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            King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV

            King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV (Hardback)

            By Mansel, Philip

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            Louis XIV wanted to conquer time and space - to push the borders of France which he inherited out into Flanders, Burgundy and Alsace, and beyond, to expand French dominion in the Americas and the East, to win what he called 'the exquisite praises of history' through conquests and... to create a great palace which would surpass all others and secure his immortality. He became the epitome and exemplar of monarchy, the king all his contemporaries and successors imitated, envied, or fought against. King of the World is a magnificent and startlingly insightful account of the man who dominated the seventeenth century more than any other. To what extent did Louis have absolute power, or was decision-making in the hands of ministers and mistresses? How much of the extravagance of Versailles was for show, and how far was Louis himself the show? How could such a civilized man commit so many acts of barbarism? How effective was he as a ruler and a general? Did he leave his country stronger or weaker than it was before? Mansel offers original and persuasive answers to these questions, and weaves a brilliant tapestry of the life of one of the most compelling figures in European history.
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            ISBN 9781846145995
            Released AU 16 Jul 2019
            Publisher Penguin
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            Victoria and Albert

            Victoria and Albert (Paperback)

            By Williams, Brenda

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            A beautifully illustrated account of one of the greatest royal love matches of all time

            ISBN 9781841658407
            Released AU 12 Jul 2019
            Publisher Pavilion Books
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            George IV (Penguin Monarchs): King in Waiting

            George IV (Penguin Monarchs): King in Waiting (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Tillyard, Stella

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            George IV spent most of his life waiting to become king, first a pleasure-loving and rebellious Prince of Wales during the 60-year reign of his father, George III, and for 10 years as Prince Regent, when his father went mad. 'The days are very long when you have nothing to do' he... once wrote plaintively, but he did his best to fill them with pleasure women, art, food, wine, fashion, architecture. He presided over the creation of the Regency style, which came to epitomize the era and was, with Charles I, the most artisitically literate of all British kings.
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            ISBN 9780141978857
            Released AU 4 Jul 2019
            Publisher Penguin
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            Series Penguin Monarchs
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            Harry and Meghan (Revised): Life, Loss, and Love

            Harry and Meghan (Revised): Life, Loss, and Love (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Nicholl, Katie

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            The most intimate and informative portrait yet of Prince Harry, from royal expert Katie Nicholl, author of the bestselling William and Harry and Kate.

            ISBN 9781602865280
            Released AU 9 Jul 2019
            Publisher Hachette
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            Edward IV (Penguin Monarchs): The Summer King

            Edward IV (Penguin Monarchs): The Summer King (Paperback)

            By Pollard, A. J.

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            In 1461 Edward earl of March, an able, handsome, and charming eighteen-year old, usurped the English throne from his feeble Lancastrian predecessor Henry VI. Ten years on, following outbreaks of civil conflict that culminated in him losing, then regaining the crown, he had finall...y secured his kingdom. The years that followed witnessed a period of rule that has been described as a golden age: a time of peace and economic and industrial expansion, which saw the establishment of a style of monarchy that the Tudors would later develop. Yet, argues A. J. Pollard, Edward, who was drawn to a life of sexual and epicurean excess, was a man of limited vision, his reign remaining to the very end the narrow rule of a victorious faction in civil war. Ultimately, his failure was dynastic: barely two months after his death in April 1483, the throne was usurped by Edward's youngest brother, Richard III.
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            ISBN 9780141989907
            Released AU 4 Jul 2019
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            Queen of the World

            Queen of the World (Paperback)

            By Hardman, Robert

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            Here is the real thing.' - Andrew Roberts_____________________________Written by the renowned royal biographer, Robert Hardman, and with privileged access to the Royal Family and the Royal Household, a brilliant new portrait of the most famous woman in the world and her place in ...it.
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            ISBN 9781784759513
            Released AU 2 Jul 2019
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            George IV (Penguin Monarchs): King in Waiting
              

            George IV (Penguin Monarchs): King in Waiting (EPUB ebook)

            By Tillyard, Stella

            George IV spent most of his life waiting to become king: as a pleasure-loving and rebellious Prince of Wales during the sixty-year reign of his father, George III, and for ten years as Prince Regent, when his father went mad. 'The days are very long when you have nothing to do' h...e once wrote plaintively, but he did his best to fill them with pleasure - women, art, food, wine, fashion, architecture. He presided over the creation of the Regency style, which came to epitomise the era, and he was, with Charles I, the most artistically literate of all our kings. Yet despite his life of luxury and indulgence, George died alone and unmourned. Stella Tillyard has not written a judgemental book, but a very human and enjoyable one, about this most colourful of all British kings.
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            ISBN 9780141978864
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            Released AU 4 Jul 2019
            Publisher Penguin
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            Series Penguin Monarchs
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            King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV
              

            King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV (EPUB ebook)

            By Mansel, Philip

            Louis XIV, King of France and Navarre, dominated his age. In the second half of the seventeenth century, he extended France's frontiers into the Netherlands and Germany, and established colonies in America, Africa and India. Louisiana, which once occupied a third of the territory... of the present-day United States, is named after him. Louis was also one of the greatest patrons of European history - Moliere, Racine, Lully, Le Brun, le Notre all worked for him. The stupendous palace he built at Versailles, and its satellites at Marly and Trianon, became the envy of monarchs all over Europe, frequently imitated but never surpassed. In all his palaces, Louis encouraged dancing, hunting, music and gambling. He loved conversation, especially with women: the power of women in Louis's life and reign is a particular theme of this book.Louis was obsessed by the details of government, and travelled extensively around his kingdom, but often his choices for ministers and generals proved disastrous. After the death of his very able minister Colbert, the extraordinary cost of building palaces and waging continuous wars devastated French finances and helped set France on the path to revolution. In 1685, his decision to revoke toleration for Protestants damaged his country, and alienated Protestant Europe and at the end of his life, his forces were persistently defeated by the Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Savoy. Nevertheless, by his death, he had helped make his grandson king of Spain, where his descendants still reign, and France had taken essentially the shape it has today.Philip Mansel's King of the World is much the most comprehensive and up-to-date biography of this hypnotic, flawed figure in English. It draws on all the latest research in France, Britain and America and pays special attention to the culture of the court, on which Mansel is an acknowledged expert. It is a convincing and compelling portrait of a man who, three hundred years after his death, still epito
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            ISBN 9780241960592
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            Released AU 11 Jul 2019
            Publisher Penguin
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            King and Emperor: A New Life of Charlemagne
              

            King and Emperor: A New Life of Charlemagne (EPUB ebook)

            By Nelson, Janet L.

            'A remarkable book: the dramatic story of a truly extraordinary man ... brilliant' Helen Castor, author of She-Wolves A major new biography of one of the most extraordinary of all rulers, and the father of present-day Europe Charles, king of the Franks, is one of the most remarka...ble figures ever to rule a European super-state. That is why he is so often called by the French 'Charlemagne', and by the Germans 'Karl der Grosse'. His strength of character was felt to be remarkable from early in his long reign. Warfare and accident, vermin and weather have destroyed much of the evidence for his rule in the twelve centuries since his death, but a remarkable amount still survives.Janet L. Nelson's wonderful new book brings together everything we know about Charlemagne and sifts through the evidence to come as close as we can to understanding the man and his motives. Nelson has an extraordinary knowledge of the sources and much of the book is a sort of detective story, prying into and interpreting fascinating material and often obdurate scraps, from prayerbooks to skeletons, gossip to artwork.Above all, Charles's legacy lies in his deeds and their continuing resonance, as he shaped duchies and counties, rebuilt and founded towns and monasteries, and consciously set himself up not just as King of the Franks, but as the new 'Emperor governing the Roman Empire'. His successors - in some ways to the present day - have struggled to interpret, misinterpret, copy or subvert Charlemagne's legacy. Nelson gets us as close as we can ever hope to come to the real figure, as understood in his own time.
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            ISBN 9780241305263
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            Released AU 25 Jul 2019
            Publisher Penguin
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            Series Allen Lane History
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            The Story of Nell Gwyn and the Sayings of Charles II.: Annotated
             

            The Story of Nell Gwyn and the Sayings of Charles II.: Annotated (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            Edited by Wheatley, Henry Benjamin; Booker-Roperr, L.; By Cunningham, P. N.

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            ' The story of Nell Gwyn ... originally appeared in serial form in Gentleman's Magazine. It must be read (says the author) as a serious truth, not as fiction-as a biography, not as a romance. It has no other foundation than truth, and will be heard of hereafter only as it adheres... to history. That it will be heard of hereafter there seems little reason to doubt. A dish of this nature cooked in this fashion is too rare not to be well-relished. The life of a royal courtesan from the graphic pen of an accomplished antiquarian, combining the seductions of low comedy with the attractive graces of light literature, need not despair of a market. It would seem, indeed, that distance ends enchantment to the view; for though, Nell was but a strumpet, on these pages she is nothing short of a goddess, fascinating you with her wit and beauty as she did her paramours; coaxing you with her liberality as she did the London Apprentices; and even gulling you with her orthodox cant as she did the grim Puritans who patronised her as the Protestant Mistress! But, for all that, you cannot find in your heart to deal harshly with the pretty witty Nell. You laugh at her jokes, and condole with her in her sorrows; for she was not a stranger to grief, nor, finally, it is said, to repentance. But be that as it may, you cannot but admit that she had many good qualities; and you remember that, in addition to other praiseworthy public actions, she was the virtual founder of Chelsea Hospital-a deed of charity sufficient to cover all her sins, if such you have the courage to call them, for, 'ere you get through the story, you are convinced, she is better than could have been expected under the circumstances which, from first to last, victimized her. And as for the Merry Monarch, he is a wise and witty, free and easy soul-not a bad man after all! Such is the moral atmosphere which encircles the Story; and, if ever its moral influence cost the author much consideration, his misgivings were hushed by t
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            ISBN 9781082237560
            Released AU 23 Jul 2019
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