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The World Odyssey of a Balinese Prince

The World Odyssey of a Balinese Prince

Author: Idanna Pucci Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2020

The true story of a prince from Bali, whose fascinating life was shaped by uncommon events and exotic places. Born in 1919, Prince Made Djelantik witnessed pivotal moments of history: the twilight of a feudal age, the Second World War in Nazi-occupied Holland, Indonesia's long battle for independence from four hundred years of Dutch colonial rule, and finally, the great changes provoked on his island by unbridled development. Driven by an early passion for medicine, the prince set sail for Europe on the eve of WWII to study at the University of Amsterdam. His calling then took him to far-flung corners of the planet, where he encountered everything from a pirate ambush in the South China Sea and a night attack by a famished army of rats, to a deadly volcanic eruption and his arrest by Saddam Hussein's secret police. When he returned to Bali in the mid-1970s, his public identity as a doctor took precedence over his royal lineage and he was known simply as Dr. Djelantik on the island. The doctor implemented the successful campaign which finally eradicated malaria from Bali and established the island's first hospital. Author Idanna Pucci's evocative narrative of this unusual life is told in short story form, making The World Odyssey of a Balinese Prince an easy read for anyone who finds themselves dreaming of distant places. More than 40 of Dr. Djelantik's own watercolors-done when he was in his 80s-help to illustrate his adventures in vivid detail.

Sicilian Queenship Power and Identity in the Kingdom of Sicily 1061-1266

Sicilian Queenship Power and Identity in the Kingdom of Sicily 1061-1266

Author: Jacqueline Alio Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2020

This supplement to the author's groundbreaking compendium, Queens of Sicily 1061-1266, brings us further insight into the lives and times of the earliest countesses and queens of Sicily, introducing a few topics and details considered here for the first time. Chapters are dedicated to such subjects as: the queens' use of power in suppressing adversaries, reginal patronage, reginal titles and heraldry, words spoken by the queens, court cuisine, court poetry, places identified with the queens, the queens as part of Sicilian cultural identity, and more. A chapter also lists current work in the field by various historians. This book begins a new conversation in Sicilian women's studies.

The Lost Queen The Life & Tragedy of the Prince Regent's Daughter

The Lost Queen The Life & Tragedy of the Prince Regent's Daughter

Author: Anne M Stott Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2020

As the only child of the Prince Regent and Caroline of Brunswick, Princess Charlotte of Wales (1796-1817) was the heiress presumptive to the throne. Her parents' marriage had already broken up by the time she was born. She had a difficult childhood and a turbulent adolescence, but she was popular with the public, who looked to her to restore the good name of the monarchy. When she broke off her engagement to a Dutch prince, her father put her under virtual imprisonment and she endured a period of profound unhappiness. But she held out for the freedom to choose her husband, and when she married Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg she finally achieved contentment. Her happiness was cruelly cut short when she died in childbirth at the age of twenty-one only eighteen months later. A shocked nation went into mourning for its people's princess', the queen who never was.

The Memoirs of Emily Loch Tsarina Alexandra and the Christian Family

The Memoirs of Emily Loch Tsarina Alexandra and the Christian Family

Author: Emily Loch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2019

QUEEN ELIZABETH II

QUEEN ELIZABETH II

Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/12/2019

A celebration of the extraordinary life and work of Queen Elizabeth II. Leader, diplomat, mother and wife, Queen Elizabeth II is the most high-profile monarch in the world - her wide-ranging supporters are a testament to her enduring popularity. In this lavishly illustrated biography bestselling author Sarah Gristwood guides us through her glorious reign. Taking you through nine decades, this comprehensive account plots the extraordinary events of Britain's longest-serving monarch, from the years before her birth through to the present day. Revealing details of her public and private lives, this book follows the key turning points for Elizabeth Windsor - her teenage years during the Second World War, meeting and marrying the Duke of Edinburgh, her ascension to the throne in 1952 and new additions to the Windsor family. As well as recounting the Golden and Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and the Royal Weddings, this book outlines what it means to be queen, explores the pastoral and official duties involved, and contemplates the future of the British monarchy. Accompanied by beautiful archival photography, Elizabeth is a tribute to our monarch's grand legacy.

Charles: Our Future King

Charles: Our Future King

Author: Robert Jobson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2019

Exploring beyond the banal newspaper headlines that have caricatured our future king over the years, Robert Jobson's biography provides a fresh insight into the extraordinary life of HRH Charles, Prince of Wales as he passes his seventieth birthday at a watershed in the history of the modern British monarchy. Based on extensive fresh material and resources, the book debunks the myths about the man who will be king, telling his full, true story. The author has met Prince Charles on countless occasions, and draws on the knowledge and memories of a number of sources close to the prince who have never spoken before, as well as members of the Royal Household past and present who have served him during his decades of public service. The book also reveals the truth about the Prince's deeply loving but not always conventional relationship with his second wife and chief supporter, Camilla. The result is an intriguing new portrait of a man on the cusp of kingship. Charles: Our Future King explores the Prince's complex character, his profoundly held beliefs and deep thinking about religion - including Islam - politics, the armed services, the monarchy and the constitution, providing an illuminating portrait of what kind of king Charles III will be.

The Last Princess The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria's Youngest Daughter

The Last Princess The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria's Youngest Daughter

Author: Matthew Dennison Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/12/2019

Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore, later Princess Henry of Battenberg, was the last-born - in 1866 - of Victoria and Albert's children, and she would outlive all of her siblings to die as recently as 1944. Her childhood coincided with her mother's extended period of mourning for her prematurely deceased husband, a circumstance which may have contributed to Victoria's determination to keep her youngest daughter as close to her as possible. She would eventually marry Prince Henry of Battenberg in 1885, but only after overcoming her mother's opposition to their union. Beatrice remained Queen Victoria's favourite among her five daughters, and became her mother's constant companion and later her literary executor, spending the years that followed Victoria's death in 1901 editing her mother's journals and voluminous correspondence. Matthew Dennison's elegantly written biography restores Beatrice to her rightful place as a key figure in the history of the Victorian age, and paints a touching and revealing portrait of the life and family of Britain's second-longest-reigning monarch.

The End of the House of Windsor Birth of a British Republic

The End of the House of Windsor Birth of a British Republic

Author: Stephen Haseler Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Is the British monarchy an absurd anachronism or the lynchpin of the nation state? Is the Royal Family the guardian of our national heritage or has it, in fact, been responsible for the decline of Britain by promoting the idea of the Great British historical theme park? With the current shenanigans and revelations involving the royals, much of the mystique that has surrounded the monarchy over the centuries has been stripped away. In this controversial book, Stephen Haseler argues that, as a result, a British republic is now inevitable. He calls for immediate action to ensure a smooth transition of power during the present queen's lifetime, and vividly conjures up life in a Republic of Britain - for the Royal family, its court and courtiers, the peerage and the church, and above all ordinary people.

The Crown Dissected

The Crown Dissected

Author: Hugo Vickers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION 'The most knowledgeable royal biographer on the planet' The Financial Times Hugo Vickers is an acknowledged authority on the British Royal Family. He has commented on royal matters on television and radio since 1973 and worked as historical adviser on a number of films. He is the author of books on the Queen Mother, the Duchess of Windsor, Princess Andrew of Greece (Prince Philip's mother) and Queen Mary - all of whom are featured in the popular Netflix show, The Crown. Now, in this sequel to The Crown: Truth & Fiction Vickers separates fact from fiction in season 3 of this television series. Episode-by-episode analysis dissects the plots, characterisation and historical detail in each storyline. Vickers tells us what really happened and what certainly did not happen. The Crown: Dissected also includes commentaries on seasons 1 and 2.

Diana The International Bestseller

Diana The International Bestseller

Author: Tim Clayton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/11/2019

The life of Diana, Princess of Wales, has never before been told with such insight and authority. This book is a subtle, honest portrait, without the bias and exaggeration of the past. Drawing on new research and dozens of specially commissoned interviews - many with senior members of the royal household who have never spoken before - DIANA:STORY OF A PRINCESS explains how a shy teenager grew up to be the most talked-about woman in the world, and why she later became such a vigorous critic of the Royal Family. DIANA: STORY OF A PRINCESS is a tale of chicanery at the highest level, revealing in gripping detail how the Princess and her husband sought to influence how their failing marriage, and indeed their entire lives, were perceived by the outside world.

The Crown The Official History Behind Season 3: Political Scandal, Personal Struggle and the Years that Defined Elizabeth II, 1956-1977

The Crown The Official History Behind Season 3: Political Scandal, Personal Struggle and the Years that Defined Elizabeth II, 1956-1977

Author: Robert Lacey Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/11/2019

The fascinating royal and social history that inspired Seasons 2 and 3 of The Crown, written by the show's historical consultant. In this incredible companion to the second and third seasons of Netflix's acclaimed series The Crown, renowned biographer and the show's historical consultant Robert Lacey takes us through the real history that inspired the drama. Covering two tumultuous decades in the reign of Elizabeth II, Lacey looks at the key social, political and personal moments and the effect they had not only on the royal family, but also on the world around them. From the Suez Canal Crisis and the US/Russia space race to the Duke of Windsor's collaboration with Hitler and the rumoured issues with the royal marriage, the book will provide a fascinating insight into the two decades that the show covers, revealing the truth behind the fiction on-screen. Extensively researched and complete with beautifully reproduced photographs, this is a unique look behind the history that inspired the show and the years that would prove to be the making of The Queen.

Hortense Makers of History Series

Hortense Makers of History Series

Author: John S. C. Abbott Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/11/2019

The purpose of this book is to give, not only a portrait and a description of the birds, but a summing up of the beneficial and injurious habits of each, gained from the highest authorities obtainable. The book is intended for those who long to know birds intimately and intelligently, and wish to belong to the great army of bird-students who are doing their bit to preserve the bird-life of our country.