Letters from London
Paperback ISBN: 0679761616
In a sardonic collection of pieces originally published in The New Yorker, the author of Flaubert's Parrot dissects the obsessions of contemporary London, from royal escapades to the demise of Lloyd's. Original. 10,000 first printing.
Britain, Empire, and the World, 1600-1850
Hardcover ISBN: 0375421521
Re-examines the history of the British empire from the perspective of those held captive, exploring the dynamics between invader and invaded, the character of cross-cultural conflicts, and the meaning of empire.
The Wives of Henry VIII
Paperback ISBN: 067973001x
The author of The Warrior Queens presents a multiple biography of the six unfortunate wives of Henry VIII--from Catherine of Aragon, a woman of learning and dignity, to religious reformer Catherine Parr. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
The Unequalled Self
Hardcover ISBN: 0375411437
A revealing new biography of the master diarist and chronicler of Restoration London draws on the famous diaries, as well as on other sources and period material, to furnish a candid chronicle of the life and times of Samuel Pepys, answering questions about his relations with women, triumphs and near disasters, youth, and other lesser known aspects of his life. 20,000 first printing.
The Meaning of Everything
The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
Paperback ISBN: 019517500x
The best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman traces the history of the Oxford English Dictionary from its earliest inception through its long path to completion, describes the nuts-and-bolts process of creating a dictionary, and includes anecdotes about its creators and their work. Reprint.
Inside the Victorian Home
A Portrait of Domestic Life in Victorian England
Hardcover ISBN: 0393052095
Takes readers through daily life in a Victorian house on a room-by-room basis, providing descriptions of each area's furnishings and decorations while recounting events that may have transpired in the rooms of the house.
The Life of Elizabeth I
Paperback ISBN: 0345425502
An accomplished English biographer, the author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII, presents a large-scale, exhaustively researched, illustrated biography that reveals the personality, private life, and romantic intrigues of Elizabeth I. Reader's Guide included. Reissue.
The Making of Man-Midwifery
Childbirth in England, 1660-1770
Hardcover ISBN: 0674543238
In England in the seventeenth century, childbirth was the province of women. The midwife ran the birth, helped by female "gossips"; men, including the doctors of the day, were excluded both from the delivery and from the subsequent month of lying-in. But in the eighteenth century there emerged a new practitioner: the "man-midwife" who acted in lieu of a midwife and delivered normal births. By the late eighteenth century, men-midwives had achieved a permanent place in the management of childbirth, especially in the most lucrative spheres of practice. Why did women desert the traditional midwife? How was it that a domain of female control and collective solidarity became instead a region of male medical practice? What had broken down the barrier that had formerly excluded the male practitioner from the management of birth? This confident and authoritative work explores and explains a remarkable transformation--a shift not just in medical practices but in gender relations. Exploring the sociocultural dimensions of childbirth, Wilson argues with great skill that it was not the desires of medical men but the choices of mothers that summoned man-midwifery into being.
Politics and Society
Paperback ISBN: 0521377412
Assessing the relative importance of British influence and of indigenous impulses in shaping an independent Ireland, this book identifies the relationship between personality and process in determining Irish history.