An Alternative History of Britain
Among the crucial moments in Tudor history that could have had very different outcomes with far-reaching consequences, Venning focuses on Henry VIII's near-fatal tiltyard accident in 1536 and Edward VI's early death in 1553, and he poses the question: if the Spanish Armada had landed successfully – what then?
The English Civil War
An Alternative History of Britain
With hindsight, the Parliamentarian victory over the Royalists in the English Civil War may seem inevitable, but it was never a foregone conclusion. Venning examines the turning points at which things might have gone differently – the countdown to war between December 1641 and the spring of 1642; Edgehill; the creation of the New Model Army in 1644; and the 1645 campaign.
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.
Mary, Queen of Scots
'In My End is My Beginning'
Through the precious few personal belongings - portraits, pieces of jewellery, prayer books and documents - and other artefacts that survived Mary's dramatic life, this volume seeks to glimpse the reality of this 'alluring, emotional and intelligent young woman'. The book accompanied an exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland in 2013 and includes a complete catalogue as well as a concise biography, richly illustrated with reproductions and photographs of the exhibits.
The Mistress of Kings
The mistress of two kings, Francois I of France and Henry VIII of England, and the sister who may have sealed the fate of Anne Boleyn, Mary Boleyn has been branded a 'great and infamous whore'. But did she really deserve this notoriety? Alison Weir draws on decades of research to cut through the myths and present 'a rigorous assessment of what we know - and don't know - about Mary Boleyn'. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
How the French Won Waterloo
(or Think They Did)
Most English historians see Waterloo as the Anglo-Prussian victory that ended Napoleon's political and military ambitions and changed the course of European history. In France, however, many people - historians included - share the opinion of the former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin that 'this defeat shines with the aura of victory'. Stephen Clarke, author of 1000 Years of Annoying the French, investigates the complexities of French thinking about Waterloo and their enduring admiration for Napoleon.
The Empire of Necessity
Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World
Greg Grandin's study of slavery begins not on the west coast of Africa but in the South Pacific, off the coast of Chile, where in 1805 Captain Amasa Delano, an anti-slavery American, happened upon a slave rebellion on board the Tryal. The incident, recorded in Delano's memoirs, has inspired many literary works, notably Herman Melville's Benito Cereno; here, it leads to a new account of slavery across continents, and the deceptions inherent in the New World's 'Age of Freedom'.
The New York Times: Disunion
106 Articles from the New York Times Opinionator
Since 2010 The New York Times has run an award-winning blog on the American Civil War, publishing more than 400 articles by modern-day historians and other expert commentators. Here more than 100 of these posts have been gathered in print for the first time. Illustrated with portraits, contemporary etchings and detailed maps, they follow the progress of the conflict from Lincoln's election, chart the major battles, and discuss issues such as slavery and the role of women.
Enlightenment and Reform in Eighteenth-Century Europe
This volume brings together Beales's essays, articles and lectures on 18th century Europe and, in particular, his research on Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor 1765-1790 and ruler of the Austrian Monarchy 1780-1790, and his 'revolution from above'. The book covers an area as wide as Joseph's rule and reforming influence, from the Austrian Netherlands in the West to Galicia and Transylvania in the East, and explores his ideas, aims and achievements through topics ranging from enlightened despotism to Mozart, and from the suppression of the Jesuits to Maria Theresa.
Land, Men and Beliefs
Studies in Early-Modern History
The importance of John Cooper (1920-1978) as an historian was out of proportion to his published output: this collection includes most of his work other than the New Cambridge Modern History and book reviews. The 16 chapters include his celebrated contribution to the debate on the Counting of Manors, his essay on English and Continental government in the early 17th century and 'The Nobilities of Europe' (extracted from the New Cambridge Modern History). Edited, with introductions, by GE Aylmer and JS Morrill.
Calendar of State Papers: Domestic Series
Reign of Anne. Vol II 1704-1705
Representing the official archive of two secretaries of state - Sir Charles Hedges and Robert Harley - this volume is largely concerned with the conduct of the War of Spanish Succession and the French support for the Old Pretender, James Francis Edward. The documents calendared were generated in Ireland, Scotland and England and run from April 1704 to October 1705 - a period which saw the capture of Gibraltar (July 1704) and victories at Donauworth and Blenheim as well as preliminaries for the Anglo-Scottish union. No jacket.
Forkhill Protestants and Forkhill Catholics
Irish history is often reduced to the conflict between Catholics and Protestants: this book tells a different story. In a wide-ranging social history that includes analysis of rural disturbances, landholding patterns, family formation, systems of education and local response to the famine, Kyla Madden reveals that the relationship between the Catholics and Protestants in Forkhill, south Armagh, was both layered and complex - and defies a simple sectarian explanation.
The Parliamentary Diary of Sir Edward Knatchbull, 1722–1730
Third Series. Vol XCIV
The diary Edward Knatchbull began when he was re-elected to Parliament in 1722 documents his change of political heart – from Tory to Whig – under the influence of Walpole. With supplementary material and a subject index to debates. No jacket. Uncut pages.
The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British West Indies (1819)
A sugar planter who played a significant role in the political life of Jamaica, Bryan Edwards (1743-1800) gives a full account of the colony's origins, development and government, and the system of slavery operating there. Facsimile reprint. No jackets. Off-mint.
Mutiny on the Globe
The Fatal Voyage of Samuel Comstock
Sailing between Hawaii and Tahiti in 1824, the captain and officers of the Nantucket whaler Globe were hacked to pieces and dumped overboard by their crew, led by the ruthless, 21-year-old Samuel Comstock. The events that followed - told in full for the first time in this enthralling, meticulously researched account - form an epic to rival the mutiny on the Bounty as Comstock's megalomaniac ambition to set up his own tropical kingdom led him and his crewmates to disaster.
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 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 Dysfunctional Sons of the Brine
The American War of Independence was won as much at sea as on land, an achievement due in part to a remarkable quintet of naval commanders: John Manley, Silas Talbot, Dudley Saltonstall, Joshua Barney and John Paul Jones. Yet these men were anything but flawless heroes, as this gripping psychological history, punctuated by fast-paced naval battles, reveals. Arrogant and quarrelsome, they disobeyed their government and antagonized their fellow officers, while their lust for glory often brought them to the brink of disaster. Felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
Elizabeth and Leicester
In this absorbing dual biography of Elizabeth and her favourite courtier, Robert Dudley, Sarah Gristwood reviews every known detail of their secret love and 30-year political alliance, and presents the most intimate account of their lives ever attempted. Myths are exposed and discarded, received opinions re-assessed, and Gristwood demonstrates that the truth of this royal relationship is more intriguing than the many fictions it has spawned.
Under Every Leaf
'Where a leaf moves', according to an old Farsi saying, 'underneath you will find an Englishman'. Between the Crimean and the First World Wars, an anonymous-looking townhouse in Queen Anne's Gate was the headquarters of the shadowy Intelligence Division of the War Office. Drawing on an encyclopedic array of little-known sources, this book tells the dramatic story of its network of intrepid spies who promoted the interests of the British Empire across the globe, by fair means – or foul.
A Brief History of Life in Victorian Britain
A Social History of Queen Victoria's Reign
Michael Paterson makes the point that the Victorians were not so different from us: 'they had a fixation with new technology, were guilty of gross materialism, yet this was balanced... by a willingness to give charitable aid'. This readable history looks at everyday life – the food, fashion, transport, religion, work and leisure of ordinary Britons – from the 1830s to the end of the century.
Graven with Diamonds
The Many Lives of Thomas Wyatt
In her award-winning biography, Nicola Shulman tells the story of enigmatic Tudor courtier Sir Thomas Wyatt and his lyric verse amid the bloody events of Henry VIII’s reign, and describes how his poetry was a means of communication at a time when indiscreet words could cost a man his life. Shulman reveals how Wyatt’s poetry was used and why he wrote, and discusses the changing purpose of his verse ‘at a time when poetry made things happen’.
A Venetian Affair
As the glory of Venice faded, the scion of one of the city's oldest patrician families fell in love with the beautiful, illegitimate 16-year-old daughter of a British father and an Italian mother. Recreated from the lovers' clandestine letters, this true story has all the drama, passion and intrigue of a novel. Against a glittering backdrop of 18th-century salons, casinos and masked balls, it vividly recreates the pain and exhilaration of forbidden love. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Henry Neville and English Republican Culture in the Seventeenth Century
Dreaming of Another Game
'A political dreamer and wit, philosopher and man of action – the republican Henry Neville has many faces.' So begins Mahlberg's full-length study of the country gentleman, politician, rebel and libeller. She traces Neville's political thought from the English Civil Wars to the exclusion crisis and beyond and, challenging the view of him based on his collaboration with the philosopher James Harrington, she shows Neville to be a political thinker in his own right.
Catherine of Aragon
The Spanish Queen of Henry VIII
The woman Henry VIII 'divorced' is much overshadowed by Anne Boleyn, the woman who took her place, yet Catherine of Aragon was Henry's wife for 22 years. As queen regent she defeated the Scots at Flodden in his absence and she fought tenaciously against the divorce: the king had never met a tougher opponent on or off the battlefield. This compelling biography brings Catherine to the fore, stressing her intensity of character and approaching her life through her Spanish family as well as her Tudor in-laws. Slightly off-mint.
Conflict in Early Modern England
Described by one reviewer as 'wonderfully mischievous', this study argues against the view that people in early modern England assumed patriarchy to be natural and necessary, and that the 'public man', 'private woman' distinction explained the political subordination of women. Showing how conflict rather than patriarchal accord was pervasive in households as husbands, wives and servants struggled for authority, Herzog conjures up 'a social world full of ornery, funny, sickening, and lethal controversies about gender, misogyny, public and private'.
Alasdair MacColla and the Civil Wars
Alasdair MacColla was one of the greatest warriors of the Highland tradition, yet remains a shadowy figure in Scottish history, only emerging from obscurity as second in command to the Marquis of Montrose in the 1644–5 victories over the Covenanters. This study examines MacColla's achievements as a soldier and his part in the Montrose campaigns, provides a general reassessment of those campaigns and examines political changes in clan leadership in the Highlands during the 17th century. Slightly off-mint.
A Tale of Three Cities
The Life and Times of Lord Daer, 1763–1794
Basil William Douglas, Lord Daer (1763–1794), left an indelible impression on everyone he met, including the poet Robert Burns and the radical Thomas Paine. This first-ever biography charts the life of this far-sighted progressive politician, his immersion in Scottish Enlightenment ideas, and his experiences in Edinburgh, London and Paris against the turbulent backdrop of revolution and war. And, as the Scots and English reappraise their union, it shows the continuing relevance of Daer's political vision.
Everyday Life in Tudor London
Stephen Porter describes the practicalities and personalities of Tudor London; from 1485, when the victorious Henry Tudor arrived after Bosworth with an army so unruly, the Mayor proclaimed a curfew, to 1600, by which time overcrowding and congestion in the city streets had led to parking restrictions. With a wealth of detail, Porter evokes a bustling trading city, the hub of England's political and cultural life, and home to royalty, rogues, churchmen, tradespeople and, by all accounts, beautiful women.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Tudors
But Were Afraid to Ask
Terry Breverton's engrossing compendium of 'interesting facts' is in two parts: the first deals with the Tudor monarchs and their children, courtiers and advisors in an information-packed narrative following the dynasty from its origins to the death of Elizabeth I. Part Two deals with life in Tudor times, covering everything from farming to architecture in 20 chapters, and two final sections explode Tudor myths and list superlatives such as the biggest villain and the first ever stock-market flotation.
Montrose and Argyll and the Struggle for Scotland
The Scottish Civil War of 1644–5 can be seen as a struggle between two men: James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose, and Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll. Both considered themselves loyal subjects of Charles I and Charles II; and both, betrayed by their king, died on the scaffold. This history explores their contrasting personalities – the brave, rash Montrose and the cautious, opaque Campbell – and their crucial roles in Scotland's turbulent history.
The Making of Victorian Values
Decency and Dissent in Britain: 1789–1837
Ben Wilson explores 'the way the British went about moral rearmament' in the early 19th century. His focus is on the generation born in the aftermath of the American and French revolutions, and he begins with the libertine spirit inspired by Byron, Shelley and the Romantics. He then examines how 'an alliance of evangelical reformers and secular utilitarians' fought against forms of debauchery and vice to shape the moral, political and social character of 19th century Britain. Slightly off-mint.
The Early Correspondence of Jabez Bunting, 1820-1829
Camden Fourth series. Vol 11
In this selection from the correspondence of Jabez Bunting, President of the Wesleyan Conference in 1820 and 1828, most of the letters are to Bunting, written by Wesleyan preachers throughout the country and providing a valuable social commentary. No jacket.