The Uncrowned Queen
Lady Arbella Stuart, cousin to both Elizabeth I and James VI of Scotland, was a woman whose parents' marriage had been orchestrated to provide an heir to the English throne. Raised by her grandmother, Bess of Hardwick, Arbella lived in the shadow and at the mercy of Elizabeth. This study focuses on her lineage, life and legacy, revealing a well-educated woman, desperate to control her own destiny, but ultimately powerless against the politics and intrigue of the Tudor court.
The King Who Fell at Hastings
Peter Rex's biography of Harold Godwinson, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, reveals an astute political operator who, as Earl of Wessex, rose to a powerful position in Edward the Confessor's England. Rex examines the complexities of the English succession, Harold's sojourn in Normandy before he became king in January 1066, and his brief reign during a year that 'tested the Old English military system to destruction', with Harald Hardrara beaten at Stamford Bridge, but Harold killed in battle at Hastings.
1517, Printing, and the Making of the Reformation
Martin Luther’s revolutionary ideas spread across Europe within just a few years of the day in 1517 when he posted his ‘theses’ on a church door. As this book shows, Luther’s success was far from accidental: a skilled communicator, he worked closely with Wittenberg’s printers to craft the distinctive pamphlets that made him the world’s first mass-media figure, boosted the newly emerging publishing industry and inspired others to disseminate their own writings. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Captain of the Carpathia
The Seafaring Life of Titanic Hero Sir Arthur Henry Rostron
Destined to be remembered for being first to the scene of the Titanic disaster in 1912, Arthur Rostron later commanded the Mauretania as a hospital and troop ship during the First World War and on transatlantic passenger service throughout the 1920s. Drawing on contemporary publications and personal memoirs this book recounts the life of a distinguished seafarer who began his career in the last days of sail and ended as Commodore of the Cunard Line.