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Fifty Things You Need To Know About British History
If you could choose the 50 things that define British history, events of significance not only in themselves, but in their importance to wider themes running through our past, what would they be? Hugh Williams has made that selection, and the result is a fascinating overview of Britain’s past.
Diana: Closely Guarded Secret
Diana’s personal protection officer from 1987 to 1993, Ken Wharfe offers a unique point of view in this revealing, intimate portrait, openly discussing the sordid details while maintaining compassion for the late Princess of Wales.
London - The Biography
Probably there is no one better placed than Ackroyd--the author of mammoth lives of Dickens and Blake, and novels such as Hawksmoor and Dan Leno and the Lime House Golem which set singular characters against the backdrop of a city constantly shifting in time--to write such a rich, sinewy account of "Infinite London".
Ackroyd's London is no mere chronology. Its chapters take on such varied themes as drinking, sex, childhood, poverty, crime and punishment, sewage, food, pestilence and fire, immigration, maps, theatre and war. We learn that gin was "the demon of London for half a century", and that "it has been estimated that in the 1740s and 1750s there were 17,000 'gin-houses'." Fleet Street was an area known for its "violent delights" where "a 14-year-old boy, only 18 inches high, was to be seen in 1702 at a grocer's shop called the Eagle and Child by Shoe Lane." By the mid 19th century "London had become known as the greatest city on earth." By 1939 "one in five of the British population had become a Londoner."
In a highly original pocket book, classicist and cultural historian Richard Jenkyns looks afresh at the celebrated church complex -- national cathedral, coronation church, royal mausoleum, burial place of poets, resting place of the great and of the Unknown Warrior, former home of parliament, place of Princess Diana's funeral.
William and Kate: The Love Story
A Celebration of the Wedding of the Decade. Critically acclaimed royal author Robert Jobson chronicles the future king's relationship with his beautiful middle-class English bride - from their first encounter at university to her becoming his bride and future Queen. The result is a comprehensive and intriguing insight not only into the romantic life of a Prince but also a critical expose of the inner workings of the evolving monarchy and its determination to win renewed respect in the hearts and minds of the British public
Divorced, Beheaded, Died...: The History of Britain's Kings and Queens in Bite-Sized Chunks
The tales of the various monarchs of Britain are some of the most interesting in our history. From Henry VIII and his six wives and Edward VIII's abdication to some of our lesser known and mythical monarchs such as King Arthur, "Divorced, Beheaded, Died..." takes you on a gallop through the history of Britain's monarchs from the legendary King Brutus, through the houses of Tudor and Stuart, and up to the Windsors, including the major monarchs of Scotland and Wales. Discover the sticky end that befell Edward II, the story of the teenage queen of England who reigned for less than a fortnight, and find out whether Macbeth really was a king of Scotland. Presented in an accessible, chronological format, "Divorced, Beheaded, Died..." will fill all those gaps in your history knowledge, together with some fascinating and amusing facts that are guaranteed to entertain any history enthusiast.
The New Royal Family
A fully updated insider's account of the royal romance from trusted journalist Robert Jobson, NBC's royal correspondent It is the love story which captivated the world. and, after 8 years together, William and Kate married in spectacular style at Westminster Abbey on April 29th, 2011. This is a true insider account of Prince William's amazing love affair with Kate Middleton; from their initial meeting at university in Scotland to married life in North Wales while William pursues his RAF career. He is the confident young Prince who is the future of the Royal family. She is the royal bride and future Queen Consort who is thoroughly modern and confounds all the stereotypes of how a royal partner should be. Since the Palace announced the Duchess's much-anticipated pregnancy in 2012, speculation has gone into overdrive about the pitter-patter of tiny feet. This in-depth book chronicles the next chapter in this modern-day fairytale and is packed with beautiful photographs, fascinating facts, and expert analysis into the most pivotal royal romance of our time. An intriguing insight and unrivaled souvenir, this is an essential read for royalists and romantics alike.
Kensington Palace: The Official Illustrated History
A royal residence for more than three centuries, Kensington Palace was the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria and the home of Diana, Princess of Wales, during the last years of her life. This illustrated book covers the social and architectural history of the palace, including the lavish gardens.
William and Harry: The People’s Princes
Following the tragically early death of their mother, Diana, William and Harry attracted massive public sympathy, a sentiment that still attaches to them to this day. But as well as sympathy, the public now respects them as outgoing, hard-working and competent young men, who have honoured their mother's legacy in their charity work and in their determination to protect her memory. The world has also seen that their relationship with their father is a loving and happy one, and that in this, at least, the Royal family appears to have learnt a lesson from Diana. As they move into their adult roles - whether in the form of official Royal duties or those on the front line, fighting alongside their fellow countrymen - they are both developing into a new breed of Royal.