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1666: Plague, War and Hellfire

1666 was a watershed year for England. The outbreak of the Great Plague, the eruption of the second Dutch War and the Great Fire of London all struck the country in rapid succession and with devastati..

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17 Carnations: The Windsors, the Nazis and the Cover-Up

The story of the love affair between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII, and his abdication in order to marry the divorcee, has provoked fascination and discussion for decades. However, the full stor..

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1916 Irish Rebellion

The 1916 Irish Rebellion is the companion book to a three-part documentary series to be broadcast worldwide in 2016. Narrated by Liam Neeson, the documentary, entitled "1916 The Irish Rebellion," and ..

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A Very Queer Family Indeed: Sex, Religion, and the Bensons in Victorian Britain

"We can begin with a kiss, though this will not turn out to be a love story, at least not a love story of anything like the usual kind." So begins A Very Queer Family Indeed, which introduces us to th..

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Abolition of Britain, The

How do you tell that a country has died? In this devastating, pessimistic, though critically-timed revised edition of his classic book, Peter Hitchens describes and regrets the abolition of Britain. ..

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Aelfred's Britain: War and Peace in the Viking Age

A history of the peoples of Britain, in the century and a half between the first Viking raids and the expulsion of the Vikings from York in 954. In 865, a great Viking army landed in East Anglia, pre..

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Aelfred's Britain: War and Peace in the Viking Age

A history of the peoples of Britain, in the century and a half between the first Viking raids and the expulsion of the Vikings from York in 954. THE STORY OF AELFRED THE GREAT, HIS WAR AGAINST ..

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AEthelflaed: Lady of the Mercians

At the end of the ninth century AD, a large part of what is now England was controlled by the Vikings - heathen warriors from Scandinavia who had been attacking the British Isles for more than a hundr..

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Age of Decadence: Britain 1880 to 1914

The folk-memory of Britain in the years before the Great War is of a powerful, contented, orderly and thriving country. She commanded a vast empire. She bestrode international commerce. Her citizens w..

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All Behind You, Winston: Churchill's Great Coalition 1940-45

On 14 May 1940, the Evening Standard published a cartoon with the caption "All Behind You, Winston". It showed Churchill, the freshly installed prime minister, rolling up his sleeves to confront the o..

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All Behind You, Winston: Churchill's Great Coalition 1940-45

On 14 May 1940, the Evening Standard published a cartoon with the caption 'All Behind You, Winston'. It showed Churchill, the freshly installed prime minister, rolling up his sleeves to confront the o..

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Anglo-Saxon World

The Anglo-Saxon period, stretching from the fifth to the late eleventh century, begins with the Roman retreat from the Western world and ends with the Norman takeover of England. Between these epochal..

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Anglo-Saxon World:  An Anthology

Beowulf, The Battle of Maldon, The Dream of the Rood, The Wanderer, and The Seafarer are among the greatest surviving Anglo-Saxon poems. They, and many other treasures, are included in The Anglo-Saxon..

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Austerity Britain: 1945 - 1951


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Bad Girls: The Rebels and Renegades of Holloway Prison

'Davies's absorbing study serves up just enough sensationalism - and eccentricity - along with its serious inquiry' SUNDAY TIMES '[A] revealing account of the jail's 164-year history' DAILY TELEG..

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Battle Royal: The Wars of Lancaster and York, 1450-1464

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 ..

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Beastly Battles Of Old England: The misguided manoeuvres of the British at war

Throughout history the English have been a warlike lot. Often we fight among ourselves - there have been a good few civil wars - and when we were not slaughtering each other, we practiced on our neigh..

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Beating Napoleon

'If it had not been for you English, I should have been Emperor of the East; but wherever there is water to float a ship, we are sure to find you in our way.' Emperor Napoleon But just thirty-five yea..

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Between the Wars: 1919-1939

At the end of 1918 one prescient American historian began to write a history of the Great War. "What will you call it?" he was asked. "The First World War" was his bleak response. In Between the Wars ..

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Bishop's Brothels

Drawing on a wealth of contemporary source material, The Bishop's Brothels is a fascinating social history of how commercial sex has been bought and sold in London for over a thousand years. The Bank..

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Black Diamonds : Downfall of an Aristocratic Dynasty & Fifty Years That Changed England

From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Secret Rooms," the extraordinary true story of the downfall of one of England's wealthiest families Fans of "Downton Abbey" now have a go-to resour..

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Black Door: Spies, Secret Intelligence and British Prime Ministers

'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 Counci..

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Black Tudors: The Untold Story

Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2018 A Book of the Year for the Evening Standard and the Observer A black porter publicly whips a white Englishman in the hall of a Glo..

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Black Tudors: The Untold Story

A black porter publicly whips a white Englishman in the hall of a Gloucestershire manor house. A Moroccan woman is baptised in a London church. Henry VIII dispatches a Mauritanian diver to salvage los..

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Blood Of The Isles


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Blood Royal: The Wars of Lancaster and York, 1462-1485

THE REAL GAME OF THRONES CONTINUES...Blood Royal is the second volume of a magisterial new interpretation of the savage struggle for supreme power between and within the Plantagenet houses of Lancaste..

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Bosworth: The Birth of the Tudors

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 the inferior forces of the up..

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Brief History of the Private Life of Elizabeth II

Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning British monarch. A personally quiet, modest and dutiful person, she is far better-informed about the lives of her subjects than they often realize. She has known e..

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Britain Begins

The last Ice Age, which came to an end about 12,000 years ago, swept the bands of hunter gatherers from the face of the land that was to become Britain and Ireland, but as the ice sheets retreated and..

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Britain's Living Past

Britain's Living Past is a celebration of the best of the past, of things that have been preserved because they still matter to the community. It is a book in which the emphasis is very much on the wo..

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Britain's Most Notorious Highwaywoman: The Life of Mary Frith

Mary Frith was born in London in the 1580s, and she became one of the city's most famous, and infamous, women in the first half of the seventeenth century. Turning her back on servitude and drudgery, ..

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Britain's War: Into Battle, 1937-1941

'An energetic, ambitious, provocative work by a young historian of notable gifts, which deserves a wide readership' Max Hastings, The Sunday Times 'Bold and breathtaking...I have never read a more da..

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British Dentist

Though the prospect may fill us with dread, most of us need dental treatment at some stage - and the reality is that better care has never been available, as this fully illustrated book shows. Early d..

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British Empire: How it was built - and how it fell

The sun never set upon the British Empire, its critics liked to say, because God didn't trust the British in the dark. The joke was a backhanded tribute to the astonishing achievement of the inhabitan..

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Burning Time: The Story of the Smithfield Martyrs

Smithfield, settled on the fringes of Roman London, was once a place of revelry. Jesters and crowds flocked for the medieval St Bartholomew's Day celebrations, tournaments were plentiful and it became..

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Celtic Scotland

This authoritative and handsomely illustrated book is aimed at the general reader who wants to know about the mysterious people who inhabited Scotland from the Bronze Age onwards. They created wonderf..

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Century Girls

A celebration of the one-hundred years since British women got the vote, told, in their own voices, by six centenarians: Helena, Olive, Edna, Joyce, Ann and Phyllis - The Century Girlsâ In 2018 Brit..

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Charles Brandon: Henry VIII's Closest Friend

We don't really consider Henry VIII to have had friends, rather subjects, cronies and dutiful wives and ministers of state. But Henry was a very sociable person and craved genuine relationships. Charl..

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Chaucer's People: Everyday Lives in Medieval England

In CHAUCER'S PEOPLE, Liza Picard guides us through the tumultuous world of the late fourteenth century in an ingenious, informative and entertaining way. Through the assorted cast of pilgrims Chaucer ..

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Chaucer's People: Everyday Lives in the Middle Ages

'A holiday in the complex, joyful, indelicate medieval world' John Higgs, author of Watling Street Chaucer's People is an absorbing and revealing guide to the Middle Ages, populated with Chauce..

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Churchill & Attlee: The Unlikely Allies Who Won The War: 2018

Whilst there have been many books about Churchill and several biographies of Clement Attlee, few have focused on the relationship between these two very different giants of twentieth-century pol..

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Churchill and Orwell

Today, as liberty and truth are increasingly challenged, the figures of Churchill and Orwell loom large. Exemplars of Britishness, they preserved individual freedom and democracy for the world through..

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Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History

'The must-read biography of the year.' Evening Standard 'He writes with gusto...the result is a book that is never boring, genuinely clever ...this book sizzles.' The Times 'The point of the Churchill..

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Churchill's Legacy: Two Speeches to Save the World

Churchill's Legacy describes how Churchill wielded his influence in post-war politics to enable the restoration of Europe through two key speeches in 1946. Having first helped bring victory to the Al..

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Churchill, Roosevelt, and Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft

During World War II the "special relationship" between the United States and Great Britain cemented the alliance that won the war in the West. But the ultimate victory of that partnership has obscured..

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Churchill: The Power of Words

Winston Churchill understood and wielded the power of words throughout his six decades in the public eye. His wartime writings and speeches revealed both his vision for the future and his own personal..

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Churchills:  Family at the Heart of History

There never was a Churchill from John of Marlborough down who had either morals or principles', so said Gladstone. From the First Duke of Marlborough - soldier of genius, restless empire-builder and c..

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Civil War: The History of England: Volume III

In Civil War, Peter Ackroyd continues his dazzling account of England's history, beginning with the progress south of the Scottish king, James VI, who on the death of Elizabeth I became the first Stua..

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Clans and Tartans: Traditional Scottish tartans (Collins Little Books)

The perfect introduction to Scottish tartans. Produced in association with the Scottish Tartans Authority, this Little Book focuses on the history of the world famous Scottish tartan. Contents includ..

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Common People: The History of an English Family

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...

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Crafted in Britain: The Survival of Britain's Traditional Industries

Crafted in Britain is a celebration of Britain's traditional crafts and industries that have survived into the modern world, not as museums but on their merits. In an age of increasing automation and ..

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