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22 History 68615 AFTER TAMERLANE: The Global

History of Empire Since 1405 by John Darwin The death of Tamerlane in 1405 was a turning point in world history. He was the last of the series of ‘world- conquerors’ in the tradition of Attila and Genghis Khan, who strove to bring the whole of Eurasia under the rule of a single vast empire. His armies marauded from the shores of the Mediterranean to the frontier of China. But after Tamerlane’s death, the future belonged to the great dynastic empires - Chinese, Mughal, Iranian and Ottoman - that held most of Eurasia’s culture and wealth, and to the oceanic voyages from Eurasia’s Far West, the European kingdoms, just beginning to venture across the dark seas. Our book takes a sweeping look at our global past in which Europe’s expansion and the emergence of America takes centre stage. The rise, fall and endurance of empires and the causes behind them remain one of the most fascinating puzzles in world history. 574pp, nine illus and 23 maps. $34.95 NOW £7.50


FIRST CRUSADE by Michael Foss

Subtitled ‘The Truth About the Christian-Muslim War Revealed’, here is a highly readable and anecdotal history of a shameful episode that epitomised religious bigotry and intolerance. In a desperate attempt to cleanse the spiritual chaos infecting most of Western Europe in the 11th century,

Pope Urban II launched an army of knights and peasants to fight those who had seized the Holy Land. The recapture of Jerusalem and the Holy Land from the Muslims was regarded as a redemptive task worthy of men who might call themselves ‘soldiers of Christ’. As the 11th century came to an end, the Christian lands of Western Europe were afflicted by repeated invasions from the north, the collapse of order and safety and the unrestrained tyranny of the feudal lords. They were threatened not only by internal corruption but also by the spectre of the Seljuk Turks, recently converted to Islam and intent on claiming the Holy Land for their own. Pope Urban II exhorted the faithful to free Jerusalem from the ‘infidels’. The response was immediate and enthusiastic. Proud knights, poor peasants, artisans armed with pike and bows and arrows, sticks and clubs, set out on the great adventure, fighting or negotiating their way through strange and exotic lands until, four years later, the ragged remnants of this once-proud army stood below the forbidding walls of Jerusalem. 323pp, line art. $24.95 NOW £6

68617 BUILDERS OF EMPIRE: Freemasonry

and British Imperialism, 1717-1927 by Jessica Harland-Jacobs

The Ancient Free and Accepted Masons were quintessential builders of empire. The brotherhood attracted merchants, colonial administrators, soldiers and ordinary colonists. In this first study of the relationship between Freemasonry and British Imperialism, Harland- Jacobs takes us on a journey across two centuries and five continents where their public rituals drew dense crowds from Montreal to Madras. As freemasonry spread to Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australasia and Africa, the group’s claims of cosmopolitanism brotherhood were put to the test. Although dominated by white Protestant men, they made room in its lodges for Catholics, Jews and Muslims as well as some African Americans, Native Americans and South Asians. It never admitted women. When British freemasons began admitting indigenous elites towards the end of the 19th century, they did so primarily on the grounds that native participation in Masonry would strengthen the Empire. Meanwhile, Masonic ideology remains susceptible to revolutionary interpretations. Illus, map and tables. 384pp. £35.50 NOW £7.50

68687 CONSTANTINOPLE: Istanbul’s

Historical Heritage by Stephane Yerasimos Constantinople was the capital of two of the world’s greatest empires: the Eastern Roman Empire of Byzantium and the Turkish Ottoman Empire. The city was christened by Constantine the Great and following its conquest by the Ottomans in 1453, they chose the legendary Metropolis as the centre of their empire and renamed it Istanbul. Many of the illuminated manuscripts and icons that are now distributed among museums throughout the entire world were also created in this period. The exceptional mosaic and fresco cycles of the church of Chora are convincing evidence of the spectacular beauty of the art produced there, even during the Paleologan Renaissance. The art of the Ottoman Empire, permeated by Arab and Persian forms, made a lasting mark on the city’s appearance. The Topkapi Sarayi, the Palace of the Sultans, became one of the most famous of the new rulers’ building projects. In the 16th century, the era of Süleyman the Magnificent, gorgeous mosques were created and the decorative arts, including calligraphy, illumination, miniature painting, ceramics, textiles and carpet weaving all flourished. Here are many facets and priceless artistic treasures brought together in one glorious volume. 400 large pages measuring 8½” x 10", colour photos, plans and diagrams. $29.99 NOW £15

68756 TURNING THE TEMPLAR KEY: The Secret Legacy of the Knights

Templar by Robert Lomas Is there any actual link between the Order of the Knights Templar and the Masonic Knights Templar? Did a secret Templar tradition exist for nearly 300 years within Scottish Masonry before blossoming in the 18th century, or is there a more complex reason for the rapid growth

of Masonic Templarism at that time? The Order of the Knights Templar came to an abrupt end on Friday 13 October 1307. The Grand Master of the Temple at that time controlled the richest and most powerful military machine in the world. As that day dawned the King of France, Philip the Fair, an ambitious but financially bankrupt absolute monarch, took the Templars by surprise, killing all their leaders and taking all their considerable assets - Friday the 13th has had dread connotations ever since. Many believe that the Order survived in Scotland, and indeed exists today as Masonic Order. Here the renowned Masonic expert Robert Lomas investigates the facts, challenges the conspiracy theorists. 384pp, paperback. $17.99 NOW £5.50

68608 KING TUTANKHAMUN: The Treasures of the Tomb by Zahi Hawass

Since their discovery in 1922 and the British Museum exhibition in the 1970s, the fabulous treasures of King Tutankhamun have fascinated the British public. This volume by world-renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass is probably the most exciting ever. In all there are 324 illustrations, 317 in colour and 26 gatefold pages. Organised to follow the chambers of the tomb in order in which Henry Carter excavated them, the tome illustrates the site’s most magnificent artefacts including all of the objects in two travelling Tutankhamun exhibitions. We go through the stairway and entrance corridor, into the ante-chamber, the burial chamber, the treasury and the annex, go backstage and look at a chronology. The head of Nefertem is seen from no less than nine angles on one gatefold. Drinking cups in the shape of a lotus head, two leopard-head appliqués, cartouche boxes, a child’s chair, a foot rest, the torso of Tutankhamun in wood, a ceremonial chariot, and Anubis fetishes to the gleaming, golden coffins themselves, the famous golden mask, beautiful gold collars, necklaces with scarabs, inlaid pectorals, canopic coffinettes - a vast array of gleaming jewellery, coloured with lapis lazuli, quartz, turquoise, carnelian and glass leap from the pages of this very lavish 9½” x 13" tome. 296pp.

£39.95 NOW £22.50

66702 AMBASSADORS by Jonathan Wright

Wright shows how the role of the ambassador became increasingly independent, with a detailed discussion of diplomacy at the court of Henry VIII and the agility required of emissaries such as Lodovico Falier, the Venetian ambassador, in order to bask in the favour of each successive queen. English ambassadors were often explorers, for instance Martin Frobisher brought back an Inuit from Baffin Island complete with kayak. Wright covers Charlemagne, Byzantium and the Ottoman and Hapsburg Empires, taking the fascinating story to the beginning of the 19th century and the modern era of diplomacy. 374pp, b/w photos. $26 NOW £2.25


Thousand Years of Mythology by Robert Morrissey

Charlemagne’s persona, derived from a blending of myth, history and poetry, has assumed a constitutional value in France, where for more than ten centuries it has been deemed useful to trace national privileges and undertakings back to the great emperor, king and saint. His plasticity, as the author argues, endows Charlemagne (768-814) with both legitimising power and subversive potential. Part One of the book explores a fundamental cycle in the history of Charlemagne’s representation, beginning shortly after his death and continuing to the end of the 16th century. Part Two discusses his re-mythologising in Renaissance and Reformation France through the late 19th century. This detailed study of how history has been re-appropriated is particularly relevant. 391 pages illustrated in colour and b/w.

£35.50 NOW £7 67329 BURY ME STANDING: The Gypsies and

68692 DARWIN’S SACRED CAUSE by Adrian Desmond and James Moore Subtitled How a Hatred of Slavery Shaped Darwin’s Views on Human Evolution. There has always been a mystery surrounding Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution: how did this quiet, respectable gentleman, a pillar of the church, come to embrace and promote probably the most radical idea in the history of human thought? That “moral fire”, the authors argue here, was a passionate hatred of slavery. Darwin believed the races belonged to the same human family, and therefore slavery was a sin and its abolition became his “sacred cause”. The authors make use of a wealth of fresh manuscripts, unpublished family correspondence, notebooks, diaries and ships’ logs, showing how Darwin’s abolitionism had deep roots in his mother’s family, and was reinforced by his voyage on the Beagle and events in America, in particular the rise of “scientific racism” at Harvard University and the dark days of the Civil War. 505pp, b/w plates. $30 NOW £7.50


A lovely facsimile reprint of the 1909 original with all line art faithfully reproduced. Dating from the Golden Age of American Farming, this is the original and very best source book for making labour-saving devices. Looks at mixing cement for bricks, making a handy small barn, a simple way to measure land, to store water, to make a chicken coop, to hang a lantern, make a feed box for a field, a simple fire alarm, a revolving cellar shelf and a filter for cistern water. With lovely historic connotations. 288pp with line art. ONLY £4.50


by Herodotus, introduced by Tom Griffiths Herodotus (c480 - c425 B.C.) is the Father of History and his Histories are the first piece of western historical writing. They are also the most entertaining. Why did Pheidippides run the 26 mile and 385 yards from Marathon to Athens? And what did he do when he got there? Was the Battle of Salamis fought between sausage sellers? Which is the oldest language in the world? And what is the best way to kill a crocodile? This wide-ranging history provides the answers as well as many fascinating insights into the Ancient World. 734pp in paperback. ONLY £4

47915 JEWISH ANTIQUITIES by Flavius Josephus

The works of the Jewish writer Flavius Josephus represent one of the most important records of Judaism and the Jews that survives from the ancient world. It is an account in 20 books of Jewish history from the creation to the outbreak of the Jewish revolt against Rome in AD66. Here is all the drama of the Old Testament transformed into an historical narrative of Greco-Roman character. More importantly, it is our only continuous account of Middle Eastern affairs that led up to the revolt. We have the famous translation of Josephus’ works by Cambridge professor William Whiston. The modern system of chapter division has been added plus an introduction by Brian McGing. 902 page paperback. ONLY £4


LONDON POOR by Henry Mayhew A masterpiece of social observation. Mayhew takes us into the abyss, into a world without fixed employment where skills are declining and insecurity mounting, a world of criminality, pauperism and vice, of unorthodox personal relations and fluid families, a world from which regularity is absent and prosperity has departed. Making sense of this environment required curiosity, imagination and a novelist’s eye for detail, and Henry Mayhew possessed all three. 688 pages in paperback. ONLY £4




First published in 1897, we here have a heavyweight facsimile reprint in paperback which incorporates an Account of the Liverpool Slave Trade, 1744-1812. It is the most detailed period document on privateering and the slave trade. The first half of the book covers historically important eras such as the Seven Years’ War, the American War of Independence and the French Revolution. The second half focuses on the slave trade and how privateers profited from it, including extensive chapters on specific captains, the abolition movement and corporate ties to the slave trade. 718pp in heavyweight paperback with three gatefold pages. £20 NOW £6.50

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Their Journey by Isabel Fonseca Fabled, feared, romanticised and reviled, the Gypsies, or Roma, are among the least understood people on earth. Now a diaspora of 12 million, their culture has, until now, remained largely obscure. Alongside unforgettable portraits of individuals, the author offers sharp insights into the humour, language, wisdom and taboos of the Roma. She traces their exodus out of India 1,000 years ago and their extraordinary history of persecution. They have in turn been enslaved by the princes of medieval Romania, massacred by the Nazis, forcibly assimilated by the communist regimes, evicted from their settlements by nationalist mobs in Eastern Europe and, most recently, in Western Europe as well. 337 paperback pages illus, map. £8.99 NOW £4

68809 VALVERDE’S GOLD: A True Tale of Greed,

Obsession and Grit by Mark Honigsbaum Legend has it that treasure had been collected by the Indians to pay the ransom demanded in November 1532 by the Spanish for the release of an uncrowned Inca chief. Blake and Lieutenant George Edwin Chapman had first heard about the treasure from a young

English colleague in the Royal Navy. The sailor, a nephew of the distinguished English botanist Richard Spruce, described how his uncle had stumbled on an ancient Spanish treasure guide composed by a former conquistador named Valverde. In 1861 Spruce had published the guide in the Journals of the Royal Geographical Society in London but the guide was cryptic and confusing. In a quest for the truth, Honigsbaum travels to Ecuador where he meets a bizarre array of playboys, arms dealers and secretive priests, all of them infatuated by the mystery. The heart of his enquiry is the challenge of crossing one of the last uncharted ranges in Latin America - the fearsome Llanganati Mountains of Eastern Ecuador. 363pp in paperback with photos and maps.

£7.99 NOW £3.50

67407 ANCIENT WORLD IN YOUR POCKET: Over 3,000 Essential Facts edited by Paul Bahn

From the first written records around 5,000 years ago to the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 AD, the ancient world is the backbone of modern civilisation. This book explores the key cultural, political and social events of this fascinating era, including urban centres in Mesopotamia, deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs, the Terracotta Army, earliest African rock art, North American mound cities and cliff dwellings, the world’s oldest mummies in Chile and much, much more. This essential guide contains the charismatic personalities, surprising facts and momentous events of the past, bringing the world of antiquity to your fingertips. 144 pocket sized pages illustrated in colour and b/w, with maps, timelines and charts. ONLY £3

68375 A GAMBLING MAN: Charles II and the Restoration by Jenny Uglow

In the first decade of the Restoration - a time of glamour and gossip, drama and risk, faction and crisis - Charles II was the supreme actor. As the country was rocked by plague, fire and war, people searched for new ideas by which to live. The Restoration decade was one of experiment, from the science of the Royal Society to the startling role of credit and risk, from the shocking licence of the court to the failed attempts at tolerance of different beliefs. Negotiating all these, Charles, the ‘slippery sovereign’, laid odds, took chances and manipulated his followers. While his grandeur, his court and his colourful sex life were on display, his true intentions lay hidden. Exactly ten years after the King landed in England to reclaim the crown in 1660, he would stand again on the shore at Dover, laying the greatest bet of his life in a secret deal with Louis XIV. 580 pages, illus. £25 NOW £7

e-mail: 66718 CRETAN QUESTS: British Explorers,

Excavators and Historians edited by Davina Huxley


Pilgrims, merchants and travellers from Britain, many with a keen appreciation of Crete’s ancient myths and biblical associations, saw the island as an object of interest from medieval times onwards. They were followed by antiquaries, geographers, mapmakers, the Royal Navy and, in the late 19th century, by the first archaeologists. Through his persistence in buying the site at Knossos and then digging there, Arthur Evans established himself as the leading exponent of the newly recognised Minoan civilisation. After years of excavation, reconstruction and publication, Evans gave the Palace and the land around it to the British School at Athens, which later transferred it to the Greek state. Excavation and research have continued to flourish there. 227 large pages, b/w illus, maps and archive photos and Cretan chronology. £27 NOW £8

67493 ADVENTURE OF ENGLISH: The Biography of a

Language by Melvyn Bragg An enthralling history of power, religion and trade, but also the story of people and how their day to day lives shaped and continued to change the extraordinary language that is English. From its humble beginnings as a minor German dialect to its current status as a global language spoken by over a

billion people, English has proved itself democratic and ingenious in its assimilation of other cultures. It remains the beating heart of international medicine, industry and diplomacy. Its story is a magnificent adventure, full of jealousy, intrigue and war and a host of remarkable people, places and events are seen. The popular broadcaster Melvyn Bragg brings the reader from the early Anglo-Saxon tribes and Alfred the Great’s stubborn resistance to the Danes, through the impact of the Norman invasion in 1066 and on to the arrival of such early literary masterpieces as Beowulf and the bawdy Canterbury Tales. Bragg tells the tale of Henry VIII’s battles with the Church over bootleg Bibles and the influence of the ‘coarse’ playwright William Shakespeare, who alone contributed 2,000 new words to our language. 322pp, illus.

$27.95 NOW £7 67075 THE BUDDHA AND DR. FÜHRER: An

Archaeological Scandal by Charles Allen In January 1898, a British landowner, William Claxton Peppé, excavated a large Buddhist brick stupa on his estate close to India’s border with Nepal. He uncovered a huge stone coffer, within which were a number of reliquary vases together with a mass of jewels and gold offerings. The opening of the Piprahwa stupa followed the discovery nearby of the birthplace of the Buddha, Lumbini, and the legendary city of Kapilavastu where he had grown into manhood as Prince Siddharta. But almost immediately it became known that the German archaeologist, Dr. Anton Führer, working nearby at the same time, had not only made bogus claims and faked his results but had also been associated with the dig. Führer was quickly unmasked by a British magistrate who himself had a stake in the excavation. 292 pages, with photos, some colour. £17.99 NOW £6


AND QUEENS OF BRITAIN by G.S.P Freeman-Grenville Dr. Freeman-Grenville was the consultant for Burke’s Royal Families of the World and his major work was the Chronology of World History. This specially

commissioned book is a magisterial and entertainingly written overview of British monarchs from Cerdic First, King of Wessex to George VI. All the regal chronology and insights

into the foibles of one of the world’s most interesting and resilient constitutional monarchies. 245pp in paperback. ONLY £4

67162 1900-1909 LIFE AFTER VICTORIA:

The Decade Series by Alison Maloney 1900-1909 was one of the most significant periods in British history. Flicking through the pages, you’ll find that in 1900 the Labour Party was formed and Winston Churchill became a MP; in 1901 Queen Victoria died and Clark Gable and Gary Cooper were born; 1902 saw the rise of electric tramcars in urban areas as well as faster and more comfortable trains. Enrico Caruso made his first gramophone record and on June 16th 1903 the trade name Pepsi-Cola was registered and the speed limit for motor cars was raised to a heady 20 m.p.h. Each year is divided into sections covering politics, royal and historical events, social change, entertainment and the arts, and sport and science. 244 pages, photos and drawings. £19.99 NOW £4

67260 THE TUDORS by Jane Bingham Subtitled The Kings and Queens of England’s Golden Age, the Tudor monarchs ruled for nearly 120 years and our book tells their story, from the pivotal Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 when Richard III was killed and Henry VII took the crown, to 1603 when the ‘Virgin Queen’ Elizabeth I died without an heir. Chapters include Fighting for the Crown, The Reign of Henry VII, Young Henry VIII, The Later Reign of Henry VIII, The Boy King and the Nine Days’ Queen, Edward and Jane, Bloody Mary and the Life and Reign of Mary I and The Making of a Great Queen, Young Elizabeth. The final chapter is entitled Gloriana. Special features include the Murder of the Princes in the Tower, Medicine in Tudor Times, Humanism and Elizabeth I in Love. 150 illus, large softback, 208pp. £9.99 NOW £3.25


Ages Reconsidered by Peter Wells The kingdoms of Christendom that emerged, starting with the reign of Charlemagne in the late 8th century, sprang from a robust, previously little-known European culture, which reached new heights in artistry, technology, architecture, craft production, commerce and learning. The spectacular cathedrals and castle fortresses of medieval Europe were first devised by ‘Dark Age’ engineers, and the great universities of Europe would later spring from the monasteries and schools founded by St. Columba and his followers starting in the 6th century.




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