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Books > History > History of specific subjects > Genealogy, heraldry, names and honours

Flags of the Night Sky - When Astronomy Meets National Pride (Paperback, 2014 ed.): Andre G. Bordeleau Flags of the Night Sky - When Astronomy Meets National Pride (Paperback, 2014 ed.)
Andre G. Bordeleau
R792 R645 Discovery Miles 6 450 Save R147 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Many national flags display astronomical features - Sun, Moon, stars - but are they really based on existing astronomical objects? The United States flag sports 50 stars, one for each state, however none of them are linked to real stars. Further, the lunar crescent is often shaped like the Sun being eclipsed by the Moon. At times, stars are seen right next to the crescent, where the darkened disc of the moon should be! This book will present true astronomical objects and patterns highlighted on national flags and link informative capsules about these objects to the political reasons why they were chosen to adorn such an important symbol.

The Soong Dynasty (Paperback): Sterling Seagrave The Soong Dynasty (Paperback)
Sterling Seagrave
R395 R323 Discovery Miles 3 230 Save R72 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An inside account of the Soong family, whose wealth and power have dominated China and U.S.-Asia policy in the 20th century.

Finding Your Roots, Season 2 - The Official Companion to the PBS Series (Hardcover): Henry Louis Gates Jr Finding Your Roots, Season 2 - The Official Companion to the PBS Series (Hardcover)
Henry Louis Gates Jr
R635 R511 Discovery Miles 5 110 Save R124 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Who are we, and where do we come from? The fundamental drive to answer these questions is at the heart of Finding Your Roots, the companion book to the hit PBS documentary series. As scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. clearly demonstrates, the tools of cutting-edge genomics and deep genealogical research now allow us to learn more about our roots and look further back in time than ever before. In the second season, Gates's investigation takes on the personal and genealogical histories of more than twenty luminaries, including Tina Fey, Ken Burns, Deepak Chopra, and Sally Field, among others. As Gates interlaces these moving stories of immigration, assimilation, strife, and success, he provides practical information for amateur genealogists just beginning archival research on their own families' roots and details the advances in genetic research now available to the public. The result is an illuminating exploration of who we are, how we lost track of our roots, and how we can find them again.

The Habsburgs - To Rule the World (Hardcover): Martyn Rady The Habsburgs - To Rule the World (Hardcover)
Martyn Rady; Read by Simon Bowie
R657 R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Save R135 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Scotland of Old - Clans Map of Scotland (Sheet map, folded, New edition): Collins Maps Scotland of Old - Clans Map of Scotland (Sheet map, folded, New edition)
Collins Maps 1
R134 R104 Discovery Miles 1 040 Save R30 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Collins Scotland of Old Clans Map is a unique pictorial map showing the ancient territories of the principal Scottish clans in the 17th century, and features Don Pottinger's (Islay Herald of Arms) distinctive and original artwork of Scottish arms and crest badges. The map includes: * Over 170 arms, the official insignia of clan chiefs, and crest badges * Territories map of principal clans at the beginning of the 17th century * Arms of the ancient Scottish principalities * Locations of the ancient territories held by the clans around the time of King James VI The map is ideal for those those with an interest in Scottish heraldry, clans and family history. Did you know that Scotland is one of the few countries in the world where a court of heraldry and genealogy operates on a daily basis? The map is based on the map originally conceived and illustrated by the late Sir Iain Moncreiffe of that Ilk, Bart., C.V.O., Q.C., Ph.D., Albany Herald of Arms, and the late Don Pottinger, C.V.O., M.A., D.A., Islay Herald of Arms. Discover the other titles in the series, including Collins Tartans Map of Scotland, Castles Map of Scotland and Whisky Map of Scotland.

Aboard the Fabre Line to Providence - Immigration to Rhode Island (Paperback): Patrick T. Conley, William J Jennings Aboard the Fabre Line to Providence - Immigration to Rhode Island (Paperback)
Patrick T. Conley, William J Jennings
R409 R333 Discovery Miles 3 330 Save R76 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In an era when immigration was at its peak, the Fabre Line offered the only transatlantic route to southern New England. One of its most important ports was in Providence, Rhode Island. Nearly eighty-four thousand immigrants were admitted to the country between the years 1911 and 1934. Almost one in nine of these individuals elected to settle in Rhode Island after landing in Providence, amounting to around eleven thousand new residents. Most of these immigrants were from Portugal and Italy, and the Fabre Line kept up a brisk and successful business. However, both the line and the families hoping for a new life faced major obstacles in the form of World War I, the immigration restriction laws of the 1920s, and the Great Depression. Join authors Patrick T. Conley and William J. Jennings Jr. as they chronicle the history of the Fabre Line and its role in bringing new residents to the Ocean State.

Family Treasures - 15 Lessons, Tips, and Tricks for Discovering Your Family History (Paperback): Barry J. Ewell Family Treasures - 15 Lessons, Tips, and Tricks for Discovering Your Family History (Paperback)
Barry J. Ewell
R518 R420 Discovery Miles 4 200 Save R98 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this invaluable guidebook, popular speaker and devoted researcher Barry Ewell provides a map to all the treasures awaiting you on your personal genealogy journey. Discover effective and efficient research skills, learn to use modern technology to find and preserve your past, and best of all find out how to break through genealogical brick walls as you uncover the precious clues to your family's past.

Kiss Myself Goodbye - The Many Lives of Aunt Munca (Hardcover): Ferdinand Mount Kiss Myself Goodbye - The Many Lives of Aunt Munca (Hardcover)
Ferdinand Mount
R524 R423 Discovery Miles 4 230 Save R101 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Grimly funny and superbly written, with a twist on every page' - Hilary Mantel 'Delightfully compulsive and unforgettably original' - Hadley Freeman Aunt Munca never told the truth about anything. Calling herself after the mouse in a Beatrix Potter story, she was already a figure of mystery during the childhood of her nephew Ferdinand Mount. Half a century later, a series of startling revelations sets him off on a tortuous quest to find out who this extraordinary millionairess really was. What he discovers is shocking and irretrievably sad, involving multiple deceptions, false identities and abandonments. The story leads us from the back streets of Sheffield at the end of the Victorian age to the highest echelons of English society between the wars. Kiss Myself Goodbye is both an enchanting personal memoir like the author's bestselling Cold Cream, and a voyage into a vanished moral world. An unconventional tale of British social history told backwards, its cryptic and unforgettable protagonist Munca joins the ranks of memorable aunts in literature, from Dickens' Betsy Trotwood to Graham Greene's Aunt Augusta.

Irons in the Fire - The Business History of the Tayloe Family and Virginia's Gentry, 1700-1860 (Hardcover): Laura Croghan... Irons in the Fire - The Business History of the Tayloe Family and Virginia's Gentry, 1700-1860 (Hardcover)
Laura Croghan Kamoie
R972 Discovery Miles 9 720 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Irons in the Fire chronicles the agricultural, industrial, and commercial activities of four generations of the Tayloe family of Northern Virginia, revealing a greater complexity in the southern business culture of early America than scholars have generally recognized. Through the story of one representative family, Laura Croghan Kamoie illustrates how entrepreneurship and a broadly skilled slave-labor force combined to create economic diversification well before the American Revolution. Contrary to general historical perceptions, southern elite planters were, at least until the 1790s, very like their northern counterparts.

The Tayloes were planters and businessmen who, crucially, saw no distinction or conflict between these two roles. In this they were not unique: diversification, combined with an entrepreneurial inclination among the elite of the planter class, formed the basis of the Chesapeake's regional economy and contributed to its development.

This diversity was reflected in the slave community. Demonstrating a versatility exceeding later generations of slaves, and occupying a central position in the daily operations of the South's business culture, the Chesapeake slaves made the planters' relatively sophisticated enterprises not only profitable but possible.

Spanning more than a century of early American history, the story begins in 1700, when John Tayloe I managed the family's concerns, and concludes with his six great-grandsons, who lived into the Civil War era. Through the generations, the Tayloes demonstrated the same essential qualities--enterprise, risk-taking, business savvy, innovation, ambition, and pursuit of profit--as their northern counterparts. As the eighteenth century ended, however, cotton plantation agriculture--and, in Virginia, the internal slave trade in support of it--increasingly began to take over, working against economic diversification.

Irons in the Fire provides an exceptional view of early American business, each generation of Tayloes approaching the family's welfare within the social, political, economic, and cultural contexts of their day. This business-family saga also contributes a pivotal perspective to contemporary debates about the economic modernity of the South.

The Lighthouse Stevensons (Paperback): Bella Bathurst The Lighthouse Stevensons (Paperback)
Bella Bathurst
R288 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R79 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An exciting new edition of Bella Bathurst's epic story of Robert Louis Stevenson's ancestors and the building of the Scottish coastal lighthouses against impossible odds. 'Whenever I smell salt water, I know that I am not far from one of the works of my ancestors,' wrote Robert Louis Stevenson in 1880. 'When the lights come out at sundown along the shores of Scotland, I am proud to think they burn more brightly for the genius of my father!' Robert Louis Stevenson was the most famous of the Stevensons, but not by any means the most productive. The Lighthouse Stevensons, all four generations of them, built every lighthouse round Scotland, were responsible for a slew of inventions in both construction and optics, and achieved feats of engineering in conditions that would be forbidding even today. The same driven energy which Robert Louis Stevenson put into writing, his ancestors put into lighting the darkness of the seas. The Lighthouse Stevensons is a story of high endeavour, beautifully told; indeed, this is one of the most celebrated works of historical biography in recent memory.

Finding Karen - An Ancestral Mystery (Paperback): Dorothy Allred Solomon Finding Karen - An Ancestral Mystery (Paperback)
Dorothy Allred Solomon
R563 R449 Discovery Miles 4 490 Save R114 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Since her groundbreaking memoir In My Father's House, which recounts an agonizing break from fundamentalist polygamy, Dorothy Allred Solomon has continued to publish on the lives of Mormon women and the dissonance many experience in connection to fundamentalist pasts. The more Solomon delved into issues of agency, the more she felt her own dissonance and began to look for answers in her ancestral past-those early women she knew only through family stories. Finding Karen: An Ancestral Mystery springs from a decade of research into Solomon's paternal great-great grandmother Karen Sorensen Rasmussen, who converted to Mormonism in Denmark and emigrated to the United States in 1859. Held up to Solomon throughout childhood as an icon of feminine heroism, a stoic handcart immigrant who helped establish Zion in Utah, Karen became equally emblematic of Solomon's own strong-willed determination and of everything Solomon found lacking in herself. Finding Karen is a revelatory journey, twinned with Solomon's own in surprising ways. As valuable a study in recovering history as it is in the need to re-examine family stories, Solomon's retelling takes readers through the twists and turns of discovery/recovery as she encounters them. In doing so, she illuminates not only the risk inherent in trusting even what persists as historic record but also the insights to be gained from assiduous persistence.

The Cut Out Girl - A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found: The Costa Book of the Year 2018 (Paperback): Bart van Es The Cut Out Girl - A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found: The Costa Book of the Year 2018 (Paperback)
Bart van Es 1
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018 WINNER OF THE SLIGHTLY FOXED BEST FIRST BIOGRAPHY PRIZE 2018 A SUNDAY TIMES PAPERBACK OF THE YEAR 2019 'A masterpiece of history and memoir' Evening Standard 'Superb. This is a necessary book - painful, harrowing, tragic, but also uplifting' The Times __________________________________________________ Little Lien wasn't taken from her Jewish parents in the Hague - she was given away in the hope that she might be saved. Hidden and raised by a foster family in the provinces during the Nazi occupation, she survived the war only to find that her real parents had not. Much later, she fell out with her foster family, and Bart van Es - the grandson of Lien's foster parents - knew he needed to find out why. His account of tracing Lien and telling her story is a searing exploration of two lives and two families. It is a story about love and misunderstanding and about the ways that our most painful experiences - so crucial in defining us - can also be redefined. ___________________________________________________ 'Luminous, elegant, haunting - I read it straight through' Philippe Sands, author of East West Street 'Deeply moving. Writes with an almost Sebaldian simplicity and understatement' Guardian 'Sensational and gripping . . . shedding light on some of the most urgent issues of our time' Judges of the Costa Book of the Year 2018

A Dictionary of Muslim Names (Hardcover): Salahuddin Ahmed A Dictionary of Muslim Names (Hardcover)
Salahuddin Ahmed
R2,100 Discovery Miles 21 000 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In a well-known hadith, Muhammed advises Muslims that, "On the Day of Resurrection, you will be called by your names and the names of your fathers; so keep beautiful names." Inspired by the teachings of Islam, names fulfill the cherished ambitions of a true Muslim. In The Dictionary of Muslim Names, Salahuddin Ahmed provides a helpful and substantive guide to common and less-common Muslim names. This lively and informative dictionary lists the original Arabic, Persian, or Turkish spelling, as well as a precise English transliteration. The names' meaning and bearing on Islamic heritage or world history are referenced, along with historical figures who bore the name-an Imaam, a Sultan, a saint-and accompanying illustrations.

On Becoming Apache (Paperback): Harry Mithlo, Conger Beasley Jr On Becoming Apache (Paperback)
Harry Mithlo, Conger Beasley Jr
R590 R466 Discovery Miles 4 660 Save R124 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is the story of Watson Mithlo, Chiricahua Apache, his family, and his life. Watson's story embodies the life of the Chiricahua Apache people, who in 1886 were forced into exile to Fort Marion, Florida, by the US government and considered prisoners of war until 1914. This story tells Watson's lived history as the Chiricahua were relocated from Arizona to Florida to Alabama and finally to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. But this is also a story of Harry Mithlo, Watson's son, and Conger Beasley, Harry's friend. It is a story of telling a story. The three voices that serve as our narrators--Watson, Harry, and Conger--all contribute information and emotions, caught up in a kind of ongoing, never-ending, simultaneous present. This story is a composite, a mosaic, a song. It is imbued with oral tradition, Apache medicine, and the dance of the Chiricahua Mountain Spirits. Through Watson, Harry, and Conger, one man's life becomes a circle, blending history with the sacred in the telling of a distinctly Native story.

Dynasty: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): Jeroen Duindam Dynasty: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Jeroen Duindam
R231 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R47 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For thousands of years bloodlines have been held as virtually unassailable credentials for leadership, with supreme political power perceived as a family affair across the globe and throughout history. At the heart of royal dynasties, kings were inflated to superhuman proportions, yet their status came at a price: whilst they may have reigned, they were very often ruled by others who sheltered behind the ruler's proclaimed omnipotence. Descent through the female line also occurred, subverting our common view of dynasty as built on father-son succession. Everywhere, women were important as mothers of boy-kings, and could even rule in their own right in some places. In this Very Short Introduction Jeroen Duindam connects the earliest history of kings and queens to contemporary examples of family-based leadership. His sweeping overview of five millennia of dynastic rule brings to light recurring predicaments of families on the throne. Examining persistent family conflict and the dilemmas of leadership, he shows how the challenge of governing the family was balanced by the necessity of family scions, close or distant, for the survival of dynasties. Tensions between ageing fathers and eager sons can be found among ancient kings as well as in modern business empires. Guidebooks for rulers throughout history provided counsel that will appear strikingly familiar to contemporary leaders. The thoughts and confessions of rulers added a more personal touch to these rules of thumb. Throughout, Duindam sheds light not only on similarities, but also on divergence and change in dynastic practice. 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.

The Best Gender-Neutral Baby Name Book - The Ultimate Collection of Unique Unisex Names (Paperback): Melanie Mannarino The Best Gender-Neutral Baby Name Book - The Ultimate Collection of Unique Unisex Names (Paperback)
Melanie Mannarino
R262 R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Save R89 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The ultimate collection of unique, unisex baby names-from traditional to modern-including the origin and history of the name, and any cultural icons (men or women) who share the name. What's in a name? A lot. For generations, they've indicated a lot about a person: their family history, personality traits, and qualities-and let's not forget about nicknames, both good and bad. But while a name may have special significance to the parents who choose it, when you stop and think about it, there's little else it can reveal about a baby, or the adult that child grows into. Try to accurately imagine what a kid named Frankie looks like...he could be a preschool boy who loves to paint or a teenage girl who is the star of her track team. Same goes for Casey, Jamie, or Taylor. Just as we no longer automatically choose "girl" (pink) or "boy" (blue) colors, today's parents want their child to have a unique name that defies stereotypes. This one-of-a-kind book compiles the best gender-neutral baby names for your child, along with fun "Top 5 Lists that Make Unique Baby Names" sprinkled throughout (including foods, mythological places, surnames, and more). Use as a guide or read it cover to cover-or dip into specific chapters if you've already got a first letter in mind. Have fun, be creative, and know that whatever name you choose, your baby will be a unique and amazing person who defines themselves.

A History of the Speake families in Shropshire - 'The River of Lives' (Paperback): John D. Speake A History of the Speake families in Shropshire - 'The River of Lives' (Paperback)
John D. Speake
R559 Discovery Miles 5 590 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book is the result of 45 years of part-time research into the Shropshire Speake families. It describes the history of the author's family through thirteen generations, as well as all other associated Shropshire Speake families. In some cases it follows them across the nearby border into Wales, and the possible reasons for their migration. It focuses on the period prior to the advent of census returns and the civil registration of births, marriage and deaths in the early nineteenth century. Prior to this date research becomes more difficult and time consuming, and the aim of this book is to help Speake family researchers to link their family trees back to this earlier period. This approach has enabled this book to be kept a reasonable size. It is the story of periods of prosperity in the late sixteenth century, with accompanying social advancement. This is contrasted with the problems of two court cases brought against them in the infamous Court of the Star Chamber in London, 150 miles distant. After the mid-seventeenth century they lived the precarious existence of the rural poor, at the mercy of poor harvests, poverty, accidents, chronic illnesses and sudden death. Outline family trees for the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are included, to help those interested in their Speake family to connect with the earlier information presented here. In particular, the very large Eaton-under-Heywood and Westbury families are comprehensively shown in outline. This reconstruction was made possible by the use of a large computerised relational database. Shropshire was an early leader in the Industrial Revolution and the new industries in Ironbridge and Ketley provided alternative employment for the rural poor. The later nineteenth century growth of local government also provided new opportunities for employment and increasing prosperity. The advent of the railways made it easier to seek work further afield and many Speake families migrated to the industrial districts of Lancashire, South Wales and the adjacent `Black Country' of the Midlands. More distant migrations were made to Canada, Patagonia, Australia and New Zealand. This book is a record of often short, hard lives, and although documentary evidence is hard to find, their lives can bring surprises. This book contains 130 family trees, nine specially commissioned maps, two original artworks and an extensive index. A comprehensive collection of Appendices contains summaries of all known Speake wills, lay subsidies, marriages licences and hearth tax entries and many other documents. These make this volume an essential addition to the book collection of family historians and others with an interest in Shropshire history and the Speake families.

A History of the Speake families in Shropshire - 'The River of Lives' (Hardcover): John D. Speake A History of the Speake families in Shropshire - 'The River of Lives' (Hardcover)
John D. Speake
R663 Discovery Miles 6 630 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book is the result of 45 years of part-time research into the Shropshire Speake families. It describes the history of the author's family through thirteen generations, as well as all other associated Shropshire Speake families. In some cases it follows them across the nearby border into Wales, and the possible reasons for their migration. It focuses on the period prior to the advent of census returns and the civil registration of births, marriage and deaths in the early nineteenth century. Prior to this date research becomes more difficult and time consuming, and the aim of this book is to help Speake family researchers to link their family trees back to this earlier period. This approach has enabled this book to be kept a reasonable size. It is the story of periods of prosperity in the late sixteenth century, with accompanying social advancement. This is contrasted with the problems of two court cases brought against them in the infamous Court of the Star Chamber in London, 150 miles distant. After the mid-seventeenth century they lived the precarious existence of the rural poor, at the mercy of poor harvests, poverty, accidents, chronic illnesses and sudden death. Outline family trees for the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are included, to help those interested in their Speake family to connect with the earlier information presented here. In particular, the very large Eaton-under-Heywood and Westbury families are comprehensively shown in outline. This reconstruction was made possible by the use of a large computerised relational database. Shropshire was an early leader in the Industrial Revolution and the new industries in Ironbridge and Ketley provided alternative employment for the rural poor. The later nineteenth century growth of local government also provided new opportunities for employment and increasing prosperity. The advent of the railways made it easier to seek work further afield and many Speake families migrated to the industrial districts of Lancashire, South Wales and the adjacent `Black Country' of the Midlands. More distant migrations were made to Canada, Patagonia, Australia and New Zealand. This book is a record of often short, hard lives, and although documentary evidence is hard to find, their lives can bring surprises. This book contains 130 family trees, nine specially commissioned maps, two original artworks and an extensive index. A comprehensive collection of Appendices contains summaries of all known Speake wills, lay subsidies, marriages licences and hearth tax entries and many other documents. These make this volume an essential addition to the book collection of family historians and others with an interest in Shropshire history and the Speake families.

Beroemde Suid-Afrikaanse krygsmanne (Afrikaans, Hardcover): Leopold Scholtz Beroemde Suid-Afrikaanse krygsmanne (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
Leopold Scholtz
R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'n Boeiende beeld van krygsverrigtinge binne en buite Suid-Afrikaanse grense in die loop van byna 500 jaar. Hier is besielende verhale van moed en heldedom maar ook verhale van broedertwis en verraad, met figure en gebeure so uiteenlopend soos die Boereoorlog en generaal Christiaan de Wet; Dan Pienaar in die westelike Sahara; Bob Rogers en kolonel Koos van Heerden en Taakmag Zulu.

Fatherhood (Paperback): Caleb Klaces Fatherhood (Paperback)
Caleb Klaces; Cover design or artwork by Marianne R. Arnesen; Designed by Traven T. Croves
R307 R247 Discovery Miles 2 470 Save R60 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Welsh Surnames (Paperback, UK ed.): T.J. Morgan, Prys Morgan Welsh Surnames (Paperback, UK ed.)
T.J. Morgan, Prys Morgan
R419 Discovery Miles 4 190 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Welsh Surnames is the first full-scale study of Welsh surnames and is both a classification and a dictionary. Based on Welsh, Latin and English texts, on parish registers and local histories, it traces the growth of a Welsh surnaming pattern in Wales and the Border at the end of the Middle Ages. This historical picture is completed by evidence taken from modern sources such as electoral registers from Wales and western England, surnames from Welsh and London newspapers, and telephone directories. The book opens with a classification of the various kinds of Welsh surnames besides the innumerable examples of the well-known Welsh patronymic surname; surnames from hypocoristic forms, from anglicisations and approximations of Welsh names, from the forenames of women, from place-names, and many others. This is followed by a dictionary of Welsh surnames which also gives attention to variations and corruptions of the original names. Welsh Surnames is aimed both at the specialist and the general reader as an invaluable tool not only for the historian or the genealogist but also the geographer and sociologist.

Ridge and Furrow - Voices from the Winter Fields (Paperback): Neil Sentance Ridge and Furrow - Voices from the Winter Fields (Paperback)
Neil Sentance
R309 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R59 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In his haunting debut, Water and Sky, published in 2014, Neil Sentance explored the history of his family and the landscape which shaped them. Ridge and Furrow continues the project to chart in prose the voices of a seldom recorded people and place. From the long shadows of war and want, to facing the great changes to rural life in the twentieth century, to first forays into a world beyond the flatlands of Lincolnshire, the book delicately portrays the dreams of lone, and often lonely, figures in one family's history. Ridge and Furrow melds memoir and fiction, place and nature writing, told with characteristic lyricism and muddy realism.

Clans and Tartans - Traditional Scottish Tartans (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Scottish Tartans Authority, Collins Books Clans and Tartans - Traditional Scottish Tartans (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Scottish Tartans Authority, Collins Books 1
R186 R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Save R46 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The perfect introduction to Scottish tartans. Produced in association with the Scottish Tartans Authority, this Little Book focuses on the history of the world famous Scottish tartan. Contents include: * Over 100 clans presented with their tartan, crest, motto and Gaelic clan name. * The history of tartan and how it plays its part in the traditional national dress. * Detailed clans and family names listing. Beautifully produced, Collins Little Book of Clans and Tartans is a treasure in itself and makes a perfect gift for any Scotland enthusiast.

Kings and Queens (Paperback, New ed): Neil Grant Kings and Queens (Paperback, New ed)
Neil Grant; Edited by (consulting) Alison Plowden
R159 R120 Discovery Miles 1 200 Save R39 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A copiously illustrated guide to the monarchs of the British Isles and Ireland from pre-Saxon times to the present, complete with concise genealogical charts and details of key historical events.

The book is divided into five sections, together with a Compendium at the end.

Part One, presents information about Pre-Saxon rule, including details about ancient British chiefs, Roman rulers and the Roman Conquest. Part Two provides information about Scotland, Ireland and Wales, with sections on Robert I and the Wars of Independence, The Union of the Crowns, the Princes of Wales and the High Kingship of Ireland.Part Three discusses the Saxons, Normans and Plantagenets. Part Four gives details about the Tudors and Stuarts. Part Five presents an in-depth discussion of the houses from Hanover to Windsor.

Parts Two to Five provide all the essential information you will need to know about Kings and Queens including details of birth, parents, accession to the throne, coronation, authority, personal status, death date and burial place for each monarch.

In addition an overview is given for each reign outlining major events and personal tragedies, war, celebrations and conspiracies.

A Village with My Name - A Family History of China's Opening to the World (Hardcover): Scott Tong A Village with My Name - A Family History of China's Opening to the World (Hardcover)
Scott Tong
R653 Discovery Miles 6 530 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When journalist Scott Tong moved to Shanghai, his assignment was to start up the first full-time China bureau for "Marketplace," the daily business and economics program on public radio stations across the United States. But for Tong the move became much more it offered the opportunity to reconnect with members of his extended family who had remained in China after his parents fled the communists six decades prior. By uncovering the stories of his family's history, Tong discovered a new way to understand the defining moments of modern China and its long, interrupted quest to go global. A Village with My Name offers a unique perspective on the transitions in China through the eyes of regular people who have witnessed such epochal events as the toppling of the Qing monarchy, Japan's occupation during World War II, exile of political prisoners to forced labor camps, mass death and famine during the Great Leap Forward, market reforms under Deng Xiaoping, and the dawn of the One Child Policy. Tong's story focuses on five members of his family, who each offer a specific window on a changing country: a rare American-educated girl born in the closing days of the Qing Dynasty, a pioneer exchange student, an abandoned toddler from World War II who later rides the wave of China's global export boom, a young professional climbing the ladder at a multinational company, and an orphan (the author's daughter) adopted in the middle of a baby-selling scandal fueled by foreign money. Through their stories, Tong shows us China anew, visiting former prison labor camps on the Tibetan plateau and rural outposts along the Yangtze, exploring the Shanghai of the 1930s, and touring factories across the mainland. With curiosity and sensitivity, Tong explores the moments that have shaped China and its people, offering a compelling and deeply personal take on how China became what it is today.

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