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Early Medieval Britain, c. 500-1000 (Paperback): Rory Naismith Early Medieval Britain, c. 500-1000 (Paperback)
Rory Naismith
R672 Discovery Miles 6 720 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.

A Devon Village 2021 - Life in Victorian Christow (Paperback): Graham Thompson A Devon Village 2021 - Life in Victorian Christow (Paperback)
Graham Thompson
R492 Discovery Miles 4 920 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Oxford AQA History for A Level: The British Empire c1857-1967 Student Book Second Edition (Paperback, 2): Sally Waller, Anthony... Oxford AQA History for A Level: The British Empire c1857-1967 Student Book Second Edition (Paperback, 2)
Sally Waller, Anthony Webster, Robert J Carsson, Tom Allen
R968 Discovery Miles 9 680 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

This Second Edition of The British Empire c1857-1967 Student Book is part of the Oxford AQA History for A Level series. Updated as part of our commitment to the inclusive presentation of diverse histories and to reflect the world around us, this textbook has been approved by AQA and covers AS and A Level History content together. Developed by an expert team led by an experienced author with senior examining experience, this revised textbook has been reviewed by historians of colonial history, Mishka Sinha and Emily Manktelow. It covers in breadth issues of change, continuity, and cause and consequence in the British Empire during this period through key questions such as: how did the Empire influence British attitudes and culture? And how did indigenous peoples respond to British rule? Its aim is to enable you to understand and make connections between the six key thematic questions covered in the specification. You can further develop vital skills such as historical interpretations and source analyses via specially selected sources and extracts. Practice questions and study tips provide additional support to help familiarise you with the exam-style questions, and help you achieve your best in the exam. Perfect for use alongside Kerboodle.

Empireland - How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain (Paperback): Sathnam Sanghera Empireland - How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain (Paperback)
Sathnam Sanghera
R262 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R43 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

***FEATURING UPDATED AND NEW MATERIAL*** LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2021 A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'The real remedy is education of the kind that Sanghera has embraced - accepting, not ignoring, the past' Gerard deGroot, The Times _____________________________________________________ EMPIRE explains why there are millions of Britons living worldwide. EMPIRE explains Brexit and the feeling that we are exceptional. EMPIRE explains our distrust of cleverness. EMPIRE explains Britain's particular brand of racism. Strangely hidden from view, the British Empire remains a subject of both shame and glorification. In his bestselling book, Sathnam Sanghera shows how our imperial past is everywhere: from how we live and think to the foundation of the NHS and even our response to the COVID-19 crisis. At a time of great division, when we are arguing about what it means to be British, Empireland is a groundbreaking revelation - a much-needed and enlightening portrait of contemporary British society, shining a light on everything that usually gets left unsaid. _______________________________________________________ 'Empireland takes a perfectly-judged approach to its contentious but necessary subject' Jonathan Coe 'I only wish this book has been around when I was at school' Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London 'This remarkable book shines the brightest of lights into some of the darkest and most misunderstood corners of our shared history' James O'Brien

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
R405 Discovery Miles 4 050 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
A House Through Time (Paperback): David Olusoga, Melanie Backe-Hansen A House Through Time (Paperback)
David Olusoga, Melanie Backe-Hansen
R234 Discovery Miles 2 340 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.

Living Like a Tudor - Woodsmoke and Sage: A Sensory Journey Through Tudor England (Hardcover): Amy Licence Living Like a Tudor - Woodsmoke and Sage: A Sensory Journey Through Tudor England (Hardcover)
Amy Licence
R580 R487 Discovery Miles 4 870 Save R93 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Storyland: A New Mythology of Britain (Hardcover): Amy Jeffs Storyland: A New Mythology of Britain (Hardcover)
Amy Jeffs
R691 R529 Discovery Miles 5 290 Save R162 (23%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Soaked in mist and old magic, Storyland is a new illustrated mythology of Britain, set in its wildest landscapes. It begins between the Creation and Noah's Flood, follows the footsteps of the earliest generation of giants from an age when the children of Cain and the progeny of fallen angels walked the earth, to the founding of Britain, England, Wales and Scotland, the birth of Christ, the wars between Britons, Saxons and Vikings, and closes with the arrival of the Normans. These are retellings of medieval tales of legend, landscape and the yearning to belong, inhabited with characters now half-remembered: Brutus, Albina, Scota, Arthur and Bladud among them. Told with narrative flair, embellished in stunning artworks and glossed with a rich and erudite commentary. We visit beautiful, sacred places that include prehistoric monuments like Stonehenge and Wayland's Smithy, spanning the length of Britain from the archipelago of Orkney to as far south as Cornwall; mountains and lakes such as Snowdon and Loch Etive and rivers including the Ness, the Soar and the story-silted Thames in a vivid, beautiful tale of our land steeped in myth. It Illuminates a collective memory that still informs the identity and political ambition of these places. In Storyland, Jeffs reimagines these myths of homeland, exile and migration, kinship, loyalty, betrayal, love and loss in a landscape brimming with wonder.

Old Ireland in Colour 2 (Hardcover): John Breslin, Sarah-Anne Buckley Old Ireland in Colour 2 (Hardcover)
John Breslin, Sarah-Anne Buckley
R596 R541 Discovery Miles 5 410 Save R55 (9%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
The Century of Deception - The Birth of the Hoax in Eighteenth Century England (Hardcover): Ian Keable The Century of Deception - The Birth of the Hoax in Eighteenth Century England (Hardcover)
Ian Keable 1
R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In 1749, a newspaper advertisement appeared declaring that a man would climb inside a bottle on the stage of a London theatre. Although the crowds turned up in their hundreds to witness the trick, the performer didn't. Over the following decades, elaborate jokes and fanciful tales would continue to bamboozle people across England. In The Century of Deception, magician and historian Ian Keable tells the engrossing stories of these eighteenth-century hoaxes and those who were duped by them. The English public were hoodwinked time and time again, swallowing whole tales of rapping ghosts, a woman who gave birth to rabbits, a levitating Frenchman in a Chinese Temple and outrageous astrological predictions. Not only were the hoaxes widely influential, drawing in celebrities such as Samuel Johnson, Benjamin Franklin and Jonathan Swift, they also inflamed concerns about 'English credulity'. 'Fake news', 'going viral' and 'social media' may be modern terms, but as this entertaining, eye-opening book shows, these concepts have been with us for centuries.

Oxford AQA History for A Level: Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy 1603-1702 (Paperback): Sally Waller Oxford AQA History for A Level: Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy 1603-1702 (Paperback)
Sally Waller; David Farr
R923 Discovery Miles 9 230 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Please note this title is suitable for any student studying: Exam Board: AQA Level/Subject: AS and A Level History First teaching: September 2015 First exams: June 2017 Retaining well-loved features from the previous editions, Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy has been approved by AQA and matched to the 2015 specifications. This textbook covers AS and A Level content together and covers in breadth issues of change, continuity, and cause and consequence in in this period of British history through key themes such as how far did the monarchy change during Stuart Britain, why were there disputes over religion, how effective was opposition, and how important were ideologies and individuals. Its aim is to enable you to understand and make connections between the six key thematic questions covered in the specification. Students can further develop vital skills such as historical interpretations and source analyses via specially selected sources and extracts. Practice questions and study tips provide additional support to help familiarize students with the new exam style questions, and help them achieve their best in the exam.

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
R612 R515 Discovery Miles 5 150 Save R97 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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
R736 R634 Discovery Miles 6 340 Save R102 (14%) 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.

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
R408 Discovery Miles 4 080 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 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
R386 R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Save R56 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Last 100 Years (give or take) and All That - An hilarious gallop through 20th Century Britain (Paperback): Al Murray The Last 100 Years (give or take) and All That - An hilarious gallop through 20th Century Britain (Paperback)
Al Murray
R238 R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Save R58 (24%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

A fascinating and hilarious gallop through twentieth-century British history, by comedian Al Murray. An awful lot has happened in the last 100 years or so. In fact, when you look at how much went on in the 20th century, it's amazing it didn't take longer than that. And what have we learnt? A few obvious lessons include: megalomaniac men with moustaches in charge of countries tend to turn out to be BAD; anyone who thinks they can explain let alone sort out the Middle East is WRONG; France simply cannot be relied upon; America may or may not be the cause of everything GOOD and BAD in the world (depending on who you ask). This isn't your bog-standard history book. We all know that history books (Which Shall Not be Questioned because they ARE ALL TRUE according to our History Teachers of Yore) are dry and dull, and they go on as if there's only ONE version of history (spoiler: it's all about perspective). Enter Al Murray, alter-ego of everyone's favourite Pub Landlord. Al knows his way around 20th century Britain, and he's good enough to illuminate it for you. From the Big Bang of the 20th Century, DOUBLEYOUDOUBLEYOU ONE, to the eve of the new Millennium (when all the computers in the World DIDN'T stop working and the Queen had to do the Hokey Cokey with Tony Blair) and all the forgotten tales in between, this is a brilliantly funny, irreverent and eye-opening whistle-stop tour of Britain since 1914.

Anglo-Saxon England: Volume 47 (Hardcover): Rosalind Love, Simon Keynes, Andy Orchard Anglo-Saxon England: Volume 47 (Hardcover)
Rosalind Love, Simon Keynes, Andy Orchard
R2,243 Discovery Miles 22 430 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.

Siege at Jadotville - The Irish Army's Forgotten Battle (Paperback): Declan Power, Gerard Doyle Siege at Jadotville - The Irish Army's Forgotten Battle (Paperback)
Declan Power, Gerard Doyle
R362 R312 Discovery Miles 3 120 Save R50 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Margery kempe of lynn (Paperback): Trues Yard Fisherfolk Museum Margery kempe of lynn (Paperback)
Trues Yard Fisherfolk Museum
R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Daughter. Wife. Mother. Mystic. Discover the life of this fifteenth century merchant's wife from King's Lynn who despite being unable to read or write created the first autobiography in English. Explore Margery's world of visions, pilgrimages and the constant threat of being burned for heresy.

The Weymouths of Salcombe Haven (Paperback): Virginia Murch The Weymouths of Salcombe Haven (Paperback)
Virginia Murch
R411 Discovery Miles 4 110 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Yorkshire - Ancient Nation, Future Province (Paperback): Colin Speakman Yorkshire - Ancient Nation, Future Province (Paperback)
Colin Speakman
R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This is an important book about one of England's most fascinating regions - Yorkshire. Colin Speakman explores Yorkshire's origin as an independent Anglo-Viking Kingdom whose capital was York, which for many centuries was England's second city. Yorkshire was divided into not one but three ancient counties or shires, East, North and West Riding, which survived until 1974. The book celebrates the extraordinary variety of landscapes and rich cultural heritage through what is described as the nine great 'cultural landscapes' that make Yorkshire one of the most distinctive and fascinating regions of England. As an environmentalist, Speakman's interest lies primarily in the landscapes of the Dales, Moors, Wolds and South Pennines, but this is blended with an understanding of the cultural and industrial forces that shaped the landscapes we see today. But this ground-breaking book also looks ahead to a new post Brexit, post pandemic world in which the environment takes centre stage, with the emergence of new greener technologies that promise new economic prosperity for the people of the region, making a powerful case for English Devolution to allow Yorkshire to fulfil its potential within both Britain and Europe.

Thatcher's Secret War - Subversion, Coercion, Secrecy and Government, 1974-90 (Paperback, 2nd New edition): Clive Bloom Thatcher's Secret War - Subversion, Coercion, Secrecy and Government, 1974-90 (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
Clive Bloom
R400 R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Save R65 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'Scary but enlightening' Christopher Stone Margaret Thatcher remains one of the United Kingdom's most polarising prime ministers. This provocative investigation sheds light on the secret, internal 'cold war' that she waged against 'the enemy within'; everyone she could not see eye to eye with. It was a campaign fuelled by paranoia on both the left and right of the political spectrum and fought with corruption, black propaganda, dirty tricks and even murder. Expertly juxtaposing notable events with today's political arena, this new and updated edition of Thatcher's Secret War surmises that although Thatcher's ideals seem to have vanished, one remains: the power and importance of the extra parliamentary state and its surveillance methods and hidden powers in a new age of terrorism.

Lives of Eminent British Statesmen - Sir John Eliot, by J. Forster, Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, by J. Forester... Lives of Eminent British Statesmen - Sir John Eliot, by J. Forster, Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, by J. Forester (Paperback)
John Forster
R514 Discovery Miles 5 140 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
An Historical, Topographical and Descriptive Account of the Weald of Kent (Paperback): Thomas Downes Wilmot Dearn An Historical, Topographical and Descriptive Account of the Weald of Kent (Paperback)
Thomas Downes Wilmot Dearn
R482 Discovery Miles 4 820 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
The Writings of William Paterson ... Founder of the Bank of England (Paperback): William Paterson The Writings of William Paterson ... Founder of the Bank of England (Paperback)
William Paterson
R516 Discovery Miles 5 160 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
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