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Charles I

Charles I

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Mark Parry
September 26, 2019

Charles I provides a detailed overview of Charles Stuart, placing his reign firmly within the wider context of this turbulent period and examining the nature of one of the most complex monarchs in British history. The book is organised chronologically, beginning in 1600 and covering Charles’...

Isabella d’Este: A Renaissance Princess

Isabella d’Este: A Renaissance Princess

1st Edition

Christine Shaw
March 12, 2019

Isabella d’Este, Marchioness of Mantua (1474-1539), is one of the most studied figures of Renaissance Italy, as an epitome of Renaissance court culture and as a woman having an unusually prominent role in the politics of her day. This biography provides a well-rounded account of the full range of...

Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh

1st Edition

Peter Neville
August 31, 2018

Ho Chi Minh explores the life of this globally important twentieth-century figure and offers new insights into his lengthy career, including his often-forgotten involvement with British intermediaries in 1945–46 and with the United States in 1944–45. Ho was the father of his nation, a major...

Louis XIV

Louis XIV

2nd Edition

Richard Wilkinson
August 10, 2017

Louis XIV ruled France for more than half a century and is typically remembered for his absolutism, his patronage of the arts and his lavish lifestyle – culminating in the building of Versailles. This original and lively biography focuses on Louis’s personal life while keeping the needs of the...

Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer

1st Edition

Susan Wabuda
July 21, 2017

Thomas Cranmer’s place in English history is firmly established, yet the complexities of his character have remained obscure and he continues to be one of the most problematic figures of the Tudor period. Susan Wabuda’s biography sheds fresh light not only on the private Cranmer, but also on the...

Mao

Mao

2nd Edition

Michael Lynch
May 02, 2017

Michael Lynch’s second edition of Mao examines the life of this controversial figure. Opening with a detailed chronology, it delves into Mao’s younger years and tracks his gradual rise to power, with a chapter dedicated to the cult status that surrounded him. Through a wealth of primary and...

Charlie Chaplin: A Political Biography from Victorian Britain to Modern America

Charlie Chaplin: A Political Biography from Victorian Britain to Modern America

1st Edition

Richard Carr
April 26, 2017

Richard Carr’s Charlie Chaplin places politics at the centre of the filmmaker’s life as it looks beyond Chaplin’s role as a comedic figure to his constant political engagement both on and off the screen. Drawing from a wealth of archival sources from across the globe, Carr provides an in-depth...

Stalin: From the Caucasus to the Kremlin

Stalin: From the Caucasus to the Kremlin

1st Edition

Christopher Read
December 12, 2016

This new biography of Stalin offers an accessible and up-to-date representation of one of the twentieth-century’s defining figures, as well as new insights, analysis and illumination to deepen our understanding of his actions, intentions and the nature of the power that he wielded. Christopher...

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria

1st Edition

Paula Bartley
February 15, 2016

Paula Bartley’s Queen Victoria examines Victorian Britain from the perspective of the Queen. Victoria’s personal and political actions are discussed in relation to contemporary shifts in Britain’s society, politics and culture, examining to what extent they did – or did not – influence events...

Thatcher

Thatcher

1st Edition

Graham Goodlad
December 03, 2015

Thatcher provides an accessible and scholarly introduction to the personality and career of Britain’s first female political leader and the twentieth century’s longest serving Prime Minister. Providing a balanced narrative and assessment of one of the most significant figures of the post-war era,...

Henry VI

Henry VI

1st Edition

David Grummitt
May 18, 2015

In this new assessment of Henry VI, David Grummitt synthesizes a wealth of detailed research into Lancastrian England that has taken place throughout the last three decades to provide a fresh appraisal of the house’s last King. The biography places Henry in the context of Lancastrian political...

Henry VIII

Henry VIII

2nd Edition

Lucy Wooding
March 17, 2015

This new edition of Lucy Wooding’s Henry VIII is fully revised and updated to provide an insightful and original portrait of one of England’s most unforgettable monarchs and the many paradoxes of his character and reign. Henry was a Renaissance prince whose Court dazzled with artistic display, yet...

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