Epitaph for the Ash
In Search of Recovery and Renewal
Alarmed by the appearance in the UK of Ash Dieback, Lisa Samson travels the length of these islands to assess the seriousness of the threat to a much-loved tree, and the measures taken by environmentalists to ensure its survival. When she is diagnosed with a brain tumour and faces life-changing surgery, the fate of the ash becomes a mirror of her own.
Beers and Breweries of Britain
Beer has been brewed in the British Isles since at least Roman times and it has played a significant role in our social history ever since. This concise illustrated account of the craft includes details about common pub names, the fermentation process and breweries that offer tours to the public
Histories of the Unexpected
How Everything has a History
‘History is like a maze’, write the authors as they embark on this journey through 30 topics, inspired by their podcast series that promotes non-linear historical thinking. They reveal how our everyday world connects with the past in surprising, thought-provoking ways, including the use of paper clips as an anti-Nazi symbol, cats’ significance for the French Revolution and the links between letters, marriage, the Royal Navy and eggs.
A Brief History of
In the popular imagination the Freemasons are often regarded as a sinister secret society practising arcane rituals: Jasper Ridley’s reassessment traces the origins of Freemasonry in the medieval craftsmen's guilds and its spread throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. Dispelling the more lurid misconceptions, Ridley sheds new light on the organization's beliefs, activities and current role in society.
The Staffordshire Regiments 1705–1919
Vol II 'The Scrapbook'
This volume comprises mainly photographs, engravings, illustrations and ephemera relating to the regiments. Most of the material dates to the early 20th century and includes portraits and images of troops on campaign during the Boer War and First World War as well as in training and transit.
Churnet Valley Iron
The Mills & The Mines
Herbert Chester first published this history of iron-working as The Iron Valley in 1979. Since then, Churnet Valley has become popular with walkers and steam train enthusiasts and the book, now re-issued with additional maps and photographs, provides a detailed account of the area’s largely forgotten industrial heritage.
The Book Thieves
The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance
Throughout occupied Europe, the Nazis looted not only art but also books. The Swedish journalist Anders Rydell describes how the shelves of Jews, Communists, Catholics, Freemasons and other opposition groups were pillaged to provide material for Nazi propaganda. He meets the small team of dedicated librarians combing Berlin's public libraries to identify the looted books, and finds himself entrusted with returning a stolen volume to its rightful owner. Off-mint with a felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
For The King's Pleasure
The Furniture and Decoration of George IV's Apartments at Windsor Castle
George IV’s refurbishment of Windsor Castle was one of the costliest decorative projects in history. Drawing on unpublished documents, this pioneering book charts the king’s relations with the artists and decorators, and is illustrated with original sketches and modern photographs of furniture, fixtures and fittings.
A History of the Umbrella in Life and Literature
Umbrellas have been around for millennia. Once a mark of royalty designed to shield pharaohs from the sun, they have also been used to signal class distinctions; and as status symbols, talismans and defensive weapons. This illustrated volume explores their history and cultural significance, and examines their treatment in literature, art and film, including 120 appearances in the works of Dickens.
The Feminist Revolution
The Struggle for Women's Liberation 1966–1988
A visual and narrative ‘celebration of the political, strategic, and cultural diversity of the women’s liberation movement’, this book brings together a diverse range of posters, press cuttings and photographs with histories of feminist movements, campaigns and activists between the 1960s and 1980s. Topics covered include feminist writers, civil rights, women’s bodies, and women in publishing, music and the arts, with a final chapter on feminism in the 21st century and educating the next generation.
Royalty's Strangest Tales
Extraordinary but True Stories from Over 2,000 Years of Mad Monarchs and Raving Rulers
Isolated from reality, weakened by inbreeding or corrupted by power, many monarchs have demonstrated cruelty and eccentricity, from Caligula of Rome to Mobutu of Zaire. This collection of royal stories ranges from Charles VI of France, who thought he was made of glass, to the miraculous Kim Jong-il of North Korea, who, according to local sources, scored 38 under par the first time he played golf.
The History of Theatre
The diverse and absorbing history of the theatre ranges from the tragedies and comedies of ancient Greece to the high-tech musicals of today. Derek Jacobi’s engaging reading is illustrated with more than 50 extracts from classic plays, performed by some of today’s leading actors.