Highlights of 2018 from Pen & Sword Books

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A selection of 2018’s most popular titles
Nursing Through the Years Great Western, County Classes Royal Observer Corps 1918

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British Battleships of the Victorian Era River Gunboats Secret Wartime Britain Navy Board Ship Models

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Before the Battlecruiser British Army of the Rhine L M S Locomotive Design and Development The Polish ‘Few’

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Maladies and Medicine – Exploring Health and Healing

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Maladies and Medicine – Exploring Health and Healing 1540-1740 by Dr Jennifer Evans and Dr Sara Read.

An article by Jennifer Evans for History Today: Snuffs and Sneezes Cure Diseases.

An interview with Sara Read on BBC Radio Leicester with Dave Andrews. Catch up via BBC Sounds.

About the book: Maladies and Medicine offers a lively exploration of health and medical cures in early modern England. The introduction sets out the background in which the body was understood, covering the theory of the four humours and the ways that male and female bodies were conceptualised. It also explains the hierarchy of healers from university trained physicians, to the itinerant women healers who travelled the country offering cures based on inherited knowledge of homemade remedies. It covers the print explosion of medical health guides, which began to appear in the sixteenth century from more academic medical text books to cheap almanacs.

The book has twenty chapters covering attitudes towards, and explanations of some of, the most common diseases and medical conditions in the period and the ways people understood them, along with the steps people took to get better. It explores the body from head to toe, from migraines to gout. It was an era when tooth cavities were thought to be caused by tiny worms and smallpox by an inflammation of the blood, and cures ranged from herbal potions, cooling cordials, blistering the skin, and of course letting blood.

Case studies and personal anecdotes taken from doctors notes, personal journals, diaries, letters and even court records show the reactions of individuals to their illnesses and treatments, bringing the reader into close proximity with people who lived around 400 years ago. This fascinating and richly illustrated study will appeal to anyone curious about the history of the body and the way our ancestors lived.

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A History of Torture in Britain by Simon Webb.

There is an ancient and quite baseless myth that the use of torture has never been legal in Britain. This old wives’ tale arose because torture had been neither endorsed nor forbidden by either statute or common law. In other words; the law has, until the late twentieth century, never had anything to say on the subject. In fact, torture, inflicted both as punishment and as an aid to interrogation, has been a constant and recurring feature of British life; from the beginning of the country’s recorded history, until well into the twentieth century. Even as late as 1976, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the British Army was guilty of the systematic torture of suspected terrorists.

A History of Torture in Britain traces the terrible story of the deliberate use of pain on prisoners in Britain and its overseas possessions. Beginning with the medieval trial by ordeal, which entailed carrying a red-hot iron bar in your bare hand for a certain distance, through to the stretching on the rack of political prisoners and the mutilation of those found guilty of sedition; the evidence clearly shows that Britain has relied heavily upon torture, both at home and abroad, for almost the whole of its history. This sweeping and authoritative account of a grisly and distasteful subject is likely to become the definitive history of the judicial infliction of pain in Britain and its Empire.

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The Truth About Rudolf Hess by James Douglas-Hamilton.

The unauthorised solo flight to Britain by Hitler’s Deputy Rudolf Hess in May 1941 still stands out as one of the most bizarre and intriguing episodes of World War II.

In a new expanded and updated paperback edition of his book The Truth about Rudolf Hess, James Douglas-Hamilton examines the background to this extraordinary affair and the myths which surround it. He traces the developments which persuaded Hess to undertake his deluded attempt to broker a peace deal and remove Britain from the War, so that Hitler would not have to fight on two fronts when his planned attack on Russia was launched.

The author also examines the unsought involvement of his father the Duke of Hamilton in the story when, although they had never met, Hess asked to speak to him after he parachuted into Scotland. The part played in this affair by the previously little known Professor Albrecht Haushofer, an academic and Anglophile, who acted as Hess’ consultant, is highlighted and his doomed journey through the horrors of Nazi Germany leading him to a terrible fate is recounted.

Material contained in the most recently released Foreign Office papers is also analysed in this new edition and the author looks at how Germany has attempted to confront and deal with its wartime past.

99p eBook: Britain and Victory in the Great War

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Kindle and ePub editions now only 99p: Britain and Victory in the Great War by Dr Peter Liddle.

‘This is a thought-provoking collection of well-written essays by Great War scholars.’ The Great War magazine

‘The trilogy has added greatly to the sum of available knowledge and challenged a number of previously accepted conclusions. This final edition in the trilogy is an important work for enthusiasts, professionals and novices alike.’ Firetrench

How can we begin to make sense of the Great War now that over 100 years have passed since it ended with the defeat of Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman empire and Bulgaria, and the collapse of Tsarist Russia? The conflict had such a profound influence on world history that is it difficult to reconcile the different perspectives and draw clear conclusions. That is why this thought-provoking collection of original essays on the outcome of the war and its aftermath is of such value.

It completes the trilogy of ground-breaking volumes conceived and edited by Peter Liddle which presents the latest scholarly thinking about the Great War from an international perspective. The first two volumes – Britain Goes to War and Britain and the Widening War – made this stimulating new writing accessible to a broad readership and this final volume has the same aim.

A group of over twenty expert contributors reconsider the military reasons for the outcome of the fighting and look at the consequences for the principal nations involved. They explore the way the war and the peace settlement shaped the twentieth century and had an enduring impact within Europe and beyond.

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