Rakes, Highwaymen, and Pirates
The Making of the Modern Gentlemen in the Eighteenth Century
Discussing the masculine characters in literary works by writers including Richardson, Boswell, John Gay and Rochester, this study explores the emergence of the polite English gentleman during the 18th century and argues that the history of this archetype of modern masculinity is inseparable from that of its outlaw contemporaries, the rake, the highwayman and the pirate. Off-mint.
Discovering Friendly and Fraternal Societies
Their Badges and Regalia
The most successful of the many friendly and fraternal societies that sprung up in Britain from the 18th century was the Freemasons. At one time millions of people belonged to similar clubs such as the Oddfellows and the Ancient Order of Foresters but social changes and the welfare state reduced participation drastically in the 20th century. This illustrated guide uncovers the history of these orders and explores their elaborate regalia. Off-mint.
Octavia, Daughter of God
The Story of a Female Messiah and Her Followers
Jane Shaw describes how, in the aftermath of the First World War, a group of Englishwomen led by Mabel Barthrop – who was known as Octavia and believed to be the daughter of God – set about building a new Jerusalem in Bedford. Off-mint.
Ancestors in the Arctic
A Photographic History of Dundee Whaling
Drawn from the collections of Dundee Art Galleries and Museums, this volume of early photographs shows the sailing ships and the highly skilled crews of the Dundee whaling industry, often set against the dramatic ice seas and landscapes of the Arctic. Offering insights into an almost forgotten aspect of Dundee’s history, the book demonstrates the importance of whaling for the city between the mid 18th century and the First World War.
The Great Plague
The Story of London's Most Deadly Year
Between the death of Goodwoman Phillips in Saint Giles-in-the-Fields on Christmas Eve 1664 and January 1666, the Great Plague killed almost 100,000 people in and around London. In this engrossing study, historian A Lloyd Moote and microbiologist Dorothy C Moote describe the progress of the epidemic and investigate how people lived through the catastrophe, how they decided whether to leave or stay in the city, and what resources they drew on to survive amid so much death and disorder.
An Illustrated Life of Thomas Telford 1757–1834
The Scottish engineer Thomas Telford was nicknamed the ‘Colossus of Roads’ because of the engineering genius he brought to British roads, bridges, tunnels and canals. This concise biography by a local author tells how he established his reputation in Shropshire before creating landmarks such as the Menai Bridge and the Ellesmere and Caledonian Canals.
Coopers and Coopering
Breweries and pubs today rely on metal containers, but in the past, wooden casks or barrels were prized for their strength and versatility. In this illustrated guide, Ken Kilby, himself a cooper, surveys the history of the craft and describes the complex, physically demanding skills that went into making a barrel.