Free history Kindle books for 11 May 13

Warrior Prince: The Life of Owain Glyndwr

by Ian Skidmore

Statesman, law-maker, scholar, military genius and folk legend Owain Glyndwr is Wales’s supreme national hero.

Few stories in British or Welsh history compare with the career of this simple yeoman farmer who, in the 14th century, raised an army against the English and became Prince of his own country.

In this brilliantly researched biography, Ian Skidmore brings the man and his age vividly to life, charting both the triumph and tragedy of a leader who symbolised the ambitions of a nation.

With original research, Skidmore outlines Owain’ s campaigns in illuminating detail. Separating the myth and the man he brings to light many aspects of his career overlooked by historians. And he unveils new evidence about his death – which remains controversial even centuries later.

‘A must-read for anyone interested in one of the most fascinating and little understood stories of British and Welsh history.’ – Robert Foster, best-selling author of ‘The Lunar Code’.

Ian Skidmore is the author of more thirty books – many of them best-sellers. He was also one of the most widely-read newspaper columnists and radio show presenters in the UK. After thirty years with BBC Wales, he was awarded the coveted Golden Microphone Award.

Endeavour Press is the UK’s leading independent publisher of digital books.

Newport Tower: Unsettled History

by B. Lynn Brant

The Newport Tower is a crude, round stone structure in Newport, Rhode Island. It is said that it was built by early colonists, as a windmill. However, there is little evidence to support that claim, and a wealth of evidence indicating that it is of much older construction, probably precolumbian.

The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld

by Christine Wiltz

Norma Wallace grew up fast in the rough neighborhoods of New Orleans. In 1916, as an ambitious fifteen-year-old, she went to work as a street-walker in the French Quarter, but by 1920 was madam of what became one of the city’s most lavish brothels, an establishment frequented by politicians, movie stars, gangsters, and even the notoriously corrupt police force. For decades Norma flourished, a smart, glamorous, powerful woman whose scandalous life made front-page headlines. Her lovers ran the gamut from a bootlegger who shot her during a fight, to a famed bandleader, to the boy next door, thirty-nine years her junior, who became her fifth husband.

Norma knew all of the Crescent City’s dirty little secrets and used them to protect her own interests – she never got so much as a traffic ticket – until the early 1960s, when District Attorney Jim Garrison decided to clean up vice and corruption. After a jail stay, she went legitimate as successfully as she had gone criminal, with a lucrative restaurant business. To the end Norma maintained her independence, and surrendered only to an irrational, obsessive love, which ultimately led to her violent death.

In The Last Madam, author Christine Wiltz combines original research with Wallace’s personal memoirs to bring to life an era in New Orleans history rife with charm and decadence, and to reveal the colorful woman who reigned as its underworld queen.

Julia’s Story

by Laurie Stone

Julia’s Story is based on many beautiful handwritten letters, lovingly penned by her daughters shortly after the death of their mother. The heroine of this story, Julia, descends from the notorious Caperton family, who were counted among some of the toughest and most resourceful leaders of the original pioneer settlers along the New River and Virginia frontier. It is a story of strength, courage and resiliency, not only describing the lives of Julia and her family, but also providing the reader with a glimpse into the lives of many families who carved out a living in the beautifully majestic yet harsh Appalachian region of West Virginia.

Eastern Front Combat: The German Soldier in Battle from Stalingrad to Berlin (Stackpole Military History Series)

by Hans Wijers

Appearing for the first time in English, these are first-person accounts by German soldiers who fought in bloody combat on the Eastern Front in World War II. Includes stories from a panzer crewman who survived the fighting at Stalingrad–as well as a paratrooper making a last stand before Berlin. Many of the photos have never been published before.

Great Naval Commanders Of The First World War

by Richard Freeman

One great war. Two nations facing each other across the North Sea. Two mighty fleets each waiting for the chance to annihilate the other.

At Scapa Flow, the British Grand Fleet blocked Germany’s exit to the Atlantic. From the German ports, the High Seas Fleet waited to pounce on any British ship that left the safety of its home port.

But did these great fleets have great commanders to match the challenge they faced?

This book tells the story of how admirals Beatty, Hipper, Jellicoe and Scheer struggled to find strategic success in the new world of high-speed ships and long-range gunnery. They expected one almighty battle at the start of the war. Instead they found skirmishes and raids.

In this brilliant history of the First World War at sea, we see the main events of the naval war – Heligoland Bight, Dogger Bank, Jutland, the east coast raids and the U-boat war – through the eyes of the participants. There is dash and caution, courage and feint-heartedness, feats of brilliance and tales of missed opportunities.

Never before has the naval war been seen as here. We meet the dashing Beatty, the cautious Jellicoe, the disciplined Scheer and the single-minded Hipper as they struggle to bring their adversary to battle. We read of their hopes, fears and rivalries. And we see how each faced the disappointments and disasters that are the nature of war at sea.

Each man saw his command as his one chance to prove his greatness and to gain glory and honour for his country.

But which one was the greatest?

Richard Freeman graduated in mathematics before following a career in distance education. He now writes on naval history. His other books include â??Britain’s Greatest Naval Battle’ and â??A Close Run Thing: The Navy and the Falkland War’.

Endeavour Press is the UK’s leading independent publisher of digital books.

THE FLYING DICTIONARY: A Fascinating and Unparalleled Primer (Air Crashes and Miracle Landings)

by Christopher Bartlett

This must be one of the few dictionaries that make a good read in themselves! It was intended to be a companion to “Air Crashes and Miracle Landings” by the same author. But it has so many intriguing bits of information in that it makes a great read in its own right – I read it straight through cover to cover.
– Malcolm Graley

Captivating reading for anyone fascinated by aviation, and an unparalleled primer for those thinking of learning to fly.

Explains basic procedures such as takeoff and landing, noting the V-speeds required for safety at the various stages.

Includes fascinating and helpful information for passengers.

Originally conceived as the glossary for the author’s book AIR CRASHES AND MIRACLE LANDINGS, where the aim was to explain the aviation terms in as interesting a way as possible.

Two Adventure Stories-A world Away, Josh Moon and Meg

by Beth Browning

â??A World Away’
The first story is set in 1800’s. It shows the horror of ten year old lonely Jake’s life, an orphan, as he lives on the streets of London. Jake is caught stealing, convicted and condemned to live on the other side of the world where first he has to serve seven years before he will be free. Jake makes a friend in prison, Tom, who is about his own age. They set off together to face the long voyage, adventures and trials all before even reaching the new world with its frightening prospects.
â??Josh and Meg’
The second story is set in 1780. Josh a 10 year old lad and his collie dog Meg leave his parents asleep in their caravan and sets off to go fishing. Josh is soon to regret his decision to sit in someone’s empty row-boat to fish as the mooring rope snaps and there are no oars. Swept away on the swollen river they spend a fearful night with the dangers of floating debris and weirs to contend with. He is carried many, many, miles away from his worried pregnant mum and his anxious dad who have no idea where he is. Josh’s exciting adventures take him into the realms of press gangs, Horatio Nelson and much more as he makes his way towards home.

Medieval Gnostics: Cathar Rituals

by Judith Mann

What Was The Importance of Rituals to the Cathars?

–Learn of the exceedingly simple but profound ceremonies that comprised the foundation of Catharism.

–Discover the role of the Consolamentum, the imposition of hands in Cathar initiation ceremonies and the final ceremony of a Cathar’s life.

–Bring to light the secret of the Endura, a willed end of life to close the cycle of reincarnation and imprisonment in the material world.

–Follow the Cathar version of The Lord’s Prayer with its subtle substitute for the word ‘bread’.

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