Biography & Autobiography - Historical - British

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The Women of the Cousins' War: The Du...

Philippa Gregory

Elizabeth Woodville, The White Queen (2009), Margaret Beaufort, The Red Queen (2010), and Jacquetta, Lady Rivers, The Rivers Woman (2011) are the subjects of the first three novels in Philippa Gregory's Cousins' War series, and of the...

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Published: Sep 2012

Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchi...

Gretchen Rubin

A WALL STREET JOURNAL SUMMER PICKA WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLERWarrior and writer, genius and crank, rider in the British cavalry's last great charge and inventor of the tank, Winston Churchill led Britain to fight alone against Nazi Ge...

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Published: May 2004

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

B. Alison Weir

The tempestuous, bloody, and splendid reign of Henry VIII of England (1509-1547) is one of the most fascinating in all history, not least for his marriage to six extraordinary women. In this accessible work of brilliant scholarship, A...

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Published: Mar 2000

Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marria...

Phyllis Rose

In her study of the married couple as the smallest political unit, Phyllis Rose uses as examples the marriages of five Victorian writers who wrote about their own lives with unusual candor.

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Published: Oct 1984

Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life ...

Janet Wallach

Turning away from the privileged world of the 'eminent Victorians,' Gertrude Bell (1868—1926) explored, mapped, and excavated the world of the Arabs. Recruited by British intelligence during World War I, she played a crucial role in...

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Published: Jul 2005

Jane Boleyn: The True Story of the In...

Julia Fox

In a life of extraordinary drama, Jane Boleyn was catapulted from relative obscurity to the inner circle of King Henry VIII. As powerful men and women around her became victims of Henry's ruthless and absolute power, including her own...

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Published: Mar 2009

Spymistress: The True Story of the Gr...

William Stevenson

Here is the extraordinary account of the woman whose intelligence, beauty and unflagging dedication proved the key in turning the tide of WWII.She was beautiful. She was ruthless. She had a steel trap for a mind and a will of iron. Bo...

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Published: Nov 2011

Heart of Oak

Tristan Jones

Following the account of his childhood and early years at sea in A Steady Trade, Tristan Jones looks back on his time spent "below decks" in the Royal Navy during World War II. The year is 1940. Upon his discharge from a ...

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Published: Jan 1997

The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, ...

Joshua Kendall

In the tradition of The Professor and the Madman, a "brisk and vivid"( Los Angeles Times) account of an obsessive scholar. Polymath, eccentric, and synonym aficionado, Peter Mark Roget had a host of female admirers, was one ...

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Published: Mar 2009

The Code of Love: An Astonishing True...

Andro Linklater

For fifty years, Pamela Kirrage longed to unlock the secrets of her husband's encrypted war diary. She was on the verge of giving up when she at last found a mathematician who became as obsessed with learning the secrets of the diary ...

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Published: Jan 2002

Robert the Bruce: King of Scots

Ronald McNair Scott

Robert the Bruce is one of the great heroic figures of history. When, after years of struggle, Scotland was reduced to a vassal state by Edward I of England it was Bruce who, supported by the Scottish Church and a group of devoted fol...

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Published: Jan 1996

Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Thron...

David Starkey

In this spirited United Kingdom bestseller, Starkey presents a brilliant examination of the formative years of the 'Virgin Queen, ' recreating a host of extravagant characters, mad-cap schemes, and tragic plots, while using original d...

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Published: Oct 2007

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Vo...

Alfred Lansing

The astonishing saga of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's survival for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas, as Time magazine put it, 'defined heroism.' Alfred Lansing's scrupulously researched and brilliantly narrated book --...

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Published: Mar 1999

The Wit & Wisdom of Winston Churchill...

Richard Milhous Nixon

An extremely entertaining compendium of bon mots, anecdotes, and trivia about Winston Churchill from a leading Churchill lecturer and performer -- useful for speakers, students, of history, and World War II buffs, as well as general r...

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Published: Jan 2008

The Children of Henry VIII

B. Alison Weir

At his death in 1547, King Henry VIII left four heirs to the English throne: his only son, the nine-year-old Prince Edward; the Lady Mary, the adult daughter of his first wife Katherine of Aragon; the Lady Elizabeth, the teenage daugh...

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Published: Jul 1997

Anne Boleyn: A New Life of England's ...

Joanna Denny

A new biography that reveals the truth about Anne Boleyn- intelligent, literate, and devout-as well as the truth about her king and his court-violent, scheming, and profane No English queen has enjoyed such notoriety as Anne Boleyn, ...

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Published: Oct 2007

We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, ...

Gillian Gill

It was the most influential marriage of the nineteenth century–and one of history's most enduring love stories. Traditional biographies tell us that Queen Victoria inherited the throne as a naïve teenager, when the British Empire w...

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Published: Dec 2009

Anna and the King of Siam

Margaret Landon

Anna Leonowens, a proper Englishwoman, was an unlikley candidate to change the course of Siamese (Thai) history. A young widow and mother, her services were engaged in the 1860's by King Mongkut of Siam to help him communicate with fo...

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Published: Dec 1999

Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, ...

Jane Dunn

The political and religious conflicts between Queen Elizabeth I and the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots, have for centuries captured our imagination and inspired memorable dramas played out on stage, screen, and in opera. But few books ha...

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Published: Dec 2004

Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary...

John Guy

National Book Critics Circle Award finalist'A triumph . . . a masterpiece full of fire and tragedy.' — Amanda Foreman, author of GeorgianaIn the first full-scale biography of Mary Stuart in more than thirty years, John Guy creates a...

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Published: Oct 2005

Wedlock: The True Story of the Disast...

Wendy Moore

With the death of her fabulously wealthy coal magnate father when she was just eleven, Mary Eleanor Bowes became the richest heiress in Britain. An ancestor of Queen Elizabeth II, Mary grew to be a highly educated young woman, winning...

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Published: Mar 2010

Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, S...

Georgina Howell

A marvelous tale of an adventurous life of great historical import She has been called the female Lawrence of Arabia, which, while not inaccurate, fails to give Gertrude Bell her due. She was at one time the most powerful woman in the...

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Published: Apr 2008

Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Word...

Andrew Morton

The sudden and tragic death of Princess Diana caused the world to reflect on how much this singular woman meant to us all. This new edition of her life story -- which includes Diana's personal recollections in her own words, as well a...

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Published: Jan 1998

Elizabeth I CEO: Strategic Lessons fr...

Alan Axelrod

Last year, Alan Axelrod used General George S. Patton's WW II experiences as the basis for his national bestseller Patton on Leadership. This year, Dr. Axelrod turns to one of history's greatest rulers, and greatest women, for a fres...

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Published: May 2002

Her Majesty's Spymaster: Elizabeth I,...

Stephen Budiansky

Queen Elizabeth I and England's First Spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham's official title was principal secretary to Queen Elizabeth I, but in fact this pious, tight-lipped Puritan was England's first spymaster. A ruthless, fiercely lo...

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Published: Aug 2006

Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill ...

Carlo D'Este

Carlo D'Este's brilliant new biography examines Winston Churchill through the prism of his military service as both a soldier and a warlord: a descendant of Marlborough who, despite never having risen above the rank of lieutenant colo...

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Published: Nov 2009

The Knox Brothers

Penelope Fitzgerald

The anecdotes are wonderful. The Knox Brothers...provides a striking insight into the elusive nature of Fitzgerald's genius.' -New York Times. Here is a biography whose eccentric genius perfectly matches that of its subjects. Penelop...

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Published: Jul 2001

Brazilian Adventure (Marlboro Travel)...

Peter Fleming

Beyond the completion of a 3,000-mile journey, mostly under amusing conditions, through a little-known part of the world, and the discovery of one new tributary to a tributary to a tributary of the Amazon, nothing of importance was ac...

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Published: Oct 1999

Shakespeare's Wife

Germaine Greer

Little is known about Ann Hathaway, the wife of England's greatest playwright; a great deal, none of it complimentary, has been assumed. The omission of her name from Shakespeare's will has been interpreted as evidence that she was n...

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Published: Mar 2009

The Firm: The Troubled Life of the Ho...

Penny Junor

The House of Windsor: Is it a hangover from the past, an expensive anachronism, a relic of a bygone age of deference and hierarchy, or is it as important and relevant as ever? However you look at it, the royal family is a big business...

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Published: Mar 2008
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