Category: England

Incest and Influence: The Private Life of Bourgeois England by Adam Kuper

By Adam Kuper

Like many gents of his time, Charles Darwin married his first cousin. in reality, marriages among shut family have been ordinary in nineteenth-century England, and Adam Kuper argues that they performed a very important position within the upward push of the bourgeoisie.
Incest and effect indicates us simply how the political networks of the eighteenth-century aristocracy have been succeeded through countless numbers of in-married bourgeois clans—in finance and undefined, in neighborhood and nationwide politics, within the church, and in highbrow lifestyles. In a richly particular narrative, Kuper deploys his services as an anthropologist to investigate family marriages one of the Darwins and Wedgwoods, in Quaker and Jewish banking households, and within the Clapham Sect and their descendants over 4 generations, finishing with a revealing account of the Bloomsbury workforce, the main eccentric fabricated from English bourgeois endogamy.
These marriage techniques have been the staple of novels, and contemporaries have been keen about them. yet there have been matters. rules approximately incest have been in flux as theological doctrines have been challenged. For 40 years Victorian parliaments debated even if a guy might marry his deceased wife’s sister. Cousin marriage bothered scientists, together with Charles Darwin and his cousin Francis Galton, scary progressive principles approximately breeding and heredity.
This groundbreaking examine brings out the relationship among inner most lives, public fortunes, and the heritage of imperial Britain.

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Queens Consort: England's Medieval Queens from Eleanor of by Lisa Hilton

By Lisa Hilton

The colourful and dramatic historical past of England's medieval queens.England's medieval queens have been elemental in shaping the background of the country. In an age the place all politics have been family members politics, dynastic marriages put English queens on the very heart of power—the king's mattress. From Matilda of Flanders, William the Conqueror's queen, to Elizabeth of York, the 1st Tudor consort, England's queens formed the character of monarchy and encouraged the course of the kingdom. Occupying a special place within the mercurial, usually violent international of medieval politics, those queens needed to negotiate a task that mixed great impact with terrifying vulnerability.

Lisa Hilton's illuminating new publication explores the lives of the twenty ladies who have been topped queen among 1066 and 1503. warfare, adultery, witchcraft, baby abuse, murder—and sometimes even love—formed English queenship, yet so too did patronage, studying, and model. fanatics of historical past will get pleasure from a dramatic narrative that offers a superb staff of ladies whose own pursuits, triumphs, and screw ups helped to offer beginning to the trendy country. sixteen pages of colour illustrations

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Mrs. Engels: A Novel by Gavin McCrea

By Gavin McCrea

Little or no is understood approximately Lizzie Burns, the illiterate Irishwoman and longtime lover of Frederick Engels, coauthor of The Communist Manifesto. In Gavin McCrea’s first novel, the unsung Lizzie is ultimately given a voice that won’t be forgotten.

Lizzie is a terrible employee within the Manchester, England, mill that Frederick owns. after they flow to London to be towards Karl Marx and kinfolk, she needs to discover ways to navigate the complicated landscapes of Victorian society. we're aware of Lizzie’s intimate, wry perspectives on Marx and Engels’s undertaking to spur revolution one of the operating sessions, and to her ambivalence towards her newly sumptuous conditions. Lizzie is haunted via her old flame (a progressive Irishman), careworn via a feeling of responsibility to correct earlier blunders, and torn among a hope for independence and the pragmatic have to be cared for.

Yet regardless of or as a result of their profound transformations, Lizzie and Frederick stay interested in one another during this complicated, high-spirited love story.

“Richly imagined.”—starred overview, Publishers Weekly

“This is the simplest form of old fiction."—Lucy Scholes, The Independent

"Who knew examining approximately communists might be a lot fun?"—starred assessment, Kirkus Reviews

Literary Awards
Guardian First e-book Award Nominee for Longlist (2015)

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Frommer's Ireland 2007 (Frommer's Complete) by Christi Daugherty

By Christi Daugherty

Event a spot the way in which the locals do. benefit from the most sensible it has to provide. Frommer's. the simplest journeys begin right here. eire is likely one of the so much historical and most recent international locations in Europe. Our writer publications you to the simplest of the outdated and new at the Emerald Isle. Outspoken critiques on what is worthy a while and what is now not. specific costs, so that you can plan the fitting journey no matter what your funds. Off-the-beaten-path reviews and undiscovered gemstones, plus new takes on best points of interest.

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The Duel in Early Modern England: Civility, Politeness and by Markku Peltonen

By Markku Peltonen

Arguments in regards to the perform of the duel in early sleek England have been common. Markku Peltonen, the prestigious highbrow historian, examines the talk, and divulges how the ethical and ideological prestige of duelling was once thought of inside of a wider cultural context of courtesy, civility and politeness. realizing the duel contains realizing the most important concerns within the cultural and ideological historical past of Stuart England. Peltonen's wide-ranging examine engages the eye of an important viewers of historians and cultural and literary scholars.


"Markku Peltonen has written a revealing and considerate research of either the highbrow origins and ideological services of dueling, arguing that the perform entered English lifestyles as an appropriation of the Italian Renaissance proposal of civility and more and more served to valid local political and social values." - Seventeenth-Century information Brett F. Parker, college of South Carolina Upstate

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Catholicism and Community in Early Modern England: Politics, by Michael C. Questier

By Michael C. Questier

This can be a learn of the political, non secular, social and psychological worlds of the Catholic aristocracy from 1550 to 1640. Michael Questier examines the familial and patronage networks of the English Catholic neighborhood and their courting to the later Tudors and Stuarts. He exhibits how the neighborhood background of the Reformation can be utilized to rewrite mainstream bills of nationwide politics and non secular clash during this interval. The publication takes within the a number of crises of mid- and past due Elizabeth politics, the accession of James VI, the Gunpowder Plot, spiritual toleration and the beginning of the Thirty Years warfare and at last the increase of Laudianism, major as much as the civil struggle. It demanding situations fresh ancient notions of Catholicism as essentially sectarian and demonstrates the level to which sections of the Catholic neighborhood had come to an realizing with either the neighborhood and nationwide kingdom via the later 1620s and 1630s.

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Europe Since 1945 (The Short Oxford History of Europe) by Mary Fulbrook

By Mary Fulbrook

Mary Fulbrook's creation to this greatest concluding quantity within the brief Oxford heritage of Europe starts with a brilliant distinction, environment the fight for survival in a devastated rubble-strewn highway of East Berlin in 1945 opposed to an identical place within the reunited urban on the finish of the century, unrecognizable in its sparkling, convinced, cosmopolitan affluence. The e-book brings domestic the intense waves of transformation that experience washed throughout Europe within the moment 1/2 the 20th century, sketching out the most important basic styles of this variation, and exploring the various neighborhood subject matters and diversifications in several elements of Europe. the result's either illuminating and engrossing: a needs to for college students of up to date historical past, politics, and ecu experiences, it additionally deals tremendous rewards to any reader drawn to the roots, and end result, of the post-war ecu renaissance.

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In the Footsteps of William Wallace: In Scotland and by Alan Young

By Alan Young

A wonderfully illustrated trip throughout the panorama and occasions of the lifetime of the long-lasting Scottish knight who was once dropped at existence within the movie Braveheart For approximately seven-hundred years debate has raged over the genuine nature of William Wallace and his position in Scotland's turbulent history—was he the Braveheart of Blind Harry's mythical account, the daring, yet savage, hero of the Scottish wars, or, as a few modern chroniclers attested, was once he not anything yet a villainous thief and vagrant fugitive? This publication attracts on a variety of modern and glossy assets to seem in the back of the determine of legend to discover Wallace's actual character. It traces Wallace's journey from his modest upbringing in south-west Scotland and his first victory as a "guerilla" chief and armed forces commander at Stirling Bridge to his painful dying seven years later, together with his "invasion" of Northumberland and Cumberland. this can be an important touring spouse for a trip via Wallace's nation and to profit extra in regards to the fable and the fellow.

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Blood Brothers by Pamela Hill

By Pamela Hill

The vow of blood brotherhood, frequently taken on an island, includes slicing the wrists of 2 contributors who may possibly rather be enemies and swearing to guard one another’s descent and, if required, to inherit his land. this can be the tale of 3 of those vows.

Cnut, son of Sweyn, who had invaded England in 1014, had fought a two-year conflict along with his buddy Edmund Ironside, the eldest son of Ethelred II. the 2 males battled for his or her state and the end result used to be a draw. They agreed to divide it among them, yet Ironside used to be treacherously murdered. In a conflict to inherit the crown, Cnut cuts off the possibilities of wasting his country and marries royal widow Emma of Normandy. notwithstanding she has sons in Normandy, she calls for that any baby born to Cnut and herself needs to inherit the crown.

On eu islands the place provides have been sworn to be stored, the royal leaders make allies in wish that they could manage their future. regrettably for the leaders of Denmark, Norway and Normandy, they've got no keep watch over over who could be declared King of britain and the one strategy to switch the choice is to claim conflict. homicide, clash, energy and ownership soars during the land ahead of the conflict of Hastings commences – yet who will reign and who will fall?

This booklet chronicles the ability and politics that destroyed and rebuilt the dominion of britain. From 1014 to the epic conflict of 1066, this story follows the Viking, Norman and English armies as they shuttle to guard their land for his or her households and for themselves. Blood Brothers will attract someone attracted to background, really the turbulent occasions in Anglo-Saxon England.

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Brittany and the Angevins: Province and Empire 1158-1203 by J. A. Everard

By J. A. Everard

It is a political heritage of Brittany among 1158 and 1203, while it was once governed by means of the Angevin king of britain, Henry II, and his successors. The ebook examines the method wherein Henry II won sovereignty over Brittany, and the way it was once ruled thereafter. this is often the 1st learn of this topic, delivering an immense contribution to the historiography of either Brittany and the "Angevin empire". It additionally deals a corrective to past scholarship through suggesting that the Angevin regime in Brittany was once neither alien nor opppressive to the Bretons.

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