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History of the Convict Ship Success - The Last "Floating Hell"
by "Anon"
Republished from the original 1876 edition -
(PDF 6.1Mb, 107pp, illustrations)
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In the 1850s, many convicted English prisoners were "transported" to the British settlements in Australia. There, they toiled under the harshest conditions as slave laborers. However, they had to survive the ocean voyage first. The Convict Ship Success was truly a "Floating Hell." Men, women and children were ruthlessly abused by sadistic guards and tortured for the most minor offenses. Outrage over the conditions suffered by these convicts led to the abandonment of the British system of "transportation" and the destruction of the fleet of convict ships - except for the "Success." The infamous ship gained notoriety in the 1890s as a grisly relic of an earlier day, and was towed from port to port as a floating museum of misery and horror. This book chronicles the service of the Success and stands as a permanent memorial to the many hundreds of prisoners who suffered below her decks. Biographies of some of the most noted Success prisoners, including members of the infamous "Kelly Gang" are featured.

William the Third
by H. D. Thrall (1888, 1892)
Republished from the original 1892 edition -
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Concise history of the life and service of King William III (1650-1702), Stadtholder of Holland, successor to King James II of Great Britain. Key elements of English, Irish and Scottish history and politics are interwoven with discussions of broad European issues.

The Isle of Wight
by G. E. Mitton (1911)
Republished from the original 1911 edition -
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A heartfelt description of the Isle of Wight, one of England''s most beloved retreats. Originally published for the "Beautiful Britain" series in 1911.

A Short History of the Crusades
by J. I. Mombert, D.D. (1894)
Republished from the original 1894 edition -
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A splendid account of the various Crusades - their sponsors, leaders, participants, antagonists and their outcomes.

"The Crusades utterly failed to accomplish the object for which they were undertaken. An experience of two centuries had taught the nations of the West that it could not be attained, and that the fanaticism of the East was fully as savage as their own. The Crusades, the offspring of ignorance, rapacity, and blind or hypocrital zeal, did not and could not, as such, benefit mankind. They debased and imbruted the world; they destroyed many millions of valuable lives, and countless millions'' worth of human labor. They enriched the Church and increased her power; but they also engendered superstition and persecution, and in the end sapped her strength."

History of the Thirty Years War
by Friedrich Schiller (1894)
Republished from the original Morrison translation -
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At about the time that Puritan refugees were settling the wilds of Massachusetts, Europe was embroiled in the greatest conflict the world had ever seen. At stake was the supremacy of the Catholic Church over matters spiritual and temporal. The Reformation''s momentum and adherents were impossible for the Pope and Catholic princes to ignore. Hundreds of thousands of lives would be lost for the sake of religion and the right to practice it.

The Thirty Years'' War (1618-1648) radically changed the political, cultural, and economic dynamics of 17th century Europe. Recounted by master historian Friedrich Schiller, this classic five-volume historical narrative was originally published in his native German 1791-1793. Even after more than 200 years, Schiller''s account is still regarded as the starting point for any study or discussion of the period.

Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada
by Washington Irving (1829)
Republished from the original 1850 revised edition -
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In the late 1400s, Arab warlords controlled the Iberian peninsula from their capital at Granada. It is fair to say that they were cruel, intolerant, rapacious, demeaning, and overbearing. While most American readers remember 1492 as the date Ferdinand and Isabella sponsored Christopher Columbus' voyage of discovery, it was also the year the Moorish princes were finally defeated and expelled from Spain.

Washington Irving (1783-1859) is better-known for his works on American life, but his "Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada," published in 1829, stands out as one of the great English-language classics of historical narrative. William H. Prescott, an undisputed authority on the subject, wrote in Volume II of his pivotal "Ferdinand and Isabella:"

"Mr. Irving''s late publication, the Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada, has superseded all further necessity for poetry and, unfortunately for me, for history. He has fully availed himself of all the picturesque and animating movement of this romantic era, and the reader who will take the trouble to compare his chronicle with the present more prosaic and literal narrative will see how little he has been seduced from historic accuracy by the poetical aspect of his subject. The fictitious and romantic dress of his work has enabled him to make it the medium of reflecting more vividly the floating opinions and chimerical fancies of the age, while he has illuminated the picture with the dramatic brilliancy of coloring denied to sober history."

The Balkans: A History of Bulgaria, Serba, Greece, Rumania and Turkey
by Arnold Toynbee, et al. (1916)
Republished from the original 1916 revised edition -
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Published by the Allies' most respected historians on the eve of World War I, this book served as a backgrounder on one of Europe's key trouble spots. Still a superb overview of a region which remains unsettled to this day.

Life of Lady Jane Grey
by David W. Bartlett
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Tragic account of King Henry VIII's niece - first cousin of both Queen "Bloody Mary" and her half sister Queen Elizabeth I. Few people remember that Lady Jane Grey was Queen of England for nine days - until she abdicated in favor of Mary, Queen of Scots. She was beheaded at the Tower of London.

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