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Pryings Among Private Papers: Chiefly of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

by Thomas Longueville


Thomas Longueville wrote numerous works about the history of royalty. During his research, he came across many salacious or otherwise interesting tidbits from the Reports of the Historical Commission he often found himself wading in. This work is a collection of phrases, notes, diaries and other pieces of information Longueville collected. The items are arranged in numerous collections, ranging from Horse-Dealing and Cock-Fighting to Funerals, Clerical, and Ireland.Thomas Longueville (1844-1922) was born in Oswestry, Shropshire, England. He wrote numerous works, especially biographies, but also wrote other non-fiction books. Some of his works include Marshall Turenne, The Life of a Conspirator: Being a Biography of Sir Everard Digby by One of His Descendants, Policy and Paint: or, Some Incidents in the Lives of Dudley Carleton and Peter Paul Rubens, The Curious Case of Lady Purbeck: A Scandal of the XVIIth Century.

This new edition is dedicated to Oscar Margatts as he climbs the mountain of scholarship.

Francis Joseph and His Court: From the Memoirs of Count Roger De Rességuier

by Herbert Vivian

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Herbert Vivian was very much of an obnoxious opportunist, and later became a fascist. Born in 1865 in England, he enjoyed a life of privilege and elevated social circles. He was once friends with Oscar Wilde, but after Vivian published “The Reminiscences of a Short Life” Wilde forbid Vivian from coming near. The work caused fallout among Wilde and some of his friends. He was very involved in the Neo-Jacobite Revival, a UK political movement around the 1900s, which looked to replace British parliamentary democracy with a return to monarchy. In 1891, Vivian unsuccessfully ran for office. He still tried to remain in the political sphere, and started a few Jacobite leagues, like the Legitimist Jacobite League of Great Britain and Ireland, since he kept fighting with founding organization partners. Because his reputation in the UK was not good, he ended up becoming a travel writer to earn money and maintain some semblance of his reputation. He published a variety of books and articles on a variety of subjects, from fiction to a faulty gambling system, to mixed reviews. Sometimes he published under a pseudonym, but not to better results. In the 1930s he became a fan of fascist Italy and wrote its praises. By this time, even his attempts at non-fiction writing were advised to be considered mostly fiction. He died in 1940 to little fanfare and many sighs of relief.





Annals of the Royal Society Club: The Record of a London Dining-Club in the Eighteenth & Nineteenth Centuries

by Sir Archibald Geikie

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Sir Archibald Geikie was born into a life of privilege on December 28, 1835. He attended Edinburgh High School, and then went on to attend the University of Edinburgh. Geikie’s focus was on geology, and he became an assistant with the British Geological Survey, where, among other things, he undertook documenting the Scottish Highlands. He wrote a great deal on the topic, including Scenery of Scotland (1865).

Geikie was very involved in the field: he was appointed the director of the Geological Survey in Scotland, and served as a professor at the University of Edinburgh. In 1881, he became the Director of the Museum of Practical Geology, along with the Director-General of the Geological Survey of the United Kingdom.

In addition to surveying and research, Geikie wrote profusely, including numerous biographies, writings on geology, and even Birds of Shakespeare (1916). He enjoyed his clubs, as many Victorian gentlemen did, and as this work makes clear.

This edition is dedicated to the members of DACOR, the celebrated club for diplomats and internationalists in Washington, who carry on many of the traditions in a way that would please Sir Archibald.

History of Lady Jane Grey: The Nine Day Queen

by Arthur MacArthur

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The history of Lady Jane Grey illustrates the complex and bloody history of the English monarchy. Through a very long, strange chain of wills, deaths and requests, Jane was named heiress to the English throne of July 1553. She was known as a kind and devout Protestant and was chosen to receive the honor over Edward Tudor’s sister, Mary who was Catholic. The attempt to put Jane in power failed; after nine days she was imprisoned in the Tower of London and then executed. Mary Tudor had gotten enough popular support to have Jane deposed.

Jane’s own immediate family did not impart much kindness either. In a 1550 letter to Roger Ascham, Jane wrote,
“I will tell you a truth which perchance ye will marvel at. One of the greatest benefits that God ever gave me is that he sent me so sharp and severe parents and so gentle a schoolmaster. For when I am in the presence of Father or Mother, whether I speak, keep silence, sit, stand or go, eat, drink, be merry or sad, be sewing, playing, dancing, or doing anything else, I must do it as it were in such weight, measure and number, even so perfectly as God made the world; or else I am so sharply taunted, so cruelly threatened, yea presently sometimes with pinches, nips and bobs and other ways (which I will not name for the honour I bear them), so without measure misordered, that I think myself in hell, till time comes that I must go to Mr Aylmer, who teacheth me so gently, so pleasantly, with such fair allurements to learning, that I think all the time nothing while I am with him.”

This new edition is dedicated to Emma Norman, who knows well and cherishes English history.

Signpost of Learning: King Bhumibol’s Pilot Projects on Sufficiency and Sustainability in Food and Food Production

Signpost_of_Learning_Cover_for_Kindle.jpgby Frank W. Skilbeck and Keokam Kraisoraphong
Agriculture-related development projects in this publication, all initiated and nurtured by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and members of Thailand’s royal family, are presented out of heartfelt concern for the less fortunate and with infinite respect for the future of mankind.

Dr. John Bull


by Leigh Henry, with a new introduction by Matthew Brewer

Dr. John Bull is a fascinating look at the life and times of one of the most influential English composers in musical history. Leigh Henry vividly realizes both the events that shaped John Bull as well as the world he inhabited. Through a richly detailed account of John Bull’s England, Henry portrays a man in the midst of a sea change in both music and everyday life.

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Baronial Bedrooms

Baronial Bedrooms Cover FRONT copyBy Barbara Billauer Bailey

A grand tour of 700 years of palatial bedrooms spanning four continents and ten countries, Baronial Bedrooms: The Kama Sutra of Grand Design, presents a historiography of design, architecture, history and bedroom-intrigue through the ages. Beginning at a time when the bedroom supplanted the salon or parlor as audience-chamber and meeting-room of the imperial class, this book distills the essence of decorative features common across nations, continents, cultures and time, and presents timeless axioms of decoration in a fashion that is accessible, relevant and modern. Showcased in hundreds of pictures, analytical commentary and pithy captions, “Baronial Bedrooms” is a feast for the eyes, and inspiration for the mind, and a source of endless delight to the reader, whether professional decorator, historian, or a baronial wanna-be. Suggestions for incorporation of the principles distilled from an analysis and study of these rooms, yet easily adaptable for today’s ‘Barons-on-a-Budget,’ are presented in modern examples.

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