The Shadow King: The Life and Death of Henry VI

Pegasus Books #ad - Firstborn son of a warrior father who defeated the french at Agin- court, Henry VI of the House of Lancaster inherited the crown not only of England but also of France, at a time when Plantagenet dominance over the Valois dynasty was at its glorious height. And yet, his throne had been seized by his rival, by the time he died in the Tower of London in 1471, Edward IV of the House of York, France was lost, and his kingdom had descended into the violent chaos of the Wars of the Roses.

24 pages of color illustrations, family trees, maps. In the shadow king, lauren johnson tells his remark- able and sometimes shocking story in a fast-paced and colorful narrative that captures both the poignancy of Henry’s life and the tumultuous and bloody nature of the times in which he lived. A thrilling new account of the tragic story and troubled times of Henry VI, who inherited the crowns of both England and France and lost both.

The Shadow King: The Life and Death of Henry VI #ad - Henry vi is perhaps the most troubled of English monarchs, gentle, a pious, well-intentioned man who was plagued by bouts of mental illness.


Emperor: A New Life of Charles V

Yale University Press #ad - But the elusive nature of the man despite an abundance of documentation, together with the complexity of governing the world’s first transatlantic empire, his relentless travel and the control of his own image, complicate the task. Geoffrey parker, italian, and spanish, french, has examined the surviving written sources in Dutch, German, one of the world’s leading historians of early modern Europe, Latin, as well as visual and material evidence.

The result is a unique biography that interrogates every dimension of Charles’s reign and views the world through the emperor’s own eyes. Drawing on vital new evidence, ruler of spain, germany, and much of italy and Central and South America, the Netherlands, a top historian dramatically reinterprets the ruler of the world’s first transatlantic empire The life of Emperor Charles V 1500–1558, has long intrigued biographers.

Emperor: A New Life of Charles V #ad - He explores the crucial decisions that created and preserved this vast empire, analyzes Charles’s achievements within the context of both personal and structural factors, and scrutinizes the intimate details of the ruler's life for clues to his character and inclinations.


King and Emperor: A New Life of Charlemagne

University of California Press #ad - Charles’s legacy lies in his deeds and their continuing resonance, countries, and continents; founded and rebuilt towns and monasteries; and consciously set himself up not just as King of the Franks, as he shaped counties, but as the head of the renewed Roman Empire. Janet nelson's wonderful new book brings together everything we know about Charles I, literary and material, sifting through the available evidence, to paint a vivid portrait of the man and his motives.

His successors—even to the present day—have struggled to interpret, misinterpret, copy, or subvert his legacy. Janet nelson gets us as close as we can hope to come to the real figure of Charles the man as he was understood in his own time. Driven by unremitting physical energy and intellectual curiosity, a judge who promised "for each their law and justice, he was a man of many parts, " a defender of the Latin Church, a warlord and conqueror, a man of flesh and blood.

King and Emperor: A New Life of Charlemagne #ad - In the twelve centuries since his death, and the elements have destroyed much of the writing on his rule, accident, vermin, warfare, but a remarkable amount has survived. Building on nelson’s own extraordinary knowledge, from prayer books to skeletons, prying into and interpreting fascinating and often obdurate scraps of evidence, this biography is a sort of detective story, gossip to artwork.

King and emperor takes on the compelling suspense of good detective work as well as good history. The wall street journal charles I, often known as Charlemagne, is one of the most extraordinary figures ever to rule an empire.


So Great a Prince: The Accession of Henry VIII: 1509

Pegasus Books #ad - England, 1509. She looks at these early tudor lives through the rhythms of annual rituals, agrarian, juxtaposing political events in Westminster and the palaces of southeast England with the religious, and social events that punctuated the lives of the people of young Henry VIII's England. Henry vii, the seventeen-year-old henry viii, the first Tudor monarch, is dead; his successor, offers hope of renewal and reconciliation after the corruption and repression of the last years of his father's reign.

Historian lauren johnson tells the story of 1509 not just from the perspective of the young king and his court, ploughmen, but from the point of view of merchants, apprentices, laundresses, and foreign workers. The kingdom henry inherits is not the familiar Tudor England of Protestantism and playwrights.

So Great a Prince: The Accession of Henry VIII: 1509 #ad - So great a prince offers a fascinating portrait of a country at a crossroads between two powerful monarchs and between the worlds of the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. A vivid and original portrait of the year the young Henry VIII assumes the throne, revealing a kingdom at a crossroads between two dynamic monarchs and two ages of history.

It is still more than two decades away from the English Reformation, and ancient traditions persist: boy bishops, pilgrimages, Corpus Christi pageants, the jewel-decked shrine at Canterbury.


Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior

Yale University Press #ad - But she was also empress, heir to the English crown—the first woman ever to hold the position—and an able military general. Catherine hanley provides fresh insight into Matilda's campaign to claim the title of queen, her approach to allied kingdoms and rival rulers, and her role in the succession crisis.

This new biography explores Matilda’s achievements as military and political leader, and sets her life and career in full context. Extraordinarily, her line has continued through every single monarch of England or Britain from that time to the present day. Hanley highlights how matilda fought for the throne, and argues that although she never sat on it herself her reward was to see her son become king.

Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior #ad - . A life of matilda—empress, and one of the greatest figures of the English Middle Ages Matilda was a daughter, skilled military leader, wife, and mother.


The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 The Revolution Trilogy

Henry Holt and Co. #ad - From the battles at lexington and concord in spring 1775 to those at Trenton and Princeton in winter 1777, American militiamen and then the ragged Continental Army take on the world’s most formidable fighting force. Rick atkinson has given stirring new life to the first act of our country’s creation drama.

. From the bestselling author of the liberation trilogy comes the extraordinary first volume of his new trilogy about the American RevolutionRick Atkinson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning An Army at Dawn and two other superb books about World War II, has long been admired for his deeply researched, stunningly vivid narrative histories.

The story is also told from the British perspective, making the mortal conflict between the redcoats and the rebels all the more compelling. Full of riveting details and untold stories, The British Are Coming is a tale of heroes and knaves, of sacrifice and blunder, of redemption and profound suffering.

The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 The Revolution Trilogy #ad - Now he turns his attention to a new war, and in the initial volume of the Revolution Trilogy he recounts the first twenty-one months of America’s violent war for independence. It is a gripping saga alive with astonishing characters: henry knox, the former bookseller with an uncanny understanding of artillery; Nathanael Greene, the self-made man who proves to be the wiliest of diplomats; George Washington, the blue-eyed bumpkin who becomes a brilliant battle captain; Benjamin Franklin, the commander in chief who learns the difficult art of leadership when the war seems all but lost.


Marie-Antoinette: The Making of a French Queen

Yale University Press #ad - Drawing on new sources, he describes how, bravely took over the helm from louis xVI after the collapse of his morale, and, when revolution broke out, from the outset, Marie-Antoinette refused to prioritize the aggressive foreign policy of her mother, Maria-Theresa, listened to the Third Estate and worked closely with repentant radicals to give the constitutional monarchy a fighting chance.

Hardman shows how marie-Antoinette played a significant but misunderstood role in the crisis of the monarchy. For the first time, hardman demonstrates exactly what influence Marie-Antoinette had and when and how she exerted it. In this new account, john Hardman redresses the balance and sheds fresh light on Marie-Antoinette’s story.

Marie-Antoinette: The Making of a French Queen #ad - A new look which fundamentally overturns our understanding of this famously "out of touch" queen Who was the real Marie-Antoinette? She was mistrusted and reviled in her own time, and today she is portrayed as a lightweight incapable of understanding the events that engulfed her.


The Road to Charleston: Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution

University of Virginia Press #ad - In this long-awaited sequel, Buchanan brings this story to its dramatic conclusion. Greene’s southern Campaign was the most difficult of the war. We also follow the fate of Greene’s tenacious foe, Lieutenant Colonel Francis, Lord Rawdon. Insufficient manpower a constant problem, Greene attempted to incorporate black regiments into his army, a plan angrily rejected by the South Carolina legislature.

With a supply line stretching hundreds of miles northward, it revealed much about the crucial military art of provision and transport. A bloody civil war between rebels and Tories was wreaking havoc on the South at the time, forcing Greene to address vigilante terror and restore civilian government. In the road to guilford courthouse, john buchanan explored the first half of the critical Southern Campaign and introduced readers to its brilliant architect, one of the most acclaimed military histories of the Revolutionary War ever written, Major General Nathanael Greene.

The Road to Charleston: Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution #ad - . By the time the british evacuate charleston―and greene and his ragged, faithful Continental Army enter the city in triumph―the reader has witnessed in telling detail one of the most punishing campaigns of the Revolution, malaria-stricken, culminating in one of its greatest victories. As his correspondence with thomas jefferson during the campaign shows, Greene was also bedeviled by the conflict between war and the rights of the people, and the question of how to set constraints under which a free society wages war.

Joining greene is an unforgettable cast of characters―men of strong and, at times, antagonistic personalities―all of whom are vividly portrayed.


Vicksburg: Grant's Campaign That Broke the Confederacy

Simon & Schuster #ad - Today no general would ever be permitted to fail as often as Grant did, but in the end he succeeded in what he himself called the most important battle of the war, the one that all but sealed the fate of the Confederacy. General grant moved his army south and joined forces with Admiral Porter, but even together they could not come up with a successful plan.

In vicksburg, Donald L. Miller tells the full story of this year-long campaign to win the city. In the course of the campaign, while others seized the plantations they had been forced to work on, tens of thousands of slaves fled to the Union lines, where more than twenty thousand became soldiers, destroying the economy of a large part of Mississippi and creating a social revolution.

Vicksburg: Grant's Campaign That Broke the Confederacy #ad - He brings to life all the drama, characters, and significance of Vicksburg, a historic moment that rivals any war story in history. At one point grant even tried to build a canal so that the river could be diverted away from Vicksburg. A superb account” the wall street journal of the longest and most decisive military campaign of the Civil War in Vicksburg, Mississippi, split the Confederacy, freed tens of thousands of slaves, which opened the Mississippi River, and made Ulysses S.

Grant the most important general of the war. Vicksburg, mississippi, was the last stronghold of the Confederacy on the Mississippi River. It prevented the union from using the river for shipping between the Union-controlled Midwest and New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico.


The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire

Bloomsbury Publishing #ad - From the bestselling author of return of a King, the story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country. In august 1765, the east india company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army.

. Using previously untapped sources, dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before and provides a portrait of the devastating results from the abuse of corporate power. The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional company and became something much more unusual: an international corporation transformed into an aggressive colonial power.

The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire #ad - Over the course of the next 47 years, the company's reach grew until almost all of India south of Delhi was effectively ruled from a boardroom in the city of London. The anarchy tells one of history's most remarkable stories: how the mughal Empire-which dominated world trade and manufacturing and possessed almost unlimited resources-fell apart and was replaced by a multinational corporation based thousands of miles overseas, and answerable to shareholders, most of whom had never even seen India and no idea about the country whose wealth was providing their dividends.


Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands

Viking #ad - In crusaders, dan jones interrogates the many sides of the larger story, charting a deeply human and avowedly pluralist path through the crusading era. Expanding the usual timeframe, Jones looks to the roots of Christian-Muslim relations in the eighth century and tracks the influence of crusading to present day.

When christian armies seized Jerusalem in 1099, they began the most notorious period of conflict between the two religions. Crusading remains a rallying call to this day, but its role in the popular imagination ignores the cooperation and complicated coexistence that were just as much a feature of the period as warfare.

Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands #ad - A major new history of the crusades with an unprecedented wide scope, told in a tableau of portraits of people on all sides of the wars, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Templars. For more than one thousand years, Christians and Muslims lived side by side, sometimes at peace and sometimes at war.

By telling intimate stories of individual journeys, jones illuminates these centuries of war not only from the perspective of popes and kings, Mamluk slave soldiers, Shi'ite viziers, Sunni scholars, Byzantine princesses, but from Arab-Sicilian poets, Mongol chieftains, and barefoot friars. He widens the geographical focus to far-flung regions home to so-called enemies of the Church, southern France, including Spain, North Africa, and the Baltic states.

Depending on who you ask, the fall of the holy city was either an inspiring legend or the greatest of horrors. The age-old relationships between faith, wealth, and trade meant that crusading was not only about fighting for the glory of God, conquest, but also, among other earthly reasons, power, about gold.

In this richly dramatic narrative that gives voice to sources usually pushed to the margins, Dan Jones has written an authoritative survey of the holy wars with global scope and human focus.