A Plague of Informers
Conspiracy and Political Trust in William III's England
Stories of the plots, sham plots, and the citizen informers who discovered – or fabricated – them are at the heart of this compelling study of the decade following the1688 Revolution. Weil examines how the 'discoveries' of plots, debates about their authenticity, and controversies about how the government dealt with them affected the 'securing of their Majesties' Persons and Government' – national security in modern parlance – and public perception of the Williamite regime.
The Captain's Concubine
Love, Honor, and Violence in Renaissance Tuscany
In March 1578 cavalier Fabrizio Bracciolini alleged that he had been beaten up in a street in Pistoia by Mariotto Cellesi and four accomplices. At the trial that followed it emerged that Fabrizio was the lover of Mariotto's father's concubine. This dramatic history brings this long-forgotten incident to life, probing contemporary notions of honour, family and religion. Peopled by a rich cast of patricians, merchants, shopkeepers, weavers, priests and prostitutes, it presents a cross-section of society in Renaissance Italy.
An Alternative History of Britain
Among the crucial moments in Tudor history that could have had very different outcomes with far-reaching consequences, Venning focuses on Henry VIII's near-fatal tiltyard accident in 1536 and Edward VI's early death in 1553, and he poses the question: if the Spanish Armada had landed successfully – what then?
Enlightenment and Reform in Eighteenth-Century Europe
This volume brings together Beales's essays, articles and lectures on 18th century Europe and, in particular, his research on Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor 1765-1790 and ruler of the Austrian Monarchy 1780-1790, and his 'revolution from above'. The book covers an area as wide as Joseph's rule and reforming influence, from the Austrian Netherlands in the West to Galicia and Transylvania in the East, and explores his ideas, aims and achievements through topics ranging from enlightened despotism to Mozart, and from the suppression of the Jesuits to Maria Theresa.
Land, Men and Beliefs
Studies in Early-Modern History
The importance of John Cooper (1920-1978) as an historian was out of proportion to his published output: this collection includes most of his work other than the New Cambridge Modern History and book reviews. The 16 chapters include his celebrated contribution to the debate on the Counting of Manors, his essay on English and Continental government in the early 17th century and 'The Nobilities of Europe' (extracted from the New Cambridge Modern History). Edited, with introductions, by GE Aylmer and JS Morrill.
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.
William H Prescott's History of the Conquest of Mexico
A Bostonian gentleman-scholar who became world-famous as 'the author of the Spanish histories', Prescott drew on manuscript sources in Spain to write the 'epic in prose' that perfectly expressed his idea of history as made by great men - in this case, Cortes. These extracts from the 7-volume work published in 1839 include accounts of Cortes' meeting with Montezuma and the retreat from Tenochtitlan.
Henry Neville and English Republican Culture in the Seventeenth Century
Dreaming of Another Game
'A political dreamer and wit, philosopher and man of action – the republican Henry Neville has many faces.' So begins Mahlberg's full-length study of the country gentleman, politician, rebel and libeller. She traces Neville's political thought from the English Civil Wars to the exclusion crisis and beyond and, challenging the view of him based on his collaboration with the philosopher James Harrington, she shows Neville to be a political thinker in his own right.
Everyday Life in Tudor London
Stephen Porter describes the practicalities and personalities of Tudor London; from 1485, when the victorious Henry Tudor arrived after Bosworth with an army so unruly, the Mayor proclaimed a curfew, to 1600, by which time overcrowding and congestion in the city streets had led to parking restrictions. With a wealth of detail, Porter evokes a bustling trading city, the hub of England's political and cultural life, and home to royalty, rogues, churchmen, tradespeople and, by all accounts, beautiful women.
Montrose and Argyll and the Struggle for Scotland
The Scottish Civil War of 1644–5 can be seen as a struggle between two men: James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose, and Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll. Both considered themselves loyal subjects of Charles I and Charles II; and both, betrayed by their king, died on the scaffold. This history explores their contrasting personalities – the brave, rash Montrose and the cautious, opaque Campbell – and their crucial roles in Scotland's turbulent history.
Subordination and Authorship in Early Modern England
The Case of Elizabeth Cavendish Egerton and her 'Loose Papers'
Comprising a confession of faith, prayers and meditations, the 'Loose Papers' of Elizabeth Egerton (1626-1663), Countess of Bridgewater, were collected and published after her death in 1663. As well as a 'documentary edition' of the text, Travitsky provides an extraordinarily detailed study of Elizabeth's life, showing her to be 'an extremely privileged, personally venerated, yet paradoxically powerless and ultimately victimized seventeenth-century woman'.
The Price of Scotland
Darien, Union and the Wealth of Nations
The catastrophic failure of the Company of Scotland to establish a colony at Darien in Central America in the 1690s led to significant loss of life and money and was a key issue in the negotiations that led to the Union of 1707. In this study of the Company of Scotland – now better known as the Darien Company – Douglas Watt offers a new perspective on the events that led to the creation of the United Kingdom.
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.
The Children of Henry VIII
Henry VIII fathered four living children, each by a different mother. The relationships between his daughter Mary, the illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond, Edward, who died at the age of 15, and Anne Boleyn's daughter Elizabeth were often scarred by jealously, mutual distrust and even hatred. In this study, John Guy draws on a wide range of sources to tell the stories of these four key figures in the dynastic history of England.
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.
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.
England's Lost Colony
In the 1650s, a group of Cavaliers fled Cromwell’s England for the lush coast of Surinam. Here, they established a colony named after its founder, Sir Thomas Willoughby. This absorbing book explores the untold story of the colony’s rise and fall. The rich cast of characters includes Willoughby himself, the playwright Aphra Behn, the indigenous people and their rulers, and the planters and mercenaries who would turn this utopia into a hell of terror and slavery.
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 Tudor King Who Never Was
Had the first-born son of Henry VII lived into adulthood, the crown would not have passed to his younger brother: Arthur Tudor, rather than Henry VIII, would have ruled and England’s subsequent history would have been quite different. This study of Arthur (1486-1502) describes the life of a prince royally matched to Catherine of Aragon, groomed and destined for the throne; and it shows how, when Arthur died, Henry inherited his brother’s wife, but not his careful preparation for kingship.
The King's Irishmen
The Irish in the Exiled Court of Charles II, 1649–1660
With chapters on nine individuals, including Lord Inchiquin, Lord Taaffe and Daniel O’Neill, Williams examines the experience of Irish royalists in Charles II’s court-in-exile, and places their allegiances within Three Kingdoms and European contexts.
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.
How to Be a Tudor
A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life
Historians trawl through documentary records to reveal how people lived in the past, but few actually experience it first-hand. Ruth Goodman, presenter of the BBC TV series Tudor Monastery Farm, has done just that, eating, sleeping, working, dressing and dancing like a Tudor. Drawing on these adventures with characteristic wit and humour, she describes a day in the life of an ordinary person, from dawn to dusk, during one of the most vibrant periods of English history.
In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII
This book sheds fresh light on the wives of Henry VIII by exploring the manors, castles and palaces where their lives – and deaths – were played out. Lavishly illustrated with maps, plans and 36 pages of colour plates, it takes the reader from the Alhambra in Spain, childhood home of Katherine of Aragon, to Acton Court, where Henry dined with Anne Boleyn; from Düsseldorf, birthplace of Anne of Cleves, to Hampton Court, scene of Jane Seymour’s triumph and tragedy.
The King's City
London Under Charles II
After years of civil war, the restoration of Charles II in 1660 heralded the rebirth of London. In this account of the capital and its prominent figures such as Wren, Newton, Halley and Pepys, Don Jordan shows how the city recovered rapidly from plague and fire to become the crucible of commerce, science and culture in which modern Britain was forged.
How to Behave Badly in Renaissance Britain
Nothing reveals as much about a society as its bad behaviour, and if Shakespeare’s England is remembered for courtly ceremony, it was also an age of brawling, boozing and badmouthing. Drawing on contemporary behaviour manuals, court cases and sermons, Ruth Goodman, the presenter of Victorian Farm, reveals what most upset and infuriated our forebears. Her entertaining survey dishes the dirt on ninny-hammers, wittols, stinkards and draggletails, and offers practical advice on how to handle yourself in a fight.
The Lady Penelope
Passion and Intrigue at the Heart of the Elizabethan Court
A muse to poets and descendant of royalty, the golden-haired Penelope Devereux was celebrated in the court of her godmother, Queen Elizabeth I, for being as quick-witted as she was beautiful. This biography charts Devereux’s political ascendancy in the court, her unhappy marriage to nobleman Robert Rich, her involvement in the rebellion to overthrow Elizabeth, led by her brother, the Earl of Essex, and her doomed love affair with Charles Blount, which ultimately led to her downfall.
The King Is Dead
The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII
The Acts of Succession (1536 and 1544) allowed Henry VIII to nominate his successors in his will: the result was one of the most intriguing and contested documents in British history. Lipscomb re-opens the debate about its intended meaning, authenticity and validity. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.