Tracing Your Ancestors Through Letters and Personal Writings
A Guide for Family Historians
Family papers and annotated books can reveal much more about their writers than might appear at first glance, offering an insight into their social status, health and character. Ruth Symes, a genealogical expert, looks at a variety of unpublished writings, from letters and diaries to postcards, poems and signatures, and explains how to get as much information as possible from each source.
Alfred the Great
Papers from the Eleventh-Centenary Conferences
Bringing together 21 papers delivered at two conferences celebrating the 1100th anniversary of the death of King Alfred of Wessex, this volume covers the sources for Alfred’s reign, the literature of his era and Alfredian government and society; it examines the king in comparison to contemporary rulers on the continent; and a final essay by Barbara Yorke discusses the use and abuse of Alfred’s reputation in later centuries. No jacket.
Or and Argent
A supposedly immutable rule of heraldry is that gold (Or) and silver (Argent) should never be placed side-by-side or one upon the other. Heim, the Papal Nuncio who designed four popes’ coats of arms, investigates when and where this rule originated and how it has been observed in different countries. But he also shows how often the rule is broken, identifying more than 360 such coats of arms from across Europe, including his own.
The Union Jack
The Story of the British Flag
‘The ebb and flow of the dream of union washes around the British shores like the seas that surround it.’ Telling the story of the Union Jack, which was inspired by the banners of the ancient Britons and heraldry, Nick Groom explores the long and turbulent history of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and asks what the flag symbolizes in today’s fractious times.
Same Sex Love 1700–1957
A History and Research Guide
This first history of gay relationships aimed specifically at family historians offers valuable insights into the lives of those who found themselves on the wrong side of the law. Empathetic and well researched, it records the ways in which gay men and women lived, from the Mollies and Sapphists of Georgian England to those affected by the Wolfenden Report of 1957, and offers research tips for genealogists.
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: 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’.