Christmas at Hatchards: British History

The Glamour Boys

Chris Bryant

£25

From the early 1930s, a group of MPs began visiting Berlin: what they discovered was the brutality of the Nazi regime. Back in Britain they spoke out. They were gay. Homosexuality was illegal. Chamberlain hated them. But they refused to be silenced.  The Glamour Boys is an untold story of extraordinary courage.

 

Behind the Enigma: The Authorised History of GCHQ, Britain’s Secret Cyber-Intelligence Agency

John Ferris

£30

From World War to the Falklands and current terrorist threats, the Government Communications Headquarters has been at the forefront of national security. With unprecedented access, Ferris takes us into the most secret aspect of modern British history, re-writing the public record.

 

The Book in the Cathedral: The Last Relic of Thomas Becket

Christopher de Hamel

£9.99

Marking 850 years since the assassination of Thomas Becket (29th December 1170), de Hamel’s investigates the Anglo-Saxon Psalter cherished by the Bishop of Canterbury. Remarkably evocative of medieval England, it’s the only surviving relic from Becket’s shrine.

 

Statesman of Europe: A Life of Sir Edward Grey

T.G. Otte

£35

As Britain’s longest-serving Foreign Secretary, Edward Grey’s biography encompasses the three decades of international and domestic politics before “the lights went out”. With a wealth of archival research, Statesman of Europe presents the road to World War I from the very seat of Empire.

 

Mistresses: Sex and Scandal at the Court of Charles II

Linda Porter

£20

In Restoration England, the glamorous and the sordid went hand in hand. Charles’s court, bawdy and brilliant, was the setting for a cast of influential women from Barbara Villiers to Nell Gwyn, not to mention Queen Catherine, as Porter’s vivid portrayal illuminates.

 

Time’s Monster: History, Conscience and Britain’s Empire

Priya Satia

£25

Examining the role of the historian, Satia considers the intrinsic power of history writing, its effect on the national story, policy-making and ethics. Interweaving, John Stuart Mill and William Blake, Churchill and Gandhi, another, much more complex, legacy of Empire is revealed.

 

The White Ship: Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking of Henry I’s Dream

Charles Spencer

£25 – signed copies available

25th November 2020 marks the 900th anniversary of one of the greatest disasters that England has ever suffered: the sinking of the White Ship. As Spencer reveals in this compelling narrative, the repercussions of which would change English and European history for ever.

 

Queens of the Crusades: Eleanor of Aquitaine and her Successors – England’s Medieval Queens

Alison Weir

£25

Taking the lives of five queens – Eleanor of Aquitaine, Berengaria of Navarre, Isabella of Angouleme, Alienor of Provence and Eleanor of Castile – as her guides, Alison Weir revisits the conflicts, ambitions, chivalry and feudalism of medieval England with a wholly fresh and riveting new perspective.

To order any of these books, please telephone 020 7439 9921 or email books@hatchards.co.uk – we look forward to hearing from you!

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