Queen of the Sea : A History of Lisbon by Barry Hatton

Queen of the Sea : A History of Lisbon by Barry Hatton
Requirements: .PDF reader, 5 MB
Overview: Lisbon’s charm is legendary, but its vibrant 2,000-year history is not widely known, from its Roman legacy to its centuries under Moorish rule. Its journey from port town to Portugal’s capital was not always smooth sailing-in 1755 the city was devastated by the largest earthquake ever to strike modern Europe, followed by a catastrophic tsunami and a six-day inferno that turned sand to glass. Barry Hatton unearths these forgotten memories in a vivid account of Lisbon’s colourful past and present, bringing to life the 1147 siege during the Iberian reconquista, the assassination of the king, the founding of a republic and the darkness of a modern dictatorship. He reveals the rich, international heritage of Portugal’s metropolis-the gateway to the Atlantic and the unrivalled Queen of the Sea.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Mary Queen of Scots by John Guy

Mary Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart by John Guy
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 692 MB
Overview: In the first full-scale biography of Mary Stuart in more than 30 years, John Guy creates an intimate and absorbing portrait of one of history’s most famous women, depicting her world and her place in the sweep of history with stunning immediacy. Bringing together all surviving documents and uncovering a trove of new sources for the first time, Guy dispels the popular image of Mary Queen of Scots as a romantic leading lady – achieving her ends through feminine wiles – and establishes her as the intellectual and political equal of Elizabeth I.
Through Guy’s pioneering research and superb prose, we come to see Mary as a skillful diplomat, maneuvering ingeniously among a dizzying array of factions that sought to control or dethrone her. Mary Queen of Scots is an enthralling, myth-shattering look at a complex woman and ruler and her time.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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Isabella: The Warrior Queen by Kirstin Downey

Isabella: The Warrior Queen by Kirstin Downey
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 292 MB
Overview: Biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus’s journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition, and became one of the most influential female rulers in history.
Born at a time when Christianity was dying out and the Ottoman Empire was aggressively expanding, Isabella was inspired in her youth by tales of Joan of Arc, a devout young woman who unified her people and led them to victory against foreign invaders. In 1474, when most women were almost powerless, 23-year-old Isabella defied a hostile brother and a mercurial husband to seize control of Castile and León. Her subsequent feats were legendary. She ended a 24-generation struggle between Muslims and Christians, forcing North African invaders back over the Mediterranean Sea. She laid the foundation for a unified Spain. She sponsored Columbus’s trip to the Indies and negotiated Spanish control over much of the New World with the help of Rodrigo Borgia, the infamous Pope Alexander VI. She also annihilated all who stood against her by establishing a bloody religious Inquisition that would darken Spain’s reputation for centuries.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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Queen Bees by Siân (Sian) Evans

Queen Bees: Six Brilliant and Extraordinary Society Hostesses Between the Wars – A Spectacle of Celebrity, Talent, and Burning Ambition by Siân (Sian) Evans
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.1 MB
Overview: ‘SO ENTERTAINING’ The Times | ‘A FASCINATING ACCOUNT’ The Sunday Times
‘GLORIOUSLY GOSSIPY’ Red Magazine | ‘IRRESISTIBLE AND WITTY’ Woman & Home
Queen Bees looks at the lives of six remarkable women who made careers out of being British society hostesses between the wars, including Lady Astor, who went on to become the first female MP, and Mrs Greville, who cultivated relationships with Edward VII, as well as Lady Londonderry, Lady Cunard, Laura Corrigan and Lady Colefax. Written with wit, verve and heart, Queen Bees is the story of a form of societal revolution, and the extraordinary women who helped it happen.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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The Greedy Queen: Eating with Victoria by Annie Gray

The Greedy Queen: Eating with Victoria by Annie Gray
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 4.6 MB
Overview: From Dr Annie Gray, presenter of BBC2’s Victorian Bakers

What does it mean to eat like a queen? Elizabeth gorged on sugar, Mary on chocolate and Anne was known as ‘Brandy Nan’. Victoria ate all of this and more. The Greedy Queen celebrates Victoria’s appetite, both for food and, indeed, for life.

Born in May 1819, Victoria came ‘as plump as a partridge’. In her early years she lived on milk and bread under the Kensington system; in her old age she suffered constant indigestion yet continued to over-eat. From intimate breakfasts with the King of France, to romping at tea-parties with her children, and from state balls to her last sip of milk, her life is examined through what she ate, when and with whom. In the royal household, Victoria was surrounded by ladies-in-waiting, secretaries, dressers and coachmen, but below stairs there was another category of servant: her cooks. More fundamental and yet completely hidden, they are now uncovered in their working environment for the first time.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biography

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Accidental Tragedy: The Life Of Mary, Queen …

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Queen: Complete Works (revised and updated)


Queen: Complete Works (revised and updated)
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Queen Victoria’s Gene by D. M. Potts, W. T. W. Potts

Queen Victoria’s Gene: Haemophilia and the Royal Family by D. M. Potts, W. T. W. Potts
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 855 KB
Overview: Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Leopold, died from haemophilia, but no member of the royal family before his generation had suffered from the condition. Medically, there are only two possibilities: either one of Victoria’s parents had a 1 in 50,000 random mutation, or Victoria was the illegitimate child of a haemophiliac man.

However the haemophilia gene arose, it had a profound effect on history. Two of Victoria’s daughters were silent carriers who passed the disease to the Spanish and Russian royal families. The disease played a role in the origin of the Spanish Civil War; and the tsarina’s concern over her only son’s haemophilia led to the entry of Rasputin into the royal household, contributing directly to the Russian revolution.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Elizabeth: England’s Slandered Queen

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Queen of Science by Mary Somerville

Queen of Science: Personal Recollections of Mary Somerville by Mary Somerville, edited by Dorothy McMillan
Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 1.7MB
Overview: Born in Jedburgh in 1780, Mary Fairfax was the daughter of one of Nelson’s captains, and in common with most girls of her time and station she was given the kind of education which prizes gentility over ability. Nevertheless, she taught herself algebra in secret, and made her reputation in celestial mechanics with her 1831 translation of Laplace’s Mécanique céleste as The Mechanism of the Heavens.

As she was equally interested in art, literature and nature Somerville’s lively memoirs give a fascinating picture of her life and times from childhood in Burntisland to international recognition and retirement in Naples. She tells of her friendship with Maria Edgeworth and of her encounters with Scott and Fenimore Cooper. She remembers comets and eclipses, high society in London and Paris, Charles Babbage and his calculating engine, the Risorgimento in Italy and the eruption of Vesuvius.

Selected by her daughter and first published in 1973, these are the memoirs of a remarkable woman who became one of the most gifted mathematicians and scientists of the nineteenth century. Oxford’s Somerville College was named after her, and the present volume, re-edited by Dorothy McMillan, draws on manuscripts owned by the college and offers the first unexpurgated edition of these revelatory writings.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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The Queen by Josh Levin

The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth by Josh Levin
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 515 MB
Overview: "The Queen is an invaluable work of nonfiction." (David Grann, number one New York Times best-selling author of Killers of the Flower Moon)

Slate editor Josh Levin’s masterful account of the life and crimes of America’s original "welfare queen".

On the South Side of Chicago in 1974, Linda Taylor reported a phony burglary, concocting a lie about stolen furs and jewelry. The detective who checked it out soon discovered she was a welfare cheat who drove a Cadillac to collect ill-gotten government checks. And that was just the beginning: Taylor, it turned out, was also a kidnapper and possibly a murderer. A desperately ill teacher, a combat-traumatized Marine, an elderly woman hungry for companionship – after Taylor came into their lives, all three ended up dead under suspicious circumstances.

But nobody – not the journalists who touted her story, not the police, and not presidential candidate Ronald Reagan – seemed to care about anything but her welfare thievery. Growing up in the Jim Crow South, Taylor was made an outcast because of the color of her skin. As she rose to infamy, the press and politicians manipulated her image to demonize poor black women.

Part social history, part true-crime investigation, Josh Levin’s mesmerizing audiobook, the product of six years of reporting and research, is a fascinating account of American racism and an expose of the "welfare queen" myth, one that fueled political debates that reverberate to this day. The Queen tells, for the first time, the fascinating story of what was done to Linda Taylor, what she did to others, and what was done in her name.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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Diary of a Drag Queen by Crystal Rasmussen

Diary of a Drag Queen by Crystal Rasmussen
Requirements: EPUB Reader 1.27 MB
Overview: Life’s a drag Why not be a queen?
‘Stories like the one where you shagged a 79-year-old builder and knocked over his sister’s ashes while feeding him a Viagra. Or thetime you crashed your car because you were giving a hand job in barely moving traffic and took your eye off the car in front. That’s the kind of dinner-party ice-breaker I’m talking about.’
Northern, working-class and shagging men three times her age, Crystal writes candidly about her search for ‘the one’; sleeping with a VIP in an attempt to become a world famous journalist; getting hired and fired by a well-known fashion magazine; being torn between losing weight and gorging on KFC; and her need for constant sexual satisfaction (and where that takes her).
Charting her day-to-day adventures over the course of a year, we encounter tucks, twists and sucks, heinous overspending and endless nights spent sprinting from problem to problem in a full face of make-up.
This is a place where the previously unspeakable becomes the commendable – a unique portrayal of the queer experience.
Genre: Non-Fiction – Biographies

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The Queen by Josh Levin

The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth by Josh Levin
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.4 MB
Overview: Named one of the New York Times’ 14 books to watch out for in May

Slate editor Josh Levin’s masterful account of the life and crimes of America’s original welfare queen is "an invaluable work of nonfiction." (David Grann, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon)

On the South Side of Chicago in 1974, Linda Taylor reported a phony burglary, concocting a lie about stolen furs and jewelry. The detective who checked it out soon discovered she was a welfare cheat who drove a Cadillac to collect ill-gotten government checks. And that was just the beginning: Taylor, it turned out, was also a kidnapper, and possibly a murderer. A desperately ill teacher, a combat-traumatized Marine, an elderly woman hungry for companionship-after Taylor came into their lives, all three ended up dead under suspicious circumstances. But nobody-not the journalists who touted her story, not the police, and not presidential candidate Ronald Reagan-seemed to care about anything but her welfare thievery.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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The Pastry Queen Christmas by Rebecca Rather +

The Pastry Queen Christmas: Big-Hearted Holiday Entertaining, Texas Style by Rebecca Rather, Alison Oresman, Laurie Smith
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 33 MB
Overview: It’s Christmastime at the Best Little Bakery in Texas
The annual Fredericksburg Christmas parade marks the beginning of the Texas Hill Country’s holiday season, which means the Pastry Queen is kicking into high gear at her Rather Sweet Bakery and Café. As party invitations pile up in the mailbox, Rebecca Rather is up to her elbows in sticky meringue, creamy chocolate, and a sleigh full of savory treats to meet the entertaining needs of her neighbors.
In The Pastry Queen Christmas, Rebecca shares nearly 100 traditional recipes reflecting her made-with-love-from-scratch philosophy and the tastes of small-town Texas. Show-off desserts such as Chocolate Cookie Crusted Eggnog Cheesecake, Sticky Toffee Pudding with Brandy Butterscotch Sauce, and Warm Pear Ginger Upside-Down Cake with Amaretto Whipped Cream are the perfect toppers to a family-style feast of Texas Spice-Rubbed Roast Pork, Baked Apple Pear Chutney, Brown Sugar Bacon, and No-Peeking Popovers. Still hungry the next morning? No problem-this country girl does an impressive breakfast, too: Bite-Sized Sticky Buns, Sweet Potato Scones, Cast-Iron Skillet Potatoes, and Mexican Ranch Chilaquiles ought to fill you up.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Food & Drink

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