Best Welsh History Books
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1. Diana: Her True Story–in Her Own Words
Author: by Andrew Morton
Published at: Simon & Schuster; Anniversary edition (June 27, 2017)
The sensational biography of Princess Diana, written with her cooperation and now featuring exclusive new material to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her death. When Diana: Her True Story was first published in 1992, it forever changed the way the public viewed the British monarchy.
Greeted initially with disbelief and ridicule, the #1 New York Times bestselling biography has become a unique literary classic, not just because of its explosive contents but also because of Diana’s intimate involvement in the publication. Never before had a senior royal spoken in such a raw, unfiltered way about her unhappy marriage, her relationship with the Queen, her extraordinary life inside the House of Windsor, her hopes, her fears, and her dreams.
Now, twenty-five years on, biographer Andrew Morton has revisited the secret tapes he and the late princess made to reveal startling new insights into her life and mind. In this fully revised edition of his groundbreaking biography, Morton considers Diana’s legacy and her relevance to the modern royal family.
2. The Official Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Cookbook: Teatime Drinks, Scones, Savories & Sweets (Downton Abbey Cookery)
Author: by Downton Abbey
Published at: Weldon Owen (April 21, 2020)
This elegant cookbook captures the essence of teatime at Downton Abbey with classic recipes for sweets and savories, etiquette notes, tea service knowhow, and lavish imagery to recreate this British tradition. Afternoon tea is a revered and treasured English traditionand no one knows better how to prepare and enjoy a proper tea than the residents of Downton Abbey.
With this alluring and vibrant cookbook, fans of the PBS series and anglophiles alike can stage every stylish element of this cultural staple of British society at home. Spanning sweet and savory classicslike Battenberg Cake, Bakewell Tart, toffee puddings, cream scones, and tea sandwichesthe recipes capture the quintessential delicacies of the time, and the proper way to serve them.
This charming cookbook also features a detailed narrative history and extols the proper decorum for teatime service, from tea gowns and tearooms to preparing and serving tea. Gorgeous food photographs, lifestyle stills from the television series and recent movie, and character quotes bring the characters of Downton Abbeyand this rich traditionto life in contemporary times.
3. Strata: William Smith’s Geological Maps
Author: by Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Published at: University of Chicago Press; First edition (November 23, 2020)
Lavishly illustrated with full-color geological maps, tables of strata, geological cross-sections, photographs, and fossil illustrations from the archives of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, the Geological Society, the London Natural History Museum, and others, Strata provides the first complete presentation of the revolutionary work of nineteenth-century geologist William Smith, the so-called father of English geology.
It illustrates the story of his career, from apprentice to surveyor for hire and fossil collector, from his 1799 geological map of Bath and table of strata to his groundbreaking 1815 geological strata map, and from his imprisonment for debt to his detailed stratigraphical county maps.
This sumptuous volume begins with an introduction by Douglas Palmer that places Smith’s work in the context of earlier, concurrent, and subsequent ideas regarding the structure and natural processes of the earth, geographical mapping, and biostratigraphical theories. The book is then organized into four parts, each beginning with four sheets from Smith’s hand-colored, 1815 strata map, accompanied by related geological cross-sections and county maps, and followed by fossil illustrations by Smith contemporary James Sowerby, all organized by strata.
4. The Unofficial Poldark Cookbook: 85 Recipes from Eighteenth-Century Cornwall, from Shepherd's Pie to Cornish Pasties
Author: by Tricia Cohen
Published at: Skyhorse; 1st edition (May 1, 2018)
The ultimate gift for Poldark fans! 85 authentic recipes for your manor or boarding houseThe mouthwatering Poldark cookery book you’ve dreamed about! Divided into boarding house or manor, and complete with homey and festive dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, this Poldark cookbook features these classic recipes from the show including:Cornish PastiesAle-Battered Fried FishRed Lion Mutton PieTruro Turnip GratinBlueberry and Lemon PossetCornwall Honey Spiced Morning BreadAnd more!
From Demelza’s Cornwall kitchen to the majestic Warleggan Mansion; from the oak dining room of Trenwith Manor to the rustic ambiance of the Red Lion Boarding Housefood is everywhere in Ross Poldark’s Cornwall, England. Celebrate the magic that is PBS Masterpiece’s hit series Poldark with the unofficial kitchen companion to the award-winning series that everyone is watching.
Featuring authentic recipes from Georgian England that have been modernized for the contemporary palate, The Unofficial Poldark Cookbook also includes the history behind the show, references to its characters and events, and tips on how to recreate meals from eighteenth-century Cornwall in the modern day.
5. The Diana Chronicles
Author: by Tina Brown
Published at: Anchor (May 20, 2008)
Years after her death, Princess Diana remains a mystery. Was she the people’s princess, who electrified the world with her beauty and humanitarian missions? Or was she a manipulative, media-savvy neurotic who nearly brought down the monarchy? Only Tina Brown, former Editor-in-Chief of Tatler, England’s glossiest gossip magazine; Vanity Fair; and The New Yorker could possibly give us the truth.
Tina knew Diana personally and has far-reaching insight into the royals and the Queen herself. In The Diana Chronicles, you will meet a formidable female cast and understand as never before the society that shaped them: Diana’s sexually charged mother, her scheming grandmother, the stepmother she hated but finally came to terms with, and bad-girl Fergie, her sister-in-law, who concealed wounds of her own.
Most formidable of them all was her mother-in-law, the Queen, whose admiration Diana sought till the day she died. Add Camilla Parker-Bowles, the ultimate “other woman” into this combustible mix, and it’s no wonder that Diana broke out of her royal cage into celebrity culture, where she found her own power and used it to devastating effect.
6. The National Trust Book of Scones: 50 Delicious Recipes and Some Curious Crumbs of History
Author: by Sarah Clelland
Published at: National Trust (July 1, 2017)
Sarah Clelland brings you 50 scone recipes from the National Trust. History is best enjoyed with a scone, as everyone who’s visited a National Trust house knows. This book brings you the best of both. Scone obsessive Sarah Clelland has gathered 50 yes 50 scone recipes from National Trust experts around the country.
And she’s written a quirky guide to 50 National Trust places to delight and entertain you while you bake or eat those blissful treats. Eccentric owners, strange treasures, obscure facts it’s all here. Whip up a Triple Chocolate scone while you read about the mechanical elephants at Waddesdon Manor.
Or savour an Apple & Cinnamon scone while you absorb the dramatic love life of Henry Cecil of Hanbury Hall. Marvel at a Ightham Mote’s Grade 1 listed dog kennel while you savour a Cheese, Spring Onion and Bacon scone. 50 of the best scones in history.
And 50 of the best places to read about. You’ll never need to leave the kitchen again.
7. The Royal Family Operations Manual: The History, Dominions, Protocol, Residences, Households, Pomp and Circumstance of the British Royals
Author: by Robert Jobson
Published at: Haynes Publishing UK (July 7, 2020)
The Royal Family of the United Kingdom is one of the most instantly recognized institutions in the world. Since the current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, was crowned in 1952, it has undergone a huge amount of cultural and social change, but over the course of many decades the Royal Family has continued to play an important role in British society.
The Royal Family Operations Manual, written by royal expert and correspondent Robert Jobson, offers a complete examination of a very British institution, looking behind the scenes at the current heirs of a kingdom that has been ruled nearly uninterruptedly by a monarch since 774AD.
Chapters include explanations of the:Windsor bloodline, family tree and personalitiesTheir royal residences, palaces and country retreatsMilitary connectionsCharity workAnnual engagementsRoyal finances, including facts and statistics on personal incomes, state salaries and business interestsBirths, marriages and deathsState ceremonies, such as the opening of parliament, the Christmas address, trooping the colours and the elaborate hosting of foreign dignitaries.
8. The Bodyguard's Story: Diana, the Crash, and the Sole Survivor
Author: by Trevor Rees-Jones
Published at: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition (March 15, 2000)
Where were you when Diana died? For Trevor Rees-Jones the answer is simple: he was in the same hospital as Diana, fighting for his own life a few rooms away. As bodyguard to her companion Dodi Fayed, he was with the couple when, hounded by paparazzi and with a driver who turned out to be drunk, their Mercedes crashed into the thirteenth pillar of the tunnel under the Place de l’Alma in Paris.
Dodi and the driver, Henri Paul, died instantaneously, medics say; Diana was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors worked feverishly to resuscitate her before giving up in the early hours of Sunday morning. Miraculously, Trevor survived. But his condition was critical – internal chest injuries and a broken wrist were the least of it.
His head had taken the brunt of the impact and suffered catastrophic damage; his face was crushed beyond recognition. In a stunning medical drama, however, a facial surgeon performed a miracle of reconstruction, and – along with Trevor’s own indomitable will and the support of his family and friends – the bodyguard was able to leave hospital after just over a month.
9. DK Eyewitness Great Britain (Travel Guide)
Author: by DK Eyewitness
Published at: DK Eyewitness Travel; Illustrated edition (February 18, 2020)
Three unique nations interwoven into a rich cultural tapestry, this small island has huge character. Whether you want to tour elegant stately homes, marvel prehistoric wonders or take a windswept walk along cliff-top paths, your DK Eyewitness travel guide makes sure you experience all that Great Britain has to offer.
From the jagged peaks of the Scottish Highlands to the sweeping sands of the Jurassic coast, Great Britain boasts some of Europe’s most spectacular scenery. Many centuries of civilisations are etched across this timeless landscape, now home to an array of exuberant cities, charming seaside towns and picturesque villages.
Our newly updated guide brings Great Britain to life, transporting you there like no other travel guide does with expert-led insights and advice, detailed information on all the must-see sights, inspiring photography and our trademark illustrations. You’ll discover: our pick of Great Britain’s must-sees, top experiences and hidden gems the best spots to eat, drink, shop and stay detailed maps and walks which make navigating the island easy easy-to-follow itineraries expert advice: get ready, get around and stay safe color-coded chapters to every part of Great Britain, from London to Edinburgh, the Cotswolds to Cornwall our new lightweight format, so you can take it with you wherever you go Want the best of Great Britain in your pocket?
10. The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain
Author: by Bill Bryson
Published at: Anchor; Reprint edition (October 25, 2016)
In 1995, Iowa native Bill Bryson took a motoring trip around Britain to explore that green and pleasant land. The uproarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, is one of the most acute portrayals of the United Kingdom ever written.
Two decades later, Brysonnow a British citizenset out again to rediscover his adopted country. In these pages, he follows a straight line through the islandfrom Bognor Regis to Cape Wrathand shows us every pub, stone village, and human foible along the way.
Whether he is dodging cow attacks in Torcross, getting lost in the H&M on Kensington High Street, ormore seriouslycontemplating the future of the nation’s natural wonders in the face of aggressive development, Bryson guides us through the old and the new with vivid detail and laugh-out-loud humor.
Irreverent, endearing, and always hilarious, The Road to Little Dribbling is filled with Bill Bryson’s deep knowledge and love of his chosen home.
11. The Domestic Revolution: How the Introduction of Coal into Victorian Homes Changed Everything
Author: by Ruth Goodman
Published at: Liveright; 1st edition (October 20, 2020)
The queen of living history (Lucy Worsley) returns with an immersive account of how English women sparked a worldwide revolutionfrom their own kitchens. No single invention epitomizes the Victorian era more than the black cast-iron range. Aware that the twenty-first-century has reduced it to a quaint relic, Ruth Goodman was determined to prove that the hot coal stove provided so much more than morning tea: it might even have kick-started the Industrial Revolution.
Wielding the wit and passion seen in How to Be a Victorian, Goodman traces the tectonic shift from wood to coal in the mid-sixteenth centuryfrom sooty trials and errors during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I to the totally smog-clouded reign of Queen Victoria.
A pattern of innovation emerges as the women stoking these fires also stoked new global industries: from better soap to clean smudges to new ingredients for cooking. Laced with uproarious anecdotes of Goodman’s own experience managing a coal-fired household, this fascinating book shines a hot light on the power of domestic necessity.
12. National Geographic The British World: An Illustrated Atlas
Author: by Tim Jepson
Published at: National Geographic; Illustrated edition (November 3, 2015)
Spanning wars, religious controversies, revolutions, and more, The British World is a visual jewel illuminating the history of this fascinating land-and an essential reference to be treasured by history lovers young and old. The authoritative content, unearthed across thousands of years, immerses you in the full sweep of British history-from prehistory to the Romans, Saxons and Normans, the Medieval Age, Tudor Britain, the Stuarts, the Georgian and Victorian eras, and the modern age.
The lush reference is interwoven with intriguing facts and insights into the fabric of British life, from literary highlights to social amusements to trends of the day. Sidebars examine significant people, as well as key cultural and artistic events. Featured quotes give voice to unforgettable characters such as Henry VIII, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Sir Francis Drake, Queen Victoria, Winston Churchill, and Margaret Thatcher.
You’ll discover time lines of key events in each chapter, and family trees trace the line of descent of the monarchy to the present. Blending compelling narrative, stunning photographs and artwork, and dozens of specially commissioned maps, The British World takes you on a fascinating journey through time and place to tell the story of the British Isles.
13. Meghan: A Hollywood Princess
Author: by Andrew Morton
Published at: Grand Central Publishing; Illustrated edition (April 17, 2018)
The New York Times bestselling biography of Meghan Markle, the American actress who won Prince Harry’s heart. Women who smash the royal mold have always fascinated the public, from Grace Kelly to Princess Diana. Now acclaimed royal biographer Andrew Morton, the New York Times bestselling author of Diana: Her True Story, brings us a revealing, juicy, and inspiring look at Meghan Markle, the confident and charismatic duchess whose warm and affectionate engagement interview won the hearts of the world.
When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were set up by a mutual friend on a blind date in July 2016, little did they know that the resulting whirlwind romance would lead to their engagement in November 2017 and marriage in May 2018. Morton goes back to Meghan’s roots to uncover the story of her childhood growing up in The Valley in Los Angeles, her studies at an all-girls Catholic school, and her fraught family life-a painful experience mirrored by Harry’s own background.
Morton also delves into her previous marriage and divorce in 2013, her struggles in Hollywood as her mixed heritage was used against her, her big break in the hit TV show Suits, and her work for a humanitarian ambassador-the latter so reminiscent of Princess Diana’s passions.
14. Diana Her True Story Commemorative Edition
Author: by Andrew Morton
Published at: Simon & Schuster; Revised, Subsequent edition (October 10, 1997)
The sudden and tragic death of Princess Diana has caused the entire world to reflect on how much this singular woman meant to us all. From her fairy-tale courtship, her wedding to Prince Charles, and the birth of her two wonderful boys to the stunning collapse of her marriage and the revelation of her psychological and physical trauma, we witnessed and shared in the wide range of emotions in her life.
In the last few years, Diana’s dedication to the downtrodden and unloved and her commitment as a mother have only strengthened her hold on our hearts. When Diana: Her True Story was initially published in 1992, it was met with a hail of abuse from the British Establishment.
As time passed, however, the magnitude of Diana’s marital and personal distress made it clear, even to the greatest doubters, that this book was indeed Diana’s true story; and finally, in 1995, she revealed in a BBC interview that she had indirectly cooperated with Andrew Morton.
What has not been known, however, until the publication of this new edition, is that Diana: Her True Story was in fact almost entirely based on her own words, supplemented by interviews with her friends. In 1991 and 1992, when this book was first conceived and written, Diana felt trapped and powerless within the royal family.
15. Diana in Private: The Princess Nobody Knows
Author: by Lady Colin Campbell
Published at: St Martins Press; First Edition (May 1, 1992)
An inside look at Princess Diana provides a detailed account of her private life, from her birth, to her 1979 wedding to Prince Charles, to the problems that have troubled her marriage
16. Life in a Medieval Castle (Medieval Life)
Author: by Joseph Gies
Published at: Harper Perennial; Illustrated edition (October 6, 2015)
“Some particular books I found useful for A Game of Thrones and its sequels deserve mention… Life in a Medieval Castle and Life in a Medieval City, both by Joseph and Frances Gies.” George R.R. Martin, author of the series A Song of Ice and FireMedieval history comes alive in Joseph and Frances Gies’s Life in a Medieval Castle, used as a research resource by George R.R.
Martin in creating the world of Game of Thrones. Newly reissued for the first time in decades, Life in a Medieval Castle is the bestselling classic that has introduced countless readers to the wonders of the Middle Ages. Focusing on a castle called Chepstow on the border between England and Wales, acclaimed Medievalists Joseph and Frances Gies offer an exquisite portrait of what day-to-day life was actually like during the era, and of the key role the castle played.
The Gieses write eloquently about the many people whose lives revolved around the castle, from the lord and lady to the commoners of the surrounding village. We discover what lords and serfs alike would have worn, eaten, and done for leisure; the songs sung; and the codes of sexual conduct that maintained order.