The Illustrious House of Hanover

Author: Christopher Sinclair-Stevenson

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571288901

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 7512

The four Hanoverian King Georges may have become fixed in history as 'faintly absurd, certainly unattractive, figures' but in this colourful account of their lives and times, families and courts, Christopher Sinclair-Stevenson restores a sprinkling of credit where it has been due. His account does not neglect the marital discords of George I, the towering paternal disdain of George II or the tragically misunderstood 'madness' of George III. But the reader is also encouraged to consider how the Hanoverian monarchs reacted to the climate of art and fashion in their times, from George II's espousal of Handel to George IV's patronage of Beau Brummell. By its own admission not a comprehensive history, Blood Royal is nevertheless an elegant and shining string of linked vignettes and short studies.
Read More

Author: Sir Iain Moncreiffe of that Ilk,Don Pottinger

Publisher: N.A


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 64

View: 5630

Read More

The Story of the Spencers and the Royals

Author: John Pearson

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1448207770

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 2940

When Lady Diana Spencer married the Prince of Wales in 1981, very little attention was given to her feudal family. The once powerful Spencer dynasty was in disarray and seemed to have outlived its usefulness. In the years following Diana's death, however, the spotlight has turned and remained on the Spencers. Members of what appeared to be a dysfunctional aristocratic family have more than come into their own. First published in 1999, Blood Royal: The Story of the Spencers and the Royals addresses the questions surrounding the Spencer family story: their chequered history, their intriguing character, and, through the influence of Prince William, their future role within the monarchy. For while Diana left an indelible mark on the British nation and on those who loved and admired her around the world, she also left an indelible mark on the royal family of Windsor: her Spencer genes.
Read More

Author: Dornford Yates

Publisher: House of Stratus

ISBN: 0755127099

Category: Fiction

Page: 228

View: 7729

At his chivalrous, rakish best in a story of mistaken identity, kidnapping, and old-world romance, Richard Chandos takes us on a romp through Europe in the company of a host of unforgettable characters. This fine thriller can be read alone or as part of a series with ‘Blind Corner’, ‘An Eye For a Tooth’, ‘Fire Below’ and ‘Perishable Goods’.
Read More

The Wars of Lancaster and York, 1462–1485

Author: Hugh Bicheno

Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd

ISBN: 1781859671

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 9814

THE REAL GAME OF THRONES CONTINUES... Blood Royal is the second volume of a magisterial new interpretation of the savage struggle for supreme power between and within the Plantagenet houses of Lancaster and York from 1450 until 1485. It is a story of closely interwoven families riven by ambition, hatred and treachery, told in chapters narrating the points of view of the key players in England’s longest and bloodiest civil war. Battle Royal ended with the Lancastrian cause crushed and the Yorkist usurper Edward IV firmly established on the throne. Blood Royal details the renewed and chronic instability sparked by Edward’s humiliation of Duchess Cecily, his imperious mother, and her nephew the Neville double earl known to history as ‘Warwick the Kingmaker’, by secretly marrying the beautiful commoner Elizabeth Woodville. In her fury Duchess Cecily tells her sons George of Clarence and Richard of Gloucester that Edward, who is totally unlike them, is the product of her adultery and not their father’s heir. Edward’s brief overthrow in 1470-71, the execution of Clarence in 1478 and the usurpation and murder of Edward’s young sons by Richard of Gloucester in 1483 all followed from that poisonous revelation. Readers may judge that the 331-year-old Plantagenet dynasty came to a fitting end with the death of Richard on Bosworth Field in 1485, to be replaced by the Tudors and a vigorous new era in English history.
Read More

Author: Harold Robbins,Junius Podrug

Publisher: Forge Books

ISBN: 146683370X

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 7655

Her Royal Highness, the Princess of Wales, was an ordinary young woman who was picked to be the future queen. Her wedding was a worldwide sensation. But she was deceived and betrayed before the honeymoon was over. Five months after a fairy tale wedding, she threw herself down a flight of stairs when she was pregnant with a future heir to the throne. Suicide attempts, illicit affairs, and paranoia that there were plots by the Royals to kill her became the norm as the fairy tale turned into a horror story. After suffering degradation and humiliation at the hands of her husband, the heir to the British throne, she shot him with one of his own antique pistols. Paranoid that her own attorneys would deceive her, the princess reaches across the Atlantic to hire someone she knows for certain has no ties to the Crown. Marlowe James is an American trial lawyer. Running away from an abusive home, she supported herself by working as a waitress, rising to become a famous trial lawyer. Marlowe James has been dubbed the "burning bed lawyer" by the news media because of her successful defense of women who killed their abusive husbands. And to top that, she was the accused in her first murder trial. Now she not only has to do battle in the Old Bailey with barristers loyal to the Crown, she has to come to grips with her own feelings about a woman who has been handed everything any woman would desire---and throws it all away. The explosive tale that will be exposed in the courtroom is one of jealous rage and unfulfilled desires, of sexual deceit by one of the most powerful men on earth---and the bloody revenge enacted by a woman scorned. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Read More

The Mortimer-Percy Volume

Author: The Marquis of Ruvigny and Ranieval

Publisher: Heritage Books

ISBN: 9780788418723

Category: History

Page: 654

View: 7951

The present volume treats the descendants of Lady Elizabeth Mortimer, wife first of Henry, Lord Percy, K.G., called "Hotspur," and secondly, of Thomas, Lord Camoys, K.G. The plan followed is identical with that adopted in the Clarence and Exeter volumes. The lines from Lady Elizabeth are traced out in a series of tables until about the beginning of the nineteenth century; then in the body of the book the descendants of the various persons last named in the tables are set out in the order of primogeniture. The full dates of birth, marriage, and death are given, and in the cases of married persons the names of the husband and wife. Lady Elizabeth Mortimer was the elder daughter of Edmund (Mortimer), 3rd Earl of March, by his wife the Lady Philippa, only child and heir of Lionel (of Antwerp), Duke of Clarence, the eldest of the four sons of King Edward III of whom issue now survives. With this part is included a supplement containing some further descendants of the Duchess of Exeter and the Countess of Essex, which the compiler has since succeeded in tracing. The supplement and text each contain separate indices. This is a must for anyone researching royal bloodlines!
Read More

Volume III of the Destinies of Blood and Stone

Author: Robert Newcomb

Publisher: Del Rey

ISBN: 0345505034

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

View: 3056

The long-awaited moment is here, as Robert Newcomb brings his epic trilogy, The Destinies of Blood and Stone, to a triumphant close. Old questions will receive unexpected answers. Ancient prophecies will come to pass. New wonders and horrors will be revealed. And the lives of Prince Tristan and his sister, Shailiha–the Chosen Ones who alone can unite the sundered powers of the beneficent Vigors and the evil Vagaries–will change forever. On the far side of the impassable Tolenka Mountains, where the countries of Rustannica and Shashida fight an endless War of Attrition, a turning point has come. Vespasian, emperor of Rustannica, is desperate. The relentless battle has left his country battered and the treasury all but empty. Unless he can achieve a breakthrough his armies will crumble and the cause of the Vagaries will go down in abject defeat. But if he gathers all his strength in one daring throw of the dice, Vespasian may yet prevail. Meanwhile, in Eutracia, the wizards Faegan and Wigg make a startling discovery–a new form of magic that grants its users amazing powers. Among them may be an unforeseen method of crossing the Tolenka Mountains and entering directly into the War of Attrition, tilting the balance in favor of the Vigors . . . and bringing Tristan into full possession of the mystic endowments in his blood. But a new threat has surfaced in Eutracia. An ancient Vagaries spell has borne its poisonous fruit: half-human, half-serpent monstrosities who live only to slay and are commanded by a hideously transformed sorcerer-demon known as the Viper Lord. Now, as Tristan departs on a risky mission to cross into Rustannica and meet his destiny in an apocalyptic confrontation with Vespasian, Shailiha will remain behind to battle the Viper Lord and his murderous horde. Failure is unthinkable. But the cost of victory may be impossibly high. From the Hardcover edition.
Read More

Being a Complete Table of All the Descendants Now Living of Edward III, King of England. The Isabel of Essex volume

Author: Melville Henry Massue marquis de Ruvigny et Raineval

Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 684

View: 1724

Read More

Author: Arden Winch

Publisher: Viking Pr

ISBN: 9780670174348

Category: Fiction

Page: 258

View: 1838

When a band of terrorists, led by the icy, indomitable Irene Kohl, kidnaps eleven-year-old Prince Rupert Balmoral, Superintendent Meadows, with the covert assistance of SAS forces, oversees the frantic investigation
Read More

A Novel

Author: Grant Allen

Publisher: The National Publishing Company, Toronto



Page: 89

View: 2730

Example in this ebook CHAPTER I. PERADVENTURE. Chiddingwick High Street is one of the quaintest and most picturesque bits of old town architecture to be found in England. Narrow at either end, it broadens suddenly near the middle, by a sweeping curve outward, just opposite the W hite Horse, where the weekly cattle-market is held, and where the timbered gable-ends cluster thickest round the ancient stone cross, now reduced as usual to a mere stump or relic. In addition to its High Street, Chiddingwick also possesses a Mayor, a Corporation, a town pump, an Early English church, a Baptist chapel, and abundant opportunities for alcoholic refreshment. The White Horse itself may boast, indeed, of being one of the most famous old coaching inns still remaining in our midst, in spite of railways. And by its big courtyard door, one bright morning' in early spring, Mr. Edmund Plantagenet, ever bland and self-satisfied, stood sunning his portly person, and surveying the world of the little town as it unrolled itself in changeful panorama before him. 'Who's that driving the Hector's pony, Tom?' Mr. Plantagenet asked of the hostler in a lordly voice, as a pretty girl went past in an unpretentious trap. 'She's a stranger in Chiddingwick.' For Mr. Plantagenet, as one of the oldest inhabitants, prided himself upon knowing, by sight at least, every person in the parish, from Lady Agatha herself to the workhouse children. Tom removed the straw he was sucking from his mouth for a moment, as he answered, with the contempt of the horsy man for the inferior gentry: 'Oh, she! she ain't nobody, sir. That lot's the new governess.' Mr. Plantagenet regarded the lady in the carriage with the passing interest which a gentleman of his distinction might naturally bestow upon so unimportant a personage. He was a plethoric man, of pompous aspect, and he plumed himself on being a connoisseur in female beauty. 'Not a bad-looking little girl, though, Tom,' he responded condescendingly, closing one eye and scanning her as one might scan a two-year-old filly. 'She holds herself well. I like to see a woman who can sit up straight in her place when she's driving.' Mr. Plantagenet's opinion on all questions of deportment was much respected at Chiddingwick; so Tom made no reply save to chow a little further the meditative straw; while Mr. Plantagenet, having by this time sufficiently surveyed the street for all practical purposes, retired into the bar-parlour of the friendly White Horse for his regulation morning brandy-and-soda. But the new governess, all unconscious of the comments she excited, drove placidly on to the principal bookseller and stationer's. There were not many booksellers' shops in Chiddingwick; people in Surrey import their literature, if any, direct from London. But the one at whose door the pretty governess stopped was the best in the town, and would at least do well enough for the job she wanted. It bore, in fact, the proud legend, 'Wells's Select Library then by an obvious afterthought, in smaller letters, 'In connection with Mudie's.' An obsequious small boy rushed up, as she descended, to hold the Rector's horse, almost as in the days before compulsory education, when small hoys lurked unseen, on the look-out for stray ha'pence, at every street corner. Mary accepted his proffered aid with a sunny smile, and went into the shop carrying a paper parcel. To be continue in this ebook
Read More

Author: Connie Suttle

Publisher: SubtleDemon Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 1939759188

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 9413

"René, what will you do if I kick his ass?" I jerked my head toward Tony. "Nothing, as long as you do not inflict permanent harm," René smiled slightly. I got up to go after Tony, but Wlodek hauled me back. "We will not allow a brawl between our two youngest," he declared and settled me back in my seat. "Now, Tony, where may we find your father and does he have other children?" Nothing less than total destruction is his ultimate objective, beginning with the Vampire Council. After all, much of his elite fighting force was destroyed by Wlodek and his allies on a single night. Now, Xenides must regroup and looks to command the dregs of vampire rogues and human criminals to accomplish his goals.
Read More

Author: Jonathan Green

Publisher: Abaddon Books

ISBN: 1849972613

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 9745

BLOOD WILL OUT! Magna Britannia reels from the events that saw some of its citizens mutated into hideous insect hybrids. The streets are awash with rumours of a twisted new religion created from the destruction surrounding St Paul's Cathedral. In Europe, the spectre of war rears its ugly head, a war fought by unnatural beings. In the centre of the chaos, hero of the Empire, Ulysses Quicksilver, must maintain his calm, while madness reigns and he fights to protect civilisation itself. From the insect-haunted streets of a shattered London, to the cold snowy wastes of Russia, Ulysses finds himself on an adventure into the heart of a dark and bloody empire.
Read More

Author: Barbara Cleverly

Publisher: Soho Press

ISBN: 1569479887

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 6950

A story of murder, mystery and espionage (with a dash of romance) set in London in the long, hot summer of 1922, against the backdrop the Romanov murders and the disappearance of the Tsar's fortune. A beautiful and traumatized young Russian woman turns herself in at the British consulate in Russia, begging to be sent to relatives in England and rescued from the mysterious tragedies of her past. But is she what she seems, or is she a deadly spy on a secret mission?
Read More

Author: Vanora Bennett

Publisher: HarperCollins Australia

ISBN: 0007281927

Category: Great Britain

Page: 580

View: 9795

1420, and a young princess is offered in marriage to her country's enemy, her nation's conqueror. She is Catherine of Valois, he is Henry V. She is a princess of the French blood royal, he is the son of the usurper of the English throne. Fresh from battle he claims his bride and the right to the throne of France.Now Catherine must live as queen to a man more comfortable with war than anything else and as the wife of a man determined to destroy her people. Alone and friendless, she finds the only man who can understand what she feels: a young Welshman, Owain Tudor, who is as much adrift among the English as she is. It's a matching of souls but this friendship will turn out to be as dangerous as it is irresistible...
Read More

Issue of the Kings and Queens of Medieval England, 1066-1399 : the Normans and Plantagenets

Author: Thelma Anna Leese

Publisher: N.A


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 467

View: 4843

Gives four generations of issue of each king and queen of England from 1066 to 1399. Genealogical information is given on 11 kings and their queens from William the Conqueror through Edward III (d.1377). Included are three generations of the legitimate is
Read More

Author: Toni V. Sweeney

Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing

ISBN: 1554048214

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 5191

With their parents' deaths during the Genocide Wars, the five sons of Riven kan Ingan and his beloved Barbara flee to separate countries to escape the Margrave's injustice. Growing to adulthood in foreign lands, Val becomes second in command to the leader of a barbarian tribe, Ilke a priest among the desert dwellers, the twins cutpurses in far-off Chaleit, young Merigan a warlord--each learning to live by his wits or his skill with the sword, as he waits for the day of their revenge. When that time comes, they have homes of their own, and friends they don't want to leave behind, but they answer their elder brother's call to return to their homeland and avenge themselves upon Morling, king of Francovia. In doing so, they fulfilled the Drune priest's prophecy given to their grandfather three generations before, and bring into being a new dynasty to rule the planet of Arcanis.
Read More

From the Time of Alexander the Great to Queen Elizabeth II : a Golden Jubilee Memoir, 1952-2002

Author: Charles Mosley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780952422990

Category: Europe

Page: 350

View: 4041

Read More

Being a Roll of the Living Descendants of Edward IV and Henry Vii, Kings Ofengland, and James Iii, King of Scotland

Author: Melville Henry Massue marquis de Ruvigny et Raineval

Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Com

ISBN: 9780806314310

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 620

View: 3777

Read More