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Incendium
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Incendium

By Swanston, A.D.

London: Bantam, 2017. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First Edition, First Printing. 413 pages. The England of Elizabeth I is a country on the brink. Fear of plague and invasion is ever-present, the threat of insurrection constant. Heresy and religious unrest simmer beneath the surface. And the execution that summer of the queen's own cousin, the Duke of Norfolk, for treason, suggests that the discord and divisions run deep. For lawyer Christopher Radcliff and his patron , Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, the prospects for peace seem at best poor, at worst non-existent. As Leicester's chief intelligencer, Radcliff's role is to investigate both treachery at home and the ever-present papist threat from abroad. And then a whisper reaches him of a new plot against the queen. But all he and his network of agents and informers has to go on is a solitary word - Incendium. L. First. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.78

The King's Curse
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The King's Curse

By Gregory, Philippa

London: Simon and Schuster, 2014. An As New copy in an As New dustjacket which is not price clipped. First Edition, First Printing. 610 pages. Family tree of the Tudor and Plantagenet Houses in November 1499. Family Tree of the House of the House of Plantagene. Map of London in 11499. Map of Tudor. Family Tree of the House of Plantagenet on 29 November 1499. As an heir to the Plantagenets, Margaret Pole is seen by the King's mother (The Red Queen) as a rival to the Tudor claim to the throne. She is buried in marriage to a Tudoe supporter - Sir Richard Pole, governor of Wales - and becomes guardian to Arthur, the young Prince of Wales, and his beautiful bride, Katherine of Aragon. But Margaret's destiny, as cousin to the queen (The White Princess). is not for a life in the shadows. Tragedy throws her into poverty and only a royal death restores her to her place at young Henry VIII's court where she becomes chief lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine. There she watches the dominance of the Spanish queen over her husband and her tragic decline. Amid the rapid deterioration of the Tudor court, Margaret must choose whether her allegiance is to the increasingly tyrannical Henry VIII or to her beloved queen. Caught between the old and the new, Margaret must find her own way, concealing her knowledge that an old curse cast upon all the Tudors is slowly coming true.... PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.86 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST L. First. Hard Cover. As New/As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.78

The Lady of the Rivers
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The Lady of the Rivers

By Gregory, Philippa

London: Simon and Schuster, 2011. An As New copy in an As New dustjacket which is not price clipped. First Edition, First Printing. 510 pages. Jacquetta's Family Tree. Family Tree of the Houses of York, Lancaster and Tudor. Map of Battles in England. Map of France in 1430. Descended from Medusina, the river goddess, Jacquetta has always had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she meets his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and sees her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft. Married to the Duke of Bedford, English Regent of France - Jacquetta is introduced by him to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy. Her only friend in the great household is the Duke's squire, Richard Woodville, who is at her side when the Duke's death leaves her a wealthy young widow. The two become lovers and marry in secret, returning to England to serve at the court of Henry VI, where Jacquetta becomes a close and loyal friend to his new queen. The Woodvilles soon achieve a place at the very heart of the Lancaster court, though Jacquetta can sense the growing threat from the people of England and the danger of the royal rivals. The king slides into a mysterious sleep; Margaret, his queen, turns to untrustworthy favourites for help, and Richard, Duke of York, threatens to overturn the whole kingdom for his rival dynasty of the House of York. Jacquetta fights for her king, for her queen, and for her daughter Elizabeth Woodville, a young woman for whom Jacquetta can sense an extraordinary and unexpected future: a change of fortune, the throne of England, and the white rose of York. L. First. Hard Cover. As New/As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.78

The White Princess
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The White Princess

By Gregory, Philippa

London: Simon and Schuster, 2013. An As New copy in an As New dustjacket which is not price clipped. First Edition, First Printing. 527 pages. Family tree of the Houses of York, Lancaster and Tudor in Spring 1485. Map of London in 1485. Map of England and the Low Countries in 1485. Somewhere beyond the shores of England, a Pretender is mustering an army. He claims to be brother to the queen, and the true heir to the throne. But is he the lost boy sent into the unknown by his mother, the White Queen? Or a counterfeit prince - a low-born enemy to Henry Tudor and his York princess wife? When Henry Tudor picked up the crown of England from the mud of Bosworth Field he knew he would have to marry the princess of the rival house - Elizabeth of York - in an effort to unify a country divided by war for nearly two decades. But his bride was still in love with his enemy - and her mother and half of England still dreamed of a missing heir and a triumphant return for the House of York. The new Queen Elizabeth has to decide if she can stand by a king whose support and courage are crumbling before her eyes. She has to choose between Tudor and York, between her new husband and the boy who claims to be her beloved lost brother: the rose of York come home at last. L. First. Hard Cover. As New/As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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The Taming of the Queen
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The Taming of the Queen

By Gregory, Philippa

London: Simon and Schuster, 2015. An As New copy in an As New dustjacket which is not price clipped. First Edition, First Printing. 441pages. Coloured endpapers of Henry VIII and Kateryn Parr. Family tree of the Tudor and Stuart Houses in 1543. Family Tree of Kateryn Parr's Family in 1543. Map of London in 1543. Map of England and France in 1543. Why would a woman marry a serial killer? Because she cannot refuse...Kateryn Parr, a thirty-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who has buried four wives - King Henry VIII - commands her to marry him. Kateryn has no doubt about the danger she faces: the previous queen lasted sixteen months, the one before barely half a year. But Henry adores his new bride and Kateryn's trust in him grows as she unites the royal family, creates a radical study circle at the heart of the court, and rules the kingdom as Regent. But is this enough to keep her safe? A leader of religious reform and the first woman to publish in English, Kateryn stands out as an independent woman with a mind of her own. But she cannot save the Protestants, under threat for their faith, and Henry's dangerous gaze turns on her.The traditional churchmen and rivals for power accuse her of heresy - the punishment is death by fire and the king's name is on the warrant...From an author who has described all of Henry's queens comes a deeply intimate portrayal of the last: a woman who longed for passion, power and education at the court of a medieval killer. L. First. Hard Cover. As New/As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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Bring Up the Bodies
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Bring Up the Bodies

By Mantel, Hilary

London: Fourth Estate, 2012. A near Fine unmarked copy with a near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First Edition, First Printing. xv + 411 pages.2 genealogical charts. 'My boy Thomas, give him a dirty look and he'll gouge your eye out. Trip him, and he'll cut off your leg,' says Walter Cromwell in the year 1500. 'But if you don't cut across him he's a very gentleman. And he'll stand anyone a drink.' By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry's second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. But Henry's actions have forced England into dangerous isolation, and Anne has failed to do what she promised: bear a son to secure the Tudor line. When Henry visits Wolf Hall, Cromwell watches as Henry falls in love with the silent, plain Jane Seymour. The minister sees what is at stake: not just the king's pleasure, but the safety of the nation. As he eases a way through the sexual politics of the court, its miasma of gossip, he must negotiate a 'truth' that will satisfy Henry and secure his own career. But neither minister nor king will emerge undamaged from the bloody theatre of Anne's final days. In 'Bring up the Bodies', sequel to the Man Booker Prize-winning 'Wolf Hall', Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn. L. First. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.78

The Kingmaker's Daughter
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The Kingmaker's Daughter

By Gregory, Philippa

London: Simon and Schuster, 2012. An As New copy in an As New dustjacket which is not price clipped. First Edition, First Printing. 432 pages. Map endpapers of London in 1465. Map of England, Scotland and Wales and France in 1465. Anne Neville and her sister Isabel are daughters of the most powerful magnate in 15th century England, the Earl of Warwick, nicknamed the 'Kingmaker'. Ever ruthless, always plotting, in the absence of a son and heir, Warwick sets about using his daughters as pawns in his vicious political games. Anne grows from a delightful child, brought up at the court of Edward IV and his beautiful queen, Elizabeth Woodville, in intimacy and friendship with the family of Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Her life is overturned when her father turns on his former allies, escapes England and invades with an enemy army. Widowed at 14, fatherless, with her mother locked in sanctuary, and her sister a vengeful enemy, Anne faces the world alone. But fortune's wheel turns once again. Anne plots her escape from her sister's house, finds herself a husband in the handsome young Duke of Gloucester, and marries without permission, in secret. But danger still follows her. She finds that she has a mortal enemy in the most beautiful queen of England. Anne has to protect herself and her precious son from the treacherous court, the deadly royal rival, and even from the driving ambition of her husband - Richard III. L. First. Hard Cover. As New/As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.78

Three Sisters, Three Queens
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Three Sisters, Three Queens

By Gregory, Philippa

London: Simon and Schuster, 2016. An As New copy in an As New dustjacket which is not price clipped. First Edition, First Printing. 548 pages. House of Tudor Chart, House of Stewart Chart and map of England, Scotland and Wales in 1501. 'There is only one bond that I trust: between a woman and her sisters. We never take our eyes off each other. In love and in rivalry, we always think of each other.' When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure. With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined - with Margaret’s younger sister Mary - to a sisterhood unique in all the world. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland and France. United by family loyalties and affections, the three queens find themselves set against each other. Katherine commands an army against Margaret and kills her husband James IV of Scotland. But Margaret’s boy becomes heir to the Tudor throne when Katherine loses her son. Mary steals the widowed Margaret’s proposed husband, but when Mary is widowed it is her secret marriage for love that is the envy of the others. As they experience betrayals, dangers, loss and passion, the three sisters find that the only constant in their perilous lives is their special bond, more powerful than any man, even a king. L. First. Hard Cover. As New/As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.78

A Dangerous Inheritance
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A Dangerous Inheritance

By Weir, Alison

London: Hutchinson, 2012. An As New copy in an As New dustjacket which is not price clipped. First Edition, First Printing. 509 + 4 pages. Family trees of The Royal House of Tudor, The Royal Houses of Lancaster and York, The Herbert Family, The Seymour Family. A Dangerous Inheritance tells the dramatic story of two heroines, separated by time, but intriguingly linked by history's most famous murder mystery. Lady Katherine Grey has already suffered more than her fair share of tragedy. Eight years ago her older sister, Lady Jane Grey, was beheaded for unlawfully accepting a crown that was not hers. Now, in risking all for love, Katherine incurs the wrath of her formidable cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, who sees her as a rival for her insecure throne. Interlaced with Katherine's story is that of her distant kinswoman, Kate Plantagenet, the bastard daughter of Richard III. Kate loves her father, but all is not well at court, and before long she hears terrible rumours that threaten all she holds dear. Like Katherine Grey, she falls in love with a man who is forbidden to her. Then she embarks on what will prove to be dangerous quest, covertly seeking the truth about the fate of her cousins, the Princes in the Tower. But time is not on Kate's side - or on Katherine's either..... PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.84 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST L. First. Hard Cover. As New/As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$16.17

Viper Wine
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Viper Wine

By Eyre, Hermione

London: Jonathan Cape, 2014. An As New copy in an As New Dustjacket. First Edition, First Printing. 440 pages. At Whitehall Palace in 1632, the ladies at the court of Charles I are beginning to look suspiciously alike. Plump cheeks, dilated pupils, and a heightened sense of pleasure are the first signs that they have been drinking a potent new beauty tonic, Viper Wine, distilled and discreetly dispensed by the physician Lancelot Choice. Famed beauty Venetia Stanley is so extravagantly dazzling she has inspired Ben Jonson to poetry and Van Dyck to painting, provoking adoration and emulation from the masses. But she fears her powers are waning and all that adoration has curdled to scrutiny. The novel takes us backstage at a glittering Inigo Jones court masque, inside a dour Puritan community, and into the Countess of Arundel's snail closet. 117. First. Hard Cover. As New/As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$12.93

The Street Philosopher
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The Street Philosopher

By Plampin, Matthew

London: Harper Collins, 2009. An As New copy in an As New Dustjacket which is not price clipped. First Edition, First Printing. 487 pages. 150 years ago Britain was engaged in a war unpopular at home..... Thomas Kitson arrives at the battlefields of the Crimea as the London Courier's man on the ground. It is a dangerous place, full of the worst horrors of war; men are starving, disease is rife, supplies are scarce and, as the armies assemble for bloody conflict, the last thing the commanding officers want is a newspaperman getting in the way, asking difficult questions. But Kitson is determined to make his mark. Under the dubious tutelage of his flamboyant senior colleague Cracknell, and assisted by a young, idealistic illustrator, he sets about exposing the incompetence and corruption of those in control of the campaign. Then all three men are witness to an act of brutal treachery, and their atempts to redress injustice fall on deaf ears. Kitson returns to England, desperate to forget the atrocities of the Crimea and, fleeing to Manchester, he takes up the only position on offer, becoming a 'street philosopher', reporting on local news. But the past is catching up with him.... 200. First. Hard Cover. As New/As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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Brilliance of the Moon  -  Tales of The Otori  - Book Three
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Brilliance of the Moon - Tales of The Otori - Book Three

By Hearn, Lian

London: Macmillan, 2004. A near Fine copy which which has a small indentation to back with Dustjacket which ha a corresponding mark to bac which is not price clipped. First Edition, First Printing. The third book in the Tales of Otori trilogy. 352 pages. Takeo desires nothing more than to spend the rest of his life with the beautiful Kaede. But his destiny is determined by forces beyond his control. He must lead a small, untrained army into savage combat to reclaim his Otori lands. The magical skills that made him the most feared assassin of the secret Tribe are legendary among his men. But Takeo knows nothing of warfare. 200. First. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$8.62

The God Beneath the Sea
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The God Beneath the Sea

By Garfield, Leon and Blishen, Edward

London: Longman, 1970. A Very Good+ unmarked copy with dustjacket which is price clipped. 168 pages. Illustrations by Charles Keeping. The uthors set out , in an entirely original fashion, to provide a new version of the Greek myths. This is not the usual collection of separate legends, told in a style derived from certain conventions of translation from Greek poetry. It makes, out of these ancient stories, a piece of fresh, continuous fiction. Many great myths, so often detached from their context, have their place in the huge dazzling sequence of this tale. 24. First. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by Keeping, Charles. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$8.62

Mountains of the Sun
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Mountains of the Sun

By Hart, Evelyn

London: Century, 1989. Silver title on blue boards which are unmarked with no wear and just a gentle bump to one corner tip. Internally there is foxing to closed edges and to endpapers else a clean, tight copy. Dustjacket is VG and not price clipped. The story of a white Russian orphan girl brought up in the wilds of the Indian Hindu Kush who is sent to school in England. She plans to return to India to marry her childhood love but India plunges into a bloodbath that follows partition. The love of her life is an officer in the Indian army's crack force the 'Rohillas'. VERY SCARCE B2E. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$26.95

The Best of Barbara Cartland  -  The Proud Princess; THe Magnificent Marriage; The Bored Bridegroom; Kiss the Moonlight; The Devil in Love
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The Best of Barbara Cartland - The Proud Princess; THe Magnificent Marriage; The Bored Bridegroom; Kiss the Moonlight; The Devil in Love

By Cartland, Barbara

London: Marshall Cavendish, 1978. A near Fine unmarked copy in red leatherette boards with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. Comprises :- The Proud Princess - first published in 1976; The Magnificent Marriage - first published in 1974; The Bored Bridegroom - first published in 1974; Kiss the Moonlight - first published in 1977; The Devil in Love - first published in 1975. 637 pages with author's note stating that she is delighted that her five favourite novels are all together in one book. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.42 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 1. First Thus. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$16.17

John Adam - Samurai
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John Adam - Samurai

By Wood, Christopher

London: Arlington, 1971. A near Fine unmarked copy with dustjacket which has small repaired closed tears and is not price clipped. 192 pages. It is 16 and when John Adam, a randy 20 year-old, escapes the hangman's noose, he is naturally anxious to put a few miles between himself and his native Plymouth. Confusing the ships in harbour, he stows away on a vessel bound for India, Java and Japan and finds himself amongst as villainous a crew as ever set sail under the flag of the East India Company. Surviving a treacherous attack by an armoured pirate junk, he is hurled overboard in a typhoon and washed up on the volcanic beach of a small island off Japan. Here, as he regains consciousness, he sees a beautiful native girl taking a sand bath only a few yards away. Somi, daughter of a Portuguese Jesuit missionary and his Japanese mistress, is at first terrified by his appearance, but helps Adam to the cliffside cave and nurses him back to his normal state of rude good health. On an 'exploratory' mission away from the caves, they witness the ambush of Kushoni, a lone Samurai and John Adam goes to the aid of the attacked man. This encounter launches him on a series of fantastic adventures amongst the warring feudal lords and their Samurai followers. His adventure is as if Tom Jones had found himself in a version of King Solomon's Mines written by a 17th century Frank Harris. **** SCARCE **** 301. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$16.17

The Captive Queen  -  A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine
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The Captive Queen - A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine

By Weir, Alison

London: Hutchinson, 2010. A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First Edition, First Printing. It is the year 1152 and a beautiful woman of thirty, attended only by a small armed escort, is riding like the wind southwards through what is now France. She is leaving behind her crown, her two young daughters and a shattered marriage to Louis of France, who has been more like a monk than a king, and certainly not much of a lover. The woman is Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, and her sole purpose is to return to her vast duchy and marry the man she loves, Henry Plantagenet, a man destined for greatness as King of England.. C3B. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$8.62

The Aviary Gate
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The Aviary Gate

By Hickman, Katie

London: Bloomsbury, 2008. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First Edition, First Printing. x + 340 pages. Page marker bound in. Elizabeth Stavely sits in the Bodleian Library with trembling hands. Before her is a precious fragment of parchment which has a dusty fragrance of roses, of sadness and great age. Here is the clue she has been looking for: the key to a story untold for 400 years. Constantinople, 1599: merchants from all over the world are vying with each other to gain trading rights in the Ottoman Empire. The book is a multi-layered tale of ancient alliances and intrigues, of forbidden love and dangerous secrets, vividly depicted, and filled with the colours, sights and scents of 16th century Constantinople.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.78

The Nizam's Daughters
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The Nizam's Daughters

By Mallinson, Allan

London: Bantam, 2000. A Very Good+ unmarked copy which has usual age toning to closed edges else near Fine with VG+ dustjacket which has a crease to front inner flap and is not price clipped. First edition, First printing. x + 320 pages. Fresh from the battle of Waterloo, Matthew Hervey, newly appointed aide-de-camp to the Duke of Wellington, is sent on the most secret of missions to India. Hervey must leave behind his newly affianced love, Henrietta, to travel across tempestuous seas to an alien land which, unbeknown to him, will test his mettle to the very limits. C3D. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$8.62

The Lady Elizabeth
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The Lady Elizabeth

By Weir, Alison

London: Hutchinson, 2008. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 487 pages. Tudor family tree. Alison Weir goes to the heart of Tudor England at its most dangerous and faction-riven in telling the story of Elizabeth I before she became Queen. The towering, capricious figure of Henry VIII dominates her childhood, but others play powerful roles: Mary, first a loving sister, then as Queen a lethal threat; Edward, the rigid and sad little King; Thomas Seymour, the Lord High Admiral, whose ambitions, both political and sexual, are unbridled. And, an ever-present ghost, the enigmatic, seductive figure of her mother Anne Boleyn, executed by Henry, whose story Elizabeth must unravel. Elizabeth learns early that the adult world contains many threats that have to be negotiated if she is to keep her heart and her head. C3B. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$8.62

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