The Blandys of Madeira
Known for their winemaking and eclectic business interests in banking, tourism and media, the Blandy family have survived two centuries of wars, revolutions and economic blockades during their long residency on the island of Madeira. As well as portraying prominent family members, this volume recalls key events, including the acquisition of the island’s prestigious Quinta do Palheiro estate in 1885 and Churchill’s sojourn at their world-famous Reid’s Hotel.
Britain: A Genetic Journey
Population genetics and the study of ancestral DNA are beginning to reveal the historical information hidden inside our own bodies. Moffat has produced a revolutionary new history of Britain, eschewing the deeds of monarchs and politicians in favour of the remarkable stories that genetics can tell about the origins of our lineages and the travels of our forebears around the world. (Previously sold in Postscript as a hardback edition titled The British: A Genetic Journey.)
Birth, Marriage, Death and Taxes
Lyme Regis Censuses 1695–1703
In 1695, the short-lived Marriage Duty Act imposed a tax on births, marriages and burials, as well as an annual charge on bachelors over the age of 25 and childless widowers. The tax assessment relied on censuses and seven of these documents have survived for Lyme Regis. Transcribed in this volume, with a substantial introduction, the censuses give a valuable insight into the life and social structure of the town between 1695 and 1703.
Heraldry in the Vatican
Taking the reader on 20 ‘walks’ around the Vatican, a former Prefect of the Papal Household draws attention to the City State’s abundant examples of armorial devices relating to popes from Eugene IV to John Paul II. The text, which is illustrated with hundreds of photographs, explains the significance of the coats of arms, inscriptions and other decorative features of the Vatican’s buildings, while also forming a brief history of 55 pontificates. Captions in English, French and German.
Liber Amicorum et Illustorum Hospitum
Published to mark the 70th birthday of Archbishop Heim, this edition of his Liber Amicorum includes Peter Bander van Duren’s substantial introduction to the Archbishop’s life and his work in heraldry. The Liber Amicorum itself comprises over 150 monochrome plates and blazons, with Heim’s celebrated works of heraldic art covering both European and British armorial bearings.
The British offensive at Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, was launched at 3.30am on 31 July 1917; led by Sir Douglas Haig, this ‘big push’ was to achieve a breakthrough, but it became a four-month-long stalemate of constant shelling, torrential rain, mud and filth. Parker chronicles the operation, describes the conditions on the battlefield and the increasingly industrialized warfare of tanks, gas and mines that added to the carnage; and he questions the necessity of the sacrifice.
The Chapel and Burial Ground on St Ninian's Isle, Shetland
Excavations Past and Present
St Ninian’s Isle is famous for the discovery of 28 pieces of Pictish silverware by Andrew O’Dell in 1958: this volume reassesses archive material from O’Dell’s work in the 1950s and describes earlier and later excavations, 1876 to 2000. Monograph 32.
Epitaphs of the Great War: The Somme
‘Of all the voices of the First World War there is one that has been consistently overlooked, the voice of the bereaved.’ This collection of 100 epitaphs for soldiers who died during the Somme campaign of 1916 lets the bereaved families and friends speak through the inscriptions on War Graves Commission headstones. The book provides information on the soldiers and explains any biblical or literary allusions used in the short (they were limited to 66 characters) and often cryptic epitaphs.
Epitaphs of The Great War: Passchendaele
Inscriptions on the graves of the First World War dead were limited to 66 characters; a restriction that drove many to create compact, original and profound epitaphs, often relying on quotation or allusion. This book presents 100 headstone inscriptions for the dead of Passchendaele, giving details of the deceased, quoting the biblical or literary passages alluded to and explaining the contemporary meaning of the words, whether plain ‘He did his bit’, or the poetic ‘While the light lasts I shall remember. Georgina’.
Ordnance Survey Scottish Third Edition
Cassini's enhanced reproductions of historic Ordnance Survey maps are an invaluable resource for local historians, genealogists and social scientists. Each map has been carefully scanned, digitally re-projected and enlarged to the equivalent modern scale. The maps in this series are reproduced from the OS one-inch colour maps published between 1896 and 1904. They have been enlarged to 1:50,000 to match the present-day OS Landranger series, using the same sheet number and grid references to facilitate comparison.
Heraldry: Coats of Arms, Crests and Seals
A Colouring Book
In this book a wide range of historic coats of arms, crests and seals are presented in outline form, ready for you to colour in. There are over 90 outline drawings, labelled with the names of the original holders of the arms, but the choice of colours is up to you.
Companions of Honour
The Order of the Companions of Honour was instituted in 1917 as an offshoot of the Order of the British Empire. Originally designed to honour 'conspicuous service of national importance' in the First World War, it is now conferred more broadly on high attainment and national renown. This volume tells the story of the foundation and development of the honour and includes short biographies of more than 300 past and present members of the Order.