The East Indiaman HCS `Halsewell' set sail on 1 January 1786, en route from England to India. Her dramatic demise touched the very heart of the nation. It inspired Charles Dickens to put pen to paper; J. M. W. Turner to apply brush to canvas, and the King and Queen to pay homage at the very place where the catastrophe occurred.
Georgiana's story is surely one of the most compelling and dramatic in late Georgian society and is the subject of numerous books and the highly successful film 'The Duchess'. Love affairs, tragedy, high society, gambling and a host of illegitimate children are shared between herself, her best friend, her lover and her husband.
Eighteenth-century British Travellers in the Caspian, Caucasus and ...
The vast and expanding Russian empire of the eighteenth
century was inhabited by a great number of peoples. This
book, part anthology, part commentary, is the first of
its kind to bring together British travellers' accounts
of the peoples and places of the lesser known but key
parts of Russia s frontiers: the Lower Volga, Azerbaijan,
Widowed Grand-duchess Anna Amalia battled against court intrigues and financial pressures, but succeeded in holding the estates together for her eldest son, Karl August. Through times of famine and distress she succeeded in building a centre of culture, encouraging men of letters and learning to her tiny court including Goethe, Schiller.
Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, and the Creation of an
How the three inaugural First Ladies defined the role for future generations, and carved a space for women in America America's first First Ladies-Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, and Dolley Madison-had the challenging task of playing a pivotal role in defining the nature of the American presidency to a fledgling nation and to the world. In ......
Reconstructing the life of the slave woman at the center of the notorious Salem witch trials, this book follows Tituba from her likely origins in South America to Barbados, forcefully dispelling the commonly-held belief that Tituba was African.