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The Vikings: Raiders, Explorers And Seafaring Warriors

by Lance Hightower

The world of the Vikings is larger than life, filled with sagas of warriors who made fighting a career, but there’s a lot more to Viking history than blood-letting and piracy. Their achievements, rich culture and craftsmanship contributed greatly to our world today, and their explorations helped make up the boundaries of nations.

The Vikings: Raiders, Explorers, and Seafaring Warriors by author Lance Hightower will give you a glimpse of the battles that raged for more than 300 years, sparked by the cultural and religious differences that were the trigger for warring with the Franks, England and Ireland, and for trade and exploration into the Muslim empire, the Byzantine Empire, as far as Russia, Spain and North America.

They came from Sweden, Norway and Denmark...

Genre: History, Europe, World, Nonfiction
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 24 February 2017 onward  

Elizabeth I: Legendary Queen Of England

by Michael W. Simmons

When Elizabeth I took the throne of England in 1559, hardly anyone knew what to make of her. Born the heir to the throne, she was declared a bastard when she was three years old, after her mother was executed for treason, witchcraft, and incest. During the reign of her sister, Mary I, she was a prisoner in the Tower of London, where she was expected to die. But when she became Queen, at the age of 25, she swiftly stunned the royal court by stepping into the seat of power with grace, intelligence, and an air of majesty that maddened and enchanted the men around her.

For 44 years, Elizabeth I guided England through religious upheavals and plots to overthrow the government. Courted by all the most powerful princes in Europe, she baffled her advisors by refusing to marry any of th...

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Leaders & Notable People, Specific Groups, History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction
Size: 103 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 24 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 4.40 / 5
28 reviews

Push Not the River (The Poland Trilogy Book 1)

by James Conroyd Martin

A panoramic and epic novel in the grand romantic style, PUSH NOT THE RIVER is the rich story of Poland in the late 1700s--a time of heartache and turmoil as the country's once peaceful people are being torn apart by neighboring countries and divided loyalties. It is then, at the young and vulnerable age of seventeen, when Lady Anna Maria Berezowska loses both of her parents and must leave the only home she has ever known.

With Empress Catherine's Russian armies streaming in to take their spoils, Anna is quickly thrust into a world of love and hate, loyalty and deceit, patriotism and treason, life and death. Even kind Aunt Stella, Anna's new guardian who soon comes to personify Poland's courage and spirit, can't protect Anna from the uncertain future of the country.

Genre: History, Europe, Russia, Nonfiction
Size: 556 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 23 February 2017 onward  

Norse Mythology: A Brief Epic Guide to Heroes, Gods, Sagas, Beliefs, and Rituals Of Norse Mythology (Norse Mythology...

by Oliver Laine

You've heard about Norse mythology before, but how much do you really know?By Odin's Beard! This Brief Epic Guide on Norse mythology will get you up to speed! You may already be familiar with names and personalities such as Odin, Thor, Loki, and the Valkyries – and in this book you will learn about the many roles that they play within the various legends and sagas that have been passed down from generation to generation. You will learn about the impact that they have made on both the ancient Scandinavian cultures from where the stories arose and on modern culture in northern Europe.You will also learn how Norse mythology has become a leading source of storytelling ideas, and how the concepts and characters have found their way into works as diverse as Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings an...

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Fiction, Fairy Tales, History, Europe, Nonfiction
Size: 70 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 23 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 3.00 / 5
1 review

The Statue: An Ennin Mystery #63

by Ben Stevens

***From the bestselling author of Parker: The Story of an Apocalypse Survivor.***An Anglo-Saxon village is divided when a statue of the Virgin Mary is put on trial for murder...A story of approx. 2,000 words....

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Travel, Continental Europe, United Kingdom, Fairy Tales
Size: 7 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 23 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 4.20 / 5
38 reviews

War Letters 1914–1918, Vol. 1: From a Young British Officer at the Western Front during the First World War

by Mark Tanner

Wilbert Spencer was 17 years old when the First World War began. With one year still to complete at school, he decided to join the British army instead. Within four months he was leading 200 men to the front; within eight months he was dead.

Published for the first time in their entirety, Wilbert’s letters paint a deeply moving portrait of a remarkable young man. Bright, optimistic and exuberant, his gentle character shines through ever word.

Along with an introduction to Wilbert's life, the letters are accompanied by extensive, meticulously researched notes which are just a simple click away. They are there to add detail, context and colour for the reader who wants to understand more about particular aspects of the war. They include not just comments on militar...

Genre: History, Europe, Military, UK, Nonfiction
Size: 95 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 22 February 2017 onward  

Warfare in the Era of Pike and Shot: The History and Legacy of the Military Strategies that Ushered in Modern...

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures*Includes contemporary accounts of battles during the era*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading*Includes a table of contentsIn the time period between the fall of Rome and the spread of the Renaissance across the European continent, many of today’s European nations were formed, the Catholic Church rose to great prominence, some of history’s most famous wars occurred, and a social class system was instituted that lasted over 1,000 years. A lot of activity took place during a period frequently labeled derogatorily as the “Dark Ages,” and while that period of time is mostly referred to as the “Middle Ages” instead of the Dark Ages today, it has still retained the stigma of being a sort of lost period of time in which Western civilizati...

Genre: History, Europe, Nonfiction
Size: 77 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 22 February 2017 onward  

The Battleship Potemkin: The History and Legacy of the Famous Mutiny aboard the Russian Ship

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures*Includes accounts of the mutiny*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading*Includes a table of contents“The hero is the sailors' battleship, the Odessa crowd, but characteristic figures are snatched here and there from the crowd. For a moment, like a conjuring trick, they attract all the sympathies of the audience: like the sailor Vakulinchuk, like the young woman and child on the Odessa Steps, but they emerge only to dissolve once more into the mass. This signifies: no film stars but a film of real-life types.” –Adrian Piotrovsky, writing for the Leningrad newspaper Krasnaia gazetaRussia entered the 20th century in possession of nearly all of the prerequisites for an empire of historic proportions. The tsar presided over almost one-sixth of t...

Genre: History, Europe, Russia, World, Nonfiction
Size: 64 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 22 February 2017 onward  

Legends of History: Fun Learning Facts About BRITISH EMPIRE: Illustrated Fun Learning For Kids

by Matt Curtis

Welcome to the Fun Learning Facts series!

Bestselling children's author Matt Curtis presents "Legends of History: Fun Learning Facts About BRITISH EMPIRE". This book uses captivating images and expertly written words to teach children about a range of subjects

Perfect reading for any occasion and especially ideal for bed times, long journeys or for bonding with your child.


Fun Filled Learning for Your Child (and you!)

Every one of our books is lovingly researched, illustrated and put together to outstand, awe and inspire the reader. Our beautiful images help explain and enlighten each well-written fact.



This book covers a range of exciting topics including:

What Was The First British Emp...

Genre: Children's eBooks, History, Europe, Historical Study, UK, Nonfiction
Size: 29 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 22 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

Marquis de Lafayette: A Life From Beginning to End

by Hourly History

Marquis de LafayetteThe Marquis de Lafayette may be a name that sounds vaguely familiar. If you've studied even a little American history, you'll recall Lafayette as George Washington's right-hand man during the American Revolution. This remarkable man was just a teenager when he ventured across the seas from France to fight in a conflict that he was in no way obligated to participate in. Yet, here he was, this young man full of idealistic thoughts, ready to help a country set their path on the road to independence. Little did Lafayette know that this would be just the first ride among many that he would take in his lifetime. Inside you will read about...✓ Early Life✓ Farewell to France✓ American Revolution✓ France and America Once Again✓ An American and a French Hero✓ French R...

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Historical, Specific Groups, History, Europe, Nonfiction
Size: 54 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 21 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 3.50 / 5
10 reviews

Celtic Mythology: A Concise Guide to the Gods, Sagas and Beliefs

by Hourly History

★ Celtic Mythology ★The gifted W.B. Yeats wrote of his own people “...even a newspaperman, if you entice him into a cemetery at midnight, will believe in phantoms, for everyone is a visionary if you scratch him deep enough. But the Celt, unlike any other, is a visionary without scratching.” This introduction to Celtic Mythology will serve the novice well – for it is a complicated history with the earliest written records destroyed by the marauding Vikings. Inside you will read about...✓ The Arrival of the Tuatha dé Danann✓ Hibernia✓ The Main Gods of the Celtic Pantheon✓ Celtic Life and Rituals✓ Sources of Celtic Mythology✓ The Effect of Christianity and Beliefs and SuperstitionsThe oral tradition harks back to 4000BCE and is a compilation of myths and cultures of man...

Genre: Fiction, History, Europe, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 52 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 21 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 3.00 / 5
1 review

Barking Mad British Traditions, Customs and Sports Volume III: Egg Jarping | Hen Racing | Beating the Bounds |...

by Gary McKraken

Barking Mad British Traditions, Customs and Sports Volume III
Even more crazy and barking mad things we Brits get up to in our spare time. Want to be world champion at egg japring? Or perhaps you onion eating or hen racing?

This is Volume III of Barking Mad British Traditions and Sports. Volumes I and II have been well received so I thought I’d write another follow-up with this third volume in the series. I hope you will be glad I have. Inside you will learn about twenty more of the most crazy, silly and of course barking mad things we British do to have a bit of fun and keep ourselves occupied. We are known for our eccentricity – here’s some proof!

There is some bizarre stuff inside. For example the strange world of weighing the mayor and the spooki...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Humour, Nonfiction
Size: 89 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 21 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
3 reviews

Fungal Disease in Britain and the United States 1850-2000: Mycoses and Modernity (Science, Technology and Medicine...

by A. Homei and M. Worboys

This book is open access under a CC BY license. The grand narrative of twentieth-century medicine is the conquering of acute infectious diseases and the rise in chronic, degenerative diseases. The history of fungal infections does not fit this picture; indeed, it runs against it - this book charts the path of fungal infections from the mid nineteenth century to the dawn of the twenty-first century, both in Britain and the United States. It examines how fungal infections became more prevalent and serious over the century, a rise that was linked to the increased incidence of chronic diseases and to social, technological and medical 'progress'. In 1900, conditions such as ringworm, athlete's foot and thrush were minor, external and mostly chronic conditions  irritating, but mostly self-limit...

Genre: History, Americas, Europe, UK, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 240 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 4.50 / 5
2 reviews

Mental Health Retrosight: Understanding the returns from research (lessons from schizophrenia): Policy Report

by Steven Wooding and Alexandra Pollitt

Examines the impacts arising from neuroscience and mental health research over 20-25 years, focusing on schizophrenia. Identifies attributes of the research, researchers or setting associated with translation into patient benefit. Policy report.
...

Genre: History, Americas, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Self-Help & Counselling, Psychology, Health & Fitness, Mental Health
Size: 139 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 3.70 / 5
46 reviews

Fifty Great Things to Come Out of the Midlands

by Robert Shore

Celebrate the heart of Britain in this fun and informative mini-ebook.Rugby, Walkers Crisps, Conkers. These are just a handful of the many great things to have come out of the Midlands. In this celebratory list, journalist and loyal Midlander Robert Shore counts down fifty of the best gifts the Midlands has given the world.Knowledge no Midlander – nay, Brit! – should be without.From the author of Bang in the Middle....

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Travel, Essays & Travelogues
Size: 46 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

Norse Mythology: Captivating Stories of the Gods, Sagas and Heroes (Norse Mythology - Egyptian Mythology - Greek...

by Matt Clayton

Captivating Stories of the Gods, Sagas, and Heroes
This book gives an overview of Norse mythology, telling some of the stories of the gods, giants and other creatures of that lost era before history began.

Though the world came to know of the Norse and their legends through Roman interaction about the time of Christ, most of what we came to know were handed down from folk tales gathered by native writers like Snorri Sturluson (c. 1179–1241). This was from a time when the Norse had already been converted to Christianity. Some of what Sturluson wrote was clearly influenced by Christian beliefs of the time. As with all sources, we have to assume at least a little bit of bias was involved. The age of belief in the Norse gods had ended. We can only guess how much of those o...

Genre: History, Europe, Nonfiction
Size: 82 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 3.80 / 5
8 reviews

The Forgotten Soldier (Part 1 of 3): He wasn’t a soldier, he was just a boy

by Charlie Connelly

Bestselling author Charlie Connelly returns with a First World War memoir of his great uncle, Edward Connelly, who was an ordinary boy sent to fight in a war the likes of which the world had never seen.But this is not just his story; it is the story of all the young forgotten soldiers who fought and bravely died for their countryThe Forgotten Soldier tells the story of Private Edward Connelly, aged 19, killed in the First World War a week before the Armistice and immediately forgotten, even, it seems, by his own family.Edward died on exactly the same day, and as part of the same military offensive, as Wilfred Owen. They died only a few miles apart and yet there cannot be a bigger contrast between their legacies. Edward had been born into poverty in west London on the eve of the twentieth c...

Genre: History, Europe, Military, UK, Nonfiction
Size: 61 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 18 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 2.00 / 5
13 reviews

Roman Britain: A History From Beginning to End

by Henry Freeman

Roman Britain
This book takes a holistic look at Roman Britain, from the events leading up to its official inception in AD 43 until the Romans left the Isle entirely around AD 409. The timeline is straightforward, and each chapter delves into some aspect of Romano-British life: dealing with the concept of 'the Celts'; when Britannia actually became 'Roman'; how the two peoples attempted to blend their culture through religion; and lastly, why the Romans had to leave.

Inside you will read about...
✓ The Timeline
✓ Ancient Celtic Ethnicity, A Modern Invention
✓ The Beginnings Of Roman Britain
✓ Religion And Blending Culture In Roman Britain
✓ The Bitter End

It can be difficult to explain everything from a neutral, unbia...

Genre: History, Ancient, Europe, UK, Nonfiction
Size: 40 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 4.40 / 5
38 reviews

Children To A Degree - Growing Up Under the Third Reich (Book 1)

by Horst Christian

Based on a true story about a young boy growing up under the Third Reich.

Karl Veth, the oldest of three children, was born in Berlin, Germany in 1930. By the time he was old enough to start school and begin his education, Hitler had already established a firm death-grip on the country. Children were fed a steady diet of Nazi propaganda and were often encouraged to turn on their family and friends but contrary to popular belief, not all of them bought into it.

Karl is an intelligent young boy who strives to excel in his studies, but he questions everything. Dangerous questions during a time when people are closely monitored. Karl’s father and grandfather are not blind followers and they have their own opinions about Hitler and his regime. The lessons they teac...

Genre: History, Europe, Nonfiction
Size: 191 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 15 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 4.30 / 5
8 reviews

1814: Crime and Capital Punishment:

by XerXes Xu

This year we remember the outbreak of the First World War, one hundred years ago. This ended a century of relative peace in Europe, a century of great technological progress in which the modern world was born and a century of huge social change in England. We easily recognise the world of 1914, with trains, planes and buses. 1814 is not so easily recognisable, but it was also a cusp year. Napoleon surrendered, the French wars were near an end, a page was turning and a better future beckoned. However, in 1814, in many ways the social institutions of England remained medieval, none more so than the criminal justice system. There were 222 capital offences on the statute book, often for relatively minor offences. A child of eight was sentenced to death at the Old Bailey, London's main criminal...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 643 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
23 reviews

Dubliners (Wisehouse Classics Edition)

by James Joyce

DUBLINERS is a collection of fifteen short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. They form a naturalistic depiction of Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century. The stories were written when Irish nationalism was at its peak, and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging; at a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences. They centre on Joyce's idea of an epiphany: a moment where a character experiences a life-changing self-understanding or illumination. Many of the characters in Dubliners later appear in minor roles in Joyce's novel Ulysses. The initial stories in the collection are narrated by child protagonists, and as the stories continue, they deal with the lives and...

Genre: Fiction, Fiction Classics, Literary Fiction, Short Stories, History, Europe, Nonfiction
Size: 142 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
1 review

Christopher Columbus: A Life From Beginning to End

by Hourly History

Christopher ColumbusEveryone knows who Christopher Columbus is, and everyone knows what he discovered and what he is famous for. Who, really, is this man, so shrouded in mystery? Columbus would tell you he was inspired by God to make his voyages, and it takes a brave soul indeed to sail out into the ocean blue where no one has gone before. Inside you will read about...✓ Early Life✓ The Silk Road and Beyond✓ Columbus' Quest for a Voyage✓ First Voyage✓ Second Voyage✓ Third and Fourth Voyages✓ Governor of the IndiesAnd much more!In this eBook, you'll find out all about this most remarkable of men. You will uncover why he thought it so important to never give up on his dream, and how impossible his struggles became with each voyage he made. What was it like to sail over the edge ...

Genre: History, Europe, World, Nonfiction
Size: 48 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 1.00 / 5
2 reviews

Vlad the Impaler: Son of Dracul

by Alan C. Baird

Many will assume this is just another retelling of the "Dracula" horror myth... but Vlad's story is true. Hitler's Holocaust killed approximately 10% of Germany's people, while some estimates claim that Vlad exterminated more than 20% of his fellow Wallachians. A gruesome genre-bender with perverse humor, based on 15th-century history. Warning: graphic transgressive violence....

Genre: Arts & Photography, History, Europe, Nonfiction
Size: 55 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 12 February 2017 onward  

The Queen Slayer: Henry VIII and his six wives

by Lucy Wiltshire

Henry VIII was a fascinating, complex character, full of contradictions. He could be deeply romantic, chivalrous and amiable. He would shower his wives and mistresses with flattery, declarations of love and generously gave gifts of exquisite jewels and fine clothes. He elevated his favourites, bestowing many titles and wealth. Loved by his people, he was seen as the dashing, charismatic, handsome king, full of strength and vigour – a true knight of the realm. On the other hand, he behaved like a petulant child, selfish, vain, corrupt and fickle. At the worst of times, he could be merciless, tyrannical and even maybe psychotic. The same could be said of his reign – he went from one extreme to another. At one point he was the Defender of the Faith, a celebrated Catholic to the initiator ...

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Leaders & Notable People, History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction
Size: 39 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 12 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

A History of Self-Harm in Britain: A Genealogy of Cutting and Overdosing (Mental Health in Historical Perspective)

by Chris Millard

This book is open access under a CC BY license and is the first account of self-harming behaviour in its proper historical and political context. The rise of self-cutting and overdosing in the 20th century is linked to the sweeping changes in mental and physical health, and wider political context. The welfare state, social work, Second World War, closure of the asylums, even the legalization of suicide, are all implicated in the prominence of self harm in Britain. The rise of 'overdosing as a cry for help' is linked to the integration of mental and physical healthcare, the NHS, and the change in the law on suicide and attempted suicide. The shift from overdosing to self-cutting as the most prominent 'self-damaging' behaviour is also explained, linked to changes in hospital organization an...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, World, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 280 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 11 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 3.90 / 5
12 reviews

The Trolley Mission 1945: Aerial Pictures and Photographs of Germany, 24 hours after World War II

by Markus Lenz

This electronic book tells the story of a sightseeing tour of Germany at the end of the European War. In May 1945, thousands of men who had, in countless ways, played a part in the aerial attack on Germany received their first opportunity to see the fruits of their labors. The Royal Air Force (RAF), the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the United States Army Air Forces (AAF, USAAF) all played a part in the destruction. The author, Markus Lenz, was born in 1975 and lives in Frankfurt, Germany. He is a private pilot and an economic historian and was collecting aerial photographs of the Trolley Mission....

Genre: History, Europe, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 33 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 11 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
2 reviews

A History of Male Psychological Disorders in Britain, 1945-1980 (Mental Health in Historical Perspective)

by Alison Haggett

This book is open access under a CC BY license.Statistically, women appear to suffer more frequently from depressive and anxiety disorders, featuring more regularly in primary care figures for consultations, diagnoses and prescriptions for psychotropic medication. This has been consistently so throughout the post-war period with current figures suggesting that women are approximately twice more likely to suffer from affective disorders than men. However, this book suggests that the statistical landscape reveals only part of the story. Currently, 75 per cent of suicides are among men, and this trend can also be traced back historically to data that suggests this has been the case since the beginning of the twentieth-century. This book suggests that male psychological illness was in fact no ...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, World, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Self-Help & Counselling, Psychology, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 230 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 11 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 4.30 / 5
15 reviews

Napoleon: A Life From Beginning To End (One Hour History Military Generals Book 1)

by Hourly History

☆ Napoleon ☆
This book is for anyone that enjoys crucial turning points in history. Napoleon was an unremarkable man who managed to change the entire landscape of the world 200 years ago. He has been hailed as a military genius and his victories are still studied by international armed forces to this day.

Inside you will read about...
✓ The Little Corporal
✓ Napoleon Takes Charge
✓ The Napoleonic Code
✓ On the Road to Empire
✓ A Continent Under Siege
✓ Backroom Deals and the Division of Empire
✓ Exile and the Napoleonic Last Stand
✓ Everyone Wants to Rule the World

Through military exploit and the Napoleonic code, he was a man who came out of nowhere and changed the world. This book describ...

Genre: History, Europe, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 36 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 07 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 4.50 / 5
2 reviews

Charlemagne: A Life From Beginning to End

by Hourly History

CharlemagneIt is possible that no man has ever dominated a time as much as Charles the Great dominated the Early Middle Ages. It is true that the era had its kings, warriors, scholars, and religious leaders, but in many ways, Charlemagne was all of these things. Inside you will read about...✓ Charles the Carolingian✓ Charles the Conqueror✓ Charles the King✓ Charles the Man✓ Charles the Holy Roman Emperor✓ The End of CharlemagneHe conquered land for the Franks and sent in missionaries to convert the pagans to Christianity. He was probably illiterate, but he brought in Europe’s most renowned scholar, Alcuin of York, to transform education for both clergy and laity. He was much-married and virile, but he cherished his children and provided education for both his sons and his dau...

Genre: History, Europe, Nonfiction
Size: 33 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 06 February 2017 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

Dissecting the Criminal Corpse: Staging Post-Execution Punishment in Early Modern England (Palgrave Historical...

by Elizabeth T. Hurren

Those convicted of homicide were hanged on the public gallows before being dissected under the Murder Act in Georgian England. Yet, from 1752, whether criminals actually died on the hanging tree or in the dissection room remained a medical mystery in early modern society. Dissecting the Criminal Corpse takes issue with the historical cliché of corpses dangling from the hangman’s rope in crime studies. Some convicted murderers did survive execution in early modern England. Establishing medical death in the heart-lungs-brain was a physical enigma. Criminals had large bull-necks, strong willpowers, and hearty survival instincts. Extreme hypothermia often disguised coma in a prisoner hanged in the winter cold. The youngest and fittest were capable of reviving on the dissection table. Many d...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 326 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 05 February 2017 onward  

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