In 1583 Elizabeth is fifty years old, past childbearing, but her greatest challenges are still to come: the Spanish Armada; the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots; relentless plotting among her courtiers. This title presents a portrait of her life and times that reveals a woman who is fallible, increasingly insecure, and struggling to lead Britain.
"Richard III" has been written off in history as one of England's evil kings. This biography strips away the propaganda of the centuries to rescue Richard from his critics and supporters alike, providing a compelling portrait of this most infamous of kings.
The Tudor era encompasses some of the greatest changes in our history. But while we know about the historical dramas of the times - most notably in the court of Henry VIII - what was life really like for a commoner like you or me? This is a time traveller's guide to daily life in Tudor England.
Examines the transition in the economy and society of England between 1250 and 1550. This book shows that development of individual property, response to new consumption patterns, and use of credit and investment, came from the peasantry rather than the aristocracy, and reveals how England was set on course to become the 'first industrial nation'.
One night in August 1323, a captive rebel baron, Sir Roger Mortimer, drugged his guards and escaped from the Tower of London. With the king's men-at-arms in pursuit he fled to the south coast, and sailed to France. There he was joined by Isabella, the Queen of England, who threw herself into his arms.
The Wars of the Roses (1455-85) were a major turning point in English history. This title examines the difficult economic, military, and financial crises and explains the real reasons why the Wars of the Roses began, why they kept recurring, and why, eventually, they ceased.
Genghis Khan is one of history's immortals: a leader of genius, driven by an inspiring vision for peaceful world rule. Believing he was divinely protected, Genghis united warring clans to create a nation and then an empire that ran across much of Asia. This book provides an account of the Mongol Empire.
The Wars of the Roses turned England upside down. Between 1455 and 1485, four kings, including Richard III, lost their thrones, more than forty noblemen lost their lives on the battlefield, and thousands of the men who followed them met violent deaths. This title tells how a family survived one of the tempestuous periods in English History.
In the 14th century, Nicolo and Antonio Zen journeyed from Venice up the North Atlantic, encountering warrior princes, fighting savage natives and, just possibly, reaching the New World a full century before Columbus. This title sets out to discover the truth about the Zen voyages.
Dramatic social and economic change during the middle ages altered the lives of the people of Britain in far-reaching ways, from the structure of their families to the ways they made their livings. This book presents a fresh view of the British economy from the ninth to the sixteenth century and an account of medieval life.
Describes how the lives of ordinary people in the Middle Ages were transformed by a series of crises. This book also shows how cultural assumptions, including a belief in the apocalypse, gave people an ability to face up positively to these problems.
A French peasant girl who heard voices from God, Joan convinced the royal court of her divine calling and became a teenage warrior, leading an army to victory against the English. This book tells the story of this women from medieval world.
The fifteenth century experienced the longest and bloodiest series of civil wars in British history. The crown of England changed hands violently five times as the great families of England fought to the death for the right to rule. This book tells a history of these turbulent times.
In Newgate Street, in the city of London, stand the meagre ruins of Christ Church. On the same site once stood a royal mausoleum set to rival Westminster Abbey in the fourteenth century. Among the many crowned heads buried there was Isabella of France, Edward II's queen. This title presents her portrait.
This text examines relationships between cultural history and politics, from the eve of the Armada to the death of Charles II. It emphasizes the diversity of cultural perspectives available in the period, and the role played by concepts of honour, law, divine providence and humanist scholarship.
In the spring of 1453, the Ottoman Turks advanced on Constantinople in pursuit of an ancient Islamic dream: capturing the thousand-year-old capital of Christian Byzantium. This title deals with this topic.
Features anecdotes from the quirky lives of the famous and the obscure - all of whom confronted urban nuisances and physical ailments. This book addresses an unpleasant aspect of city life (noise, violence, mouldy food, smelly streets, poor air quality). It creates a nuanced portrait of early modern English city life.
Throughout the late medieval period, from 1300 to 1500, England and France were bitter enemies, often at war or on the brink of it. In 1520, in an effort to bring conflict to an end, England's monarch, Henry VIII, and Francis I of France agreed to meet at "the Field of Cloth of Gold". The author offers a fresh appraisal of this historical event.
A collection of essays on the literary and cultural impact of the early modern rogue. Under various names - rogues, vagrants, molls, doxies, vagabonds, cony-catchers, masterless men - this group of marginal figures, poor men and women with no clear social place or identity, exploded onto the scene in 16th century English history and culture.
In the early fifteenth century, France had gone from being the strongest and most populous nation state of medieval Europe to suffering a complete internal collapse and a partial conquest by a foreign power. This book tells the story of the destruction of France by the madness of its king and the greed and violence of his family.
When Edward III died, in 1377, he was succeeded by a vulnerable child, who was destined to grow into an unstable adult presiding over a divided nation. Meanwhile France entered upon one of the most glittering periods of her medieval history. This book presents a tale of contrasting fortunes.
Details the long and violent endeavour of the English to dismember Europe's strongest state, a succession of wars that is one of the seminal chapters in European history. Beginning with the funeral of Charles IV of France in 1328, this book follows the Hundred Years War up to the surrender of Calais in 1347.
In 1461 Edward earl of March, a handsome eighteen-year old of massive charisma and ability, usurped the English throne from his vacant Lancastrian predecessor Henry VI. The years that followed witnessed a period of rule that has been described as a golden age. Yet, the author argues that Edward was a man of limited vision.
Henry V's invasion of France, in August 1415, represented a huge gamble. As heir to the throne, he had been a failure, cast into the political wilderness amid rumours that he planned to depose his father. This book explores how Henry's efforts to expunge his past failures, and his experience of crisis - which threatened to ruin everything.