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Great for history & mythology buffs. A gripping blend of family mystery, contemporary stories and the beautiful and bloody Viking tales, set against the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland. Broadcaster Richard Fidler and author Kari Gislason are good friends. They share a deep attac... read more

Saga Land

'Borman approaches her topic with huge enthusiasm and a keen eye for entertaining...this is a very human story of a remarkable family, full of vignettes that sit long in the mind.' Dan Jones, The Sunday Times ... read more

The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty

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 British History

"[Puts] the Magna Carta in its proper historical context Dan Jones triumphantly answers the questions he poses in his Introduction, about how it came to be granted, what it meant at the time, and what it should mean to us today." Andrew Roberts, "New York Times... read more

Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty

This is a history of the King James Version of the Bible (known in Britain as the Authorised Version) over the four hundred years from its remote beginnings to the present day. Gordon Campbell, expert in Renaissance literatures, tells the fascinating... read more

Nophoto

Spinning Tops & Gumdrops captures a time when `imagination, skill, and daring' was the source of children's play. Quoits and jacks, hide and seek, cricket with a kerosene tin for a wicket, dress ups and charades, can all be seen in... read more

Nophoto

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Awards:Winner of Wolfson History Prize 2017. Short-listed for Waterstones Book of the Year 2016.

This is a book about why medieval manuscripts matter. Coming face to face with an important illuminated manuscript in the original is rather like meeting a very famous person. We may all pretend that a wellknown celebrity is no different from anyone else, and ye... read more

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts

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 British History

Series:Brief History S.

Using wide-ranging evidence, Martyn Whittock shines a light on Britain in the Middle Ages, bringing it vividly to life. Thus we glimpse 11th century rural society through a conversation between a ploughman and his master. The life of Dick Whittington ... read more

A Brief History of Life in the Middle Ages

Drawing on newly declassified government files, this is the dramatic story of how a forbidden book in the Soviet Union became a secret CIA weapon in the ideological battle between East and West. In May 1956, an Italian publish... read more

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book

She ascended the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1702, at age thirty-seven, Britain s last Stuart monarch, and five years later united two of her realms, England and Scotland, as a sovereign state, creating the Kingdom of Great Britain. She had a ... read more

Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion

Who were the Tudor kings and queens and what did they really look like? Mention Henry VIII and the familiar image of the rotund, bearded fellow of Hans Holbein the Youngers portraits immediately springs to mind reinforced, perhaps, by memories of a... read more

The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered

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 General

On August 1, 1914, on the eve of World War I, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his hand-picked crew embarked in HMS Endurance from London's West India Dock, for an expedition to the Antarctic. It was to turn into one of the most breathtaking survival stories of all time. Even as the... read more

Shackleton's Boat Journey

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Series:Brief Histories

This volume tells the story of Christianity through the individual men and women who shaped it. It is a story of colossal undertakings and spectacular successes as well as ferocious intolerance, greed and bloodshed. Bamber Gascoigne traces a clear path through a complicat... read more

Brief History of Christianity