By Marc Morris
A rousing and authoritative new biography of the infamous King John, through Wall highway Journal bestselling writer Marc Morris.
King John is conventional to everybody because the villain from the stories of Robin Hood―greedy, cowardly, despicable, and vicious. yet who was once the guy at the back of the legend? used to be he really a monster, or a able ruler cursed through undesirable success? during this new ebook bestselling historian Marc Morris attracts on modern chronicles and the king's personal letters to convey the true King John vividly to life.
John used to be dynamic, artistic and incessant, but additionally a determine with bad flaws. In interwoven tales, we see how he went from being a youngest son with constrained customers to the ruler of the best dominion in Europe, an empire that stretched from the Scottish border to the Pyrenees. His upward thrust to strength concerned treachery, uprising and homicide. His reign observed oppression on a virtually unheard of scale: former neighbors hounded into exile and oblivion; Wales, Scotland and eire invaded; the best point of monetary exploitation because the Norman Conquest. A quarrel with the pope resulted in the king being excommunicated and England being positioned below Interdict. John's tyrannical rule climaxed in conspiracy and rebel, and his best topics famously compelled him to factor Magna Carta, a rfile binding him and his successors to act greater in destiny. The king's rejection of the constitution ended in civil warfare and overseas invasion, bringing his lifestyles to a disastrous close.
Authoritative and dramatic, Marc Morris's King John bargains a compelling portrait of a rare guy, whose reign marked a momentous turning aspect within the background of england and Europe. sixteen pages of colour and B&W illustrations
By Steve Stack
A fond farewell to the numerous inanimate gadgets, cultural icons and normal stuff round us that locate themselves at the verge of extinction.
We’ve all heard of the checklist of endangered animals, yet nobody has ever pulled jointly a listing of endangered inanimate objects.
Until now, that is.
Steve Stack has catalogued good over 100 gadgets, traditions, cultural icons and, good, different stuff that's susceptible to extinction.
Some of them have vanished already.
Cassette tapes, rotary dial telephones, half-day final, milk bottle deliveries, Concorde, handwritten letters, typewriters, international locations that now not exist, white puppy poo…
…all those and lots of extra are enormous a fond farewell during this nostalgic, and occasionally irreverent, journey down reminiscence lane.
By Robert Lacey
With perception, humor and interesting element, Lacey brings brilliantly to lifestyles the tales that made England--from Ethelred the Unready to Richard the Lionheart, the Venerable Bede to Piers the Ploughman.
By Andrew Tyrrell, William O. Frazer
Social identification is an idea od expanding value within the social sciences. the following, the idea that is utilized to the usually atheoretical realm of medieval reviews. each one contributor specializes in a selected subject of early medieval id - ethnicity, nationwide identification, social situation, subjectivity/personhood, political association, kiship, the physique, gender, age, proximity/regionality, reminiscence and ideological platforms. the result's a pioneering imaginative and prescient of medieval social identification and a problem to a couple of the acquired basic wisdoms approximately this era.
By Simon Schama
The ultimate degree of Simon Schama's epic voyage round Britain spans centuries, crosses the breadth of the empire and covers an unlimited expanse of themes - from the delivery of feminism to the destiny of freedom.
The destiny of the Empire asks an important questions about the character of empire, traveling from celebrations of commercial and imperialist energy on the nice Exhibition, to the catastrophic Irish potato famine and the Indian Mutiny.
Through the army and fiscal shocks and traumas of our prior, Schama asks the query that continues to be with us - is the colossal weight of our background a blessing or a curse, a present or a millstone round the neck of our future?
This 3rd and ultimate quantity within the sequence is an unlimited compelling heritage, made extra so through the vigorous storytelling and large daring characters on the middle of the motion. yet along flamboyant heroes, like Nelson and Churchill, Schama remembers unsung heroines and almost unknown enemies. along the grand rules, he exposes the grand illusions that fee untold lives.
By Christopher Lee
According to the award-winning Radio four courses "This Sceptred Isle" tells the interesting tale of British heritage from Caesar's invasion in fifty five BC to Queen Victoria's dying in 1901. utilizing extracts from Winston Churchill's "A heritage of the English-Speaking People" plus bills from modern chronicles and diaries, Lee's booklet makes a speciality of the pivotal occasions and key characters that experience formed British heritage. it's written in an obtainable but authoritative type. 'Has there ever been a extra easy capacity to the heritage of Britain' - "The Spectator".
Does for British heritage what Howard Zinn did for the US - adjustments the perspective from the strong and the aristocratic to that of nearly all of the inhabitants.
By Robert Macfarlane
?An eloquent (and compulsively readable) reminder that, even though we?re laying waste the realm, nature nonetheless holds sway over a lot of the earth?s surface.?
Are there any certainly wild locations left in Britain and eire? that's the query that Robert Macfarlane poses to himself as he embarks on a sequence of breathtaking trips via the various archipelago?s such a lot awesome landscapes. He climbs, walks, and swims through day and spends his nights drowsing on cliff-tops and in historic meadows and wildwoods. With splendor and fervour he entwines historical past, reminiscence, and panorama in a bewitching evocation of wildness and its very important significance. a special travelogue that may intrigue readers of ordinary background and event, The Wild Places solidifies Macfarlane?s popularity as a tender author to observe.
By Simon Schama
Simon Schama explores the forces that tore Britain aside in the course of centuries of dynamic swap - remodeling outlooks, allegiances and boundaries.
From the start of July 1637, battles raged on for two hundred years - either at domestic and out of the country, on sea and on land, up and down the size of burgeoning Britain, throughout Europe, the US and India. such a lot will be wars of religion - waged on wide-ranging grounds of political or spiritual conviction. yet as wars of non secular passions gave strategy to campaigns for revenue, the British humans did come jointly within the imperial company of 'Britannia Incorporated'.
The British Wars is a narrative of revolution and response, proposal and disenchantment, of development and disaster, and Schama's evocative narrative brings it vividly to lifestyles.
Within the global Wars, millions of Indian sepoys have been mobilized, recruited and shipped out of the country to struggle for the British Crown. The Indian military was once the manager Imperial reserve for an empire less than probability. yet how did these sepoys comprehend and clarify their very own battle reports and certainly themselves via that have? How a lot did their stories appreciate and replicate their very own fragmented identities as either colonial topics and imperial policemen?
The stories of Indian infantrymen and the 2 international Wars attracts upon the money owed of Indian warring parties to discover how they got here to phrases with the conflicts. In thematic chapters, Gajendra Singh lines the evolution of army identities lower than the British Raj and considers how these identities turned embattled within the praxis of infantrymen' struggle tales – mainly letters, depositions and interrogations. It turns into a narrative of mutiny and obedience; of horror, loss and silence. This e-book tells that tale and is a vital contribution to histories of the British Empire, South Asia and the 2 international Wars.