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[Review] The Ismaili Assassins: A History of Medieval Murder by James Waterson

The Ismaili Assassins were an underground group of political killers who were ready to kill Christians and Muslims alike with complete disregard for their own lives. These devoted murderers were under the powerful control of a grand master who used … Continue reading

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[Review] Margaret Tudor: The Life of Henry VIII’s Sister by Melanie Clegg

When the thirteen year old Margaret Tudor, eldest daughter of Henry VII and his wife Elizabeth of York, married King James IV of Scotland in a magnificent proxy ceremony held at Richmond Palace in January 1503, no one could have … Continue reading

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[Review] Pirates and Privateers in the 18th Century: The Final Flourish by Mike Rendell

Pirates and Privateers tells the fascinating story of the buccaneers who were the scourge of merchants in the 18th Century. It examines their lifestyle, looking at how the sinking of the Spanish treasure fleet in a storm off the coast … Continue reading

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[Review] The Darksome Bounds of a Failing World by Gareth Russell

When the ship of dreams sank, so did the Edwardian era. In this original and meticulously-researched narrative history, Gareth Russell considers the real story of the┬áTitanic, and the seismic shift of modernity the 1910s have come to mark in the … Continue reading

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[Review] The Last Roundhead by Jemahl Evans

“They say I am the last of them alive; they say I am the last roundhead.” Ancestor to Colonel Blimp, Sir Blandford Candy is an irascible old drunk with a hatred of poets and a love of hats. After an … Continue reading

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