A History of Britain
Book IV: The Stuarts, Cromwell and the Glorious Revolution
Part of a series first published in 1937 and used in schools for decades, this book tells the dramatic events that affected the British Isles during the 17th century as a chronological narrative in fast-paced prose – from the accession of James I to the reign of William and Mary and the treaty of Utrecht in 1713. Edited and updated by David Evans, former Head of History at Eton. No jacket.
The Apocalypse of Napoleon Bonaparte: His Last Years,
from Waterloo to St Helena: A Medical Biography
Since Napoleon died a prisoner on St Helena in 1821, there has been much speculation about the cause of his demise. This ground-breaking study sidesteps rumour and speculation, focusing solely on the reports of the doctors who attended him. Its conclusion is startling. While the immediate cause of death was a gastric ulcer, Napoleon's underlying poor health was due to the hostility of the island's governor, Hudson Lowe, and a scandal involving the mistress of Admiral Plampin, commander of its naval station.
How the Boston Tea Party Sparked a Revolution
In an action-packed drama of colonial America, Unger reveals how the original Tea Party had less to do with tea than the political ambitions of James Otis Jr, a certifiably mad lawyer, and a bankrupt brewer named Sam Adams. These two took over the Boston merchants' protest movement against British import duties, seized political power in Massachusetts, and set off a social, political and economic storm that ended with the Declaration of Independence.
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.
Ebenezer Hazard, Jeremy Belknap and the American Revolution
Russell M Lawson explores the thoughts and experiences of two Enlightenment thinkers during the American War of Independence through the letters of Ebenezer Hazard, postmaster of New York, and his friend Jeremy Belknap in New Hampshire. No jacket.
Dublin Castle and the First Home Rule Crisis: The Political
Journal of Sir George Fottrell, 1884-1887
Presenting information supplied by administrators to politicians including George Fottrell, earls Spencer and Carnarvon, Sir Robert Hamilton and Gladstone, this collection of documents gives a 'worm's-eye-view' of Irish affairs. Camden Fifth Series. Vol.33
An Account of the Last Invasion of Britain
With revolutionary fervour and help from Irish republicans, the French mounted an invasion of Britain in February 1797. The troops landing at Fishguard in Pembrokeshire were designed to divert attention from a larger force attacking Ireland but this contingent failed to arrive leaving the intended assault on Bristol, via Wales, an isolated and forlorn effort. This history explains the circumstances of the invasion and how it was put down by a handful of local militia.
Return of a King
The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839–42
Britain's first military engagement in Afghanistan was in 1839, in order to restore the pro-British Shah Shuja ul-Muluk to the throne. It ultimately led to one of the most humiliating defeats in British history: the Kabul Retreat of 1842. This analysis of the First Afghan War draws on a range of recently discovered sources including material in Russian, Urdu and Persian and contemporary Afghan accounts of the conflict, including the autobiography of Shah Shuja. Off-mint and American-cut pages.
The English Assault on the New World, 1497–1630
English colonizing efforts in North America were painfully unsuccessful in comparison with Spain's empire-building further south. Investigating the reasons for England's slow progress, Childs uses primary sources to examine vessels and voyages from Cabot's Matthew in 1497 to Winthrop's fleet in 1630; the unrealistic ambitions of promoters like Ralegh; the nature of the conflict with Native Americans; and the lack of leadership and co-operation that doomed English attempts to settle on the American coast to failure.
Englanders and Huns
How Five Decades of Enmity Led to the First World War
Britain and Germany were once natural allies, with closely related royal families. Where did it all go wrong? Received wisdom says with the accession of Wilhelm II in 1888. In fact, as this provocative history demonstrates, the hostility went back a full half century before 1914, to the 1864 German-Danish war. And when economic collapse hit the victorious Reich in 1873, the catastrophe seemed so inexplicable that it could only be blamed on the perfidious English policy of free trade.
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'.
Laudian and Royalist Polemic in Seventeenth-Century England
The Career and Writings of Peter Heylin
Anthony Milton's study of the prolific and controversial polemical author, Peter Heylin, offers a detailed analysis of the ways in which Laudian and Royalist polemical literature was created and how it developed between 1621 and 1662.
Liberalism and Local Government in Early Victorian London
In this study, Weinstein considers the development of London's liberal political culture between the general election of 1832 and the establishment of the Metropolitan Board of Works in 1855. He offers a fresh interpretation of the city's political life, arguing that Whiggery was a potent force, exerting a 'powerful "negative influence" on the construction of early Victorian metropolitan radical identity'.
Castlereagh, Canning and Deadly Cabinet Rivalry
In 1809, at the height of the struggle against Napoleon, Britain's Secretary of State for War, Lord Castlereagh, challenged the Foreign Secretary, George Canning, to a duel. The two men met on Putney Heath, and Canning was wounded in the thigh. Drawing on previously overlooked private papers, this detailed history examines the poisonous rivalry that led two eminent statesmen to risk their lives in the midst of a national emergency, and traces the far-reaching consequences of this bizarre incident.
The Caudillo of The Andes
Andrés De Santa Cruz
Born in La Paz in 1792, Andrés de Santa Cruz y Calahumana played a crucial role in the process that led to independence in the Andes. This study focuses on the politics of the time and the part Santa Cruz played in the creation of Peru and Bolivia. No jacket.
China and Maritime Europe, 1500-1800
Trade, Settlement, Diplomacy, and Missions
From the arrival of the Portuguese in 1514 to challenges to the Canton system in 1800, the four essays in this volume examine early modern China's complicated and intriguing relations with a world of increasing global interconnection. No jacket.
Fighting Like the Devil for the Sake of God
Protestants, Catholics and the Origins of Violence in Victorian Belfast
In studying why Victorian Belfast suffered outbreaks of violence, Doyle examines rioters' motivations, social networks and neighbourhoods and the relations between the state and the city. No jacket.
The Barbarous Years
The Conflict of Civilizations 1600–1675
A major part of Bailyn's multi-volume project, The Peopling of British North America, this study begins by describing the world of the native Americans in eastern North America before the arrival of significant numbers of Europeans, then goes on to describe, by regions, the influx of people from Britain, continental Europe and Africa. The book ends with a survey of the transformed world of British North America after 75 years of conquest. American-cut pages and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge. Off-mint.
The Queen's Bed
An Intimate History of Elizabeth's Court
Drawing on the first-hand accounts of those who knew Elizabeth I most intimately – the ladies-in-waiting who shared her heavily curtained bedchamber, and sometimes even her bed – this engrossing book reconstructs the queen's apartments and navigates a web of gossip, intrigue, conspiracy and scandal to reveal the private face of Gloriana. Slightly off-mint.
Happy and Glorious
The Revolution of 1688
Less than 30 years after Charles II was restored to the throne, his brother James II was forced to make way for his son-in-law, William of Orange. Describing momentous days that shaped the nation's future, this narrative history tells of a stubborn and bigoted king at odds with his subjects, of religious conflict and political intrigue, and shows how the Revolution of 1688 created a constitutional monarchy and paved the way for modern parliamentary democracy.
The Adulterous Wife of Henry VIII
Henry VIII's fifth queen is commonly regarded as the stupid girl who became fatally entangled with lovers and ended up, aged only 20, on the executioner's block. In this book, the first new study of Catherine in 25 years, Loades looks again at Catherine's sexuality and her fateful marriage, approaching her story through the intensely personal nature of Henry's government and the rise of the Howard family in court politics after the demise of Thomas Cromwell.
At Home With Henry VIII
His Life, His Wives, His Palaces
What was it like to live in Henry VIII's palace at Hampton Court? How was he entertained? What clothes did his wives wear? Who were his servants and what jobs did they do? This book reveals details of the everyday life of the court and its often oppressive atmosphere of pageantry and display set against the power struggles of courtiers, the king's desire for a legitimate heir and his compulsion to collect and spend wealth.
The Rise of the Tudors
The Family That Changed English History
Chris Skidmore looks afresh at the Battle of Bosworth, returning to contemporary sources to explore what occurred on 22 August 1485; who besides Richard III and Henry Tudor were present on the battlefield; and why they were there. The book goes back 50 years before Bosworth to Owen Tudor's marriage to Henry V's widow, then traces the family's remarkable rise to power; but Skidmore also looks to the loser, examining the dwindling fortunes of Richard and his road to Bosworth.
The Church of England in Industrialising Society
The Lancashire Parish of Whalley in the Eighteenth Century
Through a close study of the parish of Whalley in Lancashire, Snape examines the fortunes of the Church of England during the 18th century, raising issues such as parochial charities and the Church's relationship with folk religion. No jacket.
The Royal Chapel in the Time of the Habsburgs
Music and Ceremony in the Early Modern European Court
Beginning with studies of the royal chapels of other European courts, this volume of 20 essays explores the patronage, organic structure and political and ceremonial structure of the royal chapel of the Spanish Hapsburgs. No jacket.
The Cultural Impact of an Elizabethan Courtier
Breaking away from the usual portrayals of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, as Elizabeth I's favourite or as alluded to in Shakespeare's Henry V, this volume of twelve essays looks afresh at aspects of Essex's life and career within his cultural and political milieu. Among the topics discussed are his relationship with the theatre, his political views, the circulation of his texts, Ireland, and Lady Penelope Rich. No jacket.
A Royal City in a Time of Revolution
Westminster was at the eye of the storm during the tumultuous years between the beginning of the Civil War and the Restoration: this study looks at the town itself, a venue of great events that has been 'curiously invisible to historians' gaze'. Merritt explores Westminster during that period as a nationally important urban centre with a complex local society and culture where people ranging from poor rural immigrants to aristocrats of the royal court lived in close proximity. No jacket.
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.
The Illustrated History
In this authoritative yet very approachable exploration of the Tudor dynasty and the politics of personal monarchy, Richard Rex presents a series of essays on the five monarchs, their public lives and such details of their private lives as were of intense interest to their subjects. Through these royal profiles, each richly illustrated with reproductions of contemporary paintings, Rex provides a vivid narrative of the Tudor era and its crucial role in the emergence of the English state.
Waterloo to Wellington
From Iron Duke to Enlightened College
As a wartime commander and peacetime politician, the Duke of Wellington towered over British life throughout the first half of the 19th century. In 1856, four years after his death, Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of Wellington College, a school in Berkshire for servicemen's sons. Handsomely illustrated with colour photographs and period images, this book charts the Duke's career, and reflects on how his character and intellect have shaped to this day the school named in his honour.
Katharine of Aragon
Henry VIII's Lawful Wife?
The heroic and dignified first wife of Henry VIII, Katharine of Aragon was cast aside for reasons of dynastic ambition, yet never relinquished her religion or principles. Professor Williams's biography of Katharine, the first to make full use of Spanish archives, presents a new portrait of the Catholic queen; and establishes that her marriage to Henry's elder brother Arthur was never consummated. It thus forces a reappraisal of Henry, his marriages and the origins of the Reformation in England.
The Angel and the Cad
Love, Loss and Scandal in Regency England
Witty, wealthy and beautiful, Catherine Tylney Long was the most eligible heiress in England. Courted by royalty, she chose instead to marry William Wellesley, the charming but feckless and dissolute nephew of the Duke of Wellington. Combining archival research and the readability of detective fiction, this history unravels the story of a scandalous marriage that delighted the press and cartoonists of the day, and culminated in financial ruin and a landmark court case.