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Graven With Diamonds
The Many Lives of Thomas Wyatt: Poet, Lover, Statesman, and Spy in the Court of Henry VIII
Written by Nicola Shulman


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: February 5, 2013
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-1-58642-207-3 (1-58642-207-3)

Nicola Shulman interweaves the bloody events of Henry VIII’s reign with the story of English love poetry and the life of its first master, Henry VIII’s most glamorous and enigmatic subject: Sir Thomas Wyatt.

Poet, statesman, spy, lover of Anne Boleyn and favorite both of Henry VIII and his sinister minister... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bletchley Park
Code-Breaking
Written by Michael Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 56 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: February 19, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1215-9 (0-7478-1215-2)

Around 100 people arrived at Bletchley in August 1939, but by the beginning of 1944 there were around 10,000 people from a wide range of backgrounds. Young women who had left school at 15 worked alongside senior academics and service officers with everyone treated as equals. To quote an American who... Read more >

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Elizabeth the Queen
The Life of a Modern Monarch
Written by Sally Bedell Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7979-4 (0-8129-7979-6)

From the moment of her ascension to the throne at age twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of unparalleled admiration and scrutiny. But through the fog of glamour and gossip, how well do we really know the world’s most famous monarch? Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed... Read more >

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Elizabeth I

Written by Anne Somerset


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72157-8 (0-385-72157-9)

Glitteringly detailed and engagingly written, the magisterial Elizabeth I brings to vivid life the golden age of sixteenth-century England and the uniquely fascinating monarch who presided over it. A woman of intellect and presence, Elizabeth was the object of extravagant adoration by her contemporaries. She firmly believed in the divine providence... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Queen Anne
The Politics of Passion
Written by Anne Somerset


Format: Hardcover, 640 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-96288-1 (0-307-96288-1)

She ascended the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1702, at age thirty-seven, Britain’s last Stuart monarch, and five years later united two of her realms, England and Scotland, as a sovereign state, creating the Kingdom of Great Britain. She had a history of personal misfortune, overcoming ill health (she... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Sisters of Sinai
How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels
Written by Janet Soskice


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 24, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3474-1 (1-4000-3474-4)

Agnes and Margaret Smith were not your typical Victorian scholars or adventurers. Female, middle-aged, and without university degrees or formal language training, the twin sisters nevertheless made one of the most important scriptural discoveries of their time: the earliest known copy of the Gospels in ancient Syriac, the language that Jesus... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Battle of Britain

Written by Neil Storey


Format: Trade Paperback, 56 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1047-6 (0-7478-1047-8)

In the skies above south-east England in 1940, battle was waged between the men and machines of the Royal Air Force and Hitler's Luftwaffe. At stake was air superiority, and the Germans intended this to be a first step in the invasion of Britain. Squadrons of Hurricanes and Spitfires, then among... Read more >

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The Victorian Criminal

Written by Neil Storey


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: August 23, 2011
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-0814-5 (0-7478-0814-7)

From gaslit city streets to dark wooded estates, crime was rife in Victorian Britain; through a wide array of historical court records, newspaper accounts and prison books, The Victorian Criminal gives a fascinating overview of those involved in it. Within these pages may be found accounts of petty criminals and poachers... Read more >

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Winston Churchill

Written by Kevin Theakston


Format: Trade Paperback, 56 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: May 22, 2012
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1045-2 (0-7478-1045-1)

Winston Churchill was one of Britain’s greatest leaders and an iconic figure. Prime minister twice (1940-45 and 1951-55), his political career - with its many ups and downs, controversies and achievements - spanned over sixty years from the reign of Queen Victoria to that of Queen Elizabeth II, its high point... Read more >

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Making of the English Working Class

Written by E.P. Thompson


Format: Trade Paperback, 864 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1966
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-70322-0 (0-394-70322-7)

"Thompson's book has been called controversial, but perhaps only because so many have forgotten how explosive England was during the Regency and the early reign of Victoria. Without any reservation, The Making of the English Working Class is the most important study of those days since the classic work of the... Read more >

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The Elizabethan World Picture

Written by Eustace M. Tillyard


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 1959
Price: $8.76
ISBN: 978-0-394-70162-2 (0-394-70162-3)

Tillyard's classic account of the ideas of world order prevalent in the Elizabethan age and later is an indispensable companion for readers of the great writers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  The basic medieval idea of an ordered Chain of Being is studied by Tillyard in the process of its various... Read more >

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That Sweet Enemy
Britain and France: The History of a Love-Hate Relationship
Written by Robert Tombs and Isabelle Tombs


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3239-6 (1-4000-3239-3)

That Sweet Enemy brings both British wit (Robert Tombs is a British historian) and French panache (Isabelle Tombs is a French historian) to bear on three centuries of the history of Britain and France. From Waterloo to Chirac’s slandering of British cooking, the authors chart this cross-channel entanglement and the unparalleled... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bible and Sword
England and Palestine from the Bronze Age to Balfour
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 12, 1984
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-31427-7 (0-345-31427-1)

From early times, the British have been drawn to the Holy Land through two major influences: the translation of the Bible into English, and later, the imperial need to control the road to India and access to the oil of the Middle East. Under these influences, one cultural and the other... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ireland
A Smithsonian Natural History
Written by Michael Viney


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-294-2 (1-58834-294-8)

Ireland conjures up images of nature’s majesty: sweeping coastlines, rolling green hills, and secluded peat bogs and marshlands. A place of legendary beauty, it is also a land with a rich natural history. Michael Viney invites us to discover the geologic forces that created the island, peer into the famous bone... Read more >

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Henry VIII
The King and His Court
Written by Alison Weir


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 29, 2002
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-43708-2 (0-345-43708-X)

Meticulous in historic detail, narrated with high style and grand drama, Alison Weir brilliantly brings to life the king, the court, and the fascinating men and women who vied for its pleasures and rewards.

Stimulating and tumultuous, the court of Henry VIII attracted the finest minds and greatest beauties in Renaissance England—poets... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Perfect Prince
Truth and Deception in Renaissance Europe
Written by Ann Wroe


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 14, 2004
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6811-8 (0-8129-6811-5)

In 1491, as Machiavelli advised popes and princes and Leonardo da Vinci astonished the art world, a young man boarded a ship in Portugal bound for Ireland. He would be greeted upon arrival as the rightful heir to the throne of England. The trouble was, England already had a king.

The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Brother Gardeners
A Generation of Gentlemen Naturalists and the Birth of an Obsession
Written by Andrea Wulf


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45475-1 (0-307-45475-4)

Bringing to life the science and adventure of eighteenth-century plant collecting, The Brother Gardeners is the story of how six men created the modern garden and changed the horticultural world in the process. It is a story of a garden revolution that began in America.

In 1733, colonial farmer John Bartram shipped... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Brother Gardeners
Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession
Written by Andrea Wulf


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 31, 2009
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27023-8 (0-307-27023-8)

This is the fascinating story of a small group of eighteenth-century naturalists who made Britain a nation of gardeners and the epicenter of horticultural and botanical expertise. It’s the story of a garden revolution that began in America.

In 1733, the American farmer John Bartram dispatched two boxes of plants and seeds... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Battle of the Bulge

Written by Steven Zaloga


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 24, 2010
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-165-8 (1-84908-165-4)

The Battle of the Bulge was the last major German offensive in the West and the largest and the most costly battle fought by the US Army in World War II. Fought during the bitter winter of 1944-45, and resulting in over 100,000 German casualties and over 80,000 American casualties, it... Read more >
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