Monday, 15 June 2009

Mid-June Books!

The Essential Lincoln, ed. Orville Vernon Burton (Hill and Wang)
To mark the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, a collection of the president’s defining speeches, public and private correspondence and personal notations, from his earliest writings, aged 23, in New Salem to his last public address from the White House balcony.

Cardinal Wolsey: A Life in Renaissance Europe, Stella Fletcher (Continuum)
A biography of Thomas Cardinal Wolsey, which reveals his impact on both Church and State affairs as Lord Chancellor and, drawing on the political, ecclesiastical and cultural history of the Renaissance period, sets his career in wider European contexts including those of the Italian Wars, reform of the Church and the revival of Antiquity.

Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe, Nancy Goldstone (Phoenix)
The interwoven stories of the four Provencal sisters, Eleanor, Marguerite, Sanchia and Beatrice, who rose to become queens of England, France, Germany and Sicily, which offer an insight into the medieval era of chivalry, crusades, poetry, knights and monarchs.

Shah Abbas: The Ruthless King Who Became an Iranian Legend, David Blow (I.B. Tauris)
The first biography, in English, of the Persian king, which considers how Shah Abbas transformed the country from one on the verge of disintegration and foreign partition, when he assumed power in 1587, to a thriving state ready to face the emerging modern world.

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