Non-Fiction

History

  • KGJN
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    The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta made headlines across the world in 2015 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.
  • RELM
    Dan Jones
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    Written by Dan Jones, the bestselling author of The Plantagenets, Realm Divided outlines events during one transformative year of the thirteenth century in Realm Divided.

    An astonishing read for anyone interested in history, it will show you exactly what happened in 1215 - the year when King John agreed to pace his seal on the Magna Carta. An event that set England on its slow march towards a fully representative democracy, this was also the year that the Capetians began to show their dominance in France and that Pope Innocent III's Fourth Lateran Council decisions affected the lives of millions.

    From royal court to peasant wedding, this book provides an accessible portrait of medieval English society.
  • KHWD
    Josephine Wilkinson
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    Katherine Howard was Henry VIII's Fifth Queen and this biography provides an in-depth look at her life right up until her beheading in 1542 for crimes of adultery and treason - one of the biggest scandals of the Tudor era.

    Having first come to court as a young girl of 14 years old, Katherine's fate was sealed from an early age. This book looks beyond the traditional story of her sexual exploits before she married the king and instead reveals a life blighted by child abuse, family ambition, religious conflict and political and sexual intrigue.

    Revealing Katherine as a bright and intelligent woman who tried to be a good wife to Henry, the book reveals how she was really no more than a child in a man's world - and the tragic victim of those who held positions of authority over her.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ACSD
    Ann Cleeves
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    Ann Cleeves' bestselling series starring Detective Jimmy Perez has been a favourite with crime fans for years and the BBC adaptation of Shetland has brought her many more fans. This companion to the novels shows the readers exactly what this incredible location can offer.

    An archipelago of more than 100 islands, Shetland is one of the most remote places in the United Kingdom and its 1,500 miles of shore means that wherever you stand, you'll have a view of the sea. Traditions are valued and celebrated on the islands, but new technologies and ways of working are also embraced.

    Gloriously illustrated, this companion finds Ann Cleeves learning about the islands' past, people, the festivals that take place upon them and discovering how flora and fauna changes throughout the seasons. It's a lavish book that vividly captures Shetland in all its bleak and special beauty.
  • SHKT
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    Published to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this compelling and entertaining book takes a look at the weird and wonderful stories from the theatres that have played host to the Bard's work.

    From fluffed lines to falls off stages, you'll get to find out about the terrible behaviour of the groundlings at the Globe; learn why the 'rude mechanicals' in A Midsummer Night's Dream were recast as a group of ladies from the WI; and even discover how Dame Maggie Smith got even with Sir Laurence Olivier.

    Curious and extraordinary, this collection of tales will entertain any fans of the Bard or the stage.
  • Battle Story Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9780750965149 - Jonathan Trigg et al
    BTST
    Jonathan Trigg et al
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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.
  • DRTC
    Stephen McGann
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    One of the BBC's most popular shows, this informative book provides Call the Midwife fans with a nostalgic diary and social history narrative of what life was like for the real-life Doctor Turner.

    Cases portrayed in the series are discussed by Stephen McGann (the actor that plays him) and there are plenty of facts to pore over about our healthcare service and the treatments that were available during the War. From childbirths to polio, meningitis and measles, all the conditions have been depicted on the drama in meticulous detail and this book reveals how local doctors dealt with the cases.

    Stephen has an MA in medical studies, which adds extra integrity to his notes and the beautiful hardback is presented in hardback. It features full-colour stills from the show and an introduction from its creator and award-winning writer, Heidi Thomas.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • CWPA
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    Having written engrossing biographies of London and of its great river, acclaimed author Peter Ackroyd turns his attention to wider England in what is the third volume of his six-part chronicle, A History of England Volume III: Civil War.

    A fascinating and beautifully told tale, the book covers the era from the birth of the first Stuart King of England, James VI of Scotland, through to the deposition and exile of his grandson James II. With his extraordinary skill for evoking both time and place, Ackroyd tells the familiar story of Britain's 17th century monarchs in rich prose, with profound insight and some rather surprising details.

    An ideal gift for those who love exploring England's rich history, A History of England Volume III: Civil War by Peter Ackroyd is both a tale of regality and civil 17th century life.
  • TMWS
    Christine Lee
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    We've all fallen in love with the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, the East End nurse whose time spent helping the poorer classes inspired her to write the bestselling Call the Midwife book. Here, Jennifer's sister, Christine Lee, opens readers eyes to the lesser-known periods of Jennifer's life.

    From their early idyllic years to the cruelty and neglect they suffered after their parents divorced, and from Jennifer being forced to leave home at fourteen to their training as nurses, The Midwife's Sister is a moving and evocative tale of two lives that always remained intertwined - through marriages, children, joy and heartbreak.

    For anyone who has been unable to put Jennifer Worth's wonderful books down, or fans of the television reimagining of the goings on at Nonnatus House, The Midwife's Sister is emotional and completely absorbing.
  • 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.
  • TCAW
    Times Atlases
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    A stunning book 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.
  • WILLS
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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 - Eva Petulengro et al
    NSTL
    Eva Petulengro et al
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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.
  • 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 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.