The Hidden History
Setting aside the gossip and distortion that have shrouded the Borgias for centuries, Meyer's portrait of the great Renaissance family offers a new understanding of who the Borgias were and what they did. From the election of Alonso Borgia as pope in 1455, to the deaths of Cesare in 1507 and Lucrezia in 1519, the book is a history of popes, warriors, lovers and ambitious political adventurers based on a re-examination of the sources rather than 'established Borgia myth'. American-cut pages and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge. Slightly off-mint.
Maritime Power and the Struggle for Freedom
Naval Campaigns that Shaped the Modern World 1788–1851
In this follow-up to his much-acclaimed Maritime Supremacy, Padfield continues to trace the role of naval power in world history, here analysing the factors that led Britain to global dominance in the 19th century.
Immortalized by Kipling’s line, ‘Where the old Flotilla lay’, the Irawaddy Flotilla Company grew from four paddle steamers deployed in the Second Burmese War in 1852 to a commercial fleet of 650 vessels. This book charts the company’s development against the background of British colonial policy and the economic growth of Burma, and describes its tragic end during the Second World War, when its ships were scuppered to prevent them falling into the hands of the Japanese. Bears old cover price.