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The Ring and the Crown



Alison Weir; Kate Williams et al


Hutchinson 2011
Hardback Illustrated
 

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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In Search of the Holy Grail


The Quest for the Middle Ages

Veronica Ortenberg


Hambledon 2006
Hardback 
 

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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A Brief History of History


Great Historians and the Epic Quest to Explain the Past

Colin Wells


Lyons 2008
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History has never been more popular, but it was not always so. This entertaining history of the genre traces its origins in the ancient Greek writers History has never been more popular, but it was not always so. This entertaining history of the genre traces its origins in the ancient Greek writers Herodotus and Thucidydes, whose contrasting approaches - narrative and scientific - have struggled for dominance ever since. Biographical sketches outline the colourful figures of past historians - Bede, Anna Comnena, Machiavelli, Gibbon, Macaulay - and show how the 20th century focus on 'vast impersonal forces' has given way to the return of narrative history. ...more
 

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One Bloody Thing After Another


The World's Gruesome History

Jacob F Field


Michael O'Mara 2012
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Ninja


1,000 Years of the Shadow Warriors

John Man


Bantam 2012
Hardback Illustrated
 

Popular myth attributes the Japanese ninjas - legendary warriors, spies, saboteurs and assassins - with fantastical abilities: beyond skill in martialPopular myth attributes the Japanese ninjas - legendary warriors, spies, saboteurs and assassins - with fantastical abilities: beyond skill in martial arts they could fly or make themselves invisible. The ninjas came to prominence in the civil wars that ended with Japan's unification in 1600, but their origins are much earlier. In this book John Man traces the ninjas' history, recounts the deeds of their medieval heyday and explores the ethos and training that made them the stuff of legend. ...more
 

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Discovering Fortifications


From the Tudors to the Cold War

Bernard Lowry


Shire 2006
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By the end of the 15th century, following the discovery of gunpowder and the introduction of the cannon, it was clear that fortresses would need to beBy the end of the 15th century, following the discovery of gunpowder and the introduction of the cannon, it was clear that fortresses would need to be built very differently to withstand the assault of artillery. This review of the evolution of fortifications in Britain charts developments from Henry VIII's castles to the pillboxes of the 1940s and the underground bunkers of the nuclear age. ...more
 

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Enemies


A History of the FBI

Tim Weiner


Allen Lane 2012
Hardback 
 

At the heart Tim Weiner's history of the FBI is, of course, the Machiavellian figure of J Edgar Hoover, whose career stretched from the First World WaAt the heart Tim Weiner's history of the FBI is, of course, the Machiavellian figure of J Edgar Hoover, whose career stretched from the First World War to the Nixon presidency. Based on over 70,000 pages of recently declassified FBI documents and more than 200 oral histories recorded by agents, Weiner reveals the story of the service's war against spies, subversives and saboteurs, and the illegal arrests, break-ins, burglaries and buggings that have been its stock-in-trade. ...more
 

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The Loire


A Cultural History

Martin Garrett


Signal 2010
Paperback Illustrated
 

Flaubert called the Loire 'the most French of French rivers'; it is certainly the country's longest and most varied. This absorbing book follows its 6Flaubert called the Loire 'the most French of French rivers'; it is certainly the country's longest and most varied. This absorbing book follows its 630 miles from its beginnings as a mountain stream in the Ardeche, through cities and countryside, past chateaux and vineyards, to the Atlantic. It traces the Loire's dramatic history, from medieval warlords to the battles of the 1940s, examines its agriculture and architecture, and celebrates the art and literature it has inspired. ...more
 

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Istanbul


A Cultural and Literary History

Peter Clark


Signal 2010
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At the Kremlin Gates


A Historical Portrait of Moscow

Gerald R Skinner


Signal 2011
Paperback 
 

Gerald R Skinner, who observed the August 1991 coup attempt in Moscow from his post in the Canadian Embassy, tells the story of the city's survival inGerald R Skinner, who observed the August 1991 coup attempt in Moscow from his post in the Canadian Embassy, tells the story of the city's survival in the face of invasion and war, pestilence and fire. His 'portrait of the city over time' discusses Moscow's origins, its self-perception and the influences upon its development and character, from medieval citadel to the post-Soviet Union era and a 'New Moscow' still 'profoundly affected by its past'. ...more
 

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Madame Tussaud and the History of Waxworks



Pamela Pilbeam


Hambledon 2003
Paperback 
 

Professor Pilbeam's study treats Madame Tussaud and her exhibition as part of the wider history of wax modelling and popular entertainment, from RomanProfessor Pilbeam's study treats Madame Tussaud and her exhibition as part of the wider history of wax modelling and popular entertainment, from Roman wax effigies to Madame Tussaud's in the 1990s. Illustrations 2-4 and 11-14 are missing from these copies. ...more
 

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Memory of the World



UNESCO


UNESCO 2012
Paperback Illustrated
 

UNESCO's Memory of the World programme attempts to protect the world's documentary heritage through the preservation of items ranging from ancient claUNESCO's Memory of the World programme attempts to protect the world's documentary heritage through the preservation of items ranging from ancient clay tablets to web pages in an international Register that now contains 245 items or collections. Arranged by the date the materials were recorded, this book describes that heritage, from the Hittite cuneiform tablets of Bogazkoy (17-12th century BCE), to film records of the Baltic Way, the human chain protest across Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in 1989. ...more
 

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When Kings Rode to Delhi



Gabrielle Festing


Lancer 2008
Hardback 
 

Written for the general reader or the traveller in India, this book draws on Indian mythology, folklore, memoirs and chronicles as it traces the histoWritten for the general reader or the traveller in India, this book draws on Indian mythology, folklore, memoirs and chronicles as it traces the history of India and the successive rival rulers or invaders who took 'the road to Delhi' in a bid to conquer Hindustan - from Mahmud of Ghazni's Muslim invasion of 1000-1030 to the end of the Moghul empire after 1761. First published in 1912. Reprint of the 1923 edition. No jacket. ...more
 

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Director's Choice


English Heritage

Simon Thurley


Scala 2012
Paperback Illustrated
 

English Heritage has stewardship of more than 400 of the nation's most important historic monuments. In this beautiful little book, its chief executivEnglish Heritage has stewardship of more than 400 of the nation's most important historic monuments. In this beautiful little book, its chief executive presents a personal selection of 37 favourites. Richly illustrated with atmospheric colour photographs, it takes in every corner of the country, from Lindisfarne Abbey to Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, ranging through time from prehistoric Silbury to a Cold War bunker in York. ...more
 

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A Short History of England



Simon Jenkins


Profile 2011
Hardback Illustrated
 

In a concise, but comprehensive single volume, and with over 100 illustrations, Simon Jenkins's book embraces all the key individuals and events of EnIn a concise, but comprehensive single volume, and with over 100 illustrations, Simon Jenkins's book embraces all the key individuals and events of England's history and identifies recurring themes such as relations with France and the role of Parliament. From the fifth century 'Saxon Dawn' to the present coalition government, he provides, 'as simply as possible', a lucid narrative of how the England we know today came to be. ...more
 

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