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1 Assaad, Hany & Kolos, Daniel. Foreword by N.B. Millet. THE NAME OF THE DEAD: HIEROGLYPHIC INSCRIPTIONS OF THE TREASURES OF TUTANKHAMUN TRANSLATED.
Mississauga, Ontario Benben 1979 092080800X / 9780920808009 Soft Cover Good+ Frank Nissen. 
129 pp, 11" H. B&w map, colour plates, black & sepiatone hieroglyphs. Contents: Foreword; Preface; Introduction (How to Use this Guide / The Writing of Hieroglyphs); Royal Titles and Names: The Titulary; The Antechamber; The Burial Chamber; The Treasury; The Annex; Glossary. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownwership marks. Exterior - moderate edge wear, light rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
MAPLEDURHAM CHURCH AND VILLAGE., Baker, J.H.
2 Baker, J.H. MAPLEDURHAM CHURCH AND VILLAGE.
William Smith, Reading 1970 Reprint Stapled in Wraps Very Good 
47 pp, 8 7/16" H. B&w photographs, maps. Contents: List of Illustrations; Foreword; Prefatory Note; Mapledurham Village; The Two Manors; Mapledurham Church - Position - Exterior - Interior; The Closed Aisle - date of building; Monuments. The Font - Old Brasses formerly in the Church; The Church Windows. Present Day. Original Windows; Records of Two Antiquaries: (1) The Bardolf Aisle. (2) The Chancel and Nave; Additions, Renovations, Restorations; The Bells; The Church Plate; The Church Registers and Records; The Churchyard - New Entrance Gates - Tombs and Tombstones; The Mass Dial; The Vicarage; Alien Priories; Diocese of Lincoln; Mapledurham Church's Connection with Eton College; The Charities - The Almshouses; Mapledurham School; The Parish Hall, Memorial Hall and Playing Fields; The Parish Magazine; The Story of Saint Margaret; List of Vicars of Mapledurham; Supplementary: Variations in Spelling of Place-names; Alexander Pope and the Blount Sisters; Roger Gery, Vicar 1437-1484. Revision of Income and Obligations of Incumbents; Alien Priories; The Private Road; Lord Augustus Fitz-Clarence; An Early Victorian Diary; Mapledurham House. Interior - tiny pin- hole through approx. first 12 p ages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - tiny pin-hole in front cover, tiny closed tear at top of spine, minor browning to cover edges. tiny stain on top of text block. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE: THE BATTLE OF THE HOOK, KOREA 1953., Barker, A.J.
3 Barker, A.J. FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE: THE BATTLE OF THE HOOK, KOREA 1953.
Leo Cooper, London, (1974), first edition. 
170 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0850521084 B&w photographs, maps. "The Battle of the Hook was probably the last full-scale infantry battle, fought on traditional lines, that the world will ever see. It was also a classic set-piece example of a battalion in defence and was, in terms of steel, the biggest battle of the Korean War, and the most concentrated confrontation of artillery support and engineering effort since the First World War. In it the Black Watch and t he Duke of Wellington's Regiment defeated and completely routed a fanatical Chinese army who attacked them over a period of some fifteen days with incredible ferocity. The Chinese losses were so great that they never attempted such assaul t s a g a i n . It was a turning point of the Korean War and a triumph of British arms...." Previous owners small name stamp on front endpapers, one page with tiny corner crease, light wrinkle at top of spine, tiny bump to bottom front corner. Du st ja ck et h as m i nor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor browning on inside. VG/VG 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
THE CAMBRIDGE CULTURAL HISTORY OF BRITAIN.  VOLUME 2.  MEDIEVAL BRITAIN.  (FIRST PUBLISHED AS THE CAMBRIDGE GUIDE TO THE ARTS IN BRITAIN:  THE MIDDLE AGES.), Ford, Boris, ed.  Derek Pearsall, Nicola Coldstream, Nigel Nicolson, Stephen Medcalf, Richard Axton, T.A. Heslop, R.B. Dobson, Nick Sandon, Christopher Page, Tom Williamson, Carol Meale.
4 Ford, Boris, ed. Derek Pearsall, Nicola Coldstream, Nigel Nicolson, Stephen Medcalf, Richard Axton, T.A. Heslop, R.B. Dobson, Nick Sandon, Christopher Page, Tom Williamson, Carol Meale. THE CAMBRIDGE CULTURAL HISTORY OF BRITAIN. VOLUME 2. MEDIEVAL BRITAIN. (FIRST PUBLISHED AS THE CAMBRIDGE GUIDE TO THE ARTS IN BRITAIN: THE MIDDLE AGES.)
Cambridge Cambridge University Press for The Folio Society 1995 Hard Cover Near Fine No Jacket - (as issued) 
290 pp, 10" H. Bound in full dark blue cloth with title and shield in gold on spine. B&w illustrations and colour plates. Contents: General Introduction; The Middle Ages; Architecture; Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk; Literature and Drama; Festive Culture in Country and Town; The Visual Arts and Crafts; The City of York; Music; The Working Landscape; Further reading and artists' biographies; Index. Very minor wrinkle at bottom of spine. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE CAMBRIDGE CULTURAL HISTORY OF BRITAIN.  VOLUME 3. SIXTEENTH-CENTURY BRITAIN.  (FIRST PUBLISHED AS THE CAMBRIDGE CULTURAL GUIDE TO THE ARTS IN BRITAIN: RENAISSANCE AND REFORMATION.), Ford, Boris, ed.  Dominic Baker-Smith, Malcolm Airs, Derek Traversi, Eric Mercer, John Milsom, John Steane, Maurice Howard, Nigel Llewellyn, Philippa Glanville, Michael Leslie.
5 Ford, Boris, ed. Dominic Baker-Smith, Malcolm Airs, Derek Traversi, Eric Mercer, John Milsom, John Steane, Maurice Howard, Nigel Llewellyn, Philippa Glanville, Michael Leslie. THE CAMBRIDGE CULTURAL HISTORY OF BRITAIN. VOLUME 3. SIXTEENTH-CENTURY BRITAIN. (FIRST PUBLISHED AS THE CAMBRIDGE CULTURAL GUIDE TO THE ARTS IN BRITAIN: RENAISSANCE AND REFORMATION.)
Cambridge Cambrige University Press for The Folio Society 1995 Hard Cover Fine No Jacket - (as issued) 
325 pp, 10" H. Bound in full dark blue cloth with title and shield in gold on spine. B&w illustrations and colour plates. Contents: General Introduction; Renaissance and Reformation; Architecture; Literature and Drama; The Town of Shrewsbury; Music; Renaissance Gardens and Parks; Painting and Imagery; A Tudor House: Hardwick Hall; The Crafts and Decorative Arts; Further Reading and Artists' Biographies; Index. Book is Fine. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
SCROLL OF SAQQARA., Gedge, Pauline.
6 Gedge, Pauline. SCROLL OF SAQQARA.
Markham, Ontario Viking 1990 0670835498 / 9780670835492 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
460 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). "An exotic and richly detailed novel of Ancient Egypt - a tale of magic, power and unnatural lust that takes readers back through history to breathe the scented air of the Pharoah's palaces and invites them to walk among the tombs of Saqqara, City of Dust." Previous owner's bookplate on free front endpaper, light waviness to edges of textblock, minor edge wear, tiny dint at top edge of front board. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light rubbing. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
HARDIAN'S WALL IN THE DAYS OF THE ROMANS., Graham, Frank.
7 Graham, Frank. HARDIAN'S WALL IN THE DAYS OF THE ROMANS.
Newcastle upon Tyne Frank Graham 1984 0859831779 / 9780859831772 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Ronald Embleton, R.O.I. 
320 pp, 9 5/8" H. "With well over 400 illustrations, 71 of them in colour, this book describes what the Roman Wall was like when in use. It tells us about the soldiers who built and garrisoned it and the civilians who lived in the towns and villages scattered along its length. Never before has such a grand attempt been made to show in vivid colourful detail the life of Roman Britain. Every building to be found inside the Roman forts and camps has been carefully reconstructed." Previous owner's name stamp at top of front pastedown, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, a few tiny dents on panels/spine. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
8 Grant, Michael. Introduction by Andrew Wallace-Hadrill. POMPEII & HERCULANEUM: CITIES OF VESUVIUS.
London Folio Society 2005 Second Printing Hard Cover Very Good Reginald Piggott, maps. 
196 pp, 9 15/16" H. Bound in khaki-coloured full cloth, blocked with a design in black and gold by Nick Hardcastle, gold lettering on spine. Map endpapers, colour plates, b&w plans/maps. **No slipcase or dust jacket.** Contents: Introduction; Author's Preface; Acknowledgements; The History of Pompeii and Herculaneum; Vesuvius; The Towns and Their Meeting Places; Temples, Gods and Goddesses, and Philosophers; Private Houses in Town and Country; Paintings, Mosaics and Furniture; Farms and Trades; Public Life and Sexual Life; Epilogue; Select Bibliography; Index. "The text of this edition is that of the (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1971) first edition, with minor emendations." Small light bump at top corner of both boards. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
HENRY YEVELE, c 1320 to 1400:  THE LIFE OF AN ENGLISH ARCHITECT., Harvey, John H.
9 Harvey, John H. HENRY YEVELE, c 1320 to 1400: THE LIFE OF AN ENGLISH ARCHITECT.
London B.T. Batsford 1946 Second Edition Hard Cover Good Fair 
86 pp, 9" H. B&w photographs, reproductions, drawings, floor plans, colour frontispiece. "Henry Yevele's life ranged roughly from 1320 to 1400, a period during which the architectural experiments of the previous century gradually became crystallised in the enduring national style which, for want of a better term, the textbooks call 'Perpendicular'. At the time of his apprenticeship, the new fashion had been devised, but not mastered, and many patrons of art must have been reluctant to find money for costly experiements, so long as the final effect was in doubt. Only the appearance of Perpendicular masterpieces would be convincing; and for the making of masterpieces the first requisite is a master. The master, a truly great one, was at hand, and his name was Henry Yevele. This book, which brilliantly surveys one of the greatest periods of architectural achievement in the history of our race, is the first full-length biography of an English architect of the Middle Ages. With a wealth of detail and a balanced critical insight, John Harvey convinces us that, throughout the period, Yevele was giving to English architecture a unity and strength comparable to the qualities with which his friend, Chaucer, was endowing our language. It includes a great deal of recent research never before brought together, and is richly illustrated with plans and details, and by views of the work of Yevele and his contemporaries." A few very small foxing marks on pastedowns, two sharp creases down the front free endpaper - very soft impression of creases up to page x, tiny dent at bottom edge of boards, slight fading to spine and hinge color and also at top edge of boards, ver light edge wear/soiling. Dust jacket has pieces missing at topand bottom of spine, edge creases, several small edge tears and very small chips, some light browning, some soiling on rear panel, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
10 Hogg, Garry. PATHFINDERS IN NEW ZEALAND.
Whitcombe & Tombs, New Zealand, 1963, first edition. 
189 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover (medium purple boards with silver lettering on spine) - no dust jacket. B&w plates, maps. "....(presents) a selection of individual achievements spanning the two hundred years between Tasman's discovery of New Ze aland in the mid-seventeenth century and Barrington's marathon trek in search of gold in the mid-nineteenth century. A final chapter deals with 'Mr Explorer Douglas', whose astonishing exploits belong to a somewhat later period, and who d i e d l e s s t han fifty years ago. These (and others which might also have been included, had there been space) stand out as milestones along a route of splendid achievement which has transformed two remote islands into the proud Dominion they co ns ti t ut e to da y ." Chapters include: Hore-Ta-Te-Taniwha Meets James Cook; Massacre in Treachery Bay; A Sermon in Treachery Bay; The Unpredicatable Maori; Dieffenbach's Ascent of Mt Egmont; Brunner and 'The Great Journey'; Barrington Looks for Go ld. Sli gh t b ump t o t op edge of front board, light wrinkling to top/bottom of spine, one tiny corner bump, light fading to spine. Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF EARLY ROME AND LATIUM., Holloway, R. Ross.
11 Holloway, R. Ross. THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF EARLY ROME AND LATIUM.
Routledge, London, 1996. 
203 pp, large 8vo (9 3/16" H), soft cover. ISBN 0415143608 B&w photographs, maps, plans, drawings/diagrams. "(P)resents the most recent discoveries connected with the foundation of Rome and its environs: princely tombs, inscriptions and patricia n houses are included in a complete guide to the subject and the controversies surrounding it. The result is a jargon-free and compact volume with pertinent illustrations, which will stimulate and interest the student of ancient Rome, and appeal to the wider public fascinated by the Rome of Romulus and the Tarquins." Interior - previous owner's small stamp on inside of front cover, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wear. Very Good + 
Price: 37.50 USD
 
 
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9.  1. BATTLESTAR GALACTICA / 2. THE CYLON DEATH MACHINE / 3. THE TOMBS OF KOBOL / 4. THE YOUNG WARRIORS / 5. GALACTICA DISCOVERS EARTH / 6. THE LIVING LEGEND / 9. EXPERIMENT IN TERRA.  7 VOLUMES., Larson, Glen A.; Thurston, Robert; Resnick, Michael; Yermakov, Nicholas and Goulart, Ron.
12 Larson, Glen A.; Thurston, Robert; Resnick, Michael; Yermakov, Nicholas and Goulart, Ron. BATTLESTAR GALACTICA 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9. 1. BATTLESTAR GALACTICA / 2. THE CYLON DEATH MACHINE / 3. THE TOMBS OF KOBOL / 4. THE YOUNG WARRIORS / 5. GALACTICA DISCOVERS EARTH / 6. THE LIVING LEGEND / 9. EXPERIMENT IN TERRA. 7 VOLUMES.
Toronto / New York Totem / Berkley Mass Market Paperbacks Good+ 
The first six volumes of the Battlestar Galactica series, plus volume 9. 6 7/8" H. 1. Battlestar Galactica - 244 pp, ISBN 0002220253, Totem, Toronto, 1978. "A vast and ancient Starship probes the universe for the legendary lost planet Earth - the heroic remnants of humankind battle the alien Cylon for control of the known galaxy." 2. The Cylon Death Machine - 250 pp, ISBN 0002220296, Totem, Toronto, 1979. "Starbuck and Apollo battle a planet of lost clones, mind-slaves of the Cylon warrior Vulpa, who are aiming the ultimate weapon at the embattled starfleet of humankind!" 3. The Tombs of Kobol - 215 pp, ISBN 0002220334, Totem, Toronto, 1979. "As the vast and gallant Galactica plunges into the terrifying emptiness of the Great Void, one crew-member has been left behind. Starbuck! Sent on a dangerous scouting mission, he has been lured into a trap by a renegade human-robot team who have an even more dangerous mission for him - betray humankind to the Cylon invaders!" 4. The Young Warriors - 185 pp, ISBN 0425049973, Berkley, New York, 1980, second printing. "Marooned Starbuck didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Sure, he was sick of war - but he also didn't want to spend the rest of his life stranded on this hunk of rock where he had crashed. Then he met Miri, riding like the wind on her thinking unicorn, and agreed to lead her band of guerrilla kids in their war against the Cylon killer robots." 5. Galactica Discovers Earth - 187 pp, ISBN 0425061256, Berkley, New York, 1982, third printing. "Galactica is trapped! A Cylon warfleet is lurking just a lightjump away. And Earth - hopelessly primitive! - was completely unaware that the renegade Xaviar was rearrnaging history to make the planet into his private empire. Only Captain Troy and Lieutenant Dillon knew just how dangerous Earth's predicament was." 6. The Living Legend - 180 pp, ISBN 0425052494, Berkley, New York, 1982, first printing. "A great warrior has returned to lead Galactica against its biggest challenge yet! Commander Cain, living legend of the cosmos, is marshalling his forces for a desperate counterattack against the Cylon marauders led by the ruthless Baltar. Yet, the young warriors of the besieged battlestar wonder: is the mythical 'Juggernaut' really a military genius - or just an eccentric despot made crazy by the wounds of time?" 9. Experiment in Terra - 151 pp, ISBN 0425064182, Berkley, New York, 1984, first printing. "When the ruling council of the Galactica strips Adama of his powers of supreme command, the mighty ship is thrown into chaos. As if being caught in the middle of an all-out space war wasn't enough, Baltar has escaped and is streaking across the galaxy to his Cylon allies!" Interiors - four volumes with light to moderate browning to inside of covers, all volumes have very light to light toning to pages; volume 2 has large bookstore stamp on inside of front cover; volume 5 has two bookstore stamps on first page, tiny stain at fore-edge of frst eight pages and a small date notation on inside of rear cover; volume 6 has two bookstore stamps on first page. Exteriors - browning to most edges of text blocks (except volume 3 which has a faded blue coloring), most spines have a slight lean, light edge wear, crease on spine of volume 2, faint creases on spines of volumes 5 and 6, very light rubbing to some covers, light wrinkling to front cover of volume 2, two small sticker removal marks on front cover of volume 6. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
THE HIDDEN TOMBS OF MEMPHIS:  NEW DISCOVERIES FROM THE TIME OF TUTANKHAMUN AND RAMESSES THE GREAT., Martin, Geoffrey T.
13 Martin, Geoffrey T. THE HIDDEN TOMBS OF MEMPHIS: NEW DISCOVERIES FROM THE TIME OF TUTANKHAMUN AND RAMESSES THE GREAT.
Thams and Hudson, New York, 1991. 
216 pp, small 4to (10" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0500390266 Profusely illustrated in b&w and colour with photographs, drawings, plans. "For Geoffrey Martin and his colleagues, the internationally acclaimed discovery of the tomb of Maya was the culmination of a painstaking ten-year search at Saqqara, the burial ground of Memphis, ancient capital of Egypt. Maya had been Tutankhamun's treasurer and one of the most powerful men during the boy-king's short reign. Exploration of his t omb, and those of other important officials in the necropolis, has opened a new chapter in our understanding of Egyptian society more than 3,000 years ago. (This) is Professor Martin's first-hand account of his discoveries. Since 1975, his Anglo-D utch team has uncovered a series of spectacular funerary monuments, not just of Maya, but of Horemheb - Tutankhamun's Commander-in-Chief and later himself pharoah - Ramesses the Great's sister, Princess Tia, and other courtiers of New Kingdom Egypt. The beautiful wall reliefs and paintings in these tombs have transformed our knowledge of New Kingdom art, hitherto largely dominated by the well-known treasures of ancient Thebes. Many isolated masterpieces in the world's museums can now be linke d to the Saqqara monuments from which they originally came, thanks to the author's detective work. Illustrated throughout with photographs and drawings of all the major reliefs and other finds - from jewelry to mummy-cases - (this) is an exciting a ccount of the richest Egyptian tomb discoveries of recent times." Minor browning to edges of textblock. Dust jacket has minor edge wear/wrinkling, minor rubbing. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
MANNERS AND MONUMENTS OF PREHISTORIC PEOPLES., Nadaillac, The Marquis de.  Translated by Nancy Bell (N. D'Anvers).
14 Nadaillac, The Marquis de. Translated by Nancy Bell (N. D'Anvers). MANNERS AND MONUMENTS OF PREHISTORIC PEOPLES.
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons 1892 First American Edition Hard Cover Good 
412 pp, 8 3/4" H. Brown cloth with gilt lettering on spine, gilt lettering/decoration on front board, top edge gilt. 113 b&w illustrations, including tissue-covered frontispiece. Contents: The Stone Age, its Duration, and its Place in Time; Food, Cannibalism, Mammals, Fish, Hunting and Fishing, Navigation; Weapons, Tools, Pottery - Origin of the Use of Fire, Clothing, Ornaments - Early Artistic Efforts; Caves, Kitchen-Middings, Lake Stations, "Terremares", Crannoges, Burghs, "Nurhags", "Talayoti", and "Truddhi"; Megalithic Monuments; Industry, Commerce, Social Organization - Fights, Wounds and Trepanation; Camps, Fortifications, Vitrified Forts - Santorin - The Towns upon the Hill of Hissarlik; Tombs; Index. Inside rear hinge has splitting to paper but is holding firmly, two edge tears on page leaf 403/404 - archivally taped, small 'v' tear on page leaf 407/408 - archivally taped, small area of browning at bottom of inside front hinge, browning to fore-edge and bottom of text block, light edge wear - more at corners and at top/bottom of spine, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light waviness on spine, faint staining on half of rear board. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
ROYAL WESTMINSTER:  A STUDY OF ITS ORIGIN AND BUILDING, THE SCULPTURE AND PAINTING AND THE CORONATION CEREMONY., Noppen, J.G.
15 Noppen, J.G. ROYAL WESTMINSTER: A STUDY OF ITS ORIGIN AND BUILDING, THE SCULPTURE AND PAINTING AND THE CORONATION CEREMONY.
Country Life, London, (1937), revised, enlarged edition. 
129 pp, small 4to (10" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates, floor plan. Contents: The Founding of Royal Westminster; Norman Days; The Palace and Abbey of King Henry III; The Middle Ages and Later; Westminster Stories; Westminster As It Is Today; The Coronation; Processions and Banquets; Sculpture; Painting. Very small surface paper pull on free front endpaper and back of frontispiece, minor edge wear to boards. Dust jacket has several small chips and tears, moderate to heavy soiling - mainly to rear panel and spine, now protected in a mylar sleeve. VG/G- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
GOLD OF THE THRACIAN HORSEMEN:  TREASURES FROM BULGARIA., Schiltz, Veronique, et al.
16 Schiltz, Veronique, et al. GOLD OF THE THRACIAN HORSEMEN: TREASURES FROM BULGARIA.
Les Editions de L'Homme, Montreal, 1987. 
320 pp, square 8vo (8 7/8" H), soft cover. Profusely illustrated in b&w and colour. Bookmark laid in. The catalogue of an exhibition. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, two soft creases on r ear cover, minor soiling on bottom of textblock. Very Good 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
SPAIN., Sitwell, Sacheverell.
17 Sitwell, Sacheverell. SPAIN.
London B.T. Batsford 1950 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
148 pp, 8 3/4" H. Colour (4) and b&w plates, b&w maps. "The author has visited, in person, every single building of note in all Spain, while viewing the incomparable landscape and taking note of Spanish music, the art and costume of Spain, and Spanish persons. He writes of such masterworks as Burgos Cathedral, Santiago de Compostela, or the Alhambra, but he is no less interested in places which are equally characteristic and whose merits are far less well known. Thus, he is equally at home with the people and their customs; the processions of Holy Week, the Gypsies, the bull fights, the cave dwellers of the Barrio de Santiago." Very small business stamp at bottom of rear pastedown, very light edge wear, minor rubbing, small bump to top corner of boards. Dust jacket is price-clipped; has light browning to spine, flap-folds and some edges; light edge wear/wrinkling; a few very small edge tears; protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
KATHERINE SWYNFORD:  THE STORY OF JOHN OF GAUNT AND HIS SCANDALOUS DUCHESS., Weir, Alison,
18 Weir, Alison, KATHERINE SWYNFORD: THE STORY OF JOHN OF GAUNT AND HIS SCANDALOUS DUCHESS.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 2008 0771088574 / 9780771088575 First Canadian Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
366 pp, 9 1/4" H. "(R)ecounts one of the greatest and most extraordinary love stories of mediaeval England. It is the tale of an exceptional woman, Katherine Swynford, who became first the mistress, and later the wife, of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster - one of the most powerful princes of the fourteenth century. Although Katherine's story provides unique insights into the life of a mediaeval woman, she was far from typical. She was renowned for her beauty; she was enigmatic and intriguing. (She) was an important person in her own right, a woman who had remarkable opportunities, made her own choices, flouted convention, took control of her own destiny and her own public image - not without consequence. She knew most of the great figures of the times - among them her brother-in-law, the poet Geoffrey Chaucer. She lived through the Hundred Years War, the Black Death and the Peasants' Revolt, she knew loss, adersity and heartbreak, and she survived them all triumphantly. Perhaps the most dynastically important woman within the English monarchy, she was the mother of the Beauforts and through them the ancestress of the Yorkist kings, the Tudors, the Stuarts and every other sovereign since." Minor wrinking at top of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 


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