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Post Modern Buildings in Britain (Hardcover): Geraint Franklin, Elain Harwood Post Modern Buildings in Britain (Hardcover)
Geraint Franklin, Elain Harwood 1
R735 R519 Discovery Miles 5 190 Save R216 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An illuminating look at a controversial architectural style--and its finest examples. Postmodern architecture, which emerged in the 1980s, has been much maligned--but in this book historians Elain Harwood and Geraint Franklin celebrate the genre with a fascinating discussion of its background and key concepts. Each lavishly illustrated entry focuses on what characteristics make the structure unique and provides information on the architect who created it. Eye-opening examples include No 1 Poultry, a London office building by James Stirling; the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery, designed by Robert Venturi; the striking TV-am studios in Camden; and the iconic SIS Building in central London.

The Secret History - The London Gay Men's Chorus (Paperback): Robert  Offord The Secret History - The London Gay Men's Chorus (Paperback)
Robert Offord
R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Sometimes a glimpse of the past can feel like visiting a battlefield. In London, 1988 was a difficult time for gay men; the AIDS epidemic was exploding, Clause 28 legislation was introduced and the media was having a homophobic witch-hunt. A few foolhardy idealists met in a derelict basement and began to dream of a better future. This book tells what happened when pride and prejudice met rock and roll. It's a contemporary adventure that will make your heart sing.

The Civil War (Paperback, UK ed.): Michael St.John Parker The Civil War (Paperback, UK ed.)
Michael St.John Parker; Volume editing by Jane Drake
R168 R127 Discovery Miles 1 270 Save R41 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The English Civil War was a great convulsion of political and military violence, which quickly spread to Scotland, Ireland and Wales. This attractive Pitkin Guide looks at the war, how it came about and progressed, its battles, the opposing sides and notable figures in them, and the outcome. A must for all visitors to the UK, and lovers of history. Look out for more Pitkin Guides on the very best of British history, heritage and travel.

AQA A-level History: Britain 1851-1964: Challenge and Transformation (Paperback): Nick Shepley, Mike Byrne AQA A-level History: Britain 1851-1964: Challenge and Transformation (Paperback)
Nick Shepley, Mike Byrne
R932 Discovery Miles 9 320 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Exam Board: AQA Level: AS/A-level Subject: History First Teaching: September 2015 First Exam: June 2016 AQA approved Enhance and expand your students' knowledge and understanding of their AQA breadth study through expert narrative, progressive skills development and bespoke essays from leading historians on key debates. - Builds students' understanding of the events and issues of the period with authoritative, well-researched narrative that covers the specification content - Introduces the key concepts of change, continuity, cause and consequence, encouraging students to make comparisons across time as they advance through the course - Improves students' skills in tackling interpretation questions and essay writing by providing clear guidance and practice activities - Boosts students' interpretative skills and interest in history through extended reading opportunities consisting of specially commissioned essays from practising historians on relevant debates - Cements understanding of the broad issues underpinning the period with overviews of the key questions, end-of-chapter summaries and diagrams that double up as handy revision aids Democracy, Empire and War: Britain 1851-1964 This title explores political and social reform 1851-1914, the impact of both World Wars, the creation of the Welfare State and the transformational social changes of the 1950s and 1960s. It considers breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through examining key questions on themes such as democracy, ideology, economy, society, Britain's' position in the world and the impact of key individuals.

Scottish History - From Bannockburn to Holyrood (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): John Abernethy Scottish History - From Bannockburn to Holyrood (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
John Abernethy 1
R199 R150 Discovery Miles 1 500 Save R49 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From prehistoric Scotland to the Brexit referendum, this pocket-sized book covers all of the main events in Scottish history. A concise and excellent guide to Scottish history and how Scotland has come to be what it is today. Key events, people and places include: * The Union of Crowns * Bonnie Prince Charlie * Battle of Bannockburn * Culloden * Burns' Night * Hogmanay * Alexander Graham Bell * Devolution * Indy Ref 1 and 2 Beautifully produced, Collins Little Book of Scottish History is a treasure in itself and makes a perfect gift for any Scotland enthusiast.

Winds of Change - Britain in the Early Sixties (Paperback): Peter Hennessy Winds of Change - Britain in the Early Sixties (Paperback)
Peter Hennessy 1
R377 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R66 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Following Never Again and Having It So Good, the third part of Peter Hennessy's celebrated Post-War Trilogy 'By far the best study of early Sixties Britain ... so much fun, yet still shrewd and important' The Times, Books of the Year Harold Macmillan famously said in 1960 that the wind of change was blowing over Africa and the remaining British Empire. But it was blowing over Britain too - its society; its relationship with Europe; its nuclear and defence policy. And where it was not blowing hard enough - the United Kingdom's economy - great efforts were made to sweep away the cobwebs of old industrial practices and poor labour relations. Life was lived in the knowledge that it could end in a single afternoon of thermonuclear exchange if the uneasy, armed peace of the Cold War tipped into a Third World War. In Winds of Change we see Macmillan gradually working out his 'grand design' - how to be part of both a tight transatlantic alliance and Europe, dealing with his fellow geostrategists Kennedy and de Gaulle. The centre of the book is 1963 - the year of the Profumo Crisis, the Great Train Robbery, the satire boom, de Gaulle's veto of Britain's first application to join the EEC, the fall of Macmillan and the unexpected succession to the premiership of Alec Douglas-Home. Then, in 1964, the battle of what Hennessy calls the tweedy aristocrat and the tweedy meritocrat - Harold Wilson, who would end 13 years of Conservative rule and usher in a new era. As in his acclaimed histories of British life in the two previous decades, Never Again and Having it so Good, Peter Hennessy explains the political, economic, cultural and social aspects of a nation with inimitable wit and empathy. No historian knows the by-ways as well the highways of the archives so well, and no one conveys the flavour of the period so engagingly. The early sixties live again in these pages.

The Dissolution of the Monasteries (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): G.W.O. Woodward The Dissolution of the Monasteries (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
G.W.O. Woodward; Revised by John McIlwain
R171 R130 Discovery Miles 1 300 Save R41 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A fascinating guide to the English Reformation and its consequences. In April 1536, in the 27th year of the reign of King Henry VIII, there were scattered throughout England and Wales more than 800 monasteries, nunneries and friaries, and within them 10,000 monks, canons, nuns and friars. By April 1540 there were none. The major social and religious upheaval of these four years is what we call the Dissolution of the Monasteries. An absorbing look at a pivotal point of British history, this new edition of a classic text expertly pairs the seminal text of G.W. O. Woodward with a fresh modern cover that encapsulates the drama of the period. Look out for more Pitkin Guides on the very best of British history, heritage and travel.

Malthus - The Life and Legacies of an Untimely Prophet (Hardcover): Robert J. Mayhew Malthus - The Life and Legacies of an Untimely Prophet (Hardcover)
Robert J. Mayhew 1
R735 Discovery Miles 7 350 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Thomas Robert Malthus's""An Essay on the Principle of Population" was an immediate succes de scandale" when it appeared in 1798. Arguing that nature is niggardly and that societies, both human and animal, tend to overstep the limits of natural resources in "perpetual oscillation between happiness and misery," he found himself attacked on all sides--by Romantic poets, utopian thinkers, and the religious establishment. Though Malthus has never disappeared, he has been perpetually misunderstood. This book is at once a major reassessment of Malthus's ideas and an intellectual history of the origins of modern debates about demography, resources, and the environment.

Against the ferment of Enlightenment ideals about the perfectibility of mankind and the grim realities of life in the eighteenth century, Robert Mayhew explains the genesis of the Essay" and Malthus's preoccupation with birth and death rates. He traces Malthus's collision course with the Lake poets, his important revisions to the Essay, " and composition of his other great work, Principles of Political Economy. "Mayhew suggests we see the author in his later writings as an environmental economist for his persistent concern with natural resources, land, and the conditions of their use. Mayhew then pursues Malthus's many afterlives in the Victorian world and beyond.

Today, the Malthusian dilemma makes itself feltonce again, as demography and climate change come together on the same environmental agenda. By opening a new door onto Malthus's arguments and their transmission to the present day, Robert Mayhew gives historical depth to our current planetary concerns."

First Light - The Phenomenal Fighter Pilot Bestseller (Paperback): Geoffrey Wellum First Light - The Phenomenal Fighter Pilot Bestseller (Paperback)
Geoffrey Wellum 1
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Vivid, wholly convincing, compelling. One of the best memoirs for years about the experience of flying in war' Max Hastings, Sunday Telegraph Two months before the outbreak of WWII, seventeen-year-old Geoffrey Wellum becomes a fighter pilot with the RAF . . . Desperate to get in the air, he makes it through basic training to become the youngest Spitfire pilot in the prestigious 92 Squadron. Thrust into combat almost immediately, Wellum finds himself flying several sorties a day, caught up in terrifying dogfights with German Me 109s. Over the coming months he and his fellow pilots play a crucial role in the Battle of Britain. But of the friends that take to the air alongside Wellum, many never return. *** 'An intimate account . . . rich in detail' James Holland, Wall Street Journal, 'Five Best World War II Memoirs' 'An extraordinarily deeply moving and astonishingly evocative story. Reading it, you feel you are in the Spitfire with him, at 20,000ft, chased by a German Heinkel, with your ammunition gone' Independent 'A brilliantly fresh, achingly written memoir. Thrilling and frightening on virtually every page . . . Wellum takes you into battle with him. A book for all ages and generations, a treasure' Daily Express

New Higher History: Britain & Scotland and Germany (Paperback): John A. Kerr, Jim Mcgonigle New Higher History: Britain & Scotland and Germany (Paperback)
John A. Kerr, Jim Mcgonigle
R645 Discovery Miles 6 450 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Exam Board: SQA Level: Higher Subject: History First Teaching: September 2014 First Exam: June 2015 Enables students to develop the skills required to succesfully tackle both the essay-based and source-based questions. This title has been written specifically to cover the Paper 1 content of the revised Higher History course. It provides comprehensive coverage of the essay-based topics Britain & Scotland 1851-1951 and Germany 1815-1939. The sections on Britain include the growth of democratic institutions in Britain, from the extension of the franchise, votes for women and the social welfare reforms of the early twentieth century to the birth of the welfare state. The German sections of the book trace the growth of German Nationalism, the difficulties in creating a united Germany and unification, and go on to consider the rise of the Nazis and the Nazis in power. - A full-colour, topic-based approach to the revised Higher History syllabus - Covers all of the main issues within each topic area - Includes investigative techniques, use of evidence and a variety of activities

Henry VIII and the men who made him - The secret history behind the Tudor throne (Paperback): Tracy Borman Henry VIII and the men who made him - The secret history behind the Tudor throne (Paperback)
Tracy Borman 1
R362 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R110 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'An outstanding work of historical artistry, a brilliantly woven and pacy story of the men who surrounded, influenced and sometimes plagued Henry VIII.' Alison Weir Henry VIII is well known for his tumultuous relationships with women, and he is often defined by his many marriages. But what do we see if we take a different look? When we see Henry through the men in his life, a new perspective on this famous king emerges. Henry's relationships with the men who surrounded him reveal much about his beliefs, behaviour and character. They show him to be capable of fierce, but seldom abiding loyalty; of raising men only to destroy them later. He loved to be attended and entertained by boisterous young men who shared his passion for sport, but at other times he was more diverted by men of intellect, culture and wit. Often trusting and easily led by his male attendants and advisers during the early years of his reign, he matured into a profoundly suspicious and paranoid king whose favour could be suddenly withdrawn, as many of his later servants found to their cost. His cruelty and ruthlessness would become ever more apparent as his reign progressed, but the tenderness that he displayed towards those he trusted proves that he was never the one-dimensional monster that he is often portrayed as. In this fascinating and often surprising new biography, Tracy Borman reveals Henry's personality in all its multi-faceted, contradictory glory.

All Dressed Up - Modern Irish Historical Pageantry (Paperback): Joan Fitzpatrick Dean All Dressed Up - Modern Irish Historical Pageantry (Paperback)
Joan Fitzpatrick Dean
R792 Discovery Miles 7 920 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the early twentieth century, publicly staged productions of significant historical, political, and religious events became increasingly popular-and increasingly grand-in Ireland. These public pageants, a sort of precursor to today's opening ceremonies at the Olympic games, mobilized huge numbers of citizens to present elaborately staged versions of Irish identity based on both history and myth. Complete with marching bands, costumes, fireworks, and mock battles, these spectacles were suffused with political and national significance. Dean explores the historical significance of these pageants, explaining how their popularity correlated to political or religious imperatives in twentieth-century Ireland. She uncovers unpublished archival findings to present scripts, programs, and articles covering these events. The book also includes over thirty photographs of pageants, program covers, and detailed designs for costumes to convey the grandeur of the historical pageants at the beginning of the century and their decline in production standards in the 1970s and 1980s. Tracing the Irish historical pageant phenomenon through the twentieth century, Dean presents a nation contending with the violence and political upheaval of the present by reimagining the past.

Ark Royal - Sailing Into Glory (Paperback): Mike Rossiter Ark Royal - Sailing Into Glory (Paperback)
Mike Rossiter
R286 R238 Discovery Miles 2 380 Save R48 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In June 1941 the Ark Royal won one of Britain's most famous naval victories. The German destroyer, Bismarck, had been ravaging the British fleet in the Atlantic. Sailing through a ferocious storm the Ark Royal tracked the Bismarck. A dozen swordfish bombers took off from her deck and pounded shell after shell into the German battleship, sending her to the ocean floor. It was a signal victory that resonated around the world. Hitler, furious at the loss of the German fleet's flagship, demanded that the Ark Royal be destroyed at whatever cost. HMS Ark Royal is one of the Royal Navy's most iconic ships. When she was launched in 1938 she was one of the most sophisticated weapons at the disposal of British military command. The aircraft carrier was the latest, and soon to be one of the most feared, developments in naval warfare. In her first two years of operation the Ark Royal survived countless attacks, and was considered one of the luckiest ships in the Navy. But her air of invincibility was to prove wishful thinking. Within one month of sinking the Bismarck, the Ark Royal too was destroyed while sailing off the coast of Gibraltar. And there she has rested, one kilometre below the surface of the Mediterranean, until her wreck was discovered by Mike Rossiter in 2004. In gripping detail, and using the testimony of survivors of the sinking and men who lived, flew and fought on the Ark Royal, Mike Rossiter tells the remarkable story of the life and legend of this most iconic of ships. Also, and for the first time, he reveals the story of the quest to discover the wreck of this naval legend.

Waverley (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Walter Scott Waverley (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Walter Scott; Edited by Claire Lamont; Kathryn Sutherland
R337 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R101 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'the most romantic parts of this narrative are precisely those which have a foundation in fact' Edward Waverley, a young English soldier in the Hanoverian army, is sent to Scotland where he finds himself caught up in events that quickly transform from the stuff of romance into nightmare. His character is fashioned through his experience of the Jacobite rising of 1745-6, the last civil war fought on British soil and the unsuccessful attempt to reinstate the Stuart monarchy, represented by Prince Charles Edward. Waverley's love for the spirited Flora MacIvor and his romantic nature increasingly pull him towards the Jacobite cause, and test his loyalty to the utmost. With Waverley, Scott invented the historical novel in its modern form and profoundly influenced the development of the European and American novel for a century at least. Waverley asks the reader to consider how history is shaped, who owns it, and what it means to live in it - questions as vital at the beginning of the twenty-first century as the nineteenth. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Under Every Leaf - How Britain Played the Greater Game from Afghanistan to Africa (Paperback): William Beaver Under Every Leaf - How Britain Played the Greater Game from Afghanistan to Africa (Paperback)
William Beaver
R300 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R69 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Delving into an encyclopaedic array of little-known primary sources, William Beaver uncovers a vigorous intelligence function at the heart of Victoria's Empire. A cadre of exceptionally able and dedicated officers, they formed the War Office Intelligence Division, which gave Britain's foreign policy its backbone in the heyday of imperial acquisition. Under Every Leaf is the first major study to examine the seminal role of intelligence gathering and analysis in `England's era'. So well did Great Britain play her hand, it seemed to all the world that, as the Farsi expression goes, `Anywhere a leaf moves, underneath you will find an Englishman.' The historian William Beaver is also a soldier, corporate communicator, arts editor and Anglican priest.

Twenty Years A-Growing (Paperback, Reissue): Maurice O'Sullivan Twenty Years A-Growing (Paperback, Reissue)
Maurice O'Sullivan
R216 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R40 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Maurice O'Sullivan was born on the Great Blasket in 1904, and 'Twenty Years A-Growing' tells the story of his youth and of a way of life which belonged to the Middle Ages. He wrote for his own pleasure and for the entertainment of his friends, without any thought of a wider public; his style is derived from folk-tales which he heard from his grandfather and sharpened by his own lively imagination. The Blasket Islands are three miles off Irelands Dingle Peninsula. Until their evacuation just after the Second World War, the lives of the 150 or so Blasket Islanders had remained unchanged for centuries. A rich oral tradition of story-telling, poetry, and folktales kept alive the legends and history of the islands, and has made their literature famous throughout the world. The 7 Blasket Island books published by OUP contain memoirs and reminiscences from within this literary tradition, evoking a way of life which has now vanished.

The British in India - Three Centuries of Ambition and Experience (Paperback): David Gilmour The British in India - Three Centuries of Ambition and Experience (Paperback)
David Gilmour 1
R340 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R68 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A SUNDAY TIMES, THE TIMES, SPECTATOR, NEW STATESMAN, TLS BOOK OF THE YEAR 'A richly panoramic exploration of the British experience of India ... hugely researched and elegantly written, sensitive to the ironies of the past and brimming with colourful details' Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times The British in this book lived in India from shortly after the reign of Elizabeth I until well into the reign of Elizabeth II. Who were they? What drove these men and women to risk their lives on long voyages down the Atlantic and across the Indian Ocean or later via the Suez Canal? And when they got to India, what did they do and how did they live? This book explores the lives of the many different sorts of Briton who went to India: viceroys and offcials, soldiers and missionaries, planters and foresters, merchants, engineers, teachers and doctors. It evokes the three and a half centuries of their ambitions and experiences, together with the lives of their families, recording the diversity of their work and their leisure, and the complexity of their relationships with the peoples of India. It also describes the lives of many who did not fit in with the usual image of the Raj: the tramps and rascals, the men who 'went native', the women who scorned the role of the traditional memsahib. David Gilmour has spent decades researching in archives, studying the papers of many people who have never been written about before, to create a magnificent tapestry of British life in India. It is exceptional work of scholarly recovery portrays individuals with understanding and humour, and makes an original and engaging contribution to a long and important period of British and Indian history.

The Tudor Kitchen - What the Tudors Ate & Drank (Paperback): Terry Breverton The Tudor Kitchen - What the Tudors Ate & Drank (Paperback)
Terry Breverton
R287 R251 Discovery Miles 2 510 Save R36 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Did you ever wonder what the Tudors ate and drank? What was Elizabeth I's first meal after the defeat of the Spanish Armada? Which pies did Henry VIII gorge on to go from a 32 to a 54-inch waist? The Tudor Kitchen provides a new history of the Tudor kitchen, and over 500 sumptuous - and more everyday - recipes enjoyed by rich and poor, all taken from authentic contemporary sources. The kitchens of the Tudor palaces were equipped to feed a small army of courtiers, visiting dignitaries and various hangers-on of the aristocracy. Tudor court food purchases in just one year were no fewer than 8,200 sheep, 2,330 deer and 53 wild boar, plus countless birds such as swan (and cygnet), peacock, heron, capon, teal, gull and shoveler. Tudor feasting was legendary; Henry VIII even managed to impress the French at the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520 with a twelve-foot marble and gold leaf fountain dispensing claret and white wine into silver cups, free for all!

Corsets and Codpieces - A History of Outrageous Fashion, from Roman Times to the Modern Era (Paperback): Karen Bowman Corsets and Codpieces - A History of Outrageous Fashion, from Roman Times to the Modern Era (Paperback)
Karen Bowman
R430 R405 Discovery Miles 4 050 Save R25 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Medieval Secrets & Scandals (Paperback): Brenda Williams Medieval Secrets & Scandals (Paperback)
Brenda Williams
R169 R128 Discovery Miles 1 280 Save R41 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What constituted a secret or a scandal in times gone by? This entertaining title in this new series gives an overview of the times and attitudes to `secrets', and what was meant by a `scandal'. The series uncovers revelations of spies and plots, financial scandals, secrets of the royal bedchambers, dynastic tangles, and the exploits of both villains and so-called saints. Noble lords and ladies sampled the same pleasures and sometimes met the same ghastly fate as common criminals. Enemies of the state plotted and were plotted against, while a horrible fate awaited those found guilty of treason, hanged, drawn and quartered to the jeers of the mob. Assassins lurked in alleys, ghoulish body snatchers opened graves in the dead of night...

Mastering Modern British History (Paperback, 5th ed. 2017): Norman Lowe Mastering Modern British History (Paperback, 5th ed. 2017)
Norman Lowe 1
R978 R820 Discovery Miles 8 200 Save R158 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The new edition of this best-selling text includes a new section on the final years of the Labour government after Blair's resignation and a new chapter on the subsequent Coalition and Conservative governments. It is the ideal companion for students taking a first-level course in modern British History, as well as for undergraduates in History.

The Lost Decade 2010-2020 - and What Lies Ahead for Britain (Paperback): Polly Toynbee, David Walker The Lost Decade 2010-2020 - and What Lies Ahead for Britain (Paperback)
Polly Toynbee, David Walker 1
R275 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R55 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The ten years from 2010 have been devastating. A decade of austerity and paralysis nurtured contempt for leaders, institutions and fellow citizens and fertilised the ground for a rebellious Brexit. It has been a decade characterised by national tragedies from Grenfell to Windrush, and food banks to the property crisis.

But, as Adam Smith said, ‘there’s a great deal of ruin in a nation’. No truthful portrait of an era can be monochrome. Bright spots included the rise of renewable energy, lower crime rates, legalisation of same-sex marriage and the creative industries continuing to punch well above their weight in spite of cuts.

In The Lost Decade, Polly Toynbee and David Walker offer the definitive survey of this most tumultuous of periods in British history and look to what lies ahead for us. This is the anatomy of a dark decade, bringing hope for better to come.

The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective - Secrets and Lies in the Golden Age of Crime (Paperback): Susannah Stapleton The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective - Secrets and Lies in the Golden Age of Crime (Paperback)
Susannah Stapleton 1
R230 R190 Discovery Miles 1 900 Save R40 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'If you are susceptible to Miss Marple and Harriet Vane you must read The Adventures of Maud West. You will never know the difference between fact and fiction again.' – Jill Paton Walsh, author of the Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane mysteries.

Maud West ran her detective agency in London for more than thirty years, having started sleuthing on behalf of society’s finest in 1905. Her exploits grabbed headlines throughout the world but, beneath the public persona, she was forced to hide vital aspects of her own identity in order to thrive in a class-obsessed and male-dominated world. And – as Susannah Stapleton reveals – she was a most unreliable witness to her own life.

Who was Maud? And what was the reality of being a female private detective in the Golden Age of Crime?

Interweaving tales from Maud West’s own ‘casebook’ with social history and extensive original research, Stapleton investigates the stories Maud West told about herself in a quest to uncover the truth.

With walk-on parts by Dr Crippen and Dorothy L. Sayers, Parisian gangsters and Continental blackmailers, The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective is both a portrait of a woman ahead of her time and a deliciously salacious glimpse into the underbelly of ‘good society’ during the first half of the twentieth century.

Beds and Chambers in Late Medieval England - Readings, Representations and Realities (Hardcover): Hollie L. S. Morgan Beds and Chambers in Late Medieval England - Readings, Representations and Realities (Hardcover)
Hollie L. S. Morgan
R1,639 R1,490 Discovery Miles 14 900 Save R149 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The bed, and the chamber which contained it, was something of a cultural and social phenomenon in late-medieval England. Their introduction into some aristocratic and bourgeois households captured the imagination of late-medieval English society. The bed and chamber stood for much more than simply a place to rest one's head: they were symbols of authority, unparalleled spaces of intimacy, sanctuaries both for the powerless and the powerful. This change in physical domestic space shaped the ways in which people thought about less tangible concepts such as gender politics, communication, God, sex and emotions. Furthermore, the practical uses of beds and chambers shaped and were shaped by artistic and literary production. This volume offers the first interdisciplinary study of the cultural meanings of beds and chambers in late-medieval England. It draws on a vast array of literary, pragmatic and visual sources, including romances, saints' lives, lyrics, plays, wills, probate inventories, letters, church and civil court documents, manuscript illumination and physical objects, to shed new light on the ways in which beds and chambers functioned as both physical and conceptual spaces. Hollie L.S. Morgan is a Research Fellow in the School of History and Heritage, University of Lincoln.

English Castles - England'S Most Dramatic Castles and Strongholds (Paperback, Edition): Historic Uk English Castles - England'S Most Dramatic Castles and Strongholds (Paperback, Edition)
Historic Uk 1
R200 R150 Discovery Miles 1 500 Save R50 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A handy guide to England's most dramatic castles and strongholds, many of which are open to visitors. Includes an eight-page map section showing the locations of castles covered in the book. Features historical background and architectural details for each of the castles, accompanied by beautiful colour photographs. The book covers the major sites of Windsor, Warwick and Leeds Castle, as well as lesser known fortresses scattered across the country. Includes details on the property's custodianship, whether cared for by the National Trust, English Heritage or another body, a description of the gardens where relevant, location, website and phone number. * A concise guide to English castles in an accessible format. * Of interest to English, local and architectural historians, as well as international visitors to England.

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