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The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars and Caliphs

Baer, Marc David
A major new history of the six-hundred-year dynasty that connected East to West as never before.

The Ottomans : Khans, Caesars and Caliphs

Baer, Marc David
The Ottoman Empire has long been depicted as the Islamic-Asian antithesis of the Christian-European West. But the reality was starkly different: the Ottomans' multiethnic, multilingual, and multireligious domain reached deep into Europe's heart. In their breadth and versatility, the Ottoman rulers saw themselves as the new Romans.

Punic Wars 264-146

Bagnall, Nigel
The three Punic Wars lasted nearly 100 years, from 264BC to 146BC. They represented a struggle in the Mediterranean between the bludgeoning land power of Rome, bent on imperial conquest, and the great maritime power of Carthage. This is a comprehensive account of a complicated historical period.

Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction

Bahn, Paul (Freelance writer, translator
The explorations of archaeology encompass the whole globe, survey 2.5 million years, and range from deserts to jungles, from deep caves to mountain tops, and from pebble tools to GPS. Its efforts to reconstruct and understand the past do not fail to fascinate us. Paul Bahn explores the importance of archaeology in this entertaining introduction.

The Lost Boys: A Family Ripped Apart by War

This is the extraordinary true account of a family ripped apart by persecution and war. When Fey von Hassell is arrested by the Nazis and her two sons taken away from her, she begins a terrifying journey into some of the darkest corners of occupied Europe and to the limits of human endurance. What follows is a heart-breaking tale of loss, betrayal, fortitude and one woman's determination to survive for the sake of her family.

Secret Rooms The

Bailey, Catherine
At 6 am on 21 April 1940 John the 9th Duke of Rutland, and one of Britain's wealthiest men, ended his days, virtually alone, lying on a makeshift bed in a dank cramped suite of rooms in the servants' quarters of his own home, Belvoir Castle, in Leicestershire.

Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty

Bailey, Catherine
Wentworth in Yorkshire was surrounded by 70 collieries employing tens of thousands of men. It is the finest and largest Georgian house in Britain and belonged to the Fitzwilliam family. This title tells the story of its demise: family feuds, forbidden love, class war, and a tragic and violent death played their part.

Henry VIII's Last Love: The Extraordinary Life of Katherine Willoughby, Lady in Waiting to the Tudors

Baldwin, David
A fascinating biography of the life of the Tudor woman who almost became Henry VIII's seventh wife.

The Water Kingdom

Ball, Philip
Selected as a Book of the Year by The Times and The EconomistChina's history is an epic tapestry of courtly philosophies, warring factions and imperial intrigue.


Bar-Zohar, Michael
A compelling and comprehensive history of the world's most successive secret service.

Place names in Ulster

Bardon, Jonathan
Originally published as Investigating Place Names in Ulster, and subsequently reprinted as Place Names in the North of Ireland this guide is a superb introduction and essential reading for anyone making a foray into the origins of the place names of Ulster.