Free history Kindle books for 24 May 17

The Wars of Edward I (I): The Leopard

by David Pilling

â??To whom shall the noble Edward be compared? Perhaps he will be rightly called a leopardâ?¦’

Thus the Song of Lewes, composed by a hostile poet, described Edward I of England, remembered as the conqueror of Wales and Hammer of the Scots. By comparing him to a leopard, the poet praised Edward’s pride and fierceness, but criticised his alleged treachery and falsehood.
From his youth Edward divided opinion, and still does to this day.

Few princes had to serve such a tough or prolonged military apprenticeship. Edward’s early difficulties and failures, especially in Wales, forged him into one of the ablest Plantagenet warrior-kings. His alleged inconstancy as a youth saddled him with the reputation of an oath-breaker, and his capture at the Battle of Lewes was a signal humiliation. The spectacular reversal of fortune at Evesham, and swift rise thereafter to commander-in-chief of his father’s armies, proved the making of Edward’s reputation.

Edward owed much of his contemporary fame to his prowess as a general and fighting soldier. This book is the first of a three-part study of his military career, beginning with Edward’s first experience of war as a teenager in the duchy of Gascony, ending in his last doomed march to Scotland, aged sixty-seven. Book One deals with his formative military experiences in Gascony and Wales, the Second Barons’ War and the suppression of the Disinherited, and finally his role in the ill-fated Ninth Crusade.

This is the first non-fiction book by David Pilling, author of the Leader of Battles series, Soldier of Fortune, Caesar’s Sword, Reiver, and many other tales.



HITLER: A Biography of Evil: The Life and Times of the Most Evil Man in History, Adolf Hitler

by Anna Revell

“On July 22 1944 a group of German generals including Claus von Stauffenburg and Ludwig Beck initiated a plot to kill Hitler and take over the government. Stauffenburg visited Wolf’s Lair, the Fuhrer’s HQ in East Prussia and left a briefcase containing a bomb. The bomb was set to explode with Hitler and a number of top-ranking generals present. Stauffenburg and his allies were alarmed that Hitler had taken personal day to day command of military operations. He was making serious mistakes and errors of judgement. The Russians were retaking their soil and would soon be at the Polish border. Mussoliniâ??s regime had crumbled (Mussolini remained, but now as a German puppet). The Allies controlled Rome and were moving north toward Germany.”

Hitler’s story has been told many times, and Nazi Germany’s actions are no secret. But no Hitler biography comes close to exposing the truth behind the evil. This book explores the life and political journey of Adolf Hitler, on the road to the Second World War and some of the worst acts in humanity’s history. Explore the depths of the untold evil of Hitler the man, as well as Hitler the politician.



Shri Matajiâ??s Gift to Humanity

by Linda Williams

This book is an introduction to the life and mission of Her Holiness Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi and Sahaja Yoga, her gift to humanity.

It is written in the form of first-hand recollections of over 170 Sahaja Yogis, that is people who have received and enjoyed the benefits of the spontaneous and effortless Kundalini awakening that was and is Shri Mataji’s gift.

It is illustrated with over fifty photographs and a diagram of the subtle system of the Kundalini and chakras.

At the end of the book are instructions for awakening the Kundalini.



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