Genre Archive : history

(Genres are usual for categorising stuff but apart from that they mean very little to me, so you might not agree with what I have listed where)

Ghosts of Vesuvius
ghosts of vesuvius

It is hard to blurb this book. On the one hand it is about Vesuvius and volcanic explosions and disasters both natural and man-made. But it is also a book about the origins of the earth, of the universe, and about how precarious our existence is. How so much of what we are today is dependent on natural events a thousand years ago, or a millennia ago, or so long ago that it is almost pointless to count the time because it is so difficult to grasp those sort of numbers.

A vindication of the rights of woman

In the present state of society, it appears necessary to go back to first principles in search of the most […]

Singled out

Full title: Singled Out: How Two Million British Women Survived Without Men After the First World War ISBN: 9780670915644 In […]

Wedlock

Mary Eleanor Bowes was born in 1749. Her father was extremely wealthy and, unusually for the time, had her well educated. A most eligible young woman, not least because she was the richest heiress in C18th Britain. Her first wedding was nothing unusual for the time. Pretty loveless and to an older man it wasn’t a romantic love match. Her second, to a dashing young soldier, was. Mary Eleanor probably hadn’t intended to marry Andrew Robinson Stoney, but upon hearing that he had fought a duel for her honour and was laying on his deathbed wishing for nothing but her hand in marriage… well, who could resist that romance!

The Courtesan’s Revenge

Harriette Wilson, the woman who blackmailed the king ISBN: 0571205240 See also: LibraryThing ; Other reviews Harriette Wilson’s Memoirs omit […]

The Squad

Michael Collins is frequently cited as the originator of modern urban terrorism. The British characterised his Squad as ‘the murder gang’ and had they knowingly captured members of of the Squad they would almost certainly have exectued them.

Irish history is full of revolutionaries and failed rebellions, of informers giving information to the English, and spies infiltrating Irish organisations. Michael Collins recognised the importance of the intelligence network and so in 1919 he formulated a plan to blind the eyes of Dublin Castle by ensuring that the police force were as terrorised and demoralised as possible.

Irish Voices

An Informal History 1916-1966 ISBN: 0712665323 Early on Easter Sunday 23 April 1916 in Liberty Hall, the painter Christopher Brady […]

Guns, Germs and Steel

A Short History of Everybody for the last 13,000 years – ISBN: 0099302780 This book attempts to provide a short […]

Queen Emma and the Vikings

A history of power, love and greed in 11th-century England ISBN 0747574898 Read with Medieval Britain book group She looks […]

On Another Man’s Wound

ISBN: 094796231x c1936 This book is an attempt to show the background of the struggle from 1916 to 1921 between […]

Witnesses: Inside the Easter Rising

ISBN: 1905483708 On Monday 24 April 1916, the day the Easter Rising began, a young Trinity college graduate left the […]

The Great Nation: France from Louis XV to Napoleon

ISBN: 0140130934 I’m not quite sure why I picked this one up, I’ve never had all that great an interest […]