Henry VIII: The King and His Court

By Alison Weir

For enthusiasts of Wolf Hall, Alison Weir’s New York instances bestselling biography of Henry VIII brilliantly brings to lifestyles the king, the courtroom, and the interesting women and men who vied for its pleasures and rewards.

“WEIR’S e-book OUTSHINES ALL past reports OF HENRY. fantastically written, exhaustive in its learn, it's a gem. . . . She succeeds masterfully in making Henry and his six better halves . . . come alive for the reader.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

Henry VIII, well known for his command of energy and celebrated for his mind, presided over essentially the most magnificent–and dangerous–courts in Renaissance Europe. by no means earlier than has a close, own biography of this charismatic monarch been set opposed to the cultural, social, and political historical past of his glittering courtroom. Now Alison Weir, writer of the best royal chronicles of our time, brings to brilliant existence the turbulent, complicated determine of the King. filled with colourful description, meticulous in ancient aspect, wealthy in pageantry, intrigue, ardour, and comfort, Weir brilliantly renders King Henry VIII, his court docket, and the attention-grabbing women and men who vied for its pleasures and rewards. the result's a completely spellbinding learn.

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A Short History of Ireland

By Sean McMahon

Swap is continuous in human affairs and eire has visible its justifiable share over the centuries. If we're to appreciate Ireland's present demanding situations then we needs to snatch the complexity of its previous. This concise and even-handed account describes the background of eire from early instances. established upon up to date study, the narrative covers all political, social and cultural problems with value, correct as much as the fall of 1995 with the stopover at of President Clinton and the top of the 1st 12 months of peace in Northern eire.

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The American Resting Place: 400 Years of History Through Our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds

By Marilyn Yalom

A sweeping historical past of the USA as noticeable via its gravestones, graveyards, and burial practices, stunningly illustrated with 80 black-and-white photographs

Cemeteries and burial grounds, as illuminated by means of an acclaimed cultural historian, are distinctive home windows onto our non secular, ethnic, and deeply human heritage as Americans.
The devoted mother-son group of Marilyn and Reid Yalom visited hundreds of thousands of cemeteries to create the yank Resting position, following a coast-to-coast trajectory that mirrors the tremendous ancient trend of yankee migration.
Yalom’s incisive, frequently poignant exploration of headstone inscriptions demonstrate altering principles approximately loss of life and private id, and exhibit how type and gender play out in stone. wealthy details comprise the tale of 1 seventeenth-century Bostonian who gathered one thousand pairs of gloves in his funeral-going lifetime, the original burial rites and funerary symbols present in today’s local American cultures, and a “lost” Czech group introduced uncannily to lifestyles in Chicago’s Bohemian nationwide Columbarium.

From attention-grabbing prior to startling future--DVDs embedded in tombstones, "green" burials, and “the new aesthetic of death”--The American Resting position is the definitive background of the yank cemetery.

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Marriage Advice for a Pope: John XXII and the Power to Dissolve (Medieval Law and Its Practice) (Latin Edition)

By Patrick Nold

This ebook reconstructs the scholastic arguments approximately marital indissolubility and papal energy that lay in the back of John XXII s 1322 structure "Antique Concertationi." It illustrates the dynamic dating among canon legislations and theology, and the tensions among papal authority and educational services, that lively a arguable preach"

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Renaissance and Reform in Tudor England: The Careers of Sir Richard Morison (Oxford Historical Monographs)

Sir Richard Morison (c.1513-1556) is healthier often called Henry VIII's such a lot prolific propagandist. but he used to be additionally an finished student, flesh presser, theologian and diplomat who was once associated with the prime political and spiritual figures of his day. regardless of his prominence, Morison hasn't ever got an entire historic therapy.

Based on broad archival study, Renaissance and Reform in Tudor England presents a well-rounded photo of Morison that contributes considerably to the wider questions of highbrow, cultural, spiritual, and political heritage. Tracey Sowerby contextualizes Morison inside every one of his careers: he's regarded as a propagandist, flesh presser, reformer, diplomat and Marian exile. Morison emerges as a extra influential and unique determine than formerly thought.

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Who Was J. R. R. Tolkien?

Top recognized for his epic Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien was once born in British-occupied South Africa. His formative years was once filled with motion and experience. Tolkien spent his adolescence roaming the British geographical region along with his relations and will learn and write through age 4. He was once clearly talented with languages and used this ability as a signs officer in international warfare I in addition to in his delusion writing. via developing trade universes and inventing languages in his paintings he confirmed that imaginary geographical regions weren't only for childrens. Fondly remembered because the “Father of excessive Fantasy,” Tolkien’s books have encouraged blockbuster video clips and legions of enthusiasts.

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Anglomania: A European Love Affair

By Ian Buruma

"Imaginative, original--wittily written."--The Washington submit ebook World

To a few, England has lengthy represented tolerance, cause, and political moderation. To others, it's a moribund bastion of snobbery and superseded culture. during this vigorous and diverting social historical past, famous writer Ian Buruma, himself the son of Dutch immigrants to England, presents an incisive examine anglophilia--and anglophobia--over the final centuries.

From passionate lovers like Voltaire and Goethe, to exiles like Garibaldi and Herzen, to colourful England-bashers like Napoleon, Marx, and Kaiser Wilhelm II, Anglomania provides a sharply satirical account of Europe's occasionally comical, occasionally lethal prejudices, and explains why England's individuality and her dating with Europe continues to be very important as we input the twenty-first century.

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The Witches: Salem, 1692

By Stacy Schiff

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Cleopatra, the number one nationwide bestseller, unpacks the secret of the Salem Witch Trials.
It all started in 1692, over an extremely uncooked Massachusetts wintry weather, while a minister's daughter started to scream and convulse. It ended under a yr later, yet now not ahead of 19 women and men have been hanged and an 80-year-old guy beaten to demise.
The panic unfold quick, regarding the main knowledgeable males and favorite politicians within the colony. associates accused buddies, mom and dad and kids one another. other than suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials signify the single second while girls performed the primary function in American heritage. In curious methods, the rigors might form the long run republic.
As psychologically exciting because it is traditionally seminal, THE WITCHES is Stacy Schiff's account of this fantastical story-the first nice American secret unveiled absolutely for the 1st time by way of one in every of our so much acclaimed historians.

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The Ruin of the Roman Empire: A New History

The dream Alexander the good and Julius Caesar shared of uniting Europe, the Medi-terranean, and the center East in one group shuddered after which collapsed within the wars and failures of the 6th century. Historian and classicist James J. O'Donnell—who final introduced readers his masterful, hectic, and revelatory biography of Saint Augustine—revisits this outdated tale in a clean manner, bringing domestic its occasionally painful relevance to latest matters.

With unforeseen aspect and in his hauntingly brilliant sort, O'Donnell starts off at a time of obvious Roman revival and brings readers to the instant of impending cave in that simply preceded the increase of Islam. unlawful migrations of peoples, non secular wars, international pandemics, and the enticements of empire: Rome's finish foreshadows cutting-edge crises and gives tricks how one can navigate them—if current leaders will heed this tale.

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A Short History of England: The Glorious Story of a Rowdy Nation

By Simon Jenkins

The heroes and villains, triumphs and failures of English background are immediately familiar—from the Norman Conquest to Henry VIII, Queen Victoria to the 2 global wars. yet to appreciate their complete importance we have to comprehend the full tale. A brief heritage of England sheds new gentle on the entire key members and occasions in English heritage through bringing them jointly in an enlightening account of the country’s delivery, upward push to international prominence, after which partial eclipse. it's the definitive narrative of the way today’s England got here to be.

With sixteen Pages of wonderful, Full-Color Illustrations

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