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Owen Tudor - Founding Father of the Tudor Dynasty (Paperback): Terry Breverton Owen Tudor - Founding Father of the Tudor Dynasty (Paperback)
Terry Breverton
R265 R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Save R48 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'The Welsh habit of revolt against the English is an old-standing madness ... from the sayings of the prophet Merlin they still hope to recover their land. Hence, they frequently rebel ... but because they do not know the appointed time, they are often deceived and their labour is in vain.' (Vita Edwardi Secundi) The appointed time, it turned out, was 1485. For generations, the ancestors of Welshman Owen Tudor had fought Romans, Irish Picts, Vikings, Saxons, Mercians and Normans. His uncles had been executed in the Glyndwr Welsh War of Independence. Owen fought for Henry V in France and entered the service of Henry's queen, Catherine of Valois. Soon after the king's death he secretly married her, the mother of the eight-month-old Henry VI. Owen and Catherine would have two boys together. Henry VI would go on to ennoble them as Edmund Earl of Richmond, and Jasper Earl of Pembroke, but upon Catherine's death Owen was imprisoned. Escaping twice, Owen was thrown into the beginnings of the Wars of the Roses with his two sons. It would be Edmund's son, Henry Tudor, who would take the English throne as Henry VII. When Jasper led the Lancastrian forces at Mortimer's Cross in 1461, the ageing Owen led a wing of the defeated army, was captured and executed. Without his earlier secret marriage for love, there would have been no Tudor dynasty.

Henry VII - The Maligned Tudor King (Paperback): Terry Breverton Henry VII - The Maligned Tudor King (Paperback)
Terry Breverton
R298 R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Save R53 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Henry Tudor, the future Henry VII, has been called the most unlikely King of England. Yet his rise from obscurity was foretold by the bards, and by 1485, the familial bloodbath of the Wars of the Roses left Henry as the sole adult Lancastrian claimant to the throne. The hunchback usurper Richard III desperately wanted him dead, and in his exile Henry Tudor was left with no choice. He either invaded England or faced being traded to Richard to meet certain death. Henry's father, Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond, was the son of a Queen of England, sister to the King of France, and of an obscure Welsh court servant, who had been born in secrecy away from court. Edmund's death at the beginning of the Wars of the Roses left Henry to grow up in almost constant danger, imprisonment and exile. In 1485, his 'ragtag' invading army at Bosworth faced overwhelming odds, but succeeded. Henry went on to become England's wisest and greatest king, but it would be his son Henry VIII and granddaughter Elizabeth I who would take all the credit.

Breverton's Nautical Curiosities - A Book of the Sea (Hardcover): Terry Breverton Breverton's Nautical Curiosities - A Book of the Sea (Hardcover)
Terry Breverton 1
R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A compendium of fascinating information about the great waters that cover two-thirds of our Earth and the men and women that sailed them. Breverton's Nautical Curiosities is about ships, people and the sea. However, unlike many other nautical compendiums, the focus of this book is on the unusual, the overlooked or the downright extraordinary. Someone most of us do not know, Admiral William Brown, is given equal coverage to Admiral Nelson. Without Admiral Brown releasing Garibaldi, modern Italy might not exist. And without the barely known genius John Ericsson designing the Monitor, the Confederacy might have won the American Civil War. Readers will be stimulated to read more about the remarkable men - explorers, admirals and trawlermen - who have shaped our world. The sea has had a remarkable effect upon our language. We hear the terms 'steer clear of', 'hit the deck', 'don't rock the boat', 'to harbour a grudge' and the like, and give little thought to them. In the pages of this book, the reader will find the origin of 'bumpkin', a 'brace of shakes', 'born with a silver spoon', 'booby prize', 'to take on board', 'above board', 'bombed' (in the sense of being drunk), the 'blues', 'blind-side', 'blind drunk', 'the pot calling the kettle black', 'reach the bitter end', 'wasters', 'ahoy', 'all at sea', 'to keep aloof', 'piss-artist', 'taken aback', 'barbecue'' and 'bamboozle'. Other colourful terms, which have passed out of common usage, such as 'bring one's arse to anchor' (sit down), 'belly timber' (food) and 'bog orange' (potato) are also included, as well as important pirate haunts, technical terms, famous battles, maritime inventors and ship speed records.

The Tudor Kitchen - What the Tudors Ate & Drank (Paperback): Terry Breverton The Tudor Kitchen - What the Tudors Ate & Drank (Paperback)
Terry Breverton
R268 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R48 (18%) 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!

Owain Glyndwr - The Story of the Last Prince of Wales (Paperback): Terry Breverton Owain Glyndwr - The Story of the Last Prince of Wales (Paperback)
Terry Breverton
R340 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R63 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

If it had not been for Owain Glyndwr's 15-year struggle against overwhelming odds, the Welsh would not have survived as Europe's oldest nation. His war is the defining era in the history of Wales. Yet Glyndwr is hardly known - a cultured, literate warrior who was never betrayed or captured and vanished into history. No less than six separate invasions were beaten back by Glyndwr's army of volunteers before he disappeared, his family and children either dead or imprisoned for life. Not for Glyndwr the brutal public death of Braveheart, nor a grave to desecrate - only an immortal legacy of hope and freedom. His war of independence led the way for the success of another mab darogan (son of prophecy) seven decades later, when a Welsh army won at Bosworth Field and the Tudor dynasty was founded. This book tells us how Glyndwr came to stir Wales into war, and why his name still resonates today as one of the greatest warriors the world has ever seen.

True Confessions of William Owen - Smuggler, Privateer and Murderer, The (Paperback): Terry Breverton True Confessions of William Owen - Smuggler, Privateer and Murderer, The (Paperback)
Terry Breverton
R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
100 Greatest Welsh Women (Paperback): Terry Breverton 100 Greatest Welsh Women (Paperback)
Terry Breverton
R472 Discovery Miles 4 720 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
100 Greatest Welshmen (Paperback): Terry Breverton 100 Greatest Welshmen (Paperback)
Terry Breverton
R448 Discovery Miles 4 480 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Admiral Sir Henry Morgan - The Greatest Buccaneer of Them All (Paperback, UK ed.): Terry Breverton Admiral Sir Henry Morgan - The Greatest Buccaneer of Them All (Paperback, UK ed.)
Terry Breverton
R265 Discovery Miles 2 650 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Him cheat him friend of him last guinea Him kill both friar and priest, O dear Him cut de t'roat of piccaninny Bloody, bloody buccaneer " --old West Indian balladThis is the swashbuckling biography of the naval officer known as the Sword of England, the Welshman Henry Morgan. Over the years, Morgan came to be portrayed as a black-hearted, fierce pirate. This error in terms and in the assessment of Morganis character led to the filing of the first libel lawsuit, brought in protest to a book published in 1684 claiming he had been an indentured servant, was a pirate, and was responsible for atrocities. In fact, Morgan was commissioned to aid the British navy in fighting enemies of the crown and was a superb military tactician who led a dozen victorious campaigns against massive odds. In 1655, Spain was the greatest naval and military power on earth, and controlled the sea lanes of Central America and the Caribbean. Henry Morgan's career as a buccaneer officially began when, at age twenty, he landed in Barbados as part of a force deployed to capture Cuba or Hispaniola (Puerto Rico) for the British. The deployment failed, but the forces did capture Jamaica, which would become Morgan's adopted home base for the rest of his life. From there, Morgan planned the attacks that would enrich the British throne and usher in the era of British supremacy on the high seas. For his leadership in battle and as lieutenant governor of Jamaica, Admiral Sir Henry Morgan deserves to take his place alongside Sir Francis Drake and the Duke of Wellington in the panoply of history's greatest heroes.

A Gross of Pirates - From Alfhild the Shield Maiden to Afweyne the Big Mouth (Hardcover): Terry Breverton A Gross of Pirates - From Alfhild the Shield Maiden to Afweyne the Big Mouth (Hardcover)
Terry Breverton
R533 R429 Discovery Miles 4 290 Save R104 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From anti-slavery heroes to evil murderers, from 'the Victual Brothers' to Somali raiders today, a 1000-year roll call of the pirates. It is no use pretending that these criminals do not evoke admiration - even envy. Part of the appeal is the democratic nature of their activities, characterised as far back as the 14th century by Klaus Stortebeker thieving in the Baltic - his crew were called the Likedeelers, the equal sharers. Author Terry Breverton has brought together the extraordinary stories of 144 pirates throughout history. They include Norman privateers, Barbary Corsairs, Elizabethan adventurers, Chinese pirates, 'the Brethren of the Coast' - and of course the pirates of the Caribbean. There are some surprises. Who, for example were the Dunkirkers? They were Spanish privateers based at Dunkirk, then held by the Spanish Habsburgs, who plagued the Dutch for more than eighty years. In 1587 the United Provinces of Holland declared the Dunkirk privateers to be pirates (there is a difference) making their naval captains swear an oath to throw all Dunkirker prisoners into the North Sea. The practice was known as voetenspoelen, 'washing the feet', and in winter would be a quick death. Beginning with the 9th-century 'Shield Maiden' pirate Alfhild and ending with Mohamed Abdi Hassan - 'Afweyne' (Big Mouth) - who ransomed supertankers for tens of millions of dollars, A Gross of Pirates is an exciting journey under full sail across a millennium of blood and treasure.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Tudors But Were Afraid to Ask (Paperback): Terry Breverton Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Tudors But Were Afraid to Ask (Paperback)
Terry Breverton 1
R403 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R72 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Tudor Family is the most intriguing royal dynasty in British history. Their era took us out of the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, founded the British Empire and made Britain a world power for the first time. The flowering of literature and music was unprecedented in British history. And what a family! From Henry VII who usurped Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth, through his famous son whose multiple marriages led to the break with the Roman Church, to the brilliant reign of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn's daughter, Elizabeth I, we see over a century of people and events that sometimes seem more fiction than reality. Did Henry VIII compose Greensleeves? What were Thomas Cromwell's bizarre toilet habits? Did Anne Boleyn have six fingers on one hand? For details of these, and many more entertaining Tudor facts, just open this book.

Jasper Tudor - Dynasty Maker (Paperback): Terry Breverton Jasper Tudor - Dynasty Maker (Paperback)
Terry Breverton
R273 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R48 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Wars of the Roses were a bitter and bloody dispute between the rival Plantagenet Houses of York and Lancaster. Only one man, Jasper Tudor, the Lancastrian half-brother to Henry VI, fought from the first battle at St Albans in 1455 to the last at Stoke Field in 1487 and lived to forge a new dynasty - the Tudors. Fighting the Yorkists, rallying the Lancastrians and spending years in exile with his nephew, the future first Tudor monarch, Henry VII, Jasper was the mainspring for continued Lancastrian defiance. He was twenty-four years old in his first battle and fifty-three when he won at Bosworth Field in 1485. Now he could style himself 'the high and mighty prince, Jasper, brother and uncle of kings, duke of Bedford and earl of Pembroke'. Without the heroic Jasper Tudor there could have been no Tudor dynasty. This is the first biography of the real 'kingmaker' of British history.

The Tudor Cookbook - From Gilded Peacock to Calves' Feet Pie (Paperback): Terry Breverton The Tudor Cookbook - From Gilded Peacock to Calves' Feet Pie (Paperback)
Terry Breverton
R262 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R49 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Have you ever wondered what the Tudors ate? What was served at the courtly feasts of Henry VIII, or what kept peasants alive through the harsh winters of the sixteenth century? The Tudor Cookbook provides over 250 recipes from authentic period manuals for starters, mains, desserts and drinks, from chicken blancmange to white pease pottage with seal and porpoise. It even covers vegetarian dishes - the Tudors designed dishes of vegetables to look like meat to be cooked during religious festivals when abstinence from meat was required. A few of the more outlandish ingredients and methods of cooking are now illegal, but the rest of the recipes have been trialled; many are delicious and surprising.

Richard III - The King in the Car Park (Paperback): Terry Breverton Richard III - The King in the Car Park (Paperback)
Terry Breverton 1
R325 R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Save R62 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The bloody Wars of the Roses between the Houses of Lancaster and York ended with the killing of Richard III. With the recent discovery of his skeleton, and the consequent controversy over his final resting place, it is time to re-examine the life of Richard as a duke and king. Was Richard the grotesque usurper and murderer of the Princes in the Tower, as depicted by Shakespeare just over a hundred years after his death in battle? Or has his name been blackened over the years, as claimed by his apologists, the Richard III Society? This biography sifts the contemporary evidence, placing Richard in the context of his times, and assesses the other candidates put forward to have killed the Princes in the Tower. John Locke wrote that 'the actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts' and upon this basis the investigation leads to one conclusion.

The Journal of Penrose, Seaman (Paperback): Terry Breverton, William Williams The Journal of Penrose, Seaman (Paperback)
Terry Breverton, William Williams
R521 Discovery Miles 5 210 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This long-forgotten factional novel was the literary sensation of its day. The Poet Laureate Robert Southey said of it 'Truth is often stranger than falsehood; and so it is in this case'. This is the account of the privateer William Williams's adventures after being marooned upon the Miskito Coast. It is the first story of a message in a bottle, of buried treasure, the first novel written in America, and incredibly anti-slavery, at a time when America's first three presidents owned slaves. The descriptions of flora and fauna are unparalleled, and some of Williams' stories of mammoth bones and inscribed basalt pillars have only been discovered to be factual in the last two decades. This book updates the language of the original manuscript, which was expurgated when originally printed, and gives a short account of the life of its polymath author. This is a wonderful work of literature which will bring joy to readers old and young, and is crying out to be heard again today. The amazing William Williams: Painter, Author, Teacher, Musician, Stage Designer, Castaway. The activities of this forgotten genius spread across almost every branch of American culture... he will stand out as a significant figure in the development of American culture - James Thomas Flexner I have never read so much of a book in one sitting in my life. He Penrose] kept me up half the night, and made me dream of him the other half... it has all the air of truth, and is most entertaining and interesting in every point of view - Lord George Byron

The Physicians of Myddfai - Cures and Remedies of the Mediaeval World (Paperback): Terry Breverton The Physicians of Myddfai - Cures and Remedies of the Mediaeval World (Paperback)
Terry Breverton
R408 Discovery Miles 4 080 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

About the Book This is the first new and unexpurgated translation of Meddygon Myddfai, The Physicians of Myddfai, for over 150 years. The original mediaeval manuscripts are unique, being written in Middle Welsh, whereas across England and the rest of Europe, Latin was the universal language for documents. Nicholas Culpeper's famous 17th century medical handbooks are at least five hundred years later than the genesis of the works of the Myddfai mediciners. Around 1000 Welsh remedies and suggestions for a healthy life make fascinating reading, with many being useful today. The evocative Legend of the Lady of the Lake (Llyn y Fan Fach) is included. This tale is the starting point for the line of practising Myddfai physicians from being court mediciners to Prince Rhys Gryg (d.1234) until the present day. Not only has the herbal and healing tradition carried on for around 800 years, but the places named in the legend can still be seen, and many of the plant cures have uses in modern medicine. About the Author Terry Breverton has written over forty books, with his main focus being upon Welsh history, heritage and culture. A former businessman, consultant and academic, he has worked all over the world, has given talks about Wales in Boston, Washington, Vancouver and elsewhere, and has appeared in several documentaries. He believes that books, whether in print or electronic form, have to be entertaining and informative, and hopes that this is the case with The Physicians of Myddfai.

Immortal Last Words - History's Most Memorable Dying Remarks, Death Bed Statements and Final Farewells (Hardcover): Terry... Immortal Last Words - History's Most Memorable Dying Remarks, Death Bed Statements and Final Farewells (Hardcover)
Terry Breverton 1
R260 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R52 (20%) Out of stock

Immortal Last Words is a fascinating, diverse collection of history's most uplifting, entertaining and thought-provoking dying remarks and final farewells. The 370 entries in this book have been drawn from some of history's greatest statesmen, poets, scientists, novelists and warriors - the eminent men and women who have shaped events over the last four and a half millennia and whose final recorded words have often inspired great deeds or shed light on the nature of the human condition. There are also entries are from less well- known individuals who did not make such an impact on history but whose dying words are equally noteworthy as they encapsulate the spirit of the times or simply reflect the character of the speaker. And finally, the pages of this book contain the last words of some of most ignoble personalities in history - the monsters and maniacs whose final defiant utterances prompt us to reflect on the nature of evil and man's inhumanity to man. Arranged chronologically from antiquity to the present day, each entry is accompanied by contextual information giving a brief biography of the author and an explanation of the circumstances that gave rise to the quotation. Some of the sentiments expressed are unbelievably sad while others are optimistic; some final words have become famous while others have remained obscure, but all reflect the follies and greatness of mankind - its heroes and villains, war and peace and the absolute power of language to change our feelings and challenge our minds. Sample entries include: Buddha 'Strive for your own liberation with diligence'; Vespasian 'Dear me, I believe I am becoming a god'; Thomas Hobbes, 'I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark'; Robespierre 'Death is the commencement of immortality!'; George Washington'Tis well'; John Keats 'Here lies one whose name was writ in water'; John Maynard Keynes'I should have drunk more champagne'; Salvador Dali 'I do not believe in my death'; Keith Floyd 'I've not felt this well for ages.'

Wales' 1000 Best Heritage Sites (Paperback): Terry Breverton Wales' 1000 Best Heritage Sites (Paperback)
Terry Breverton
R480 R392 Discovery Miles 3 920 Save R88 (18%) Out of stock

A comprehensive and authoritative gazetteer of Wales's 1000 best heritage sites. Fabulously illustrated with over 100 colour photographs. Includes castles, churches, chapels, houses, archaeological sites, gardens, battlefields, libraries, historic industrial sites and landscapes. From today's most prolific writer upon the heritage of Wales, we have his selection of the places that symbolise the history and culture of the nation. From the oldest mineral mines in Europe, prehistoric megaliths, Iron Age hill forts, through the Roman occupation, sixth-century holy wells to the greatest density of medieval castle-building in the world, we arrive at today's industrial heritage. Wales has a history unknown to the rest of the world, for instance the longest unbroken period of Christianity in Europe; a thousand saints from the so-called 'Dark Ages' of the fifth to seventh centuries whose names are still imprinted on the landscape; the highest density of castles and Iron Age hill forts in the world; the greatest density of places of worship in the world; and it was the veritable cradle of the global Industrial Revolution. The 1000 best sites to understand Welsh history and culture have been chosen for this book from Elizabethan gardens, the oldest monastery in the British Isles to a human treadmill.

Henry VII - The Maligned Tudor King (Hardcover): Terry Breverton Henry VII - The Maligned Tudor King (Hardcover)
Terry Breverton 1
R860 R768 Discovery Miles 7 680 Save R92 (11%) Out of stock

Henry Tudor, the future Henry VII, has been called the most unlikely King of England. Yet his rise from obscurity was foretold by the bards, and by 1485, the familial bloodbath of the Wars of the Roses left Henry as the sole adult Lancastrian claimant to the throne. The hunchback usurper Richard III desperately wanted him dead, and in his exile Henry Tudor was left with no choice. He either invaded England or faced being traded to Richard to meet certain death. Henry's father, Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond, was the son of a Queen of England, sister to the King of France, and of an obscure Welsh court servant, who had been born in secrecy away from court. Edmund's death at the beginning of the Wars of the Roses left Henry to grow up in almost constant danger, imprisonment and exile. In 1485, his 'ragtag' invading army at Bosworth faced overwhelming odds, but succeeded. Henry went on to become England's wisest and greatest king, but it would be his son Henry VIII and granddaughter Elizabeth I who would take all the credit.

The Tudor Kitchen - What the Tudors Ate & Drank (Hardcover): Terry Breverton The Tudor Kitchen - What the Tudors Ate & Drank (Hardcover)
Terry Breverton
R539 R438 Discovery Miles 4 380 Save R101 (19%) Out of stock

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!

Owen Tudor - Founding Father of the Tudor Dynasty (Hardcover): Terry Breverton Owen Tudor - Founding Father of the Tudor Dynasty (Hardcover)
Terry Breverton
R618 R562 Discovery Miles 5 620 Save R56 (9%) Out of stock

'The Welsh habit of revolt against the English is an old-standing madness ... from the sayings of the prophet Merlin they still hope to recover their land. Hence, they frequently rebel ... but because they do not know the appointed time, they are often deceived and their labour is in vain.' (Vita Edwardi Secundi) The appointed time, it turned out, was 1485. For generations, the ancestors of Welshman Owen Tudor had fought Romans, Irish Picts, Vikings, Saxons, Mercians and Normans. His uncles had been executed in the Glyndwr Welsh War of Independence. Owen fought for Henry V in France and entered the service of Henry's queen, Catherine of Valois. Soon after the king's death he secretly married her, the mother of the eight-month-old Henry VI. Owen and Catherine would have two boys together. Henry VI would go on to ennoble them as Edmund Earl of Richmond, and Jasper Earl of Pembroke, but upon Catherine's death Owen was imprisoned. Escaping twice, Owen was thrown into the beginnings of the Wars of the Roses with two of his sons. It would be Edmund's son, Henry Tudor, who would take the English throne as Henry VII. When Jasper led the Lancastrian forces at Mortimer's Cross in 1461, the ageing Owen led a wing of the defeated army, was captured and executed. Without his earlier secret marriage for love, there would have been no Tudor dynasty.

The Welsh The Biography (Paperback): Terry Breverton The Welsh The Biography (Paperback)
Terry Breverton
R459 R378 Discovery Miles 3 780 Save R81 (18%) Out of stock

The Welsh: The Biography tells the story of the remarkable survival of the oldest nation and oldest language in Europe. We see how the four original major Celtic tribes are still reflected in the location of Britain's four oldest cathedrals, and how after one and a half millennia of constant invasions and eventual conquest, the Welsh retained their sense of nationality. The story of the Welsh is one of defending the nation against overwhelming odds, and of a major contribution to European literature. Its tenth century laws are acknowledged as the most progressive in the world until the later twentieth century. Almost uniquely in the world, Wales has had heroines as well as heroes, princesses as well as princes who contributed to its progress. Wales has given heroes such as Owain Glyndwr who are recognised across the globe, and men such as David Lloyd George, to whom Hitler attributed the winning of First World War. The character of the Welsh - their pacifism, literary abilities and influence - is splendidly described in this unique history of the Welsh as a people.

Breverton's Complete Herbal - A Book of Remarkable Plants and Their Uses (Hardcover): Terry Breverton Breverton's Complete Herbal - A Book of Remarkable Plants and Their Uses (Hardcover)
Terry Breverton 2
R220 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R44 (20%) Out of stock

Nicholas Culpeper's The English Physitian: or an Astrologo-physical Discourse of the Vulgar Herbs of This Nation is more commonly known as Culpeper's Complete Herbal. It was first printed in September 1653 (Culpeper died in January 1654) and immediately became a classic reference that is as fascinating today as it was over 350 years ago. Breverton's Complete Herbal is a reworking of Culpeper's classic text for a modern day audience. Arranged alphabetically, this book describes over 250 herbs and spices as well as feature entries on scented herb/medicinal gardens, the great herbalists and New World Herbs not included in Culpepper's original text. Each entry provides a description of the herb: its appearance and botanical features, a brief history of its uses in medicine, dyeing and cuisine to bizarre remedies and concoctions designed to get rid of all manner of real and imaginary ailements. As informative as it is entertaining, this incredibly diverse compendium contains just about everything you'll ever need to know about the properties and provenance of herbs and spices of the world. From amara dulcis to yarrow, all-heal to viper's bugloss, Breverton's Complete Herbal is a modern day treasury of over 250 herbs and their uses.

'I Have A Dream' - Inspiring Words and Thoughts from History's Greatest Leaders (Hardcover): Terry Breverton 'I Have A Dream' - Inspiring Words and Thoughts from History's Greatest Leaders (Hardcover)
Terry Breverton
R335 R268 Discovery Miles 2 680 Save R67 (20%) Out of stock

'I Have a Dream' is an anthology of history's most inspiring words and thoughts from history's greatest leaders from all ages and nations. Each of the 370 quotations is accompanied by an extended annotation that tells the story of the speaker or explains the circumstances that gave rise to the quotation. Includes: 'Heroes have the whole earth for their tomb' - Pericles (431 BCE); 'I am confident in the justice of my cause' - Socrates (399 BCE); 'I stand here and can say no more. God help me. Amen' - Martin Luther (1520); 'I have the heart of a king, and a king of England, too' - Queen Elizabeth I (1588); 'Give me liberty or give me death!' - Patrick Henry (1775); 'We hold these truths to be self-evident' - Gen John Nixon (1776); 'This nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom' - Abraham Lincoln (1863); 'Non-violence is the first article of my faith' - Mohandas Gandhi (1922); 'Blood, tears, toil and sweat' - Winston Churchill (1940); 'No easy walk to freedom' - Nelson Mandela (1953); 'Ask not what your country can do for you' - John F. Kennedy (1961); 'I have a dream' - Martin Luther King (1963); 'Yes we can!' - Barack Obama (2008).

Wales A Historical Companion (Paperback): Terry Breverton Wales A Historical Companion (Paperback)
Terry Breverton
R488 R401 Discovery Miles 4 010 Save R87 (18%) Out of stock

A comprehensive and authoritative companion to the history of Wales.

This comprehensive and authoritative companion to Wales, its people and its millennia of history can be enjoyed by armchair travellers and tourists alike. The respected historian Terry Breverton presents the characters, events, buildings and institutions that have shaped Wales over the ages, from its earliest origins to the present day.

The nation has the oldest national flag in the world, one of the oldest languages in existence, the longest unbroken Christian heritage in history, and has somehow retained a fierce sense of independence and nationality despite its proximity to England. The book takes us from the earliest recorded human burial in the world (at Paviland Cave) through the battles against the invading Romans, Vikings, Picts, Saxons, Normans and the Anglo-French kings to the present-day status of the country. Its people have changed the history of Britain and the United States, with the Tudor Dynasty giving Britain its European identity and Thomas Jefferson and others founding the breakaway union of

American states. The book comes in an accessible, comprehensive, illustrated dictionary format, from an author who has written more than twenty entertaining and informative books upon the Welsh and their achievements.

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