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Kings and queens have always provided their subjects with a great deal to talk about.  But how much do we really know about them? In this fascinating and witty look at kings and queens of England Tony Robinson provides answers to all sorts of questions. For instance who became king when he was only nine months old? Which king invented the handkerchief? Which king died on the toilet? And who is England's longest reigning monarch?Key Features:126 pagesPaperbackPublished in 2015

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Bess of Hardwick

Bess of Hardwick was one of the most remarkable women of the Tudor era....

Bess of Hardwick was one of the most remarkable women of the Tudor era. Gently-born in reduced circumstances she was married at 15 wedded at 16 and still a virgin. At 19 she married a man more than twice her age Sir William Cavendish a senior auditor in King Henry VIII's Court of Augmentations. Responsible for seizing church properties for the crown during the Dissolution Cavendish enriched himself in the process. During reign of King Edward VI Cavendish was the Treasurer to the boy king and sisters and he and Bess moved in the highest levels of society.They had a London home and built Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. After Cavendish's death her third husband was poisoned by his brother. Bess' 4th marriage to the patrician George 6th Earl of Shrewsbury Earl Marshall of England made Bess one of the most important women at court. Her shrewd business acumen was a byword and she was said to...


 
 

The Origin of Species (Everymans Library classics)

When the eminent naturalist Charles Darwin returned from South America...

When the eminent naturalist Charles Darwin returned from South America on board the H.M.S Beagle in 1836 he brought with him the notes and evidence which would form the basis of his landmark theory of evolution of species by a process of natural selection. This theory published as The Origin of Species in 1859 is the basis of modern biology and the concept of biodiversity. It also sparked a fierce scientific religious and philosophical debate which still continues today.Key Features:972 pagesHardbackPublished in 2003


 
 

Medieval Lives

Was medieval England full of knights on horseback rescuing fainting damsels...

Was medieval England full of knights on horseback rescuing fainting damsels in distress? Were the Middle Ages mired in superstition and ignorance? Why does nobody ever mention King Louis the First and Last? And of course those key questions: which monks were forbidden the delights of donning underpants...and did outlaws never wear trousers?Terry Jones and Alan Ereira are your guides to this most misrepresented and misunderstood period and they point you to things that will surprise and provoke. Did you know for example that medieval people didn't think the world was flat? That was a total fabrication by an American journalist in the 19th century. Did you know that they didn't burn witches in the Middle Ages? That was a refinement of the so-called Renaissance.In fact medieval kings weren't necessarily merciless tyrants and peasants entertained at home using French pottery and fine wine....


 
 

Time Team Guide to the Archaeological Sites of Britain & Ireland

Great Britain and Ireland are home to some of the most famous archaeological...

Great Britain and Ireland are home to some of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Stonehenge Hadrian's Wall and Ironbridge are familiar to us all and each year thousands flock to witness their spectacular beauty. But what can these fascinating sites tell us about the lives and times of our ancestors? Now Channel 4's perennially popular Time Team take us on an archaeological sight-seeing tour of Britain and Ireland. Region by region they select the most interesting and important sites which are open to visitors some familiar to all others relatively unknown. Each is treated with the inimitable no-nonsense Time Team style. This book is like having Tony Mick Geo-Phys and the gang in the back seat of your car - sharing their specialist knowledge and fascinating historical insights wherever you travel in the British Isles...Great Britain and Ireland are home to some of the most famous...


 
 

The Lady Elizabeth

England 1536 - Home to the greatest most glittering court in English history....

England 1536 - Home to the greatest most glittering court in English history. But beneath the dazzling facade lies treachery...Elizabeth Tudor is daughter to Henry VIII the most powerful king England has ever known. She is destined to ascend the throne and deferred to as the King's heiress but that all changes when her mother Anne Boleyn - Henry's great passion and folly - is executed for treason. Elizabeth’s life alters in a heartbeat.A pawn in the savage game of Tudor power politics she is disinherited declared a bastard and left with only her quick wits to rely on for her very existence. But Elizabeth is determined to survive to foil those who want to destroy her or who are determined to use her as a puppet for their own lethal ambition and to reclaim her birth right.Key Features:496 pagesPaperbackPublished in 2009





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