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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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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 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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The People's War


Original Voices of the American Revolution

Noel Rae


Lyons 2012
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'Based on the belief that it is individuals, and not just the famous ones, who have made history', and featuring the 'voices' of a great diversity of 'Based on the belief that it is individuals, and not just the famous ones, who have made history', and featuring the 'voices' of a great diversity of farmers, tradespeople, housewives and soldiers, this history of America's war for independence - from the run-up to the Stamp Act to the decisive British defeat at Yorktown - is told through the diaries and letters, memoirs, sensational newspaper accounts and sober official documents of the Americans who participated in this 'people's war'. ...more
 

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The Lady in the Tower


The Fall of Anne Boleyn

Alison Weir


Ballantine 2010
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Alison Weir returns to 'where my interest in history began' - to the dramatic fall of Anne Boleyn - and gives an in-depth account of Anne's last days.Alison Weir returns to 'where my interest in history began' - to the dramatic fall of Anne Boleyn - and gives an in-depth account of Anne's last days. The book explores the character of the queen and the motives and intrigues of those who helped seal her fate, unravelling the tragic story, from the miscarriage of the son who would have saved her to the final, dramatic scene on the scaffold. Slightly off-mint. ...more
 

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As if an Enemy's Country


The British Occupation of Boston and the Origins of Revolution

Richard Archer


Oxford University Press 2010
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No event did more to foment the American Revolution than the occupation of Boston by British troops between 1768 and 1770. This gripping account of thNo event did more to foment the American Revolution than the occupation of Boston by British troops between 1768 and 1770. This gripping account of those critical months moves between the governor's mansion and the city's cobbled back-alleys, outlines the grievances about taxation that sparked the conflict, charts the popular mobilization against imperial measures such as the Stamp and Sugar Acts, and recounts the dramatic series of demonstrations and riots that culminated in the Boston Massacre. ...more
 

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War, Revolution and Society in the Rio de la Plata, 1808-1810


Thomas Kinder's Narrative of a Journey to Madeira, Montevideo & Buenos Aire

Malyn Newitt

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Signal 2010
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The Press Gang


Naval Impressment and Its Opponents in Georgian Britain

Nicholas Rogers


Continuum 2007
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Napoleon and Russia



Michael Adams


Hambledon 2006
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Many books on Napoleon and Russia focus on the ill-fated 1812 invasion, but Adams describes a full quarter-century of Franco- Russian relations from tMany books on Napoleon and Russia focus on the ill-fated 1812 invasion, but Adams describes a full quarter-century of Franco- Russian relations from the time of the French revolution to the end of the Napoleonic period. He therefore sets the events of 1812 in a wider context of peace as well as war, and of friendship and alliance as well as enmity, which leads him to question many of the English- speaking world's assumptions about the era. ...more
 

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Crisis of Empire


Britain and America in the Eighteenth Century

Jeremy Black


Continuum 2008
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Focusing on a key period that 'moulded the character of both the British Empire and the USA', this study primarily explores the relationship between BFocusing on a key period that 'moulded the character of both the British Empire and the USA', this study primarily explores the relationship between Britain and the 13 colonies that were to form the basis of the United States, but sets their history within the wider picture of North America and the Caribbean and gives due weight to the Native and African Americans. ...more
 

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Shooting Victoria


Madness, Mayhem and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy

Paul Thomas Murphy


Head of Zeus 2012
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'It is worth being shot at,' said Queen Victoria in 1882, 'to see how much one is loved.' During her 63-year reign, there were no less than eight atte'It is worth being shot at,' said Queen Victoria in 1882, 'to see how much one is loved.' During her 63-year reign, there were no less than eight attempts on her life. This absorbing, panoramic and meticulously researched history traces the desperate and often sad lives of her would-be assassins. Broadening out, it traces their effects on society, politics, policing, the legal and penal systems, and the monarchy itself, offering a fresh and surprising perspective on the Victorian era. ...more
 

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Sepoy Generals


Wellington to Roberts

GW Forest


Lancer 2008
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Napoleon's Medals


Victory to the Arts

Richard A Todd


History Press 2009
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'Aux arts la victoire' was the inscription on the medal depicting Venus de Medici, struck to mark the capture of Italian works of art in 1803. It was 'Aux arts la victoire' was the inscription on the medal depicting Venus de Medici, struck to mark the capture of Italian works of art in 1803. It was one of hundreds of medals commemorating conquests, battles and treaties produced during Napoleon's time in power. With over 280 colour illustrations and commentary, this book provides a history of the reign through its medals and shows how they were designed and used to glorify both military campaigns and the emperor himself. ...more
 

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The Elizabethan Secret Services



Alan Haynes


History Press 2009
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Throughout Elizabeth I's reign, the new Protestant establishment was threatened by forces determined to restore England to the Catholic faith. To keepThroughout Elizabeth I's reign, the new Protestant establishment was threatened by forces determined to restore England to the Catholic faith. To keep abreast of potential plots, the great men of state, especially Sir Francis Walsingham, developed their own networks of spies and informants. This analysis of 16th century espionage charts its development from the abduction of the outspoken Catholic, John Story, to the unravelling of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605. ...more
 

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