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The Americans and Germans in Bastogne The Battle of the Bulge SS Peiper The Battle of the Bulge: The German View

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Voices from the Battle of the Bulge Massacre at Malmedy The Battle East of Elsenborn The Battle of the Bulge

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Kampfgruppe Peiper Armoured Warfare in the Battle of the Bulge 1944–1945 Bastogne Battle of the Bulge

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£1.99 eBook offer: A Visitor’s Guide to Jane Austen’s England

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A Visitor’s Guide to Jane Austen’s England by Sue Wilkes.

English author Jane Austen was born in Steventon, Hampshire, on 16 December 1775. She published four novels during her lifetime: Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1815). A further two novels were published posthumously in 1817; Persuasion and Northanger Abbey.

With A Visitor’s Guide to Jane Austen’s England, you can immerse yourself in the vanished world inhabited by Austen’s contemporaries. Packed with detail, and anecdotes, this is an intimate exploration of how the middle and upper classes lived from 1775, the year of Austen’s birth, to the coronation of George IV in 1820. Sue Wilkes skilfully conjures up all aspects of daily life within the period, drawing on contemporary diaries, illustrations, letters, novels, travel literature and archives.

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Jane Austen’s Cousin Jane Austen’s Inspiration Jane Austen’s Best Friend Who’s Who in Women’s Historical Fiction

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Now only £9.09: Following in the Footsteps of Oliver Cromwell

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Following in the Footsteps of Oliver Cromwell – A Historical Guide to the Civil War by James Hobson.

Oliver Cromwell ruled the British Isles as Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland from 16 December 1653. He remains one of the most controversial and important figures in British history. He was also the only non-Royal ruler of Britain in a thousand years.

Following in the Footsteps of Oliver Cromwell provides a history of Cromwell’s life through the places in Britain and Ireland where he lived, visited, ruled or fought.

The book begins in Huntingdon in 1599, with the respectable but unimportant Cromwell family living under the shadow of richer relatives. Civil War and Cromwell’s controversial successes at Marston Moor, Naseby, Basing House and Worcester transform him into the most powerful person in Britain, saving him from obscurity and moving him from a modest house in Ely to Hampton Court Palace. Cromwell is involved in the execution of King Charles I outside the Banqueting House, his own coronation in Westminster Hall, and bloody slaughter in Ireland. His death in 1658 does not end the controversy. His enemies take revenge on his corpse and the debate about his legacy begins.

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Cromwell’s Failed State and the Monarchy The English Civil War Cromwell and His Women The Civil War in London

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New, from Paul Kendall: Henry VIII in 100 Objects

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Available to order now: Henry VIII in 100 Objects – The Tyrant King Who Had Six Wives by Paul Kendall.

Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII, was born in Spain on 16 December 1485.

Henry VIII is one of history’s most memorable monarchs. Popularly known for his six wives, and the unfortunate fate which befell Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, Henry initiated many reforms and changes which still affect our lives today.

The annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon set in motion the separation of the English church from Rome and the establishment of the Church of England, which in turn led to the dissolution of the monasteries, the hauntingly evocative remains of which can be seen across the United Kingdom. Henry also oversaw the legal union between England and Wales, and he is also known as ‘the father of the Royal Navy’, with one of his great warships, the Mary Rose, lost in 1545 and recovered in 1982, becoming one of the most famous wrecks in maritime history.

In addition to the monasteries, other buildings around the UK continue to remind us of the times of the Tudors – there is the site of Greenwich Palace at the Royal Naval College Greenwich, where Henry was born; his great palace at Hampton Court; Lambeth Palace where Thomas More refused to sign the oath to make Henry the Head of the Church, and the Bell Tower in the Tower of London where More was imprisoned before he was beheaded.

Henry’s breach with the Pope led to the threat of war with Catholic France and Spain, which prompted Henry to construct a series of powerful forts around the English and Welsh coasts. These elegant and symmetrical defensive structures are still awe-inspiring.

In this engaging and hugely informative book, the author takes us on a journey across the country, from Deal Castle on the south coast, to Tower Green where Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard lost their heads, and far north to Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire. Along the way we see places where Henry stayed, where the Mary Rose was recovered, the homes of his consorts and Smithfield where prominent individuals convicted of heresy were burned at the stake. Travel, then, not just across the country, but also back in time through 100 objects from the days of the second Tudor monarch – Henry VIII.

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