creation to its conservation, imaging and transcription in the 21st century. ...more
 

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History of the Zulu War and its Origin



Frances E Colenso


Lancer 2009
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Despite some notable reverses in the Zulu War, such as the Battle of Isandlwana, eventual victory for the British resulted in the break- up of the ZulDespite some notable reverses in the Zulu War, such as the Battle of Isandlwana, eventual victory for the British resulted in the break- up of the Zulu homeland in 1879. Outlining the causes of the war and following its progress chronologically, this contemporary account, first published in 1880, was written by the daughter of the Anglican Bishop of Natal and is remarkable for its criticism of British policy and its support of the Zulu position. ...more
 

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The Unseen War in Europe


Espionage and Conspiracy in the Second World War

John H Waller


IB Tauris 1996
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John Waller served with the OSS in London and the Middle East during the Second World War and later became inspector general of the CIA. He draws on fJohn Waller served with the OSS in London and the Middle East during the Second World War and later became inspector general of the CIA. He draws on first-hand experience as well as in-depth research to provide an account of espionage and conspiracy during the war, from pre-war intelligence failures and their consequences at Munich to the German surrender in Italy, April 1945. Waller focuses in particular on the German resistance and gives a full account of the role of Admiral Wilhelm Canaris. ...more
 

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Tournament



David Crouch


Hambledon 2005
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The 'melee tournament' - a mock battle involving huge numbers of knights fighting over very large areas - began in north-eastern France in the late 11The 'melee tournament' - a mock battle involving huge numbers of knights fighting over very large areas - began in north-eastern France in the late 11th century and had spread to England, Germany and Austria by 1200. In this richly detailed study, Crouch aims to reconstruct how a tournament was experienced in its heyday and assess its significance in medieval society, particularly in the evolution of the aristocracy. The book includes a collection of 13 medieval documents on the tournament. ...more
 

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Pepys's London


Everyday Life in London, 1650-1703

Stephen Porter


Amberley 2011
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A Londoner born and bred, the diarist Samuel Pepys lived through some of the city's most stirring and turbulent times, including the Restoration, the A Londoner born and bred, the diarist Samuel Pepys lived through some of the city's most stirring and turbulent times, including the Restoration, the Plague, and the Great Fire. Drawing on his journals and a host of other contemporary sources, this compelling history charts the rapid development of the metropolis at the time, its vibrant yet brutal street culture, and its larger-than-life personalities, from Nell Gwynne to Colonel Blood, who stole the Crown Jewels and got away with it....more
 

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Graven with Diamonds


The Many Lives of Thomas Wyatt

Nicola Shulman


Steer Forth 2013
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'They flee from me that sometime did me seek', wrote Thomas Wyatt, capturing the terrifying insecurity of life at the court of Henry VIII. This riveti'They flee from me that sometime did me seek', wrote Thomas Wyatt, capturing the terrifying insecurity of life at the court of Henry VIII. This riveting biography of the Tudor poet-politician charts his life, loves and career, his fatal attraction to Anne Boleyn, and his imprisonment in the Tower. It also demonstrates how, in an age of terror, his sonnets - the finest in the language after Shakespeare's - were a cryptic means of saying the unsayable. ...more
 

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The Boer War


The Struggle for South Africa

Bill Nasson


Spellmounth 2011
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The Boer War of 1899-1902 saw the might of the British Empire held at bay for three years by guerrilla bands of Afrikaaner farmers. As this authoritatThe Boer War of 1899-1902 saw the might of the British Empire held at bay for three years by guerrilla bands of Afrikaaner farmers. As this authoritative history demonstrates, it was the most important imperial war of the late Victorian era, in which the British employed a 'scorched earth' policy and made the first use of concentration camps. This new, completely revised and updated edition, takes into account the most recent scholarship and makes use of Afrikaans sources. ...more
 

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In Search of the Holy Grail


The Quest for the Middle Ages

Veronica Ortenberg


Hambledon 2006
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The religion, chivalry and architecture of the Middle Ages have left an indelible legacy on European culture, inspiring artistic, political and literaThe religion, chivalry and architecture of the Middle Ages have left an indelible legacy on European culture, inspiring artistic, political and literary movements and stretching as far as Hollywood's portrayals of King Arthur and Robin Hood. In an attempt to discover why the Middle Ages are so attractive to the popular imagination of the 21st century, Veronica Ortenberg traces the changing ways in which later ages have learned about and reinterpreted their medieval past. ...more
 

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Harold Wilson's Cold War


The Labour Government and East-West Politics 1964-1970

Geraint Hughes


Royal Historical Society 2009
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In this study Dr Hughes analyses the Labour government's efforts to promote East-West detente and to improve Anglo-Soviet relations between 1964 and 1In this study Dr Hughes analyses the Labour government's efforts to promote East-West detente and to improve Anglo-Soviet relations between 1964 and 1970. He challenges the caricature view of Harold Wilson's rigid subservience to America and shows how, as Prime Minister, he proposed to develop closer contects with the Soviet leadership and to foster co-operation on arms control, resolution in Vietnam and East-West trade. ...more
 

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Submarine


An Anthology of First-Hand Accounts of the War Under the Sea, 1939-1945

Jean Hood

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Conway 2007
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Using the words of men from different ranks and nationalities, Submarine describes the routines, home-made entertainment and deadly perils of life in Using the words of men from different ranks and nationalities, Submarine describes the routines, home-made entertainment and deadly perils of life in the cramped and foetid surroundings of the 'steel coffin'. Their stories range from the attack on HMS Royal Oak at Scapa Flow and a Norwegian wireless operator's epic escape from Norway to a moving account by the pilot of one of Japan's manned Kaiten suicide torpedoes....more
 

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The Royal Stuarts


A History of the Family that Shaped Britain

Allan Massie


Thomas Dunne 2010
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The Stuart dynasty ruled Scotland for three centuries and Great Britain and Ireland for one. Theirs is a tale of brilliance and bravery, all too oftenThe Stuart dynasty ruled Scotland for three centuries and Great Britain and Ireland for one. Theirs is a tale of brilliance and bravery, all too often marred by disaster - the execution of Mary Queen of Scots, the Civil War, and the overthrow of James VII and II. This adventurous, opinionated history offers a sympathetic reading of their strengths and weaknesses, from their rise to power in 14th century Scotland to the bitter exile after the failure of the Jacobite uprisings....more
 

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Romanov Riches


Russian Writers and Artists under the Tsars

Solomon Volkov


Knopf 2011
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From the rise of the house of Romanov in 1613 to its downfall at the hands of the Bolsheviks in 1917, the tsars were keen patrons of the arts. But theFrom the rise of the house of Romanov in 1613 to its downfall at the hands of the Bolsheviks in 1917, the tsars were keen patrons of the arts. But their support came at a price as these autocrats set up a cultural industry to bolster their power and vision of Russia. This spellbinding narrative history shows how the great writers, artists and musicians - Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Tchaikovsky - found themselves caught in a devilish dance with their imperial masters. ...more
 

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