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  • World History

    From the Ancient World to the Information Age

    by DK

    An essential gift for every history buff, this boldly illustrated ebook maps out the events that have shaped our world - from the dawn of human civilization to the present day.A comprehensive and accessible guide to the history of human civilisation, World History profiles everything from the emergence of Homo Sapiens to the Greek and Roman empires, through Chinese dynasties, the rise of the ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • In Bed with the Tudors

    The Sex Lives of a Dynasty from Elizabeth of York to Elizabeth I

    by Amy Licence

    series In Bed with the ...
    Learn what went on behind closed doors in the Tudor court. Illegitimate children, adulterous queens, impotent kings, and a whole dynasty resting on their shoulders. Sex and childbirth were quite literally a matter of life or death for the Tudors - Elizabeth of York died in childbirth, two of Henry VIII's queens were beheaded for infidelity, and Elizabeth I's elective virginity signalled the demise ... Read more

    $12.20 AUD

  • Life in a 17th Century Coffee Shop

    by David Brandon

    Looks at what it was really like in the first cafes, as coffee drinking became more popular. This book also deals with such questions as: what else did the shops sell? How did coffee shop life influence politics, the media and everyday life? We have all seen the hilarious depiction of Mrs Miggins' coffee shop in 'Blackadder', but what was it really like in the first cafes, as coffee drinking ... Read more

    $3.84 AUD

  • The Lost Kings

    Lancaster, York and Tudor

    by Amy Licence

    The century spanning the wars of the roses and the reigns of the Tudor kings was a volatile time of battle and bloodshed, execution and unexpected illness. Life could be nasty, brutish and short. Some met their end in battle, others were dragged to the block, losing everything for daring to aspire to the throne. Some were lost in mysterious circumstances, like Edward V, the elder of the Princes in ... Read more

    $5.49 AUD

  • A Net for Small Fishes

    by Lucy Jago

    'Sumptuous … If you're feeling bereft after finishing The Mirror and the Light, let Jago transport you to the Jacobean court' Telegraph'A bravura historical debut … a gloriously immersive escape' Guardian-------------------------------------------------Frances Howard has beauty and a powerful family – and is the most unhappy creature in the world.Anne Turner has wit and talent – bu... ... Read more

    $20.45 AUD

  • The Life & Legend Of Lucrezia Borgia

    by M. G. Scarsbrook

    The most evil woman in history? A pawn of her powerful family? A skilled ruler and a generous patron of the arts? Once described as the 'greatest whore there ever was in Rome', Lucrezia Borgia has captivated historians and artists for centuries with wildly conflicting accounts of her character. This book gathers together all the crucial information needed for a study into the life of Lucrezia, ... Read more

    $0.99 AUD

  • Wars of the Roses: Stormbird

    Book 1

    by Conn Iggulden

    series The Wars of the Roses #1
    THE EPIC FIRST INSTALMENT IN THE THRILLING WAR OF THE ROSES SERIES, PERFECT FOR FANS OF GAME OF THRONES, BERNARD CORNWELL & WOLF HALLKing Henry V - the great Lion of England - is dead.It's up to his son to take the throne, but frail in body and mind, he is dependent on his supporters to run his kingdom.Richard, Duke of York, believes that without a strong king England will fall.And as the threat ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • The Reformation: History in an Hour

    by Edward A Gosselin

    Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.The Reformation was a long struggle of ideas between the established Catholic Church and the questioning of faith brought about by the Renaissance in Western Europe. Started by Martin Luther in 1517, religious dissidence spread across Europe throughout the sixteenth century, causing wars, migration and disunity. By 1648 Henry VIII’s desire for ... Read more

    $4.99 AUD

  • The Tudors

    The Complete Story of England's Most Notorious Dynasty

    by G. J. Meyer

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • For the first time in decades comes a fresh look at the fabled Tudor dynasty, comprising some of the most enigmatic figures ever to rule a country.“A thoroughly readable and often compelling narrative . . . Five centuries have not diminished the appetite for all things Tudor.”—Associated PressIn 1485, young Henry Tudor, whose claim to the throne was so weak as to be ... Read more

    $18.58 AUD

  • Leonardo da Vinci

    by Jay Williams

    In his youth, Leonardo da Vinci wrote confidently, "I wish to work miracles." By the time of his death in 1519, when he was sixty-seven and famed throughout Europe, it seemed that he had accomplished wonders aplenty as an artist, engineer, inventor, and scientist. Here, from author Jay Williams, is the moving story of the man behind the Renaissance myth. ... Read more

    $15.34 AUD

  • Pontifex Maximus

    A Short History of the Popes

    by Christopher Lascelles

    “Lascelles has achieved the seemingly impossible: a concise and highly readable history of Catholic Popes that manages to be extremely entertaining and informative at the same time.”Gerald Posner, author of God’s Bankers"A brilliant book on a number of different levels. Lascelles has an engaging prose style and an amazing eye for detail and apposite anecdote. Surely only purblind Catholic zelanti ... Read more

    $6.99 AUD

  • Oil and Marble

    A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo

    by Stephanie Storey

    In her brilliant debut, Storey brings early 16th-century Florence alive, entering with extraordinary empathy into the minds and souls of two Renaissance masters, creating a stunning art history thriller. From 1501 to 1505, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti both lived and worked in Florence. Leonardo was a charming, handsome fifty year-old at the peak of his career. Michelangelo was a ... Read more

    $18.99 AUD

  • Children of England

    The Heirs of King Henry VIII 1547-1558

    by Alison Weir

    'Recounted with her usual lively thoroughness by Alison Weir, my favourite Tudor historian' Philippa GregoryWhen Henry VIII died in 1547, he left three highly intelligent children to succeed him in turn, to be followed, if their lines failed, by the descendants of his sister, Mary Tudor.Children of England begins at the point where The Six Wives of Henry VIII came to an end and covers the period ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Henry VIII

    King and Court

    by Alison Weir

    Henry VIII, renowned for his command of power and celebrated for his intellect, presided over one of the most magnificent–and dangerous–courts in Renaissance Europe.Never before has a detailed, personal biography of this charismatic monarch been set against the cultural, social, and political background of his glittering court. Now Alison Weir brings to vibrant life the turbulent, complex figure ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Winter King

    The Dawn of Tudor England

    by Thomas Penn

    **Winner of THE HW FISHER BEST FIRST BIOGRAPHY PRIZESPECTATOR,** **SUNDAY TIMES, DAILY TELEGRAPH, TLS, FINANCIAL TIMES, GUARDIAN, DAILY MAIL and SUNDAY TELEGRAPH BOOKS OF THE YEAR'Imagine Wolf Hall rewritten by John le Carré ... gripping ... a rare achievement' Tom Holland, Guardian**It is 1501. Henry VII has won the throne of England through luck, guile and ruthlessness. But for many he remains a ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The March of Folly

    From Troy to Vietnam

    by Barbara Tuchman

    “A glittering narrative . . . a moral book on the crimes and follies of governments and the misfortunes the governed suffer in consequence.”The New York Times Book ReviewIn The March of Folly (originally published in 1984) Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman explores one of the paradoxes of history – the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests despite the ... Read more

    $8.99 AUD

  • The Swerve

    How the Renaissance Began

    by Stephen Greenblatt

    WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 2012Almost six hundred years ago, a short, genial man took a very old manuscript off a library shelf. With excitement, he saw what he had discovered and ordered it copied. The book was a miraculously surviving copy of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, On the Nature of Things by Lucretius and it changed the course of history.He found a beautiful poem ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • A More Perfect Heaven

    How Copernicus Revolutionised the Cosmos

    by Dava Sobel

    During the 1530s, rumours of a potentially revolutionary theory of how the heavens worked emanating from a small city in Poland began to spread throughout Europe. The architect of this theory was a Polish cleric named Nicolaus Copernicus. In around 1514 Copernicus had written and hand-copied an initial outline of his heliocentric theory, in which he placed the Sun, not the Earth, at the centre of ... Read more

    $13.63 AUD

  • The Dance of Time

    The Origins of the Calendar

    by Michael Judge

    Did you know that the ancient Romans left sixty days of winter out of their calendar, considering these two months a dead time of lurking terror and therefore better left unnamed? That they had a horror of even numbers, hence the tendency for months with an odd number of days? That robed and bearded druids from the Celts stand behind our New Year’s figure of Father Time? That if Thursday is Thor’s ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • Six Tudor Queens: Writing a New Story

    by Alison Weir

    Six Tudor Queens: Writing a New Story is an introduction to the Six Tudor Queens series by eminent historian Alison Weir. The lives of Henry VIII's queens make for dramatic stories that will offer insights into the real lives of the six wives based on extensive research and new theories that will captivate fans of Philippa Gregory and readers who lost their hearts (but not their heads) to the ... Read more


  • The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England

    by Ian Mortimer

    The past is a foreign country - this is your guide.We think of Queen Elizabeth I's reign (1558-1603) as a golden age. But what was it actually like to live in Elizabethan England? If you could travel to the past and walk the streets of London in the 1590s, where would you stay? What would you eat? What would you wear? Would you really have a sense of it being a glorious age? And if so, how would ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Mary Queen of Scots

    And the Murder of Lord Darnley

    by Alison Weir

    On the night of 10 February 1567 an explosion devastated the Edinburgh residence of Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley, second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots.Found naked amongst the destruction, the bodies of Darnley and his valet bore marks of strangulation. Alison Weir's investigation of Darnley's murder is set against one of the most dramatic periods in British history. Her conclusions shed a ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Henry VIII’s Wives: History in an Hour

    by Julie Wheeler

    Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.In his ambition to provide a male heir to the throne, Henry VIII married six times. Divorce from his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, caused England’s break from the Catholic church in Rome. He went on to divorce Anne of Cleves and behead Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard for infidelities. Jane Seymour died and Catherine Parr survived Henry ... Read more

    $5.99 AUD

  • Blood Sisters: The Hidden Lives of the Women Behind the Wars of the Roses

    by Sarah Gristwood

    The true story of the White Queen and more, this is a thrilling history of the extraordinary noblewomen who lived through the Wars of the Roses.The events of the Wars of the Roses are usually described in terms of the men involved: Richard Duke of York, Henry VI, Edward IV, Richard III and Henry VII. But these years were also packed with women’s drama and – in the tales of conflicted maternity and ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD