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The Honourable Company: History of the English East India Company


A history of the English East India company.

During 200 years the East India Company grew from a loose association of Elizabethan tradesmen into “the grandest society of merchants in the universe”. As a commercial enterprise it came to control half the world’s trade and as a political entity it administered an embryonic empire. Without it there would have been no British India and no British Empire. In a tapestry ranging from Southern Africa to north-west America, and from the reign of…

Scotland: A History from Earliest Times



‘Alistair Moffat’s Bannockburn is a pacy account of the days leading up to the battle’ – Saturday Herald ‘A carefully considered account of a well-trodden historical event, Moffat enlightens and educates with an up-to-date interpretation of a battle firmly cemented in Scottish history’ – Scottish Field ‘Mr Moffat’s account of the duel between Bruce and de Bohun is totally gripping and he is particularly enthralling about the councils of war onthe eve of the second day’s…

William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner (Tex…


William Hague has written the life of William Wilberforce who was both a staunch conservative and a tireless campaigner against the slave trade.

Hague shows how Wilberforce, after his agonising conversion to evangelical Christianity, was able to lead a powerful tide of opinion, as MP for Hull, against the slave trade, a process which was to take up to half a century to be fully realised. Indeed, he succeeded in rallying to his cause the support in the Commons Debates of some the finest…