Tales from the Big House Collection - 2 Books
This series presents social histories of some of the country’s most distinguished stately homes and the sites they are built on. While following the fortunes of the families who developed the estates, often over several centuries, the texts are also rich with personal stories about the people who lived and worked in ‘the Big House’. The two titles in this collection are Nostell Priory and Temple Newsham.
Seventy Years of Railway Photography
Seven Decades Behind the Lens
Colin Boocock became a railways enthusiast as a child, when his parents took him to nearby Weybridge to watch the steam trains passing. This collection from his seven decades of photography shows how much the world of rail has changed, and showcases his images of notable lines and engines, not only in Britain but also further afield.
Investigating the life of her distant ancestor, a Victorian bobby, Gaynor Haliday found herself researching the world of 19th century policing. Stories of how various police forces were established, the subtle craft of crowd control (including times when cutlasses replaced truncheons), and the myriad laws surrounding prostitution are accompanied by newspaper quotes, police records and photographs to recount how the foundations of modern policing were laid.
Steam in the North West
In 1968 steam trains looked like becoming a thing of the past in the North West, but over subsequent years a combination of heritage enthusiasts and government legislation has allowed for an ongoing presence. The colour photos in this collection are accompanied by details of each locomotive and train, routes and locations, and technical and livery details.
Sir John Tiptoft: 'The Butcher of England'
The Earl of Worcester 1427–1470
As holder of the highest offices of state, Sir John Tiptoft was a powerful figure during the reigns of Henry VI and Edward IV, but became known for the scale and brutality of the executions he ordered. In this reappraisal the author argues that contemporary denigration of Tiptoft’s character reflected the deep antipathy of the English towards a cosmopolitan intellectual who refashioned the royal court according to continental models.
Rome, Blood and Politics
Reform, Murder and Popular Politics in the Late Republic 133–70 BC
After the defeat of Macedon and Carthage in 146 BCE, Rome was all-powerful in the Mediterranean world, yet within a decade, internal Roman rivalries escalated into violence and political murder. From 133 BCE, when the military reforms of Tiberius Gracchus led to the massacre of the tribune and his followers, Gareth Sampson describes the role of each key reformer and how they met their death as the late Republic descended into bloodshed on the streets of Rome.
River Ouse Bargeman
A Life On the Yorkshire Ouse
Stretching inland from the Humber, the River Ouse was once a highway for barges carrying goods from Hull to the Yorkshire mills. Illustrated with period photographs and based on the memories of Laurie Dews, who worked the river from 1937 to 1987 this book records the loading operations, the skill required to navigate the river channel, and the camaraderie of the bargemen.
A Pageant of British Steam
Steam Preservation in the 21st Century
This photographic celebration of the successful preservation of steam trains and rolling stock takes a chronological approach, telling the story of the railways as they expanded around the country. Through modern recreations of iconic early locomotives such as Stephenson’s Rocket and Catch Me Who Can, and the heritage engines still carrying passengers, enthusiasts today are able to get a glimpse of Britain’s past, from the industrial revolution onwards.
On Ancient Warfare
Perspectives on Aspects of War in Antiquity 4000 BC to AD 637
These 28 essays on the evolution and conduct of warfare cover the period from the establishment of Sumer and Egypt as nation states to the age of the Arab conquests. Informed by the author’s own years as an army officer, they provide a wide-ranging survey of topics including ancient military logistics and medical care, Buddha’s experiences in war and the strategy of great generals such as Hannibal and Thutmose III.
The Napoleonic Wars
First published in 1815 as The Martial Achievements of Great Britain and her Allies, this celebration of Britain’s victory over Napoleon is reproduced here in full, with its original patriotic text and 55 colour plates by James Jenkins. These include a portrait of Wellington and illustrations of all the major engagements from the Battle of the Nile through burning of Moscow to the final encounter at Waterloo.
A Marine Artist's Portfolio
The Nautical Paintings of Susanne Fournais
Denmark includes an archipelago of 400 islands and has a strong tradition of marine art. Inspired by this history, respected artist Susanne Fournais Grube has spent 30 years depicting not only boats and ships but also portside buildings and lighthouses. This collection showcases her style, which blends the decorative approach of classic 1930s illustration with the precision needed to capture details such as knots, rigging and masts.
London Buses in the 1970s
1970–1974: From Division to Crisis
The early 1970s saw London Transport with a fleet of elderly RT-class double-deckers and new one-man-operated vehicles plagued with reliability and suitability issues; while at the same time losing its Country Buses and Green Line coaches to the new National Bus Company. Jim Blake presents around 300 photographs from his archive, together with detailed captions, showing both the vehicles, including the much-overhauled Routemasters, and the problems facing London Transport in those difficult years.
The Life and Legend of a Rebel Leader
Following a brief account of Wat Tyler’s role in the 1381 Peasants’ Revolt, this cultural history traces the long afterlife of the revolutionary leader who was killed when his army of commoners presented their demands to Richard II. Basdeo reveals how Tyler’s name has been repeatedly invoked, in plays, novels and radical literature, by later reformers and rebels including the Chartists and those protesting against Margaret Thatcher’s Poll Tax.
The Komnene Dynasty
Byzantium's Struggle for Survival 1057–1185
During the 128-year rule of the Komnenes, Byzantium faced attacks from Turks in the East and from Western Christian forces fighting the early Crusades. Carr tells the story of this vital period for Eastern Christendom, when the emperors introduced new military techniques and relied on mercenaries including English soldiers who fled the Norman Conquest to join Byzantium’s renowned Varangian Guard.
An Introduction to Great Western Locomotive Development
This overview of the Great Western fleet of locomotives includes details about the construction, operation and maintenance of these classic steam engines. The book also features profile diagrams showing the differences between classes, along with many photos of the trains that carried passengers throughout the West Country.
Hitler's Revenge Weapons
The Final Blitz of London
From June 1944 onwards, V1 and V2 rockets caused 31,000 casualties and damaged 1.6 million houses in London alone. The author of this history, who grew up during the Blitz, weaves his own memories of the attacks into this detailed history of the development of the terrifying ‘doodlebugs’ at the infamous Peenemunde missile development site, while acknowledging the way that the Germans’ engineering feats underpinned post-war rocketry and space travel.
Doves Amongst Eagles
Unlike the storied Hitler Youth, the Bund Deutscher Mädel, its female counterpart, is not widely documented. This study draws on first-hand accounts to look at the home lives, schooling and eventual militarization of a generation of young German girls, detailing their roles in the Third Reich from 1933 to the aftermath of the Second World War.
Eric Bottomley's Transport Gallery
A Journey Across the Canvas
From his studio in Dorset, Eric Bottomley produces remarkably realistic oil and gouache railway art. A broad range of examples of his work are displayed in this volume, including pencil sketches, mixed media and stage-by-stage illustrations. They are and accompanied by Bottomley’s notes on the histories of his subjects and his own trainspotting experiences.
The Defeat of the Zeppelins
Zeppelin Raids and Anti-Airship Operations 1916–18
From the first attacks in early 1915 to the last, three years later, German Zeppelin airships posed a novel and troubling threat to the British war effort. This history looks into the complex dangers that these ‘weapons of darkness’ imposed, and the innovations and ultimately successful methods employed to counter them.