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Vlad the Impaler: A Life From Beginning to End

Vlad the ImpalerThe character Count Dracula is well-known throughout the world. He is a dark, seductive, pale man wearing a cape. His gaze is quite literally captivating, and he has the strength of ten men. The story, written by Bram Stoker in 1897, has been retold hundreds of times, but is there a historical figure upon whom the character is based? Is there really a Dracula? Many scholars argue that Vlad III Dracula, also known as Vlad the Impaler, is the real Dracula. He was known in western Europe for his cruelty, most especially his penchant for impaling his victims. He is said to have killed somewhere between 40,000 and 100,000 people during his crusade to stop the Ottoman Empire from expanding into eastern Europe. He was equally harsh on the people he ruled and is said to have taken great pleasure in torturing his victims. Inside you will read about...✓ Vlad’s early life and family✓ Rise to power: Vlad’s first reign✓ War with the Ottomans, Vlad’s main reign✓ Vlad’s imprisonment, third reign, and death✓ Vlad Dracula’s legacy✓ Vlad the Impaler in fiction: Count DraculaHis story, however, is much more complicated than the oft-reported details of his atrocities would imply. He lived in a time of conflict where many were equally as cruel, and he is viewed as a hero in Romania where he is remembered as a protector of his people. This eBook tells the story of his life and times, and discusses his connection to the fictional Count Dracula, in a succinct, compelling manner, which makes for an entertaining read that is packed with historical information.

Speak Swahili, Dammit!: A laugh-out-loud, chaotic, and tragic African childhood

The inspiring true story of a young boy’s chaotic life in a remote, wild, corner of East Africa.James’s childhood is spent on an isolated gold-mine near Lake Victoria, Tanganyika, with just his sister and mother; his father tragically dying through injuries sustained in World War II. His upbringing is mainly left to a tribal ayah called Amina and an hysterically funny, elderly Swahili man. He learns to speak Swahili, much of it profane, before English.In this unusual setting he soon discovers some stark facts about life through tragedy and danger, but it is the local watu, imbued with kindness and irrepressible humour, that save him from despair, and with whom he learns to fish with home-made lines, eat insects and famously abuse the European hierarchy in real Swahili!Known as ‘Jimu’ to his friends, he marks out his own country with a Sukuma boy named Lutoli, falls deeply in love with the beautiful, but older, German girl Gretchen and throws himself out of the back of a bus to avoid being sent away to school.Once at school, in Arusha, James tends to mix with other non-conformers and presents a dilemma to teachers – he is a white boy with a ‘black spirit’. His gang gets up to nefarious enterprises, bringing them into a state of permanent conflict with the system.James is fascinated with the history of Tanganyika back to the time when it was a German Colony until 1918. The unparalleled courage of the German leader Paul von Lettow Vorbeck against the British is a beacon to the young boy of what can be accomplished against adversityAbove all James discovers the world, and life, a little by education, a lot by accident, but overwhelmingly by fate and happenstance, in circumstances few people in the developed world have experienced.

The Mongols: A History

The Mongols erupted out of Central Asia in 1206 and soon controlled an empire stretching from Poland to Korea; although remembered as a destructive force, they united a great part of the world under one rule, and their combined arms and mobile tactics have had considerable influence on subsequent military thinkers.Jeremia Curtin, born 1835, was an American translator and folklorist. He died in 1906.

At the Coalface: Part 1 of 3: The memoir of a pit nurse

A heart-warming story of a woman who devoted her life to helping others. This is the memoir of Joan, who started nursing in the 1940s and whose experiences took her into the Yorkshire mining pits and through the tumult of the 1984-85 miners' strike.

Joan Hart always knew what she wanted to do with her life. Born in South Yorkshire in 1932, she started her nursing training when she was 16, the youngest age girls could do so at the time. She continued working after she married and her work took her to London and Doncaster, caring for children and miners.

When she took a job as a pit nurse in Doncaster in 1974, she found that in order to be accepted by the men under her care, she would have to become one of them. Most of the time rejecting a traditional nurse's uniform and donning a baggy miner's suit, pit boots, a hardhat and a headlamp, Joan resolved always to go down to injured miners and bring them out of the pit herself.

Over 15 years Joan grew to know the miners not only as a nurse, but as a confidante and friend. She tended to injured miners underground, rescued men trapped in the pits, and provided support for them and their families during the bitter miners' strike which stretched from March 1984 to 1985.

Moving and uplifting, this is a story of one woman's life, marriage and work; it is guaranteed to make readers laugh, cry, and smile.

Napoleon and His Parents

Napoleon’s story is well known, but his parents are a mystery, yet they created a man that would go down in history…Dorothy Carrington presents a new and surprising story of Napoleon’s first sixteen years. Was Carlo, Napoleon’s father, as futile and incapable as has been supposed? Was his mother, Letizia, as irreproachably austere? The answer, told in this book, is no to both. There is more to Napoleon’s parents than when and where they married.Dorothy Carrington reveals Carlo as a militant partisan of Pasquale Paoli, revolutionary leader of independent Corsica, and Letizia as the fashionably-dressed reigning beauty of Paoli’s mountain capital. She shows them fleeing for their lives before the invading army of Louis XV. Then, in record time, they emerge as favourites of the French commander Marbeuf, the most powerful man on the island.Impecunious and obscure, the Bonaparte successfully scaled the heights of French society. Carlo was as ambitious as his famous son. By exploiting their assets, Letizia her looks, Carlo his wit and skill in law, their meagre properties and dubious claims to noble ancestry, they rose higher than anyone could have predicted, helping their son to change the world forever…Napoleon and His Parents is an incredible story of the forgotten history of an unforgettable man. Praise for Dorothy Carrington:'Elegant and evocative prose' The ObserverDorothy Carrington (1910-2002) studied at Oxford before settling in Corsica where she began a career as a writer. She was known for her award-winning book on her home island, Granite Island. She married the painter Francis Rose, becoming Lady Rose, and was a lecturer and journalist.

The New Arrival: Part 1 of 3: The Heartwarming True Story of a 1970s Trainee Nurse

The New Arrival can either be read as a full-length eBook or in 3 serialised eBook-only parts.

This is PART 1 of 3 (Chapters 1-9 of 30).

You can read Part 1 two weeks ahead of release of the full-length eBook and paperback.

17-year-old Sarah Hill leaves behind her home in Wales and enrols at Hackney General Hospital, where she is due to start her training.

Looking up at the rows and rows of little windows, there was no way Sarah could have guessed just what she was getting herself into...

More than just a hospital, Hackney General was part of the community, just as much as the Adam & Eve pub the staff frequent. A place where the poorly children of Hackney were nursed to health, a place where young nurses would discover just want they wanted from life, fall in love with shy photographers and grow into women. But it's not all smooth sailing in Hackney: for every baby that goes home to its loving family another is abandoned, unloved, or never gets to go home at all.

Funny, warm and deeply moving, Sarah Beeson's poignant memoir captures both the heartache and happiness of hospital life and 1970s London through the eyes of a gentle but determined young nurse.

Genghis Khan: A Life From Beginning To End (One Hour History Military Generals Book 3)

☆ Genghis Khan ☆Genghis Khan was the most unlikely of conquerors. An orphan of the Mongolian Steppes, his rise went all but unnoticed by all the great powers around him. His people had been divided and discounted by the Chinese dynasties to his south and completely dismissed by the encroaching Islamic empires to his west.Inside you will read about...✓ Mystery of the Steppes✓ When Warriors Are Made✓ Rites of Passage✓ A Battle Against Shamanic Destiny✓ United They Stand✓ Throwing Sand at an Empire✓ Genghis Khan’s Crusade✓ The Last Days of Genghis KhanKnown as little more than bandits and nomads, Genghis Khan and his Mongolian horde would shake Kings and Emperors to their very core as they descended like locusts upon all four corners of the known world.

Ada Lovelace Timeline: A Short Timeline of Ada Lovelace (Timelines Book 3)

This is a short timeline of Ada Lovelace.

Letters from Alice: Part 1 of 3: A tale of hardship and hope. A search for the truth.

Letters from Alicecan either be read as a full-length eBook or in 3 serialised eBook-only parts.This is PART 1 of 3.It was a stormy evening in 1920s London. When newly qualified almoner, Alice, stepped into the home of Charlotte, a terrified teenager who had just given birth out of wedlock, she did not expect to make a pact that would change her life forever. Thrown into secrecy after an unexpected turn, Alice was determined to keep bewildered Charlotte and her newborn baby safe. But when a threatening note appeared, she realised that Charlotte may need more protection than she first thought. But from who?Based on extensive research into the archive material held at the London Metropolitan Archives, and enriched with lively social history and excerpts from newspaper articles, LETTERS FROM ALICE is a gripping and deeply moving tale, which brings the colourful world of 1920s London to life. Full of grit, mystery and hope, it will have readers enthralled from the very first page.

Testimony from the Nazi Camps: French Women's Voices (Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature)

This interdisciplinary study intergrates historiographical, literary and cultural methodologies in its focus on a little known corpus of testimonial accounts published by French women deported to Nazi camps. Comprising epistemological and literary analyses of the accounts and an examination of the construction of deportee identities, it will interest those working in the fields of modern French literature, genre, women's studies and the Holocaust.

Fifty Great Things to Come Out of the Midlands

Celebrate the heart of Britain in this fun and informative mini-ebook.

Rugby, Walkers Crisps, Conkers. These are just a handful of the many great things to have come out of the Midlands. In this celebratory list, journalist and loyal Midlander Robert Shore counts down fifty of the best gifts the Midlands has given the world.

Knowledge no Midlander - nay, Brit! - should be without.

From the author of Bang in the Middle.

Bwana Kidogo: Scenes from a colonial childhood

‘Bwana kidogo, Scenes from a colonial childhood’, is a memoir of Australian writer Chris Durrant about growing up in colonial Kenya in the years after the Second World War. Set initially in the tea country above the capital, Nairobi, and then down in the city itself, the book traces the author’s journey from a toddler speaking Kiswahili with his Kikuyu ayah, to boarding school in the Rift Valley and then back home to Nairobi for his high school years. It is the tale of a fascinating period in Kenya’s history, moving from colonial rule, through the turbulence of the Mau Mau Emergency, and then the inevitable progression to full independence under Jomo Kenyatta. ‘Bwana kidogo’ is a highly entertaining and insightful account of what it was like to live in those exciting times in what remains one of the most beautiful, diverse and interesting countries in the world, seen from the point of view of an ordinary person who grew up there.This short memoir about Chris Durrant is a precursor to his acclaimed novel ‘Under the same moon’, a drama and romance set within the period during The Great War.

Black Professionals of the Old American West

In the 1800's, the old American West was a desirable destination for emancipated or escaped slaves. After the Civil War, many Blacks believed the West offered more opportunity, and less discrimination. In this short, 45 minute eBook, you will read 11 stories of Blacks who discovered the West was a place for them to not only survive, but thrive. You may have heard of some, such as Bessie Coleman, (cover photo) the first African American to earn a pilots license. Or, Justina Ford, a doctor in Denver, Colorado. Many are recently discovered gems, such as lawyer John Dennis Posten, who had a thriving practice in Libby, Montana and Ralph and Bessie Simmons, who owned a restaurant in Winslow, Arizona. A book about professionals has to include the "worlds oldest profession," the story of Lola Dagget of Silverton, Colorado. This was a fun book to research and write. I hope you enjoy it!

Twelve Years a Slave (AmazonClassics Edition)

Born into “the blessings of liberty in a free State,” Solomon Northup was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Bayou Boeuf region of Louisiana’s Red River Valley. Twelve Years a Slave is the chronicle of his captivity at the mercy of sadistic plantation owner Edwin Epps, who tested Northup’s tenacity and self-control under the most brutal conditions. Until fate brought a Canadian abolitionist to Epps’s farm, Northup thought he would never draw another free breath.To this day Northup’s harrowing memoir is recognized as the most reliable, accurate eyewitness account of the daily lives of slaves. As a significant historical reference, it is unsurpassed. As an authentic narrative of a man starved of his freedom, it is unforgettable.AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from iconic authors. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or revisit an old favorite, these new editions open the door to the stories and ideas that have shaped our world.Revised edition: Previously published as Twelve Years a Slave, this edition of Twelve Years a Slave (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.