Against War and Empire
Geneva, Britain, and France in the Eighteenth Century
As Britain and France became more powerful during the 18th century, small states such as Geneva could no longer stand militarily against these commercial monarchies; and Genevans were wary of being drawn into a corrupt world dominated by the unprincipled pursuit of wealth. Here, Professor Whatmore presents an intellectual history of republicans who engaged with the ideas of Rousseau, Voltaire and Bentham as they strove to keep Geneva at peace and independent.
The Six Wives & Many Mistresses of Henry VIII
The Women's Stories
While Henry VIII is a common thread running through this 'collective biography', the focus is on the lives of the women who shared his bed. Tudor historian Amy Licence tells the stories of how these wives and mistresses were wooed by Henry; she explores their relationships with the king in the context of the sexual and cultural mores of 16th-century England; and she looks at how their lives were changed - and sometimes ended - as a result of their liaisons.
Power, Politics and County Government in Wales
This study of public administration at the county level in Wales during the ‘long’ 19th century couples a detailed examination of what happened in one county - Anglesey - with overviews of events in other parts of Wales. Griffith explores the social and cultural contexts of county government in Wales, and assesses the shifts in the character and efficacy of local government, initially under a landed magistracy and later under a democratically elected council.
The Savage Storm
Britain on the Brink in the Age of Napoleon
David Andress chronicles the 'remarkably dogged, occasionally despairing, but at last overwhelmingly successful British fight against the continental power embodied in the 'Grand Empire' of Napoleon Bonaparte'. He describes the military conflict itself, but also examines how it affected both high politics and the very active social resistance of the time. As well as the international contest of ideologies, the study considers the bitterly divided society within Britain, even as it prevailed over Napoleon.
Gladstone, Gordon and the Sudan Wars
The Battle over Imperial Intervention in the Victorian Age
General Gordon's death in Khartoum in January 1885 was a crucial episode in British history and one that has remained controversial. Gordon has been usually depicted as the hero of the story, while Gladstone is often portrayed as the villain, responsible for a 'policy of drift' in Sudan. Nicoll's radical reappraisal, based on previously unpublished materials, refutes the conventional image of both men and offers insight into British policy in Africa and the influence of the press and public opinion.
The Radical Rising
The Scottish Insurrection of 1820
In 1820, the last armed uprising on British soil, intent on severing the Union and establishing a radical Scottish republic, ended in 85 trials for treason, executions, imprisonments and transportations. An incisive analysis of the Radical Rising and events leading up to it, this study also captures the desperation of the Scots, the heroism of the radical leaders and the savagery with which the movement was crushed by Lord Liverpool's government. First published in 1970. (Previously in Postscript as The Scottish Insurrection.)
The Entertainment of Charles II
In February 1661 the restored monarch Charles II made a progress through London, from the Tower to Whitehall and his coronation, passing through four triumphal arches constructed for the event. John Ogilby, Master of Revels, was commissioned to organize the spectacle for the procession. Published in 1662, his Entertainment contains texts of the poetry, notably translations of Virgil, descriptions and engravings of the four arches and details of the ceremonies. This facsimile edition has an introduction by Ronald Knowles. No jacket.
Duke and King of Scots
In this scholarly biography the Duke of Albany, later James VII and II, is 'discussed from birth to death as a prince of Scotland'. That Scottish perspective allows Mann to re-evaluate traditional views of the king as a Catholic extremist and absolutist who failed through incompetence; to reassess his personality and motives; and to give a full account of James as a member of the royal house of Scotland, as a commander, as king and, finally, as exile.
A Year in the Life of Victorian Britain
Along with evocations of British life from writers such as Dickens, George Eliot and Robert Louis Stevenson, many of the excerpts in this Year illustrate the spread and conflict of empire - Florence Nightingale writing from Scutari, Lady Sarah Wilson reporting the Jameson Raid, and Emily Eden, travelling with the army in India.
A Year in the Life of Stuart Britain
Among the momentous events described in the Stuart year are the Great Plague, the Great Fire of London, the Union of Scotland and England and the publication of Newton’s Principia; and the witnesses to this 17th century Britain include Pepys, Evelyn, Defoe and John Bunyan.
Beginning with the horror of the battlefield where 50,000 men lay dead and injured as night fell on 18 June 1815, O'Keeffe's study covers the months between Wellington's victory and the confinement of Napoleon on St Helena. It describes how, once the dead and dying were gone, the site was visited by tourists; how the news of the battle was spread; the advance of the British and Prussian armies into France; and Napoleon's final weeks as surrender became inevitable.
Surveying the spiritual and intellectual upheaval experienced throughout Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, this study forms Volume V of The Penguin History of Europe. Greengrass traces the eclipse of the older notion of 'Christendom' - the Western European community of belief held together by the Roman Catholic Church - by the divisive challenge to papal authority, by dynastic conflicts that changed the relationship between rulers and ruled, and by geographical and scientific discoveries that undermined the unity of medieval Christendom.
The Practice of Politics in Safavid Iran
Power, Religion and Rhetoric
From the 16th to the 18th centuries Iran was ruled by the Safavid dynasty, which reached the peak of its power and prosperity under the autocratic Shah Abbas who reigned from 1588 to 1629. This study charts its origins as an apocalyptic mystical movement in Azerbaijan, and the evolution of its ideology to cement a vast, cosmopolitan Islamic empire stretching from Baghdad to Herat. It also explores the roles of state-sponsored rhetoric, Persian bureaucracy and Shi'a theology in the Safavid state.
A Journey in Search of Empire
William Paterson's dream to establish, along with a trading company in Scotland, a Scottish colony on the isthmus of Panama was enthusiastically embraced by the Scots. Caledonia was founded on the Caribbean coast, but the settlers fell foul of disease, poor leadership and their Spanish rivals: the Darien scheme was a disaster. McKendrick gives a detailed account of the whole venture, from the earlier travellers' tales that fired Paterson's imagination, to the Darien legacy in South Carolina, Georgia and Panama.
An Empire on the Edge
How Britain Came to Fight America
From a British perspective, this book gives a fresh account of the Boston Tea Party and the origins of the American Revolution, showing how a lethal blend of politics, personalities and economics led to war. Focusing on the last three years of deepening anger on both sides before the outbreak of violent rebellion, Bunker sheds new light on the origins of the Tea Party, the roles of leading figures, and the failings of the government in London. American-cut pages and off-mint.
Lives that Shaped the Modern Age
The Renaissance began in northern Italy around 1400 with a rediscovery of classical antiquity and a new interest in our place in the natural world. As it spread across Europe it took many forms; more a state of mind than a fixed programme, it brought vast political, religious and social change. This superbly illustrated book focuses on 94 individuals - from Leonardo to Luther, and Catherine de' Medici to Copernicus - each of whom embodied and spread a facet of Renaissance culture.
A Royal Experiment
The Private Life of King George III
Our view of George III is coloured by the madness that afflicted him in later life. Yet as this sympathetic biography makes clear, the prince who acceded to the throne at the age of 22 had eminently sane but novel ambitions. He would be a new kind of king, whose authority rested on consent rather than power; and a new kind of man, with a stable, affectionate marriage rather than a string of royal mistresses. (Also published as The Strangest Family.)
The Story of America's First Spy Ring
The military engagements that freed the USA from British rule have been abundantly documented, but until now little was known of the shadowy war of espionage that was fought behind the scenes. Drawing on original research, this book exposes a rogues' gallery of barflies, misfits and smugglers using cyphers and invisible ink to transmit vital information about troop movements to the revolutionaries, controlled by a consummate spymaster: George Washington himself.
Pirates of Barbary
Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the 17th Century
Mediterranean piracy reached its zenith in the 17th century, an age of economically important trade between Europe and the Ottoman Empire, when the pirates of the Barbary Coast attacked and plundered ships, enslaved their crews and enraged European governments. Tinniswood's vivid history of these increasingly intense clashes sheds light on the origins of today's religious and moral battles in the resulting manoeuvrings between Muslim empires of the East and Christian Europe in the West.
Blood of Kings
The Stuarts, the Ruthvens and the 'Gowrie Conspiracy'
In 1600, at their house in Perth, the Earl of Gowrie and his brother were stabbed to death by the attendants of James VI, who alleged they were attempting to kill the king. The brothers' decomposing corpses were later propped up in a courtroom and tried for treason. In this gripping work of historical detection Davies probes the gruesome mystery to establish why James, who would ascend the English throne less than three years later, should wish to exterminate this noble family.
The King's Revenge
Charles II and the Greatest Manhunt in British History
After the beheading of his father Charles I in 1649, the 19-year-old Prince of Wales vowed to seek revenge and, from exile, instigated the biggest manhunt in British history. The search lasted over 30 years, with show trials and assassination squads scouring the country for the men who dared to sit in judgement on King Charles. Following the hunt in this fast-paced historical narrative, the authors tell an engrossing tale of intrigue, espionage, ambition and betrayal.
A History of Britain
Book IV: The Stuarts, Cromwell and the Glorious Revolution
Part of a series first published in 1937 and used in schools for decades, this book tells the dramatic events that affected the British Isles during the 17th century as a chronological narrative in fast-paced prose - from the accession of James I to the reign of William and Mary and the treaty of Utrecht in 1713. Edited and updated by David Evans, former Head of History at Eton. No jacket.
The Apocalypse of Napoleon Bonaparte: His Last Years,
from Waterloo to St Helena: A Medical Biography
Since Napoleon died a prisoner on St Helena in 1821, there has been much speculation about the cause of his demise. This ground-breaking study sidesteps rumour and speculation, focusing solely on the reports of the doctors who attended him. Its conclusion is startling. While the immediate cause of death was a gastric ulcer, Napoleon's underlying poor health was due to the hostility of the island's governor, Hudson Lowe, and a scandal involving the mistress of Admiral Plampin, commander of its naval station.
Queen Elizabeth I and the Wars of Religion
In this critically-acclaimed study of Elizabeth I, Susan Ronald focuses on the queen's role in the Wars of Religion - the battle between Protestantism and Catholicism that tore apart Europe in the 16th century. Ronald shows how, in the Tudor era, religion was high politics, how domestic policy was governed by the religious imperatives of the Reformation and how Elizabeth ruled so successfully in a period that saw a 'monumental struggle of ideology and survival'.
Madame de Maintenon
The Secret Wife of Louis XIV
Born in a bleak French prison, the child of a condemned man and his jailer's daughter, Francoise d'Aubigne rose to become the most powerful woman in France. Her intelligence and good looks caught th attention of Louis XIV, who elevated her to the aristocracy as the Marquise de Maintenon, forsaking his many other lovers to make her his unofficial consort. This engrossing biography sets the life of this remarkable woman against the glittering backdrop of the intrigue-ridden court of Versailles. Slightly off-mint.
How the Boston Tea Party Sparked a Revolution
In an action-packed drama of colonial America, Unger reveals how the original Tea Party had less to do with tea than the political ambitions of James Otis Jr, a certifiably mad lawyer, and a bankrupt brewer named Sam Adams. These two took over the Boston merchants' protest movement against British import duties, seized political power in Massachusetts, and set off a social, political and economic storm that ended with the Declaration of Independence.
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'.
Narrative of a Voyage Round the World (1823)
Prefaced by his short 'Report' to the Academy of Sciences, this is Arago's account of the French ship Uranie's voyage of scientific exploration, 1817-1820. Arago was draughtsman to the expedition and his narrative takes the form of letters to a friend describing the places and peoples encountered during the circumnavigation, including the Cape of Good Hope, the Moluccas, the Marianne Islands, New South Wales and the Falklands - without the 'barbarous and tiresome nautical details'. Facsimile reprint.
Ebenezer Hazard, Jeremy Belknap and the American Revolution
Russell M Lawson explores the thoughts and experiences of two Enlightenment thinkers during the American War of Independence through the letters of Ebenezer Hazard, postmaster of New York, and his friend Jeremy Belknap in New Hampshire. No jacket.
Bourgeois Liberty and the Politics of Fear
From Absolutism to Neo-Conservatism
Bourgeois fear of the working class has been held responsible for betrayals, from the 1848 revolutions to the maintenance of military dictatorships during the Cold War. Mulholland's study looks at the material and intellectual impact of 'bourgeois liberty' over that period.
The Letters of Richard Cobden
Volume Three: 1854-1859
In or out of Parliament, Richard Cobden (1804-1865) was prominent in British politics during the years covered by these letters. They reveal the tension between Cobden's private and public life during the period of the Crimean War, the Persian and Chinese Wars, the Indian Mutiny and Cobden's visit to the USA.
Crown of Thistles
The Fatal Inheritance of Mary Queen of Scots
The struggle between the Stewarts and the Tudors is generally seen only in terms of the relationship between Elizabeth I and her cousin Mary Queen of Scots. In this study, Linda Porter explores the background to that intense rivalry. It opens in the 1480s as Henry Tudor becomes king in England and James IV inherits his father's throne in Scotland, and goes on to examine the ancient and intractable power struggle between England and Scotland that formed Mary Stewart's fatal inheritance.
Dublin Castle and the First Home Rule Crisis: The Political
Journal of Sir George Fottrell, 1884-1887
Presenting information supplied by administrators to politicians including George Fottrell, earls Spencer and Carnarvon, Sir Robert Hamilton and Gladstone, this collection of documents gives a 'worm's-eye-view' of Irish affairs. Camden Fifth Series. Vol.33
The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte
Just five years after Napoleon died in 1821, Sir Walter Scott - the most popular novelist of the day - published a biography of the fallen emperor. Drawing on privileged access to government papers, it was an instant bestseller, though its critical tone angered Bonapartists, one of whom challenged Scott to a duel. Abridged into one concise volume, the book is republished here for the first time in 150 years; its insights, vivid detail and page-turning narrative remain as fresh as ever.
The English Civil Wars
Blair Worden presents a concise account of the political upheaval that saw the English monarchy and the House of Lords abolished and replaced by a republic and military rule. He explores the origins and course of the conflict - the war between King and Parliament, the execution of Charles I, the rule of Oliver Cromwell and the Restoration - assessing the motives of the opposing sides and the legacy of the struggle for future generations.
The Divorce of Henry VIII
The Untold Story from Inside the Vatican
Catherine Fletcher approaches one of the most familiar events in English history - Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon - from an unfamiliar angle: she tells the story of the six years of wrangling between the English crown and the Vatican from the perspective of 'our man in Rome', Gregorio Casali. Exploring how this Italian diplomat lived and worked, the study illuminates the practice of diplomacy in 16th century Europe as well as Casali's role in looking after the English king's 'great matter'.
Ralegh and His Queen
A former History Today 'Summer Reading Selection', The Favourite reveals Sir Walter Ralegh in the role in which his contemporaries knew him best: the courtier who could win the attention - and the heart - of Elizabeth I, while also being 'the most hated man in England'. Using first-hand accounts, Lyons uncovers a maze of ambition and desire, and a brutal Elizabethan world riven by crime, corruption and treachery.