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The Armstrong Girl (by Cathy Le Feuvre)

Lion Books (15 May, 2015)

In November 1885 Victorian England was scandalised by a court case which lifted the veil on prostitution and the sex trade. In the Old Bailey dock was the editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, which had recently published a series of articles on the sex trade; a reformed brothel keeper; and the second-in-command of The Salvation Army, Bramwell Booth. The group was accused of abducting a 13 year old girl, Eliza ...

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Did She Kill Him?: A Victorian tale of deception, adultery and arsenic (by Kate Colquhoun)

Little, Brown Book Group (06 Mar, 2014)

In the summer of 1889, young Southern belle Florence Maybrick stood trial for the alleged arsenic poisoning of her much older husband, Liverpool cotton merchant James Maybrick. 'The Maybrick Mystery' had all the makings of a sensation: a pretty, flirtatious young girl; resentful, gossiping servants; rumours of gambling and debt; and torrid mutual infidelity. The case cracked the varnish of Victorian ...

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The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery (by Catherine Bailey)

Penguin (01 Nov, 2012)

A plotting Duchess, a mysterious death and a castle full of lies in Catherine Bailey's The Secret Rooms.



At 6 am on 21 April 1940 John the 9th Duke of Rutland, and one of Britain's wealthiest men, ended his days, virtually alone, lying on a makeshift bed in a dank cramped suite of rooms in the servants' quarters of his own home, Belvoir Castle, in Lei ...

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Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China (by Jung Chang)

Vintage Digital (26 Sep, 2013)

In this groundbreaking biography, Jung Chang vividly describes how Empress Dowager Cixi – the most important woman in Chinese history – brought a medieval empire into the modern age. Under her, the ancient country attained virtually all the attributes of a modern state and it was she who abolished gruesome punishments like ‘death by a thousand cuts’ and put an end to foot-binding. Jung Chang compreh ...

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One Summer: America 1927 (by Bill Bryson)

Transworld Digital (26 Sep, 2013)

In summer 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day (and slept much of the rest), a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and an unknown aviator named Charles Lindbergh who became the most famous man on earth. It was the summer that saw the birth of talking pictures, the invention of television, the peak of Al Capone’s reign of ...

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The Creation of Anne Boleyn (by Susan Bordo)

Oneworld Publications (01 Feb, 2014)

Part biography, part cultural history, The Creation of Anne Boleyn is a fascinating reconstruction of Anne's life and an illuminating look at her afterlife in the popular imagination. Why is Anne so compelling? Why has she inspired such extreme reactions? What did she really even look like?! And perhaps the most provocative questions concern Anne's death more than her life. How could Henry order the executi ...

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Shakespeare's Restless World: An Unexpected History in Twenty Objects (by Dr Neil MacGregor)

Allen Lane (11 Oct, 2012)

Shakespeare lived through a pivotal period in human history. With the discovery of the New World, the horizons of Old Europe were expanding dramatically - and long-cherished certainties were crumbling. Life was exhilaratingly uncertain. What were Londoners thinking when they went to see Shakespeare's plays? What was it like living in their world? Here Neil MacGregor looks at twenty objects from Shakespeare' ...

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Catherine the Great: The story of the impoverished German princess who deposed her husband to become (by Robert K. Massie)

Head of Zeus (17 Jul, 2012)

The story of one of the truly great female rulers in history by an award winning historian. The daughter of an impoverished aristocrat, Catherine was married aged 16 to Grand Duke Peter, heir to the throne of all the Russias, a feckless teenager with a weakness for drink. Catherine was only able to give him an heir by passing off her lover's son as his own. In 1762, Catherine rode out of St Peters ...

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Catherine of Aragon: Henry's Spanish Queen (by Giles Tremlett)

Faber & Faber Non Fiction (04 Nov, 2010)

The image of Catherine of Aragon has always suffered in comparison to the heir-providing Jane Seymour or the vivacious eroticism of Anne Boleyn. But when Henry VIII married Catherine, she was an auburn-haired beauty in her twenties with a passion she had inherited from her parents, Isabella and Ferdinand, the joint-rulers of Spain who had driven the Moors from their country. This daughter of conquistador ...

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The Maul and the Pear Tree: The Ratcliffe Highway Murders 1811 (by P. D. James)

Faber & Faber Crime (15 Dec, 2011)

In 1811 John Williams was buried with a stake in his heart. Was he the notorious East End killer or his eighth victim in the bizarre and shocking Ratcliffe Highway Murders? In this vivid and gripping reconstruction P. D. James and police historian T. A. Critchley draw on forensics, public records, newspaper clippings and hitherto unpublished sources, expertly sifting the evidence to shed new light on this i ...

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Josiah the Great: The True Story of The Man Who Would Be King (by Ben Macintyre)

Harper Perennial (02 Feb, 2012)

The amazing tale of a resourceful and unscrupulous early-19th-century American adventurer who forges his own kingdom in the wilds of Afghanistan. In the year 1838, a young adventurer, surrounded by his native troops and mounted on an elephant, raised the American flag on the summit of the Hindu Kush and declared himself Prince of Ghor, the heir to Alexander the Great. Josiah Harlan, the first American ...

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Blood Sisters: The Hidden Lives of the Women Behind the Wars of the Roses (by Sarah Gristwood)

HarperPress (13 Sep, 2012)

The true story of the White Queen and more, this is a thrilling history of the extraordinary noblewomen who lived through the Wars of the Roses. The events of the Wars of the Roses are usually described in terms of the men involved: Richard Duke of York, Henry VI, Edward IV, Richard III and Henry VII. But these years were also packed with women’s drama and – in the tales of conflicted maternity a ...

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