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Diana - Her True Story - In Her Own Words (Paperback, 25th Anniversary Edition): Andrew Morton Diana - Her True Story - In Her Own Words (Paperback, 25th Anniversary Edition)
Andrew Morton
R355 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R54 (15%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

A reissue of this classic title brought up to date and with a new introduction by Andrew Morton.

Reflecting on the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the original publication, and on the long-term legacy of Diana, the woman who helped reinvigorate the royal family, giving it a more emotional, human face, and thus helping it move forward into the 21st century.

River Kings - The Vikings from Scandinavia to the Silk Roads (Paperback): Cat Jarman River Kings - The Vikings from Scandinavia to the Silk Roads (Paperback)
Cat Jarman
R229 R203 Discovery Miles 2 030 Save R26 (11%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'Astonishing and compelling' Bernard Cornwell 'Replete with witches, human sacrifice, Greek fire and funeral orgies... one of the most thrilling works of archaeological detective work I have ever read' William Dalrymple, FT Follow bioarchaeologist Cat Jarman - and the cutting-edge forensic techniques central to her research - as she uncovers epic stories of the Viking age and follows a small 'Carnelian' bead found in a Viking grave in Derbyshire to its origins thousands of miles to the east in Gujarat. Dr Cat Jarman is a bioarchaeologist, specialising in forensic techniques to research the paths of Vikings who came to rest in British soil. By examining teeth that are now over one thousand years old, she can determine childhood diet, and thereby where a person was likely born. With radiocarbon dating, she can ascertain a death date down to the range of a few years. And her research offers new visions of the likely roles of women and children in Viking culture. In 2017, a carnelian bead came into her temporary possession. River Kings sees her trace its path back to eighth-century Baghdad and India, discovering along the way that the Vikings' route was far more varied than we might think, that with them came people from the Middle East, not just Scandinavia, and that the reason for this unexpected integration between the Eastern and Western worlds may well have been a slave trade running through the Silk Road, and all the way to Britain. Told as a riveting story of the Vikings and the methods we use to understand them, this is a major reassessment of the fierce, often-mythologised voyagers of the north, and of the global medieval world as we know it.

Oxford AQA GCSE History (9-1): Britain: Health and the People c1000-Present Day Student Book Second Edition (Paperback, 2):... Oxford AQA GCSE History (9-1): Britain: Health and the People c1000-Present Day Student Book Second Edition (Paperback, 2)
Aaron Wilkes, Jon Cloake
R483 Discovery Miles 4 830 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

This Second Edition of Britain: Health and the People c1000-Present Day Student Book is part of the popular Oxford AQA GCSE 9-1 History series. Updated as part of our commitment to the inclusive presentation of diverse histories and to reflect the world around us, this textbook covers exactly what your students require to succeed in the AQA exams. Developed by an expert team led by an experienced head of history and an author with senior examining experience, this revised textbook covers the development of medicine and public health in Britain over a long period of time, and draws on wider world developments. It considers the importance of factors such as science and technology, government, war, and the role of the individual, and how these factors impact upon British society. Carefully selected Sources allow students the opportunity to analyse and evaluate primary sources in context. Practice Questions and Study Tips help students prepare for the new AQA exam questions, and features such as Extension, Over to you and How to provide step-by-step explanations of how to put into practice essential history skills such as analysing sources or essay writing. Perfect for use alongside the Revision Guide or with Kerboodle.

A House Through Time (Paperback): David Olusoga, Melanie Backe-Hansen A House Through Time (Paperback)
David Olusoga, Melanie Backe-Hansen
R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'A very readable history of the British way of life viewed through its homes' Choice Magazine In recent years house histories have become the new frontier of popular, participatory history. People, many of whom have already embarked upon that great adventure of genealogical research, and who have encountered their ancestors in the archives and uncovered family secrets, are now turning to the secrets contained within the four walls of their homes and in doing so finding a direct link to earlier generations. And it is ordinary homes, not grand public buildings or the mansions of the rich, that have all the best stories. As with the television series, A House Through Time offers readers not only the tools to explore the histories of their own homes, but also a vividly readable history of the British city, the forces of industry, disease, mass transportation, crime and class. The rises and falls, the shifts in the fortunes of neighbourhoods and whole cities are here, tracing the often surprising journey one single house can take from an elegant dwelling in a fashionable district to a tenement for society's rejects. Packed with remarkable human stories, David Olusoga and Melanie Backe-Hansen give us a phenomenal insight into living history, a history we can see every day on the streets where we live. And it reminds us that it is at home that we are truly ourselves. It is there that the honest face of life can be seen. At home, behind closed doors and drawn curtains, we live out our inner lives and family lives.

Rebel Prince - The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles (Paperback): Tom Bower Rebel Prince - The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles (Paperback)
Tom Bower 1
R261 R202 Discovery Miles 2 020 Save R59 (23%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Few heirs to the throne have suffered as much humiliation as Prince Charles. Despite his hard work and genuine concern for the disadvantaged, he has struggled to overcome his unpopularity. After Diana's death, his approval rating crashed to 4% and has been only rescued by his marriage to Camilla. Nevertheless, just one third of Britons now support him to be the next king.

Many still fear that his accession to the throne will cause a constitutional crisis. That mistrust climaxed in the aftermath of the trial of Paul Burrell, Diana's butler, acquitted after the Queen's sensational ‘recollection'. In unearthing many secrets surrounding that and many other dramas, Bower's book, relying on the testimony from over 120 people employed or welcomed into the inner sanctum of Clarence House, reveals a royal household rife with intrigue and misconduct.

The result is a book which uniquely will probe into the character and court of the Charles that no one, until now, has seen.

Battle of Brothers - William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult (Paperback): Robert Lacey Battle of Brothers - William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult (Paperback)
Robert Lacey
R214 Discovery Miles 2 140 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

AS SEEN IN THE TIMES AND UPDATED WITH NEW MATERIAL The Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller 'THE ROYAL BOOK OF THE YEAR' Daily Mail THIS CRISIS IS AS BIG AS THE ABDICATION - SAYS LACEY, HISTORICAL ADVISOR TO THE CROWN. The world has watched Prince William and Prince Harry since they were born. Raised by Princess Diana to be the closest of brothers, how have the boy princes grown into very different, now distanced men? From royal expert and bestselling author Robert Lacey, this book is an unparalleled insider account of tumult and secrecy revealing the untold details of William and Harry's early closeness then estrangement. It asks what happens when two sons are raised for vastly different futures - one burdened with the responsibility of one day becoming king, the other with the knowledge that he will always remain spare. How have William and Harry each formed their idea of a modern royal's duty and how they should behave? Were the seeds of damage sowed as Prince Charles and Diana's marriage painfully unraveled for all the world to see? In the previous generation, how have Prince Charles and Prince Andrew's lives unfolded in the shadow of the Crown? What choices has Queen Elizabeth II made in marshalling her feuding heirs? What parts have Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle played in helping their husbands to choose their differing paths? And what is the real, unvarnished story behind Harry and Meghan's dramatic departure? In the most intimate vision yet of life behind closed doors, with the family's highs, lows and hardest decisions all laid out, this is a journey into royal life as never offered before.

A Social History of Tea - Tea's Influence on Commerce, Culture & Community (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Jane Pettigrew, Bruce... A Social History of Tea - Tea's Influence on Commerce, Culture & Community (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Jane Pettigrew, Bruce Richardson
R518 R437 Discovery Miles 4 370 Save R81 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Early Medieval Britain, c. 500-1000 (Paperback): Rory Naismith Early Medieval Britain, c. 500-1000 (Paperback)
Rory Naismith
R655 Discovery Miles 6 550 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Early medieval Britain saw the birth of England, Scotland and of the Welsh kingdoms. Naismith's introductory textbook explores the period between the end of Roman rule and the eve of the Norman Conquest, blending an engaging narrative with clear explanations of key themes and sources. Using extensive illustrations, maps and selections from primary sources, students will examine the island as a collective entity, comparing political histories and institutions as well as societies, beliefs and economies. Each chapter foregrounds questions of identity and the meaning of 'Britain' in this period, encouraging interrogation and contextualisation of sources within the framework of the latest debates and problems. Featuring online resources including timelines, a glossary, end-of-chapter questions and suggestions for further reading, students can drive their own understanding of how the polities and societies of early medieval Britain fitted together and into the wider world, and firmly grasp the formative stages of British history.

Wayfaring Strangers - The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Fiona... Wayfaring Strangers - The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Fiona Ritchie, Doug Orr, Darcy Orr; Foreword by Dolly Parton
R645 R540 Discovery Miles 5 400 Save R105 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries, a steady stream of Scots migrated to Ulster and eventually onward across the Atlantic to resettle in the United States. Many of these Scots-Irish immigrants made their way into the mountains of the southern Appalachian region. They brought with them a wealth of traditional ballads and tunes from the British Isles and Ireland, a carrying stream that merged with sounds and songs of English, German, Welsh, African American, French, and Cherokee origin. Their enduring legacy of music flows today from Appalachia back to Ireland and Scotland and around the globe. Ritchie and Orr guide readers on a musical voyage across oceans, linking people and songs through centuries of adaptation and change.

After the Virus - Lessons from the Past for a Better Future (Paperback): Hilary Cooper, Simon Szreter After the Virus - Lessons from the Past for a Better Future (Paperback)
Hilary Cooper, Simon Szreter
R333 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R56 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Why was the UK so unprepared for the pandemic, suffering one of the highest death rates and worst economic contractions of the major world economies in 2020? Hilary Cooper and Simon Szreter reveal the deep roots of our vulnerability and set out a powerful manifesto for change post-Covid-19. They argue that our commitment to a flawed neoliberal model and the associated disinvestment in our social fabric left the UK dangerously exposed and unable to mount an effective response. This is not at all what made Britain great. The long history of the highly innovative universal welfare system established by Elizabeth I facilitated both the industrial revolution and, when revived after 1945, the postwar Golden Age of rising prosperity. Only by learning from that past can we create the fairer, nurturing and empowering society necessary to tackle the global challenges that lie ahead - climate change, biodiversity collapse and global inequality.

The Making of Oliver Cromwell (Hardcover): Ronald Hutton The Making of Oliver Cromwell (Hardcover)
Ronald Hutton
R675 R546 Discovery Miles 5 460 Save R129 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The first volume in a pioneering account of Oliver Cromwell-providing a major new interpretation of one of the greatest figures in history Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658)-the only English commoner to become the overall head of state-is one of the great figures of history, but his character was very complex. He was at once courageous and devout, devious and self-serving; as a parliamentarian, he was devoted to his cause; as a soldier, he was ruthless. Cromwell's speeches and writings surpass in quantity those of any other ruler of England before Victoria and, for those seeking to understand him, he has usually been taken at his word. In this remarkable new work, Ronald Hutton untangles the facts from the fiction. Cromwell, pursuing his devotion to God and cementing his Puritan support base, quickly transformed from obscure provincial to military victor. At the end of the first English Civil War, he was poised to take power. Hutton reveals a man who was both genuine in his faith and deliberate in his dishonesty-and uncovers the inner workings of the man who has puzzled biographers for centuries.

Maiden Voyages - Magnificent Ocean Liners and the Women Who Traveled and Worked Aboard Them (Hardcover): Sian Evans Maiden Voyages - Magnificent Ocean Liners and the Women Who Traveled and Worked Aboard Them (Hardcover)
Sian Evans
R569 R468 Discovery Miles 4 680 Save R101 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Story of the World in 100 Moments - The ambitious new book by the bestselling author of The Story of the British Isles... The Story of the World in 100 Moments - The ambitious new book by the bestselling author of The Story of the British Isles (Hardcover)
Neil Oliver
R611 R490 Discovery Miles 4 900 Save R121 (20%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

From much-loved historian Neil Oliver comes a whole new insight on our past, told through 100 remarkable, unforgettable stories. In his brilliant and excitingly ambitious new book, Neil Oliver takes us on a whistlestop tour around the world and through a million years to give us a unique and invaluable grasp of how human history pieces together. From the east to the west, north to south, these 100 moments act like stepping stones allowing us to make sense of how these pivotal events have shaped the world we know today. Including many moments readers will expect - from Genghis Khan's domination on earth to Armstrong's first steps on the moon, and from the advent of the printing press to the birth of the internet - there are also surprises, and with them, some remarkable, unforgettable stories that give a whole new insight on our past. ********************* Praise for Neil Oliver and The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places: 'Brilliantly demonstrates Neil's mastery of the broad sweep of British history and landscape.' - Dan Snow 'Neil Oliver brings his vast experience and expertise to bear on this deeply personal journey into British history - a wonderful read. - Professor Alice Roberts 'Highly-crafted...a vivid, pungent history.' - TLS 'Compelling' - Daily Mail

The Shortest History of England (Paperback): James Hawes The Shortest History of England (Paperback)
James Hawes
R235 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R38 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
100 Great Black Britons (Paperback): Patrick Vernon, Angelina Osborne 100 Great Black Britons (Paperback)
Patrick Vernon, Angelina Osborne
R267 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R42 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'An empowering read . . . it is refreshing to see somebody celebrate the role that black Britons have played in this island's long and complicated history' DAVID LAMMY, author of Tribes, in 'The best books of 2020', the Guardian 'Timely and so important . . . recognition is long overdue . . . I would encourage everyone to buy it!' DAWN BUTLER MP A long-overdue book honouring the remarkable achievements of key Black British individuals over many centuries, in collaboration with the 100 Great Black Britons campaign founded and run by Patrick Vernon OBE. 'Buillding on decades of scholarship, this book by Patrick Vernon and Dr Angelina Osborne brings the biographies of Black Britons together and vividly expands the historical backdrop against which these hundred men and women lived their lives.' From the Foreword, by DAVID OLUSOGA 'I am delighted to see the relaunch of 100 Great Black Britons. For too long the contribution of Britons of African and Caribbean heritage have been underestimated, undervalued and overlooked' SADIQ KHAN, Mayor of London Patrick Vernon's landmark 100 Great Black Britons campaign of 2003 was one of the most successful movements to focus on the role of people of African and Caribbean descent in British history. Frustrated by the widespread and continuing exclusion of the Black British community from the mainstream popular conception of 'Britishness', despite Black people having lived in Britain for over a thousand years, Vernon set up a public poll in which anyone could vote for the Black Briton they most admired. The response to this campaign was incredible. As a result, a number of Black historical figures were included on the national school curriculum and had statues and memorials erected and blue plaques put up in their honour. Mary Seacole was adopted by the Royal College of Nursing and was given the same status as Florence Nightingale. Children and young people were finally being encouraged to feel pride in their history and a sense of belonging in Britain. Now, with this book, Vernon and Osborne have relaunched the campaign with an updated list of names and accompanying portraits -- including new role models and previously little-known historical figures. Each entry explores in depth the individual's contribution to British history - a contribution that too often has been either overlooked or dismissed. In the wake of the 2018 Windrush scandal, and against the backdrop of Brexit, the rise of right-wing populism and the continuing inequality faced by Black communities across the UK, the need for this campaign is greater than ever.

Prince Philip Revealed (Paperback): Ingrid Seward Prince Philip Revealed (Paperback)
Ingrid Seward
R348 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R57 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Battle of Brothers - William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult (Hardcover): Robert Lacey Battle of Brothers - William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult (Hardcover)
Robert Lacey
R398 Discovery Miles 3 980 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller 'THE ROYAL BOOK OF THE YEAR ... You've read their side of the story, now read the real story' Daily Mail THIS CRISIS IS AS BIG AS THE ABDICATION - SAYS LACEY, HISTORICAL ADVISOR TO THE CROWN. The world has watched Prince William and Prince Harry since they were born. Raised by Princess Diana to be the closest of brothers, how have the boy princes grown into very different, now distanced men? From royal expert and bestselling author Robert Lacey, this book is an unparalleled insider account of tumult and secrecy revealing the untold details of William and Harry's early closeness then estrangement. It asks what happens when two sons are raised for vastly different futures - one burdened with the responsibility of one day becoming king, the other with the knowledge that he will always remain spare. How have William and Harry each formed their idea of a modern royal's duty and how they should behave? Were the seeds of damage sowed as Prince Charles and Diana's marriage painfully unraveled for all the world to see? In the previous generation, how have Prince Charles and Prince Andrew's lives unfolded in the shadow of the Crown? What choices has Queen Elizabeth II made in marshalling her feuding heirs? What parts have Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle played in helping their husbands to choose their differing paths? And what is the real, unvarnished story behind Harry and Meghan's dramatic departure? In the most intimate vision yet of life behind closed doors, with the family's highs, lows and hardest decisions all laid out, this is a journey into royal life as never offered before.

A Devon Village 2021 - Life in Victorian Christow (Paperback): Graham Thompson A Devon Village 2021 - Life in Victorian Christow (Paperback)
Graham Thompson
R479 Discovery Miles 4 790 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Writing on Shakespeare's Walls - The Historic Graffiti in the Guild Chapel and the Stories it Can Tell (Paperback): Pamela... Writing on Shakespeare's Walls - The Historic Graffiti in the Guild Chapel and the Stories it Can Tell (Paperback)
Pamela Devine
R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Wool, War and Wealth - An Illustrated History of the Worshipful Company of Drapers of Shrewsbury (Paperback): Nigel J Hinton Wool, War and Wealth - An Illustrated History of the Worshipful Company of Drapers of Shrewsbury (Paperback)
Nigel J Hinton
R394 Discovery Miles 3 940 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Old Ireland in Colour 2 (Hardcover): John Breslin, Sarah-Anne Buckley Old Ireland in Colour 2 (Hardcover)
John Breslin, Sarah-Anne Buckley
R572 R518 Discovery Miles 5 180 Save R54 (9%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
The Escape of Jack the Ripper - The Truth about the Cover-Up and His Flight from Justice (Hardcover): Jonathan Hainsworth,... The Escape of Jack the Ripper - The Truth about the Cover-Up and His Flight from Justice (Hardcover)
Jonathan Hainsworth, Christine Ward-Agius
R579 R474 Discovery Miles 4 740 Save R105 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A Game of Birds and Wolves - The Ingenious Young Women Whose Secret Board Game Helped Win World War II (Paperback): Simon Parkin A Game of Birds and Wolves - The Ingenious Young Women Whose Secret Board Game Helped Win World War II (Paperback)
Simon Parkin
R361 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R61 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Anglo-Saxon England: Volume 47 (Hardcover): Rosalind Love, Simon Keynes, Andy Orchard Anglo-Saxon England: Volume 47 (Hardcover)
Rosalind Love, Simon Keynes, Andy Orchard
R2,180 Discovery Miles 21 800 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The forty-seventh volume of Anglo-Saxon England begins with a record of the eighteenth conference of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, and ends with a fourth supplement to the Hand-list of Anglo-Saxon Non-Runic Inscriptions. Other articles in this volume cover a diverse range of subjects, including Skaldic art in Cnut's court, alliteration in Old English poetry, the northern world of an Anglo-Saxon mappa mundi and the Germanic context of Beowulf. Religious matters are given particular consideration in this volume: new light is shed on the lost St Margaret's crux nigra, and on Anglo-Breton contact between the tenth and twelfth centuries through an examination of St Kenelm and St Melor. Also included are an account of Archbishop Wulfstan's forgery of the 'laws of Edward and Guthrum', and an edition of the four sermons attributed to Candidus Witto. Each article is preceded by a short abstract.

Meet the Georgians - Epic Tales from Britain's Wildest Century (Hardcover): Robert Peal Meet the Georgians - Epic Tales from Britain's Wildest Century (Hardcover)
Robert Peal
R371 Discovery Miles 3 710 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Anne Bonny and Mary Read, pirate queens of the Caribbean Tipu Sultan, the Indian ruler who kept the British at bay Olaudah Equiano, the former slave whose story shocked the world Mary Wollstonecraft, the feminist who fought for women's rights Ladies of Llangollen, the lovers who built paradise in a Welsh valley Anne Bonny and Mary Read, pirate queens of the Caribbean Tipu Sultan, the Indian ruler who kept the British at bay Olaudah Equiano, the former slave whose story shocked the world Mary Wollstonecraft, the feminist who fought for women's rights Ladies of Llangollen, the lovers who built paradise in a Welsh valley 'Mad, bad and dangerous to know' is how Lord Byron, the poet who drank wine from a monk's skull and slept with his half-sister, was described by one of his many lovers. But 'mad, bad and dangerous' serves as a good description for the entire Georgian period: often neglected, the hundred or so years between the coronation of George I in 1714 and the death of George IV in 1830 were years when the modern world was formed, and changes came thick and fast. Across this century, new foods - pineapples, coffee and pepper - suddenly became available in the shops. Fashion exploded into a riot of colour, frilly shirts and wigs. Gin was drunk like it was water. Demands for women's rights were heard, and it became possible to question the existence of God without fear of prompt execution. These exciting new developments came, of course, from the expanding British Empire. Britain's wealth and its sudden access to chocolate, chillies and spices, was entirely bound up with the conquest of overseas territories and the miserable suffering of enslaved workers. This is the backdrop to Robert Peal's new book, which introduces the Georgian era through the diverse lives of twelve 'magnificent - if not moral' people who defined it.

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