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Paperback 464 pages.

Presents the history of Shakespeare, following him through a single year that changed not only his fortunes, but the course of literature. In this one year, we follow what he reads and writes, what he saw, and who he worked

Shapiro James

198(Ht mm) 129(Wdt mm) 448

1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, The Chronicle History of King Leir, and transformed it int

Shapiro, James

After the Victorians
250mm. 608

Wilson, A.N.

Agricultural Revolution in England
29 b/w illus. 274

This book is the first available survey of English agriculture between 1500 and 1850. It combines new evidence with recent findings from the specialist literature, to argue that the agricultural revolution took place in the cen

Overton, Mark

All the Countries We've Ever Invaded
col. Illustrations 192

Out of 193 countries that are currently UN member states, we've invaded or fought conflicts in the territory of 171. That's not far off a massive, jaw-dropping 90 per cent. Not too many Britons know that we invaded Iran in

Laycock, Stuart

Amorous Antics of Old England
Hardback , 197 x 130mm. 256

The history of sex in Britain has been largely glossed over by 'proper' historians. This book reveals what our ancestors got up to in bed (and out of it). It includes chapters on the ancient arts of seduction, adulter

Cawthorne, Nigel

Angel and the Cad
234(Ht mm) 153(Wdt mm) 352

A narrative history rich with romance and tragedy, The Angel and the Cad is the story of the high society scandal that gripped Regency England. The day she turned 16, Catherine Tylney Long became the wealthiest heires

Roberts, Geraldine

Anglo-Saxons in 100 Facts

The Anglo-Saxon age was one of great change and unrest. Lasting from the departure of the Romans in approximately AD 400 until the Norman invasion in AD 1066, this era was defined by the continued spread of Christianity, the constant threat

Wall, Martin

Arsenic Century

Arsenic is rightly infamous as the poison of choice for Victorian murderers. Yet the great majority of fatalities from arsenic in the nineteenth century came not from intentional poisoning, but from accident. Kept in many homes for the purpo

Whorton, James C.

Art of the Islands
120 colour illustrations 240

The Celtic, Pictish, Anglo-Saxon and Viking peoples who inhabited the British Isles and Ireland from late prehistory to the Norman Conquest left a rich visual heritage whose influence continues to be felt. This is th

Brown, Michelle

Battle Royal: The Wars of Lancaster and York, 1450-1464
234(Ht mm) 153(Wdt mm) 416

England, 1454. A kingdom sliding into chaos. The mentally unstable King Henry VI, having struggled for a decade to contain the violent feuding of his magnates, loses his mind. Disgruntled nobles back the regal claims o

Bicheno, Hugh

Beautiful Idiots and Brilliant Lunatics
120 320

'Oh, I love London Society! It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what Society should be.' Oscar Wilde Beautiful Idiots and Brilliant Lunatics explores fascinating stories from our capital in the t

Baker, Rob

234(Ht mm) 153(Wdt mm) 256

Written by the Oxford historian Henrietta Leyser, Bede's England is a gazetteer to the remaining Anglo-Saxon ruins in England, many of them from the time of the Venerable Bede. For those who have bought Simon Jenkins'

Leyser, Henrietta

Benjamin Franklin in London

For the great majority of his long life, Benjamin Franklin was a loyal British royalist. In 1757, having made his fortune in Philadelphia and established his fame as a renowned experimental scientist, he crossed the Atlantic to live as a gen

Goodwin, George

Black Door: Secret Intelligence and 10 Downing Street
234(Ht mm) 153(Wdt mm) 512

'The Black Door' explores the evolving relationship between successive British prime ministers and the intelligence agencies, from Asquith's Secret Service Bureau to Cameron's National Security Council. At the beginnin

Aldrich, Richard, Cormac, Rory

33 illustrations, 25 in colour 312

A magnificent tale of family rivalry and intrigue set against Henry VIII's court. The fall of Anne Boleyn and her brother George is the classic drama of the Tudor era. The Boleyns had long been an influential E

Loades, David

Book of the Grail by Josephus
10 288

'The authority of the scriptures tells us that since the death of our Lord upon the Cross, no earthly king has taken up the cause of Jesus Christ more boldly than King Arthur of Britain.' The opening words of this beautiful version of Sir

Coleman, E. C.

Illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white) 400

On the morning of 22 August 1485, in fields several miles from Bosworth, two armies faced each other, ready for battle. The might of Richard III's army was pitted against th

Skidmore, Chris

Bradshaw's Canals and Navigable Rivers
0 b/w; 0 col 496

In the Victorian era, the name Bradshaw became synonymous with reliable information on travelling the nation's blossoming network of railways. Published in 1904, Canals and Navigable Rivers was the first guide to planning journe


Britain BC
Life in Britain and Ireland Before the Romans 544 pages.

An authoritative and radical rethinking of the whole of British history before the coming of the Romans, based on remarkable new archaeological finds.

Pryor Francis

Churchill's Secret War
maps 368

A dogged enemy of Hitler, resolute ally of the Americans, and inspiring leader through World War II, Winston Churchill is venerated as one of the truly great statesmen of the last century. But while he has been widely extolled for his a

Mukerjee, Madhusree

Citizens of London: the Americans who stood with Britain in its darkest,finest hour

This enthralling study is the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain. It brings out of history's shadows the three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, the handsome, chain-smoki

Olson, Lynne

Colour Bar (Film Tie In)

The true story of a love which defied family, Apartheid, and empire - the inspiration for the major new feature film A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike London, 1947. He was the heir to an African kingdom. She was a

Williams, Susan

Common People: The History of An English Family
integrated black & white illustrations 352

This book is short listed for the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize 'Part detective story, part Dickensian saga, part labour history. "A thrilling and unnerving read." (Observer). "Mesmeric and deeply moving."

Light, Alison

Common Treasury
Revolutions 160

At the end of the English Civil War, Gerrard Winstanley and his comrades, known as Diggers, went to St. George's Hill, to farm the common land and to distribute the food for free amongst themselves. Winstanley's extraordinary wri

Winstanley, Gerrard, Benn, Tony

Crown of Thistles
B/W Plates (pages) 16 424

Mary Queen of Scots fervently believed she had a right to the English throne - a belief that cost her her head. This is a vivid account of why she came to this belief from an acclaimed Tudor historian. The struggle betw

Porter, Linda

Dangerous Days in Elizabethan England

The reign of Elizabeth I - a Golden Age? Try asking her subjects...Elizabethans did all they could to survive in an age of sin and bling, of beddings and beheadings, galleons and guns. Explorers set sail for new worlds, risking everything to

Deary, Terry

Debs at War
Paperback 352 pages.

Pre-war debutantes were members of the most protected stratum of 20th-century society. This book records the extraordinary diversity of challenges, shocks and responsibilities they faced. It is an account - from firsthand so

Courcy, Anne De

240(Ht mm) 160(Wdt mm) 384

"An eccentric life, wonderfully told. Lady Anne Barnard was a brave traveller, artist and observer. Stephen Taylor brings her brilliantly out of the shadows." (Stella Tillyard). Lady Anne Barnard lived at the heart of

Taylor, Stephen

Earls of Paradise
Hardback , 240 x 159mm. 400

A fascinating portrait from award-winning author, Adam Nicolson, of a family, a portrait, and a quarrel with a king that would tear that family apart. 'Et in Arcadia Ego--I too am in Arcadia' Was our country once a b

Nicolson, Adam

Eggs or Anarchy?
2 x 8pp b-w plate sections 368

Eggs or Anarchy is one of the great, British stories of the Second World War yet to be told in full. It reveals the heroic tale of how Lord Woolton, Minister for Food, really fed Britain. As a nation at war, with s

Sitwell, William


A definitive portrait of one of the most compelling monarchs England has ever had: Elizabeth I. 'We are a prince from a line of princes.' Lisa Hilton's majestic biography of Elizabeth I, 'The Virgin Queen', uses new research to present a f

Hilton, Lisa

Elizabeth of York
illustrations (black and white, and colour) 576

Elizabeth of York would have ruled England, but for the fact that she was a woman. The eldest daughter of Edward IV, at seventeen she was relegated from pampered princess to bastard fugitive, but t

Weir, Alison

Elizabeth Woodville: Mother of the Princes in the Tower
30 black and white illustrations 240

Elizabeth Woodville is undoubtedly a historical character whose life no novelist would ever have dared invent. She has been portrayed as an enchantress; as an unprincipled advancer of her family's fortunes an

Baldwin, David

Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years

An ageing queen, an heirless state, conspiracy all round: here is the court of Elizabeth I as never known before History has pictured Elizabeth I as Gloriana, an icon of strength and power. But the reality, especially during her later years,

Guy, John

Enchanted Glass

In this acclaimed meditation on the British state, its identity and culture, Tom Nairn sees the monarchy both as its apex and its essence, the symbol of a national backwardness. This powerful, analytical, and bitterly funny book lays bare Br

Nairn, Tom

England, Arise
Section: 16, b/w photos 512

The dramatic and shocking events of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381 are to be the backdrop to Juliet Barker's latest book: a snapshot of what everyday life was like for ordinary people living in the middle ages. The same

Barker, Juliet

English and Their History
32pp colour 1024

In The English and their History, the first full-length account to appear in one volume for many decades, Robert Tombs gives us the history of the English people, and of how the stories they have told about themselves have shape

Tombs, Robert

Fatal Rivalry, Flodden 1513
illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white) 288

On the back of historian George Goodwin's critically acclaimed debut, FATAL COLOURS, comes FATAL RIVALRY, providing the first in-depth examination of the Battle of Flodden,

Goodwin, George

Fateful Year
16pp 1/2 tones and line drawings in text 432

The Fateful Year by Mark Bostridge is the story of England in 1914. War with Germany, so often imagined and predicted, finally broke out when people were least prepared for it. Here, among a crowded c

Bostridge, Mark

Fixer and Fighter: The Life of Hubert de Burgh, 1st Earl of Kent
approx 30 images 176

Hubert de Burgh rose from obscure beginnings to become one of the most powerful men in England. He loyally served first King John and then the young Henry III and played a crucial role in saving the Plantagenet dynasty when

Harwood, Brian

Flying Scotsman
Approx 150 colour and black and white images 192

The incredible biography of the most famous steam locomotive in the world. Think of the Golden Age of Steam and one train leaps to mind above all others: the Flying Scotsman, Nigel Gresley' s ele

Roden, Andrew

Illustrations (chiefly col.), ports. (chiefly col.) 356

Having written enthralling biographies of London and of its great river, the Thames, Peter Ackroyd now turns to England itself. This first volume of six takes us from the time that England

Ackroyd, Peter

From Anger to Apathy
ill 432

In this groundbreaking new book, Mark Garnett charts the changes in British politics, society and culture since 1975. In the mid-1970s Britons spent much of their time complaining - and seemingly for good reason. A Labour government with

Garnett, Mark

Georgian London
24pp b&w and colour 400

In Georgian London: Into the Streets, Lucy Inglis takes readers on a tour of London's most formative age - the age of love, sex, intellect, art, great ambition and fantastic ruin. Travel back to the Georgian years, a time

Inglis, Lucy

Gunpowder Plot
Paperback , 199 x 132mm. 448

This is an historian's account of the Gunpowder Plot.

Fraser Antonia

Heath Robinson's Home Front
125 black & white illustrations 136

How does one play bridge in a gas mask? Or enjoy motoring without consuming petrol? Or deal with a nationwide shortage of pea-sticks? For this compact little book Heath Robinson joined forces with writer Cecil

Robinson, W. Heath, Hunt, Cecil

Henry V
38 304

In the latter years of the fourteenth century a child was born, so unimportant that even his exact date of birth is unknown. Yet before his twenty-seventh birthday the turn of fortune's wheel had brought him the crown of England. The king

Cole, Teresa

Henry VIII's Last Love
70 288

In 1533 Katherine Willoughby married Charles Brandon, Henry VIII's closest friend. She would go on to serve at the court of every Tudor monarch bar Henry VII and Mary Tudor. Duchess of Suffolk at the age of fourteen, she became a powerfu

Baldwin, David

Hidden Histories: A Spotter's Guide to the British Landscape
illustrations 288

For the times when you're driving past a lumpy, bumpy field and you wonder what made the lumps and bumps; for when you're walking between two lines of grand trees, wondering when and why they were planted; for when you see a br

Ochota, Mary-Ann

Historic Maps And Views Of London
24 full page colour prints 56

The 24 unique, fascinating, and beautiful maps and views in this book date from the 12th century to the present, including some of the earliest known maps of London as well as topographical maps, views of iconic loc

Sinclair, George

Historical Map of Tudor London, C.1520

The capital city during the reign of Henry VIII around 1520, showing major streets, lanes, churches, great houses, monasteries and public buildings. This map reveals medieval London at its most impressive, before the city was overwhelmed by a

Historic Towns Trust

History of Britain in 21 Women
21 black and white line drawings 288

I was ten years old when I came across Boadicea, and she became the first woman to make me realise that the designated future of a girl born in 1950 - to be sweet, domesticated, undemanding and super feminine

Murray, Jenni

History of Wales

This highly successful guide has been revised and expanded. It traces the main outlines of the history of Wales from the settlements by the Celts to the invasion by Romans and Normans, the conquest by Edward I of England, the passage of the

Jones, John Graham

Hollow Crown
198(Ht mm) 129(Wdt mm) 480

The fifteenth century experienced the longest and bloodiest series of civil wars in British history. The crown of England changed hands violently five times as the great families of England fought to the death for the

Jones, Dan

Home: A Time Traveller's Tales from Britain's Prehistory

In Home Francis Pryor, author of The Making of the British Landscape, archaeologist and broadcaster, takes us on his lifetime's quest: to discover the origins of family life in prehistoric Britain. Francis Pryor's search for the origins of o

Pryor, Francis

How To Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life

The real Wolf Hall - a time traveller's guide to daily life in Tudor England. The Tudor era encompasses some of the greatest changes in our history. But while we know about the historical dramas of the times - most notably in the court of He

Goodman, Ruth

How to be a Victorian
illustrations 464

How to be a Victorian - a time traveller's guide to Victorian Britain by the BBC's Ruth Goodman. We know what life was like for Victoria and Albert. But what was it like for a commoner like you or me? How did it feel to cook wi

Goodman, Ruth

Illustrated Story of England
illustrations 256

A beautiful, quirky, illustrated edition of Phaidon's compelling bestseller, celebrating the book's 25th anniversary This concise and fast-paced introduction to English history keeps the reader enthralled through the entire cou

Hibbert, Christopher, Lang, Sean, Broadley, John

Ingenious Victorians
200 illustrations 224

We all know that some of the greatest inventions came from the Victorian age, the successors of which are still with us today. But this book is not entirely about those. It's more about some of the weird and wonderful inven

Wade, John

Inheritor's Powder

In the eighteenth century it was criminally easy to bump off unwanted relatives. A Household Thrown into Chaos Plumstead village, 2 November 1833. Wealthy landlord, George Bodle is taken violently ill. He dies within hours. When his wife, da

Hempel, Sandra


Ireland has rarely been out of the news during the past thirty years. Whether as a war-zone in which Catholic nationalists and Protestant Unionists struggled for supremacy, a case study in conflict resolution or an economy that for a time pr

Bartlett, Thomas

Jane Austen's Country Life
100 illustrations in colour and b/w 272

Jane Austen lived for nearly all her life in two Hampshire villages: for 25 years in her birthplace of Steventon, and then for the last 8 years of her life in Chawton, during which latter period she wrote

Le Faye, Deirdre

Katherine Howard

'An impressive revisionist biography' The Times Looming out of the encroaching darkness of the February evening was London Bridge, still ornamented with the severed heads of Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham; the terrible price they had p

Wilkinson, Josephine

Killers of the King
1 x 8pp colour plates 352

January, 1649. After seven years of fighting in the bloodiest war in Britain's history, Parliament had overpowered King Charles I and now faced a problem: what to do with a defeated king, a king who refused to surrender

Spencer, Charles

King's Bed
8pp colour photo plate section 368

To refer to the private life of Charles II is to abuse the adjective. His personal life was anything but private. His amorous liaisons were largely conducted in royal palaces surrounded by friends, courtiers an

Jordan, Don, Walsh, Michael

King's Revenge
Section: 8, colour photos 400

When Charles I was executed, his son Charles II made it his role to search out retribution, producing the biggest manhunt Britain had ever seen, one that would span Europe and America and would last for thirty years

Jordan, Don and Walsh, Michael

King's Speech

The subject of a major motion picture starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. One man saved the British Royal Family in the first decades of the 20th century - amazingly he was an almost unknown, and certainly unqualifi

Logue, Mark, Conradi, Peter

18 B&W chapter opening illustrations 272

Landskipping is a ravishing celebration of landscape, its iridescent beauty and its potential to comfort, awe and mesmerise. In spirit as Romantic as rational, Anna Pavord explores the different ways in w

Pavord, Anna

Lethal Allies
black & white illustrations 418

Farmers, shopkeepers, publicans and businessmen were slaughtered in a bloody decade of bombings and shootings in the counties of Tyrone and Armagh in the 1970s. Four families each lost three relatives; in other ca

Cadwallader, Anne

Life In A Medieval Village
134(Ht mm) 134(Wdt mm) 288

The reissue of Joseph and Frances Gies's classic bestseller on life in medieval villages. This new reissue of Life in a Medieval Village, by respected historians Joseph and Frances Gies, paints a lively, convincing po

Gies, Frances, Gies, Joseph

Lives of Tudor Women
8pp col illus 416

The turbulent Tudor age never fails to capture the imagination. But what was it actually like to be a woman during this period? This was a time when death in infancy or during childbirth was rife; when marriage was usually a le

Norton, Elizabeth

London : A Social and Cultural History, 1550-1750
53 b/w illus. 4 maps 415

Between 1550 and 1750 London became the greatest city in Europe and one of the most vibrant economic and cultural centres in the world. This book is a history of London during this crucial period of its rise to world-wi

Bucholz, Robert, Ward, Joseph

London: A Travel Guide Through Time

Step back in time and discover the sights, sounds and smells of London through the ages in this enthralling journey into the capital's rich, teeming and occasionally hazardous past. 'London: A Travel Guide Through Time is easily the most en

Green, Matthew

Making of the British Landscape : How We Have Transformed the Land, from Prehistory to Today The

From our suburban streets which still trace the boundaries of long vanished farms to the Norfolk Broads, formed when medieval peat pits flooded - evidence of man's effect on Britain is everywhere. Packed with over 250 maps and photographs, c

Pryor, Francis

Making Thatcher's Britain

Margaret Thatcher was one of the most controversial figures of modern times. Her governments inspired hatred and veneration in equal measure and her legacy remains fiercely contested. Yet assessments of the Thatcher era are often divorced fr

Jackson, Benjamin, Saunders, Robert

Mapping London
221 illustrations 288

Mapping London: Making Sense of the City is a beautiful, compelling anthology of over six centuries of London maps, tracing the mesmerising evolution of the city and exploring the hopes and fears of its inhabitants as histo

Foxell, Simon

Mary Boleyn
Illustrations (chiefly col.), ports. (chiefly col.) 400

Mary Boleyn is remembered by posterity as a 'great and infamous whore'. She was the mistress of two kings, Francois I of France and Henry VIII of England, and sister to Anne Boleyn, Henry V

Weir, Alison

Mary Queen Of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots passed her childhood in France and married the Dauphin to become Queen of France at the age of sixteen. Widowed less than two years later, she returned to Scotland as Queen after an absence of thirteen years. Her life the

Fraser, Antonia

Mercy aka Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst Film Tie In

Now a major motion picture starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, directed by James Marsh (The Theory of Everything). In 1968, Donald Crowhurst was trying to market a nautical navigation device he had developed, and saw the Sunday Times Gol

Tomalin, Nicholas, Hall, Ron


A groundbreaking book, this unprecedented study is the authoritative account of the best-known intelligence organisation in the world. Essential reading for anyone interested in the history of espionage, the two world wars, modern British go

Jeffery, Keith

Mini Retro London
illustrations 400

Take a walk back in time with this collection of fascinating and evocative photographs of one of the world's great cities. For those who love to reminisce or are fascinated by the changing times in which we live, Retro London d

Gosling, Lucinda

Mystery of Princess Louise Queen Victoria's Rebellious Daughter

The secrets of Queen Victoria's sixth child, Princess Louise, may be destined to remain hidden forever. What was so dangerous about this artistic, tempestuous royal that her life has been documented more by rumour and gossip than hard facts?

Hawksley, Lucinda

News from Waterloo
216(Ht mm) 153(Wdt mm) 352

The Duke of Wellington's victory over Napoleon in 1815 at Waterloo ensured British dominance for the rest of the nineteenth century. It took three days and two hours for word to travel from Belgium in a form that peopl

Cathcart, Brian

Oranges And Sunshine

In 1986 Margaret Humphreys, a Nottingham social worker, investigated a woman's claim that, aged four, she had been put on a boat to Australia by the British government. At first incredulous, Margaret discovered that this was just the tip of

Humphreys, Margaret

Origins of Capitalism in England 1400-1600

Incorporating original archival research and a series of critiques of recent accounts of economic development in pre-modern England, in The Origin of Capitalism in England 1400-1600, Spencer Dimmock has produced a challenging and multi-layer

Dimmock, Spencer

Pagan Britain
103 b/w illus. 496

Britain's pagan past, with its mysterious monuments, atmospheric sites, enigmatic artifacts, bloodthirsty legends, and cryptic inscriptions, is both enthralling and perplexing to a resident of the twenty-first century. In this

Hutton, Ronald

Prince, the Princess and the Perfect Murder

The royal family's darkest secret and the establishment cover-up. Never told before, this is the story of Edward, the Prince of Wales, the true love of his life, and the murder of an Arab playboy. It takes place in maisons de rendevous, luxurio

Rose, Andrew

Princes at War
1 x 16pp B&W plate section 432

In 1936, the monarchy faced the greatest threats to its survival in the modern era - the crisis of abdication and the menace of Nazism. The fate of the country rested in the hands of George V's sorely unequipped so

Cadbury, Deborah

Queen Bees
2x8 b&w insets 416

Queen Bees looks at the lives of six remarkable women who made careers out of being society hostesses, including Lady Astor, who went on to become the first female MP, and Mrs Greville, who cultivated relationships with Edward

Evans, Sian

Restoration: England in 1666
234(Ht mm) 170(Wdt mm) 416

In an England inhabited by Pepys, Evelyn, Dryden, Hobbes and the young Isaac Newton, Charles II is king, and the nation is beginning to relax a little after the tough, joyless years of Cromwell's Protectorate. In RESTO

Larman, Alexander

Rethinking the Industrial Revolution

In Rethinking the Industrial Revolution, Michael Andrew Zmolek offers the first in-depth study of the evolution of English manufacturing from the feudal and early modern periods within the context of the development of agrarian capitalism. T

Zmolek, Michael Andrew

Rise of Thomas Cromwell
16 b/w illus. 376

How much does the Thomas Cromwell of popular novels and television series resemble the real Cromwell? This meticulous study of Cromwell's early political career expands and revises what has been understood concerning the life a

Everett, Michael

Romans Who Shaped Britain
73 illustrations, 42 in colour 288

Roman Britain was created not by impersonal historical forces, but by men and women, each driven by ambition, aspiration and passion. The Romans Who Shaped Britain explores the narrative of Britannia through th

Moorhead, Sam, Stuttard, David

Running the Show : The Extraordinary Stories of the Men Who Governed the British Empire
Illustrations, maps 512

'May God forgive us for our sorry deeds and for our glorious intentions'. Who were the men governing the Empire in the nineteenth century? How were they chosen and controlled? Were they sane or mad? And why did they do it

Williams, Stephanie

Science in the Service of Empire

Joseph Banks is one of the most significant figures of the English Enlightenment. This book places his work in promoting 'imperial science', in the context of the consolidation of the British State during a time of extraordinary upheaval. Th

Gascoigne, John

Paperback 752 pages.

A vivid look at Scotland's long and difficult road to nationhood, re-exploring some cherished myths and unearthing a wealth of fascinating new detail.

Magnusson, Magnus

Scottish Nation : A Modern History

This is the acclaimed history of Scotland from T. M. Devine, who is also the author of "Scotland's Empire" and "To the Ends of the Earth". This bestselling history of Scotland traces the epic story of a nation from the act of union to today'

Devine, T. M.

Secret Rooms
24pp b/w photo inset 480

A Plotting Duchess, a Mysterious Death and a Castle Full of Intrigue in Catherine Bailey's The Secret Rooms. At 6 am on 21 April 1940 John the 9th Duke of Rutland, and one of Britain's wealthiest men, ended his days, vir

Bailey, Catherine

Shakespeare and the Countess: The Battle that Gave Birth to the Globe

This book was shortlisted for the Tony Lothian Prize One of the Telegraph's 'Best Books of 2014'. In November 1596 a woman signed a document which would nearly destroy the career of William Shakespeare ...Who was the woman who played such an

Laoutaris, Chris

Shakespeare's Restless World

From Neil MacGregor, the acclaimed creator of "A History of the World in 100 Objects" and the Director of the British Museum, comes a unique, enthralling exploration of the age of William Shakespeare to accompany a new BBC Radio 4 series. Sh

MacGregor, Neil

Sharper Word
b/w photos 219

The celebrated former NME scribe and acclaimed biographer of Steve Marriot, The Jam and Oasis - Paolo Hewitt - collects original writing on the peculiarly British cult of Mod. He documents the clothes, music, clubs, drugs and face

Hewitt, Paolo

198(Ht mm) 129(Wdt mm) 400

The fascinating story of how royal power came to lie in female hands for the first time under the Tudor queens - and of the four women who came before them who, whilst never reigning monarchs, held great power. When Ed

Castor, Helen


Most of us know a bit about what passes for good manners - holding doors open, sending thank-you notes, no elbows on the table. We certainly know bad manners when we see them. But where has this patchwork of beliefs and behaviours come from?

Hitchings, Henry

Spanish Armada
illustrations 288

After the accession of Elizabeth I in 1558, Protestant England was beset by the hostile Catholic powers of Europe - not least Spain. In October 1585 King Philip II of Spain declared his intention to destroy Protestant England a

Hutchinson, Robert

Spy Among Friends
2 x 16pp B&W plate section 368

Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold W

Macintyre, Ben

Strangest Family
25 b/w, 25 col plates (24pp), With index 704

An intensely moving account of George III's doomed attempt to create a happy, harmonious family, written with astonishing emotional force by a stunning new history writer. George III came to the thron

Hadlow, Janice

Stripping of the Altars
143 illustrations 680

This prize-winning account of the pre-Reformation church recreates lay people's experience of religion in fifteenth-century England. Eamon Duffy shows that late medieval Catholicism was neither decadent nor decayed, but was

Duffy, Eamon

Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor
198(Ht mm) 129(Wdt mm) 368

England, late 1547. Henry VIII is dead. His 14-year-old daughter Elizabeth is living with the old king's widow Catherine Parr and her new husband Thomas Seymour. Ambitious, charming and dangerous, Seymour begins an ove

Norton, Elizabeth

That Option No Longer Exists

The 1970s in Britain were years of immense social, cultural and political liberation aborted by a right-wing counter revolution.

Medhurst, John

Thatcher's Trial
1 x 8pp colour plate 272

A fascinating examination of the leadership of Britain's most controversial post-war Prime Minister from acclaimed historian Kwasi Kwarteng Margaret Thatcher was elected Prime Minister in 1979, the first woman to hold th

Kwarteng, Kwasi

Thomas Cromwell
2 x 8pg colour illustrations 480

'This deeply researched and grippingly written biography brings Cromwell to life and exposes the Henrician court in all its brutal, glittering splendour.' Kate Williams, Independent Thomas Cromwell's life has mad

Borman, Tracy

Times History Of Britain's Railways: From 1603 To The Present Day
276(Ht mm) 213(Wdt mm)

Follow the development, decline and later revival of Britain's Railways from bestselling railway author Julian Holland. The history is told through commentary, photographs and archive material from a lifetime of railway r

Holland, Julian

True History of Merlin the Magician
20 black-&-white illustrations 336

Merlin the Magician has remained an enthralling and curious individual since the idea was first invented in the twelfth century in the pages of Geoffrey of Monmouth's "History of the Kings of Britain". But alth

Lawrence-Mathers, Anne


The Tudors are a national obsession. From TV bodice-rippers to Booker-prize winning novels and scholarly journals, they are our favourite family in history. Their story is packed with famous and thrilling tales: Henry VIII and his wives,El

Lisle, Leanda de

Tudors : A History of England Volume II

This is the second volume of Peter Ackroyd's masterful history of England: the "Tudors". Rich in detail and atmosphere and told in vivid prose, "Tudors" recounts the transformation of England from a settled Catholic country to a Protestant s

Ackroyd, Peter

216(Ht mm) 135(Wdt mm) 304

Who, or what, is the Green Man, and why is this medieval image so present in our precarious modern times? An encounter with the Green Man at an ancient Herefordshire church in the wake of catastrophic weather leads Nin

Lyon, Nina

Victorian City
234(Ht mm) 156(Wdt mm) 560

From the bestselling popular historian comes a masterly recreation of Victorian London, whose raucous streets and teeming denizens inspired and permeated the works of one of Britain's -and the world's -greatest novelis

Flanders, Judith

Visitor's Companion to Tudor England
206(Ht mm) 143(Wdt mm) 336

For the armchair traveller or those looking for inspiration for a day out, The Visitor's Companion to Tudor England takes you to palaces, castles, theatres and abbeys to uncover the stories behind Tudor England. Susann

Lipscomb, Suzannah

Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I
Illustrationsstrations (black and white, and colour), maps (colour) 416

Elizabeth I's reign is known as a golden age, yet to much of Europe she was a 'Jezebel' and heretic who had to be destroyed. The Watchers is a thrilling portrayal of the

Alford Stephen

Weatherland: Writers & Artists Under English Skies
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The story of English culture over a thousand years can be told as the story of changing ideas about the weather. Writers and artists across the centuries, looking up at the same skies and walking in the same brisk air,

Harris, Alexandra

Wicked Boy
2 x 8pp B&W plates 400

Early in the morning of Monday 8 July 1895, thirteen-year-old Robert Coombes and his twelve-year-old brother Nattie set out from their small, yellow-brick terraced house in East London to watch a cricket match at Lord's. T

Summerscale, Kate

Women of the World
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An original, compellingly told story of women's fight to represent their country abroad in the face of opposition from the men of the Foreign Office Throughout the twentieth century and long before, hundreds of determi

McCarthy, Helen