Narrative of a Voyage Round the World (1823)
Prefaced by his short 'Report' to the Academy of Sciences, this is Arago's account of the French ship Uranie's voyage of scientific exploration, 1817–1820. Arago was draughtsman to the expedition and his narrative takes the form of letters to a friend describing the places and peoples encountered during the circumnavigation, including the Cape of Good Hope, the Moluccas, the Marianne Islands, New South Wales and the Falklands – without the 'barbarous and tiresome nautical details'. Facsimile reprint.
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.
The Three Voyages of Martin Frobisher (1938)
(Two volumes, bound as one)
Frobisher's search for a North-West passage to Cathay and India (1576-8) is described in A True Discourse (1578) by George Best (who accompanied Frobisher), with three shorter accounts, a substantial introduction and a wealth of supplementary material. No jacket.
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.
Churchill Comes of Age
In 1895, Winston Churchill, aged 21, went on his first foreign adventure – to Cuba, where Spanish troops were engaged in suppressing rebellion. The episode is scarcely mentioned in biographies of Churchill, mainly due to political and linguistic barriers to research. Here, a Canadian historian of Latin America examines Churchill’s visit to the island – his first experience as a war correspondent – and the five months up to March 1876, when he wrote his last article on Cuba’s war of independence.
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.