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The Real Gorbals Story: True Tales From Glasgow's Meanest Streets
- Paperback - Mainstream
Colin MacFarlane witnessed the last days of the old Gorbals as a major regeneration programme began in 1961, and, as a street boy, he had an insight into a community in rapid decline. In this book, he reveals what it was like to live in the old Gorbals.
Robert Craufurd: Wellington's Wayward Martinet
- Hardback - Pen & Sword Military
To most students of the Peninsular War the name Robert Craufurd usually evokes images of a battle-hardened martinet, flogging his men across Portugal and Spain, driving them hard. However, it is only half of the picture of this most complex character and it is the other half that has never before been revealed.
The Royal Stuarts: A Family History Of Triumph, Tragedy And Failure
- Paperback - Pimlico
Drawing on the accounts of historians past & present as well as the representation of the Stuarts in novels & plays, Allan Massie gets beyond the stereotypes & presents a nuanced history of a remarkable family. He tells the story of an influential but often ill-fated dynasty, a bloody & tragic story full of drama & incident.
The Real World Of Sherlock
- Hardback - Amberley
Ever wondered where Conan Doyle got his inspiration for the literary sleuth? Was there a real 'study in scarlet' in Victorian London? Who was the real Moriarty, and did he baffle Victorian police detectives? B.J. Rahn explores the world that Sherlock emerged from in this fascinating look at crime and detection in 19th-century London. She explores in turn each aspect of the novels, from footprint analysis and blood testing to drug addiction and political crimes.
Rock Lighthouses Of Britain
- Paperback - Whittles
In this book Chris Nicholson traces the construction and history of a number of rock lighthouses and the dramatic and often heroic happenings associated with them.
Remembering The Past In Nineteenth-Century Scotland: Commemoration, Nationality And Memory
- Hardback - Edinburgh University Press
At a time when the union between Scotland and England is once again under the spotlight, James Coleman shows how Scotland's national heroes were once remembered as champions of both Scottish and British patriotism.
Robert The Bruce: King Of The Scots
- Hardback - Yale University Press
Robert the Bruce (1274-1329) was the famous unifier of Scotland and defeater of the English at Bannockburn - the legendary hero responsible for Scottish independence. Michael Penman retells the story of Robert's rise - his part in William Wallace's revolt against Edward I, his seizing of the Scottish throne after murdering his great rival John Comyn, his excommunication, and devastating battles against an enemy Scottish coalition - climaxing in his victory over Edward II's forces in June 1314. He then draws attention to the second part of the king's life after the victory that made his name.
Robert The Bruce: King Of Scots
- Paperback - Canongate
Robert the Bruce is one of the great heroic figures of history. Scott uses the accounts of contemporary chroniclers, particularly those of John Barbour, to reconstruct the story of this remarkable medieval king.
The Real Patriots Of Early Scottish Independence
- Paperback - John Donald
The Battle of Bannockburn gave Scotland a great hero in Robert the Bruce, yet it also deprived the nation of three other worthy 'patriot heroes'. This book tells the intriguing story of three members of the Comyn family who have been deprived of their rightful place in Scottish tradition because of Bruce's success.
The Road To Independence?: Scotland In The Balance
- Paperback - Reaktion Books
In 'The Road to Independence?' Murray Pittock not only gives an account of modern Scottish nationalism, but also explains what Scotland's role in Britain has been historically, and why it has changed radically in the last 50 years where the debate about independence has come to the fore.