Deborah Cadbury takes a journey into her own family history to uncover the rivalries that have driven 250 years of chocolate empire-building.
THE DINOSAUR HUNTERS
In the nineteenth century the study of geology was in its infancy and was dominated by a bitter rivalry between the two men dominating the subject. This book recreates the story of Gideon Mantell and Richard Owen.
THE LOST KING OF FRANCE
When the death of 10-year-old Louis XVII, Marie-Antoinette’s son, was announced by the revolutionary authorities there were rumours that he had escaped from prison. Since then a number of ‘Princes’ have emerged to claim his name but only now, thanks to DNA testing, can the 200-year mystery be solved.
PRINCES AT WAR
In December 1936 King Edward VIII abandoned his throne to marry Wallis Simpson. This left the new king, George VI, magnificently unprepared for the demands of ruling the kingdom and empire. Drawing on personal accounts from the royal archives, Deborah Cadbury uncovers the very private conflict between George VI and his older brother.
QUEEN VICTORIA'S MATCHMAKING
Queen Victoria had over thirty surviving grandchildren, and to maintain and increase power in Europe, she hoped to manoeuvre them into dynastic marriages. This is a captivating exploration of the role in which Queen Victoria exerted most power and influence: her role as matchmaking grandmother.
SEVEN WONDERS OF THE INDUSTRIAL WORLD
The Industrial Revolution changed the face of the planet forever. Here we are presented with seven of the greatest feats of engineering of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Details of the technical achievements and human costs for each project are explained in a knowledgeable but accessible way.