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.
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.
Subordination and Authorship in Early Modern England
The Case of Elizabeth Cavendish Egerton and her 'Loose Papers'
Comprising a confession of faith, prayers and meditations, the 'Loose Papers' of Elizabeth Egerton (1626-1663), Countess of Bridgewater, were collected and published after her death in 1663. As well as a 'documentary edition' of the text, Travitsky provides an extraordinarily detailed study of Elizabeth's life, showing her to be 'an extremely privileged, personally venerated, yet paradoxically powerless and ultimately victimized seventeenth-century woman'.
Prince Charles Edward (1900)
Published in 1900, this biography is the finest historical work of the poet, journalist, folklorist and historian Andrew Lang (1844–1912), once described as 'the greatest bookman of his age and, after Stevenson, the last great man of letters of the old Scottish tradition'. Despite his Jacobitism, Lang offers a dispassionate, detailed portrait of Charles that aims to place historical truth above sentiment and actually favours the Old Pretender above the romantic adventurer. Facsimile reprint. No jacket.
War, Revolution and Society in the Rio de la Plata, 1808-1810: Thomas
Kinder's Narrative of a Journey to Madeira,Montevideo & Buenos Aires
Thomas Kinder was an English banker whose voyage to the Rio de la Plata followed the ill-fated British attempts to capture Buenos Aires in 1806-7. Kinder gathered information about the British campaigns, became familiar with the leading figures of the revolutionary era and provided a first-hand account of social conditions and the beginnings of revolution in Montevideo and Buenos Aires during his stay in those cities. His 'Diary' is edited, with an introduction by Professor Newitt.
Cromwell Hath the Honour but...
Major-General Lambert's Campaigns in the North, 1648
Oliver Cromwell's reputation tends to overshadow his 'lesser' generals, yet they each had an important role to play. Once such man was John Lambert. Tasked with commanding forces in the North in 1648- 9, he proved to be a popular and effective general who undertook the sieges at Pontefract and Scarborough and united his troops in resisting Royalist rebels and Scots invaders. This carefully researched account offers a detailed and balanced reappraisal of Lambert's achievements.
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 Price of Scotland
Darien, Union and the Wealth of Nations
The catastrophic failure of the Company of Scotland to establish a colony at Darien in Central America in the 1690s led to significant loss of life and money and was a key issue in the negotiations that led to the Union of 1707. In this study of the Company of Scotland – now better known as the Darien Company – Douglas Watt offers a new perspective on the events that led to the creation of the United Kingdom.
Post-War Crime and Violence in Britain, 1748–53
When the War of Austrian Succession ended in 1748, rapid demobilization left thousands of soldiers and sailors unemployed, leading to a rise in crime, drinking and rioting on the streets of London. Rogers delves into the interlocking stories of this Hogarthian world; he investigates the reasons for the resulting moral panic and the surprisingly modern varieties of surveillance and social reform which were implemented to combat the perceived threat to 'good order and Government'.
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'.
1813: Empire at Bay
The Sixth Coalition and the Downfall of Napoleon
1813 was a crucial year in the world war that ended with the downfall of Napoleon: in a series of major battles the converging armies of the Sixth Coalition drove the French forces back. Jonathon Riley's military history of this turning point covers the campaigns in central Europe and Spain, looking in particular at the operation of the Sixth Coalition - Austria, Prussia, Russia, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Sweden, Spain and the smaller German states.
Patriotism, Power and Print
National Consciousness in Tudor England
In this masterly study of national consciousness, language and literature in late Tudor England, Brennan explores patriotism and discusses its nature, the different modes of cultural expression it finds, and analyses its use in political and relgious propaganda. She draws a distinction between nationalism and patriotism and sets out to examine the connotations of patriotism in its own right, rather than as nascent nationalism.
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
Napoleon on St Helena
In December 1815, six weeks after arriving on St Helena, Napoleon Bonaparte moved into Longwood House, the residence prepared for his captivity. This book charts the five-and-a-half years of his imprisonment, culminating in his death in 1821. It describes the fallen emperor's domestic arrangements, presents the conflicting personalities of his household, and charts his long-running feud with the island's tyrannical British governor, Sir Hudson Lowe. (First published as St Helena Story, 1960.)
The Queen of Controversy: A Biographical Essay
Anne Boleyn was the cause of three of the most important events in English history: the break with Rome, the development of the nation state, and the reign of her daughter Elizabeth I. This elegant biographical study not only traces her early life and education, her marriage to King Henry VIII, and her trial and execution accused of adultery and incest; it probes the mystery of how an apparently unremarkable young woman became the fulcrum of profound historical change.
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 History of England From James I to the Glorious Revolution
Part three of Peter Ackroyd’s much-acclaimed History of England begins in 1603 with Sir Robert Carey’s ride from London to Edinburgh to proclaim James VI of Scotland ‘King of England, France and Ireland’. With an eye for the telling detail, Ackroyd evokes the lives of people – kings and commoners – as he follows the turbulent course of Stuart history, through the Civil War, Oliver Cromwell’s Commonwealth and the Restoration to the arrival of another foreign ruler – William of Orange – to the English throne. (Previously sold in Postscript as Civil War: The History of England Volume III).
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.
English Civic Pageantry
David M Bergeron’s revised edition of his 1971 study looks anew at the variety and vitality of English civic pageants. It focuses on royal entries, progress pageants and Lord Mayor’s Shows, and argues that these pageants took part in and contributed to the burgeoning theatre world.
National Prayers: Special Worship Since the Reformation
Volume I: Special Prayers, Fasts and Thanksgivings in the British Isles 1533–1688
This is the first of three volumes resulting from an ambitious project to compile texts relating to each of the 866 occasions when special national worship has been prescribed in the British Isles to mark times of crisis, celebration and commemoration. As well as the prayers, liturgies and proclamations issued between the Reformation and William of Orange’s expedition in 1688, the book features editorial commentaries on the texts’ content, format and historical background.
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.
Crown of Blood
The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey
In 1553, 17-year-old Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen of England to prevent the accession of Henry VIII’s Catholic daughter Mary. Thirteen days later she was imprisoned in the Tower, and in February 1554 she was beheaded. This absorbing narrative history draws on previously overlooked sources to create a vivid and engaging portrait of an intelligent, charismatic and deeply religious girl caught up in the power politics of her age, whose courage shone through her final, harrowing ordeal.
The Lost Tudor Princess
The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas
The granddaughter of Henry VII, niece of Henry VIII and grandmother of James VI, Lady Margaret Douglas (1515-1578) was an important figure in Tudor England, yet despite modern interest in that era she is largely forgotten. Alison Weir focuses on this shadowy figure whose life spanned five reigns and whose political intriguing landed her in the Tower three times, and in this biography reveals a strong, intelligent woman who 'operated effectively, and fearlessly, at the very highest levels of power'.
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.