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Routledge Historical Biographies


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Routledge Historical Biographies are concise, accessible introductions to key historical figures. Written by experts in their fields they are designed to help students either starting out on a course, or revising before exams. Far from being dry, academic texts however, they are also perfect, affordable books for the history buff.

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Charles de Gaulle

Charles de Gaulle

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Andrew Knapp
November 03, 2020

In this new biography, Andrew Knapp concisely dissects each of the major controversies surrounding General Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French during the Second World War and President of France from 1959 to 1969. From the beginning of de Gaulle’s military career in 1909 to an analysis of ...

WOLSEY

WOLSEY

1st Edition

Glenn Richardson
July 20, 2020

Through a thematic and broadly chronological approach, Wolsey offers a fascinating insight into the life and legacy of a man who was responsible for building Henry VIII’s reputation as England’s most impressive king. The book reviews Thomas Wolsey’s record as the realm’s leading Churchman, Lord ...

Charles I

Charles I

1st Edition

Mark Parry
October 01, 2019

Charles I provides a detailed overview of Charles Stuart, placing his reign firmly within the wider context of this turbulent period and examining the nature of one of the most complex monarchs in British history. The book is organised chronologically, beginning in 1600 and covering Charles’ early ...

Isabella d’Este A Renaissance Princess

Isabella d’Este: A Renaissance Princess

1st Edition

Christine Shaw
March 12, 2019

Isabella d’Este, Marchioness of Mantua (1474-1539), is one of the most studied figures of Renaissance Italy, as an epitome of Renaissance court culture and as a woman having an unusually prominent role in the politics of her day. This biography provides a well-rounded account of the full range of ...

Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh

1st Edition

Peter Neville
August 31, 2018

Ho Chi Minh explores the life of this globally important twentieth-century figure and offers new insights into his lengthy career, including his often-forgotten involvement with British intermediaries in 1945–46 and with the United States in 1944–45. Ho was the father of his nation, a major ...

Louis XIV

Louis XIV

2nd Edition

Richard Wilkinson
August 10, 2017

Louis XIV ruled France for more than half a century and is typically remembered for his absolutism, his patronage of the arts and his lavish lifestyle – culminating in the building of Versailles. This original and lively biography focuses on Louis’s personal life while keeping the needs of the...

Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer

1st Edition

Susan Wabuda
July 21, 2017

Thomas Cranmer’s place in English history is firmly established, yet the complexities of his character have remained obscure and he continues to be one of the most problematic figures of the Tudor period. Susan Wabuda’s biography sheds fresh light not only on the private Cranmer, but also on the ...

Mao

Mao

2nd Edition

Michael Lynch
May 02, 2017

Michael Lynch’s second edition of Mao examines the life of this controversial figure. Opening with a detailed chronology, it delves into Mao’s younger years and tracks his gradual rise to power, with a chapter dedicated to the cult status that surrounded him. Through a wealth of primary and ...

Charlie Chaplin A Political Biography from Victorian Britain to Modern America

Charlie Chaplin: A Political Biography from Victorian Britain to Modern America

1st Edition

Richard Carr
April 26, 2017

Richard Carr’s Charlie Chaplin places politics at the centre of the filmmaker’s life as it looks beyond Chaplin’s role as a comedic figure to his constant political engagement both on and off the screen. Drawing from a wealth of archival sources from across the globe, Carr provides an in-depth ...

Stalin From the Caucasus to the Kremlin

Stalin: From the Caucasus to the Kremlin

1st Edition

Christopher Read
December 12, 2016

This new biography of Stalin offers an accessible and up-to-date representation of one of the twentieth-century’s defining figures, as well as new insights, analysis and illumination to deepen our understanding of his actions, intentions and the nature of the power that he wielded. Christopher ...

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria

1st Edition

Paula Bartley
February 15, 2016

Paula Bartley’s Queen Victoria examines Victorian Britain from the perspective of the Queen. Victoria’s personal and political actions are discussed in relation to contemporary shifts in Britain’s society, politics and culture, examining to what extent they did – or did not – influence events ...

John Calvin

John Calvin

1st Edition

Michael Mullett
May 19, 2011

John Calvin (1509-1564) is one of the most important figures in religious history. Sitting on the cusp of the medieval and early modern world, he was centre stage during the Reformation. In this new biography, Michael Mullett introduces us to this most important figure, tying his life together with...

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