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London's Strangest Tales - Extraordinary but true stories from over a thousand years of London's History (Paperback):... London's Strangest Tales - Extraordinary but true stories from over a thousand years of London's History (Paperback)
Tom Quinn
R230 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R58 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

London's Strangest Tales takes a walk on London's weirder side with an absorbing collection of curious tales from one of the world's greatest cities. This fascinating book is packed with amazing things you didn't know about Britain's capital, like the fact that it's still forbidden to run, carry an umbrella or whistle in the Burlington Arcade, and the fat lamppost at the corner of Trafalgar Square that is secretly a tiny prison cell. And did you know that the entrance to Buckingham Palace you see from the Mall is actually the back door and not the front? The stories within these pages are bizarre, fascinating, hilarious and, most importantly, true. Revised, redesigned and updated for a new generation of London-lovers, this book is a brilliant alternative guide to the city, whether you're a visitor, a daily commuter or one of its 8 million inhabitants. Word count: 45,000

Victorian Christmas Colouring Book (Paperback): The History Press Victorian Christmas Colouring Book (Paperback)
The History Press
R177 R136 Discovery Miles 1 360 Save R41 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Victorians gave us many of the Christmas traditions we enjoy today, from putting up Christmas trees to pulling crackers. This handy, pocket-sized colouring book embodies these customs in 45 unique illustrations. Colour in Victorian fireplaces adorned with stockings, St Nicholas with his sack full of presents, and scenes from the nativity. Why not de-stress and take a break over the Christmas period?

To Catch A King - Charles II's Great Escape (Paperback, Epub Edition): Charles Spencer To Catch A King - Charles II's Great Escape (Paperback, Epub Edition)
Charles Spencer 1
R283 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R75 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How did the most wanted man in the country outwit the greatest manhunt in British history? In January 1649, King Charles I was beheaded in London outside his palace of Whitehall and Britain became a republic. When his eldest son, Charles, returned in 1651 to fight for his throne, he was crushed by the might of Cromwell's armies at the battle of Worcester. With 3,000 of his supporters lying dead and 10,000 taken prisoner, it seemed as if his dreams of power had been dashed. Surely it was a foregone conclusion that he would now be caught and follow his father to the block? At six foot two inches tall, the prince towered over his contemporaries and with dark skin inherited from his French-Italian mother, he stood out in a crowd. How would he fare on the run with Cromwell's soldiers on his tail and a vast price on his head? The next six weeks would form the most memorable and dramatic of Charles' life. Pursued relentlessly, Charles ran using disguise, deception and relying on grit, fortitude and good luck. He suffered grievously through weeks when his cause seemed hopeless. He hid in an oak tree - an event so fabled that over 400 English pubs are named Royal Oak in commemoration. Less well-known events include his witnessing a village in wild celebrations at the erroneous news of his killing; the ordeal of a medical student wrongly imprisoned because of his similarity in looks; he disguised himself as a servant and as one half of an eloping couple. Once restored to the throne as Charles II, he told the tale of his escapades to Samuel Pepys, who transcribed it all. In this gripping, action-packed, true adventure story, based on extensive archive material, Charles Spencer, bestselling author of Killers of the King, uses Pepys's account and many others to retell this epic adventure.

Elizabeth - Renaissance Prince (Paperback): Lisa Hilton Elizabeth - Renaissance Prince (Paperback)
Lisa Hilton 1
R261 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Save R31 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A definitive portrait of one of the most compelling monarchs England has ever had: Elizabeth I. 'We are a prince from a line of princes.' Lisa Hilton's majestic biography of Elizabeth I, 'The Virgin Queen', uses new research to present a fresh interpretation of Elizabeth as a queen who saw herself primarily as a Renaissance prince, delivering a very different perspective on her emotional and sexual life, and upon her attempts to mould England into a European state. Elizabeth was not an exceptional woman but an exceptional ruler, and this book challenges readers to reassess her reign, and the colourful drama, scandal and intrigue to which it is always linked.

The Irish War (Paperback, New Ed): Tony Geraghty The Irish War (Paperback, New Ed)
Tony Geraghty
R288 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R75 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A full and definitive account of the war waged between Irish Republicans and England over three centuries by the bestselling author of `Who Dares Wins', with emphasis on the latterday role of the special forces. From the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 to the Downing Street Declaration of 1993, Britain and Ireland have been in mortal conflict over the sovereignty of the Emerald Isle. In `The Irish War', bestselling author Tony Geraghty writes a full and compelling account of the tragic three-hundred-year war, tracing the path to today's weary peace. From his years of reporting the outbreak of the troubles in 1969 for the Sunday Times to the present, Tony Geraghty has covered every bloody twist and turn of the IRA and the Loyalist campaigns, but his unerring eye for detail took him back through the centuries to uncover the roots and causes of the grievances and feuds that have been so ruthlessly fought over in the past twenty-five years. The result is a powerful history of England's ruthless aggression against her small Catholic neighbour and that tiny island's utter determination to oust the bullying intruder. After the battles of the Boyne and Aughrim, deserted by the last of their officers and with inferior resources, the Irish reinvented the rules of warfare to their advantage. The battle cry of Sinn Fein - `Ourselves Alone' - went up and a code of fighting that ignored the rules of war was let loose. Tracing the roots and meaning of the terrible war that has been fought overtly and covertly for three hundred years, `The Irish War' is essential reading for all those seeking to understand the relations between these two nations.

Secret Victory - The Intelligence War That Beat the IRA (Paperback, New edition): William Matchett Secret Victory - The Intelligence War That Beat the IRA (Paperback, New edition)
William Matchett
R372 R306 Discovery Miles 3 060 Save R66 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The March of Wales 1067-1300 - A Borderland of Medieval Britain (Paperback, New): Max Lieberman The March of Wales 1067-1300 - A Borderland of Medieval Britain (Paperback, New)
Max Lieberman
R518 Discovery Miles 5 180 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

By 1300, a Marcher region had been created between England and Wales, consisting of about forty castle-centered lordships that extended along the Anglo-Welsh border and much of southern Wales. Expressions like "the Welsh marches" are still part of today's vernacular, though they refer only vaguely to Anglo-Welsh borders--but the question remains: what was this medieval March of Wales, and how and why was it created? This book provides a readerly, scholarly, yet concise answer, aided by maps, illustrations, a list of key dates, and primary source material--placing the March in the context of current debates on frontiers and the medieval British Isles.

Russia: People and Empire - 1552-1917 (Paperback, New Ed): Geoffrey Hosking Russia: People and Empire - 1552-1917 (Paperback, New Ed)
Geoffrey Hosking
R479 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R136 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

`It is unlikely that a clearer, more stimulating account of the Russians' extraordinary period of imperial history will be written.' Philip Marsden, Spectator Geoffrey Hosking's landmark book provides us with a new prism through which to view Russian history by posing the apparently simple question: what is Russia's national identity? Hosking answers this with brilliant originality: his thesis is that the needs of Russia's empire prevented the creation of a Russian nation. The Tsars, and before them the Grand Dukes of Moscow, were empire builders rather than nation builders and, as consequence, profoundly alienated ordinary Russians.

Imperial Mud - The Fight for the Fens (Hardcover): James Boyce Imperial Mud - The Fight for the Fens (Hardcover)
James Boyce 1
R365 R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Save R67 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

FROM A MULTI-AWARD-WINNING HISTORIAN, THIS IS AN ARRESTING NEW HISTORY OF THE BATTLE FOR THE FENS.

Between the English Civil Wars and the mid-Victorian period, the proud indigenous population of the Fens of eastern England fought to preserve their homeland against an expanding empire. After centuries of resistance, their culture and community were destroyed, along with their wetland home – England’s last lowland wilderness. But this was no simple triumph of technology over nature – it was the consequence of a newly centralised and militarised state, which enriched the few while impoverishing the many.

In this colourful and evocative history, James Boyce brings to life not only colonial masters such as Oliver Cromwell and the Dukes of Bedford but also the defiant ‘Fennish’ them- selves and their dangerous and often bloody resistance to the enclosing landowners. We learn of the eels so plentiful they became a kind of medieval currency; the games of ‘Fen football’ that were often a cover for sabotage of the drainage works; and the destruction of a bountiful ecosystem that had sustained the Fennish for thousands of years and which meant that they did not have to submit in order to survive.

Masterfully argued and imbued with a keen sense of place, Imperial Mud reimagines not just the history of the Fens, but the history and identity of the English people.

The Battle for Christian Britain - Sex, Humanists and Secularisation, 1945-1980 (Paperback): Callum G. Brown The Battle for Christian Britain - Sex, Humanists and Secularisation, 1945-1980 (Paperback)
Callum G. Brown
R638 Discovery Miles 6 380 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Post-war British culture was initially dominated by religious-led sexual austerity and, from the sixties, by secular liberalism. Using five case studies of local licensing and a sixth on the BBC, conservative Christians are exposed here as the nation's censors, fighting effectively for purity on stage, screen and in public places. The Anglican-led Public Morality Council was astonishingly successful in restraining sex in London's media in the fifties, but a brazen sexualised culture thrived amongst the millions of tourists to Blackpool, whilst Glasgow and the Isle of Lewis were gripped by conservatism. But come the late 1960s, tourists took Blackpool's sexual liberalism home, whilst progressive Humanism burrowed into Parliament and the BBC to secularise moral reform and the national narrative. Using extensive archival research, Callum G. Brown adopts a secular gaze to show how conservative Christians lost the battle for the nation's moral culture.

Enchanted Glass (Paperback): Diana Wynne Jones Enchanted Glass (Paperback)
Diana Wynne Jones 1
R208 R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Save R49 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A brilliant, intricate and magical novel from the Godmother of British fantasy. When Andrew Hope's magician grandfather dies, he leaves his house and field-of-care to his grandson who spent much of his childhood at the house. Andrew has forgotten much of this, but he remembers the very strong-minded staff and the fact that his grandfather used to put the inedibly large vegetables on the roof of the shed, where they'd have vanished in the morning. He also remembers the very colourful stained glass window in the kitchen door, which he knows it is important to protect. Into this mix comes young Aidan Cain, who turns up from the orphanage asking for safety. Exactly who he is and why he's there is unclear, but a strong connection between the two becomes apparent. There is a mystery to be solved, and nothing is as it appears to be. But nobody can solve the mystery, until they find out exactly what it is!

Uninhabited Ireland - Tara, the M3 and Public Spaces in Galway (Paperback): Conor Newman, Ulf Strohmayer Uninhabited Ireland - Tara, the M3 and Public Spaces in Galway (Paperback)
Conor Newman, Ulf Strohmayer
R455 R366 Discovery Miles 3 660 Save R89 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Singled Out - How Two Million British Women Survived Without Men After the First World War (Paperback): Virginia Nicholson Singled Out - How Two Million British Women Survived Without Men After the First World War (Paperback)
Virginia Nicholson
R554 Discovery Miles 5 540 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Almost three-quarters of a million British soldiers lost their lives during the First World War, and many more were incapacitated by their wounds, leaving behind a generation of women who, raised to see marriage as "the crown and joy of woman's life," suddenly discovered that they were left without an escort to life's great feast.
Drawing upon a wealth of moving memoirs, Singled Out tells the inspiring stories of these women: the student weeping for a lost world as the Armistice bells pealed, the socialite who dedicated her life to resurrecting the ancient past after her soldier love was killed, the Bradford mill girl whose campaign to better the lot of the "War spinsters" was to make her a public figure--and many others who, deprived of their traditional roles, reinvented themselves into something better. Tracing their fates, Nicholson shows that these women did indeed harbor secret sadness, and many of them yearned for the comforts forever denied them--physical intimacy, the closeness of a loving relationship, and children. Some just endured, but others challenged the conventions, fought the system, and found fulfillment outside of marriage. From the mill-girl turned activist to the debutante turned archeologist, from the first woman stockbroker to the "business girls" and the Miss Jean Brodies, this book memorializes a generation of young women who were forced, by four of the bloodiest years in human history, to stop depending on men for their income, their identity, and their future happiness. Indeed, Singled Out pays homage to this remarkable generation of women who, changed by war, in turn would change society.

New Higher History: Migration and Empire 1830-1939 (Paperback): Simon Wood, John A. Kerr New Higher History: Migration and Empire 1830-1939 (Paperback)
Simon Wood, John A. Kerr
R578 Discovery Miles 5 780 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The New Higher History series offers a full-colour, topic-based approach to the revised Higher History syllabus. Covering all of the main issues within each topic area, this series includes investigative techniques, use of evidence and a variety of activities to enable students to develop the necessary skills to tackle both essay-based and source-based questions successfully. New Higher History: Migration and Empire 1830-1939 provides comprehensive coverage of this source-based Unit offered in Paper 2 of the course. The core issues within the topic are fully explored, preparing students for the short response questions in the external examination. This book investigates the population movement and social and economic change in Scotland and abroad, looking at: - the development of industrialisation and urbanisation in Scotland due to economic changes - the impact of economic, social, cultural and political factors on internal migration and emigration and whether these were push or pull factors - the immigrant experience, arising issues of identity and the reaction of Scots to their arrival, in particular the Irish (Protestant and Catholic), Jewish, Lithuanian and Italian migrants - Scotland's economic, cultural and religious impact on the empire nations due to immigration to Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India in particular - the impact of migration and empire on Scotland by 1939 and the social, cultural and economic changes which resulted - the significance of migration and empire for Scottish identity.

Fighting the People's War - The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War (Paperback): Jonathan Fennell Fighting the People's War - The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War (Paperback)
Jonathan Fennell
R672 R555 Discovery Miles 5 550 Save R117 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Fighting the People's War is an unprecedented, panoramic history of the 'citizen armies' of the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand and South Africa, the core of the British and Commonwealth armies in the Second World War. Drawing on new sources to reveal the true wartime experience of the ordinary rank and file, Jonathan Fennell fundamentally challenges our understanding of the War and of the relationship between conflict and socio-political change. He uncovers how fractures on the home front had profound implications for the performance of the British and Commonwealth armies and he traces how soldiers' political beliefs, many of which emerged as a consequence of their combat experience, proved instrumental to the socio-political changes of the postwar era. Fighting the People's War transforms our understanding of how the great battles were won and lost as well as how the postwar societies were forged.

Fatal Rivalry, Flodden 1513 - Henry VIII, James IV and the battle for Renaissance Britain (Paperback): George Goodwin Fatal Rivalry, Flodden 1513 - Henry VIII, James IV and the battle for Renaissance Britain (Paperback)
George Goodwin 1
R313 R273 Discovery Miles 2 730 Save R40 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The relationship of England and Scotland became defined by events on 9 September 1513 in a battle of great size, bloodshed and finality - the Battle of Flodden. On the back of historian George Goodwin's critically acclaimed debut, FATAL COLOURS, comes FATAL RIVALRY, providing the first in-depth examination of the Battle of Flodden, the biggest and bloodiest in British history. This book captures the importance of the key players in the story - the kings and their respective queens, their nobles, diplomats and generals - as the rivalry brought the two countries inexorably to war. Fatefully, it would be an error by James, that most charismatic of commanders, and in the thick of engagement, that would make him the last British king to fall in battle, would condemn the bulk of his nobility to a similarly violent death and settle his country's fate.

The Vikings in Britain and Ireland (Paperback): Jayne Carroll, Stephen H. Harrison The Vikings in Britain and Ireland (Paperback)
Jayne Carroll, Stephen H. Harrison 1
R321 R260 Discovery Miles 2 600 Save R61 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For nearly three hundred years, from the end of the eighth century AD until approximately 1100, the Vikings set out from Scandinavia across the northern world a dramatic time that would change Europe forever. This book explores the Viking conquest and settlement across Britain and Ireland, covering the core period of Viking activity from the first Viking raids to the raids of Magnus Barelegs, king of Norway. This lively history looks at the impact of the Viking forces, the development of societies within their settlements, their trades and beliefs, language and their interactions with native peoples. Drawing on the superb collection of the British Museum, together with other finds, sites and monuments, The Vikings in Britain and Ireland is a richly-illustrated introduction to the culture, daily life and times of the Vikings and their legacy which is still visible today.

Tom, Ned and Kitty - An Intimate Portrait of an Irish Family (Paperback): Eliza Pakenham Tom, Ned and Kitty - An Intimate Portrait of an Irish Family (Paperback)
Eliza Pakenham
R260 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R52 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'I am standing in the dining room of my father's house in Ireland, gazing up at ten Pakenham family portraits. What thoughts went on behind those passive, chalky faces? How can I bring them out of the shadows?' Eliza Pakenham, granddaughter of the seventh Earl of Longford, chronicles the fortunes of her colourful ancestors against the backdrop of Napoleonic wars and Irish revolutions. Through her painstaking research and discovery of hidden records, she unearthed the story of an extraordinary dynasty peppered with intriguing characters: Kitty, Duchess of Wellington, kept apart from her love for over a decade; Tom, second Earl of Longford, who fathered three illegitimate children; and Ned, the darling of the family, a war hero. Through them we learn of life in times of peace and war, of the pain of bereavement, and rapid changes in politics and society. A vivid and absorbing account of a fascinating generation, brought truthfully to life.

Bosworth 1485 - Psychology of a Battle (Paperback, Revised): Michael Jones Bosworth 1485 - Psychology of a Battle (Paperback, Revised)
Michael Jones 1
R308 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R42 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 1485 the Battle of Bosworth marked an epoch in the lives of two great houses: the house of York fell to the ground when Richard III died on the field of battle; and the house of Tudor rose from the massacre to reign for the next hundred years. Michael Jones, co-author of The King's Grave: The Search for Richard III, rewrites this landmark event in English history. He shifts our perspective of its heroes and villains and puts Richard firmly back into the context of his family and his times.

The Tank War - The British Band of Brothers - One Tank Regiment's World War II (Paperback): Mark Urban The Tank War - The British Band of Brothers - One Tank Regiment's World War II (Paperback)
Mark Urban 1
R317 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R40 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From the evacuation of France in 1940 to the final dash to Hamburg in 1945, the 5th Royal Tank Regiment were on the front line throughout the Second World War. Theirs was a war that saw them serve in Africa as part of the Desert Rats, before returning to Europe for the Normandy landings. Wherever they went, the notoriety of the 'Filthy Fifth' grew - they revelled in their reputation for fighting by their own rules. The Tank War explains how Britain, having lost its advantage in tank warfare by 1939, regained ground through shifts in tactics and leadership methods, as well as the daring and bravery of the crews themselves. Overturning the received wisdom of much Second World War history, Mark Urban shows how the tank regiments' advances were the equal of the feats of the German Panzer divisions. Drawing on a wealth of new material, from interviews with surviving soldiers to rarely seen archive material, this is an unflinchingly honest, unsentimental and often brutal account of the 5th RTR's wartime experiences. Capturing the characters in the crews and exploring the strategy behind their success, The Tank War is not just the story of an battle hardened unit, but something more extraordinary: the triumph of ordinary men, against long odds, in the darkest of times.

Women at the Ready - The Remarkable Story of the Women's Voluntary Services on the Home Front (Paperback): Robert... Women at the Ready - The Remarkable Story of the Women's Voluntary Services on the Home Front (Paperback)
Robert Malcolmson, Patricia Malcolmson
R290 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R36 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From the summer of 1938, British women from all walks of life joined the Women's Voluntary Services (WVS). This disparate band of women came together for the common good - to help serve and protect their communities. By 1941 a million women had enrolled. These brave and dutiful women played a vital role in Britain's victory. The positive impact of the WVS on wartime society was universally acknowledged. They were instrumental in implementing the large-scale evacuation of children from bomb-targeted cities, in the care of the wounded, and in keeping those in war service fed. Lady Reading, founder and fearless leader, was one of the most influential women in twentieth-century Britain. The story of the WVS has never been fully told before. Social historians Patricia and Robert Malcolmson bring this vital part of the Second World War to life in a vivid and engaging way through the diaries and records of the women serving their country on the Home Front. Women at the Ready promises to be a magnificent saga of sacrifice and determination.

Kent's Strangest Tales - Extraordinary but true stories from a very curious county (Paperback): Martin Latham Kent's Strangest Tales - Extraordinary but true stories from a very curious county (Paperback)
Martin Latham
R229 R171 Discovery Miles 1 710 Save R58 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Kent's Strangest Tales is a book devoted to the weird and wonderful side of the Garden of England. Home to historically rich towns such as Canterbury, Margate and Ramsgate, Kent is a county with more strangeness than you can shake a strange-shaped stick at. From Chaucer's legendary tales of debauchery and naughtiness to Mick and Keef's very first meeting on a rocking 'n' rolling Dartford train, Kent has it all - coast, ghosts, castles, treasures, pirates, Britain's oldest highway and, lest we forget, the old lady who tricked the Luftwaffe. All the stories in this book are bizarre, fascinating, hilarious, and, most importantly, true. Perfect for Kent-dwellers and tourists alike, Kent's Strangest Tales is a treasure trove of the hilarious, the odd and the baffling - an alternative travel guide to some of the county's best-kept secrets that date back many thousands of years. Read on, if you dare! Word count: 45,000

Oxford AQA History for A Level: The Making of Modern Britain 1951-2007 Revision Guide (Paperback): J M A Hugh Oxford AQA History for A Level: The Making of Modern Britain 1951-2007 Revision Guide (Paperback)
J M A Hugh
R293 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R16 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This The Making of Modern Britain 1951-2007 Revision Guide is part of the bestselling Oxford AQA History for A Level series. Written to match the new AQA specification, this series helps you deepen your historical knowledge and develop vital analytical and evaluation skills. This revision guide offers the clearly structured revision approach of Recap, Apply, and Review to prepare you for exam success. Step-by-step exam practice strategies for all AQA question types are provided (including Source Analysis and essays linked to Key Concepts), as well as well-researched, targeted guidance based on what we now know from the new AQA examiner's reports on Modern Britain. Our original author team is back, offering expert advice, AS and A Level exam-style questions and Examiner Tips. Contents checklists help monitor revision progress; example student answers and suggested activity answers help you review your own work. This guide is perfect for use alongside the Student Books or as a stand-alone resource for independent revision.

Elizabeth's Rival - The Tumultuous Tale of Lettice Knollys, Countess of Leicester (Paperback): Nicola Tallis Elizabeth's Rival - The Tumultuous Tale of Lettice Knollys, Countess of Leicester (Paperback)
Nicola Tallis 1
R225 R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Save R45 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Nicola Tallis, one of our great popular historians.' Alison Weir

The first biography of Lettice Knollys, one of the most prominent women of the Elizabethan era.

Cousin to Elizabeth I - and very likely also Henry VIII's illegitimate granddaughter - Lettice Knollys had a life of dizzying highs and pitiful lows. Darling of the court, entangled in a love triangle with Robert Dudley and Elizabeth I, banished from court, plagued by scandals of affairs and murder, embroiled in treason, Lettice would go on to lose a husband and beloved son to the executioner's axe. Living to the astonishing age of ninety-one, Lettice's tale gives us a remarkable, personal lens on to the grand sweep of the Tudor Age, with those closest to her often at the heart of the events that defined it.

In the first ever biography of this extraordinary woman, Nicola Tallis's dramatic narrative takes us through those events, including the religious turmoil, plots and intrigues of Mary, Queen of Scots, attempted coups, and bloody Irish conflicts, among others. Surviving well into the reign of Charles I, Lettice truly was the last of the great Elizabethans.

Healthy Boundaries - Property, Law, and Public Health in England and Wales, 1815-1872 (Hardcover): James G Hanley Healthy Boundaries - Property, Law, and Public Health in England and Wales, 1815-1872 (Hardcover)
James G Hanley
R2,553 R2,292 Discovery Miles 22 920 Save R261 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book argues that the legacies of nineteenth-century public health in England and Wales were not just better health and cleaner cities but also new ideas of property and people. Between 1815 and 1872, the work of public health activists led to multiple redefinitions of both, shifting the boundaries between public and private nuisances, public and private services, taxable and nontaxable property, cities and suburbs, the state and the individual, and, finally, between different kinds of individuals. These boundary-making processes were themselves inflected by different material, political, and ideological developments in the areas of disease, demography, democracy, and domesticity. The changes in boundaries manifested themselves in the creation of new nuisance laws and in the minute control by the state of private domestic arrangements. Most important, these changes also promoted a radical shift in ideas on who should bear financial responsibility for the health of others, stimulating in the process a controversy on the nature of community. Public health thus served as an important, if contradictory, site in the creation of communities, enhancing the right to health for some while simultaneously restricting in the name of health the privacy rights of others. Relying on underused legal sources, this book presents a fresh view of the local origins and legal and political significance of the public health movement of the nineteenth century. James G. Hanley is associate professor of history at the University of Winnipeg.

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