Their Natural and Unnatural Histories
Janet Lembke's celebration of the chicken in its every aspect has chapters on classical, medieval, Renaissance and modern chickens, literary and scientific chickens, eggs and urban chicken-keeping. It is also a very practical book, drawing on the author's own experience of building coops, keeping poultry - and eating it. She includes a survey of chicken cuisine and a selection of recipes.
An Illustrated Introduction to the Stuarts
Arranged chronologically from the accession of James I in 1603 to the death of Queen Anne in 1714, this book describes an era of unprecedented change and turmoil. The Stuart century saw wars of religion, the Civil War and the plague, but also the flourishing of art, literature, philosophy and science.
Spanish Culture and Memory Since 1936
The Spanish Civil War is largely known through the accounts of outsiders such as Orwell and Hemingway, with the long years of Franco's dictatorship seen as an era of silence and suppression. This compelling investigation dispels this myth, demonstrating how the memory of these events was kept alive in novels, films, paintings and sculpture. Interviewing the descendants of those killed by the regime, it examines how, in recent years, the country has begun to come to terms with its past.
The Triumph of Robert the Bruce
In a fresh account of Bannockburn, Cornell places the battle ‘within its wider context as a phenomenon inextricably linked to the political events within Scotland and England in this period’. He examines the internal conflicts in both countries, the leadership of Robert Bruce and that of England’s Edward II and his generals in a thorough reappraisal of why the battle occurred, how it unfolded and how the Scots achieved their extraordinary against-the-odds victory.
The Siege of Jerusalem
Crusade and Conquest in 1099
In this vivid narrative history Kostick retells the events that unfolded following the arrival of a Christian army at Jerusalem in June 1099. He also sets this siege and the brutal sack of the city against the wider background of the First Crusade, following the crusaders on their march towards Jerusalem, highlighting tensions and factions among their ranks and assessing both the immediate aftermath and the longer-term legacy for the Crusade's leaders.
A Portrait of its People at War
The American experience of the Vietnam War is widely known, but the Vietnamese people's own story of that brutal and drawn-out conflict is rarely told. This classic work of oral history, first published in 1986, brings together the accounts of ordinary people from both North and South Vietnam - soldiers, guerrillas, monks, opposition leaders, propaganda chiefs and village secretaries - to reveal the profound trauma and remarkable resilience of a nation in the grip of war and revolution.
The Invasion of Europe by the Barbarians
JB Bury (1861–1927) was Professor of Modern History, then of Greek, at Cambridge, but his most important contributions were to the study of Late Antiquity. This book brings together a series of lectures on the long period of migrations from the fourth to sixth centuries; with a focus on military matters, they examine how Germans, Visigoths, Gauls, Ostrogoths and Franks took control of Europe as the power and influence of the Roman Empire waned.
The Maid and the Queen
The Secret History of Joan of Arc and Yolande of Aragon
The story of Joan of Arc is well known: hearing voices at the age of 13, she was inspired to lead French resistance to English domination, and was then captured and subjected to trial by inquisition. But did Joan's strength and power derive only from the angels? Goldstone's revisionist account argues that the restoration of France's greatness came about through the intertwined lives of Joan and her forgotten mentor, Yolande of Aragon, 'perhaps the most astute politician of her age'.
Life in the Georgian Court
When Queen Anne died in 1714, George, Elector of Hanover, acceded to the British throne. Organized in four main acts – Childhood, Marriage, Scandal and Death – rather than as a comprehensive history, this is a collection of true stories from the Georgian era. Romantic, tragic, eccentric and sometimes gory, the tales are engagingly told, revealing the real people beneath the wigs and pomp of the period, and complemented by a useful timeline and a section of black-and-white portraits.
The Perilous Catch
A History of Commercial Fishing
After an introduction describing some of the worst fishing disasters around the coasts of Britain during the last two centuries, the maritime historian Mike Smylie traces the history of commercial fishing from prehistoric and medieval weirs to today’s super-trawlers. Meticulously detailed, the book covers every aspect of fishing from mud-horse fishing on the Somerset mudflats to open-sea trawling, changes in boat design and safety, women in the industry, and the lives of fishermen and their families.
The Georgian Art of Gambling: Being A Miscellaneous
Collection of Fashionable Card Games and Diverse Pastimes
Claire Cock-Starkey's miscellany of Georgian pastimes – and addictions – covers everything from cards in the drawing room to wagers on cock-fighting and the ruination of gambling-addicted aristocrats.
English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper
Was it a betrayal of the modern movement to be in love, as John Piper was, with old churches? Harris finds the engagement of artists and writers with the English countryside during the interwar years ‘an expression of responsibility – towards places, people and histories too valuable and too vulnerable to go missing from art’. Among the now much-admired figures discussed are Paul Nash, Edward Bawden, Gertrude Hermes, John Betjeman and Daphne du Maurier, and the book features carefully chosen quotations and reproductions of their works.
Houses of History
A Critical Reader in Twentieth-Century History and Theory
A clear, jargon-free introduction to the major theoretical perspectives of 20th-century historians, this reader comprises twelve chapters on major schools of thought, from the empiricists to postmodernists. Each school is represented by a seminal text, including essays by EP Thompson (Marxist), Braudel (Annales), Theda Skocpol (historical sociology) and Catherine Hall (gender and history), accompanied by a substantial introduction and reading list.
The Making of the Modern Christmas
What do we mean by a 'traditional' Christmas? Were old Christmases that much better than modern celebrations? This book traces the history of Christmas from pagan mid-winter festivals to its establishment as a Christian feast in the 4th century, through Puritan disapproval and the Victorian revival and refurbishment of old customs to the present day. En route we find The Times in 1912 already lamenting the separation of 'the secular from the sacred part of Christmas'.
Hitler's Diaries, Lincoln's Assassins, and Other Famous Frauds
‘History,’ said Napoleon, ‘is a set of lies agreed upon.’ The six audacious hoaxes examined in this book each became widely accepted as historical fact, before being exposed as a fraud. From the purported ‘missing link’ fossils of ‘Piltdown Man’ to the numerous volumes of the Hitler Diaries, they illustrate the forger’s devious modus operandi and warn how easily ‘wanting to believe’, either through greed or for ideological reasons, allows us to be fooled.
Liber Amicorum et Illustorum Hospitum
Published to mark the 70th birthday of Archbishop Heim, this edition of his Liber Amicorum includes Peter Bander van Duren’s substantial introduction to the Archbishop’s life and his work in heraldry. The Liber Amicorum itself comprises over 150 monochrome plates and blazons, with Heim’s celebrated works of heraldic art covering both European and British armorial bearings.
Graveyard of Empires: A New History of the Borderlands
David Isby, the veteran American defence analyst, provides a meticulously researched account of the situation in Afghanistan up to 2010 and, in the light of the country’s history, considers the problems facing the US and NATO coalition.
Shadows of Revolution
Reflections on France, Past and Present
Over the past two centuries, France has experimented with virtually every form of government. This collection of essays and reviews by one of America’s foremost observers of France reflects on the Enlightenment and the Revolution, Robespierre and Napoleon, the Vichy regime and the situation of French Jews, the Arab Spring and the terrorist attacks of 2015. Lively, informed, wide-ranging and highly readable, the book offers a unique insight into ‘the most intense political laboratory the world has ever known’.
Atlas of the Ethno-political History of the Caucasus
Poised between Europe and Asia at the strategic crossroads between the Black and Caspian seas, the Caucasus has an exceptionally complex mix of cultures, ethnicities, religions and languages. Through 57 highly detailed large-format maps, this superb atlas charts the region’s volatile history and shifting borders from the 18th century to the present day. The meticulously researched text elucidates the conflicting national narratives, and provides a comprehensive reference tool for scholars, geographers and historians.
What was History?
The Art of History in Early Modern Europe
From the late 15th century onward, scholars across Europe began to write books about how to read and evaluate histories. These pioneering works - which often take surprisingly modern-sounding positions - grew from complex debates about law, religion and classical scholarship. In this book, based on his Trevelyan Lectures in 2005, Grafton explains why so many of these works were written, why they attained so much insight and why, in later centuries, scholars gradually forgot that they had existed.
A Brief Guide to Native American Myths and Legends
The world of Native American mythology is inhabited by such fantastical and capricious characters as the shape-shifting trickster Coyote and the mischievous Blue Jay. The seminal study of these sacred tales was written by the Scottish folklorist Lewis Spence in 1914; this updated edition has a new introductory essay, commentary on Native American culture and stories from tribes not covered by Spence, such as the Inuit.
The Great Moghuls
A Brief History
Bamber Gascoigne's classic book tells of the most fascinating period of Indian history, the 16th and 17th centuries, when the country was ruled by an extraordinarily talented dynasty of emperors. Masters of almost limitless power and incomparable wealth, the 'Great Moghuls', as they were known to European travellers, were passionate about art, science and religion, but also sophisticated administrators who stabilized much of India. First published as The Great Moghuls in 1971.
An Adventure History of Paris
Paris is one of the most alluring cities in the world; however well we know it, it never ceases to surprise. Reading this book, which retells its history through the lives of its inhabitants from Balzac to Baudelaire, Sartre to Sarkozy, is like stumbling upon a tiny restaurant frequented by eccentric locals. Robb is both a scholar and an adventurer, and from 250 years of urban history, he weaves a dazzling tapestry of fact and fantasy, memory and myth. Slightly off-mint.
Memoir of the Life of Elizabeth Fry (1847)
Born into a Quaker banking family, Elizabeth Fry (1780–1845) worked tirelessly for the reform of prisons and asylums. This memoir, first published in 1847, is largely composed of extracts from her journals and letters, edited and with a linking narrative by two of her daughters. The original two volumes are bound as one in this reprint edition. No jacket and off-mint.
The History of Gambling in England (1898)
After an introduction that surveys the history of gambling from ancient Egypt to medieval England, John Ashton gives a remarkably detailed account of this ‘disease that is most contagious’, including individual gamblers and notorious wagers, horse racing, gambling clubs, lotteries, financial ‘bubbles’ and life insurance. Reprint edition. No jacket and off-mint .
In Darkest England, and the Way Out (1890)
A runaway bestseller when it was published in Britain in 1890, this book by William Booth (1829–1912), the founder of The Salvation Army, deals with the serious social problems of late 19th-century Britain: unemployment, poverty, vice, crime and drunkenness. Booth shows how existing social agencies had failed and he sets out a solution, his own ‘scheme for salvation’. Reprinted in 1974 with a new foreword and introduction. No jacket.
A History of Crime in England (1873–76)
Luke Owen Pike (1835–1915) was a barrister and an historical researcher in the Public Records Office, and his history of crime from Roman times to 1874 draws on his legal expertise and his access to historical documents. In great detail, he shows how ‘the definition of crime was being gradually evolved during the slow march of history’. Reprint edition. No jackets.
A History of Huntingdonshire
The Darwen County History Series
Despite disappearing from official maps in the 1974 reorganization, the distinct identity of Huntingdonshire is still upheld by locals. Once one of England's smallest counties, the area is associated with notable historical figures such as Oliver Cromwell and Samuel Pepys.