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Henry VIII: The King and His Court
Henry VIII: The King and His Court
by Alison Weir
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“WEIR’S BOOK OUTSHINES ALL PREVIOUS STUDIES OF HENRY. Beautifully written, exhaustive in its research, it is a gem. . . . She succeeds masterfully in making Henry and his six wives . . . come alive for the reader.” –Philadelphia... (read more)

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The Last of the Duchess
The Last of the Duchess
by Caroline Blackwood
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In 1980, Lady Caroline Blackwood was commissioned by The Sunday Times to write an article on the aging Duchess of Windsor, who was said to be convalescing in her French mansion in the Bois de Boulogne. Yet what began as a curiosity was to become for... (read more)

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Reign of Mary I 2ND Edition
Reign of Mary I 2ND Edition
by Robert Tittler
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Part of a series analyzing complex issues and problems in key A level modern history topics, this volume seeks to survey the major themes and events in a tumultuous era, based on the evidence at hand. The emphasis is placed on the continuity of... (read more)

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The Disastrous Mrs. Weldon: The Life, Loves and Lawsuits of a Legendary Victorian
The Disastrous Mrs. Weldon: The Life, Loves and Lawsuits of a Legendary Victorian
by Brian Thompson
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Brian Thompson has written for the stage, radio, television, and is the author of four novels. He divides his time between Oxford, England, and the South of France.... (read more)

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A Double Thread
A Double Thread
by John Gross
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This evocative picture of a lost London and a vanished culture is also the story of a bookish boy discovering his own path. John Gross is the son of a Jewish doctor who practiced in the East End of London from the 1920s to World War II and beyond. His... (read more)

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Henry VIII: The King and His Court
Henry VIII: The King and His Court
by Alison Weir
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Henry VIII, renowned for his command of power, celebrated for his intellect, presided over the most stylish – and dangerous – court in Renaissance Europe. Scheming cardinals vied for power with newly rich landowners and merchants, brilliant... (read more)

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Daughters of Britannia: The Lives and Times of Diplomatic Wives
Daughters of Britannia: The Lives and Times of Diplomatic Wives
by Katie Hickman
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 311-314) and index.... (read more)

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They Also Serve: The Real Life Story of My Lifetime in Service as a Butler
They Also Serve: The Real Life Story of My Lifetime in Service as a Butler
by Bob Sharpe
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Told by a man who's seen it all firsthand and perfect for fans of Downton Abbey, this is a scandilous behind-the-scenes look at the real-life estate houses of England During more than 30 years in a variety of houses, Bob Sharpe managed to rise... (read more)

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Churchill
Churchill
by Paul Johnson
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An elegant, concise, and revealing portrait of the inimitable leader. Paul Johnson's books are acknowledged as masterpieces of historical analysis. In Churchill, he offers a lively, succinct exploration of one of the most complex and fascinating... (read more)

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Her Majesty's Spymaster: Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, and the Birth of Modern Espionage
Her Majesty's Spymaster: Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, and the Birth of Modern Espionage
by Stephen Budiansky
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Sir Francis Walsinghamandrsquo;s official title was principal secretary to Queen Elizabeth I, but in fact this pious, tight-lipped Puritan was Englandandrsquo;s first spymaster. A ruthless, fiercely loyal civil servant, Walsingham worked brilliantly... (read more)

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The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters
The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters
by Charlotte Mosley
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This collection offers an unparalleled and intimate glimpse into the lives of the British aristocracy and an unvarnished look at these privileged sisters. Their letters present not just a superb social and historical chronicle of the 20th century, but... (read more)

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Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill
Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill
by Michael Shelden
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In modern memory, Winston Churchill remains the man with the cigar and the equanimity among the ruins. Few can remember that at the age of 40, he was considered washed up, his best days behind him. In Young Titan, historian Michael Shelden has produced... (read more)

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Perdita: The Literary, Theatrical, Scandalous Life of Mary Robinson
Perdita: The Literary, Theatrical, Scandalous Life of Mary Robinson
by Paula Byrne
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This compelling and richly researched book presents a fascinating portrait of Mary Robinson-darling of the London stage, mistress to the most powerful men in England, feminist thinker, and bestselling author. Though one of the most flamboyant free... (read more)

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Winston's War: Churchill, 1940-1945
Winston's War: Churchill, 1940-1945
by Max Hastings
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A vivid and incisive portrait of Winston Churchill during wartime from acclaimed historian Max Hastings, Winstons War captures the full range of Churchills endlessly fascinating character. At once brilliant and infuriating, self-important and courageous,... (read more)

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Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self
Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self
by Claire Tomalin
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Samuel Pepys's diary gave readers a startlingly frank examination of a decade in his life. Claire Tomalin's fascinating biography chronicles Pepys's full life, and gives readers an understanding of his contemporaries, as well as insight into the history... (read more)

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The Diary of Samuel Pepys
The Diary of Samuel Pepys
by Samuel Pepys
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Richard Le Galliennes elegant abridgment of the Diary captures the essential writings of Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), a remarkable man who witnessed the coronation of Charles II, the Great Plague of 1665, and the Great Fire of 1666. Originally scribbled in... (read more)

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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965
by William Manchester and Paul Reid
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Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm begins shortly after Winston Churchill became prime minister — when Great Britain stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. In brilliant prose and informed by... (read more)

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Mistress of the Elgin Marbles: A Biography of Mary Nisbet, Countess of Elgin
Mistress of the Elgin Marbles: A Biography of Mary Nisbet, Countess of Elgin
by Susan Nagel
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The remarkable Mary Nisbet was the Countess of Elgin in Romantic-era Scotland and the wife of the seventh Earl of Elgin. When Mary accompanied her husband to diplomatic duty in Turkey, she changed history. She helped bring the smallpox vaccine to the... (read more)

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Mistress of the Elgin Marbles a Biograph
Mistress of the Elgin Marbles a Biograph
by Susan Nagel
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Filled with romance, danger, and scandal, Mistress of the Elgin Marbles is the intriguing story of Mary Nisbet, the Countess of Elgin -- one of the most influential women of the Romantic era whose exploits enriched world culture immeasurably. The richest... (read more)

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The Nelson Touch: The Life and Legend of Horatio Nelson
The Nelson Touch: The Life and Legend of Horatio Nelson
by Terry Coleman
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Admiral Horatio Nelson captures our imaginations like few other military figures. A mixture of tactical originality, raw courage, cruelty, and romantic passion, Nelson in action was daring and direct, a paramount naval genius and a natural born predator.... (read more)

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