By Juliet Barker
Written with the fluency readers have come to count on from Juliet Barker, 1381: The yr of the Peasants Revolt presents an account of the 1st nice renowned rebellion in England and its heritage, and paints on a wide canvas an image of English lifestyles in medieval occasions. Skeptical of latest chroniclers bills of occasions, Barker attracts at the judicial resources of the indictments and courtroom complaints that the uprising.
This emphasis deals a clean point of view at the so-called Peasants rebellion and provides intensity and texture to the old narrative. one of the publication s arguments are that the rebels believed they have been the unswerving matters of the king appearing in his pursuits, and that the boy-king Richard II sympathized with their grievances.
Barker tells how and why a various and not likely staff of normal women and men from each nook of britain from servants and employees dwelling off wages, throughout the village elite who served as bailiffs, constables, and stewards, to the ranks of the gentry united in armed uprising opposed to church and country to call for an intensive political time table. Had it been applied, this schedule could have reworked English society and expected the French Revolution via 400 years. 1381: The 12 months of the Peasants Revolt is a crucial reassessment of the rebellion and a desirable, unique examine of medieval lifestyles in England s cities and countryside."
By Oskar Cox Jensen
This examine bargains an intensive reassessment of a vital interval of political and cultural historical past. by way of taking a look at a few four hundred songs, a lot of that are made to be had to listen to, and at their writers, singers, and audiences, it questions either our courting with tune, and usual Britons' dating with Napoleon, the struggle, and the belief of england itself.
By N. A. M. Rodger
All through Britain's historical past, one issue especially others has decided the destiny of the state: its army. N. A. M. Rodger's definitive account unearths how the political and social development of england has been inextricably intertwined with the power - and weak spot - of its sea energy, from the determined early campaigns opposed to the Vikings to the defeat of the nice Spanish Armada.
Covering coverage, method, ships, recruitment and guns, it is a exceptional tapestry of approximately 1,000 years of maritime historical past. No different historian has tested the topic in something just like the aspect stumbled on the following. the result's an exceptional instance of narrative history' Barry Unsworth, Sunday Telegraph
By Simon Schama
Simon Schama explores the forces that tore Britain aside in the course of centuries of dynamic switch - remodeling outlooks, allegiances and boundaries.
From the start of July 1637, battles raged on for 2 hundred years - either at domestic and overseas, on sea and on land, up and down the size of burgeoning Britain, throughout Europe, the United States and India. such a lot will be wars of religion - waged on wide-ranging grounds of political or non secular conviction. yet as wars of spiritual passions gave technique to campaigns for revenue, the British humans did come jointly within the imperial company of 'Britannia Incorporated'.
The British Wars is a narrative of revolution and response, suggestion and disenchantment, of growth and disaster, and Schama's evocative narrative brings it vividly to existence.
By A. D. Mills
An improved model of the best-selling Dictionary of English Place-Names, this dictionary now additionally covers Scottish, Welsh, and Irish place-names. From Abbas Combe to Zennor it offers the which means and beginning of over 15,000 British place-names.
By Richard Woodman
This identify tells the epic tale of Britain's service provider delivery, sporting unique items from all quarters of the area. At one time, British ships carried half the world's alternate. It finds how global wars approximately destroyed our service provider delivery, yet convoys battled directly to retailer Britain from ravenous to demise. We see what existence was once like at sea for service provider seamen and get a first-hand glimpse of them at work.
TOC: I: what's the service provider military? /II: Britain ideas the Waves /III: Britain's lifestyles traces /IV: lifestyles at Sea /V: New demanding situations /Suggested analyzing /Places to go to /Index
By Tony Barnes
Curtis Warren is an underworld legend, the Liverpool scally who took the equipment of the road nook and increased them to an artwork shape. He cast direct hyperlinks with the the cocaine cartels of Columbia, the heroine godfathers of Turkey, the hashish cultivators of Marocco and the Ectasy brands of Holland and jap Europe. His medications went worldwide, from the golf equipment of Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin to the golden shorelines of Sydney.
This acclaimed and best-selling biography uncovers his meteoric upward push from road mugger to the richest and such a lot profitable British legal who has ver been stuck. It relates how the Liverpool mafia turned the UK's prime drug importers; tells how Warren survived gang war and the way he corrupted top-level law enforcement officials; unveils the interior tale of the largest and such a lot winning British legislations enforcement operation ever undertaken; and divulges the explosive contents of the covert wiretaps that introduced his worldwide empire crashing down.
Thoroughly revised and up-to-date, COCKY is a surprising perception into prepared crime and a huge research right into a modern foreign drug baron.
'Compelling' - The Observer.
Shortlisted for the Macallan Gold Dagger for Crime Non-fiction.
By Tony Benn
In this ultimate quantity of diaries, Tony Benn displays at the compensations and the hazards of previous age
By Alec Ryrie
The Reformation used to be approximately rules and gear, however it used to be additionally approximately genuine human lives. Alec Ryrie presents the 1st accomplished account of what it really intended to stay a Protestant lifestyles in England and Scotland among 1530 and 1640, drawing on a wealthy mix of modern devotional works, sermons, diaries, biographies, and autobiographies to discover the lived event of early sleek Protestantism.
Beginning from the strangely pressing, multifaceted feelings of Protestantism, Ryrie explores practices of prayer, of kin and public worship, and of analyzing and writing, monitoring them in the course of the existence path from formative years via conversion and vocation to the deathbed. He examines what Protestant piety drew from its Catholic predecessors and contemporaries, and grounds that piety in fabric realities corresponding to posture, meals, and tears.
This viewpoint indicates us what it intended to be Protestant within the British Reformations: a gathering of depth (a faith which sought actual feeling mainly, and which dreaded hypocrisy and hard-heartedness) with dynamism (a innovative faith, relentlessly pursuing sanctification and dreading idleness). That blend, for stable or sick, gave the Protestant event its specific caliber of stressed, artistic zeal.
The Protestant devotional event additionally exhibits us that this was once a broad-based faith: for all of the adjustments throughout time, among international locations, among women and men, and among puritans and conformists, this used to be recognisably a unified tradition, within which universal reviews and practices minimize throughout meant divides. Alec Ryrie exhibits us Protestantism, no longer because the preachers on either side imagined it, yet because it used to be particularly lived.
Some of the voices during this publication got here to oppose global conflict I after reflecting on adventure, others hostile it on precept ahead of a shot used to be fired—they can have been few in quantity, yet steadily their effect rose. This anthology offers various voices of guys and ladies who wondered and hostile the battle: liberals, radicals and pacifists, anarchists and socialists, infantrymen and noncombatants. Featured writers contain: James Connolly, Eugene Debs, Emma Goldman, Keir Hardie, Jean Jaurès, Louis Lecoin, V. I. Lenin, John Maclean, Errico Malatesta, Sylvia Pankhurst, Siegfried Sassoon. they're American, Asian, British, French, German, Irish, Italian, and Russian. a few of the texts are newly translated or seem in English the 1st time.