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Courtesans (Paperback, AU, NZ, Airside-only): Katie Hickman Courtesans (Paperback, AU, NZ, Airside-only)
Katie Hickman
R260 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R52 (20%) Out of stock

This is the story of the great English courtesans and their glittering era.;During the course of the 18th and 19th centuries a small group of women rose from impoverished obscurity to positions of great power, independence and wealth. In doing so they took control of their lives - and those of other people - and made the world do their will. Men ruined themselves in desperate attempts to gain and retain a courtesan's favours, but she was always courted for far more than sex. In an age in which women were generally not well educated she was often unusually literate and literary, courted for her conversation as well as her physical company.;Courtesans were extremely accomplished, and exerted a powerful influence as leaders of fashion and society. They were not received at Court, but inhabited their own parallel world - the demi-monde - complete with its own hierarchies, etiquette and protocol. They were queens of fashion, linguists, musicians, accomplished at political intrigue and, of course, possessors of great erotic gifts. Even to be seen in public with one of the great courtesans was a much-envied achievement.;In "Courtesans" Katie Hickman focuses on the exceptional stories of five outstanding women. Sophia Baddeley, Elizabeth Armistead, Harriette Wilson, Cora Pearl and Catherine Walters may have had very different personalities and talents, but their lives exemplify the dazzling existence of the courtesan.

The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh - A Woman in World History (Hardcover): Linda Colley The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh - A Woman in World History (Hardcover)
Linda Colley 2
R470 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R94 (20%) Out of stock

From the author of 'Britons', the story of the exceptional life of the intrepid Elizabeth Marsh - an extraordinary woman of her time who was caught up in trade, imperialism, war, exploration, migration, growing maritime reach, and new ideas. Linda Colley's new book breaks the boundaries between biography, family stories and global history. This is a book about a world in a life. An individual lost to history, Elizabeth Marsh (1735-85) travelled farther, and was more intimately affected by developments across the globe, than the vast majority of men. Conceived in Jamaica and possibly mixed-race, she was the first woman to publish in English on Morocco, and the first to carry out extensive overland explorations in eastern and southern India, journeying in each case in close companionship with an unmarried man. She spent time in some of the world's biggest ports and naval bases, Portsmouth, Menorca, Gibraltar, London, Rio de Janeiro, Calcutta and the Cape. She was damaged by the Seven Years War and the American Revolutionary War; and linked through her own migrations with voyages of circumnavigation, and as victim and owner, she was involved in three different systems of slavery. But hers is a broadly revealing, not simply an exceptional, life. Marsh's links to the Royal Navy, the East India Company, empire and international trade made these experiences possible. To this extent, her career illumines shifting patterns of British and Western power and overseas aggression. The swift onset of globalization occurring in her lifetime also ensured that her progress, relationships and beliefs were repeatedly shaped and deflected by people and events beyond Europe. While imperial players like Edmund Burke and Eyre Coote form a part of her story, so do African slave sailors, skilled Indian weavers and astronomers, ubiquitous Sephardi Jewish traders, and the great Moroccan Sultan, Sidi Muhammad, who schemed to entrap her. Many modern biographies remain constrained by a national framework, while global histories are generally impersonal. By contrast, in this dazzling and original book, Linda Colley moves repeatedly and questioningly between vast geo-political transformations and the intricate detail of individual lives. This is a global biography for our globalizing times.

Peel (Paperback): Graham Goodlad Peel (Paperback)
Graham Goodlad; Adapted by Derrick Murphy
R148 Discovery Miles 1 480 Out of stock

An accessible biography for A level History students that concentrates on the issues that come up time and time again in the AS and A2 exams. / Why historians differ - an introduction to interpretations and historiography / A brief biography, including a timeline and an 'Understanding Peel' box / Issue 1: Was Peel the founder of the modern Conservative Party? / Issue 2: Did he have a coherent approach to the 'Condition of England' question? / Issue 3: How successful were his Irish policies? / Peel: an assessment / Further reading / Index

William Pitt the Younger (Abridged, Audio cassette, Abridged edition): William Hague William Pitt the Younger (Abridged, Audio cassette, Abridged edition)
William Hague; Read by William Hague
R300 R240 Discovery Miles 2 400 Save R60 (20%) Out of stock

A lively, authoritative biography of one of the towering figures in British history who became Prime Minister at the age of twenty-four, written by the youngest-ever leader of the Tory Party. The younger William Pitt -- known as the 'schoolboy' -- began his days as Prime Minister in 1783 deeply underestimated and completely beleaguered. Yet he annihilated his opponents in the General Election the following year and dominated the governing of Britain for twenty-two years nearly nineteen of them as Prime Minister]. No British politician since then has exercised such supremacy for so long. Pitt presided over dramatic changes in the country's finances and trade, brought about the union with Ireland, and directed and was ultimately consumed by] the years of debilitating war with France. Domestic crises included unrest in Ireland, deep division in the royal family and the madness of the King, and a full-scale naval mutiny.

William Pitt the Younger (Abridged, Standard format, CD, Abridged edition): William Hague William Pitt the Younger (Abridged, Standard format, CD, Abridged edition)
William Hague; Read by William Hague
R350 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R70 (20%) Out of stock

The Sunday Times bestselling biography of one of the towering figures in British history who became Prime Minister at the age of twenty-four, written by the youngest-ever leader of the Tory Party. The younger William Pitt - known as the 'schoolboy' - began his days as Prime Minister in 1783 deeply underestimated and completely beleaguered. Yet he annihilated his opponents in the General Election the following year and dominated the governing of Britain for twenty-two years, nearly nineteen of them as Prime Minister. No British politician since then has exercised such supremacy for so long. Pitt presided over dramatic changes in the country's finances and trade, brought about the union with Ireland, but was ultimately consumed by the years of debilitating war with France. Domestic crises included unrest in Ireland, deep division in the royal family, the madness of the King and a full-scale naval mutiny. He enjoyed huge success, yet died at the nadir of his fortunes, struggling to maintain a government beset by a thin majority at home and military disaster abroad; he worked, worried and drank himself to death. Finally his story is told with the drama, wit and authority it deserves.

My Darling Heriott - Henrietta Luxborough, Poetic Gardener and Irrepressible Exile (Paperback, New edition): Jane Brown My Darling Heriott - Henrietta Luxborough, Poetic Gardener and Irrepressible Exile (Paperback, New edition)
Jane Brown
R260 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R52 (20%) Out of stock

This work talks about the the life and times of Henrietta Luxborough, eighteenth-century aristocrat, gardener and society exile. Henrietta St John was born on St Swithun's Day in 1699 into a world of wealth, privilege and seeming security. Beloved sister of rake and statesman, Viscount Bolingbroke, she grew up in Hogarthian London and Wiltshire, her ancestral home, into a headstrong woman of poetry and letters- Pope, Swift and Gay were amongst her acquaintance. Yet with more wit and intelligence than was good for a high-ranking woman of her time and a wild mane of dark curly hair, Henrietta was not the easiest of marriage propositions. She succumbed at twenty-seven, with her infatuation for the son of the infamous and exiled South Sea Company chief cashier. Soon afterwards, she was accused by her pompous husband of infidelity with a young poet, and sent into the country to moulder and die. In refusing to fulfill these cruel expectations Henrietta created for herself, and for us, an eccentric and enchanting company of friends from the understorey of mid-eighteenth century society. Her circle - they liked to set their wooden chairs in a circle in the garden, sip port and gossip on warm, moonlit nights - was a lively collage of characters far removed from the Court and the City, and yet occasionally touched by great events. It was Henrietta's gardens, however, that most sustained her sanity and that now shape Jane Brown's lively biography. Through evocative descriptions of the gardens and houses her heroine inhabited, Jane Brown reconstructs Henrietta's remarkable and tumultuous life, and reveals an intricate portrait of early eighteenth-century English culture and society.

The "Times" Great Victorian Lives (Hardcover): Ian Brunskill The "Times" Great Victorian Lives (Hardcover)
Ian Brunskill 2
R470 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R94 (20%) Out of stock

Obituaries of the most influential Victorians as profiled by The Times, including Dickens, Darwin, Ruskin, Peel, WG Grace and Florence Nightingale. For over 150 years, The Times obituaries have been providing the most respected and perceptive verdicts on the lives of the great and the good. Scientists, social reformers, composers, writers, sportsmen and politicians!Times Great Victorian Lives examines the achievements of eminent Victorians, from Isambard Kingdom Brunel to Charles Darwin, Disraeli to Gladstone and Florence Nightingale to Sarah Bernhardt. Figures have been chosen according to their importance today and are ordered chronologically. The Times Great Victorian Lives gives a fascinating insight into Victorian history, revealing how the Victorian figures we now consider 'great' were seen in their day.

The Powers Behind the Prime Minister - The Hidden Influence of Number Ten (Paperback, New edition): Dennis Kavanagh, Anthony... The Powers Behind the Prime Minister - The Hidden Influence of Number Ten (Paperback, New edition)
Dennis Kavanagh, Anthony Seldon
R220 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R44 (20%) Out of stock

How many people know what lies on the other side of the door to 10 Downing Street, or indeed, who built the building? Providing a portrait of the centre of a British Prime Minister's power, this book contains revelatory material on the private behaviour of many of the 20th century's political leaders, as well as an anlysis of how successive Prime Ministers have wielded their power within these 18th-century walls.

Politics Without Democracy 1815-1914 (Paperback, 2nd Ed): Michael Bentley Politics Without Democracy 1815-1914 (Paperback, 2nd Ed)
Michael Bentley
R220 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R44 (20%) Out of stock

A study of 19th-century politics and government, which examines the crucial period of political change from the point of view of those in government.;Dr Bentley takes the reader into the minds of the governors of the day - influential men such as Wellington, Peel, Gladstone, Disraeli, Salisbury and Asquith - and charts how they did their best to control and manipulate the onset of "democracy".;This book provides a view of how Britain made a peaceful transition to representative democracy - a change characterized in other countries by convulsive and bloody civil strife.

When Scotland Ruled the World - The Story of the Golden Age of Genius, Creativity and Exploration (Hardcover): Michael Fry... When Scotland Ruled the World - The Story of the Golden Age of Genius, Creativity and Exploration (Hardcover)
Michael Fry Stewart Lamont
R400 R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Save R80 (20%) Out of stock

In 1750 Scotland had emerged from half a century of civil strife. Its parliament was subsumed by Westminster, English troops kept an eye open for any signs of Jacobite rebellion, and the kilt was forbidden. But despite all this, Scotland was to enjoy an unprecedented period of resurgence and influence which lasted 200 years. This book is the story of that period and the people who dominated it with their ideas and their entrepreneurial skills, explorers in every area of human thought.It is the story of a people who thrived on the Union and the Empire, and exercised influence far beyond their numbers and their position on the fringes of north-western Europe. The Calvinist system of church/state concordat enabled the frustrations which elsewhere resulted in revolution to pass Scotland by and her energies to be sublimated into creative enterprises.This fascinating portrait of the golden age of Scottish history includes:• the seedbed of the “democratic intellect” – Adam Smith, David Hume, etc• writers including Robert Burns, Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, etc• scientists – many names, culminating in Logie Baird, Watson, Watt and Fleming.• engineers of the Empire• missionaries and explorers (David Livingstone was the most famous, but there were others)• medical men – pioneers of surgery and medicine

When Scotland Ruled the World - The Story of the Golden Age of Genius, Creativity and Exploration (Paperback, New ed): Michael... When Scotland Ruled the World - The Story of the Golden Age of Genius, Creativity and Exploration (Paperback, New ed)
Michael Fry Stewart Lamont
R190 R152 Discovery Miles 1 520 Save R38 (20%) Out of stock

In 1750 Scotland had emerged from half a century of civil strife. Its parliament was subsumed by Westminster, English troops kept an eye open for any signs of Jacobite rebellion, and the kilt was forbidden. But despite all this, Scotland was to enjoy an unprecedented period of resurgence and influence which lasted 200 years. This book is the story of that period and the people who dominated it with their ideas and their entrepreneurial skills, explorers in every area of human thought.It is the story of a people who thrived on the Union and the Empire, and exercised influence far beyond their numbers and their position on the fringes of north-western Europe. The Calvinist system of church/state concordat enabled the frustrations which elsewhere resulted in revolution to pass Scotland by and her energies to be sublimated into creative enterprises.This fascinating portrait of the golden age of Scottish history includes:• the seedbed of the “democratic intellect” – Adam Smith, David Hume, etc• writers including Robert Burns, Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, etc• scientists – many names, culminating in Logie Baird, Watson, Watt and Fleming.• engineers of the Empire• missionaries and explorers (David Livingstone was the most famous, but there were others)• medical men – pioneers of surgery and medicine

The East India Company - Trade and Conquest from 1600 (Paperback, New ed): Antony Wild The East India Company - Trade and Conquest from 1600 (Paperback, New ed)
Antony Wild
R400 R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Save R80 (20%) Out of stock

Established by Royal Charter in 1600, the East India Company quickly came to control over half the world's trade and a quarter of its population. It ruled India, raised its own army and navy, minted its own currency and traded with every corner of the globe. The book is broadly chronological, but also focuses on particular subjects and incidents - tea, silks, jewellery, cashmere, spices, ships and navigation, battles, communication routes, the opium trade, the English gentleman abroad, and India's War of Independence.

Fenian Fire - The British Government Plot to Assassinate Queen Victoria (Hardcover): Christy Campbell Fenian Fire - The British Government Plot to Assassinate Queen Victoria (Hardcover)
Christy Campbell
R450 R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Save R90 (20%) Out of stock

There were seven attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria during her long reign; four of them were of Irish origin. The most serious of all was the "Jubilee Plot", a conspiracy apparently hatched in New York by the Fenian Brotherhood to blow up the Queen, her family and most of the British Cabinet with dynamite at the great service of thanksgiving to commemorate the 50th anniversary of her accession, held at Westminster Abbey in June 1887. The plot was "uncovered" by Scotland Yard with just a few days to go. Several of the bombers were caught, tried and sentenced to penal servitude for life. But - warned off in time - the master bomber escaped to America.;Using declassified Foreign Office secret files, the author discloses the secret at the heart of the British counter-intelligence operation against militant Irish nationalists: the entire conspiracy was masterminded for its own reasons by a clandestine British agency reporting directly to the Prime Minister, Lord Salisbury.

Ladies of the Grand Tour (Hardcover): Brian Dolan Ladies of the Grand Tour (Hardcover)
Brian Dolan
R470 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R94 (20%) Out of stock

According to "The Art of Governing A Wife" (1747), women in Georgian England were supposed to "alay up and save, look to the house; talk to few and take of all within". However, some broke from these taboos and took up the previously male privilege of travelling to the Continent to develop mind, spirit and body.;Hearing of the delights of the Grand Tour from pioneering friends, increasing numbers of English ladies set off to sample foreign lands and returned apparently "the best informed and most perfect creatures". For others the Grand Tour was an intellectual and romantic rite of passage, widening their knowledge of society, love and politics and inspiring a genre of literary fiction all of its own.;Brian Dolan leads readers into the hearts and minds of the ladies through the stories, thoughts and court gossip recorded in their journals, letters and diaries. He offers an intimate portrait of the feisty 18th-century English women who travelled to the Continent in search of culture and excitement.

Courtesans (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Katie Hickman Courtesans (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Katie Hickman 1
R470 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R94 (20%) Out of stock

During the course of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries a small group of women rose from impoverished obscurity to positions of great power, independence and wealth. In doing so they took control of their lives - and those of other people - and made the world do their will.
Men ruined themselves in desperate attempts to gain and retain a courtesan's favours, but she was always courted for far more than sex. In an age in which women were generally not well educated she was often unusually literate and literary, courted for her conversation as well as her physical company. Courtesans were extremely accomplished, and exerted a powerful influence as leaders of fashion and society. They were not received at Court, but inhabited their own parallel world - the demi-monde - complete with its own hierarchies, etiquette and protocol. They were queens of fashion, linguists, musicians, accomplished at political intrigue and, of course, possessors of great erotic gifts. Even to be seen in public with one of the great courtesans was a much-envied achievement.
In Courtesans Katie Hickman, author of the bestselling Daughters of Britannia, focuses on the exceptional stories of five outstanding women. Sophia Baddeley, Elizabeth Armistead, Harriette Wilson, Cora Pearl and Catherine Walters may have had very different personalities and talents, but their lives exemplify the dazzling existence of the courtesan.

Illustrated Daughters of Britannia (Hardcover, New ed): Katie Hickman Illustrated Daughters of Britannia (Hardcover, New ed)
Katie Hickman
R470 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R94 (20%) Out of stock

Accompanying their spouses in the most extraordinary, tough, sometimes terrifying circumstances, this book is an account of the courageous and unusual women who have been the backbone of the foreign service. Women who struggled to bring their civilization with them. The book is illustrated with archive material, extracts from original letters between the women and their families at home, maps to show the routes they travelled and the places they were posted to and pictures of ephemera to evoke the lives they led. The chapters cover: getting there; the posting; private life; embassy life; public life; and social life.

Georgiana's World (Hardcover): Amanda Foreman Georgiana's World (Hardcover)
Amanda Foreman
R470 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R94 (20%) Out of stock

As one of the most flamboyant and influential women of the late 18th century, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire was an icon of her time. Born Lady Georgiana Spencer, she married the fifth Duke of Devonshire in 1774; within a short space of time she had become the undisputed queen of fashionable society, adored by the Prince Regent, an intimate of Marie-Antoinette, an influential Whig hostess and a darling of the common people. Yet for all her aura of public glamour, Georgiana's personal life was fraught with suffering brought on by her compulsive gambling, which led to insurmountable debts and ignominy, and her search for love, which caused misery and exile.;"Georgiana's World" is the illustrated version of Amanda Foreman's bestselling biography, "Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire", and brings a fresh perspective to her life and times. Filled with images of the people and places she actually knew, a series of special features explore such aspects of 18th-century life as aristocracy.

Empires of the Plain - Henry Rawlinson and the Lost Languages of Babylon (Hardcover): Lesley Adkins Empires of the Plain - Henry Rawlinson and the Lost Languages of Babylon (Hardcover)
Lesley Adkins
R470 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R94 (20%) Out of stock

From 1827 Henry Rawlinson, fearless soldier, sportsman and imperial adventurer of the first rank, spent twenty-five years in India, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan in the service of the East India Company. During this time he survived the dangers of disease and warfare, including the disastrous First Anglo-Afghan War. A gifted linguist, fascinated by history and exploration, he became obsessed with cuneiform, the world's earliest writing. An immense inscription high on a sheer rock face at Bisitun in the mountains of western Iran, carved on the orders of King Darius the Great of Persia over 2,000 years ago, was the key to understanding the many cuneiform scripts and languages. Only Rawlinson had the physical and intellectual skills, courage, self-motivation and opportunity to make the perilous ascent and copy the monument. Here, Lesley Adkins relates the story of Rawlinson's life and how he triumphed in deciphering the lost languages of Persia and Babylonia, overcoming his brilliant but bitter rival, Edward Hincks.;While based in Baghdad, Rawlinson became involved in the very first excavations of the ancient mounds of Mesopotamia, from Nineveh to Babylon, an area that had been fought over by so many powerful empires. His decipherment of the inscriptions resurrected unsuspected civilizations, revealing intriguing details of everyday life and forgotten historical events. By proving to the astonished Victorian public that people and places in the Old Testament really existed (and, furthermore, that documents and chronicles had survived from well before the writing of the Bible), Rawlinson became a celebrity and assured his own place in history.

Wellington - The Iron Duke (Hardcover): Richard Holmes Wellington - The Iron Duke (Hardcover)
Richard Holmes 1
R470 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R94 (20%) Out of stock

Richard Holmes, military historian and broadcaster, here tells the story of Britain's greatest-ever soldier, the man who posed the most serious threat to Napoleon. Holmes charts the Duke of Wellington's stellar military career from India to Europe, and in the process, rediscovers the reasons Queen Victoria called him the greatest man the 19th century had produced. Combining his historical analysis with a semi-biographical examination of Wellington, Holmes illustrates the rapid evolution in military and political thinking of the time.;Wellington is a brilliant figure, idealistic in politics, cynical in love, a wit, a beau, a man of enormous courage often sickened by war. As Richard Holmes charts his progress from a shy, indolent boy to commander-in-chief of the allied forces, he also exposes the Iron Duke as a philanderer, and a man who sometimes despised the men that he led, and was not always in control of his soldiers.

The Sharpe Companion - Early Years (Hardcover, New edition): Mark Adkin The Sharpe Companion - Early Years (Hardcover, New edition)
Mark Adkin 1
R470 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R94 (20%) Out of stock

In Richard Sharpe, Bernard Cornwell has created one of the great heros historical fiction, whose exploits continue to thrill a wide audience. The novels, and the television adaptations starring Sean Bean, have succeeded in whetting the appetite of many readers for one of the most eventful and exciting periods in history. Packed with illustrations, fascinating historical and military background, together with contemporary accounts and anecdotes, The Sharpe Companion provides an indispensable guide to the life and times of Richard Sharpe.

Since the original Companion was published five years ago, Sharpe has marched on. His exploits are now too many to fit into a single volume, so this first volume of the revised and expanded Companion focuses on the first thirty years of Sharpe?s life: his boyhood in London, his experiences as a recruit, and his rise through the ranks during the Indian campaigns, the special mission that took him to Denmark, and his part in the Battle of Trafalgar. A must for every student of military history and fan of Sharpe.

Disraeli - A Personal History (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Christopher Hibbert Disraeli - A Personal History (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Christopher Hibbert 1
R590 R464 Discovery Miles 4 640 Save R126 (21%) Out of stock

The masterly biography of one of the most fascinating men of the nineteenth century, Benjamin Disraeli, concentrating on his long and interesting private life: written by 'our outstanding popular historian' [A.N.Wilson]. Superb politician, orator, writer and wit, Benjamin Disraeli was -- according to Queen Victoria -- 'the kindest Minister' she had ever had, who 'reached the top of the greasy pole' [in his own words] despite considerable antisemitism. He enjoyed many scandalous affairs before marrying a widow twelve years older than himself -- an extremely eccentric woman to whom he remained deeply and touchingly devoted for the rest of his life. Disraeli had never intended to be a politician. He had begun his astonishing career by working unenthusiastically in a lawyer's office; he had tried unsuccessfully to found a newspaper; he had written a novel which lay unproductively in the publisher's office. A conspicuous dandy, sprightly, attentive and witty, he was attractive to women, enjoying many liaisons until he contracted a venereal disease in a St James's Street brothel. He married in 1839. 'Dizzy married me for my money,' Mary Anne used to say. 'But, if he had the chance again, he would marry me for love.'They lived in a large country house, Hughenden Manor, near High Wycombe, which he bought with mostly borrowed money, and soon became one of the most gifted of parliamentarians and as celebrated as any politician in England. As an antidote to his grief at his wife's death in 1872 he threw himself back into the political life, becoming Prime Minister for the second time in 1874, displacing Gladstone much to the Queen's delight.

William Pitt the Younger - A Biography (Hardcover): William Hague William Pitt the Younger - A Biography (Hardcover)
William Hague 2
R590 R464 Discovery Miles 4 640 Save R126 (21%) Out of stock

A lively, authoritative biography of one of the towering figures in British history who became Prime Minister at the age of twenty-four, written by the youngest-ever leader of the Tory Party. The younger William Pitt -- known as the 'schoolboy' -- began his days as Prime Minister in 1783 deeply underestimated and completely beleaguered. Yet he annihilated his opponents in the General Election the following year and dominated the governing of Britain for twenty-two years [nearly nineteen of them as Prime Minister]. No British politician since then has exercised such supremacy for so long. Pitt presided over dramatic changes in the country's finances and trade, brought about the union with Ireland, and directed [and was ultimately consumed by] the years of debilitating war with France. Domestic crises included unrest in Ireland, deep division in the royal family and the madness of the King, and a full-scale naval mutiny. He enjoyed huge success, yet died at the nadir of his fortunes, struggling to maintain a government beset by a thin majority at home and military disaster abroad; he worked, worried and drank himself to death. William Hague's biography is comparable to Roy Jenkins's recent bestselling life of Churchill -- an eminent politician writing an outstanding Prime Ministerial life -- and announces the arrival of a brilliant new historical writer.

The Powers Behind the Prime Minister - The Hidden Influence of Number Ten (Hardcover): Dennis Kavanagh, Anthony Seldon The Powers Behind the Prime Minister - The Hidden Influence of Number Ten (Hardcover)
Dennis Kavanagh, Anthony Seldon
R470 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R94 (20%) Out of stock

How many people know what lies on the other side of the door to 10 Downing Street, or indeed, who built the building? Providing a portrait of the centre of a British Prime Minister's power, this book contains revelatory material on the private behaviour of many of the 20th century's political leaders, as well as an anlysis of how successive Prime Ministers have wielded their power within these 18th-century walls.

Redcoat - The British Soldier in the Age of Horse and Musket (Hardcover): Richard Holmes Redcoat - The British Soldier in the Age of Horse and Musket (Hardcover)
Richard Holmes
R470 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R94 (20%) Out of stock

Richard Holmes is a military historian, the writer and presenter of "War Walks" and author of "Firing Line" and "Riding the Retreat".;Drawing on a wealth of original source material - diaries, letters, memoirs - "Redcoat" is an anecdotal history of the British soldier from 1700 to 1900, a period in which methods of warfare and the social makeup of the British army changed little, and in which the Empire was forged.;Similar in style to Katie Hickman's "Daughters of Britannia", or Simon Schama's "Citizens", this is a history of the common British soldier from 1700 to 1900 by one of Britain's military writers and broadcasters. "Redcoat" is filled with anecdote and humour as well as historical analysis.

The Prize of All the Oceans (Hardcover): Glyndwr Williams The Prize of All the Oceans (Hardcover)
Glyndwr Williams
R470 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R94 (20%) Out of stock

Anson's voyage of 1740-44 holds a unique and terrible place in British naval history. The misadventures of this first attempt by Royal Navy ships to sail round the world make a dramatic story of hardship, disaster, mutiny and heroism. Only one of Anson's squadron, the flagship Centurion, completed its mission. The other vessels were wrecked, scuttled or forced back in shattered condition. Out of 1850 officers and men who sailed from Spithead in September 1740, almost 1400 died, most from disease or starvation.;With crews ravaged by scurvy, Anson's ships were battered by relentless storms as they attempted to round Cape Horn. Two of the six men-of-war in the squadron turned back, their captains to face later accusations of desertion. A third, the Wager, was wrecked on a desolate island off the coast of Chile in circumstances in which all discipline vanished.;This work recounts this classic story from sea history, detailing the dramatic hardships, diasters, mutiny and heroism that occurred.

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