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History's Greatest Battles: Masterstrokes of War by Nigel Cawthorne
Nigel Cawthorne has picked out 40 famous battles from European and American history, each one chosen because it marked a turning point in the affairs of mankind. Working chronologically from the battle of Marathon in 490BC up to the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam in 1954, Cawthorne describes the details of each battle in vivid detail, together with plans and illustrations, and reveals with stark clarity just how important each battle proved to be. Itís also fascinating to see how the tactics and tools of war evolved from one great battle to the next. A. Ali.
Evil Women: Deadly Women Whose Crimes Knew No Limi&hellip by John Marlowe
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling, 10 Mar 2014
Your wife is giving you a hard time? Count yourself lucky. She's not lacing your drinks with a deadly cocktail of poisons, planning to butcher you with an axe or decapitate you. Or is she? The 30-odd tales of murder in this gripping book are a warning to anyone who finds themselves in a tempestuous relationship. John Marlowe tells each story in gruesome detail but with a cold, clinical style that makes them all the more chilling. A. Ali.
Medieval Life: Manners, Customs & Dress During the&hellip by Paul Lacroix
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
OK, so I thought I was buying a modern textbook about Medieval life and found that this is, in fact, a reproduction of a 19th century textbook on Medieval life. A history book of a history book, if you like. However, my alarm turned to optimism when I realised that a 19th century study of the Middle Ages is likely to be more accurate than a modern one, since all our knowledge of that period has been passed down through the centuries and with each retelling a little embellishment must creep in. Bottom line: this is a very thorough and entertaining read, with loads of woodcuts and prints, and the 19th century language (translated from French) only adds to its charm.