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  • The Plantagenets: The Kings Who Made England

    by Dan Jones ...
    Eight generations of the greatest and worst kings and queens that this country has ever seen – from the White Ship to the Lionheart, bad King John to the Black Prince and John of Gaunt – this is the dynasty that invented England as we still know it today – great history to appeal to readers of Ken Follet, Bernard Cornwell, Tom HollandEngland’s greatest royal dynasty, the Plantagenets, ruled over ... Read more

    $3.99 AUD

  • The House of Beaufort

    The Bastard Line that Captured the Crown

    by Nathen Amin ...
    The Wars of the Roses saw family fight family over the greatest prize – the throne of England. But what gave the eventual victor of these brutal and complex wars, Henry Tudor, the right to claim the crown? How exactly did an illegitimate line come to challenge the English monarchy? While the Houses of York and Lancaster fought brutally for the crown, other noble families of the kingdom also played ... Read more

    $12.20 AUD

  • A Short History of Europe

    From Pericles to Putin

    by Simon Jenkins ...
    The first short, single-volume history of the continent - from the Dark Ages to present day - by the author of the bestselling A Short History of EnglandEurope is an astonishingly successful place. In this dazzling new history, bestselling author Simon Jenkins grippingly tells the story of its evolution from warring peoples to peace, wealth and freedom.From Greece and Rome, through the Reformation ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Sir Francis Drake

    More than four hundred years after his death, Sir Francis Drake remains one of the legendary figures of history. His career is one of the most colourful on record. The most daring of the corsairs who raided the West Indies and Spanish Main, he led the English into the Pacific, and cirumnavigated the world to bring home the Golden Hind laden with Spanish treasure. His attacks on Spanish cities and ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Bessie Blount: Mistress to Henry VIII

    Mistress to Henry VIII

    The earliest known and longest lasting mistress of Henry VIII, Bessie Blount was the kings first love. More beautiful that Anne Boleyn or any of Henrys other wives or concubines, Bessies beauty and other charms ensured that she turned heads, winning a place at court as one of Catherine of Aragons ladies. Within months she was partnering the king in dancing and she rose to be the woman with the ... Read more

    $15.83 AUD

  • History Year by Year

    A journey through time, from mammoths and mummies to flying and facebook

    by DK ...
    Journey through a mammoth timeline, richly illustrated with over 1500 photos, maps and illustrations. Written in association with the esteemed Smithsonian Museum.A beautiful visual reference book with key events of world history, written in an elementary language for budding historians.Take chronological steps through human history, starting long before we even began to write. Learn about ... Read more

    $10.99 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

    $14.96 AUD $1.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Inside the Tudor Court

    by Lauren Mackay ...
    The reports and despatches of Eustace Chapuys, Spanish Ambassador to Henry VIII’s court from 1529 to 1545, have been instrumental in shaping our modern interpretations of Henry VIII and his wives. As a result of his personal relationships with several of Henry’s queens, and Henry himself, his writings were filled with colourful anecdotes, salacious gossip, and personal and insightful observations ... Read more

    $12.20 AUD

  • The Reformation: History in an Hour

    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

    $5.99 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

    $19.57 AUD

  • Pontifex Maximus

    A Short History of the Popes

    “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 or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Life in a Tudor Palace

    This book lets us take a tour round a courtly palace and peep around each door, as we encounter the kitchens, the bakery, the laundry, the bedrooms, the gardens and the privvies! Everything you could wish to know is here, as the book describes the different lifestyles of the court, and the people who served them. ... Read more

    $5.49 AUD

  • The Life & Legend Of Lucrezia Borgia

    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

  • The March of Folly

    From Troy to Vietnam

    “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

  • Children of England

    The Heirs of King Henry VIII 1547-1558

    by Alison Weir ...
    When 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.Picking up from the point that The Six Wives of Henry VIII left off, Children of England covers the period up to Elizabeth's ascension to the throne in 1558. Making use of a huge variety of contemporary sources, Alison ... Read more

    $14.99 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

  • 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

  • The Swerve

    How the Renaissance Began

    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

  • 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

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  • 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 Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England

    by Ian Mortimer ...
    series Ian Mortimer’s Time Traveller’s Guides
    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

  • A More Perfect Heaven

    How Copernicus Revolutionised the Cosmos

    by Dava Sobel ...
    The bestselling author of Longitude and Galileo's Daughter tells the story of Nicolaus Copernicus and the revolution in astronomy that changed the world.'Lively, inventive ... a masterly specimen of close-range cultural history' Wall Street Journal'Fantastic ... A masterly telling of how Copernicus revolutionised science' The TimesIn the 1520s a Polish cleric named Nicolaus Copern... ... Read more

    $13.63 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

  • The Tudor Housewife

    by Alison Sim ...
    The political and military history of the sixteenth century is well known, and much written about, but what of the thousands of women who have, for the most part, eluded the historian's pen? The Tudor Housewife aims to answer this question, providing a unique and accessible introduction to everyday life and responsibilities of women from all levels of society in the age of Henry VIII and Elizabeth ... Read more

    $9.89 AUD