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Old Wives' Tales: The History of Remedies, Charms and Spells

by Mary Chamberlain

We may all know that dandelions make us wet the bed, and that stewed prunes are a cure for constipation, but how many of us were aware that a poultice of chicken manure is a remedy for baldness? Or that eel...


Charles Dickens: A Critical Study

by George Gissing

When this study first appeared in 1898 it was praised as the first piece of thorough and level-headed criticism of Charles Dickens and his works. Published at a time when Dickens' literary reputation was at...


A Warwickshire Childhood: No Cakes For Tea

by Eveline A Hughes

This collection of memories follows a Warwickshire girl as she grows up during an era of huge transformation in Britain. Written to reflect her childhood impression of the world around her, this memoir reminds...


The Stuart Courts

by Eveline Cruickshanks

The regal courts of the English Stuart kings, from James I (1603-1625) to the ill-fated James II (1685-1689), were magnificent affairs. In a country otherwise given to increasingly austere Puritan ways of living,...


Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities

by Anna Sun

Is Confucianism a religion? If so, why do most Chinese think it isn't? From ancient Confucian temples, to nineteenth-century archives, to the testimony of people interviewed by the author throughout China over...


The Man Behind the Bayeux Tapestry

by Trevor Rowley

Odo, the younger half-brother of William the Conqueror, was ordained Bishop of Bayeux while still in his teens. He played a pivotal role in the planning and implementation of the Conquest of England, after which,...


The Workhouse Encyclopedia

by Peter Higginbotham

This fascinating, fully illustrated volume is the definitive guide to every aspect of workhouse life. Compiled by Peter Higginbotham, one of Britain's foremost experts on the subject, it covers everything from...


The Black History of the White House

by Clarence Lusane

The untold history and politics of the White House from the perspective of African Americans.


King Faisal: Personality, Faith and Times

by Alexei Vassiliev

In 1964 Faisal bin Abdul Aziz became king of a country holding a quarter of the world’s oil reserves, also home to Mecca and Medina. He was called ‘the most powerful Arab ruler in centuries’. Eleven years...


The Last Man in Russia: The Struggle to Save a Dying Nation

by Oliver Bullough

Russia is dying from within. Oligarchs and oil barons may still dominate international news coverage, but their prosperity masks a deep-rooted demographic tragedy. Faced with staggering population decline—and...


Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses

by Sarah Gristwood

To contemporaries, the Wars of the Roses were known collectively as a “cousins’ war.” The series of dynastic conflicts that tore apart the ruling Plantagenet family in fifteenth-century England was truly...


July 1914: Countdown to War

by Sean McMeekin

When a Serbian-backed assassin gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand in late June 1914, the world seemed unmoved. Even Ferdinand’s own uncle, Franz Josef I, was notably ambivalent about the death of the Hapsburg...


Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy

by Gary May

When the Fifteenth Amendment of 1870 granted African Americans the right to vote, it seemed as if a new era of political equality was at hand. Before long, however, white segregationists across the South counterattacked,...


How to Create the Perfect Wife: Britain's Most Ineligible Bachelor and his Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate

by Wendy Moore

Thomas Day, an 18th-century British writer and radical, knew exactly the sort of woman he wanted to marry. Pure and virginal like an English country maid yet tough and hardy like a Spartan heroine, she would...


Shadow Warrior: William Egan Colby and the CIA

by Randall B. Woods

World War II commando, Cold War spy, and CIA director under presidents Nixon and Ford, William Egan Colby played a critical role in some of the most pivotal events of the twentieth century. A quintessential...


The Genuine Article: A Historian Looks at Early America

by Edmund S. Morgan

"A masterly quarter-century of commentary on the discipline of American history."—Allen D. Boyer, New York Times Book Review "This book amounts to an intellectual autobiography....These pieces are thus a statement...


Summer of '68: The Season That Changed Baseball--and America--Forever

by Tim Wendel

The extraordinary story of the 1968 baseball season--when the game was played to perfection even as the country was being pulled apart at the seams 


Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970

by David Browne

Set against a backdrop of world-changing historical and political events, Fire and Rain tells the extraordinary story of one pivotal year in the lives and music of four legendary artists, and reveals how these...


Nancy Wake

by Russell Braddon

Nancy Wake is one of the true heroines of the Second World War. Born in New Zealand, she was living in Marseille and was married to Frenchman Hanri Fiocca when the Germans invaded. Nancy immediately became active...


The Race for the Rhine Bridges 1940, 1944, 1945

by Alexander McKee

The River Rhine and its delta in Holland, protecting Germany’s vital industrial area of the Ruhr, helped dictate the course of events in three land campaigns of the Second World War.  Some towns and bridges...