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.
A Biosocial Perspective
Homosexuality is an evolutionary paradox that occurs in various social, sexually reproducing species. This study examines evolutionary, biological, psychological and sociological aspects of homosexual behaviour and concludes that it can be understood in the context of adaptive evolution and is not a malfunction of sexuality.
The tragic life of Queen Marie Antoinette of France (1755–93) has fascinated and divided historians ever since her execution. Was her thoughtless interference in affairs of state the catalyst that provoked the French Revolution, or was she an innocent victim of the dangerous world of late 18th-century power politics? Antonia Fraser's meticulously researched biography explores these contradictory assessments and offers the fullest portrait yet of the much-maligned ‘Austrian woman’, the doomed queen consort of Louis XVI.
The Masonic Magician
The Life and Death of Count Cagliostro and His Egyptian Rite
When he was arrested by the Inquisition in 1789, Count Alessandro Cagliostro had won fame across Europe as an alchemist, healer and Freemason. This account of his rise and fall draws on new documentary evidence to examine both the case against him and the reasons for the devotion and ridicule that he attracted. The book features a full English translation, with commentary, of Cagliostro’s ‘Ritual of Egyptian Freemasonry’.
The Expert Guide to Sleeping Well
Written by the Director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, this exploration of sleep explains what it is and why we need it, reports the latest scientific research and advises on common disorders and how to improve your sleep using simple natural techniques.
Women's Hairstyles and Culture from 1920 to 1980
Illustrated with vintage photographs, contemporary images and sketches, this visual history explores how the coiffeurs of western women evolved as social expectations gradually relaxed. The author considers the rise of fashions such as the kiss curls favoured by the dancers of the Folies Bergère, Jacqueline Kennedy’s signature bouffant, rock-n-roll beehives and anarchic punk spikes, and closes with a section dedicated to iconic hairstylists, past and present.
The Accomplished Lady
A History of Genteel Pursuits c. 1660–1860
Drawing on a broad range of sources, including contemporary diaries, letters and periodicals, this richly illustrated social history examines the pastimes of upper-class women within the context of the highly restrictive patriarchal society in which they lived. Covering pursuits such as painting, embroidery, feather work and photography, the author also considers how other aspects of the female experience, notably education, marital status and domestic responsibilities, influenced their creative output.
Women in Ancient Greece
Seclusion, Exclusion, or Illusion?
Most histories of Ancient Greece focus on male protagonists, implying that women were a secluded, excluded part of society. Paul Chrystal questions this assumption, investigating the lives of Ancient Greek women writers, philosophers, artists and scientists, and their experiences of love, marriage, religion and death. Drawing on Homer, Hesiod and others, he demonstrates that women’s roles were far more nuanced and complex than previously portrayed.
A Man Called Plenty Horses
Senika-Wakan-Ota; The Last Warrior of the Great Plains War
In 1891, after the massacre at Wounded Knee, a Sioux man named Plenty Horses shot dead one Lieutenant Casey. Told mainly through Native American eyewitness testimonies, this account of his trials, which hinged on whether criminal acts were justified in war, also charts the Plains Indians’ four-decade struggle against a United States determined to seize their lands, reveals Plenty Horses’ despair at reservation life, and exposes the devastating effects of assimilation on Native American culture.
A Survivor's Flight from Nazi-Occupied Vienna Through Wartime France
Literary editor of a Viennese newspaper, Moriz Scheyer was forced to flee the Nazis, only to be arrested when they invaded France. In this memoir, begun in hiding in a French convent in 1943 and found in an attic half a century after its author’s death, he recalls his incarceration in a concentration camp, escape, contact with the Resistance, and many threats to his life.
The Holy Mountain
An Anzac veteran, Sydney Loch (1888–1955) and his wife Joyce settled in Thessalonika, in the last village where women were allowed before the wall of the male-only Athos peninsula. Drawing on 25 years of living there and exploring the Holy Mountain, this is Loch’s account of the autonomous region inhabited only by Orthodox monks, living in monasteries on the flanks of the mountain and keeping Byzantine time, in which the day begins at sunset. First published in 1957. Small print
British Women Writers and the Writing of History
Examining writings by Lucy Hutchinson, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Charlotte Lennox, Catherine Macaulay, Hester Lynch Piozzi and Jane Austen, this study argues that, despite writing during a period when history was a male preserve, these women were very much engaged in historiographical debates.
The Jewish World
100 Treasures of Art and Culture
The Magnes Collection was founded in Berkeley, California, in 1962 and dedicated, in the words of its director, Alla Efimova, to ‘salvaging the floating remnants of the post-Holocaust Jewish world’. This volume, reflecting Dr Efimova’s personal view of the museum’s global mission and the range of artefacts within the collection, includes ritual objects and manuscripts from far-flung Jewish communities, past and present, and paintings, photographs and ephemera that represent the history of Californian congregations since the gold rush era.
Women in my Rose Garden
The History, Romance and Adventure of Old Roses
The horticulturalist Ann Chapman explores the lives of 35 female figures after whom the heritage roses in her garden are named and looks at why the cultivators chose to honour them in such a way. An image of each woman accompanies her biography, as well as a full-page colour photograph of her rose by the acclaimed French naturalist photographer Paul Starosta.