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Robert Hooke and the Rebuilding of London

by Michael Cooper

Robert Hooke was one of the most gifted men of his age, but because he worked in the sphere of two remarkable men - Issasc Newton and Christopher Wren - his contribution has remained largely overlooked. Michael...


Social Attitudes and Political Structures in the Fifteenth Century

by Tim Thornton

This volume includes papers on political, religious, social and economic history and the history of ideas during the 15th century. The papers challenge existing conceptions and open new avenues of discussion...


God's Heretics: The Albigensian Crusade

by Aubrey Burl

The Albigensian Crusade was one of the bloodiest episodes in Christian history. Aubrey Burl here discusses the Crusade and its legacy.


The Strange Death of Edmund Godfrey: Plots and Politics in Restoration London

by Alan Marshall

On the evening of 17 October 1678 the body of Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey, a Westminster Justice of the Peace, was discovered in a ditch near Primrose Hill. He had been pierced with his own sword and apparently...


Charles II and the Duke of Buckingham: The Merry Monarch and the Aristocratic Rogue

by David Hanrahan

Of all bad men in a bad time… [Buckingham was] perhaps the worst, without shame, honour or decency.' George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham is one of the most entertaining and shocking of ill-advised royal...


The Wartime House: Home Life in Wartime Britain 1939-45

by Mike Brown & Carol Harris

The demands of a nation at war had many far-reaching effects on the average home. How did women cope with bringing up a family single-handed after their husbands were conscripted for military service? How did...


With Our Backs to Berlin: The German Army in Retreat 1945

by Tony Le Tissier

In the final months of the Second World War in 1945, the German Army was in full retreat on both its Western and Eastern Fronts. British and American troops were poised to cross the River Rhine in the west,...


Pepys and the Navy

by C S Knighton

Pepys diary has made him a literary celebrity. In his own time he was known as the chief naval official under Charles II and James II and this aspect of the diarist's life has not received the attention it deserves...


Tommy Goes To War

by Malcolm Brown

The armies that marched to war in 1914 were unique in composition, spirit and outlook. Modern warfare demanded the mobilisation of the entire population and the recruitment of a socially diverse citizen-army;...


Rome's Greatest Defeat: Massacre in the Teutoburg Forest

by Adrian Murdoch

In September AD 9 half of Rome's Western army was ambushed in a German forest. Three legions, comprising some 25,000 men under the Roman general Varus, were wiped out by an army of Germanic tribes under the...


The Chieftain: Victorian True Crime Through The Eyes of a Scotland Yard Detective

by Chris Payne

George Clarke joined the Metropolitan Police in 1841. Though a 'slow starter', his career took off when he was transferred to the small team of detectives at Scotland Yard in 1862, where he became known as 'The...


Ye Olde Good Inn Guide: A 16th Century Handbook to the Nation's Finest Taverns

by James Moore

Art thou in need of hearty ale and a bed safe from brigands as you ply the highways and byways of Britain? Then Ye Olde Good Inn Guide is for you - the essential handbook for the Tudor traveller. Packed with...


A 1970s Teenager: From Bell Bottoms to Disco Dancing

by Simon Webb

What was it like being a teenager in a world without computers, smartphones, DVD players, games consoles or the Internet? Imagine a time when sharing music meant taking a gramaphone record round to your friend's...


The Piltdown Man Hoax: Case Closed

by Miles Russell

Piltdown. Even today the names sends a shiver down the collective spine of the scientific community, for this was the most dramatic and daring fraud ever perpetrated upon the world of science and academia. Between...


The SS: A History 1919-1945

by Robert Lewis Koehl

The SS grew out of Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler's obsession to prevent the treachery they believed to have caused the German defeat in the First World War. The SS was to be an elite corps of politically...


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 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...


Turks, Moors, and Englishmen in the Age of Discovery

by Nabil Matar

During the early modern period, hundreds of Turks and Moors traded in English and Welsh ports, dazzled English society with exotic cuisine and Arabian horses, and worked small jobs in London, while the "Barbary...


Why the French Don't Like Headscarves: Islam, the State, and Public Space

by John R. Bowen

The French government's 2004 decision to ban Islamic headscarves and other religious signs from public schools puzzled many observers, both because it seemed to infringe needlessly on religious freedom, and...