• Mistresses
    Mistresses
    According to the great diarist, John Evelyn, Charles II was 'addicted to women', and throughout his long reign a great many succumbed to his charms. Clever, urbane and handsome, Charles presided over a hedonistic court, in which licence and licentiousness prevailed.

    Mistresses is the story of the women who shared Charles's bed, each of whom wielded influence on both the politics and cultural life of the country. From the young king-in-exile's first mistress and mother to his first child, Lucy Walter, to the promiscuous and ill-tempered courtier, Barbara Villiers. From Frances Teresa Stuart, 'the prettiest girl in the world' to history's most famous orange-seller, 'pretty, witty' Nell Gwynn and to her fellow-actress, Moll Davis, who bore the last of the king's fifteen illegitimate children. From Louise de Keroualle, the French aristocrat - and spy for Louis XIV - to the sexually ambiguous Hortense Mancini. Here, too, is the forlorn and humiliated Queen Catherine, the Portuguese princess who was Charles's childless queen.

    Drawing on a wide variety of original sources, including material in private archives, Linda Porter paints a vivid picture of these women and of Restoration England, an era that was both glamorous and sordid.

    ISBN: 9781509877058
    Publication date: 14/04/2020
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Porter, Linda
    Format: Hardback
    Price: $49.99
  • Murder Maps Crime Scenes Revisited; Phrenology to Fingerprint 1811-1911
    Murder Maps Crime Scenes Revisited; Phrenology to Fingerprint 1811-1911
    The most captivating and intriguing 19th-century murders from around the world are re-examined in this disquieting volume, which takes readers on a perilous journey around the world's most benighted regions. In each area, murders are charted with increasing specificity: beginning with city- or region-wide overviews, drilling down to street-level diagrams and zooming-in to detailed floor plans. All the elements of each crime are meticulously replotted on archival maps, from the prior movements of both killer and victim to the eventual location of the body.

    The murders revisited range from the 'French Ripper' Joseph Vacher, who roamed the French countryside brutally murdering and mutilating over twenty shepherds and shepherdesses, to H.H. Holmes, who built a hotel in Chicago to entrap, murder and dispose of its many guests. Crime expert Dr Drew Gray illuminates the details of each case, recounting both the horrifying particulars of the crimes themselves and the ingenious detective work that led to the eventual capture of the murderers. He highlights the development of police methods and technology: from the introduction of the police whistle to the standardization of the mugshot and from the invention of fingerprinting to the use of radio telegraphy to capture criminals. Disturbing crime-scene photographs by pioneers of policework, such as Alphonse Bertillon, and contemporary illustrations from the sensationalist magazines of the day, including the Illustrated Police News and the Petit Journal, complete the macabre picture.

    ISBN: 9780500252451
    Publication date: 24/09/2020
    Price: $55.00
    Author: Gray, Drew
    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
  • Mutiny on the Bounty
    Mutiny on the Bounty
    The mutiny on HMS Bounty, in the South Pacific on 28 April 1789, is one of history's great epics - and in the hands of Peter FitzSimons it comes to life as never before.

    Commissioned by the Royal Navy to collect breadfruit plants from Tahiti and take them to the West Indies, the Bounty's crew found themselves in a tropical paradise. Five months later, they did not want to leave. Under the leadership of Fletcher Christian most of the crew mutinied soon after sailing from Tahiti, setting Captain William Bligh and 18 loyal crewmen adrift in a small open boat. In one of history's great feats of seamanship, Bligh navigated this tiny vessel for 3618 nautical miles to Timor.

    Fletcher Christian and the mutineers sailed back to Tahiti, where most remained and were later tried for mutiny. But Christian, along with eight fellow mutineers and some Tahitian men and women, sailed off into the unknown, eventually discovering the isolated Pitcairn Island - at the time not even marked on British maps - and settling there.

    This astonishing story is historical adventure at its very best, encompassing the mutiny, Bligh's monumental achievement in navigating to safety, and Fletcher Christian and the mutineers' own epic journey from the sensual paradise of Tahiti to the outpost of Pitcairn Island. The mutineers' descendants live on Pitcairn to this day, amid swirling stories and rumours of past sexual transgressions and present-day repercussions.

    Mutiny on the Bounty is a sprawling, dramatic tale of intrigue, bravery and sheer boldness, told with the accuracy of historical detail and total command of story that are Peter FitzSimons' trademarks.

    ISBN: 9780733641237
    Publication date: 01/11/2018
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Fitzsimmons, Peter
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.99
  • My Father's Letters: Correspondence from the Soviet Gulag
    My Father's Letters: Correspondence from the Soviet Gulag
    'They will live as human beings and die as human beings; and in this alone lies man's eternal and bitter victory over all the grandiose and inhuman forces that ever have been or will be.' - Vasily Grossman, Life and Fate

    Between the 1930s and 1950s, millions of people were sent to the Gulag in the Soviet Union. My Father's Letters tells the stories of 16 men - mostly members of the intelligentsia, and loyal Soviet subjects - who were imprisoned in the Gulag camps, through the letters they sent back to their wives and children. Here are letters illustrated by fathers keen to educate their children in science and natural history; the tragic missives of a former military man convinced that the terrible mistake of his arrest will be rectified; the 'letter' stitched on a bedsheet with a fishbone and smuggled out of a maximum security camp. My Father's Letters is an immediate source of life in prison during Stalin's Great Terror. Almost none of the men writing these letters survived.

    ISBN: 9781783785285
    Publication date: 04/03/2021
    Price: $55.00
    Author: Thomson, Georgia
    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
  • Mysteries in History A Journey Through the Great Unanswered Questions of Our Time
    Mysteries in History A Journey Through the Great Unanswered Questions of Our Time
    Mysteries in History is a magnificently illustrated comprehensive guide with stunning visuals that provides all (or most) of the answers. Whether it be simply the most accepted theories or the most puzzling great enigmas to date in world history. With hundreds of photographs, illustrations, special infographics, curiosities, and historical reconstructions, Mysteries in History captures the captivating essence hidden in every inexplicable fact.

    Some mysteries included are:
    Construction of the pyramids

    Mysterious death of Hitler
    The true identity of Tutankhamun
    The loss and discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls
    Rapid decline of the Mayas
    Secrets hidden in the tombs of Antiquity
    Much more!
    For the curious, the intrepid, and those who desperately want to know more about the world, the illustrated encyclopedia of secrets, Mysteries in History, is here for you.

    ISBN: 9780785838364
    Publication date: 03/03/2020
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Chartwell Books Editors
    Format: Hardback
    Price: $32.99
  • Napoleon
    Napoleon
    `Napoleon is an out-and-out masterpiece and a joy to read' Sir Antony Beevor, author of Stalingrad

    A landmark new biography that presents the man behind the many myths. The first writer in English to go back to the original European sources, Adam Zamoyski's portrait of Napoleon is historical biography at its finest.

    Napoleon inspires passionately held and often conflicting visions. Was he a god-like genius, Romantic avatar, megalomaniac monster, compulsive warmonger or just a nasty little dictator?

    While he displayed elements of these traits at certain times, Napoleon was none of these things. He was a man and, as Adam Zamoyski presents him in this landmark biography, a rather ordinary one at that. He exhibited some extraordinary qualities during some phases of his life but it is hard to credit genius to a general who presided over the worst (and self-inflicted) disaster in military history and who single-handedly destroyed the great enterprise he and others had toiled so hard to construct. A brilliant tactician, he was no strategist.

    But nor was Napoleon an evil monster. He could be selfish and violent but there is no evidence of him wishing to inflict suffering gratuitously. His motives were mostly praiseworthy and his ambition no greater than that of contemporaries such as Alexander I of Russia, Wellington, Nelson and many more. What made his ambition exceptional was the scope it was accorded by circumstance.

    Adam Zamoyski strips away the lacquer of prejudice and places Napoleon the man within the context of his times. In the 1790s, a young Napoleon entered a world at war, a bitter struggle for supremacy and survival with leaders motivated by a quest for power and by self-interest. He did not start this war but it dominated his life and continued, with one brief interruption, until his final defeat in 1815.

    Based on primary sources in many European languages, and beautifully illustrated with portraits done only from life, this magnificent book examines how Napoleone Buonaparte, the boy from Corsica, became `Napoleon'; how he achieved what he did, and how it came about that he undid it. It does not justify or condemn but seeks instead to understand Napoleon's extraordinary trajectory.

    ISBN: 9780008116095
    Publication date: 19/09/2019
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Zamoyski, Adam
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Napoleon Volume 2 the Spirit of the Age
    Napoleon Volume 2 the Spirit of the Age
    Napoleon's life reached its most extraordinary stage between 1805 and 1810. At war with Britain, Russia, and Austria, he unleashed his magnificent Grande Armee. The first resounding victory at Austerlitz was followed by a whirlwind of campaigns, and by 1810 he had divorced Josephine in order to marry the daughter of the Austrian Emperor. The Spirit of the Age illustrates in vivid detail the five years in which Napoleon appeared to be invincible.

    ISBN: 9780571301546
    Publication date: 05/03/2020
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Broers, Michael
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Natures Mutiny How the Little Ice Age Transformed the West and Shaped the Present
    Natures Mutiny How the Little Ice Age Transformed the West and Shaped the Present
    'Europe where the sun dares scarce appear
    For freezing meteors and congealed cold.' - Christopher Marlowe

    In this innovative and compelling work of environmental history, Philipp Blom chronicles the great climate crisis of the 1600s, a crisis that would transform the entire social and political fabric of Europe.

    While hints of a crisis appeared as early as the 1570s, by the end of the sixteenth century the temperature plummeted so drastically that Mediterranean harbours were covered with ice, birds literally dropped out of the sky, and `frost fairs' were erected on a frozen Thames - with kiosks, taverns, and even brothels that become a semi-permanent part of the city.

    Recounting the deep legacy and sweeping consequences of this `Little Ice Age', acclaimed historian Philipp Blom reveals how the European landscape had ineradicably changed by the mid-seventeenth century. While apocalyptic weather patterns destroyed entire harvests and incited mass migrations, Blom brilliantly shows how they also gave rise to the growth of European cities, the appearance of early capitalism, and the vigorous stirrings of the Enlightenment.

    A sweeping examination of how a society responds to profound and unexpected change, Nature's Mutiny will transform the way we think about climate change in the twenty-first century and beyond.

    ISBN: 9781509890439
    Publication date: 23/01/2020
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Blom, Philipp
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Nein
    Nein
    From bestselling and prize-winning author Paddy Ashdown, a revelatory new history of German opposition to Hitler.

    `Ashdown has a great gift for narrative history. He unearths little known stories and places them in context with great dexterity. His new book throws fresh and important light on a crucial topic.' JONATHAN DIMBLEBY

    In his last days, Adolf Hitler raged in his bunker that he had been betrayed by his own people, defeated from the inside. In part, he was right. By 1945, his armies were being crushed on all fronts, his regime collapsing with many fleeing retribution for their crimes. Yet, even before the war started, there were Germans very high in Hitler's command committed to bringing about his death and defeat.

    Paddy Ashdown tells, for the first time, the story of those at the very top of Hitler's Germany who tried first to prevent the Second World War and then to deny Hitler victory. Based on newly released files, the repeated attempts of the plotters to warn the Allies about Hitler's plans are revealed.

    What is revealed is that the anti-Hitler bomb plots, which have received so much attention are, in fact only a small part of a much wider story; one in which those at the highest levels of the German state used every means possible - conspiracy, assassination, espionage - to ensure that, for the sake of the long-term reputation of their country and the survival of liberal and democratic values, Hitler could not be allowed to win the war. It is a matter of record that the European Union we have today and the nature and central position of Germany within it, is, in very large measure, the future envisaged by the plotters and for which they gave their lives.

    ISBN: 9780008257071
    Publication date: 19/08/2019
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Ashdown, Paddy
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Neurobics Create Your Own Brain Training Program
    Neurobics Create Your Own Brain Training Program
    What if a personal trainer could give you a mental work- out to sharpen your thinking, focus your mind and boost your creativity? With Neurobics that is now possible! Neuro-aerobics is a unique program of brain exercise to help prevent mental ageing. This program, customised to your particular strengths and weaknesses, will take you by the grey matter and turn things around. Let Neurobics build your mental muscle with a variety of puzzles - from logic to creative and memory to numerical - that will maximise your abilities. Soon you'll be remembering appointments, not losing your car keys and best of all, have a better brain!

    ISBN: 9781742451237
    Publication date: 15/01/2011
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Maslanka, Chris
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Nine Hundred
    Nine Hundred
    On March 25, 1942, nearly a thousand young, unmarried Jewish women boarded a train in Poprad, Slovakia. Filled with a sense of adventure and national pride, they left their parents' homes wearing their best clothes and confidently waving good-bye. Believing they were going to work in a factory for a few months, they were eager to report for government service. Instead, the young women-many of them teenagers-were sent to Auschwitz. Their government paid 500 Reichsmarks (about 160) apiece for the Nazis to take them as slave labour. Of those 999 innocent deportees, only a few would survive.



    The facts of the first official Jewish transport to Auschwitz are little known, yet profoundly relevant today. These were not resistance fighters or prisoners of war. There were no men among them. Sent to almost certain death, the young women were powerless and insignificant not only because they were Jewish-but also because they were female. Now, acclaimed author Heather Dune Macadam reveals their poignant stories, drawing on extensive interviews with survivors, and consulting with historians, witnesses, and relatives of those first deportees to create an important addition to Holocaust literature and women's history.

    ISBN: 9781529329322
    Publication date: 23/01/2020
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Macadam, Heather Dune
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.99
  • Normandy 44 D Day and the Battle for France
    Normandy 44 D Day and the Battle for France
    'A superb account of the invasion that deserves immense praise. To convey the human drama of Normandy requires great knowledge and sensitivity. Holland has both in spades' The Times

    Renowned World War Two historian James Holland presents an entirely new perspective on one of the most important moments in recent history, unflinchingly examining the brutality and violence that characterised the campaign, and totally recalibrating our understanding of this momentous event.

    D-Day and the 76 days of bitter fighting in Normandy that followed have come to be seen as a defining episode in the Second World War. Its story has been endlessly retold, and yet it remains a narrative burdened by both myth and assumed knowledge.

    In this reexamined history, James Holland challenges what we think we know. Drawing on unseen archives and testimonies from around the world, introducing a cast of eye-witnesses from foot soldiers to bomber crews, sailors, civilians and resistance fighters.

    ISBN: 9780552176118
    Publication date: 10/06/2020
    Price: $24.00
    Author: Holland, James
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
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