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 Day Parliament Burned Down
When the old Palace of Westminster burned down on 16 October 1834, it was seen as a national catastrophe. Rumours about the cause of the fire were rife: was it arson, terrorism, foreign operatives, a kitchen accident or even divine judgement on politicians? In this riveting study, the Director of the Parliamentary Archives Caroline Shenton unfolds the story of the fire over the course of that day, and paints a skilful portrait of the social and political context of Westminster at the time.