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Books > History > British & Irish history > 1700 to 1900

Famine Ships - Irish Exodus to America, 1846-51 (Hardcover): Edward Laxton Famine Ships - Irish Exodus to America, 1846-51 (Hardcover)
Edward Laxton; Illustrated by Rodney Charman
R347 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R69 (20%) Out of stock

Between 1846 and 1851, more than a million Irish people sailed to America. These were the famine emigrants. The world has not seen such an exodus before or since. In those five years the population of the United States grew by one-seventh. At the same time, the Irish Potato Famine claimed a million lives. The year 1996 marks the 150th anniversary of the famine and the first famine sailings. This book tells the story of the courage and determination of those who crossed the ocean in leaky, overcrowded sailing ships and forged new lives for themselves. Among them a small boy called Henry Ford and 26-year-old Patrick Kennedy, the great-grandfather of John F. Kennedy. The book traces the history of the five years of famine sailings, and includes numerous personal stories, such as that of the parish priest from County Wexford, who led 18 families across the Atlantic and from there, on up the Mississippi/Missouri to found Wexford, Iowa, where the emigrants' descendants still live today. Edward Laxton conducted five years of research in Ireland and among descendants in the United States. The book includes facsimile passenger lists, tickets, letters and other memorabilia. It also features information for Irish-Americans who wish to trace their ancestry.

Mutiny on the "Globe" - The Fatal Voyage of Samuel Comstock (Hardcover): Thomas Heffernan Mutiny on the "Globe" - The Fatal Voyage of Samuel Comstock (Hardcover)
Thomas Heffernan
R335 R268 Discovery Miles 2 680 Save R67 (20%) Out of stock

Whilst sailing between Hawaii and Tahiti in January 1824, the captain and officers of the Nantucket whaling ship the Globe were attacked with whaling gear, shot, and dumped overboard under the audacious direction of twenty-one-year-old Samuel Comstock, whose dream was to found his own tropical kingdom. This eventually led to his own violent death at the hands of his co-mutineers. Only a few members of the Globe's crew survived: two men who were rescued after years on a Pacific atoll, bizarrely spared after their fellows had been slaughtered by the natives living there, and a handful more who retook the ship and carried news of the mutiny to the US Navy. Escaping with the ship was George Comstock, Samuel's younger brother and a horrified witness to his brother's murderous deeds. George's remarkable firsthand account, written upon his return to Nantucket, has never been published in full, and "Mutiny on the Globe" will present portions of it for the first time.

Dr. Johnson's London - Everyday Life in London in the Mid 18th Century (Abridged, Audio cassette, Abridged edition): Liza... Dr. Johnson's London - Everyday Life in London in the Mid 18th Century (Abridged, Audio cassette, Abridged edition)
Liza Picard; Read by Fiona Shaw
R134 R108 Discovery Miles 1 080 Save R26 (19%) Out of stock

Like its popular and acclaimed predecessor Restoration London, this book is the result of the author's passionate interest in the practical details of the everyday life of our ancestors, so often ignored in more conventional history books. Based on every possible contemporary source - diaries, almanacs, newspapers, advice books, memoirs, government papers and reports - Liza Picard examines every aspect of life in London: the streets, houses and gardens; cooking, housework, laundry and shopping; clothes and jewellery, cosmetics and hairdressing; medicine, sex, hobbies, education and etiquette; religion and popular beliefs; law and crime. This book spans the years 1740 to 1770, starting when the gin craze was gaining ground and ending when the east coast of America was still British.

Nelson - Breaking the Line (Paperback, New Ed): David Donachie Nelson - Breaking the Line (Paperback, New Ed)
David Donachie
R195 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R39 (20%) Out of stock

Following Nelson's victory at the Nile he was feted at home. Further victories against the French raised his popularity with the public at large to fever pitch. But at court Nelson's ego and his love for Emma Hamilton, seen as little more than a whore by the courtiers surrounding George III, dogged his progress. Only in death was he finally accepted at the heart of society. Following both Nelson's exceptional career and the spirited progress of Emma, this is a story of talent and character overcoming tradition and expectation; a story of a society on the cusp of the liberal 18th and conservative 19th centuries and the fate of two people caught in the middle of the change. From Arctic ice flow to Neapolitan courtroom, from single ship actions in the dank English Channel to fleet actions in the mouth of the Nile, this is the story of a great hero, a doomed love affair and a war that stretched across the world.

The Great Outsiders - Harmsworth, Rothermere and the "Daily Mail" (Paperback, New ed): S.J. Taylor The Great Outsiders - Harmsworth, Rothermere and the "Daily Mail" (Paperback, New ed)
S.J. Taylor
R306 R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Save R61 (20%) Out of stock

The first authorised history of the Daily Mail, and the powerful newspaper dynasty established by Alfred Harmsworth, later Viscount Northcliffe.

Power and Place - The Political Consequences of King Edward VII (Paperback, New ed): Simon Heffer Power and Place - The Political Consequences of King Edward VII (Paperback, New ed)
Simon Heffer
R227 R182 Discovery Miles 1 820 Save R45 (20%) Out of stock

1901 was a turning point in British history - the moment when the inevitability of the democratic state was realized and a new king came to the throne. Drawing on the royal archives, this book presents an intimate portrait of the relations between the new King, his courtiers and his ministers.

Middle Classes - Their Rise and Sprawl (Paperback): Simon Gunn, Rachel Bell Middle Classes - Their Rise and Sprawl (Paperback)
Simon Gunn, Rachel Bell
R220 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R44 (20%) Out of stock

Afternoon tea, the Women's Institute, Mrs Beeton, department stores, suburbia, seaside holidays and cycling clubs - all preserves of the great middle class. But where did the middle classes come from? And what makes a person middle class today? Although the term 'middle class' is part of our everyday language, the middle class has not been a feature of the British social scene from time immemorial. Drawing on the memories and life stories of individuals and families, as well as the words of distinguished historians and social commentators, this fascinating portrait of a people traces the roots of middle-class values in Victorian England through to the great educational reforms of the twentieth century. Panoramic and personal, this book provides a compelling picture of this influential social group and looks at what their future might be.

Home Rule (Paperback, New ed): Alvin Jackson Home Rule (Paperback, New ed)
Alvin Jackson
R220 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R44 (20%) Out of stock

This is a comprehensive narrative history of British and Irish efforts to establish a devolved parliament and government in Ireland. It explains Home Rule's invention as a means of uniting the Irish people when they were decimated by famine and divided under British rule, and traces its history up to the present day - the Belfast Agreement of 1998 and the faltering Northern Ireland Peace Process. The history of Home Rule is shown to be a history of peaceable compromise - an attempt to contain powerful pressures for self-government without ending British sovereignty. Such attempts failed to deter Ireland's departure from the Union in 1921. It remains to be seen whether the modern inheritors of Home Rule will be any more successful in averting the final break-up of the United Kingdom.

Victorian Girls - Lord Lyttelton's Daughters (Paperback, New edition): Sheila Fletcher Victorian Girls - Lord Lyttelton's Daughters (Paperback, New edition)
Sheila Fletcher
R195 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R39 (20%) Out of stock

Meriel, Lucy, Lavinia and May, the daughters of George, fourth Lord Lyttelton, were the nieces of the Prime Minister William Gladstone. Their letters and diaries make it possible for us to know them in extraordinary detail: at home at Hagley Hall in Worcestershire and in fashionable London society; at country houses and on tours of the Continent; in the schoolroom and embarking on courtship and marriage; in happiness and in adversity. Despite having eight very successful brothers, the girls emerge in their own right as strong characters. VICTORIAN GIRLS is a remarkable portrait of a family. It is impossible not to feel personally involved in their lives. 'A delightful picture of a cultivated and affectionate home circle' Times Literary Supplement

Someone Has Blundered (Paperback): Denis Judd Someone Has Blundered (Paperback)
Denis Judd
R160 R128 Discovery Miles 1 280 Save R32 (20%) Out of stock

During Queen Victoria's reign British power was at its zenith: the export trade boomed, the Royal Navy ruled the waves, huge chunks of the map were coloured red. Yet almost every year saw British troops in action in some part of the globe. From the equatorial rain-forests of Ghana to the green hills of New Zealand, British redcoat, Indian mercenary and colonial volunteers fought for Queen and Empire - and mostly won. This fascinating book examines the other side of the Victorian penny - times when the soldiers of the Queen stumbled. The narrative is full of evocative contemporary eyewitness accounts and contains an incisive analysis of various catastrophes, including the Retreat from Kabul in 1842, the Charge of the Light Brigade at Baclava, the 1879 Invasion of Zululand, and the Battles of Majuba Hill and Spion Kop.

Wedlock - How Georgian Britain's Worst Husband Met His Match (Paperback): Wendy Moore Wedlock - How Georgian Britain's Worst Husband Met His Match (Paperback)
Wendy Moore 1
R125 R100 Discovery Miles 1 000 Save R25 (20%) Out of stock

WEDLOCK is the remarkable story of the Countess of Strathmore and her marriage to Andrew Robinson Stoney. Mary Eleanor Bowes was one of Britain's richest young heiresses. She married the Count of Strathmore who died young, and pregnant with her lover's child, Mary became engaged to George Gray. Then in swooped Andrew Robinson Stoney. Mary was bowled over and married him within the week. But nothing was as it seemed. Stoney was broke, and his pursuit of the wealthy Countess a calculated ploy. Once married to Mary, he embarked on years of ill treatment, seizing her lands, beating her, terrorising servants, introducing prostitutes to the family home, kidnapping his own sister. But finally after many years, a servant helped Mary to escape. She began a high-profile divorce case that was the scandal of the day and was successful. But then Andrew kidnapped her and undertook a week-long rampage of terror and cruelty until the law finally caught up with him.

What the Victorians Did for Us (Hardcover, TV Tie-in Ed): Adam Hart-Davis What the Victorians Did for Us (Hardcover, TV Tie-in Ed)
Adam Hart-Davis
R200 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R40 (20%) Out of stock

The Victorian era was a time of extraordinary prosperity and development in Britain. Britian was a world leader in steam engines, iron and steel production, cotton and woollen mills and international trade; an explosion of power and pride that was celebrated in the Great Exhibition of 1851. In this book, Adam Hart-Davis celebrates Victorian achievements and shows that we still live in a Victorian world.

Nelson and Napoleon - The Long Haul to Trafalgar (Paperback): Christopher Lee Nelson and Napoleon - The Long Haul to Trafalgar (Paperback)
Christopher Lee
R220 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R44 (20%) Out of stock

Trafalgar was a victory that would change the course of the Napoleonic wars and lead to the British Navy ruling the waves for more than a century. In Christopher Lee's book he looks not only at this final and decisive battle but also at the three battles that preceded it. Through these battles he paints a picture of the personalities and the intrigues that were operating, and particularly of the creation of a national hero in Horatio Nelson and his intense rivalry with Napoleon, who is reputed to have kept a bust of Nelson on his desk. The battle itself was nearly two years in the making, with Nelson scouring the Atlantic for the French fleet. In Lee's book the reader is taken on that journey with Nelson and his men. This is the story of life ashore and at sea, in silken boudoirs and blood-slimed gun decks. It is the biggest story in Britain's maritime history.

Sir Gregor Macgregor and the Land That Never Was - The Extraordinary Story of the Most Audacious Fraud in History (Hardcover):... Sir Gregor Macgregor and the Land That Never Was - The Extraordinary Story of the Most Audacious Fraud in History (Hardcover)
David Sinclair
R190 R152 Discovery Miles 1 520 Save R38 (20%) Out of stock

On a cold January morning in 1823, a group of Scottish immigrants set sail from the port of Leith. They were headed for the nation of Poyais in Central America where, they were told, they would find rich and fertile soils, a balmy climate and beautiful, civilized cities. A month later they landed on the swamp-infested Mosquito Coast and were forced to realize that they had been the victims of one of the most elaborate hoaxes in history. The land they had been sold was non-existent; the banknotes and guidebooks they carried with them were forgeries; their documents were worthless. Poyais was a fiction.;The man responsible was General Sir Gregor MacGregor, "the Prince of Poyais", a flamboyant and charismatic character who had fought as a mercenary in Simon Bolivar's army. On his return to Britain he reinvented himself and was welcomed into society. But who was this man who had succeeded in making himself a fortune and luring so many people away from their families to face a dangerous and uncertain future?

What the Victorians Did for Us (Paperback): Adam Hart-Davis What the Victorians Did for Us (Paperback)
Adam Hart-Davis 2
R170 R136 Discovery Miles 1 360 Save R34 (20%) Out of stock

The Victorian era was a time of extraordinary prosperity and development in Britain. Britain was a world leader in steam engines, iron and steel production, cotton and woollen mills and international trade; an explosion of power and pride that was celebrated in the Great Exhibition of 1851. Adam Hart-Davis, who presented 'What the Victorians Did for Us' in a highly acclaimed television series, is a renaissance man - brilliant at elucidating and explaining. This is a celebration of Victorian achievements and a reflection of the fact that we still live in a Victorian world.

Fitzroy - The Remarkable Story of Darwin's Captain and the Invention of the Weather Forecast (Hardcover): John Gribbin,... Fitzroy - The Remarkable Story of Darwin's Captain and the Invention of the Weather Forecast (Hardcover)
John Gribbin, Mary Gribbin 1
R455 R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Save R91 (20%) Out of stock

Admiral FitzRoy made his name as a captain on the HMS Beagle. It was for his second voyage on the ship (1832-36) that he decided to ask Charles Darwin to accompany him, and it was during this time that Darwin began to develop the ideas that would lead him to his theory of evolution by natural selection. But there was so much more to FitzRoy than this: he was an MP, he was the second governor of New Zealand form 1843-45 when he made himself unpopular with the settlers by upholding Maori rights, and in 1854 he set up the Meteorological Office so for the first time sailors could know what weather to expect when they set sail.

Fitzroy - The Remarkable Story of Darwin's Captain and the Invention of the Weather Forecast (Paperback, New ed): John... Fitzroy - The Remarkable Story of Darwin's Captain and the Invention of the Weather Forecast (Paperback, New ed)
John Gribbin, Mary Gribbin 1
R195 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R39 (20%) Out of stock

Admiral FitzRoy made his name as a captain on the HMS Beagle. It was for his second voyage on the ship (1831-36) that he decided to ask Charles Darwin to accompany him, and it was during this time that Darwin began to develop the ideas that would lead him to his theory of evolution by natural selection. But FitzRoy was not just 'Darwin's captain': he was an MP, he was the second Governor of New Zealand from 1843-45 when he made himself unpopular with the settlers by upholding Maori rights, and in 1854 he set up the Meteorological Office which made the lives of all sailors who came after him so much safer. John and Mary Gribbin's portrait of this multi-talented man whose impact on modern life is still felt will fascinate all who read it.

The Railway King - A Biography of George Hudson, Railway Pioneer and Fraudster (Paperback, New ed): Robert Beaumont The Railway King - A Biography of George Hudson, Railway Pioneer and Fraudster (Paperback, New ed)
Robert Beaumont
R55 R44 Discovery Miles 440 Save R11 (20%) Out of stock

George Hudson, the eponymous Railway King - started his career with a stroke of luck, inheriting 27,000 (a fortune in 1827) from a distant relative. He invested successfully in the North Midland Railway, then formed his own Midland Railway, raising 5 million and bribing MPs along the way. But from his glory in 1845 he fell into disgrace, admitting corruption and selling land he did not own. He was eventually imprisoned in York Castle and died a broken man in 1871.;His story provides an insight into 19th-century politics and industrial progress, full of moral dilemmas and also a testimony to the growth of the railways in Britain.

Old London Bridge - The Story of the Longest Inhabited Bridge in Europe (Hardcover): Patricia Pierce Old London Bridge - The Story of the Longest Inhabited Bridge in Europe (Hardcover)
Patricia Pierce
R170 R136 Discovery Miles 1 360 Save R34 (20%) Out of stock

The story of Old London Bridge is a turbulent and varied one, spanning over 600 years from 1176 to 1832. In every period, the bridge was the focal point for war and conflict, from early Viking raids to the Civl War. In times of peace, the bridge was thriving commercial centre and an arena for many pleasures including spectacular national ceremonies, races, pageants, jousts and regattas. Thousands lived and died in the "town on the bridge", a bustling community of merchants, craftsmen, thieves and rogues.;Many stories are intertwined with that of Old London Bridge and the author weaves them together in this social history of London. She describes each stage in the bridge's history in a detailed narrative and peppered with colourful characters - monarchs and traitors, priests and pilgrims, artists and writers.

Old London Bridge - The Story of the Longest Inhabited Bridge in Europe (Paperback, New edition): Patricia Pierce Old London Bridge - The Story of the Longest Inhabited Bridge in Europe (Paperback, New edition)
Patricia Pierce
R100 R80 Discovery Miles 800 Save R20 (20%) Out of stock

The story of Old London Bridge is a turbulent and varied one, spanning over 600 years from 1176 to 1832. In every period, the bridge was the focal point for war and conflict, from early Viking raids to the Civl War. In times of peace, the bridge was thriving commercial centre and an arena for many pleasures including spectacular national ceremonies, races, pageants, jousts and regattas. Thousands lived and died in the "town on the bridge", a bustling community of merchants, craftsmen, thieves and rogues. Many stories are intertwined with that of Old London Bridge and the author weaves them together in this social history of London. She describes each stage in the bridge's history in a detailed narrative and peppered with colourful characters - monarchs and traitors, priests and pilgrims, artists and writers.

The Much-lamented Death of Madam Geneva - The Eighteenth-century Gin Craze (Hardcover): Patrick Dillon The Much-lamented Death of Madam Geneva - The Eighteenth-century Gin Craze (Hardcover)
Patrick Dillon
R180 R144 Discovery Miles 1 440 Save R36 (20%) Out of stock

Between 1720 and 1751, the gin craze nearly overwhelmed London. Based on extensive research, this title follows the history of gin, or "geneva" - from its introduction from Holland after the "Glorius Revolution", to its role as the sustenance of the poor, a quick trip to oblivion in the squalid and diseased poverty of 18th-century London.;This is the story of "Madam Geneva's" rise and fall. Gin-drinkers and sellers, politicians and distillers all add their voices to this account of London's first drug craze, which takes us from the corridors of power to the cornfields of Norfolk, from the pulpits of reformers to the tenements of St Giles in the Fields.

The Much-lamented Death of Madam Geneva - The Eighteenth-century Gin Craze (Paperback, New ed): Patrick Dillon The Much-lamented Death of Madam Geneva - The Eighteenth-century Gin Craze (Paperback, New ed)
Patrick Dillon
R195 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R39 (20%) Out of stock

Between 1720 and 1751, the "gin craze" nearly overwhelmed London. Based on extensive research, Patrick Dillon's book follows the history of gin, or "geneva", from its introduction from Holland after the Glorious Revolution, to its role as the sustenance of the poor - a quick trip to oblivion in the squalid and diseased poverty of 18th-century London - and later to its resurgence in the Victorian Gin Palaces and prohibition America. This is the story of Madame Geneva's rise and fall. Gin-drinkers and sellers, politicians and distillers all add their voices to Patrick Dillon's vivid account of London's first drug craze, which takes us from the corridors of power to the cornfields of Norfolk, from the pulpits of reformers to the tenements of St Giles in the Fields.

Mistress of the Arts: The Passionate Life of Georgina, Duchess of Bedford (Hardcover): Rachel Trethewey Mistress of the Arts: The Passionate Life of Georgina, Duchess of Bedford (Hardcover)
Rachel Trethewey 1
R200 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R40 (20%) Out of stock

Two hundred years ago there lived a magnetic and manipulative aristocrat whose complex relationships and strong passions strike a chord with any modern woman. Georgina, Duchess of Bedford (1781-1853), had a long and happy marriage with one of the richest men in England. Yet she also kept a handsome lover over 20 years her junior - the famous artist Edwin Landseer - who adored her till the day he died.;Georgina's controversial life caused scandal even in that decadent era. She was at the centre of Regency society and mixed with leading politicians, artists and nobles of the time - from her step-son, the Prime Minister Lord John Russell, to her great rival, "Little G", the Duchess of Devonshire's daughter.;This title explores the life of this intriguing woman and the colourful world she inhabited.

Mistress of the Arts - The Passionate Life of Georgina, Duchess of Bedford (Paperback, New ed): Rachel Trethewey Mistress of the Arts - The Passionate Life of Georgina, Duchess of Bedford (Paperback, New ed)
Rachel Trethewey
R195 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R39 (20%) Out of stock

Two hundred years ago there lived a magnetic and manipulative aristocrat whose complex relationships and strong passions strike a chord with any modern woman. Georgina, Duchess of Bedford (1781-1853), had a long and happy marriage with one of the richest men in England. Yet she also kept a handsome lover over twenty years her junior - the famous artist Edwin Landseer - who adored her till the day he died. Georgina's controversial life caused scandal even in that decadent era. She was at the centre of Regency society and mixed with the leading politicians, artists and nobles of the time - from her step-son, the Prime Minister Lord John Russell to her great rival, 'Little G', the Duchess of Devonshire's daughter. MISTRESS OF THE ARTS explores the life of this intriguing woman and the colourful world she inhabited. This is popular history at its absolute best - full of original sources, fascinating period detail and larger-than-life characters.

The Floating Brothel - The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts (Hardcover):... The Floating Brothel - The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts (Hardcover)
Sian Rees
R170 R136 Discovery Miles 1 360 Save R34 (20%) Out of stock
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