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  • Banished, Beheaded or Boiled in Oil

    By Neil Tonge, Tom Morgan-Jones
    Authors:
    Neil Tonge
    Illustrated by:
    Tom Morgan-Jones
    Welcome, Reader! This is the history book you've been waiting for! Steal away to the past with us and discover all there is to know about Tudor torture, Medieval misdemeanour, Victorian villainy and Aztec altar executions.Take a trip through history to find out about the grim, gruesome and downright gut-churning methods of punishment societies employed in the past - from being boiled alive in ancient Greece to being split in two in the Middle Ages.Who gave criminals a very literal roasting? Who used to execute animals for committing crimes? And what is the most popular penalty in history? Dip into these chronicles of crime and punishment and find out about law-makers, law-breakers and the most stomach-churning ways in which they were penalised.A great tool for the KS2 study of the changes in crime and punishment in Britain and the world.
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  • Bombers

    By Tim Cooke
    Authors:
    Tim Cooke
    Bombers strike without warning from high above the clouds. Some can fly long distances, carrying huge quantities of bombs. Others use smart missiles to strike targets on the ground. Either way, bombers and their deadly weapons are hard to stop once they are in the air! This book introduces teh world's greatest strike aircraft. Find out about leading bombers from around the world - including their technical specifications.Learn about the history of military strike aircraft - from their first use, through incredible developments in technology, right up to the most clever machines around today. Ultimate Military Machines delves into the incredible world of fighting machines and takes an upclose look at the latest technology used by the army, navy and air forces today. Each title takes an indepth look at one type of military vehicle - from its first use in warfare up to recent conflicts.
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  • Boar Wars

    By Shoo Rayner
    Authors:
    Shoo Rayner
    It's harvest time and everyone is working hard gathering crops. Brit and his friends head to the orchard, where they meet the great wild boar, Gargantua! Can the Legion rescue them in time before they end up as boar food?
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  • The British Empire

    By Ellis Roxburgh
    Authors:
    Ellis Roxburgh
    Find out how Britain came to rule around 458 million people around the world and what life was like for the people of these colonies? Discover the key explorers that played a role in the building of the empire, John Cabot, Sir Walter Raleigh and Captain James Cook. And find out about how the British Empire became the Commonwealth of Nations in 1949 and the on-going tensions that resulted in the Falklands War.Each book in this series covers a particular empire or regional series of empires, charting its history from its rise to its eventual fall. Concise text and supporting boxes explore the reasons for the empire's success and its failure and explain the mechanics of governing the empire and the experience of living under it.
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  • Ballistic Logistic

    By Shoo Rayner
    Authors:
    Shoo Rayner
    The Legion want to build a road to transport their giant catapult. But the road will go right through Brit's barn, which is full of food for his flocks! Then the soldiers start firing at the sheep. Can Brit save his beloved animals - and their food for the winter?
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  • Benin 900-1897 CE

    By Alice Harman
    Authors:
    Alice Harman
    Who were the leaders of Benin? What was life like for ordinary people? Why was Benin destroyed? What are Benin bronzes? This book helps children at Key Stage 2 discover the answers to these and other fascinating questions. It also recommends sites on the Internet and sources in local libraries where they can find out more about Benin 900-1897CE. The detective shows how to create a project about people's lives during the rise and fall of Benin, make animal sculptures like those that were offered up to Benin's gods and write a letter to Benin's leader explaining your thoughts about the slave trade. Packed with fascinating information, The History Detective Investigates series inspires children's curiosity to find out more about the past.
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  • Brachiosaurus and other Long-Necked Herbivores

    By David West
    Authors:
    David West
    BRACHIOSAURUS and other long-necked herbivoresIncluded in the twelve dinosaurs featured are some of the biggest animals that have ever roamed Earth. These monster dinosaurs were gentle giants feeding on leaves high up on the trees' branches. Discover how these mighty sauropods lived and how they were able to defend themselves against attacks from large carnivorous predators.Each title in the series, Dinosaurs! takes a close look at one particular type of dinosaur and reveals the facts about these incredible creatures.
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  • Bravery in World War II (The National Archives)

    By Peter Hicks
    Authors:
    Peter Hicks
    Could you diffuse a bomb with only moments to act? Or save a pilot from a burning plane? Could you escape from a prisoner of war camp or act as a spy in enemy lands? That is exactly what the people in this book did! Beyond the Call of Duty gives accounts of outstanding bravery and courage in wartime. This title looks at members of the armed forces of World War II who risked their own lives to help others in frightening and dangerous situations. Find out how these heroic individuals acted under great pressure, how people were awarded for their bravery, and more about the events of the war they were fighting in. All these stories come from original source material held at The National Archives. Documents, images and records have been used to recreate each real-life act of courage. Accompanying each story are context panels that give more information about the events of World War II. Where people have been awarded for their act of bravery, the story is accompanied by a fact panel that gives details of the event, date and medal that they received.
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  • The Birth of Science: 1500–1700

    By Charlie Samuels
    Authors:
    Charlie Samuels
    A must for Key Stage 3 students aged 11 and up, this engaging book uses timelines to describe scientific and technological advances from 1500 to 1700. The Birth of Science investigates scientific developments in the early modern era and includes the discoveries of important scientific figures such as Galileo, Copernicus and Newton.Each volume in the five-book series examines the story of scientific discovery in a series of timelines and each chapter examines either a particular aspect of science, or the life and work of an important scientist of the time. Parallels with other fields, such as astronomy and mathematics are highlighted so that readers can gain a rounded understanding of how scientists build on what has gone before and how science flourished in different parts of the world, or in different disciplines at the same time.
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  • Bites of Food

    By Paul Rockett
    Authors:
    Paul Rockett
    Food is part of a country's identity. It can provide a sense of place, history and identity. This book highlights foods that have been part of people's lives in Britain since prehistoric times until today. These may be meals that were popular at the time, telling us how people lived, or they may be meals that are significant to a particular moment in history. Some of the foods may still be familiar today; some may make you feel hungry, some may make you feel glad that they're part of history and not part of your lunch!The book is part of 'A history of Britain in 12 ...', a series which examines 12 items that are key to British history from the Stone Age to present day. The series helps students understand chronology and the idea of continuity and change. By focusing on different objects, it also encourages the reader to understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources and to gain knowledge of the methods of historical enquiry.
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  • Bravery in World War I (The National Archives)

    By Peter Hicks
    Authors:
    Peter Hicks
    Could you shoot down an enemy plane, or help other soldiers when shells and gas were exploding around you? Could you act calmly when facing an enemy tank, or carry a wounded man across muddy ground and enemy gunfire? That is just what the people in this book did!Bravery in World War I gives accounts of members of the armed forces of who risked their own lives to help others in frightening and dangerous situations. Find out how these heroic individuals acted under great pressure, how people were awarded for their bravery, and more about the events of the war they were fighting in.Documents, images and records from The National Archives have been used to recreate each real-life act of courage.Context panels give more information about the events of the World Wars, and the reasons that people were put in dangerous situations.A great study guide for the events World War 1, bringing together real life experiences with explanations of key events and people of the First World War. 'A second thought' feature boxes ask readers to think again about the story they have read and aspects of it that would have required difficult and quick decision making.The Beyond the Call of Duty series remembers and records acts of great bravery in both World Wars. Other titles in the series look at the courage of people in the Second World War, of civilians and of animals in wartime.
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  • The Battle Of Hastings

    By Gillian Clements
    Authors:
    Gillian Clements
    In 1066 a great battle took place in England between the Anglo-Saxons and the invading Normans. Its result would determine a new course of history.There are some moments in history that are so dramatic or important that people remember them forever. In words and pictures, Gillian Clements tells the stories of these Great Events. These books are perfect for the emerging independent reader at upper Key Stage 1. Simple, narrative text with lively, informative line illustrations. Designed to encourage a sense of history, not just give the facts.
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  • British History

    By Bob Fowke
    Authors:
    Bob Fowke
    'Who's Who in British History' contains biographies of 250 of the most important people in British history. Written in an informal, friendly style, the book provides essential information about their lives. Aimed at children of 8-12 years, the book is easy to use, with cross references, a glossary and an index. The text is interspersed with appealing cartoon-style illustrations.Includes a huge range of biographies from kings and queens, artists, saints, writers, inventors, sporting heroes, explorers, politicians and statesmen, philanthropists, pilots, rebels and villains, pretenders to the throne to teachers, warriors and fashion victims.Expert consultant: Dr Miles Taylor of King's College, University of London.
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  • Building a Castle

    By Paul Humphrey
    Authors:
    Paul Humphrey
    Have you ever wondered how castles were built? In Building a Castle you'll discover what it was like to work on a castle construction site. Find out why carpenters were highly paid, how a medieval crane worked and why a castle's moat was so important.Part of the series Knights and Castles, you can find out the answers to all of these questions and much more!
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    Brothers at War - A First World War Family History

    By Sarah Ridley
    Authors:
    Sarah Ridley
    At the turn of the 20th century four brothers were born to the Baker family, Lionel, Arthur, Maurice and Harold. Over a hundred years later Eliza, one of Arthur Baker's great-grandchildren, and her mother, Sarah, decided to find out about these ancestors. They delved into the past to uncover for themselves the story of Lionel, Arthur and Maurice during the First World War.Using letters sent from the Western Front, a diary written in a prisoner of war camp and a wealth of authentic sources, including family photographs, Eliza and Sarah uncover their fascinating family history of the First World War.Produced in association with the Imperial War Museum, this is a great resource for readers aged 12 and up.
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  • Brunel The Great Engineer

    By Sally Hewitt
    Authors:
    Sally Hewitt
    Ways into History: Houses and Homes looks at the life and achievements of the great Victorian engineer and architect, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It also explores his powerful legacy. Several of his main engineering achievements are examined through photographs, drawings and other historical objects, including the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the Thames Tunnel and the incredible influence he had on the railways, travel by ship and even the Crimean War. A simple timeline helps readers see the span of his achievements over time.In the Ways into History series, original illustrations and simple text bring the past alive, while questions and activities encourage historical research and build up confidence and enthusiasm for British history at Key stage 1. For children aged 5+.Teaching and literacy notes are included to help parents and teachers use the book in a classroom setting and for home learning.
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  • Becoming Queen Elizabeth II

    By Gillian Clements
    Authors:
    Gillian Clements
    As the longest-reigning British monarch, it's hard to believe that when Elizabeth was born, no-one imagined that she would one day be Queen - so how did this happen? Read all about Queen Elizabeth II's story in this engaging illustrated story book, which traces her life from childhood, to Coronation and the dawning of a new Elizabethan Age.This book is part of a series of picture books, Famous People, Great Events, which are suitable for ages 6-12. They tell the stories of famous men and women and great events in history and can be used to study the primary history curriculum. Written by successful authors, they are enjoyable reads which are packed with facts and colourful illustrations.Each book includes a timeline of key dates, a quiz and index.
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  • The Berlin Wall

    By Anne Rooney
    Authors:
    Anne Rooney
    Looks at some of the most well-known places in modern history and explores why they are remembered.
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    Belle's Song

    By K.M. Grant, K.M. Grant
    Authors:
    K.M. Grant, K.M. Grant
    When Belle meets Luke, son of an alchemist and Scribe to the famous poet Chaucer, she is determined to travel with him to Canterbury on a pilgrimage. She hopes for a miracle: that her father will walk again. She also hopes to atone for her own part in his accident. It is a time of unrest across the country and the young King Richard II is just hanging on to his throne. A malign character on the pilgrimage suspects Chaucer of treason and slowly winds Belle into a political intrigue. At the same time, the impulsive Belle is drawn towards both Luke and to Walter, the wealthy son of a Knight. But Walter himself is in love with Luke... As the uprising against the King starts to draw pace and the web of intrigue around Belle and Chaucer tightens, Belle and her friends must risk everything to save their country and themselves...
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  • Battles That Changed the World

    By Chris Oxlade, David West
    Authors:
    Chris Oxlade
    Illustrated by:
    David West
    In AD 732, near the town of Tours, France, a Frankish army defeated the invading Islamic army and stopped the advance of the Islamic empire into Europe. It is one of ten battles in this book, ranging from Thermopylae in Ancient Greece to the Battle of Britain during World War II, chosen because of their lasting effect on world history
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