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  • Outremer: Faith and Blood by Jamie Gordon
    Outremer: Faith and Blood (English, Paperback) Jamie Gordon, Mark Stacey

    Outremer: Faith and Blood is a 28mm skirmish wargame featuring small groups of warriors fighting in Outremer during the Crusades. While suitable for one-off skirmish encounters the focus of the game is a structured and progressive campaign setting in which they are able to watch their force grow and develop over a series of scenarios and encounters from a small party of five or so soldiers into a...

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  • Summer of Blood by Daniel Jones
    Summer of Blood (Paperback) Daniel Jones

    Revolt and upheaval in medieval Britain by a brilliant new narrative historian, `Summer of Blood' breaks new ground in its portrayal of the personalities and politics of the bloody days of June 1381.

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  • King Stephen and the Anarchy by Chris Peers
    King Stephen and the Anarchy (English, Hardback) Chris Peers

    A fresh account of the armed struggles for control of England, Scotland and Wales in the mid-twelfth century

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  • The Perfect King by Ian Mortimer
    The Perfect King (Paperback) Ian Mortimer

    Yet for centuries Edward III was celebrated as the most brilliant king England had ever had, and three hundred years after his death it was said that his kingship was perhaps the greatest that the world had ever known.

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  • By Steppe, Desert, and Ocean by Barry Cunliffe
    By Steppe, Desert, and Ocean (English, Paperback) Barry Cunliffe

    The story of the peoples of Eurasia, from the birth of farming to the expansion of the Mongols in the thirteenth century. An immense historical panorama set on a huge continental stage, this is also the story of how humans first started building the global system we know today.

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  • First Templar Nation by Freddy Silva
    First Templar Nation (English, Paperback) Freddy Silva

    Overturns the long-established historical narrative about the origins and purpose of the Knights Templar

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  • Henry III by Darren Baker
    Henry III (English, Hardback) Darren Baker

    This book explores an England in the aftermath of Magna Carta

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  • Viking Warrior vs Anglo-Saxon Warrior by Peter Dennis
    Viking Warrior vs Anglo-Saxon Warrior (English, Paperback) Peter Dennis, Gareth Williams

    For two centuries the Vikings and their Anglo-Saxon foes fought for control of England, culminating in the battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066. An acknowledged expert tells the story of the evolving struggle with particular emphasis on three key battles, casting new light on the two sides' tactics, weapons and performance on the battlefield.

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  • Medieval Castle Manual by Charles Phillips
    Medieval Castle Manual (English, Hardback) Charles Phillips

    The Haynes Medieval Castle Manual explores the background story to castle construction in Medieval Europe, showing that castles had both a domestic and defensive function. It uses the 'new' medieval castle-building project at Guédelon in Burgundy as the centerpiece for the book, examining the construction and anatomy of these awe-inspiring structures, section by section. Life inside the castle...

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  • Henry II (Penguin Monarchs) by Richard Barber
    Henry II (Penguin Monarchs) (English, Hardback) Richard Barber

    One of the most dynamic, restless and clever men ever to rule England, Henry II (1154-89) was brought down both by his relationship with his archbishop Thomas Becket and his arguments with his sons, most importantly the future Richard I and King John. This account shows why Henry II left such a compelling impression on his contemporaries.

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  • The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise by Dario Fernandez-Morera
    The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise (English, Hardback) Dario Fernandez-Morera

    A finalist for World Magazine's Book of the Year! "Essential reading." ?Antonio Carreño, Brown University  "A watershed in scholarship." ?Raphael Israeli, Hebrew University of Jerusalem "Desperately, desperately needed as a counter to the mythology that pervades academia on this subject." ?Paul F. Crawford, California University of Pennsylvania  "An intelligent reinterpretation of a supposed paradise of convivencia." ?Julia Pavón Benito, University of Navarra "A splendid book . . . Must-reading." ?Noël Valis, Yale University "I am in awe of The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise." ?FrontPage Magazine "A bracing remedy to a good deal of the academic pabulum that passes for scholarship." ?Middle East Quarterly "An exhilarating and unput-downable read." ?Standpoint Scholars, journalists, and even politicians uphold Muslim-ruled medieval Spain?"al-Andalus"?as a multicultural paradise, a place where Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in harmony. There is only one problem with this widely accepted account: it is a myth. In this groundbreaking book, Northwestern University scholar Darío Fernández-Morera tells the full story of Islamic Spain. The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise shines light on hidden history by drawing on an abundance of primary sources that scholars have ignored, as well as archaeological evidence only recently unearthed. This supposed beacon of peaceful coexistence began, of course, with the Islamic Caliphate's conquest of Spain. Far from a land of religious tolerance, Islamic Spain was marked by religious and therefore cultural repression in all areas of life and the marginalization of Christians and other groups?all this in the service of social control by autocratic rulers and a class of religious authorities. The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise provides a desperately needed reassessment of medieval Spain. As professors, politicians, and pundits continue to celebrate Islamic Spain for its "multiculturalism" and "diversity," Fernández-Morera sets the historical record straight?showing that a politically useful myth is a myth nonetheless.

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  • Cnut (Penguin Monarchs) by Ryan Lavelle
    Cnut (Penguin Monarchs) (English, Hardback) Ryan Lavelle

    Cnut, or Canute, is one of the great 'what ifs' of English history. The Dane who became King of England after a long period of Viking attacks and settlement, his reign could have permanently shifted eleventh-century England's rule to Scandinavia. Stretching his authority across the North Sea to become king of Denmark and Norway, and with close links to Ireland and an overlordship of Scotland,...

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  • Richard II by Kathryn Warner
    Richard II (English, Hardback) Kathryn Warner

    A new biography re-examining the complex and fascinating king, whose very humanity saw him deposed from his divine role.

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  • Heroines of the Medieval World by Sharon Bennett Connolly
    Heroines of the Medieval World (English, Hardback) Sharon Bennett Connolly

    The stories of women, famous, infamous and unknown, who shaped the course of medieval history.

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  • The Warrior Queen by Joanna Arman
    The Warrior Queen (English, Hardback) Joanna Arman

    The story of a medieval Boudicca, Alfred the Great's daughter, and her struggle to restore her people and reclaim their land

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  • Edward II by Kathryn Warner
    Edward II (English, Paperback) Kathryn Warner

    The dramatic life and mysterious death of the reviled Edward II, focusing on the vivid personality of the erratic and contradictory king, his unorthodox lifestyle and his passionate relationships with his male favourites, including Piers Gaveston

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  • The Medieval Tailor's Assistant by Sarah Thursfield
    The Medieval Tailor's Assistant (English, Paperback) Sarah Thursfield

    Suitable for both amateurs and professionals wishing to re-create the clothing of Medieval England for historical interpretation or drama. This book extends its range with details of fitting different figures and many more patterns for main garments and accessories. It includes instructions for plain garments, and patterns for experienced sewers.

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  • The Plantagenets by Dan Jones
    The Plantagenets (Paperback) Dan Jones

    This brilliant new book explores the lives of eight generations of the greatest kings and queens that this country has ever seen, and the worst. The Plantagenets - their story is the story of Britain.

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  • The Travels of Ibn Battutah by Tim Mackintosh-Smith
    The Travels of Ibn Battutah (English, Paperback) Tim Mackintosh-Smith

    Ibn Battutah - ethnographer, bigrapher, anecdotal historian and occasional botanist - was just twenty-one when he set out in 1325 from his native Tangier on a pilgramage to Mecca . . .

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  • Secrets of the Knights Templar by Susie Hodge
    Secrets of the Knights Templar (English, Paperback) Susie Hodge

    An investigation into the myths surrounding the Knights Templar.

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