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A History of the County of Oxford - XVII: Broadwell, Langford and Kelmscott: Bampton Hundred, Part 4 (Hardcover, New): Simon... A History of the County of Oxford - XVII: Broadwell, Langford and Kelmscott: Bampton Hundred, Part 4 (Hardcover, New)
Simon Townley
R2,624 R2,363 Discovery Miles 23 630 Save R261 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Located on Oxfordshire's western fringe between the rivers Leach and Thames, the nine rural settlements covered in this volume are typical Cotswold villages, with their limestone-built farmhouses, their former open fields, and their extensive former sheep pastures. All belonged to a sizeable late Anglo-Saxon estate whose break-up gave rise to the later parish structure: Langford church, with its celebrated late eleventh-century tower, may have begun as a small minster. Excavations at Radcot have revealed much about the settlement's early character, including the discovery of a twelfth-century castle. The area as a whole is predominantly agricultural, though milling, malting and quarrying have all been significant. Woodland at Bradwell Grove was important from the middle ages. In later years the villages developed in diverse ways, displaying contrasting closed and open characteristics. The most famous village is arguably Kelmscott, where the designer William Morris rented Kelmscott Manor as a summer home from 1871; but Filkins was home to the Labour politician Sir Stafford Cripps, who worked with local craftsmen to build several Cotswold-style houses and community buildings there. Gentry houses include the nineteenth-century Gothic mansion at Bradwell Grove, which became the centre of a substantial estate and later of the Cotswold Wildlife Park.

Roman Britain: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Peter Salway Roman Britain: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Peter Salway
R247 R196 Discovery Miles 1 960 Save R51 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For four centuries Britain was an integral part of the Roman Empire, a political system stretching from Turkey to Portugal and from the Red Sea to the Tyne and beyond. Its involvement with Rome started long before the Conquest launched by the Emperor Claudius in 43 AD, and it continued to be a part of the Roman world for some time after the final break with Roman rule. Bringing together archaeological investigation and historical scholarship, Peter Salway explores some of the key issues arising from this period in Britain's history, discussing the question of identity at this time and analysing the importance of widespread literacy in Roman Britain. Covering the period from Julius Caesar's first forays into Britain and Claudius' subsequent conquest, as well as Britain under the later Roman Empire, Salway outlines the key events of this time period, providing a focus on society in Roman Britain, and offering a thoughtful consideration of the aftermath of Roman rule. In the new edition of this Very Short Introduction, Peter Salway makes a number of essential updates in light of recent research in the area. He looks at issues of ethnicity, 'Britishness', and post-colonialism, provides alternative theories to the end of the Roman period in Britain, and draws parallels between the history of Roman Britain and a wide range of other periods, territories, and themes, including the modern experience of empires and national stereotypes. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Buckingham Palace - Official Souvenir (Paperback): Pamela Hartshorne Buckingham Palace - Official Souvenir (Paperback)
Pamela Hartshorne
R174 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R23 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Buckingham Palace is instantly recognisable as a symbol of the monarchy, of London and of Britain itself. But what goes on behind the famous facade? Buckingham Palace is much more than a stone backdrop to pomp and pageantry. Since Queen Victoria's time it has been the official London residence for the ruling monarch and it houses a superb collection of works of art, part of the Royal Collection, but this is no rarefied museum. The headquarters of the British monarchy, Buckingham Palace is that rare thing - a working palace. Its state rooms form a magnificent setting for the official and ceremonial duties carried out by Her Majesty The Queen as Head of State of the United Kingdom and Head of the Commonwealth. This souvenir guide takes you inside the Palace and highlights the multiple roles Buckingham Palace plays - as a symbol, a royal residence, a working palace and an exceptional art collection - while offering a glimpse into one of the most famous buildings in the world.

Edexcel A Level History, Paper 3: Britain: losing and gaining an empire, 1763-1914 Student Book + ActiveBook (Paperback): Nikki... Edexcel A Level History, Paper 3: Britain: losing and gaining an empire, 1763-1914 Student Book + ActiveBook (Paperback)
Nikki Christie, Brendan Christie, Adam Kidson
R579 Discovery Miles 5 790 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book: covers the essential content in the new specifications in a rigorous and engaging way, using detailed narrative, sources, timelines, key words, helpful activities and extension material helps develop conceptual understanding of areas such as evidence, interpretations, causation and change, through targeted activities provides assessment support for A level with sample answers, sources, practice questions and guidance to help you tackle the new-style exam questions. It also comes with three years' access to ActiveBook, an online, digital version of your textbook to help you personalise your learning as you go through the course - perfect for revision.

80 - A Memoir (Paperback): Pauline Bewick 80 - A Memoir (Paperback)
Pauline Bewick
R715 R566 Discovery Miles 5 660 Save R149 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Ireland's best-known artist celebrates her eightieth birthday with a refreshingly honest memoir of an extraordinary life. From growing up in County Kerry to becoming an internationally successful artist, Bewick remains an intregral part of Ireland's cultural legacy.

Edexcel A Level History, Paper 3: Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform c1780-1928 Student Book + ActiveBook (Paperback):... Edexcel A Level History, Paper 3: Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform c1780-1928 Student Book + ActiveBook (Paperback)
Peter Callaghan
R584 Discovery Miles 5 840 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book: covers the essential content in the new specifications in a rigorous and engaging way, using detailed narrative, sources, timelines, key words, helpful activities and extension material helps develop conceptual understanding of areas such as evidence, interpretations, causation and change, through targeted activities provides assessment support for A level with sample answers, sources, practice questions and guidance to help you tackle the new-style exam questions. It also comes with three years' access to ActiveBook, an online, digital version of your textbook to help you personalise your learning as you go through the course - perfect for revision.

Kenneth O. Morgan - My Histories (Hardcover): Kenneth O. Morgan Kenneth O. Morgan - My Histories (Hardcover)
Kenneth O. Morgan
R416 Discovery Miles 4 160 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the story of the life, professional achievements and personal background, challenges and achievements of Wales's leading historian. During his long career, Kenneth O. Morgan has been a prolific writer and, through his pioneering work, has become a leading authority on Welsh History, British History and Labour History. This autobiography also details Morgan's often entertaining and unconventional personal experiences, and the eminent people he has met along the way - from his work in television, radio and the press as election commentator and book reviewer, to his involvement in the Labour Party from the late 1950s onwards and the close relations he developed with such Labour leaders as James Callaghan, Michael Foot, Douglas Jay and Neil Kinnock. In addition to being a respected author, Morgan has held the position of University Vice-Chancellor in Wales, is an active Labour peer, and continues to lecture at universities around the world - all achieved while juggling his life as a husband and father. In this revealing memoir, published in the year of his eightieth birthday, Morgan reflects on marriage and bereavement, on re-marriage, parenthood, friendship, religion and morality, his reactions to the historical changes he has witnessed, from attending a village school in rural Wales and wartime air-raids, through school in Hampstead and study in Oxford University and in Wales, down to entry into the House of Lords. Despite past traumas, this memoir still conveys invigoratingly a senior scholar's idealism, abiding sense of optimism and belief in progress. Contents. List of Illustrations Foreword Chapter 1 A Divided Consciousness Chapter 2 Education, Education, Education Chapter 3 History-Making: A Welsh Historian Chapter 4 History-Making: A British Historian Chapter 5 History-Making; A Labour Historian Chapter 6 History-Making: A Contemporary Historian Chapter 7: History-Making: A Biographer Chapter 8: Experiences: The House of Lords Chapter 9: Experiences: Travelling Chapter 10: Experiences: Old and New Labour Chapter 11 My History

Thatcher's Trial - Six Months That Defined a Leader (Paperback): Kwasi Kwarteng Thatcher's Trial - Six Months That Defined a Leader (Paperback)
Kwasi Kwarteng 1
R280 R154 Discovery Miles 1 540 Save R126 (45%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Three Days at the Brink - FDR's Daring Gamble to Win World War II (Paperback): Bret Baier, Catherine Whitney Three Days at the Brink - FDR's Daring Gamble to Win World War II (Paperback)
Bret Baier, Catherine Whitney
R399 R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Save R75 (19%) Pre-order

The Instant New York Times Bestseller "I could not put this extraordinary book down. Three Days at the Brink is a masterpiece: elegantly written, brilliantly conceived, and impeccably researched. This book not only sparkles but is destined to be a classic!" -Jay Winik, bestselling author From the #1 bestselling author and award-winning anchor of Special Report with Bret Baier, comes the gripping lost history of the Tehran Conference, where FDR, Churchill, and Stalin plotted D-Day and the Second World War's endgame. With the fate of World War II in doubt and rumors of a Nazi assassination plot swirling, Franklin Roosevelt risked everything at a clandestine meeting that would change the course of history. November 1943: The Nazis and their Axis allies controlled nearly the entire European continent. Japan dominated the Pacific. Allied successes at Sicily and Guadalcanal had gained them modest ground but at an extraordinary cost. On the Eastern Front, the Soviet Red Army had been bled white. The path of history walked a knife's edge. That same month a daring gambit was hatched that would alter everything. The "Big Three"-Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin-secretly met for the first time to chart a strategy for defeating Adolf Hitler. Over three days in Tehran, Iran, this trio-strange bedfellows united by their mutual responsibility as heads of the Allied powers-made essential decisions that would direct the final years of the war and its aftermath. Meanwhile, looming over the covert meeting was the possible threat of a Nazi assassination plot, code-named Operation Long Jump. Before they left Tehran, the three leaders agreed to open a second front in the West, spearheaded by Operation Overload and the D-Day invasion of France at Normandy the following June. They also discussed what might come after the war, including dividing Germany and establishing the United Nations-plans that laid the groundwork for the postwar world order and the Cold War. Bestselling author and Fox News Channel anchor Bret Baier's new epic history, Three Days at the Brink, centers on these crucial days in Tehran, the medieval Persian city on the edge of the desert. Baier makes clear the importance of Roosevelt, who stood apart as the sole leader of a democracy, recognizing him as the lead strategist for the globe's future-the one man who could ultimately allow or deny the others their place in history. With new details discovered in rarely seen transcripts, oral histories, and declassified State Department and presidential documents from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Baier illuminates the complex character of Roosevelt, revealing a man who grew into his role and accepted the greatest challenge any American president since Lincoln had faced.

Never Come to Peace Again - Pontiac's Uprising and the Fate of the British Empire in North America (Paperback): David Dixon Never Come to Peace Again - Pontiac's Uprising and the Fate of the British Empire in North America (Paperback)
David Dixon
R658 Discovery Miles 6 580 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Prior to the American Revolution, the Ohio River Valley was a cauldron of competing interests: Indian, colonial, and imperial. The conflict known as Pontiac's Uprising, which lasted from 1763 until 1766, erupted out of this volatile atmosphere. "Never Come to Peace Again," the first complete account of Pontiac's Uprising to appear in nearly fifty years, is a richly detailed account of the causes, conduct, and consequences of events that proved pivotal in American colonial history.

When the Seven Years' War ended in 1760, French forts across the wilderness passed into British possession. Recognizing that they were just exchanging one master for another, Native tribes of the Ohio valley were angered by this development. Led by an Ottawa chief named Pontiac, a confederation of tribes, including the Delaware, Seneca, Chippewa, Miami, Potawatomie, and Huron, rose up against the British. Ultimately unsuccessful, the prolonged and widespread rebellion nevertheless took a heavy toll on British forces.

Even more devastating to the British was the rise in revolutionary sentiment among colonists in response to the rebellion. For Dixon, Pontiac's Uprising was far more than a bloody interlude between Great Britain's two wars of the eighteenth century. It was the bridge that linked the Seven Years' War with the American Revolution.

The Drove Roads of Scotland (Paperback): A.R.B. Haldane The Drove Roads of Scotland (Paperback)
A.R.B. Haldane
R285 R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Save R37 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

One of the great classics of Scottish history, The Drove Roads of Scotland interweaves folklore, social comment and economic history in a fascinating account of Scotland's droving trade and the routes by which cattle and sheep were brought from every corner of the land to markets in central Scotland. In pastoral Scotland, the breeding and movement of livestock were fundamental to the lives of the people. The story of the drove roads takes the reader on an engrossing tour of Scottish history, from the lawless cattle driving by reivers in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to the legitimate movement of stock which developed after the Union of the Crowns, by which time the large-scale movement of stock to established markets had become an important part of Scotland's economy, and a vital aspect of commercial life in the Empire.

Brexit Without The Bullshit - The Facts on Food, Jobs, Schools, and the NHS (Paperback): Gavin Esler Brexit Without The Bullshit - The Facts on Food, Jobs, Schools, and the NHS (Paperback)
Gavin Esler 1
R253 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R85 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The broadcaster and journalist Gavin Esler sets out how the most momentous change in Britain for decades will change everyday life. In 7 succinct chapters, he reveals the profound impact of leaving the European Union on: Food and diet Health and the NHS Jobs and industry Education Travel to Europe From the food markets of Kent to NHS operating theatres to the boardrooms of big employers, Brexit throws up many surprises. Brexit Without the Bullshit is not about the Brexit you were told you were getting. It's about the one that is arriving. Reviews Here's the really useful book: Brexit Without Bullshit by Gavin Esler. Everything a good Remainer needs to persuade the Brexiters, punchy, pithy and short. - Polly Toynbee, Guardian columnist If you want a pithy, sober, clear-headed summary of what Brexit is actually likely to look like, @gavinesler's new book is spot on. Such a welcome antidote to all the whipped up sentiment - calm, factual, rigorous. - Dr Rachel Clarke, NHS doctor and campaigner Esler lays out with stark clarity the effects a Brexit will have on every significant aspect of our lives. In an ideal world every citizen would read this essential book, and think hard. This is the clearest, most uncompromising and most valuable statement of the facts available; and it could save us from a disastrous mistake. - Professor AC Grayling, academic

Farming and Society in North Lincolnshire - The Dixons of Holton-le-Moor, 1741-1906 (Hardcover): Richard Olney Farming and Society in North Lincolnshire - The Dixons of Holton-le-Moor, 1741-1906 (Hardcover)
Richard Olney
R1,103 R1,019 Discovery Miles 10 190 Save R84 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Proputty, proputty, proputty": Tennyson's "Northern Farmer, New Style" could hear the word in the rhythm of his horse's hooves as he cantered between his fields. The Dixon family built up their estate in Holton-le-Moor, between Market Rasen and Caistor, from a minor purchase in 1741 to the point where they owned the whole parish, with a fine house, a governess for their daughters, and a phaeton in which to ride out. But despite these marks of status, they remained working farmers well into the Victorian era. Even more remarkably, they created and preserved a comprehensive archive, including farming accounts, diaries and correspondence. Dr Richard Olney has known this archive for nearly fifty years, first uncovering the documentary riches at Holton Hall (where manuscripts from the loft had to be lowered in baskets to the study below) and subsequently cataloguing the entire collection in the Lincolnshire Archives. In this book he creates a vivid portrait of the building up of a farming estate over several generations, revealing the introduction of agricultural improvements, the use of canals and, later, railways to access wider markets, and the place of "the middling sort" in nineteenth-century English rural society. Richard Olney was an archivist at the Lincolnshire Archives Office from 1969 to 1975, and an Assistant Keeper with the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts from 1976 to 2003. His publications include Lincolnshire Politics 1832-1885 (Oxford 1973) and Rural Society and County Government in Nineteenth-Century Lincolnshire (History of Lincolnshire Committee 1979).

Settlers and Expatriates - Britons over the Seas (Paperback): Robert Bickers Settlers and Expatriates - Britons over the Seas (Paperback)
Robert Bickers
R744 Discovery Miles 7 440 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The British Empire gave rise to various new forms of British identity in the colonial world outside the Dominions. In cities and colonies, and in sovereign states subject to more informal pressures such as Argentina or China, communities of Britons developed identities inflected by local ambitions and pressures. As a result they often found themselves at loggerheads with their diplomatic or colonial office minders, especially in the era of decolonisation. The impact of empire on metropolitan British identity is increasingly well documented; the evolution of dominions' nationalisms is likewise well known; but the new species of Britishness which attained their fullest form in the mid-twentieth century have received significantly less attention. Settlers and Expatriates revisits the communities formed by these hundreds of thousands of Britons, as well as the passages home taken by some, and assesses their development, character, and legacy today. Scholars with established expertise in the history of each region explore the communalities that can be found across British communities in South, East and Southeast Asia, Egypt, and East and Southern Africa, and highlight the particularities that were also distinctive features of each British experience. These overseas Britons were sojourners and settlers; some survived in post-independent states, others were swept out quickly and moved on or back to an often uninterested metropolitan Britain. They have often been caricatured and demonized, but understanding them is important for an understanding of the states in which they lived, whose politics were at times a crucial part of British history and the history of migration and settlement.

Writing the United Kingdom Constitution (Hardcover): Brice Dickson Writing the United Kingdom Constitution (Hardcover)
Brice Dickson
R362 R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Save R25 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Our unwritten Constitution is past its sell-by date. If the Union is to be preserved we must recognise the UK as a federal country along the lines of Canada and Australia, and soon. Such is the argument made by Brice Dickson in this lucid and timely intervention to the debate on Britain's political future. A federal structure, he reasons, could maximise the benefits of cooperation between semi-autonomous regions while at the same time paying due respect to the nationalisms that exist within constituent parts of the country. The devolution of powers to the home nations, coupled with the trials and tribulations associated with Brexit and reform of the House of Lords, point to grave risks in the UK's current constitutional position. Dickson proposes a Constitutional Reform Act which would federalise the nation, provide a modern Bill of Rights, formalise allocation of public expenditure to devolved regions, and contain a clause setting out the 'purpose' of the UK. The UK has an enviable record in rising to a variety of challenges down the centuries, but the fallout from our recent history makes greater certainty and predictability imperative. This urgent analysis by one of our leading constitutional experts points to how that might best be achieved. -- .

The Power of Images - Siena, 1338 (Paperback): Patrick Boucheron The Power of Images - Siena, 1338 (Paperback)
Patrick Boucheron
R510 Discovery Miles 5 100 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Where can the danger be lurking? Two soldiers are huddled together, one gazing up at the sky, the other darting a sideward glance. They derive a tacit reassurance from their weapons, but they are both in their different ways alone and scared. They were painted by Ambrogio Lorenzetti in the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena, and they seem symptomatic of a state of emergency: the year was 1338, and the spectre of the signoria, of rule by one man, was abroad in the city, undermining the very idea of the common good. In this book, distinguished historian Patrick Boucheron uncovers the rich social and political dimensions of the iconic 'Fresco of Good Government'. He guides the reader through Lorenzetti's divided city, where peaceful prosperity and leisure sit alongside the ever-present threats of violence, war and despotism. Lorenzetti's painting reminds us crucially that good government is not founded on the wisdom of principled or virtuous rulers. Rather, good government lies in the visible and tangible effects it has on the lives of its citizens. By subjecting it to scrutiny, we may, at least for a while, be able to hold at bay the dark seductions of tyranny. From fourteenth-century Siena to the present, The Power of Images shows the latent dangers to democracy when our perceptions of the common good are distorted and undermined. It will appeal to students and scholars in art history, politics and the humanities, as well as to anyone interested in the nature of power.

Women of Fortune - Money, Marriage, and Murder in Early Modern England (Hardcover): Linda Levy Peck Women of Fortune - Money, Marriage, and Murder in Early Modern England (Hardcover)
Linda Levy Peck
R849 R669 Discovery Miles 6 690 Save R180 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Women of Fortune tells the compelling story of mercantile wealth, arranged marriages, and merchant heiresses who asserted their rights despite loss, imprisonment, and murder. Following three generations of the Bennet and Morewood families, who made their fortune in Crown finance, the East Indies, the Americas, and moneylending, Linda Levy Peck explores the changing society, economy, and culture of early modern England. The heiresses - curious, intrepid, entrepreneurial, scholarly - married into the aristocracy, fought for their property, and wrote philosophy. One spent years on the Grand Tour. Her life in Europe, despite the outbreak of war, is vividly documented. Another's husband went to debtors' prison. She recovered the fortune and bought shares. Husbands, sons, and contemporaries challenged their independence legally, financially, even violently, but new forms of wealth, education, and the law enabled these heiresses to insist on their own agency, create their own identities, and provide examples for later generations.

A Life in the Hills - The Katharine Stewart Omnibus (Paperback, Omnibus Edition): Katharine Stewart A Life in the Hills - The Katharine Stewart Omnibus (Paperback, Omnibus Edition)
Katharine Stewart
R440 R334 Discovery Miles 3 340 Save R106 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Katharine Stewart, who died in 2013, was one of Scotland's best-loved writers on rural life in the Highlands. A Croft in the Hills, her first book, tells the story of how a couple and their young daughter, fresh from city life, took over a remote hill croft near Loch Ness and made a living from it. Full of warm personal insights, good humour and a love of living things, it has become a classic and has rarely been out of print since it was first published in 1960. This omnibus gathers A Croft in the Hills together with some of Katharine's later books: A Garden in the Hills, describing a year in the life of her Highland garden; A School in the Hills, a vivid history of the school at Abriachan which eventually became the Stewarts' family home; and The Post in the Hills, which tells the dramatic story of the postal service in the Highlands, from the point of view of Katharine's later role as postmistress of the smallest post office in Scotland, run from the porch of her Abriachan schoolhouse. Each of these books glows with what Neil Gunn described as 'its unusual quality, its brightness and its wisdom'. The omnibus will bring the grace, charm and wisdom of Katharine Stewart's writing to a new generation of readers.

Freedom's Debt - The Royal African Company and the Politics of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1672-1752 (Paperback): William A.... Freedom's Debt - The Royal African Company and the Politics of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1672-1752 (Paperback)
William A. Pettigrew
R781 Discovery Miles 7 810 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the years following the Glorious Revolution, independent slave traders challenged the charter of the Royal African Company by asserting their natural rights as Britons to trade freely in enslaved Africans. In this comprehensive history of the rise and fall of the RAC, William A. Pettigrew grounds the transatlantic slave trade in politics, not economic forces, analyzing the ideological arguments of the RAC and its opponents in Parliament and in public debate. Ultimately, Pettigrew powerfully reasons that freedom became the rallying cry for those who wished to participate in the slave trade and therefore bolstered the expansion of the largest intercontinental forced migration in history. Unlike previous histories of the RAC, Pettigrew's study pursues the Company's story beyond the trade's complete deregulation in 1712 to its demise in 1752. Opening the trade led to its escalation, which provided a reliable supply of enslaved Africans to the mainland American colonies, thus playing a critical part in entrenching African slavery as the colonies' preferred solution to the American problem of labor supply.

The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn - 'The Most Happy' (Paperback, New edition): Eric Ives The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn - 'The Most Happy' (Paperback, New edition)
Eric Ives
R475 Discovery Miles 4 750 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This definitive biography of Anne Boleyn establishes her as a figure of considerable importance and influence in her own right.
A full biography of Anne Boleyn, based on the latest scholarly research.
Focusses on Anne's life and legacy and establishes Anne as a figure of considerable importance and influence in her own right.
Adulteress or innocent victim? Looks afresh at the issues at the heart of Anne's downfall.
Pays attention to her importance as a patron of the arts, particularly in relation to Hans Holbein.
Presents evidence about Anne's spirituality and her interest in the intellectual debates of the period.
Takes account of significant advances in knowledge in recent years.

Difficult Women - A History of Feminism in 11 Fights (Paperback): Helen Lewis Difficult Women - A History of Feminism in 11 Fights (Paperback)
Helen Lewis 1
R340 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R68 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Well-behaved women don't make history: difficult women do. Helen Lewis argues that feminism's success is down to complicated, contradictory, imperfect women, who fought each other as well as fighting for equal rights. Too many of these pioneers have been whitewashed or forgotten in our modern search for feel-good, inspirational heroines. It's time to reclaim the history of feminism as a history of difficult women. In this book, you'll meet the working-class suffragettes who advocated bombings and arson; the princess who discovered why so many women were having bad sex; the pioneer of the refuge movement who became a men's rights activist; the 'striker in a sari' who terrified Margaret Thatcher; the wronged Victorian wife who definitely wasn't sleeping with the prime minister; and the lesbian politician who outraged the country. Taking the story up to the present with the twenty-first-century campaign for abortion services, Helen Lewis reveals the unvarnished - and unfinished - history of women's rights. Drawing on archival research and interviews, Difficult Women is a funny, fearless and sometimes shocking narrative history, which shows why the feminist movement has succeeded - and what it should do next. The battle is difficult, and we must be difficult too.

Queen Margaret of Scotland (Paperback): Eileen Dunlop Queen Margaret of Scotland (Paperback)
Eileen Dunlop
R259 Discovery Miles 2 590 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

There is no denying Queen Margaret's imaginative hold on generations of Scots. Born c.1046, she died in 1094 and was canonised in 1250. She stands on a line between the late Celtic/Norse and early medieval periods; although she was contemporaneous with the Vikings, by her time the Roman church was firmly established in all but the outer reaches of Europe, among which was Scotland. Margaret, a princess of impeccable lineage who was reared at the courts of Andrew II of Hungary and Edward the Confessor, became the representative of both the Roman communion and French/English culture when she married Malcolm III, King of Scots, around 1070. Eileen Dunlop re-examines the well-documented accounts of Queen Margaret and from a modern viewpoint looks at the contradictions in her life, her marriage, her death and the differing reactions she has aroused.

Plymouth at War From Old Photographs (Paperback, UK ed.): Derek Tait Plymouth at War From Old Photographs (Paperback, UK ed.)
Derek Tait
R420 R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Save R60 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

During the Second World War, Plymouth suffered some of the worst Blitz damage in the country. Bustling streets such as Bedford Street, George Street and Old Town Street were totally destroyed, while popular stores including Dingles, Pophams, Boots and Woolworths were reduced to rubble. Casualties were high, yet the people of Plymouth kept their spirits up with concerts and regular dances held on the Hoe. On a visit to the city, Winston Churchill congratulated the local people by stating, 'Your homes are low but your hearts are high!' Illustrated with over 220 archive photographs and documents, Plymouth at War offers a unique record of the wartime history of Plymouth. This volume documents aspects of everyday life during this time, from the destruction of homes by enemy bombing and air-raid casualties, to the trials of rationing and evacuation and recalls the people who lived in and defended the city during those dangerous years.

Wartime in West Suffolk - The Diary of Winifred Challis, 1942-1943 (Hardcover): Robert Malcolmson, Peter Searby Wartime in West Suffolk - The Diary of Winifred Challis, 1942-1943 (Hardcover)
Robert Malcolmson, Peter Searby
R965 R897 Discovery Miles 8 970 Save R68 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Winifred Challis (1896-1990) spent most of her life in West Suffolk. Born in Newmarket, during the Second World War she was working in Bury St Edmunds for the Public Assistance Committee and was one of nearly 500 people who at some point during the war kept a diary for the social research organization, Mass Observation. From November 1942 she wrote at length about her everyday life, her feelings, and the social and political attitudes of both herself and others. Winifred, while often introspective, was also a close observer of the world around her, a free thinker, and an accomplished and penetrating writer, with a questioning mind and a quick wit. For several months in 1942-1943 she immersed herself in her diary-writing, producing on some days at least a couple of thousand words of perceptive commentary on the wartime scene - rationing, shortages, the often bleak texture of daily life, the sometimes disconcerting presence of outsiders in Bury, but with various moments of satisfaction and pleasure. Her diaries provide an unusual and fascinating record of a critical period of Suffolk's history. Robert Malcomson is Professor Emeritus of History, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario; Peter Searby was until his retirement Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

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.

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