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              Queen Elizabeth
                

              Queen Elizabeth (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Abbott, Jacob

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              Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, was England's greatest monarch. This riveting account of her life and her exploits during her mid-sixteenth century reign provide the reader with a comprehensive insight into events which have become engraved in world his...tory. Starting with her family background, master storyteller Jacob Abbott takes the reader on a nonstop narration through her imprisonment, the intrigues which led to her ascension to the throne following the reign of Bloody Mary, the formal establishment of the English Protestant ( Anglican ) church, the threats to her life after the Pope released her subjects from all loyalty to her throne, the war with Scotland, and the momentous defeat of the Spanish Armada. It also discusses her personal life, lovers, suitors, and death in 1603 after forty-four tumultuous years as leader of her nation. During her time, England started on its path to establishing a world empire, and gifted the world such intellectual treasures as William Shakespeare. This edition has been completely reset and illustrated.
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              ISBN 9781389651793
              Released NZ 10 Sep 2017
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              Charles II
                

              Charles II (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

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              The ascension of Charles II to the British throne in 1660 marked the end of the English republican era-and the start of a period of unparalleled hedonism among the English ruling elite. The reader is first given the astonishing-and often shocking-details of Charles II's youth, in...cluding his parent's desperate but ultimately fruitless attempts to retain the throne. That sad tale ended with Charles I's public execution, and the imprisonment or exile in France of his family. Charles II's reign was marked by a series of major foreign and domestic political upheavals, which, despite their gravity, amazingly did nothing to shake the monarchy's position in society. This was the time of the Great Fire of London, the worst outbreak ever of the plague, the Second Anglo-Dutch war-and the continuing religious conflict between Catholics and Protestants. The author shows how Charles II's popularity was unaffected by his overtly sham marriage to the Portuguese Catholic princess Catherine of Braganza-who the king described as a bat, not a woman, his alleged sympathies for the Catholic Church (suspicions which turned out to be justified), and even his scandalous personal life. The Queen produced no living heirs, but Charles II's endless list of mistresses-whom he openly acknowledged, and which included at least one self-confessed prostitute-produced at least twelve illegitimate offspring, many of whom were married off into the aristocracy. This is a remarkable story which provides a fascinating glimpse into the seamier side of the British royal house.
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              ISBN 9781389636059
              Released NZ 13 Sep 2017
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              Wars of the Colonies
                

              Wars of the Colonies (Hardback)

              By Abbott, Jacob

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              Part five of an eight part series on the history of America from its earliest times through to the age of George Washington, told by master storyteller Jacob Abbott. Starting with a brief recapitulation of the establishment of the thirteen colonies along the Atlantic seaboard of ...North America, this volume then details the interactions-in war and peace-of the early European settlers with the Indians and with each other. The major early Indian wars-with the Pequot and King Philip-are discussed in fascinating detail. Included are many action-packed anecdotes of life on the frontier, the hardships of pioneer life-and duplicity and strife between Indian and European. Read also of the clashes between the English and the French in Canada and the interior, and the effect of the War of the Spanish Succession in North America. After many bloodcurdling clashes involving Indians, Europeans, and varying alliances on both sides of the racial divide, the build-up to, and the progress of, the French and Indian War is discussed. The British conquest of Canada from the French is then dealt with, ending with the deaths of both French and English commanding generals at the battle for Quebec. Finally the war with the famous Indian chief Pontiac is reviewed, along with dramatic events such as the Deerfield Massacre and the cunning strategies employed by Pontiac to exact many victories over the Europeans until his final-and inevitable-defeat.
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              ISBN 9781389623769
              Released NZ 16 Sep 2017
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              War of the Revolution
                

              War of the Revolution (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Abbott, Jacob

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              Part seven of an eight part series on the history of America from its earliest times through to the age of George Washington, told by master storyteller Jacob Abbott. Abbott recounts in gripping style not merely the main facts of the American Revolution, but also fascinating pers...onal details, and little-known twists and turns of this tumultuous, world history-changing event. Read in detail the course of events, starting with the First Continental Congress, the opening shots at the battles of Lexington and Concord, the early British successes, the imported Hessian mercenaries, the daring bravado of General George Washington, and the great battles of the war, ending with the surrender of Cornwallis and the treaty of peace. The new ministry immediately took measures for negotiating a treaty of peace, and the news was received in the American camps by the war-worn and exhausted soldiers, and among all the towns and villages throughout the country, by the whole population, with unbounded joy. The people had indeed great occasion to rejoice, for the means and resources of the government for carrying on the war, and even for keeping their armies in the field, were almost entirely gone, and the soldiers in all the camps were reduced nearly to the last stages of destitution and suffering. Still, if the end had not been thus received, the country would have aroused itself to new efforts and continued the struggle.
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              ISBN 9781389623684
              Released NZ 16 Sep 2017
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              Washington
                

              Washington (Hardback)

              By Abbott, Jacob

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              Part eight of an eight part series on the history of America from its earliest times through to the age of George Washington, told by master storyteller Jacob Abbott. In this last volume, Abbott tells the story of the life of George Washington, the military leader of the American... Revolution, and the first president of the nation he led to victory against the British Empire. This is no dry autobiography-it is an action-packed insider view of the American Revolution, and the creation of the United States. It tells of Washington's early life, his family background, his early military career, and his first retirement and farming activities at Mount Vernon. This period also includes many little-known personal details, drawn together using Abbott's famous original research methodology. Washington's recall to public service by the Continental Congress to lead the revolution, his victory, election as first president, policies, and the creation of the branches of government, are then recounted, providing once more many fascinating details and revelations on how the great issues of the day were addressed-which still have ramifications to the present day.
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              ISBN 9781389623554
              Released NZ 16 Sep 2017
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              History of Nero
                

              History of Nero (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Abbott, Jacob

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              The violent, bloody, and incredible story of Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (37-68 AD), who was Roman Emperor from 54 to 68, forms the basis of this highly readable and compelling work by master storyteller and popular historian Jacob Abbott. Beginning with the previous... emperors Caligula and Claudius, Abbott lays the groundwork for Nero's early years and family background. Nero was adopted by his great-uncle Claudius to become his heir and successor, and succeeded to the throne after Claudius's death. The author is careful to make sure that all the details he provides are accurate and sourced-and then presents to the reader a whirlwind of drama, intrigue, amazing extravagance, and ultimately, madness, centered around the highest office in the Roman Empire. As Nero's personal behavior became more and more erratic, he accumulated endless enemies at home. This resulted in assassination conspiracies-all of them unsuccessful, but increasingly desperate and causing a spiral of retaliation and cruelty. Finally, in 68, the rebellion of Vindex in Gaul, and later the acclamation of Galba in Hispania, drove Nero from the throne. Threatened with death by execution, Nero committed suicide, finally ending the Julio-Claudian Dynasty.
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              ISBN 9781389655715
              Released NZ 7 Sep 2017
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              Charles I
                

              Charles I (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

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              A dramatic and sweeping account from master storyteller Jacob Abbott, detailing the trials, tribulations, errors, and ultimate tragedy of Charles I (1600-1649), who achieved fame by becoming the only monarch of Britain to be executed after his country was plunged into a devastati...ng civil war. After detailing his early life's adventures, including his unsuccessful attempt to marry a Spanish Habsburg princess, and his later marriage to the French Bourbon princess Henrietta Maria, Abbott provides the reader with a concise background to the origin of the English Civil War. This work adeptly pinpoints the causes of Charles's ultimate downfall: the odious influence of George Villiers, first Duke of Buckingham; his marriage to a Roman Catholic, which alienated many Protestants; his failure to successfully support the Protestant forces during the Thirty Years' War; his attempt to force the Church of Scotland to adopt high Anglican practices (which led to the Bishops' Wars); his quarrels with the Parliament of England over his royal prerogative, and the popular resentment against excessive taxes and his increasingly autocratic style of rule. From 1642 onward, the increasing disturbances saw Charles plunged into the English Civil War, which pitted Royalists against Parliamentarians. For three years the battles raged back and forth across the land, and only ended with Charles's defeat and surrender in 1645. Even then, the drama was not at an end: Charles refused to agree to a constitutional monarchy, and escaped captivity in 1647. Re-captured, his increasingly diminished forces were finally overcome by Oliver Cromwell's New Model Army, and Charles was put on trial for treason and executed in public in the center of London in January 1649. His death marked the abolition of the monarchy in Britain and the creation of a republic called the Commonwealth of England. The monarchy would only be restored in 1660, when Charles's son was made king.
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              ISBN 9781389638800
              Released NZ 12 Sep 2017
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              Charles I
                

              Charles I (Hardback)

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              A dramatic and sweeping account from master storyteller Jacob Abbott, detailing the trials, tribulations, errors, and ultimate tragedy of Charles I (1600-1649), who achieved fame by becoming the only monarch of Britain to be executed after his country was plunged into a devastati...ng civil war. After detailing his early life's adventures, including his unsuccessful attempt to marry a Spanish Habsburg princess, and his later marriage to the French Bourbon princess Henrietta Maria, Abbott provides the reader with a concise background to the origin of the English Civil War. This work adeptly pinpoints the causes of Charles's ultimate downfall: the odious influence of George Villiers, first Duke of Buckingham; his marriage to a Roman Catholic, which alienated many Protestants; his failure to successfully support the Protestant forces during the Thirty Years' War; his attempt to force the Church of Scotland to adopt high Anglican practices (which led to the Bishops' Wars); his quarrels with the Parliament of England over his royal prerogative, and the popular resentment against excessive taxes and his increasingly autocratic style of rule. From 1642 onward, the increasing disturbances saw Charles plunged into the English Civil War, which pitted Royalists against Parliamentarians. For three years the battles raged back and forth across the land, and only ended with Charles's defeat and surrender in 1645. Even then, the drama was not at an end: Charles refused to agree to a constitutional monarchy, and escaped captivity in 1647. Re-captured, his increasingly diminished forces were finally overcome by Oliver Cromwell's New Model Army, and Charles was put on trial for treason and executed in public in the center of London in January 1649. His death marked the abolition of the monarchy in Britain and the creation of a republic called the Commonwealth of England. The monarchy would only be restored in 1660, when Charles's son was made king.
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              ISBN 9781389428616
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              History of Romulus
                

              History of Romulus (Hardback)

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              More than just a marvelously-told history of the life of the founder of Rome, this work by storyteller extraordinaire Jacob Abbott shows how early historical accounts weaved fact and fiction into a founding story so appealing that it has persisted through the millennia. Abbott pu...lls together the historical and mythological strands from all the existing accounts to set the stage for the founding of the great city of Rome by Romulus. The story starts with the earliest legends and the Aeneid, which tells of the destruction of Troy and the founding of the first settlements in the Italian Peninsula by fleeing survivors. The story of Romulus and his twin brother Remus, children of Rhea Silvia, then takes center stage-with the author always careful to point out to the reader what is verifiable fact and what is myth. The founding of Rome, its first government, the carrying off of the Sabine women, and the organization of the city-state are among the vast number of topics covered in this sweeping overview, which remains highly readable because of its personal focus on the life of Romulus. In this way, the reader acquires a complete picture of Romulus while simultaneously being given a highly satisfying sweep of history, the importance of myth and historical accuracy, and the origins of the greatest of all of the classical civilizations. From the introduction: If Rome had not risen to the proud position of mistress of the world, the story of the half-civilized chieftain who founded the city would never have been written, and the memory of his exploits would have perished with him. At best the accounts of Romulus and his great ancestor AEneas are somewhat legendary in character; but they have been incorporated into the literature of every civilized nation on the globe. Contains forty-seven illustrations and maps.
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              ISBN 9781389509445
              Released NZ 15 Oct 2017
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              History of Darius the Great
                

              History of Darius the Great (Hardback)

              By Abbott, Jacob

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              The story of the founder of the Achaemenid, or the First Persian Empire, Darius I (c. 550-486 BC), is one of the best documented from that ancient time primarily because of a trilingual monumental relief on Mount Behistun which was written between the time of his coronation and h...is death. By drawing upon this record, and other primary sources, master storyteller Jacob Abbott takes the reader on a whirlwind account of a dramatic series of events in ancient Middle Eastern history. Filled with background tales of personal intrigue and shocking cruelty, the story follows Darius's ascension after the end of his grandfather Cambyses's reign, the difficult suppression of a series of internal revolts, the move of his seat of government to the world-famous capital city of Susa, and the expansion of his empire's borders from the Caucasus to the Indus. It also tells the story of his disastrous attempt to conquer the Scythians and the first and second attempts to conquer the Athenians-the first of which ended with the loss of his fleet, and the second in the decisive defeat of his army at the Battle of Marathon. Finally, the story of Darius ends during the revolt of his Egyptian provinces, and in the midst of preparations for a third assault on the Athenians. The greatness of Darius was the greatness of position and not of character. He was the absolute sovereign of nearly half the world, and, as such, was held up very conspicuously to the attention of mankind, who gaze with a strong feeling of admiration and awe upon these vast elevations of power, as they do upon the summits of mountains, simply because they are high. Cover image: A frieze from the palace of Persepolis, an Archer of Darius.
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              ISBN 9781389424373
              Released NZ 22 Nov 2017
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