• RIII
    David Horspool
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    Have we bought into the view of Richard III as the personification of evil as publicised by the likes of William Shakespeare, or should we believe he was a much-maligned monarch, warrior and statesman as claimed by the Richard III Society?

    In this riveting and fascinating biography, historian David Horspool provides an insight into the life and times of a flawed king whose story has endured and intrigued for so many years.

    From his birth and upbringing towards the climax of the War of the Roses through to what happened to the princes in the tower and even his reburial in Leicester in 2015, this book sheds light on the mysteries that have blighted one of England's most enigmatic and elusive kings.
  • Battle Story Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9780750965149 - Various
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    From the Battle of Hastings in 1066 to the Battle of Goose Green during the Falklands War in 1982, this ten-book collection will help anyone fascinated by our past learn all about military history and the various wars and battles that have occurred - and how they have shaped the world we live in today.

    Complete with photographs of the battlefields, illustrations of the key events and easy-to-read maps, each book is packed with fact boxes that will explain how each event contributed to worldwide change.

    From the king that died during conflict in Hastings to the Wars of the Roses, and the bloodiest battles of the First World War - the Somme, Passchendale, El Alamein - to Iwo Jiima, you will be fascinated, appalled and intrigued by these blow-by-blow accounts.
  • CVTR
    Frederick Taylor
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    The historical city of Coventry was subjected to the longest and most devastating air raid in the history of Britain on 14 November, 1940. Lasting 11 hours, the people of the city emerged to find their city a shadow of its former self. As devastating as the attack was, it also heralded a new kind of air warfare and provided the push the Americans needed to join Britain in the war.

    The enemy tactics were so effective that they set the 'blueprint for obliteration' and were followed by a merciless four-year war of attrition. In this fascinating book, historian Frederick Taylor draws on research and eyewitness accounts from the archives to reveal what really happened and the repercussions it left behind.

    Taylor looks at the rumours and conspiracy theories about Churchill knowing the raid was coming and examines the effect this horrific event had on the nation and if it does justify the retaliation.
  • DAYA
    Peter Chasseaud
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    Published to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944, The Times D-Day reveals how the landings unfolded through over 100 detailed maps and informative commentary from World War II historians Peter Chasseaud and Richard Happer.

    Allowing readers unparallelled insight on deception schemes, reconnaissance and terrain, through mapping and key events the book chronologically presents the results and reasoning of important operations alongside poignant photographs and expert commentary.

    Providing a unique, never-before-seen insight into the landings, Operation Neptune, Operation Overlord, the German unconditional surrender on VE Day and more, The Times D-Day is a beautifully published, commemorative book perfect for all those with an interest in World War II.
  • LTPR
    Alison Weir
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    One of the most popular and authoritative historians writing today, Alison Weir provides a captivating account of the life and times of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox in this eye-opening biography.

    The niece of Henry VIII, Douglas had royal Tudor blood running through her veins. Her mother was a queen, her father an earl and many thought she should have been queen of England. Lady of honour to five of Henry's wives, the countess was beautiful and tempestuous and created scandal by falling in love with unsuitable men on two occasions... Fortunately, her arranged marriage turned out to be a love match.

    A brave survivor, her dynastic ties to two crowns proved hazardous. Imprisoned in the Tower of London on three separate occasions (once under sentence of death), she also helped bring about one of the most notorious royal marriages of the 16th century - but this, too, ended in tragedy.

    Instrumental in securing the Stuart succession to the throne of England for her grandson, this biography covers an extraordinary life that spanned five Tudor reigns.
  • KGJN
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    The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta made headlines across the world earlier this year and this biography provides a compelling portrait of King John, the supposed tyrant leader who issued - and consequently rejected - the famous document that bound him and his successors to better behaviour.

    Extensively researched and written by Marc Morris, author of A Great and Terrible King and The Norman Conquest, the book examines whether King John was the familiar figure we all know from Robin Hood - a monarch who was greedy, cowardly, despicable and cruel.

    Throughout the book, the historian draws on contemporary chronicles and the king's own letters to show what John was really like. He argues he was dynamic, inventive and relentless, but also a very flawed individual whose rise to power involved treachery, rebellion and murder. The book also looks at the invasions by Wales, Scotland and Ireland that occurred under John's reign and the civil war and foreign invasion that brought upon his downfall.
  • HISY
    Adam Hart-Davis
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    Discover the history of the world we live in. This is a fascinating and extensive biography of all the most important events and figures that have helped to shape humanity as we know it.

    Bringing the people and events to life, the keepsake hardback encylopedia takes you from the origins of humanity through to the birth of the internet and social media. There is a focus on the major figures, important inventions and the significant ideologies that have defined us.

    A visual celebration of human achievement and endeavour, the facts in the book are accompanied by stunning images of paintings, sculptures and architecture.
  • AECC
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    I Never Knew That About England's Country Churches, written by the bestselling author and trivia expert Christopher Winn, will surprise and delight you as you read all about the hidden stories, forgotten pasts and buried secrets that belong to these famous places of worship.

    Did you know that St. Mary's Church Deerhurst in Gloucestershire is the only church in England to have a brass with a pet named on it? Or that All Saints Tudeley in Kent is the only church in the world to have its windows designed and painted by Chagall? You'll be fascinated to hear that the Minster Church of St. Mary at Stow in Lincolnshire has the tallest Saxon arches in Britain too...

    The hundreds of facts included here are just jaw-dropping and the illustrations help highlight some of the most momentous historical changes to happen in country churches throughout England.
  • TMGL
    Anna Temkin
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    Focusing on the lives of those who have shaped the world we live in today, this huge book features over 120 obituaries curated by The Times.

    From Lord Kitchener and Marie Curie to Sir Terry Pratchett, Great Lives is a hugely fascinating read that gives readers an instant picture of a life for over 150 years. Updated and reproduced in their entirety, the book provides a wealth of fascinating information and opinion on the most influential characters of the twentieth and early twenty-first century.

    Be they politicians, sportspeople, musicians, writers, artists, pop stars or military personnel, this insightful and endlessly engaging read is a must for anyone with an interest in the history and people of the twentieth century.
  • TCAW
    Times Atlases
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    A stunning gift that comes in a protective slipcase, this fully revised and updated edition of The Times: Concise Atlas of the World provides beautiful and comprehensive reference mapping for countries across the world.

    The atlas covers all the most important geographical issues we face and the populations of the major cities are also included. Historical maps show the political make-up of the world over the past 150 years and there are also plans for 41 of the world's major cities.

    The expanded satellite imagery section contains overview images of each continent, and they're all complemented by further detailed images. A wonderful addition to any household, the reference book helps you explore the world without even having to leave your armchair.
  • GKAQ
    Andrew Gimson
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    From the heroic to the hopeless and William the Conqueror to the present day, this lively survey of the 40 kings and queens of England is wonderfully informative and highly entertaining.

    Written by Andrew Gimson and illustrated by Martin Rowson, the book tells the unbelievable but true story of the monarchs. It's a tale of courage and conquest, madness and magnificence, and breakdowns and nobility.
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    With the aftermath of the gunpowder plot, the plague and the division with Scotland, 1606 was a terrible year for England. It was also the year that William Shakespeare brought the tales of Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra and King Lear into the world.

    A follow-up to author James Shapiro's bestselling 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, 1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear traces the Bard's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took the old Elizabethan play The Chronicle History of King Leir and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, King Lear.

    As he followed this up with two equally compelling works, the book - in a very accessible style - looks at how Shakespeare managed to create stories that identified the fault-lines and crises of that moment in time.
  • Nostalgia Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9780283072642 - Various
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    Tales from a kitchen maid in 1920s London and a Romany family in the 1940s will take you back to a bygone era.

    Written by Margaret Powell, the two kitchen maid books follow 15-year-old Margaret as she moves to the houses of London and starts her career at the bottom rung.

    Eva Petulengro?s two memoirs recall her eventful childhood and manage to recapture the spirit of life on the road in a world that no longer exists.
  • METR
    Professor Jeremy Black
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    Discover how the city was imagined in maps from ancient times through to the modern day in Jeremy Black's Metropolis: Mapping the City.

    This is a fascinating look at the history of cities through the eyes of the cartographers who mapped their streets. Packed with more than 150 maps, charts and illustrations, the beautiful book reveals how our urban spaces have evolved.
  • THTW
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    The most comprehensive, authoritative and accessible work on history available, this bestselling book takes readers from the origins of mankind right through to the technological advancements of the modern day.

    The book with all the answers, it is very visually enticing and covers everything from the cavemen to the Cold War and Alexander the Great to global warming.

    The ultimate work of historical reference, it also contains short biographies of 100 of the world's key figures from history.
  • GMAP
    Jerry Brotton
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    A beautiful and endlessly fascinating gift book, Great Maps reveals how maps can provide a window into the culture, beliefs and history of the world's most inspiring civilizations.

    Focusing on 60 of the world's most influential maps to provide a unique insight into how cartographers shaped and depicted the world, the book reveals how and why each one was made and offers in-depth analysis and close-up details to reveal hidden features.

    Stunningly presented, the gorgeous and informative book takes you from classical maps to thematic maps and modern mapping.
  • CANA
    Liz McIvor
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    Accompanying a six-part BBC Four series, Canals: The Making of a Nation takes us all on a fascinating journey into the heart of industrial Britain.

    In Britain, canals are often associated with lazy summer afternoons and walks and water journeys through lush green countryside, but this book reveals just how important they are and the legacy they had in the birth of modern Britain. Canals helped open up the trade of the Industrial Revolution; furthered the science of geology; and ushered in a new form of architecture.

    Written by Liz McIvor, the history of canals also takes in everything from greedy investors and cheap labour to the struggle for workers' rights and welfare. Waterways are a modern invention that changed all our lives. This book shows how.
  • LTGT
    Matthew Green
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    Take a step back in time and discover the sights, sounds and smells of London throughout six of the city's most fascinating eras.

    Illustrated throughout and told with charm and charisma, Dr. Matthew Green will transport you back to the time of Shakespeare and the swinging 60s in just a few pages. He also relives the nightmare of the plague; and considers what is must have been like to have lived in medieval England.

    Taking you off the beaten track and revealing little-known snippets about England's capital city, this is an engaging social history which will make you view the streets of London in a very different way.
  • VICC
    Gary Mead
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    A hugely controversial book from celebrated military historian Gary Mead, Victoria's Cross reveals what the author claims to be the 'squalid truth' about Britain's highest military honour.

    Providing an alternative history that is tainted by racism, misogyny and political expediency, the book reveals why only 1,356 people have received the Victoria Cross (the highest military honour) since its inception in 1856, despite many more being entitled to it.

    Giving a balanced view, Mead exposes the hypocrisy around awarding this honour and explores its role as a barometer for the ever-changing social and political climates over the past 150 years.
  • KMHU
    Will Iredale
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    Praised by Jonathan Dimbleby, Will Iredale's The Kamikaze Hunters: Fighting for the Pacific is a startling account of the young men who faced up against the suicide pilots of Japan at the tail-end of the Second World War.

    As the nation celebrated the end of War, the Allies over on the other side of the world were still in a bitter struggle over who controlled the Pacific - and Japan was now ready to unveil its new form of warfare: the kamikaze.

    This book is full of meticulous research and unique personal access to the remaining survivors - providing a first-hand account of what these young men had to go through as they battled men who would rather choose death than see their beloved country be defeated...
  • LFMT
    Jacqueline Wadsworth
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    Uncover the true history of the Great War through the letters exchanged between the real men of the frontline and their families in this strikingly poignant book, Letters from the Trenches.

    Covering a range of social classes and military ranks, this comprehensive, eye-opening and often heartbreaking treasury of personal letters gives readers a first-hand insight to how people really felt during the First World War, uncovering their lost feelings, how conflict changed and affected them as people and how life continued without them...

    Skilfully bound together by journalist Jacqueline Wadsworth, Letters for the Trenches provides a fully comprehensive yet personal account of life during wartime.
  • URCH
    Max Arthur
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    Commemorating 50 years since the death of Winston Churchil, this is a unique illustrated biography for anyone interested in the history of Britain.

    It includes rare and previously unpublished images from the vaults of the Churchill Archive Centre and family pictures from the Broadwater collection. Written by historian Max Arthur, the book covers everything from Churchill's youth and early military career through to the First and Second World Wars and his post-war life.

    Endlessly fascinating, it includes timelines, speech drafts, telegrams and insights into Churchill's key influences, acquaintances and family.
  • MSWW
    Peter Chasseaud
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    This informative book contains 150 maps that demonstrate how - and where - the Second World War was fought around the world.

    Published in association with the Imperial War Museums, it features everything from small-scale maps of country boundaries to large-scale maps of the key battles.

    Alongside the maps are photographs and expert commentary on the conflict that lasted from 1939-1945. There are also trench maps, maps from newspapers and key propaganda.
  • Forgotten Voices Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9780091956042 - Various
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    Moving and sometimes almost unbelievable, this stunning collection of real-life stories recalls momentous happenings from some of the most startling experiences of Britons at war. Forgotten Voices features men and women who speak with honest fear, determination, bewilderment, indifference and unmistakable courage, as they recount their experiences from events such as the Battle of the Somme, the D-Day Landings, Dunkirk and other times from The Great War and World War II.

    A remarkable and definitive series of startling oral history, praised by the likes of Stephen Fry, told in the words of the extraordinary people who witnessed it all. Exciting and harrowing, this is a must-read collection that non-fiction and history enthusiasts will be gripped by.