Battle Castles: 500 Years of Knights and Siege Warfare

By Dan Snow

Join TV’s Dan Snow because the absolutely illustrated ‘Battle Castles’ brings to exciting existence a cavalcade of medieval fortifications and the clashes that grew to become empires to airborne dirt and dust and mortals into legends.

Castles and their ruins nonetheless dominate the panorama and are a continuing reminder to u . s . a . time while violence, or the specter of it, used to be the norm.

Dan Snow explores the world’s maximum medieval castles: from Dover fort to Château Gaillard, Richard I’s castle in Normandy, and Castillo de Gibalfaro, the final forefront of Moorish rule in Spain, to Krak des Chevaliers in Syria – an fabulous feat of engineering through the Crusaders.

Each castle’s tale is dramatically mentioned: the development ideas, the guns used and everyday life in the partitions. Spanning the globe, and utilizing the newest CGI reconstructions, Dan Snow will get to the very center of the bloodshed and battles of the best fortresses of the center Ages.

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Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World

Jonathan quick is healthier remembered at the present time because the writer of Gulliver’s Travels, the satiric delusion that speedy grew to become a vintage and has remained in print for almost 3 centuries. but speedy additionally wrote many different influential works, used to be a big political and non secular determine in his time, and have become a countrywide hero, loved for his fierce protest opposed to English exploitation of his local eire. what's quite identified at the present time concerning the enigmatic guy in the back of those accomplishments? Can the proof of his lifestyles be separated from the fictions?

during this deeply researched biography, Leo Damrosch attracts on discoveries revamped the earlier thirty years to inform the tale of Swift’s lifestyles anew. Probing holes within the present facts, he's taking heavily a few bold speculations approximately Swift’s parentage, love existence, and numerous own relationships and indicates how Swift’s public model of his life—the one authorized until eventually recently—was intentionally deceptive. quick hid facets of himself and his relationships, and folks in his existence helped to maintain his secrets.

Assembling suggestive clues, Damrosch re-narrates the occasions of Swift’s lifestyles whereas making brilliant the points of interest, sounds, and scents of his English and Irish surroundings.Through his personal phrases and people of a large circle of buddies, a fancy speedy emerges: a stressed, combative, empathetic determine, a guy of biting wit and robust brain, and a tremendous determine within the heritage of global letters.

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Seasons in the Sun: The Battle for Britain, 1974-1979 (History of Modern Britain, Book 4)

By Dominic Sandbrook

Dominic Sandbrook's remarkable account of the past due Seventies in Britain - the ebook in the back of the main BB2 series The Seventies

In this gloriously vibrant e-book, Dominic Sandbrook recreates the extreme interval of the overdue Seventies in all its chaos and contradiction, revealing it as a decisive element in our contemporary background. around the nation, a profound argument in regards to the way forward for the country used to be being performed out, not only in households and faculties yet in every little thing from episodes of Doctor Who to singles by way of the conflict. those years observed the height of exchange union energy and the apogee of an outdated working-class Britain - but additionally the delivery of domestic pcs, the increase of the prepared meal and the triumph of the Grantham grocer's daughter who could switch our historical past forever.


'Magnificent ... for those who lived in the course of the past due Seventies - or, for that topic, whether you didn't - don't leave out this book' Mail on Sunday

'Sandbrook has created a particular type of narrative heritage, mixing excessive politics, social switch and pop culture ... continually readable and guaranteed ... a person who surely believes we've by no means been so badly ruled should still learn this superb book' Stephen Robinson, Sunday Times

'[Sandbrook] has a notable skill to show a sow's ear right into a sulk handbag. His topic is miserable, however the e-book itself is a pleasure ... [it] advantages from a superb solid of characters ... As a storyteller, Sandbrook is, definitely, terrific ... [he] is a fascinating heritage able to notable perception ... whilst discussing politics, Sandbrook is masterful ... Seasons within the Sun is a well-recognized tale, but seldom has it been advised with such verve' Gerard DeGroot, Seven

'A very good historian ... I had by no means absolutely preferred what a very terrible interval it used to be till examining Sandbrook ... you'll find most of these unusual participants - Thatcher, Rotten, Larkin, Benn - much less as unfastened brokers expressing their very own techniques, than because the inevitable outcome of the industrial and political decline which Sandbrook so skilfully depicts' A. N. Wilson, Spectator

'Nuanced ... Sandbrook has rummaged deep into the cultural lifetime of the period to remind us how wealthy it used to be, from Bowie to Dennis Potter, Martin Amis to William Golding' Damian Whitworth, The Times

'Sharply and fluently written ... interesting ... through making you really nostalgic for the current, Sandbrook has performed a public service' Evening Standard

About the author:
Born in Shropshire ten days sooner than the October 1974 election, Dominic Sandbrook used to be trained at Oxford, St Andrews and Cambridge. he's the writer of 3 highly acclaimed books on post-war Britain: Never Had It So Good, White Heat and kingdom of Emergency, and books on glossy American background, Eugene McCarthy and Mad as Hell. A prolific reviewer and columnist, he writes frequently for the Sunday Times, Daily Mail, New Statesman and BBC History.

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Being Protestant in Reformation Britain

By Alec Ryrie

The Reformation was once approximately rules and tool, however it used to be additionally approximately actual human lives. Alec Ryrie presents the 1st accomplished account of what it really intended to reside a Protestant lifestyles in England and Scotland among 1530 and 1640, drawing on a wealthy mix of modern devotional works, sermons, diaries, biographies, and autobiographies to discover the lived adventure of early sleek Protestantism.

Beginning from the unusually pressing, multifaceted feelings of Protestantism, Ryrie explores practices of prayer, of family members and public worship, and of analyzing and writing, monitoring them throughout the lifestyles direction from youth via conversion and vocation to the deathbed. He examines what Protestant piety drew from its Catholic predecessors and contemporaries, and grounds that piety in fabric realities resembling posture, foodstuff, and tears.

This standpoint indicates us what it intended to be Protestant within the British Reformations: a gathering of depth (a faith which sought actual feeling principally, and which dreaded hypocrisy and hard-heartedness) with dynamism (a innovative faith, relentlessly pursuing sanctification and dreading idleness). That mix, for solid or sick, gave the Protestant event its specific caliber of stressed, artistic zeal.

The Protestant devotional event additionally exhibits us that this was once a broad-based faith: for all of the ameliorations throughout time, among nations, among women and men, and among puritans and conformists, this was once recognisably a unified tradition, during which universal stories and practices lower throughout intended divides. Alec Ryrie exhibits us Protestantism, no longer because the preachers on each side imagined it, yet because it used to be rather lived.

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The Whore's Story: Women, Pornography, and the British Novel, 1684-1830 (Ideologies of Desire)

This clean and persuasively argued ebook examines the origins of pornography in Britain and offers a complete evaluation of women's position within the evolution of obscene fiction. rigorously tracking the advanced interconnections among 3 similar debates--that over the masquerade, that over the radical, and that over prostitution--Mudge contextualizes the starting to be literary have to separate stable fiction from undesirable and argues that that strategy used to be of an important significance to the emergence of a brand new, middle-class nation. taking a look heavily at sermons, clinical manuals, periodical essays, and political tracts in addition to poetry, novels, and literary feedback, The Whore's Story tracks the moving politics of enjoyment in eighteenth-century Britain and charts the increase of contemporary, pornographic sensibilities.

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Saving the City: The Great Financial Crisis of 1914

In London, the world's most desirable monetary centre, the week sooner than the outbreak of the 1st global conflict observed the breakdown of the markets, culminating with the closure for the 1st time ever of the London inventory alternate on Friday 31 July. outdoor the financial institution of britain an extended nervous queue waited to alter financial institution notes for gold sovereigns. Bankers believed run at the banks was once underway, threatening the cave in of the banking system--all with the kingdom at the eve of war.

This ebook tells the extreme, and mostly unknown, tale of this acute monetary quandary that surged over London and worldwide. Drawing on diaries, letters, and memoirs of members and quite a lot of press insurance, in addition to executive and financial institution data, it provides a full of life and vibrant account of a extraordinary episode in monetary and social historical past, outlining the drama of the cave in and the measures taken to include it. this significant and compelling 'missing piece' within the world's monetary improvement was once the 1st real worldwide monetary main issue, and proved a landmark within the administration of monetary crises.

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Austerity Britain: 1945-51 (Tales of a New Jerusalem, Volume 1)

By David Kynaston

An impressive people’s historical past of britain within the years instantly following the tip of worldwide battle II, and a shock bestseller within the UK.
As a lot as any state, England bore the brunt of Germany’s aggression in global conflict II , and was once ravaged in lots of methods on the war’s finish. Celebrated historian David Kynaston has written an totally unique, compellingly readable account of the subsequent six years, in which the rustic indomitably rebuilt itself.  Kynaston’s nice genius is to chronicle England’s event from backside to most sensible: coursing during the e-book, hence, is an outstanding number of traditional, modern voices, eloquently and passionately showing the country’s outstanding spirit at the same time they have been blind to what the longer term may carry. jointly they current a desirable portrait of the English humans at a climactic element in background, and Kynaston skillfully hyperlinks their tales to the larger, headline-making occasions of the time. Their tales additionally jostle along these of extra famous figures like celebrated journalist-to-be Jon Arlott (making his first radio broadcast), actress Glenda Jackson, and author Doris Lessing, newly arrived from Africa and struck through the leveling poverty of postwar Britain.

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Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 (The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3)

By William Manchester, Paul Reid

Spanning the years of 1940-1965, THE final LION selections up almost immediately after Winston Churchill grew to become top Minister-when his tiny island kingdom stood on my own opposed to the overpowering may well of Nazi Germany. The Churchill conjured up by way of William Manchester and Paul Reid is a guy of indomitable braveness, lightning quick mind, and an impossible to resist will to motion. THE final LION brilliantly recounts how Churchill equipped his nation's army reaction and safeguard; forced FDR into helping America's beleaguered cousins, and personified the "never surrender" ethos that helped the Allies win the battle, whereas whilst adapting himself and his state to the inevitable shift of worldwide energy from the British Empire to the us.

More than two decades within the making, THE final LION offers a revelatory and exceptional portrait of this incredible, wrong, and dynamic chief. this can be well known heritage at its so much stirring.

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Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain (Extremism and Democracy)

Winner of the Political ebook of the 12 months Award 2015

The united kingdom Independence celebration (UKIP) is the main major new occasion in British politics for a new release. lately UKIP and their charismatic chief Nigel Farage have captivated British politics, media and electorate. but either the social gathering and the roots of its aid stay poorly understood. the place has this political riot come from? who's helping them, and why? How are UKIP trying to win over citizens? and the way a ways can their insurgency opposed to the most events cross? Drawing on a wealth of recent info – from surveys of UKIP electorate to broad interviews with get together insiders – during this booklet popular political scientists Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin placed UKIP's insurrection less than the microscope and convey what percentage traditional wisdoms in regards to the occasion and the novel correct are flawed. alongside the best way they supply exceptional perception into this new insurrection, and convey a few an important messages for people with an curiosity within the nation of British politics, the unconventional correct in Europe and political behaviour extra generally.

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A Brief History of Britain 1485-1660

By Ronald Hutton

From the demise of Richard III on Bosworth box in 1485 to the execution of Charles I, after the Civil Wars of 1642-48, England used to be remodeled through Dynasties.

Firstly the Tudors, who received the crown at the battlefield and altered either the character of kingship but additionally the state itself. England turned a Protestant country and started to institution itself as a buying and selling strength; dealing with down very unlikely odds it defeated its enemies on land and sea. but after a century Elizabeth I died without inheritor and the crown used to be handed to the Stuarts, who have been prepared to remould the dominion of their personal image.

Leading Historian, Ronald Hutton brilliantly recreates the political panorama over this early sleek interval and indicates how the trendy state used to be cast in those apprehensive, transformative years. Combining skilful pen images of the major figures, tradition, economics and money owed of daily life, he unearths insights during this key period in our nation's story.

This the second one booklet within the 4 quantity short background of england which brings jointly the various prime historians to inform our nation�s tale from the Norman Conquest of 1066 to the present-day. Combining the newest study with obtainable and wonderful tale telling, it's the perfect creation for college students and basic readers.

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