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  • The Tory Worldby Jeremy Black

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 139.95

    Working forward from the later seventeenth century, Jeremy Black explores the ‘deep history’ of the changing and competing understandings within the Tory party of the role Britain has aspired to play on a world stage. With a supporting cast from Pitt to Disraeli, Churchill to Thatcher, the book provides a fascinating insight into the influence... more...

  • Blair Inc - The Man Behind the Maskby Francis Beckett; David Hencke; Nick Kochan

    John Blake Publishing 2015; US$ 14.57

    Since leaving office in 2007, the empire of Tony Blair has grown exponentially. As a businessman he has been unprecedentedly successful for a former public servant, with a large property portfolio and an estimated £80 million of earnings accrued in just a few short years. But how has he managed to achieve this? Being an ex-Prime Minister comes with... more...

  • An Industrious Mindby J. McGee

    Stanford University Press 2015; US$ 70.00

    This is the first biography of Sir Simonds D'Ewes, a member of England's Long Parliament, Puritan, historian and antiquarian who lived from 1602?1650. D'Ewes took the Puritan side against the supporters of King Charles I in the English Civil War, and his extensive journal of the Long Parliament, together with his autobiography and correspondence,... more...

  • Backstairs Billyby Tom Quinn

    Biteback Publishing 2015; US$ 24.78

    From humble beginnings as a shopkeeper?s son in Coventry to ‘Page of the Backstairs? at Clarence House, William Tallon, or ‘Backstairs Billy? as he came to be known, always knew he was destined for a life in the royal circle. A fierce collector and fan of all things related to the royal family, even as a small boy Billy was fascinated by this glamorous... more...

  • King Arthur pocket GIANTSby Nick Higham

    The History Press 2015; US$ 10.19

    Why is King Arthur a giant? Because his story has had such strong influences on our understanding of the history or Europe and the English-speaking world. Because the debate about Arthur as a historical figure has been central to understanding the fall of Roman Britain and the formation of England for much of the last 1,300 years. Because Arthur is... more...

  • Princes at Warby Deborah Cadbury

    PublicAffairs 2015; US$ 28.99

    This book tells the story of four sons of King George V during the period that the monarchy faced the greatest threats to its survival in the modern era – the crisis of the abdication, and the nationwide threat to Britain of the Nazis, inside and out. The threat of world war echoed the war within the royal family. Played out against the cataclysm... more...

  • The Long Twelfth-Century View of the Anglo-Saxon Pastby Martin Brett; David A. Woodman

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 154.95

    The essays in this volume, provided by experts in various different scholarly disciplines, scrutinize how the Anglo-Saxon past continued to be re-used and recycled throughout the longue durée of the twelfth century, as opposed to the early decades that are usually covered. The volume deals with a range of historical, linguistic, legal, artistic,... more...

  • Exeter in the Great Warby Derek Tait

    Pen and Sword 2015; US$ 9.99

    Exeter played a vital role during the First World War supplying men for the Army and raising funds to help troops overseas. The Mayoress and her team played a key part collecting money to aid homeless Belgian refugees in the city while also supporting other worthy causes both home and overseas. Soldiers travelling through Exeter all received food,... more...

  • The Bones of a Kingby The Grey Friars Research Team; Maev Kennedy; Lin Foxhall

    Wiley 2015; US$ 29.95

    The dramatic story of Richard III, England's last medieval king, captured the world's attention when an archaeological team led by the University of Leicester identified his remains in February 2013. Bones of a King presents the official behind-the-scenes story of the Grey Friars dig based on the research of the specialists directly involved in... more...

  • Five Year Missionby Tim Bale

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 13.99

    In May 2010, Labour suffered one of its worst ever election defeats. A few months later it chose Ed Miliband as its new leader. His task? To win back power after just one term in opposition - a tall order given how many voters had come to blame Labour for the economic mess the country was in, and to see the party as a soft-touch when it came to immigration... more...