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Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell : Adventurer, Advisor to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia
Desert Queen
The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell : Adventurer, Advisor to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia
Paperback      ISBN: 0385495757

In this masterful biography, Wallach shows readers the woman behind Desert Queen Gertrude Bell (1968-1926)--adventurer and ally to Lawrence of Arabia--a woman whose passion and defiant independence were at odds with the confined and custom-bound England she left behind. of photos.

The History of Alexander the Great: An Illuminated Manuscript of Vasco Da Lucena's French Translation of the Ancient Text by Quintus Curtius Rufus
The History of Alexander the Great
An Illuminated Manuscript of Vasco Da Lucena's French Translation of the Ancient Text by Quintus Curtius Rufus
Hardcover      ISBN: 0892363711

A lavishly produced monograph about a late 15th Century illuminated manuscript. The text is a translation into French, by Vasco da Lucena, of one of the primary sources for the life of Alexander. The illustrations portray the events of the story in contemporary costumes and settings. Now in the John Paul Getty collection, this publication discusses the history of the text and the manuscript itself, with full colour reproduction of each illustration. A beautiful book about a beautiful manuscript.

A Journal of the Plague Year
A Journal of the Plague Year
Paperback      ISBN: 0140437851
"The surprise 'must-read' for people facing the Covid-19 epidemic." --The Telegraph

In 1665 the plague swept through London, claiming over 97,000 lives. Daniel Defoe was just five at the time of the plague, but he later called on his own memories, as well as his writing experience, to create this vivid chronicle of the epidemic and its victims. A Journal (1722) follows Defoe's fictional narrator as he traces the devastating progress of the plague through the streets of London. Here we see a city transformed: some of its streets suspiciously empty, some--with crosses on their doors--overwhelmingly full of the sounds and smells of human suffering. And every living citizen he meets has a horrifying story that demands to be heard.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The Fashioning and Functioning of the British Country House
The Fashioning and Functioning of the British Country House
Paperback      ISBN: 0894681281

Twenty-one experts discuss the British country house - and the vitality it once possessed as a centre of culture and power.

The Armada
The Armada
Hardcover      ISBN: 0395486823

Chronicling one of the most spectacular events of the sixteenth century, The Armada is the definitive story of the English fleet's dramatic defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. Garrett Mattingly explores all dimensions of the naval campaign that captured the attention of the European world and played a deciding role in the settlement of the New World.

Protestants: The Birth of a Revolution
The Birth of a Revolution
Paperback      ISBN: 0385471017

Who were the first men and women who abandoned the Church of Rome and became the world's first Protestants? Harvard historian Steven Ozment does not present us with the remote, dusty figures of history, but rather with the shoemakers and housewives, students and politicians who were among the first followers of Martin Luther. Using pamphlets, diaries, letters, and other primary soruces, Ozment examines the origins of the Reformation and the nature of Protestantism. Rather than seeing the Reformation as the progenitor of German absolutism, as do many scholars of the period, Ozment sees in Protestantism the historic assertion of key Western values--social reform, individual religious conviction, hard work, and the rejection of corruption, hypocrisy, and empty ritual.

Last Lion, The: Volume 1: Winston Churchill Visions of Glory 1874 - 1932
Last Lion, The: Volume 1
Winston Churchill Visions of Glory 1874 - 1932
Hardcover      ISBN: 0316545031
The first volume in William Manchester's masterful, magnum opus account of Winston Churchill's life. The Last Lion: Visions of Glory follows the first fifty-eight years of Churchill's life--the years that mold him into the man who will become one of the most influential politicians of the twentieth century.

In this, the first volume, Manchester follows Churchill from his birth to 1932, when he began to warn against the re-militarization of Germany. Born of an American mother and the gifted but unstable son of a duke, his childhood was one of wretched neglect. He sought glory on the battlefields of Cuba, Sudan, India, South Africa and the trenches of France. In Parliament he was the prime force behind the creation of Iraq and Jordan, laid the groundwork for the birth of Israel, and negotiated the independence of the Irish Free State. Yet, as Chancellor of the Exchequer he plunged England into economic crisis, and his fruitless attempt to suppress Gandhi's quest for Indian independence brought political chaos to Britain.

Throughout, Churchill learned the lessons that would prepare him for the storm to come, and as the 1930's began, he readied himself for the coming battle against Nazism--an evil the world had never before seen.
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Paperback      ISBN: 0802136834

Profiles the oft-married English monarch and the women that came to define him through marriage, detailing their little-known histories and personalities. Reprint.

A Man for All Seasons
A Man for All Seasons
Paperback      ISBN: 0679728228
The classic dramatization of Sir Thomas More's historic conflict with Henry VIII--a compelling portrait of a courageous man who died for his convictions.

Sir Thomas More--the brilliant nobleman, lawyer, humanist, author of such works as Utopia--was a long-time friend and favorite of Henry VIII, ascending to the position of Lord Chancellor in 1529. Yet he was also a staunch Catholic, and when Henry broke with the Church in 1531 after the Pope had refused to grant him a divorce from Catherine of Aragon, More resigned the Chancellorship. In 1534, Parliament passed a bill requiring all subjects to take an oath acknowledging the supremacy of England's king over all foreign sovereigns--including the Pope. More refused, was imprisoned, and finally was executed in 1535.

An enduring modern classic, A Man for All Seasons challenges the mind, and, in the end, touches the heart (New York Times).
Chronicle of the Abbey of Bury ST. Edmunds
Chronicle of the Abbey of Bury ST. Edmunds
Paperback      ISBN: 0192838954

This narrative of events between the years 1173 and 1202--as recorded by Jocelin of Brakelond, a monk who lived in the abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, in the region of West Suffolk--affords many unique insights into the life of a medieval religious community. It depicts the daily worship in the abbey church and the beliefs and values shared by the monks, as well as the whispered conversations, rumors, and disagreements within the cloister--and the bustling life of the market-town of Bury, just outside the abbey walls. This edition offers the first modern translation from the Latin to appear since 1949.