Story Of London

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The Complete Plays (Everyman Paperback Library)
Christopher Marlowe is one of the greatest authors of the Renaissance; his works are filled with violence, wit and awful beauty. This comprehensive edition is the only one-volume collection of all Marlowe’s plays to include both texts of Doctor Faustus.
Christopher Marlowe (Longman Critical Readers
A collection of critical essays which together take an in depth look at every aspect of the Marlowe Phenomenon: his life, character, works and death.
The Reckoning
Nicholl recreates a world of shadows and double meaning in a fascinating and ingenious investigation and gives us an extraordinary portrait of Marlowe.
A Dead Man in Deptford
A splendidly atmospheric re-creation of the life of Elizabethan playwright and poet Christopher Marlowe. Burgess delves into the controversy that has circulated for ages about Marlowe to paint a picture of a man who was at once genius and bad boy.
The Shorter Pepys
The short Pepys recreates his world for readers daunted by the complete multi-volume set of diaries. Containing about one-third of the original, the abridgment is full enough to give us not just the essence but the detail of Pepys’ daily life.
Samuel Pepys : A Life
Set against such events as the Great Fire of London, the Great Plague, and the return of Charles II to the throne, Stephen Coote’s full-bodied portrait of Pepys brings the man, and his remarkable era, exuberantly to life.
The Red Queen: Margaret of Anjou and the Wars of the Roses
Through careful research Perot has enabled all the characters involved in the conflict of the War of the Roses to become human beings. For readers of historical novels, this is a book that will delight them while giving them insights into history.
The Wars of the Roses was a period of major crisis in English politics
Based on the words of contemporary chroniclers and eyewitnesses, this study recreates fifteenth-century Wales during in the War of the Roses. This vividly written narrative is considered the classic account of the conflict between Lancaster and York.
The Wars of the Roses : Politics and the Constitution in England, C. 1
The Wars of the Roses was a period of major crisis in English politics. Drawing on a large amount of detailed material written over the past 25 years, this book attempts to explain why the Wars happened and with what results.
The Wars of the Roses (A Royal History of England)
From Henry IV, the first Lancastrian king, to Richard III, The Wars of the Roses follows the history of the kings of the houses of Lancaster and York who shaped this tumultuous period of English history.
The Wars of the Roses
Weir goes back to the heart of the trouble, the disastrous reign of Richard II. She then follows the course of the Lancaster dynasty which eventually and successfully ruled as the House of York. A perfectly focused and beautifully unfolded account.
Edward IV
In his own time Edward was seen as an able and successful king who rescued England from the miseries of civil war providing the country with firm, judicious, and popular government. His methods and policies were the foundation for early Tudor government.
An Elegant Madness: High Society in Regency England
This study examine the fashions of the Regency period, the (exorbitant) cost of living, London high society, clubs and taverns, the common practice of taking a mistress, the country home, and the seaside resort.
Keepers of the Kingdom : The Ancient Offices of Britain
Here is the Chief Butler and Grand Carver of England (the Earl of Denbigh, by hereditary right), the High Almoner, the Lord Warden of the Stannaries (responsible for
Bloody Mary
A biography that exposes other themes in Mary Tudor’s reign. Bearing extraordinary burdens, Mary ruled with full measure of the Tudor majesty and met the challenges of severe economic crises, rebellion, and religious upheaval capably and with courage.
Harold : The Last Anglo-Saxon King
Beautifully illustrated, this is the first full-length biography of Harold Godwinsson, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England whose death at the Battle of Hastings ushered in the Norman Conquest.
Alfred the Great : War, Kingship and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England
Alfred the Great is among the most important figures in English history. This new biography combines a sensitive reading of the primary sources with a careful evaluation of the most recent scholarly research on all aspects of ninth-century England.
Life of Elizabeth I
The long life and powerful personality of England’s Virgin Queen have eternal appeal, and popular historian Alison Weir depicts both with panache. She’s especially good at evoking the physical texture of Tudor England.
The Princes in the Tower
Did Richard III murder his two nephews while they languished frightened in prison? Weir proceeds through the documentary evidence in the case, indicating where, when necessary, other investigative historians have been misled and what paths they should hav
The Children of Henry VIII
In this cohesive and impeccably researched book Alison Weir focuses on the children of Henry VIII who reigned successively after his death in 1547 and reminds us that the nobility of old England could be both loveless and ruthless.
Faith and Treason : The Story of the Gunpowder Plot
A fascinating account of the Gunpowder Plot. Antonia Fraser delves into English religious history to show the harsh persecution of Roman Catholics under Jacobean rule and how James I disappointed those Catholics who hoped for a more liberal reign.
Eleanor of Aquitaine : A Life
Alison Weir’s study of the revered and reviled Eleanor of Aquitaine is valuable to anyone with an interest in mediæval England. Wife of Henry II and mother of Richard
Five Days in London, May 1940
John Lukacs suggests that the last days of May 1940 important still in turning the tide of war in democracy’s favor, for it was in those few days that Churchill convinced his cabinet that Britain should fight on, alone, if need be, against Adolf Hitler.
Kingdom for a Stage
A gripping historical detective story which offers the most radical re-assessment of the Elizabethan theatres of London for generations. Joy Hancox re-presents the world of the Globe for the twenty-first century, as it has never been seen before.