Amy Licence collection

Amy Licence collection


Anne Neville- Richard III’s Tragic Queen.epub
Cecily Neville- Mother of Kings.epub
In Bed with the Tudors- The Sex Lives of a Dynasty from Elizabeth of York to Elizabeth I .epub
The Six Wives & Many Mistresses of Henry VIII- The Women’s Stories.epub

In Bed with the Tudors: the Sex Lives of a Dynasty from Elizabeth of York to Elizabeth I:

Illegitimate children, adulterous queens, impotent kings, and a whole dynasty resting on their shoulders. Sex and childbirth were quite literally a matter of life or death for the Tudors – Elizabeth of York died in childbirth, two of Henry VIII’s queens were beheaded for infidelity, and Elizabeth I’s elective virginity signaled the demise of a dynasty.
Amy Licence guides the reader through the births of Elizabeth of York’s two sons, Arthur and Henry, Catherine of Aragon’s subsequent marriages to both of these men, Henry VIII’s other five wives and his mistresses, and the sex lives of his daughters.
This book details the experiences of all these women, from fertility, conception and pregnancy through to the delivery chamber, on to maternal and infant mortality. Each woman’s story is a blend of specific personal circumstances, set against their historical moment. For some the joys were brief; for others it was a question that ultimately determined their fates

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  • Patrick Cockburn: Age of Jihad: Islamic State and the Great War for the Middle East

    Patrick Cockburn: Age of Jihad: Islamic State and the Great War for the Middle East


    From the award-winning author of The Rise of Islamic State, the essential story of the Middle East s disintegration
    The Age of Jihad charts the turmoil of today s Middle East and the devastating role the West has played in the region from 2001 to the present. Beginning with the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, Cockburn explores the vast geopolitical struggle that is the Sunni Shia conflict, a clash that shapes the war on terror, western military interventions, the evolution of the insurgency, the civil wars in Yemen, Libya and Syria, the Arab Spring, the fall of regional dictators, and the rise of Islamic State.
    As Cockburn shows in arresting detail, Islamic State did not explode into existence in Syria in the wake of the Arab Spring, as conventional wisdom would have it. The organization gestated over several years in occupied Iraq, before growing to the point where it can threaten the stability of the whole region. Cockburn was the first Western journalist to warn of the dangers posed by Islamic State. His originality and breadth of vision make The Age of Jihad the most in-depth analysis of the regional crisis in the Middle East to date.”

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  • John V. Fleming: The Dark Side of the Enlightenment: Wizards, Alchemists, and Spiritual Seekers in the Age of Reason

    John V. Fleming: The Dark Side of the Enlightenment: Wizards, Alchemists, and Spiritual Seekers in the Age of Reason


    In The Dark Side of the Enlightenment, John V. Fleming shows how the impulses of the European Enlightenment—generally associated with great strides in the liberation of human thought from superstition and traditional religion—were challenged by tenacious religious ideas or channeled into the “darker” pursuits of the esoteric and the occult. His engaging topics include the stubborn survival of the miraculous, the Enlightenment roles of Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry, and the widespread pursuit of magic and alchemy.
    Though we tend not to associate what was once called alchemy with what we now call chemistry, Fleming shows that the difference is merely one of linguistic modernization. Alchemy was once the chemistry, of Arabic derivation, and its practitioners were among the principal scientists and physicians of their ages. No point is more important for understanding the strange and fascinating figures in this book than the prestige of alchemy among the learned men of the age.

    Fleming follows some of these complexities and contradictions of the “Age of Lights” into the biographies of two of its extraordinary offspring. The first is the controversial wizard known as Count Cagliostro, the “Egyptian” freemason, unconventional healer, and alchemist known most infamously for his ambiguous association with the Affair of the Diamond Necklace, which history has viewed as among the possible harbingers of the French Revolution and a major contributing factor in the growing unpopularity of Marie Antoinette. Fleming also reviews the career of Julie de Krüdener, the sentimental novelist, Pietist preacher, and political mystic who would later become notorious as a prophet.

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  • Charles C. Mann: 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

    Charles C. Mann: 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

    In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.

    Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who actively molded and influenced the land around them. The astonishing Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan had running water and immaculately clean streets, and was larger than any contemporary European city. Mexican cultures created corn in a specialized breeding process that it has been called man’s first feat of genetic engineering. Indeed, Indians were not living lightly on the land but were landscaping and manipulating their world in ways that we are only now beginning to understand. Challenging and surprising, this a transformative new look at a rich and fascinating world we only thought we knew.

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  • Albert Jack collection

    Albert Jack collection


    Red.Herrings and White
    Loch Ness Monsters and Raining Frogs The World’s Most Puzzling Mysteries Solved
    Pop Goes the Weasel The Secret Meanings of Nursery
    They Laughed at Galileo How the Great Inventors Proved Their Critics Wrong

    Bold as brass, cold feet, cock and bull, off the cuff, red herrings and white elephants. We use these phrases every day and yet have only the vaguest idea of where many of them come from. The origins of hundreds of common phrases are explained in this irreverent journey through the most fascinating and richest regions of the English language. Once you’ve read one, you’ll be diving back in to look up all the others. Red Herrings is full of amazing definitions that take us all over the world, including military traditions and famous people who lent their names to describe familiar situations. From the drop of a hat to the bitter end – you’ll never speak English in the same way again

  • Henry Freeman: The Black Death

    Henry Freeman The Black Death

    The Black Death
    Sweeping across the known world with unchecked devastation, the Black Death claimed between 75 million and 200 million lives in four short years. In this engaging and well-researched book, the trajectory of the plague’s march west across Eurasia and the cause of the great pandemic is thoroughly explored.

    Inside you will read about…
    ✓ What was the Black Death?
    ✓ A Short History of Pandemics
    ✓ Chronology & Trajectory
    ✓ Causes & Pathology
    ✓ Medieval Theories & Disease Control
    ✓ Black Death in Medieval Culture
    ✓ Consequences

    Fascinating insights into the medieval mind’s perception of the disease and examinations of contemporary accounts give a complete picture of what the world’s most effective killer meant to medieval society in particular and humanity in general

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  • Thomas King – The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America

    Thomas King - The Inconvenient Indian A Curious Account of Native People in North America


    WINNER of the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize

    The Inconvenient Indian is at once a “history” and the complete subversion of a history—in short, a critical and personal meditation that the remarkable Thomas King has conducted over the past 50 years about what it means to be “Indian” in North America.

    Rich with dark and light, pain and magic, this book distills the insights gleaned from that meditation, weaving the curiously circular tale of the relationship between non-Natives and Natives in the centuries since the two first encountered each other. In the process, King refashions old stories about historical events and figures, takes a sideways look at film and pop culture, relates his own complex experiences with activism, and articulates a deep and revolutionary understanding of the cumulative effects of ever-shifting laws and treaties on Native peoples and lands.

    This is a book both timeless and timely, burnished with anger but tempered by wit, and ultimately a hard-won offering of hope — a sometimes inconvenient, but nonetheless indispensable account for all of us, Indian and non-Indian alike, seeking to understand how we might tell a new story for the future.

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  • Bernard Cornwell: The Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories

    The Warrior Chronicles Saxon Storie ebook download

    Bernard Cornwell: The Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories

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    The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories, #1)
    The Pale Horseman (The Saxon Stories, #2)
    Lords of the North (The Saxon Stories, #3)
    Sword Song (The Saxon Stories, #4)
    The Burning Land (The Saxon Stories, #5)
    Death of Kings (The Saxon Stories, #6)
    The Pagan Lord (The Saxon Stories, #7)
    The Empty Throne (The Saxon Stories, #8)
    Warriors of the Storm (The Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories #9)


    In the middle years of the ninth century, the fierce Danes stormed onto British soil, hungry for spoils and conquest. Kingdom after kingdom fell to the ruthless invaders until but one realm remained.  And suddenly the fate of all England—and the course of history—depended upon one man, one king.

    New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell’s The Last Kingdom is a rousing epic adventure of courage, treachery, duty, devotion, majesty, love, and battle as seen through the eyes of a young warrior who straddled two worlds.

    “Historical novels stand or fall on detail, and Mr. Cornwell writes as if he has been to ninth-century Wessex and back.”—WALL STREET JOURNAL.

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  • Shirley Jackson: The Witchcraft of Salem Village

    The Witchcraft of Salem VillageShirley Jackson: The Witchcraft of Salem Village

    Stories of magic, superstition, and witchcraft were strictly forbidden in the little town of Salem Village. But a group of young girls ignored those rules, spellbound by the tales told by a woman named Tituba.  When questioned about their activities, the terrified girls set off a whirlwind of controversy as they accused townsperson after townsperson of being witches. Author Shirley Jackson examines in careful detail this horrifying true story of accusations, trials, and executions that shook a community to its foundations

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  • A Naval History of the American Revolution vol.I

    A Naval History of the American Revolution vol.I
    Corner House Publishers | 1970 | ISBN: N/A | English | 416 pages | PDF | 44.5 MB

    Gardner Allen’s A NAVAL HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION has remained to this day the chief source of reliable information on the military activities at sea of the American revolutionary forces.A sea-faring people without a Navy when war with Britain broke out, the colonial governments and the Continental Congress compensated for this weakness by issuing letters of marque to hundreds of privateers and merchant ships authorizing them to prey on British vessels —to attack and capture their cargoes and crews.
    Allen assumes a total number of over 2000 private armed vessels carrying 18,000 guns and 70,000 men operated off the coast of North America during the Revolution. Ranging from the West Indies to the Bayof St. Lawrence and across the Atlantic to the waters in the vicinity of the British Isles they aggressively attacked British shipping with considerable effect. Aided by French sea power they were able to mount attacks on a number of British coastal bases.

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  • Karl Shaw: Deadly Dangerous Kings and Queens

    Karl Shaw: Deadly Dangerous Kings and Queens


    Which king lost the crown jewels? Which queen was as wide as she was
    tall? And who was the king who died with a poker up his bum? A humorous
    take on British kings and queens through the ages. Packed with facts and
    information – focusing on all the funny bits!

    This book is totally amazing!!! — Isabella Filmer McCarthy, age 8
    Family Interest Magazine A romp through royal history with all the funny
    bits left in. TBK Mag Concentrates on the bizarre facts that younger
    school children will find irresistible. Carosel (The Guide to Children’s
    Books) With its comical illustrations and jokes, Deadly Dangerous Kings
    and Queens makes fascinating facts about all the Kings and Queens that
    have ruled England since 1066 memorable for young readers. Primary

  • In Defiance of Hitler: The Secret Mission of Varian Fry

    Carla Killough McClafferty, “In Defiance of Hitler: The Secret Mission of Varian Fry” 
    2008 | ISBN-10: 0374382042 | 208 pages | EPUB | 3 MB

    On August 4, 1940, an unassuming American journalist named Varian Fry made his way to Marseilles, France, carrying in his pockets the names of approximately two hundred artists and intellectuals – all enemies of the new Nazi regime. As a volunteer for the Emergency Rescue Committee, Fry’s mission was to help these refugees flee to safety, then return home two weeks later. As more and more people came to him for assistance, however, he realized the situation was far worse than anyone in America had suspected – and his role far greater than he had imagined. He remained in France for over a year, refusing to leave until he was forcibly evicted.

    At a time when most Americans ignored the atrocities in Europe, Varian Fry engaged in covert operations, putting himself in great danger, to save strangers in a foreign land. He was instrumental in the rescue of over two thousand refugees, including the novelist Heinrich Mann and the artist Marc Chagall.

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  • The Russian Jewish Diaspora and European Culture, 1917-1937

    Jorg Shulte, Olga Tabachnikova, “The Russian Jewish Diaspora and European Culture, 1917-1937″ 
    2012 | ISBN-10: 9004227148 | 443 pages | PDF | 8 MB

    The Jewish emigration from Russia after the Revolution of 1917 changed the face of Jewish culture in Western Europe. Russian Jews brought with them the visions of a national Jewish literature in Hebrew, Yiddish or Russian, and new concepts of secular Jewish music and art. Often they acted as intermediaries between Jewish centres in Europe, which resulted in the creation of a single sphere of Jewish culture common to all parts of the European diaspora. Although some stayed in Western Europe for only a few years before moving on to Palestine, the budding Hebrew culture in Palestine would not have been the same without this relatively short period of intense contact between Russian Jewish and Western European cultures.

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  • Ardennes 1944: Hitler’s Last Gamble

    Antony Beevor, “Ardennes 1944: Hitler’s Last Gamble” 
    2015 | ISBN-10: 0670918644, 0670918652 | 480 pages | EPUB | 4 MB

    From the bestselling author of Stalingrad, Berlin and D-Day, Antony Beevor’s Ardennes 1944: Hitler’s Last Gamble tells the story of the German’s ill-fated final stand.

    On 16 December, 1944, Hitler launched his ‘last gamble’ in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes. He believed he could split the Allies by driving all the way to Antwerp, then force the Canadians and the British out of the war. Although his generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. Many were exultant at the prospect of striking back.

    The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in western Europe. American troops, taken by surprise, found themselves fighting two panzer armies. Belgian civilians fled, justifiably afraid of German revenge. Panic spread even to Paris. While many American soldiers fled or surrendered, others held on heroically, creating breakwaters which slowed the German advance.

    The harsh winter conditions and the savagery of the battle became comparable to the eastern front. And after massacres by the Waffen-SS, even American generals approved when their men shot down surrendering Germans. The Ardennes was the battle which finally broke the back of the Wehrmacht.

    ‘Revealing, profound and thoroughly unputdownable, Stalingrad is an extraordinary achievement which transcends its genre’ Vitali Vitaliev, Daily Telegraph (on Stalingrad)

    ‘This brilliant storyteller. . . makes us feel the chaos and the fear as if every drop of blood was our own: that is his gift. It is much more than just a humane account; it is compellingly readable, deeply researched and beautifully written’ Simon Sebag Montefiore, Spectator (on Berlin)

    ‘This is a terrific, inspiring, heart-breaking book. It makes the argument all over again that the world would be an infinitely better place if it didn’t keep producing subject matter for military historians: but as long as it does, we can rejoice that at the top of that profession is Antony Beevor’ Sam Leith, Daily Mail (on D-Day)

    ‘His book is the definitive history. This is World War II as Tolstoy would have described it – the great and the small’ Gerard DeGroot, Washington Post (on The Second World War)

    Antony Beevor is the renowned author of Stalingrad, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature, and Berlin, which received the first Longman-History Today Trustees’ Award. His books have appeared in thirty foreign editions and sold over six million copies.

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