Early History Books: C 500 To C 1450/1500

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  • Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms by Claire Breay
    Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms (English, Paperback) Claire Breay

    This richly illustrated new book - which accompanies a landmark British Library exhibition - presents Anglo-Saxon England as the home of a highly sophisticated artistic and political culture, deeply connected with its continental neighbours.

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  • Robert Bruce by Colm McNamee
    Robert Bruce (English, Paperback) Colm McNamee

    The life of Bruce is one of the greatest comeback stories in history. Heir and magnate, shrewd politician, Bruce became a gifted military leader and a wise statesman. This book aims to encourage popular reassessment of Bruce as politician, warrior, monarch and saviour of Scottish identity from extinction at the hands of the Edwardian superstate.

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  • Aethelred the Unready (Penguin Monarchs) by Richard Abels
    Aethelred the Unready (Penguin Monarchs) (English, Hardback) Richard Abels

    A major new title in the Penguin Monarchs series In his fascinating new book in the Penguin Monarchs series, Richard Abels examines the long and troubled reign of Aethelred II the 'Unraed', the 'Ill-Advised'. It is characteristic of Aethelred's reign that its greatest surviving work of literature, the poem The Battle of Maldon, should be a record of heroic defeat. Perhaps no ruler could have...

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

    From the bestselling author of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England, comes the story of King Edward III, who - like Elizabeth and Victoria after him - embodied the values of his age, forged a nation out of war and re-made England.

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  • The Survival of the Princes in the Tower by Matthew Lewis
    The Survival of the Princes in the Tower (English, Paperback) Matthew Lewis

    A timely reexamination of the fate of the Princes in the Tower, crucially asking: `what if there was no murder?'

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  • The Medieval Art of Swordsmanship by Jeffrey L. Forgeng
    The Medieval Art of Swordsmanship (English, Hardback) Jeffrey L. Forgeng

    Royal Armouries Manuscript I.33 is the oldest-known manual of swordsmanship in the western canon. Dated to c.1310, it is a stunning work of late medieval art and the Armouries' most treasured manuscript. This new edition includes a critical introduction, transcription and translation by Jeffrey L. Forgeng, the foremost authority on I.33.

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  • Founder, Fighter, Saxon Queen by Margaret C. Jones
    Founder, Fighter, Saxon Queen (English, Hardback) Margaret C. Jones

    A lively and illuminating biography of 'England's founding mother'.

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  • AEthelstan by Sarah Foot
    AEthelstan (English, Paperback) Sarah Foot

    In this nuanced portrait of Athelstan, Sarah Foot offers the first full account of the king ever written.

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

    The remarkable story of Myrcna hlaefdige, the Lady of the Mercians - Alfred the Great's daughter and the only female ruler of a kingdom in Anglo-Saxon history.

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  • Citadel of the Saxons by Rory Naismith
    Citadel of the Saxons (English, Hardback) Rory Naismith

    Following the collapse of Roman civilization in fourth-century Britannia, darkness fell over the former province. Villas crumbled to ruin; vital commodities became scarce; cities decayed; and Londinium, the capital, was all but abandoned. Yet memories of its greatness endured like the moss and bindweed which now ensnared its toppled columns and pilasters. By the 600s a new settlement, Lundenwic,...

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  • King Arthur by Nicholas J. Higham
    King Arthur (English, Hardback) Nicholas J. Higham

    A prominent scholar explores King Arthur's historical development, proposing that he began as a fictional character developed in the ninth century

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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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  • Hugh Despenser the Younger and Edward II by Kathryn Warner
    Hugh Despenser the Younger and Edward II (English, Hardback) Kathryn Warner

    First biography of 'the greatest villain of the fourteenth century' - Hugh Despenser.

    $29.20 $39.95
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  • Medieval Illumination by Kathleen Doyle
    Medieval Illumination (English, Paperback) Kathleen Doyle

    Illuminated manuscripts from England and France are among the greatest masterpieces of medieval European art. This beautiful new book showcases dozens of the finest examples, many of which have never before been exhibited and are rarely reproduced.

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  • Black Death by Stephen Porter
    Black Death (English, Hardback) Stephen Porter

    The definitive history of the virulent and fatal plague outbreaks that wiped out half of London's populations from the medieval Black Death of the 1340s to the Great Plagues of the seventeenth century.

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  • Lost City of the Incas by Hiram Bingham
    Lost City of the Incas (English, Paperback) Hiram Bingham

    First published in the 1950s, this is a classic account of the discovery in 1911 of the lost city of Machu Picchu.

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  • The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer
    The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England (English, Paperback) Ian Mortimer

    And how are you going to test to see if you are going down with the plague?In The Time Traveller's Guide Ian Mortimer's radical new approach turns our entire understanding of history upside down. History is not just something to be studied; The result is perhaps the most astonishing history book you are ever likely to read;

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  • AEthelflaed by Tim Clarkson
    AEthelflaed (English, Paperback) Tim Clarkson

    Published to coincide with the 1100th anniversary of the death of AEthelflaed, who ruled over the ancient kingdom of Mercia (English Midlands). The book examines her important place in history as the only woman who ruled one of the major powers of Dark Age Britain.

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  • Edward I (Penguin Monarchs) by Andy King
    Edward I (Penguin Monarchs) (English, Hardback) Andy King

    Edward I (1272-1307) is one of the most commanding of all English rulers. He fought in southwest France, in Wales, In Scotland and in northern France, he ruled with ruthlessness and confidence, undoing the chaotic failure of his father, Henry III's reign. He reshaped England's legal system and came close to bringing the whole island of Great Britain under his rule. He promoted the idea of...

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  • The Golden Rhinoceros by Francois-Xavier Fauvelle
    The Golden Rhinoceros (English, Hardback) Francois-Xavier Fauvelle

    A leading historian reconstructs the forgotten history of medieval Africa...

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