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Fashion in the Time of William Shakespeare: 1564-1616

by Sarah Downing

Garments and accessories are prominent in almost all of William Shakespeare's plays, from Hamlet and Othello to A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night. The statement 'the apparel oft proclaims the man'...


Railway Accidents

by Greg Morse

Though trains are one of the safest forms of transport, train accidents always make headline news. Their history is, in many ways, the history of technological development and learning. Early incidents like...


Religious Thought in the Victorian Age: A Survey from Coleridge to Gore

by Bernard M. G. Reardon

An account of the intellectual and theological ferment of nineteenth-century Britain - the dynamic period when so many of the ideas and attitudes we take for granted today were first established (including the...


The Elizabethan World

by Susan Doran & Norman Jones

This comprehensive and beautifully illustrated collection of essays conveys a vivid picture of a fascinating and hugely significant period in history. Featuring contributions from thirty-eight international...


The Bloodied Field: Croke Park. Sunday 21 November 1920

by Michael Foley

On the morning of 21 November 1920, Jane Boyle walked to Sunday Mass in the church where she would be married five days later. That afternoon she went with her fiancé to watch Tipperary and Dublin play a Gaelic...


The English Civil Wars: A Beginner's Guide

by Patrick Little

The political upheaval of the mid-17th century has no parallel in English history. Other events have changed the occupancy and the powers of the throne, but the conflict of 1640 to 1660 was more dramatic: the...


A History of London in 100 Places

by David Long

Shaped by invasion, occupation, and immigration, by upheavals as diverse as the Great Fire, the Blitz, and the Big Bang, London’s history is unmatched for variety and drama. Choosing 100 places that best tell...


Living with Jacobitism, 1690-1788: The Three Kingdoms and Beyond

by Allan I Macinnes, Kieran German & Lesley Graham

For over seventy years after the 'Glorious Revolution' of 1688-90, Jacobitism survived in the face of Whig propaganda. These essays seek to challenge current views of Jacobite historiography. They focus on migrant...


War and Progress: Britain 1914-1945

by Peter Dewey

This is an account of how the daily lives of ordinary peoples were changed, profoundly and permanently, by these three momentous decades 1914-1945. Often depicted in negative terms Peter Dewey finds a much more...


Women in British Public Life, 1914 - 50: Gender, Power and Social Policy

by Helen Jones

An examination of the ways in which women challenged the British educational, employment and welfare systems after the franchise. Helen Jones explores how women adapted their strategies to confront the system...


Royal Warriors: A Military History of the British Monarchy

by Charles Carlton

"War is the trade of kings" John Dryden.

War and monarchy are two of the most important and resonant topics in British History. This exciting new book explores the role that kings and queens have played in war,...


Religion and Society in Twentieth-Century Britain

by Callum. G Brown

During the twentieth century, Britain turned from one of the most deeply religious nations of the world into one of the most secularised nations. This book provides a comprehensive account of religion in British...


An Immigration History of Britain: Multicultural Racism since 1800

by Panikos Panayi

Immigration, ethnicity, multiculturalism and racism have become part of daily discourse in Britain in recent decades - yet, far from being new, these phenomena have characterised British life since the 19th...


Inventing Scrooge

by Carlo Devito

Inventing Scrooge uncovers the real-life inspirations from Charles Dickens’ own world that led to the fascinating creation of his most beloved tale: A Christmas Carol.

When Charles Dickens created the story...


Calendar of Crime: 365 True Cases from British History

by Peter Stubley

19 May 1536: Anne Boleyn, charged with high treason, is beheaded at the Tower of London. 31 August 1888: Mary Ann Nichols, the first victim of Jack the Ripper, is found murdered in Buck's Row. 18 December 1914:...


The Inner Life of Empires: An Eighteenth-Century History

Saltire Award for Scottish History Book of the Year 2011

by Emma Rothschild

They were abolitionists, speculators, slave owners, government officials, and occasional politicians. They were observers of the anxieties and dramas of empire. And they were from one family. The Inner Life...


The Great Indoors: At home in the modern British house

by Ben Highmore

'House' has long been synonymous with 'home': the significance of four walls and a roof lies far deeper than simply shelter from the elements. A house stands for sanctuary, family, belonging, privacy and our...


Who Takes Britain To War?

by James Gray, Mark Lomas QC & Secretary of State for Defence Hammond

The long-standing Parliamentary convention known as the 'Royal Perogative' has always allowed Prime Ministers to take the country to war without any formal approval by Parliament. The dramatic vote against any...


A Complete Guide to Heraldry - Illustrated by Nine Plates and Nearly 800 Other Designs

by Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern...


British Culture and the First World War: Experience, Representation and Memory

by Toby Thacker

The First World War has been mythologized since 1918, and many paradigmatic views of it - that it was pointless, that brave soldiers were needlessly sacrificed - are deeply embedded in the British consciousness....