The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor
Elizabeth I, Thomas Seymour, and the Making of a Virgin Queen
Combining scholarly research with engaging storytelling, and filled with evocative detail, Norton’s book investigates the personalities, politics and intrigues surrounding the young Elizabeth Tudor and Thomas Seymour, the new husband of Henry VIII’s widow, Catherine Parr. After Catherine’s death in 1548, Seymour’s motives came under suspicion, leading to his arrest and execution for treason. Norton’s book is a compelling exploration of the relation between the Seymour Scandal and Elizabeth’s future resolve to be the ‘virgin queen’.
The King's Pearl
Henry VIII and His Daughter Mary
Against the traditional image of ‘Bloody Mary’ promoted by Protestant propaganda, and against the more recent portrayals of Mary Tudor as a pitiable and tragic figure, this study presents Mary as her father’s daughter, a strong-willed risk-taker. The book examines her life during the reign of Henry VIII and her complex and dramatic relationship with her father, and reveals England’s first queen regnant as a gambler who ‘staked everything – life, freedom, religion – in a bid for the throne, and won’.
The King's Bed
Sex, Power and the Court of Charles II
Charles II was obsessed by women, and his conquests ranged across the classes, from the actress Nell Gwyn to the aristocrat Barbara Villiers. For the first time, this revealing book places the king’s compulsive philandering at the centre of an account of his reign. Taking us behind the scenes, it introduces a colourful cast of court favourites, politicians and a parade of mistresses fighting for influence over a king ruled – and ruined – by his passions.
'Good and Proper Men'
Lord Palmerston and the Bench of Bishops
Prior to Palmerston becoming Prime Minister in 1855, there were few bishops and they were rarely seen in their dioceses – most were occupied in London attending to business or Parliament. This changed significantly during Palmerston's ten years in office, during which he appointed 19 bishops who had both academic distinction and parochial experience. Nigel Scotland examines their wide-ranging reforms and innovations, including building churches and schools, promoting education and missions and raising standards among the clergy.
Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell and the Pilgrimage of Grace
Autumn 1536: Henry VIII has broken with Rome and is eyeing the wealth of the monasteries. In the north of England, 30,000 men loyal to the Catholic Church take arms against him in the uprising known as the Pilgrimage of Grace. Using the rebels' own testimony, this narrative history examines their motives and beliefs, charts the course of the ill-fated insurrection, and describes the rhetoric, rewards and retribution employed by Henry's minister Thomas Cromwell to thwart them.
Adultery, Heresy, Desire
‘A narrative that balances on the cusp of old and new, equally informed by both’, the story of Anne Boleyn – her courtship, marriage and eventual tragedy – is often told, yet remains something of a mystery. Amy Licence approaches Anne’s life from the long perspective of the ambitious Boleyn family; she examines how, as queen, Anne overreached contemporary ideas about both women and aristocrats, and how she developed the sophisticated tastes and expectations of Renaissance culture, patronage and queenship.
The Life and Rule of England's Nero
In this compelling study of Henry VIII, the Tudor historian John Matusiak takes a fresh approach to the king’s reign, concentrating on Henry’s qualities – or lack of – as a ruler, rather than the usual business of his six wives, to paint a colourful and unforgiving portrait of a man wholly unfit for power.
Duke and King of Scots, 1633–1701
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.
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.
Castlereagh, Canning and Deadly Cabinet Rivalry
In 1809, at the height of the struggle against Napoleon, Britain's Secretary of State for War, Lord Castlereagh, challenged the Foreign Secretary, George Canning, to a duel. The two men met on Putney Heath, and Canning was wounded in the thigh. Drawing on previously overlooked private papers, this detailed history examines the poisonous rivalry that led two eminent statesmen to risk their lives in the midst of a national emergency, and traces the far-reaching consequences of this bizarre incident.
The Adulterous Wife of Henry VIII
Henry VIII's fifth queen is commonly regarded as the stupid girl who became fatally entangled with lovers and ended up, aged only 20, on the executioner's block. In this book, the first new study of Catherine in 25 years, Loades looks again at Catherine's sexuality and her fateful marriage, approaching her story through the intensely personal nature of Henry's government and the rise of the Howard family in court politics after the demise of Thomas Cromwell.
At Home With Henry VIII
His Life, His Wives, His Palaces
What was it like to live in Henry VIII's palace at Hampton Court? How was he entertained? What clothes did his wives wear? Who were his servants and what jobs did they do? This book reveals details of the everyday life of the court and its often oppressive atmosphere of pageantry and display set against the power struggles of courtiers, the king's desire for a legitimate heir and his compulsion to collect and spend wealth.
Katharine of Aragon
Henry VIII's Lawful Wife?
The heroic and dignified first wife of Henry VIII, Katharine of Aragon was cast aside for reasons of dynastic ambition, yet never relinquished her religion or principles. Professor Williams's biography of Katharine, the first to make full use of Spanish archives, presents a new portrait of the Catholic queen; and establishes that her marriage to Henry's elder brother Arthur was never consummated. It thus forces a reappraisal of Henry, his marriages and the origins of the Reformation in England.
The Angel and the Cad
Love, Loss and Scandal in Regency England
Witty, wealthy and beautiful, Catherine Tylney Long was the most eligible heiress in England. Courted by royalty, she chose instead to marry William Wellesley, the charming but feckless and dissolute nephew of the Duke of Wellington. Combining archival research and the readability of detective fiction, this history unravels the story of a scandalous marriage that delighted the press and cartoonists of the day, and culminated in financial ruin and a landmark court case.
The Lost Imperialist
Lord Dufferin, Memory and Mythmaking in an Age of Celebrity
'My whole life,' wrote Lord Dufferin in 1894, 'has been a series of surprises.' The Irish landowner became a bestselling travel writer on the publication of his Letters from High Latitudes in 1856, and went on to hold the two most powerful offices in the British Empire, Viceroy of India and Governor-General of Canada. Yet, as this biography – written with access to the family archive – recounts, his lavish lifestyle would lead to his downfall in a notorious financial scandal.
The Betrayed Queen
The daughter of Henri IV and Maria de Medici, Henrietta Maria left France in 1625, at the age of 15, to marry Charles I, King of England. It was a marriage between ruling dynasties, but Henrietta Maria was a willing bride who became a devoted wife and worthy queen. Pearce's biography begins with Henrietta Maria's illustrious family and follows her life in detail, emphasizing her significant cultural influence – a contribution overshadowed by the crisis of the Civil War and Charles's execution.
Mutiny on the Globe
The Fatal Voyage of Samuel Comstock
Sailing between Hawaii and Tahiti in 1824, the captain and officers of the Nantucket whaler Globe were hacked to pieces and dumped overboard by their crew, led by the ruthless, 21-year-old Samuel Comstock. The events that followed - told in full for the first time in this enthralling, meticulously researched account - form an epic to rival the mutiny on the Bounty as Comstock's megalomaniac ambition to set up his own tropical kingdom led him and his crewmates to disaster.
The Dysfunctional Sons of the Brine
The American War of Independence was won as much at sea as on land, an achievement due in part to a remarkable quintet of naval commanders: John Manley, Silas Talbot, Dudley Saltonstall, Joshua Barney and John Paul Jones. Yet these men were anything but flawless heroes, as this gripping psychological history, punctuated by fast-paced naval battles, reveals. Arrogant and quarrelsome, they disobeyed their government and antagonized their fellow officers, while their lust for glory often brought them to the brink of disaster. Felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
A Tale of Three Cities
The Life and Times of Lord Daer, 1763–1794
Basil William Douglas, Lord Daer (1763–1794), left an indelible impression on everyone he met, including the poet Robert Burns and the radical Thomas Paine. This first-ever biography charts the life of this far-sighted progressive politician, his immersion in Scottish Enlightenment ideas, and his experiences in Edinburgh, London and Paris against the turbulent backdrop of revolution and war. And, as the Scots and English reappraise their union, it shows the continuing relevance of Daer's political vision.
Napoleon on St Helena
In December 1815, six weeks after arriving on St Helena, Napoleon Bonaparte moved into Longwood House, the residence prepared for his captivity. This book charts the five-and-a-half years of his imprisonment, culminating in his death in 1821. It describes the fallen emperor's domestic arrangements, presents the conflicting personalities of his household, and charts his long-running feud with the island's tyrannical British governor, Sir Hudson Lowe. (First published as St Helena Story, 1960.)
The Queen of Controversy: A Biographical Essay
Anne Boleyn was the cause of three of the most important events in English history: the break with Rome, the development of the nation state, and the reign of her daughter Elizabeth I. This elegant biographical study not only traces her early life and education, her marriage to King Henry VIII, and her trial and execution accused of adultery and incest; it probes the mystery of how an apparently unremarkable young woman became the fulcrum of profound historical change.
Bess of Hardwick
First Lady of Chatsworth, 1527–1608
Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury (1527–1608) struck some as rapacious and social-climbing, but is nowadays seen as an astonishingly shrewd and accomplished woman who successfully managed four husbands and four monarchs in a particularly complex and dangerous era. Mary Lovell's biography charts every aspect of Bess's long life, including her time as minder of Mary, Queen of Scots for Elizabeth I and the building of Chatsworth, Hardwick and Oldcotes, which still stand as testimony of a remarkable Tudor figure.
Dictionary of World Biography
Volumes V and VI: The 19th Century (Two volumes)
The 10-volume Dictionary of World Biography is a revision and re-ordering of the Salem Press's 30-volume Great Lives from History series. These two volumes on the 19th century comprise 613 substantial essays, each with a summary and bibliography. The Dictionary is international in scope and covers figures in all fields, from politics and religion to science and the arts, who made a significant historical or cultural contribution. Most of the essays include a portrait of the subject.
The Reluctant Ambassador
The Life and Times of Sir Thomas Chaloner, Tudor Diplomat
After serving in the household of Thomas Cromwell during the reign of Henry VIII, Thomas Chaloner became a diplomat in France, Scotland, Flanders and finally, in 1559, he was made resident ambassador at the court of Phillip II in Madrid. This biographical study examines Chaloner as a prime example of an educated, but not aristocratic man, a humanist, the translator of Erasmus’ The Praise of Folly, and astute enough to weather the storms of four Tudor monarchs.
Lawson Lies Still in The Thames
The Extraordinary Life of Vice-Admiral Sir John Lawson
On 13 December 1659, Vice-Admiral Sir John Lawson (1615–1665) led 22 warships into the Thames and threatened to blockade London in defence of Parliament: in January 1660, Pepys began his diary, ‘Lawson lies still in the river’. This biography charts Lawson’s central role in the English Civil Wars and the Dutch wars, for which he received a gold chain from Oliver Cromwell, but also his vital contribution to the Restoration, rewarded by a pension from Charles II.
Mary Queen of Scots
A Study in Failure
First published in 1988, when it provoked much controversy, Wormald’s classic study of Mary, Queen of Scots ‘as a queen rather than a woman of great misfortune’ differed sharply from the usual emotive responses to Mary’s story. Focusing on her reign, 1561–1567, and her actions as the ruler of a European kingdom, Wormald argues that the queen’s downfall was because of her way of dealing, or failing to deal, with the problems facing her as a Renaissance monarch. Foreword by Anna Groundwater.
‘Elizabeth’, writes Lisa Hilton, ‘was happy to play on the conventions of gender when it suited her ‘weak and feeble’ woman’s body to do so’. In this biography, Lisa Hilton argues that Elizabeth’s upbringing, education and royal status effectively negated gender and the Queen saw herself as – and ruled as – a Machiavellian prince. This study of Elizabeth shifts the focus from her gender and sexuality to her statecraft and her view of England as a Renaissance state. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Although Arthur Wellesley left no memoirs or autobiography there is a mass of private and official correspondence, amounting to millions of words, giving incomparable insight into the mind of the great commander and illuminating his decisions as events unfolded. This collection of his dispatches, edited and with contextual commentary by Charles Esdaile, begins with his arrival in Portugal in 1808 and reports on the campaigns in the Iberian Peninsula, southern France, and Waterloo in 1815. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Crown of Blood
The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey
In 1553, 17-year-old Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen of England to prevent the accession of Henry VIII’s Catholic daughter Mary. Thirteen days later she was imprisoned in the Tower, and in February 1554 she was beheaded. This absorbing narrative history draws on previously overlooked sources to create a vivid and engaging portrait of an intelligent, charismatic and deeply religious girl caught up in the power politics of her age, whose courage shone through her final, harrowing ordeal.
The Lost Tudor Princess
The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas
The granddaughter of Henry VII, niece of Henry VIII and grandmother of James VI, Lady Margaret Douglas (1515-1578) was an important figure in Tudor England, yet despite modern interest in that era she is largely forgotten. Alison Weir focuses on this shadowy figure whose life spanned five reigns and whose political intriguing landed her in the Tower three times, and in this biography reveals a strong, intelligent woman who ‘operated effectively, and fearlessly, at the very highest levels of power’.
The Grand Old Duke of York
A Life of Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, 1763–1827
Although commander-in-chief of the British army during the Napoleonic Wars and a reformer responsible for transforming the British military, Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany is remembered now as the bungling ‘Grand Old Duke’ of the nursery rhyme. This biography shows him to be far from incompetent; it offers a new assessment of Prince Frederick’s distinguished career as a general and administrator, a full account of his scandalous private life – and the origins of that nursery rhyme.
Henry Cockburn (1779–1854) was a judge of the Court of Session and a leading personality in 19th-century Edinburgh, best remembered now for his posthumous literary works, Memorials of His Time (1856), Journal (1874) and Circuit Journeys (1888). This selection of 180 letters written by Cockburn provides new information about his career as judge, Whig activist, family man and pioneer of building conservation. With introduction, notes and index.
Plague, Fire, Revolution
Samuel Pepys was born in London in 1633 and died there in 1703, having lived through revolution and Restoration, the Dutch raid, notable scientific advances, plague and fire. All of this he recorded in his diary and letters; a National Maritime Museum exhibition brought it to life in 2015. Presenting 158 objects and paintings, and with essays by contributing scholars, this accompanying volume explores Pepys’s career and varied interests while illuminating aspects of 17th-century London life ranging from surgical procedures to Stuart portraiture.
Louis Philippe D'Orléans 1773–1850
Through revolution, the army, exile and a spell as a tutor in Reichenau, and finally as King of France, Louis Philippe led an extraordinary life, yet is one of the less well-known monarchs of Europe. Ann Allestree brings ‘an outrageous attraction for the man’ and a novelist’s flair to this biography of Louis Philippe from the age of 19, commanding his Dragoons, to his reign as a peaceful and compassionate king between 1830 and his abdication in 1848.
The Trials of the King of Hampshire
Madness, Secrecy and Betrayal in Georgian England
Every family has its skeletons, but in 1823 the aristocratic Wallops were about to have theirs laid bare to the world. This compulsively written, meticulously researched biography tells the dramatic story of the Third Earl of Portsmouth. Wealthy and well-connected, a friend of Byron and Jane Austen, he was widely considered a harmless eccentric until – amid accusations of blackmail, abduction and sodomy – his own family set out to have him declared insane in a trial that scandalized the nation.