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  • 1066by Frank McLynn

    Random House 2011; US$ 27.18

    Everyone knows what William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings in 1066, but in recent years is has become customary to assume that the victory was virtually inevitable, given the alleged superiority of Norman military technology. In this new study, underpinned by biographical sketches of the great warriors who fought for the crown of England... more...

  • 1759by Frank McLynn

    Random House 2011; US$ 17.58

    Although 1759 is not a date as well known in British history as 1215, 1588, or 1688, there is a strong case to be made that it is the most significant year since 1066. In 1759 - the fourth year of the Seven Years War - the British defeated the French in arduous campaigns on four continents and also achieved absolute mastery of the seas. Drawing on... more...

  • Bonnie Prince Charlieby Frank McLynn

    Random House 2011; US$ 31.98

    In this highly acclaimed study Frank McLynn brings vividly before us the man Charles Edward Stuart who became known to legend as Bonnie Prince Charlie and whose unsuccessful challenge to the Hanoverian throne was followed by the crushing defeat at Culloden in 1746. He argues powerfully that failure was far from inevitable and history in 1745 came close... more...

  • The Burma Campaignby Frank McLynn

    Random House 2011; US$ 20.78

    The Burma Campaign was one of the most punishing and protracted military adventures of World War Two. Impenetrable jungle, poor transport infrastructure, seasonal monsoon rains, as well as famine, disease, snakes and crocodiles all bore heavily on the troops. Against this extraordinary backdrop, Frank McLynn constructs the dramatic story of the... more...

  • Crime and Punishment in Eighteenth Century Englandby Frank McLynn

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    McLynn provides the first comprehensive view of crime and its consequences in the eighteenth century: why was England notorious for violence? Why did the death penalty prove no deterrent? Was it a crude means of redistributing wealth? more...

  • Genghis Khanby Frank McLynn

    Random House 2015; US$ 39.98

    Genghis Khan was by far the greatest conqueror the world has ever known, whose empire stretched from the Pacific Ocean to central Europe, including all of China, the Middle East and Russia. So how did an illiterate nomad rise to such colossal power, eclipsing Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Napoleon? Credited by some with paving the way for... more...

  • Heroes & Villainsby Frank McLynn

    Ebury Publishing 2009; US$ 30.38

    In the history of warfare, an elite group of men have attained almost legendary status through their courage, ambition and unrivalled military genius. But many of these same men possessed deep personal character flaws. In Heroes & Villains , acclaimed historian Frank McLynn focuses on six of the most powerful and magnetic leaders of all time: Spartacus,... more...

  • Lionheart and Lacklandby Frank McLynn

    Random House 2012; US$ 20.78

    Anyone who has seen The Lion in Winter will remember the vicious, compelling world of the Plantagenets and readers of the romance of Robin Hood will be familiar with the typecasting of Good King Richard, defending Christendom in the Holy Land, and Bad King John who usurps the kingdom in his absence. But do these popular stereotypes correspond with... more...

  • Marcus Aureliusby Frank McLynn

    Da Capo Press 2009; US$ 24.99

    Marcus Aurelius (121180 AD) is one of the great figures of antiquity whose life and words still speak to us today. His Meditations remains one of the most widely read books from the classical world, and his life represents the fulfillment of Plato?s famous dictum that mankind will prosper only when philosophers are rulers. Based on all available... more...

  • Marcus Aureliusby Frank McLynn

    Random House 2011; US$ 19.18

    Marcus Aurelius is the one great figure of antiquity who still speaks to us today, nearly 2,000 years after his death. A philosopher as well as an emperor, his was an extraordinary reign. He proved himself a great leader, protecting the Empire from Germans in the North and fighting the Parthians in the East, and his Meditations - compared by John Stuart... more...