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Dick Turpin: The Myth of the English Highwayman (by James Sharpe)

Profile Books (27 Jan, 2005)

Almost everything people know about Dick Turpin and highwaymen is myth. The historical truth is much nastier, more brutal and bloody. As Dick Turpin went to the scaffold in York in 1739 he was determined to look his best. The previous day he had had a new frock coat and pumps delivered to him in the condemned man's cell in York Castle Prison. And he paid £3 and 10 shillings for five men to act as mourners. ...

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Katherine Howard: The Tragic Story of Henry VIII's Fifth Queen (by Josephine Wilkinson)

John Murray (07 Apr, 2016)

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 paid for suspected intimacy with the queen. Katherine now reached the Tower of London, her final destination. Katherine Howard was the fifth wife of Henry VIII and cousin to the executed Anne Boleyn. She first cam ...

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Witches: James I and the English Witch Hunts (by Tracy Borman)

Vintage (02 Oct, 2014)

In Belvoir Castle, the heir of one of England’s great noble families falls suddenly and dangerously ill. His body is ‘tormented’ with violent convulsions. Within a few short weeks he will suffer an excruciating death. Soon the whole family will be stricken with the same terrifying symptoms. The second son, the last male of the line, will not survive. It is said witches are to blame. And so the Earl ...

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Magna Carta: The Making and Legacy of the Great Charter (by Dan Jones)

Head of Zeus (04 Dec, 2014)

On a summer's day in 1215 a beleaguered English monarch met a group of disgruntled barons in a meadow by the river Thames named Runnymede. Beset by foreign crisis and domestic rebellion, King John was fast running out of options. On 15 June he reluctantly agreed to fix his regal seal to a document that would change the world. A milestone in the development of constitutional politics and the rule of law, ...

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If Walls Could Talk: An intimate history of the home (by Lucy Worsley)

Faber & Faber (05 Jan, 2012)

If Walls Could Talk Why did the flushing toilet take two centuries to catch on? Why did Samuel Pepys never give his mistresses an orgasm? Why did medieval people sleep sitting up? When were the two 'dirty centuries'? Why did gas lighting cause Victorian ladies to faint? Why, for centuries, did people fear fruit? This title answers these questions. Full description

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The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife and the Missing Corpse: An Extraordinary Edwardian Case of Deception (by Piu Marie Eatwell)

Head of Zeus (07 May, 2015)

The extraordinary story of the Druce-Portland affair, one of the most notorious, tangled and bizarre legal cases of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. In 1897 an elderly widow, Anna Maria Druce, made a strange request of the London Ecclesiastical Court: it was for the exhumation of the grave of her late father-in-law, T.C. Druce. Behind her application lay a sensational claim: that Druce had been ...

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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (by Reza Aslan)

The Westbourne Press (03 Mar, 2014)

Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history s most influential and enigmatic figures. He examines Jesus within the context of the times in which he lived: the age of zealotry, an era awash in apocalyptic fervour, when scores of would-be messiahs preached holy war against Roman occupation and were executed for sedition. Zealot provides a fresh perspective on one o ...

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Joan of Arc (by Helen Castor)

Faber & Faber Non Fiction (30 Sep, 2014)

Acclaimed historian Helen Castor brings us afresh a gripping life of Joan of Arc. Instead of the icon, she gives us a living, breathing young woman; a roaring girl fighting the English, and taking sides in a bloody civil war that was tearing fifteenth century France apart. Here is a portrait of a 19-year-old peasant who hears voices from God; a teenager transformed into a warrior leading an army to victo ...

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The Secret Life of Bletchley Park: The WWII Codebreaking Centre and the Men and Women Who Worked The (by Sinclair McKay)

Aurum Press (01 Apr, 2011)

Bletchley Park was where one of the war’s most famous – and crucial – achievements was made: the cracking of Germany’s “Enigma” code in which its most important military communications were couched. This country house in the Buckinghamshire countryside was home to Britain’s most brilliant mathematical brains, like Alan Turing, and the scene of immense advances in technology – indeed, the bir ...

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The Floating Brothel: The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth Century Ship and its Cargo of F (by Siân Rees)

Thistle Publishing (29 Mar, 2015)

In July 1789, 237 women convicts left England for Sydney, Australia, destined to provide the men in Britain's newest colony with sexual favours and domesticity. This is the extraordinary story of those 'disorderly girls' and their 13-month voyage, in which the sights, smells and sounds of an 18th century sailing ship are brought vividly to life. The Lady Juliana both held her convicts prisoner and offere ...

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Matilda: Wife of the Conqueror, First Queen of England (by Tracy Borman)

Vintage (06 Sep, 2012)

Matilda, wife of William the Conqueror, was the first woman to be crowned Queen of England and formally recognised as such by her subjects. Beyond this, however, little is known of her. No contemporary images of her remain, and the chroniclers of her age left us only the faintest clues as to her life. Who was this spectral queen? In this first major biography, Tracy Borman sifts through the shards of evi ...

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The Devonshires: The Story of a Family and a Nation (by Roy Hattersley)

Vintage (08 May, 2014)

William Cavendish, the father of the first Earl, dissolved monasteries for Henry VIII. Bess, his second wife, was gaoler-companion to Mary Queen of Scots during her long imprisonment in England. Arbella Stuart, their granddaughter, was a heartbeat away from the throne of England and their grandson, the Lord General of the North, fought to save the crown for Charles I. With the help of previously unpublis ...

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