Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the by Paul Thomas Murphy

By Paul Thomas Murphy

NY Time outstanding publication, 2012

From a hunchbacked dwarf to a paranoid poet-assassin, a historical past of Victorian England as obvious during the various assassination makes an attempt on Queen Victoria in the course of her reign

During Queen Victoria's sixty four years at the British throne, no fewer than 8 makes an attempt have been made on her lifestyles. Murphy follows every one would-be murderer and the repercussions in their activities, illuminating lifestyle in Victorian England, the advance of the monarchy below Queen Victoria, and the evolution of the assaults in gentle of fixing social matters and technology.

There used to be Edward Oxford, a bartender who dreamed of changing into an admiral, who was once easily surprised whilst his try and shoot the pregnant Queen and Prince consort made him a madman within the world's eyes. there has been hunchbacked John Bean, who dreamed of ancient notoriety in a publicized treason trial, and William Hamilton, eternally scarred by way of the ravages of the Irish Potato Famine. Roderick MacLean enabled Victoria to effectively strike madness pleas from Britain's criminal method. most dangerous of all have been the "dynamitards" who unique her Majesty's Golden Jubilee—signaling the appearance of recent terrorism with their publicly centred attack.

From those cloak-and-dagger plots to Victoria's significant wit and steadfast braveness, capturing Victoria is old narrative at its so much exciting, whole with astute perception into how those assaults truly revitalized the British crown at a time while monarchy used to be fast turning into unpopular overseas. whereas thrones throughout Europe toppled, the Queen's would-be assassins contributed drastically to the renovation of the monarchy and to the steadiness that it enjoys at the present time. in any case, as Victoria herself famous, "It is worthy being shot at—to see how a lot one is loved."

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Vertigo (BFI Film Classics) by Charles Barr

By Charles Barr

Charles Barr is Professor of movie on the collage of East Anglia. he's the writer of Ealing Studios (rev. edn, 1999) and English Hitchcock (1999). He was once researcher and co-writer of Stephen Frears's movie usually British: a private historical past of British Cinema (1995). he's linked to the director-oriented British movie journal motion picture. this can be the 1st variation of the e-book, with a moment released over 10 years later with a brand new hide. An add of the second one version will keep on with presently.

This isn't the world's most sensible experiment (you can see a part of the scanner's hand from time to time), however it is a readable replica of this hard-to-find publication until eventually a qualified test comes alongside.

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Jane Austen's Names: Riddles, Persons, Places by Margaret Doody

By Margaret Doody

In Jane Austen’s works, a reputation isn't only a identify. in truth, the names Austen offers her characters and locations are as wealthy in sophisticated that means as her prose itself. Wiltshire, for instance, the house county of Catherine Morland in Northanger Abbey, is a clue that this heroine isn't as silly as she turns out: based on legend, crafty Wiltshire citizens stuck hiding contraband in a pond capitalized on a name for lack of expertise by way of claiming they have been digging up a “big cheese”—the moon’s mirrored image at the water’s floor. It worked.

In Jane Austen’s Names, Margaret Doody bargains a desirable and finished examine of the entire names of individuals and places—real and imaginary—in Austen’s fiction. Austen’s artistic collection of names unearths not just her virtuosic expertise for riddles and puns. Her names additionally decide up deep tales from English background, specifically some of the civil wars, and the blood-tinged changes that performed out within the reign of Henry VIII, a interval to which she frequently returns. contemplating the foremost novels along unfinished works and juvenilia, Doody indicates how Austen’s names sign category tensions in addition to neighborhood, ethnic, and non secular adjustments. We achieve a brand new figuring out of Austen’s means of inventive anachronism, which performs with and opposed to her skillfully deployed realism—in her books, the conflicts of the earlier swirl into the tensions of the current, transporting readers past the Regency.

filled with perception and surprises for even the main committed Janeite, Jane Austen’s Names will revolutionize how we learn Austen’s fiction.

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101 Amazing Facts About the First World War by Jack Goldstein

By Jack Goldstein

What age was once the youngest soldier to obtain the Victoria move in the course of WWI? What position did tanks play within the clash? How a lot have been Germany ordered to pay in reparations after the war?

All those questions are responded during this attention-grabbing ebook containing over 100 evidence concerning the nice battle. even if you're looking for info to incorporate in a undertaking or article, otherwise you are only attracted to checking out extra approximately this tragic interval in smooth background, this can be a ideal addition to any bookshelf.

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The Oxford History of the British Empire, Volume 3: The

The Oxford historical past of the British Empire is an evaluate of the Empire within the gentle of contemporary scholarship and the revolutionary starting of ancient documents. quantity III covers the lengthy 19th century, from the success of yank independence within the 1780s to the eve of global struggle in 1914. This was once the interval of Britain's maximum growth as either empire-builder and dominant global strength. it really is divided into components. the 1st comprises thematic chapters, a few targeting Britain, others on components on the imperial outer edge, exploring these basic dynamics of British enlargement that made imperial impression and rule attainable. in addition they research the commercial, cultural, and institutional frameworks that gave form to Britain's in another country empire. half 2 is dedicated to the important parts of imperial job in a foreign country, together with either white settler and tropical colonies. Chapters learn how British pursuits and imperial rule formed person regions' 19th century political and socio-economic historical past. issues handled contain the economics of empire, imperial associations, defence, expertise, imperial and colonial cultures, technology and exploration.

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Venturing Into No Man's Land: The Charmed Life of Joseph by John Ramsland

By John Ramsland

A flash blinds me... we're misplaced in a chaos of flying mud... Smoke, dust, confusion, racket! I spit and splutter and swear... Oh Christ! i believe I'm flamin' good dead.' this is often the compelling tale of Lieutenant Joseph 'Darkie' Maxwell DCM, MC and Bar, VC -- the second one maximum adorned Australian soldier of the 1st international warfare. Meticulously researched through historian John Ramsland, Maxwell's colourful
life is traced from his adolescence at the Hunter coalfields till his demise at age seventy one in a soldier's cost domestic in Matraville Sydney. Maxwell was once a shiny storyteller who wrote Hells Bells and Mademoiselles, telling of his reports within the warfare. In telling Maxwell's tale, Ramsland has exposed many forgotten records to piece jointly a unprecedented lifetime of a rare guy.

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The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and by Richard Zacks

By Richard Zacks

A real-life thriller--the precise tale of the unheralded American who introduced the Barbary Pirates to their knees

In an try to cease the mythical Barbary Pirates of North Africa from hijacking American ships, William Eaton set out on a mystery challenge to overthrow the govt. of Tripoli. The operation used to be sanctioned by means of President Thomas Jefferson, who on the final second grew cautious of "intermeddling" in a international govt and despatched Eaton off with no right nationwide help. brief on provides, given little or no funds and just a couple of males, Eaton and his undertaking appeared doomed from the beginning. He triumphed opposed to all odds, recruited a band of ecu mercenaries in Alexandria, and led them on a march around the Libyan wasteland. as soon as in Tripoli, the ragtag military defeated the neighborhood troops and effectively captured Derne, laying the foundation for the loss of life of the Barbary Pirates. Now, Richard Zacks brings this crucial tale of America's first out of the country covert op to lifestyles.

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Operation Compass 1940: Wavell's whirlwind offensive1 by Jon Latimer, Jim Laurier

By Jon Latimer, Jim Laurier

The 1st conflict of the wilderness struggle, Operation Compass was once initially envisaged as a spoiling assault, mixed with a reconnaissance in strength to disrupt the Italian forces that had complex into Egypt in September 1940. Lt Gen. Richard O'Connor introduced what amounted to a British 'Blitzkrieg'. In under months the British forces swept 500 miles alongside the coast of North Africa. seventh Armoured department raced around the wasteland to chop off the taking flight Italians, and O'Connor's males destroyed nine Italian divisions, and took 130,000 prisoners. In March 1941 normal Rommel and the Afrikakorps landed at Tripoli.

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Henry Watterson and the New South: The Politics of Empire, by Daniel S. Margolies

By Daniel S. Margolies

This capable research considers Watterson's public lifestyles basically and attracts principally on an in depth interpreting of diverse released editorials. Margolies's power lies in his sufferer willingness to paintings via Watterson's occasionally conflicting, usually hazy prescriptions for nearby and nationwide difficulties. The ensuing quantity contributes admirably to historians' knowing of either U.S. imperialism and the worldwide place of the hot South.

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The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: From Formalism by Raman Selden

By Raman Selden

Quantity eight of The Cambridge background of Literary feedback (the moment to be released) offers with the main hotly debated parts of literary concept, together with Structuralism, Poststructuralism, Semiotics, and Hermeneutics. additionally incorporating a reflective bankruptcy through Richard Rorty on Deconstruction, and culminating in money owed of the reader-oriented feedback of critics corresponding to Stanley Fish, this can be the 1st e-book to have interaction systematically with the heritage of the 20 th century's such a lot profound and broad set of cross-cultural highbrow hobbies

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