The Wives of Henry VIII

By Antonia Fraser

The six-week ny instances bestselling heritage of the mythical six other halves of Henry VIII--from an acclaimed biographer. "Admirably succeed(s) in bringing to existence the six girls who married England's ruler. . . ."--New York occasions publication assessment. sixteen colour plates. 32 pages of illustrations.

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Castle: A History of the Buildings that Shaped Medieval Britain

By Marc Morris

"Castle" is a wide-ranging background of a few of the main amazing constructions in Britain. It explores a few of the country's most renowned and best-loved castles, in addition to a few little-known nationwide treasures. the tale starts within the eleventh century, whilst castles have been brought to Britain, and leads to the seventeenth century, once they have been principally deserted. it's, in a few respects, an epic story, pushed through characters like William the Conqueror, "Bad" King John and Edward I, who, via development and besieging castles, formed the destiny of the kingdom. while, in spite of the fact that, it's a extra homely tale, in regards to the adventures, struggles and goals of lesser-known participants, and the way each element in their lives was once wrapped up within the castles they outfitted. As Marc Morris indicates, there's extra to castles than drawbridges and battlements, portcullises and arrow-loops. Be it ever so grand or ever so humble, a citadel is firstly a house. it can glance tricky and defensible at the outdoor, yet at the inside of, a citadel is all approximately luxurious and creature comforts. within actual castles, we do no inevitably locate cannons and matches of armour, yet we do detect nice halls, large kitchens, deepest chambers and chapels - all rooms which have been as soon as sumptuous and indulgent, and which made those structures ideal apartments for his or her vendors. to appreciate castles - who outfitted them, who lived in them, and why - is to appreciate the forces that formed medieval Britain.

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United States and Britain in Diego Garcia: The Future of a Controversial Base

By Peter H. Sand

The coral atoll of Diego Garcia (British Indian Ocean Territory) at the present time is a pivotal US naval and air base for all heart East operations (Afghanistan, Iraq, and very likely, Iran). This ebook, principally in line with hitherto unpublished resource fabric, describes the build-up of the bottom – beginning with a mystery US-UK bilateral deal in 1966; the deportation of the local island inhabitants within the Seventies; the clouded new function of Diego Garcia as a vacation spot for Guantánamo-style ‘renditions’; and the affects of army development at the atmosphere of the island – which as a result of its commonplace elevation of four toes above sea-level is at direct probability from weather change

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Tommy: The British Soldier on the Western Front

By Richard Holmes

The first historical past of worldwide battle I to put centre-stage the British soldier who fought within the trenches, this extraordinary and demanding ebook tells the tale of an epic and negative struggle during the letters, diaries and thoughts of these who fought it.

Of the six million males who served within the British military, approximately 1000000 misplaced their lives and over million have been wounded. this is often the tale of those males – epitomised by means of the nature of Sgt Tommy Atkins – and the ladies they left behind.

Using formerly unseen letters, diaries, memoirs and poetry from the years 1914-1918, Richard Holmes paints a relocating photograph of the iteration that fought and died within the dust of Flanders. He follows males whose psychological well-being was once endlessly destroyed via shell surprise, girls who misplaced husbands and brothers within the similar afternoon and those that wrote at lunchtime and died sooner than tea.

Groundbreaking and critically-acclaimed, this e-book tells the true tale of trench struggle, the power and fallibility of the human spirit, the participants in the back of an epic occasion, and their legacy. it really is an emotional and unforgettable masterpiece from one in all our most vital historians.

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Great Victorian Railway Journeys: How Modern Britain Was Built by Victorian Steam Power

The best spouse to Bradshaw's consultant booklet. Showcasing in color all that's nice approximately Bradshaw's consultant. nice British Railway trips has been a highly profitable television programme, that's now into its 3rd sequence on BBC2. a lot as Michael Palin outfitted up a committed fan base for shuttle world wide, so Michael Portillo has performed likewise for enthusiasts of trains in his explorations the size and breadth of the uk from the window of a educate seat. either captivating and insightful, Michael back makes use of Bradshaw's courses, and now undertakes 5 specified trips that have been developed via the Victorians from 1830-1900. throughout 25 episodes he delves into this attention-grabbing and vibrant interval of our background, and exhibit how the trendy British panorama used to be produced from this Victorian legacy. From Windsor to Weymouth, nice Yarmouth to London, Oxford to Milford Haven, Berwick to Barrow, and eventually Dublin to Belfast - Michael will return in time to show off parts of exceptional Victorian engineering and layout throughout Queen Victoria's dominions. Key components of the programme and tie-in publication will exhibit how the world's first actual fixed-track educate in Merthyr Tydfil operated; how the world's first electrical educate carrier ran in Southend to its recognized pier; and he additionally celebrates the big variety of strains that unfolded exchange and mobility to the Victorian sessions. traveling on various current, and from time to time restored, Victorian educate strains, he meets their passionate supporters who lovingly paintings on them, and likewise appears to be like on the sleek panorama to inform the tale of the way every one sector used to be formed by means of their Victorian forebears. Lavishly produced, this can once more be a 'must have' buy for all teach enthusiasts, in addition to those that easily are looking to discover their historical past and what's now on hand to view and trip upon within the twenty first century to move them again in time.

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Freedom & Necessity

By Steven Brust, Emma Bull

It is 1849. throughout Europe, the excessive tide of revolution has crested, leaving recrimination and betrayal in its wake. From the excessive councils of Prussia to the corridors of Parliament, the powers-that-be breathe sighs of aid. however the powers-that-be are infrequently unified between themselves. faraway from it...

On the south coast of britain, London man-about-town James Cobham involves himself in a rustic resort, with out inspiration how he obtained there. Corresponding together with his cousin, he discovers himself to were presumed drowned in a boating twist of fate. jointly they come to a decision that he should still remain placed for the instant, whereas they examine what can have transpired. For James Cobham is a sought after man--wanted by means of conspiring factions of the govt. and the Chartists alike, and in addition the objective of a mystical conspiracy inside of his personal family.

And so the journey begins...leading the reader via each nook of mid-nineteenth-century Britain, from the parlors of the elite to the dens of the underclass. now not seeing that Wilkie Collins or Conan Doyle has there been any such large quantity of weapons, swordfights, kinfolk intrigues, girls disguised as males, occult societies, philosophical discussions, and, after all, passionate romance.

Nor may well any writing crew yet Steven Brust and Emma Bull make it really rather a lot fun...

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In Search Of Shakespeare

By Michael Wood

Publish 12 months note: First released in 2005
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Almost four hundred years after his demise, William Shakespeare continues to be acclaimed because the world's maximum author, and but the guy himself continues to be shrouded in secret. during this soaking up historic detective tale, the acclaimed broadcaster and historian Michael wooden takes a clean method of Shakespeare's existence, brilliantly recreating the turbulent instances in which the poet lived: the age of the Reformation, the Spanish Armada, the Gunpowder Plot and the colonization of the Americas.

Drawing on an intensive diversity of resources, Michael wooden takes us again into Elizabethan England to bare a guy who's the made from his time - a interval of great upheaval that straddled the medieval and sleek worlds. utilizing a wealth of unexplored archive facts the writer vividly inspires the neighbourhoods of the Elizabethan London the place Shakespeare lived and labored in the course of his glittering occupation. jam-packed with clean insights and engaging new discoveries, this publication provides us with a Shakespeare for the twenty-first century: a guy of the theatre, a considering artist, playful and crafty who held up a reflect to his age, yet who used to be additionally, as his good friend Ben Jonson stated, 'not of an age, yet for all time'.

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Our First Revolution: The Remarkable British Upheaval That Inspired America's Founding Fathers

By Michael Barone

During this interesting paintings of well known heritage, Michael Barone brings the tale of the wonderful Revolution–an not going late-seventeenth-century British uprising–to American readers and divulges that, with no it, the yankee Revolution may well by no means have occurred. With a powerful narrative force and unforgettable pix of kings, queens, and squaddies, Barone takes an episode that has fallen into unjustified obscurity and restores it to the prominence it merits.

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