Henry VIII, James IV and the Battle for Renaissance Britain
The decisive battle at Flodden Field in 1513 marked the climax of the personal and political tension between England’s Henry VIII and his brother-in-law James IV of Scotland. This book traces the origins and escalation of their rivalry, with analysis of the political and military manoeuvres leading up to Flodden. It ends with an account of the battle itself, which saw the first artillery exchange on a British battlefield, and an assessment of James’s level of responsibility for Scotland’s defeat.
The French Revolution
Thomas Carlyle began his three-volume history of the French Revolution in 1835 and finished two years later, when he described the work as 'a wild savage Book, itself a kind of French Revolution' that 'has come hot out of my own soul'. In this volume from the Continuum Histories series, Ruth Scurr introduces extracts from all three volumes of 'the most exciting account of the Revolution there has ever been'.
The End of Glory
Illuminating the question of why Napoleon chose to gamble on total victory at the risk of utter defeat, this study focuses on the dramatic two years between the retreat from Moscow in 1812 and the Emperor's abdication in 1814. Price shifts away from the usual emphasis on Waterloo, to the conflicts of 1813; he examines the battle of Leipzig in particular; and explores the reasons why Napoleon rejected the offers of a compromise peace extended to him during that year.
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.
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.
Volume 14. First published in 1936.
Covering the forty-four years from the outbreak of the Franco- Prussian war to the eve of the First World War, Ensor surveys a period which saw the 'conversion of English government into a democracy', great advances in education and literacy, the slump in agriculture, the first threat to manufacturing industry from foreign competition, and world-wide imperial expansion. First published in 1936. Book club reprint.