And love the ultimate justification for a crazed act of murder. With consummate skill, author martin levy brings to breathtaking life the sights and sounds of an unparalleled era in history -- when hangings were public entertainment and debauchery was a popular pastime of the wealthy and the titled -- and expertly unravels the mystery behind a truly sensational slaying.
A sudden and brutal murder, it was all the more shocking because of the identities of those involved. From out of the shadows a man emerged, dressed in a black suit. In eighteenth-century england the aristocracy dominated the imagination, their exploits -- and misdeeds -- discussed, debated, and gossiped about in the salons and parlors of London.
The victim was martha ray, and longtime live-in mistress of the Earl of Sandwich, famed aficionada of fashion and the arts, high-ranking minister to King George III. Now author martin levy vividly re-creates one of the most shocking and scandalous events of the period, murder, obsession, in a riveting true tale of passion, and courtroom drama.
Love and Madness: The Murder of Martha Ray, Mistress of the Fourth Earl of Sandwich #ad - On a spring evening in the year 1779, a young woman emerged from London's Covent Garden Theatre amid a grand swirl of lords and ladies, their servants and coachmen. And it resulted in a courtroom extravaganza unique in the annals of legal proceedings -- where passion was the motive, the madness of "momentary phrenzy" the mitigating circumstance.
To Catch A King: Charles II's Great EscapeWilliam Collins #ad - Surely it was a foregone conclusion that he would now be caught and follow his father to the block? At six foot two inches tall, the prince towered over his contemporaries and with dark skin inherited from his French-Italian mother, he stood out in a crowd. He hid in an oak tree – an event so fabled that over 400 English pubs are named Royal Oak in commemoration.
When his eldest son, charles, returned in 1651 to fight for his throne, he was crushed by the might of Cromwell’s armies at the battle of Worcester. With 3, 000 taken prisoner, 000 of his supporters lying dead and 10, it seemed as if his dreams of power had been dashed. How would he fare on the run with cromwell’s soldiers on his tail and a vast price on his head?The next six weeks would form the most memorable and dramatic of Charles’ life.
To Catch A King: Charles II's Great Escape #ad - Pursued relentlessly, deception and relying on grit, Charles ran using disguise, fortitude and good luck. Once restored to the throne as Charles II, he told the tale of his escapades to Samuel Pepys, who transcribed it all. In this gripping, true adventure story, based on extensive archive material, action-packed, Charles Spencer, bestselling author of Killers of the King, uses Pepys’s account and many others to retell this epic adventure.
How did the most wanted man in the country outwit the greatest manhunt in British history?In January 1649, King Charles I was beheaded in London outside his palace of Whitehall and Britain became a republic. Less well-known events include his witnessing a village in wild celebrations at the erroneous news of his killing; the ordeal of a medical student wrongly imprisoned because of his similarity in looks; he disguised himself as a servant and as one half of an eloping couple.
He suffered grievously through weeks when his cause seemed hopeless.
Women in the Middle Ages: The Lives of Real Women in a Vibrant Age of Transition Medieval LifeHarperCollins e-books #ad - But the essential contributions of women during this period have been too often relegated to the dustbin of history. Martin in his research for Game of Thrones—offer a kaleidoscopic view of the lives of women throughout this tumultuous period. A wealth of solid information. New york Times. We learn of hildegarde of bingen, an abbess who was a noted composer and founded two monasteries; of Eleanor de Montfort, such as the spouse of an Italian merchant, a 13th century Princess of Wales who was captured by Edward I and held as a political prisoner for three years; and women of somewhat more modest means, and a peasant’s wife.
Drawing upon their various stories, talented historians Frances and Joseph Gies—whose books were used by George R. R. In women in the middle ages, frances and joseph gies reclaim this lost history, in a lively historical survey that charts the evolution of women’s roles throughout the period, and profiles eight individual women in depth.
Women in the Middle Ages: The Lives of Real Women in a Vibrant Age of Transition Medieval Life #ad - Reissued for the first time in decades, this ambitious work of Medieval scholarship by bestselling historians Frances and Joseph Gies traces the stories and fates of women in Medieval Europe over the course of a millennium. Medieval history is often written as a series of battles and territorial shifts.
The Perfect Royal Mistress: A NovelCrown #ad - Through talent, intelligence, charm, and sheer determination—as well as a keen understanding of how the world operates—Nell works her way out of the pit and onto the stage to become the leading comedic actress of the day. Soon, her quick sense of humor and natural charm get her noticed by those who have the means to make her life easier.
From the gritty streets of seventeenth-century london, to the glittering court of Charles II, The Perfect Royal Mistress is a love story for the ages, to the backstage glamour of its theaters, the rags-to-riches tale of a truly remarkable heroine. Her skills and beauty quickly win the attention of all of London—eventually even catching the eye of King Charles II.
The Perfect Royal Mistress: A Novel #ad - . Their attraction is as real as it is unlikely, and the scrappy orange girl with the pretty face and the quick wit soon finds herself plunged into the confusing and dangerous world of the court, where she learns there are few she can trust—and many whom she cannot turn her back on. Born into poverty and raised in a brothel, nell Gwynne sells oranges in the pit at London’s King’s Theater, newly reopened after the plague and the Great Fire devastated the city.
But the street-smart Nell knows a woman doesn’t get ahead by selling her body.
A Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Shocking True Stories History's Wickedest Weirdest Most Wanton Kings Queens: The Shocking True Stories History's Wickedest ... Queens A Michael Farquhar Treasury Book 1Penguin Books #ad - Gleeful, naughty, sometimes perverted-like so many of the crowned heads themselves-A Treasury of Royal Scandals presents the best the worst? of royal misbehavior through the ages. From nero's nagging mother whom he found especially annoying after taking her as his lover to Catherine's stable of studs not of the equine variety, here is a wickedly delightful look at the most scandalous royal doings you never learned about in history class.
. From ancient rome to edwardian england, from the lavish rooms of Versailles to the dankest corners of the Bastille, the great royals of Europe have excelled at savage parenting, deadly rivalry, pathological lust, and meeting death with the utmost indignity-or just very bad luck.
Pleasure and Privilege: Life in France, Naples, and America 1770-1790New Word City, Inc. #ad - Those who dip into olivier Bernier's lively pages will discover just how sweet, how deep the pleasure, how precious the privilege. The result is fascinating history, filled with irony and contradiction. French culture during the 1770s and 1780s bloomed as it never had before or never has since, frivolous, glittering, producing the most etiquette-ridden, and useless aristocracy since Louis XVI carried the court off to Versailles a hundred years earlier.
For he has populated this book with real people and offers real facts about them and their societies, all based on personal letters, diaries, memoirs, and biographies. Only those who lived before the Revolution know how sweet life can be, " Talleyrand wrote, many years before the event. Yet this spendthrift culture also produced the beginnings of just about everything "modern" we take for granted - fast communications, fast foods, and mass production, to name only a few.
Pleasure and Privilege: Life in France, Naples, and America 1770-1790 #ad - It was a remarkable era by any standards, giving rise to ideas of liberty that in the end buried the very monarchy that sacrificed to make them a reality in the United States. It was an era that saw the rise of the colony of san leucio, boasting an elected assembly with nobility, and vaccination - all in the midst of the kingdom of Naples, required education, ruled over by Marie Antoinette's slightly more clever sister and a court as irresponsible and even more disorganized with candelabra but no plates for dining than the French model it slavishly aped.
Bernier has given us a marvelously spirited view of those two pivotal decades when modern history began, ironically, when royalty and revolution, joined unwilling and violent hands to usher in a new age.
Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh ShermanRandom House #ad - . O’connell captures the man in full for the first time. Here, whose appetite for women, parties, too, is the private Sherman, and the high life of the New York theater complicated his already turbulent marriage. Some were exalted in the public eye, others known only to his intimates. National bestseller • william tecumseh Sherman was more than just one of our greatest generals.
America’s first “celebrity” general, William Tecumseh Sherman was a man of many faces. Then there is “uncle billy, ” sherman’s public persona, a charismatic hero to his troops and quotable catnip to the newspaper writers of his day. From his early exploits in florida, to his postwar career as a key player in the building of the transcontinental railroad, as O’Connell puts it, through his brilliant but tempestuous generalship during the Civil War, Sherman was, the “human embodiment of Manifest Destiny.
Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman #ad - Here is sherman the military strategist, a master of logistics with an uncanny grasp of terrain and brilliant sense of timing. It is hard to imagine any other biography capturing it all in such a concise and enlightening fashion. National review “a sharply drawn and propulsive march through the tortured psyche of the man.
The wall street journal “o’connell’s narrative of the March to the Sea is perhaps the best I have ever read. Jonathan yardley, clever, wise, The Washington Post “A surprising, and powerful book. Evan thomas, author of Ike’s Bluff.
My Kingdom for a Horse: The War of the Roses Very, Very Short History of EnglandSkyhorse #ad - Named after the emblems used by the two leading families, the Houses of York and Lancaster, the title of the conflict gives it a romantic feel that probably wasn't as apparent to those on the battlefield having swords shoved into their eyes. In 1460-61 alone, twelve noblemen were killed in the field and six were beheaded off it, removing a third of the English peerage.
. Martin's a song of ice and fire, not to mention the smash-hit TV show Game of Thrones, the British civil war of 1455 to 1485 has inspired writers more than any other. Written in the spirit of a black comedy, My Kingdom for a Horse is an ideal introduction for anyone interested in one of history's most insane wars.
My Kingdom for a Horse: The War of the Roses Very, Very Short History of England #ad - Ed west's my kingdom for a horse illuminates the bloody war fought for thirty long years between the descendants of King Edward III in a battle for the throne. Featuring some of history's most infamous figures, this fifth entry in west's A Very, whose madness triggered the breakdown, and the wicked Richard III, who murdered his young nephews to take the throne, including the insane King Henry VI, Very Short History of England series is a must for fans of British history.
And, the war saw the complete breakdown of the medieval code of chivalry in which prisoners were spared, for all the lovely heraldry and glamorous costumes of the era, which makes it even better drama. From william shakespeare's series of history dramas to Sir Walter Scott and George R. R.
The Children of Henry VIIIBallantine Books #ad - . Alison weir does full justice to the subject. The philadelphia inquirerat his death in 1547, the nine-year-old prince edward; the lady mary, the adult daughter of his first wife Katherine of Aragon; the Lady Elizabeth, King Henry VIII left four heirs to the English throne: his only son, the teenage daughter of his second wife Anne Boleyn; and his young great-niece, the Lady Jane Grey.
She traces the tumult that followed henry's death, from the brief intrigue-filled reigns of the boy king Edward VI and the fragile Lady Jane Grey, to the savagery of "Bloody Mary, " and finally the accession of the politically adroit Elizabeth I. As always, weir offers a fresh perspective on a period that has spawned many of the most enduring myths in English history, combining the best of the historian's and the biographer's art.
The Children of Henry VIII #ad - Like anthropology, history and biography can demonstrate unfamiliar ways of feeling and being. Alison weir's sympathetic collective biography, The Children of Henry VIII does just that, reminding us that human nature has changed--and for the better. Weir imparts movement and coherence while re-creating the suspense her characters endured and the suffering they inflicted.
The new york times Book Review .
Mistress of the Vatican: The True Story of Olimpia Maidalchini: The Secret Female PopeWilliam Morrow #ad - Eleanor herman, a scintillating biography of a powerful yet little-known woman whose remarkable story is ripe with secrets, the talented author of the New York Times bestselling Sex with Kings and Sex with the Queen goes behind the sacred doors of the Catholic Church in Mistress of the Vatican, passion, sex, and ambition.
For almost four centuries this astonishing story of a woman’s absolute power over the Vatican has been successfully buried—until now.
The Last Boleyn: A NovelBroadway Books #ad - She survived her own innocence, through the eyes of the eldest daughter, and the treachery of Europe’s royal courts; The Last Boleyn is the story of the rise and fall of the Boleyns, one of England’s most powerful families, Mary. Sent away to france at an extraordinarily young age, Mary is quickly plunged into the dangerous world of court politics, where everything is beautiful but deceptive, and everyone she meets is watching and quietly manipulating the events and people around them.
Although her sister, the queen; her brother, are most remembered by history, george, executed alongside Anne; and her father, Thomas, Mary was the Boleyn who set into motion the chain of events that brought about the family’s meteoric rise to power, Anne, as well as the one who managed to escape their equally remarkable fall.
The Last Boleyn: A Novel #ad - . As she grows into a woman, mary must navigate both the dangerous waters ruled by two kings and the powerful will of her own family in order to find a place for herself and the love she so deeply desires.