The King Is Dead
The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII
The Acts of Succession (1536 and 1544) allowed Henry VIII to nominate his successors in his will: the result was one of the most intriguing and contested documents in British history. Lipscomb re-opens the debate about its intended meaning, authenticity and validity. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Science Behind Mating in the Animal Kingdom
Birds do it, bees do it – and so does every member of the animal kingdom, from fruit flies to blue whales. This engaging and entertainingly frank guide to the mating game explains the evolution of sexual organs, the tactics of seduction, and the mechanics of sex. Among the strange facts and exotic creatures are carnal cannibalism, animal chastity belts, transvestite damselflies, and a sea-slug that sheds its penis after sex, and then grows a new one.
The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor
Elizabeth I, Thomas Seymour, and the Making of a Virgin Queen
Combining scholarly research with engaging storytelling, and filled with evocative detail, Norton’s book investigates the personalities, politics and intrigues surrounding the young Elizabeth Tudor and Thomas Seymour, the new husband of Henry VIII’s widow, Catherine Parr. After Catherine’s death in 1548, Seymour’s motives came under suspicion, leading to his arrest and execution for treason. Norton’s book is a compelling exploration of the relation between the Seymour Scandal and Elizabeth’s future resolve to be the ‘virgin queen’.
In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe
Classic Tales of Terror, 1816–1914
‘Edgar Allan Poe did not invent the tale of terror’, writes Leslie Klinger, and in this anthology he presents 20 short horror stories by little-known writers or by authors famous in other genres. Beginning with The Sandman by ETA Hoffman, the collection includes works by Sheridan Le Fanu, MR James, Ambrose Bierce and Saki, and ends with The Squaw, a rare short story from Bram Stoker. Klinger provides an introductory note on each author.
Graveyard of Empires: A New History of the Borderlands
David Isby, the veteran American defence analyst, provides a meticulously researched account of the situation in Afghanistan up to 2010 and, in the light of the country’s history, considers the problems facing the US and NATO coalition.
The Queen's Agent
Sir Francis Walsingham and the Rise of Espionage in Elizabethan England
Elizabeth I's ambassador, principal secretary and chief of security, Sir Francis Walsingham (c1530-c1590) is well-known as a spymaster, pioneer in cryptography and an expert in 'turning' enemies into double agents. This study of his career tells the story of Walsingham's secret agents, cryptic codes and ingenious plots, but also explores his devotion to the Queen and the task of protecting her, even when that meant authorizing the execution of Mary Stuart or the murder of Catholic radicals.
A New History From Marco Polo to Casanova
The Republic of Venice was the first great economic, cultural and naval power of the Western world, building a trading empire that extended to China, Syria and West Africa. Here, Paul Strathern charts its rise and fall through the lives of some of the most colourful personalities in European history: Marco Polo, Galileo, Titian, Vivaldi and Casanova. Often at odds with the republic's mysterious rulers, these men embody the dynamism that powered this brilliant city state until its eventual surrender to Napoleon.
The Horror of Love
While her sisters Diana and Unity flirted with Fascism, the novelist Nancy Mitford embarked on a passionate affair with Gaston Palewski, a Free French leader who went on to become one of his country's most eminent politicians - and to marry another woman. Was she a deluded lover or a remarkably sophisticated one? This frank, emotionally challenging book sets their relationship against the dramatic background of war, and charts its impact on her enduringly popular novels. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.