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Robert Lacey GREAT TALES FROM ENGLISH HISTORY First Edition Signed

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First edition, first print hardback of Chaucer to the Glorious Revolution 1387-1688, published by Little, Brown in 2004. Signed by Lacey on the title page
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First edition, first print hardback of GREAT TALES FROM ENGLISH HISTORY: Chaucer to the Glorious Revolution 1387-1688, by Robert Lacey and published by Little, Brown, London, in 2004. Signed by Lacey on the title page.

The book is in very good condition (clean brown cloth boards with white lettering on the spine) with only minor wear to the illustrated dust jacket, which is not price clipped (very light rubbing to the corners). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions.

Robert Lacey is a British historian noted for his original research. He is the author of numerous international bestsellers. After writing his first works of historical biography, Robert, Earl of Essex and Sir Walter Raleigh, Robert wrote Majesty, his pioneering biography of Queen Elizabeth II. Published in 1977, Majesty remains acknowledged as the definitive study of British monarchy - a subject on which the author continues to write and lecture around the world, appearing regularly on ABC's Good Morning America and on CNN's Larry King Live.

The Kingdom, a study of Saudi Arabia published in 1981, is similarly acknowledged as required reading for businessmen, diplomats and students all over the world. In 1984 Robert Lacey wrote Ford: the Men and the Machine, a best seller on both sides of the Atlantic which formed the basis for the TV mini-series the same title, starring Cliff Robertson.

Robert's other books include biographies of the gangster Meyer Lansky, Princess Grace of Monaco and a study of Sotheby's auction house. He co- authored The Year 1000 - An Englishman's World, a description of life at the turn of the last millennium. In 2002, the Golden Jubilee Year of Queen Elizabeth II, he published Royal (Monarch in America).

"This volume of Robert Lacey's Great Tales opens with Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and the flowering of modern English language in the final years of the fourteenth century. It culminates with the Glorious Revolution of 1688-9, when Parliament secured tighter control of the Crown for which it had fought forty years earlier in the battles of the Civil War.

The centuries in between witnessed some of the truly classic stories of English history: Dick Whittington and his elusive cat; an account of the Battle of Agincourt, in which we learn the origins of the V-sign, the notorious 'Agincourt salute'; Joan of Arc; The Wars of the Roses; William Caxton, whose first printed edition of Chaucer became the most expensive book ever sold — six centuries later; and the tragic tale of the Princes in the Tower.

The Tudor dynasty followed: Henry VIII and the Dissolution of the Monasteries; his daughter Elizabeth and the defeat of the Spanish Armada; Mary Queen of Scots and her Stuart legacy, which, by way of Guy Fawkes, Oliver Cromwell, Charles II and the Great Fire of London, led to the reign of William and Mary.

With his genius for the popular touch, Robert Lacey has drawn on the most up-to-date research to present a riveting, ongoing narrative, highlighting all the most pivotal, entertaining and exciting landmarks in the history of our nation."

'Beautifully written, full of things you didn't know and well worth a read if you want a new view on stories you though you already understood' — LIVING HISTORY

'A great introduction to history and legend for children and adults who've forgotten' — OBSERVER

'These human high-spots flash past like a newsreel with the leading characters in close-up, leaving you thinking - what an exceptional country ours is to produce so many interesting people' — Books of the Year, DAILY MAIL

'Lacey's lively snapshots are always pithy and are delivered with a winning gung-ho enthusiasm' — Books of the Year, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

271 pages.

ISBN: 0 316 72716 4

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  • Condition:
    Used
  • Product Code:
    2404
  • Weight:
    0.63kg