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The History of Britain's Kings and Queens in Bite-Sized Chunks
Kevin Flude’s history of Britain's kings and queens in bite-sized chunks includes legendary kings, Dark Age warlords, Scottish monarchs and kings of Wales as well as Normans, Plantagenets etc – up to the House of Windsor and Elizabeth II.
The Victoria History of the Counties of England
Sir Laurence Gomme’s original idea for a county history was realized by the publisher Herbert Arthur Doubleday, who not only gained Queen Victoria’s consent that the History should bear her name, but secured a special arrangement with the Public Record Office. The first volume (Hampshire I) appeared in 1900 and new volumes continue to be published, now much improved and updated, but remaining comprehensive, factual, reliable and unbiased reference works, based on original research. In the General Introduction, published in 1970, RB Pugh gives a full account of the Victoria History’s origin and its progress over the first 70 years, providing a conspectus of the 150 volumes published in the series up to 1970, a bibliographical survey, lists of the contents of each volume, and indexes of the titles of articles and authors. Off-mint.
The Victoria History of Wiltshire
Volume XVI: Kinwardstone Hundred
Sir Laurence Gomme’s original idea for a county history was realized by the publisher Herbert Arthur Doubleday, who not only gained Queen Victoria’s consent that the History should bear her name, but secured a special arrangement with the Public Record Office. The first volume (Hampshire I) appeared in 1900 and new volumes continue to be published, now much improved and updated, but remaining comprehensive, factual, reliable and unbiased reference works, based on original research. Volume XVI covers Kinwardstone Hundred, with histories of 15 settlements including Buttermere, Chute and Chute Forest, Savernake and Wooton Rivers. Index. Off-mint.
The Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of London Zoo
Sir Stamford Raffles' vision of a 'collection of living animals such as never yet existed in ancient or modern times' came to fruition in 1928 with the founding of London Zoo. Isobel Charman's novelistic retelling of the institution's first 25 years focuses on key figures, including Veterinary Surgeon Charles Spooner and Head Keeper Devereux Fuller – and notable residents such as Tommy the homesick chimpanzee and Obaysch the hippo.
One Week in April
The Scottish Radical Rising of 1820
Following the Peterloo massacre, a series of similarly dramatic events occurred across Glasgow, central Scotland and Ayrshire. Mass meetings were held, after which 60,000 weavers went on strike, radicals marched under a ‘Free Scotland’ banner, and militia clashed with a crowd approaching the ironworks to obtain cannons. Maggie Craig tells the detailed story of the uprising and its brutal suppression.
Flights of Imagination in Britain, 1783–1786
In the three years following the Montgolfier brothers’ first hot-air balloon flight in 1783, the craze for balloons spread across Britain, then subsided. However exciting the ‘aerostation’ adventures were, the balloons defied navigation and went wherever the wind took them. This study explores the sort of madness that gripped aeronauts and spectators; how reason, science and magic accompanied balloon launches; the response of popular culture; and the impact of the new, aerial view of the world on Enlightenment sensibility.
The Corpse as Text
Disinterment and Antiquarian Enquiry, 1700–1900
Thea Tomaini explores changes in English attitudes to the dead during the period 1700–1900 through the investigations of antiquarians who disinterred historical figures of earlier centuries. In studies of men and women including King John, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Shakespeare and Charles I, whose graves were opened for academic purposes, Tomaini shows the diverse ways in which corpses were ‘read’ and understood.
Investigating the life of her distant ancestor, a Victorian bobby, Gaynor Haliday found herself researching the world of 19th century policing. Stories of how various police forces were established, the subtle craft of crowd control (including times when cutlasses replaced truncheons), and the myriad laws surrounding prostitution are accompanied by newspaper quotes, police records and photographs to recount how the foundations of modern policing were laid.
The Anatomy of Glory
Napoleon and His Guard
Established in May 1804 as a small personal escort, the Garde Impérial rapidly grew into a formidable tactical unit comprising a third of Napoleon’s field forces. This narrative study, complete with uniform illustrations and military maps, tells of the unit’s 12-year history up to its disbandment in 1815 when Napoleon abdicated.
The Recollections of Lieutenant John Hildebrand 35th Foot in the Mediterranean and Waterloo Campaigns
While Wellington was in Iberia, John Hildebrand joined the British garrison in Malta and took part in the defence of Sicily, the campaign in the Ionian Islands and the siege of Ragusa before being sent to Belgium and marching on Paris after Waterloo. The young officer's colourful memoirs are accompanied by maps, illustrations and commentary.
The Last Great Whig
Lord Lansdowne (1845–1927) was one of the last hereditary peers to hold high office in Britain. Using material from Lansdowne’s own extensive archive, this biography follows his career as Governor General of Canada, Viceroy of India, Secretary of State for War and Foreign Secretary. It also explores his conflict with fellow Liberals over free trade, and describes the opprobrium aroused by his 1917 call for an armistice with Germany.
The Regency Revolution
Jane Austen, Napoleon, Lord Byron and the Making of the Modern World
The decade from 1811 to 1820 – when the profligate Prince of Wales ruled in place of King George III – was one of extraordinary development in politics, science and the arts. This study weaves together the highs and lows of a period that saw the assassination of a Prime Minister, the end of the Napoleonic Wars, the Peterloo Massacre and the invention of the steam train.
A Short History of the American Civil War
Written and produced in association with the Smithsonian Museum, this introduction to the Civil War is richly illustrated with items from the museum's collection including photographs, printed ephemera, weapons and uniforms. Each chapter is organized into a number of short sections dealing with key themes, pivotal battles and leading personalities, and the pages include timelines, maps, profiles and fact boxes.
The Last Gunfight
The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral – And How it Changed the American West
This detailed history of the famous shoot-out sets out to build the most accurate picture possible of the people behind the many fictionalized versions of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, and their altercations with the Clantons and the McLaurys. The author sets this against the context of the growth and decline of the west, particularly Tombstone and the Mexican border.
The Struggle Over the South China Sea and the Strategy of Chinese Expansion
China’s establishment of military bases on islands in the South China Sea has made these international waters a potential flashpoint. This study examines the threat posed to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, and the likelihood – and dangers – of US involvement.
The Waterloo Archive
Volume IV: British Sources
Gareth Glover, a long-time Napoleonic war researcher, has annotated and published for the first time letters and journals in the Waterloo Archives. This volume features the accounts of British soldiers from senior ranks to common soldiers, including the poignant final letters of Major Arthur Heyland, more boisterous accounts of bordello visits and recollections of plundering local farmhouses.
The Waterloo Archive
Volume III: British Sources
This volume comprises archive material from British sources, by men of all ranks in the cavalry, infantry and artillery. The many revealing details include failed horse charges, friendly fire, letters from surgeons attending casualties and the camaraderie among Peninsular veterans, with authors such as Sir Hussey Vivan; Frederick Ponsonby, who describes his battlefield wounding; and Daniel Mackinnon, famous for the defence of Hougoumont.
Voices from the Past
Composed of more than 300 eyewitness accounts, official documents and newspaper reports, this collection tells the story of Waterloo, mainly from British participants’ point of view. From the camaraderie among the massed allied troops ahead of the battle to the horrors of the cavalry charges and artillery bombardments, this gives a human view from commanding officers and lower ranks of some lighter moments and the heat of battle.
On the Road With Wellington
Diary of a War Commissary in the Peninsular Campaign
Writing his popular Sharpe novels about the Peninsular War, Bernard Cornwell drew on these memoirs more than any other first-hand accounts. '[Schaumann] had an eye for detail and an enthusiasm for campaign life that makes him the most immediate of all the war's chroniclers', Cornwell writes in his foreword to this edition.
Foreign Units in the French Army Under the Consulate and Empire, 1799 to 1814
Non-French mercenaries formed a crucial part of Napoleon's Grande Armée. This comprehensive study examines each foreign unit in turn, giving an overview of its origins, organizational and combat history, uniforms and standards, and eventual fate. Eyewitness accounts from contemporary sources and memoirs illustrate what life was like for soldiers the of the predominantly Polish, German, Swiss, Italian, Spanish, and other units.
March of Death
Sir John Moore's Retreat to Corunna, 1808–1809
In the freezing winter of 1808, a small British force found itself outnumbered and outmanoeuvred by Napoleon’s army. The only escape route for the British, commanded by Sir John Moore, was through the snow and ice of northern Spain, constantly pursued by the French. This account of their march recalls the desperation of the often barefoot and starving soldiers.
The Square and the Tower
Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook
It is often claimed that the internet has subverted the hierarchies that have governed the world for millennia, but in this volume Niall Ferguson argues that informal networks have always been the driving force for innovation. From ancient Roman cults to Renaissance dynasties and the American founding fathers, he demonstrates how personal relationships rather than orders from on high have shaped the world. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Between Crown and Commerce
Marseille and the Early Modern Mediterranean
Marseille’s wealthy merchants were strongly opposed to the influence of the French monarchy, which saw the port’s commerce with the Ottoman Empire as central to the enrichment of the state. In her analysis of the period from 1660 to the plague of 1720, Takeda shows how the Crown co-opted the city’s traditions of civic virtue to extend its own power.
The Trials of the King of Hampshire
Madness, Secrecy and Betrayal in Georgian England
Every family has its skeletons, but in 1823 the aristocratic Wallops were about to have theirs laid bare to the world. This biography tells the dramatic story of the Third Earl of Portsmouth. Wealthy and well-connected, a friend of Byron and Jane Austen, he was widely considered a harmless eccentric until – amid accusations of blackmail, abduction and sodomy – his own family set out to have him declared insane in a trial that scandalized the nation. Slightly off-mint.
A Beginner's Guide
The primacy of reason over belief and the questioning of accepted authority marked the intellectual climate from the mid 17th century to the end of the 18th. This introduction outlines the philosophical ideas, charts the movement's development and assesses its legacy.
Lady Longford's classic biography, which drew extensively on Victoria’s journals, is republished in an anniversary edition with a new introduction by Tristram Hunt. It gives a sympathetic, human account of the woman who wore a bonnet instead of a crown at her Golden Jubilee, exploring her public life and emotional challenges, including problems in her marriage to Prince Albert.
Eavesdropping on Jane Austen's England
How Our Ancestors Lived Two Centuries Ago
Drawing on contemporary sources including diaries, letters, newspapers and trial proceedings as well as Jane Austen's own correspondence and writings, Roy and Lesley Adkins have created a wide-ranging and richly detailed social history of English life in the early 19th century that offers new perspectives on the world of the great novelist. Covering everything from childbirth, education and work to the darker side of Georgian society, poverty and crime, the book provides an illuminating companion to Austen's novels.
Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court
Based on 40 years of research, this well illustrated volume offers insights into the life and career of Gouthière (1732–1813), and a definitive catalogue raisonné of his work. Credited with inventing matt gilding, he secured clients including the Duke of Aumont and Madame Du Barry and was held in such esteem that hundreds of items were attributed to him, yet he fell into obscurity and this is the first major study of him for over a century.
Victorians in Camera
The World of 19th Century Studio Photography
Whether it was an expensive daguerreotype, a piece of studio trickery, or a carte de visite, the Victorians were fascinated by photography, and by portraits in particular. Using contemporary texts and images, Robert Pols describes the experience of the 19th-century photographic studio from the subjects’ point of view, exploring why and how they chose a photographer, pose or style, and their uses for the finished products.
A Beginner's Guide
This concise introduction covers many aspects of Victorian society: class, religion, gender roles, the city and the empire. It considers how British views of the era have changed, and how it shaped the modern world, from the infrastructure of British politics and culture to the global struggles of the post-colonial era.
A Revolution of Feeling
The Decade that Forged the Modern Mind
In the 1790s Britain experienced what Edmund Burke called ‘a revolution in sentiments’: Hewitt shows how the French Revolution inspired British radicals to incorporate raw emotion into reformist ideals concerning sex, education, commerce and medicine. However, while this had enduring political effects, the aspirations of Enlightenment figures including Samuel Coleridge, William Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft and Thomas Wedgwood went unfulfilled as the ensuing Terror led to political crackdowns in Britain.
The Invisible Emperor
Napoleon on Elba from Exile to Escape
Mark Braude tells the story of Napoleon's first exile, from his downfall and failed suicide attempt to his return to power in France. He focuses on the emperor’s irrepressible character, revealed through extensive reforms of his tiny realm, establishing courts, a theatre, drainage systems and new crops, and the build-up to his return to power and the Battle of Waterloo.
The Licensed City
Regulating Drink in Liverpool, 1830–1920
Examining ‘how drunkenness came to be written into the image that the port city presented to the nation’, Beckingham focuses on how Victorian Liverpool’s reputation as one of the most drink-sodden cities in Britain prompted municipal regulation in an attempt to salvage civic pride. Tracing Liverpool’s progress from degradation to temperance, the study offers a more general discussion of the place of drink in British society.
From Westminster to the World
The Commonwealth at 70
Published by the History of Parliament Trust to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the modern Commonwealth, this illustrated history traces its evolution, from the earliest English colonies in America and the Caribbean, through the demise of Empire and milestones such as the London Declaration of 1949, to the present diverse, informal and resilient organization. In telling that history, the book’s emphasis is on the influence of English, then British, representative democracy on political institutions throughout the Commonwealth.
With the Guns in the Peninsula
The Peninsular War Journal of Captain William Webber, Royal Artillery
This first-hand account of the Peninsular War covers the 1812 advance to Aranjuez, the winter retreat and the 1813 campaign that pushed the French back across the Ebro. As well as giving an insight into the military operations, the book includes personal observations of the countryside, customs and people, and an overview of the career of Captain Webber, who was wounded at Waterloo.
Voices from the Peninsula
Eyewitness Accounts by Soldiers of Wellington's Army, 1808–1814
Between 1808, when British troops landed in Portugal, and 1814 when their advance into France hastened Napoleon’s downfall, the Peninsular War involved numerous battles and sieges. Drawing on letters, diaries and memoirs, this book presents a chronological account of the campaign in the words of the men who fought in it. Six maps illustrate key engagements, including Talavera and Salamanca.
Voices from the Past: the Siege of Sevastopol
Historian Anthony Dawson draws on previously unpublished sources to cast new light on the most destructive war of the nineteenth century. Focusing on the Siege of Sevastopol, during which artillery bombardments, dysentery, cholera and the freezing winter exacted a huge death toll, the book highlights particular aspects including the storming of the Redan and the Mamelon, and the Battle of the Tchernaya, the Russians’ desperate attempt to break the siege.
Memoirs of a French Napoleonic Officer
Jean-Baptiste Barrès, Chasseur of the Imperial Guard
Jean-Baptiste Barrès joined Napoleon's Imperial Guard in 1804 and was present at notable events such as the emperor’s coronations in Paris and Rome, the torchlight procession on the eve of Austerlitz, and the meeting of the two Emperors at Tilsit. His memoir modestly recounts such experiences and gives an insight into the everyday life of a Napoleonic soldier who saw conflict in numerous military engagements.
In the Legions of Napoleon
The Memoirs of a Polish Officer in Spain and Russia 1808–1813
Heinrich von Brandt was an intrepid young Polish soldier who fought for Napoleon from Madrid to Moscow. This memoir describes his career, in which he was severely wounded three times, and experienced the siege of Saragossa, Spanish guerrilla warfare, the crossing of the Niemen and the retreat from Moscow, and gives a direct insight into the minds of the soldiers involved in such gruelling engagements.
The Forgotten War Against Napoleon
Conflict in the Mediterranean, 1793–1815
From the blockade and siege of Toulon in 1793, in which Bonaparte first made his name, to his escape from Elba in 1815, naval operations in the Mediterranean were a critical aspect of the Napoleonic Wars. Drawing on an array of primary sources, this study describes the ebbs and flows of the 20-year conflict that included the set-piece battles of the Nile and Lissa and brought to prominence Horatio Nelson.
The Campaign of Waterloo
The Classic Account of Napoleon's Last Battles
First published as part of Fortescue’s A History of the British Army in 1920, this classic account is presented here as a single volume. Illustrated with maps and battle plans, it details the tactics deployed by both sides in every engagement from Napoleon’s escape from Elba in March 1815 to his final defeat at Waterloo in June.
A Sixpence at Whist
Gaming and the English Middle Classes 1680–1830
Shifting the focus away from the notorious gambling of the aristocracy to the much less risky and more controlled gaming – specifically card playing – of the prospering middle classes in the period following the Restoration, this study presents a new perspective on middling mentalities, preoccupations and priorities.
Learned Societies in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Following a number of themes in the history of scholarship – natural, literary and ‘exotic’ knowledge – Lubenow’s study addresses the ‘social history of cognition’ by examining the processes that members of university and London societies devised to provide opportunities for curiosity, originality, research and the shaping of knowledge.
The Milne Papers
The Papers of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Alexander Milne, Bt, K.C.B (1806–1896)
This volume presents the papers of the Admiral of the Fleet Sir Alexander Milne (1806–1896), who did not see action in war, but whose service career can be viewed as a microcosm of the Navy during the years 1815–1900, the so-called Pax Britannica, and whose papers illustrate how the Navy was employed on behalf of the liberal state. With a substantial introduction and notes. Publications of the Navy Records Society. Vol 162. No jacket.
Becoming a Romanov
Grand Duchess Elena of Russia and her World (1807–1873)
Elana Pavlovna Romanova was born Charlotte of Württemberg, a royal princess, in 1807; in 1823, aged 16, she went to Russia to marry the Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich. This biography describes the life of the grand duchess and her significant contributions to social welfare, medicine, science, music and the emancipation of serfs in 1861.
The Wilson–Johnson Correspondence
Presenting in full the correspondence between President Lyndon B Johnson and Harold Wilson over the four years between Wilson becoming Prime Minister in 1964 and LBJ leaving the White House in 1969, this volume illuminates the two leaders’ stated hopes of Anglo-American ‘close and friendly cooperation’ and how they were challenged by issues including the Vietnam War, Rhodesia, the Middle East, relations with the USSR and the Monetary crisis.
Police Courts in Nineteenth-Century Scotland
Volume 2, Boundaries, Behaviours and Bodies
In this second volume of their study of police courts and the administration, experience, impact and representation of summary justice in 19th-century Scotland, the authors examine, through a number of case studies, how these civic and judicial institutions regulated everyday activities, pastimes and cultures.
The Last Battle on English Soil, Preston 1715
Jonathan Oates’s account of the Jacobite rebellion of 1715 focuses solely on the North of England and sheds new light on the campaign in support of the Old Pretender. Beginning with the political flashpoints in the north-west following the accession of George I, the study traces the course of the rebellion and presents a detailed narrative of the battle at Preston, the Jacobite surrender and the treatment of prisoners in the aftermath.
Religion and Society in the Diocese of St Davids 1485–2011
Forming an overview of ecclesiastical history in West Wales, the contributions in this volume cover not only the religious movements and controversies associated with St Davids but also the Church’s role in education and the revival of Welsh cultural identity.
King's College Chapel, Aberdeen
In two parts, on the pre- and post-Reformation chapel, this volume of 26 essays discusses the organization of the chapel within the university; worship; architecture and fittings, including medieval bells and misericords; and the later monuments, stained glass and sundial.
The Great Church Crisis and the End of English Erastianism
Bethany Kilcrease traces the course of the ‘Church Crisis’, the conflict between the Protestant and Ritualistic (or ‘Catholic’) Parties, and alarm about the growth of Anglo-Catholicism within the Church of England. She identifies three developments that contributed to the sense of ‘crisis’: the publication of Walter Walsh’s Secret History of the Oxford Movement in 1897; the 1898 anti-Ritualist protests of John Kensit; and Sir William Harcourt’s parliamentary speeches against Ritualism.
The British Empire
A History and a Debate
Offering a dispassionate and evidence-based study of the British Empire as a form of government, an economic system and a method of engagement with the world, Professor Black presents an overview of the Empire across the centuries, considering it from both British and colonial perspectives. His history is accompanied by a commentary on the public historiography of empire and the politically charged character of much discussion of that history.
The Life and Choices of Lady Anne Barnard
Lady Anne Barnard lived at the heart of Georgian society – the Prince of Wales was a friend, and Walter Scott admired her verses – but her defiance of convention made her an outsider. Drawing on her unpublished papers, including six volumes of memoirs, this biography brings the poet, musician, artist and hostess vividly to life, and tells how she travelled to France to observe the Revolution, married an army officer twelve years her junior, and raised an illegitimate child.
West Like Lightning
The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express
As their nation stood on the brink of Civil War, Americans were captivated by a new postal service that, for just 18 months, carried mail almost 2,000 miles across the continent using a relay of daring young horseback riders. In this book the coauthor of American Sniper explores the origins and development of the Pony Express, debunks myths that quickly grew up around it and considers its lasting relevance as a symbol of American enterprise. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge. American-cut pages.
Empire of Guns
The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution
Challenging the conventional narratives of cotton mills and inspired innovators, Priya Satia argues that the constant state of war and Britain’s thriving gun trade were driving forces in the Industrial Revolution. Discussing the economic impact of war on political and industrial progress, she scrutinizes the claims by Samuel Galton Jnr, the leading gun manufacturer, that his industry was no worse than any other as everyone was participating in war manufacturing, and that guns were instruments of civilization, essential for preserving property. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Before the Ironclad
Warship Design and Development 1815–1860
This new, more extensively illustrated edition of the authoritative 1990 work shows how, in the years after the Battle of Waterloo, British warships developed from sail and wood to steam and iron, culminating in the world’s first iron-hulled, seagoing battleship, HMS Warrior. Written by a naval architect, it progresses from the structural innovations of Robert Seppings (1767–1840) to subsequent refinements of steam and the paddle-fighting ship, metal hulls and screw propulsion, and the evolving role of the Royal Navy.
Memoirs and Reflections
Born in Moscow in 1971, Evgeny Kissin made his concert debut at the age of ten and is now internationally renowned for his interpretation of the classical and Romantic piano repertoire. In this collection of reminiscences he answers some of the questions that he is most often asked – about his childhood, his early teachers and his encounters with the world’s great musicians – and muses on topics including fame, inspiration and his favourite composers. Slightly off-mint.
Ideal for helping with school projects, the Eyewitness series explores the natural world and human history. Topics include dinosaurs and oceans as well as periods and events from Ancient Egypt to the Second World War, with illustrations and concise text explaining hundreds of facts and figures. Age 9+
The King and the Catholics
The Fight for Rights 1829
In 1780 the anti-Papist Gordon riots left 1,000 dead and London in flames; half a century later Parliament passed the Catholic Emancipation Act. This narrative history charts the struggles that brought about that conclusion. It profiles the key players, including George III, a staunch opponent of emancipation; the political rivals Wellington and Peel; and the Irish campaigner Daniel O’Connell; and examines the conflict between the right to practise one’s religion and allegiance to the state.
Makers of the Modern World: Prince Saionji
A powerful statesman and inscrutable diplomat, Saionji led a delegation committed to achieving racial equality and international influence. Their lack of success and the Conference’s compromise – the granting of colonial territory – sowed the seeds of further conflict. Slightly off-mint.
The United Kingdom, 1800–1906
From the Act of Union with Ireland in 1800 to the Liberal Party’s landslide victory in 1906, Cannadine breaks new ground in the history of the 19th century, exploring the ‘many contradictions of progress’ during the United Kingdom’s era of national greatness and imperial aggrandisement. He emphasizes how stable, parliamentary democracy was crucial to Britain’s success, but also explores the darker side of British life and the challenges facing a global power. Part of The Penguin History of Britain series.
The Greatest Siege in British History
During the Great Siege of Gibraltar (1779–83), the longest ever endured by the British, the powerful forces of Spain and France blockaded and assaulted the isle from land and sea. Thousands of civilians and soldiers experienced starvation, disease and deadly bombardment. Including maps and illustrations, this book explores the story of the siege and its impact on life back home, while examining the argument that it ultimately cost the British the American War of Independence.