Everyday Life in Hadrian's Britain
Lindsay Allason-Jones vividly recreates the lives, habits and thoughts of women who lived in Britain during the four centuries of Roman occupation. Traversing the social strata from high-born ladies to farmers' daughters, she examines the material and textual evidence for their home lives, health, religion, dress and jewellery. This new edition of the book adds fresh insights provided by the latest archaeological discoveries, including burials, tombstones and curse tablets.
Crown of Blood
The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey
In 1553, 17-year-old Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen of England to prevent the accession of Henry VIII’s Catholic daughter Mary. Thirteen days later she was imprisoned in the Tower, and in February 1554 she was beheaded. This narrative history draws on previously overlooked sources to create a vivid and engaging portrait of an intelligent, charismatic and deeply religious girl caught up in the power politics of her age, whose courage shone through her final, harrowing ordeal.
And the Men Who made Him
While much has been written about Henry VIII’s women, this biography turns to the men who surrounded the king and, through his relationships with male family, servants, ministers, friends and rivals, gives a fresh account of Henry’s multi-faceted personality. From his childhood with his father, through the ‘lusty bachelors’ of his youth, to the intellectuals and political advisers of his reign, and Holbein, the king’s image-maker for posterity, Tracy Borman presents a rich and often surprising narrative of Henry’s life.
The True Story of England's Crusader King
The enduring legend of King Richard I, as a noble warrior who selflessly left his kingdom and fought bravely to win back the Holy Land, has its origins in the public image promulgated by his formidable mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine. As this biography reveals, the scandalous reality is very different: Richard ‘the Lionheart’ detested England (which he twice bankrupted), slaughtered defenceless peasants and repeatedly abandoned his supporters to save himself.
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 Drawing on her unpublished papers, including six volumes of memoirs, this thrilling biography brings the poet, musician, artist and hostess vividly to life, and tells how she travelled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.