A History of Britain
Book III: The Tudors 1485-1603
Part of a series first published in 1937 and used in schools for decades, this volume tells the story of the Tudors in straightforward chronological narrative. Carter and Mears's fast-paced prose gives a coherent sequence of events, while incorporating major social and cultural developments such as the Reformation and Elizabethan poetry and drama. Edited and updated by David Evans, former Head of History at Eton. No jacket.
Glory and Honour
The Renaissance in Scotland
Often obscured by the powerful forces of the Reformation in Scotland, the Scottish version of Renaissance culture was a hybrid, arriving from Italy via intermediaries and blending with the medieval International Gothic culture. The first book to provide a fully illustrated survey of the unique and little-known heritage of the Renaissance in Scotland, Thomas's study examines the buildings, books and artefacts of the period to reveal a vibrant, confident and cosmopolitan culture in the two centuries between 1424 and 1626.
The Dark Defile
Britain's Catastrophic Invasion of Afghanistan, 1838–1842
In 1839, convinced that Russia posed a threat to its empire in India, Britain sent a powerful army into Afghanistan to install a puppet ruler. Within four years, it had been utterly defeated. Skilfully establishing the events leading up to the invasion, this compelling narrative history draws on diaries and letters to recreate the tragic events of the First Afghan War, which turned out to be the opening salvo in the Anglo-Russian rivalry known as the 'Great Game'.
Life in Stuart Britain
A Child's History of Britain
This engaging book enables young readers to imagine themselves living in Stuart Britain. It focuses on what life was like for children, where they lived, what they wore and ate, what they learned at school and where they might have worked. Contemporary illustrations, a glossary and a quiz are included. A Child's History of Britain series. Age 7–9
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.
Bess of Hardwick
First Lady of Chatsworth, 1527–1608
Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury (1527–1608) struck some as rapacious and social-climbing, but is nowadays seen as an astonishingly shrewd and accomplished woman who successfully managed four husbands and four monarchs in a particularly complex and dangerous era. Mary Lovell's biography charts every aspect of Bess's long life, including her time as minder of Mary, Queen of Scots for Elizabeth I and the building of Chatsworth, Hardwick and Oldcotes, which still stand as testimony of a remarkable Tudor figure.
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.
Dictionary of World Biography
Volumes V and VI: The 19th Century (Two volumes)
The 10-volume Dictionary of World Biography is a revision and re-ordering of the Salem Press's 30-volume Great Lives from History series. These two volumes on the 19th century comprise 613 substantial essays, each with a summary and bibliography. The Dictionary is international in scope and covers figures in all fields, from politics and religion to science and the arts, who made a significant historical or cultural contribution. Most of the essays include a portrait of the subject.
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.
The Reluctant Ambassador
The Life and Times of Sir Thomas Chaloner, Tudor Diplomat
After serving in the household of Thomas Cromwell during the reign of Henry VIII, Thomas Chaloner became a diplomat in France, Scotland, Flanders and finally, in 1559, he was made resident ambassador at the court of Phillip II in Madrid. This biographical study examines Chaloner as a prime example of an educated, but not aristocratic man, a humanist, the translator of Erasmus’ The Praise of Folly, and astute enough to weather the storms of four Tudor monarchs.
Lawson Lies Still in The Thames
The Extraordinary Life of Vice-Admiral Sir John Lawson
On 13 December 1659, Vice-Admiral Sir John Lawson (1615–1665) led 22 warships into the Thames and threatened to blockade London in defence of Parliament: in January 1660, Pepys began his diary, ‘Lawson lies still in the river’. This biography charts Lawson’s central role in the English Civil Wars and the Dutch wars, for which he received a gold chain from Oliver Cromwell, but also his vital contribution to the Restoration, rewarded by a pension from Charles II.
Mary Queen of Scots
A Study in Failure
First published in 1988, when it provoked much controversy, Wormald’s classic study of Mary, Queen of Scots ‘as a queen rather than a woman of great misfortune’ differed sharply from the usual emotive responses to Mary’s story. Focusing on her reign, 1561–1567, and her actions as the ruler of a European kingdom, Wormald argues that the queen’s downfall was because of her way of dealing, or failing to deal, with the problems facing her as a Renaissance monarch. Foreword by Anna Groundwater.
‘Elizabeth’, writes Lisa Hilton, ‘was happy to play on the conventions of gender when it suited her ‘weak and feeble’ woman’s body to do so’. In this biography, Lisa Hilton argues that Elizabeth’s upbringing, education and royal status effectively negated gender and the Queen saw herself as – and ruled as – a Machiavellian prince. This study of Elizabeth shifts the focus from her gender and sexuality to her statecraft and her view of England as a Renaissance state. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Although Arthur Wellesley left no memoirs or autobiography there is a mass of private and official correspondence, amounting to millions of words, giving incomparable insight into the mind of the great commander and illuminating his decisions as events unfolded. This collection of his dispatches, edited and with contextual commentary by Charles Esdaile, begins with his arrival in Portugal in 1808 and reports on the campaigns in the Iberian Peninsula, southern France, and Waterloo in 1815. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Iron Men
The Workers Who Created the New Iron Age
By the early 19th century a second Iron Age had begun, with ships, bridges, trains and industrial machinery being constructed from the newly popular metal. Burton explains the innovations in manufacturing processes that enabled so many advances in technologies using iron and steel, but also focuses on the human cost of this progress, which brought new risks of deadly accident for the workers and ruined the lungs of Sheffield’s knife grinders.
How British Aristocrats Staked a Claim to the American West 1830–1890
From the 1830s onwards, a succession of British aristocrats headed for the American West, taking with them their valets, their dogs – and their prejudices. This sparkling account describes the newcomers' experiences as they crossed the country to meet Native Americans, hunt buffalo and build cattle empires. Packed with lively incident and colourful personalities, it also charts their reception by Americans often less than pleased at the return of their former colonial overlords.
England's Lost Colony
In the 1650s, a group of Cavaliers fled Cromwell’s England for the lush coast of Surinam. Here, they established a colony named after its founder, Sir Thomas Willoughby. This absorbing book explores the untold story of the colony’s rise and fall. The rich cast of characters includes Willoughby himself, the playwright Aphra Behn, the indigenous people and their rulers, and the planters and mercenaries who would turn this utopia into a hell of terror and slavery.
A Show of Hands for the Republic
Opinion, Information, and Repression in Eighteenth-Century Rural France
Drawing on sources ranging from village council minutes to reports by government spies, Walshaw’s study of opinion, information and repression in rural France provides a new account of the politicization of the French peasantry throughout the 18th century.
Medieval & Renaissance Interiors
In Illuminated Manuscripts
Illuminated manuscripts are an invaluable resource for understanding medieval and early modern life in castles, palaces and ordinary households, both urban and rural. Reproducing 140 little-known illuminations, mostly from the British Library’s collections, this book shows how these miniatures reflect medieval domestic interiors and how they provide information on topics ranging from the security of dwelling places to creature comforts such as heating and lighting, hygiene, beds and bedrooms, and the display of wealth and treasured possessions.
The Tudor King Who Never Was
Had the first-born son of Henry VII lived into adulthood, the crown would not have passed to his younger brother: Arthur Tudor, rather than Henry VIII, would have ruled and England’s subsequent history would have been quite different. This study of Arthur (1486-1502) describes the life of a prince royally matched to Catherine of Aragon, groomed and destined for the throne; and it shows how, when Arthur died, Henry inherited his brother’s wife, but not his careful preparation for kingship.
The Grand Old Duke of York
A Life of Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, 1763–1827
Although commander-in-chief of the British army during the Napoleonic Wars and a reformer responsible for transforming the British military, Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany is remembered now as the bungling ‘Grand Old Duke’ of the nursery rhyme. This biography shows him to be far from incompetent; it offers a new assessment of Prince Frederick’s distinguished career as a general and administrator, a full account of his scandalous private life – and the origins of that nursery rhyme.
An Alternate History of the Civil War
Could the South have won the American Civil War? Based on an intriguing series of ‘what ifs’, this alternative history examines a number of convincing scenarios. What if Jeb Stuart had linked with Lee at Gettysburg? What if General Johnston had survived at Shiloh? Using real battles, actions and characters as starting points, leading military historians show how this critical and bloody conflict could so easily have ended in a victory for the Confederates, changing the course of US history.
Shipwreck Of The Whaleship Essex
The inspiration for Herman Melville's Moby Dick, a sperm whale rammed and sank the whaling ship Essex in 1820, casting its crew into open boats for a three-month ordeal during which they resorted to cannibalism to sustain themselves. This book includes first mate Owen Chase's account, the testimony of two other survivors and facsimiles of notes made by Melville on Chase's story. (Contains material previously published in The Wreck of the Whaleship Essex.)
Henry Cockburn (1779–1854) was a judge of the Court of Session and a leading personality in 19th-century Edinburgh, best remembered now for his posthumous literary works, Memorials of His Time (1856), Journal (1874) and Circuit Journeys (1888). This selection of 180 letters written by Cockburn provides new information about his career as judge, Whig activist, family man and pioneer of building conservation. With introduction, notes and index.
The Dundas Despotism
First published in 1992, this is a comprehensive biography of Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville (1742–1811), and his son Robert, 2nd Viscount (1771–1851) who ruled Scotland from the 1770s to the 1830s. Though satisfactory to Scots at the time, that period of government was later dubbed 'the Dundas Despotism'. In this study, Michael Fry overturns the traditional view that the Dundases presided over a corrupt and authoritarian regime.
Maritime Power and the Struggle for Freedom
Naval Campaigns that Shaped the Modern World 1788–1851
In this follow-up to his much-acclaimed Maritime Supremacy, Padfield continues to trace the role of naval power in world history, here analysing the factors that led Britain to global dominance in the 19th century.
Plague, Fire, Revolution
Samuel Pepys was born in London in 1633 and died there in 1703, having lived through revolution and Restoration, the Dutch raid, notable scientific advances, plague and fire. All of this he recorded in his diary and letters. The National Maritime Museum exhibition in 2015 presented 158 objects and paintings, and with essays by contributing scholars, this accompanying volume explores Pepys’s career and varied interests while illuminating aspects of 17th-century London life ranging from surgical procedures to Stuart portraiture.
Immortalized by Kipling’s line, ‘Where the old Flotilla lay’, the Irawaddy Flotilla Company grew from four paddle steamers deployed in the Second Burmese War in 1852 to a commercial fleet of 650 vessels. This book charts the company’s development against the background of British colonial policy and the economic growth of Burma, and describes its tragic end during the Second World War, when its ships were scuppered to prevent them falling into the hands of the Japanese. Bears old cover price.
The First Three Centuries
The city founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and variously known as Sankt Peterburg, Petrograd and Leningrad has been home to some of Russia's greatest cultural figures, including Pushkin, Tchaikovsky and Nijinsky. Well known too for its physical appearance, with baroque palaces, bridges and promenades, the city nonetheless suffered depredations in the 1905 Revolution and the Nazi siege. Arthur George, who lived in St Petersburg for several years, charts the high and low points of this most European of Russian cities. Off-mint.
Masters and Servants in Tudor England
Life in Tudor England was ordered in a very strict social hierarchy, and the divisions between the classes were firmly maintained: it was understood that everyone, apart from the monarch, served someone, and service was valued rather than denigrated. Drawing on a wealth of contemporary sources, Tudor expert Alison Sim investigates the role of service at every level of society, and provides an informative and entertaining account of the lives of the people who kept the wheels of daily life turning.
A Rich and Curious History of Pirates, Castaways and Madness
Daniel Defoe's famous castaway has been etched into the popular imagination for three centuries – but what of his island? This book identifies the real place – Juan Fernández Island in the South Pacific – and charts its colourful and often violent history. Drawing on voyage journals, maps and illustrations, Andrew Lambert brings to life the voices of visiting sailors, scientists, writers and artists from the early encounters of the 1500s to the naval battles of the First World War.