History - Europe - Great Britain

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A Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Sho...

Michael Farquhar

From Nero's nagging mother (whom he found especially annoying after taking her as his lover) to Catherine's stable of studs (not of the equine variety), here is a wickedly delightful look at the most scandalous royal doings you never ...

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Published: May 2001

How to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk...

Ruth Goodman

A "revelatory" (Wall Street Journal) romp through the intimate details of Victorian life, by an historian who has cheerfully endured them all. Lauded by critics, How to Be a Victorian is an enchanting manual for the insatiab...

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Published: Sep 2015

Behind the Palace Doors: Five Centuri...

Michael Farquhar

Spanning 500 years of British history, a revealing look at the secret lives of some great (and not-so-great) Britons, courtesy of one of the world's most engaging royal historians  Beleaguered by scandal, betrayed by faithless spouse...

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Published: Mar 2011

King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousi...

Catrine Clay

The extraordinary family story of George V, Wilhelm II, and Nicholas II: they were tied to one another by history, and history would ultimately tear them apart.Drawing widely on previously unpublished royal letters and diaries, made p...

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Published: Jun 2008

The Lady in Red: An Eighteenth-Centur...

Hallie Rubenhold

In February 1782, England opened its newspapers to read the details of Sir Richard and Lady Worsleys' scandalous sexual arrangements, voyeuristic tendencies, and bed-hopping antics. This lively true history presents a rarely seen pict...

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Published: Aug 2010

The Victorian City: Everyday Life in ...

Judith Flanders

The nineteenth century was a time of unprecedented change, and nowhere was this more apparent than London, which, in only a few decades, grew from a compact Regency town into the largest city the world had ever seen. Technology-railwa...

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Published: Jul 2015

A History of the English-Speaking Peo...

Winston Churchill

An authoritative survey of the history of English-speaking peoples throughout the world combines intriguing, closely observed biographical profiles-of Alfred the Great, Victoria, Joan of Arc, Lincoln, and other notables-with an acco...

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Published: May 2011

The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval...

Ian Mortimer

The past is a foreign country. This is your guidebook. A time machine has just transported you back into the fourteenth century. What do you see? How do you dress? How do you earn a living and how much are you paid? What sort of food ...

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Published: Nov 2011

Akenfield: Portrait of an English Vil...

Ronald Blythe

Woven from the words of the inhabitants of a small Suffolk village in the 1960s, Akenfield is a masterpiece of twentieth-century English literature, a scrupulously observed and deeply affecting portrait of a place and people and a no...

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Published: Jul 2015

The Tudors: The Complete Story of Eng...

G. J. Meyer

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAcclaimed historian G. J. Meyer provides a fresh look at the fabled Tudor dynasty—and some of the most enigmatic figures ever to rule a country. In 1485, Henry Tudor, whose claim to the English throne was so...

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Published: Mar 2011

Our Tempestuous Day: A History of Reg...

Carolly Erickson

A history of England from 1810 to 1820, known as the Regency period. While his father declined into apparent madness at Windsor, George, Prince of Wales, served as Regent. This was the age of opulence at Carlton House and Brighton Pav...

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Published: Feb 2011

Servants: A Downstairs History of Bri...

Lucy Lethbridge

"A ridiculously diverting glimpse of downstairs life in Edwardian England. . . . Most gratifying."—Laura Miller, Salon From the immense staff running a lavish Edwardian estate and the lonely maid-of-all-work cooking in a c...

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Published: Nov 2014

The Cook's Tale: Life Below Stairs as...

Nancy Jackman

Told in the first person by a woman who lived the hard life as a cook in a number of England's country houses, this is the true story of what life was really like below the stairsPeople talk about feeling as if the modern world is s...

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Published: Nov 2012

Daisy: The Life and Loves of the Coun...

Sushila Anand

Frances Evelyn 'Daisy' Maynard was a renowned beauty when at the age of 18 she married Lord Brooke, heir to the Earl of Warwick. It was the wedding of the year, and what followed was a tempestuous and scandalous lifestyle lived in the...

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Published: Jun 2009

English History Made Brief, Irreveren...

Lacey Baldwin Smith

Here at last is a history of England that is designed to entertain as well as inform and that will delight armchair travellers, tourists or anyone interested in history. No people have engendered quite so much acclaim or earned so muc...

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Published: Oct 2006

Royal Discord: The Family of George I...

Veronica Baker-Smith

The family of George II has been ill-served by history and by most historians. He was a German, the last British monarch to have been born outside of Great Britain, but by the end of his long reign the House of Hanover was firmly esta...

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Published: Feb 2008

Black Diamonds: The Downfall of an Ar...

Catherine Bailey

From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Secret Rooms, the extraordinary true story of the downfall of one of England's wealthiest families Fans of Downton Abbey now have a go-to resource for fascinating, real-life stories of...

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Published: Dec 2014

The Private Lives of the Tudors: Unco...

England's Tudor monarchs―Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I―are perhaps the most celebrated and fascinating of all royal families in history. Their love affairs, their political triumphs, and their overturni...

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Published: Jan 2018

Behind Palace Doors: My Service As th...

Major Colin Burgess

The Queen Mother did not give one media interview in her 101 years. This is a brief glimpse into that wonderful world by a man who spent two years constantly at her side from 1994 to 1996 and then as a close friend until her death in ...

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Published: May 2008

How To Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Gui...

Ruth Goodman

An erudite romp through the intimate details of life in Tudor England, "Goodman's latest…is a revelation" (New York Times Book Review).On the heels of her triumphant How to Be a Victorian, Ruth Goodman travels even further...

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Published: Jan 2017

Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty

Dan Jones

"Dan Jones has an enviable gift for telling a dramatic story while at the same time inviting us to consider serious topics like liberty and the seeds of representative government." —Antonia FraserFrom the New York Times bestsellin...

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Published: Nov 2016

The Secret Lives of Codebreakers: The...

Sinclair McKay

A remarkable look at day-to-day life of the codebreakers whose clandestine efforts helped win World War II Bletchley Park looked like any other sprawling country estate. In reality, however, it was the top-secret headquarters of Br...

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Published: Sep 2012

The Reivers: The Story of the Border ...

Alistair Moffat

From the early fourteenth century to the end of the sixteenth, the Anglo-Scottish borderlands witnessed one of the most intense periods of warfare and disorder ever seen in modern Europe. As a consequence of near-constant conflict bet...

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Published: Aug 2017

The Scots: A Genetic Journey

Alistair Moffat

History has always mattered to Scots, and rarely more so than now at the outset of a new century, after more than ten years of a new parliament and the new census of 2011. An almost limitless archive of our history lies hidden inside ...

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Published: Aug 2017

Censoring Queen Victoria: How Two Gen...

Yvonne M. Ward

When Queen Victoria died, two gentlemen were commissioned with the monumental task of editing her vast correspondence. It would be the first time that a British monarch's letters had been published, and it would change how Victoria wa...

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Published: Apr 2015

Inglorious Royal Marriages: A Demi-Mi...

Leslie Carroll

It's no secret that the marriages of monarchs are often made in hell. Here are some of the most spectacular mismatches in five hundred years of royal history.... In a world where many kings, queens, and princes lacked nothing but true...

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Published: Sep 2014

The Invention of Murder: How the Vict...

Judith Flanders

"Wonderful… [Flanders] shines in her readings of literary novels containing criminal and detective elements, such as Oliver Twist, Mary Barton and Tess of the D'Urbervilles, but can be sharp and very funny about the vagaries of...

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Published: Jul 2014

Home Fires

Julie Summers

Soon to be a PBS Masterpiece series starring Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey) and Francesca Annis (Cranford)  Away from the frontlines of World War II, in towns and villages across Great Britain, ordinary women were playing a vital role...

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Published: Sep 2015

The Real Life Downton Abbey: How Life...

Jacky Hyams

Fans of Julian Fellowes' hit show can step back 100 years to the world of the pampered, privileged upper classes and take a look at exactly what goes on behind the magisterial doors of their favorite stately home Using the charact...

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Published: Feb 2012

To Marry an English Lord

Gail MacColl

From the Gilded Age until 1914, more than 100 American heiresses invaded Britannia and swapped dollars for titles--just like Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, the first of the Downton Abbey characters Julian Fellowes was inspired to...

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Published: Mar 2012
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