H2. Gautier, T "Mademoiselle De Maupin" Dymock's Book Arcade Ltd, 1951. Hardcover in red cloth in good condition, no dust jacket, 340 pages. Written originally in 1835, considered to be his most remarkable novel, often referred to as a literary curiosity. Based on a real life person, the daughter of Count Armagnac's secretary, who married Monsieur Maupin, an under clerk, whom she left immediately to run off to Paris with a fencing master who made her a first class swordswoman.
H3. Gavin, C "The House of War" Coronet Books, 1971. Softcover in ery good condition, 350 pages. This novel is set in Turkey in 1922, at the close of the War of Independence, and the central situation turns on a fictitious episode in the life of the victor in that war, Mustafa Kemal. A dramatic novel of the passion and power of Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic.
H4. Gavin, C "Madeleine" Hodder Paperbacks, 1970. Softcover in very good condition, 414 pages. This book tells the story of James Bruce, a tough Scots engineer with the P and O Line, and Madeleine d'Arbonne, a light-hearted French court lady, caught up in the tornado of the Franco-Prussian War and the horrors of the siege of Paris.
H6. Heyer, Georgette "Charity Girl" Bodley Head, 1st edition, 1970. Hardcover in good condition (a bit grubby on the back cover), no dust jacket.
H7. Heyer, Georgette. "The Conqueror" Pan Books, 1967. Softcover in very good condition, except that part of front endpaper has been torn out, no text missing. This novel is the fast moving but minutely wrought chronicle of one of the great figures in British history - William, Duke of Normandy and King of England. Heyer follows the Conqueror from the days of his infancy until his victory over King Harold at the Battle of Hastings.
H8. Heyer, G "Bath Tangle" Pan Books, 1967. Softcover in very good condition, 286 pages. It had been a great scandal in Society when Lady Serena broke off her engagement to Lord Rotherham a month before their marriage.. but all were agreed that two such tempestuous characters could never have made a happy match. Lady Seren'a rage was understandable when her father's Will put her marriage prospects and her fortune in Lord Rotherham's control.... Regency era.
H10. Irwin, M "The Bride" Hamlyn Paperbacks, 1978. Softcover in very good condition, 356 pages. The moving story of the romance between Louise, sister of Rupert of the Rhine, and the Marquis of Montrose, who had fought so gallantly for her uncle, King Charles I of England. Now King Charles was dead, and his son in exile, Montrose left his betrothed and returned to Scotland, to lead one last campaign for his King.... Montrose's last desperate venture for the Stuart cause.
H11. Lofts, Norah "Crown of Aloes" Coronet Books, 1975. Softcover in very good condition, 270 pages. It is through Isabella of Spain's own eyes that we experience the towering events of her day.
H12. Martin, Joy "The Moon is Red in April" Grafton Books, 1989. Hardcover in very good condition, dust jacket in very good condition, ex library book in plastic protected cover. Ireland, 1744, and the young Catholic Richard O'Shaughnessy embarks on a hazardous journey to escape the Penal Laws and fight for his country in France. En route he meets the rich Philip Cantillon, and together they pursue their studies in Paris before joining the Irish Brigade..... Steeped in the history and landscapes of France and Ireland, this is a powerful and moving saga.
H14. Morris, WH "The Puritan and the Maid" Robert Hale Limited, 1979. Hardcover in very good condition, dust jacket in very good condition, ex library book in plastic protective cover, 192 pages. When Harriet Slade's guardian tried to force her to marry a man twice her age she ran away to her great-aunt. It was a hazardous jouney for Charles II had just returned from exile and the times were unsettled. Luckily, Harriet met Gideon Wilkins, a member of an extreme Puritan sect known as the Fifth Monarchy Men who aimed to restore the Commonwealth. He agreed to let Hariet travel with him....
H15. Plaidy, J "Daughters of Spain", Pan Books, 1974. Softcover in very good condition, 287 pages. With Spain now united, Ferdinand looked to his daughters to further his ambitions. All too often, Isabella found herself torn between his brilliant plans and her love for her children. During the last years of Isabella's reign it seemed there was a curse on the Royal House which struck at the children of the Sovereigns... Third book in the Ferdinand and Isabella Trilogy.
H17. Plaidy, J. "Here Lies Our Sovereign Land" Pan Books, 1969. Softcover in very good condition, 318 pages. Charles II, determined his people shall know peace and religious freedom, intrigues with Louis XIV for the money that will keep him independent of Parliament and dispel the shadows cast over the throne by his son Monmouth and his own brother, the Duke of York. When politics tire the Merry Monarch, there are always women ready to please him, and the King's passionate nature finds full rein in pretty, witty Nell Gwyn; the babyish good looks of Louise de Keroualle; and the languid beauty of violet-eyed Hortense Mancini....
H18. Plaidy, J. "Madame Serpent" Pan Books, 1971. Softcover in very good condition, 332 pages. Sullen-eyed and broken hearted, fourteen year old Catherine de Medici rode into France. Behind her and before her rode the nobility of Italy. She was to marry Henry of Orleans, second son of the King. Amid the glittering fetes, masques, jousts and banquets of the most immoral court in sexteenth century Europe, the reluctant bride became a passionate but unwanted wife. Angry, humiliated and tortured by jealousy as she secretly spied on Henry's lovemaking, Catherine began to plan her revenge...
H19. Seton, A (author of Katherine) "Avalon" Hodder and Stoughton, 1966. Hardcover in good condition, front of dust jacket has been stuck to front cover, 381 pages. Wessex, in the last quarter of the tenth century: a time of conflict between Church and State, a time of threat from Viking invasions. Rumon, descendant of Charlemagne and of King Alfred, was a searcher. Merewyn grew up in savage Cornwall - chance in the form of a shipwreck brought them together, the their lives became intertwined, their story is spun out against a broad background of history and places.
H20. Seton, A (author of Katherine) "Foxfire" Coronet Books, 1974. Softcover in good condition, 319 pages. Some stamps from book exchanges inside front cover, very slight water damage on last few pages of book. Here is the story of foxfire, that luminous glow as fake as any mirage. It is a story about a love that started inexplicably and was found to be real, of adventure which ended in discovery. It is the story of a beautiful New York girl, desperately seeking a happy marriage in the played-out mining towns of the arid Arizona desert.
H21. Seton, A "The Turquoise" Hodder and Stoughton, 1968. Softcover in good condition, 317 pages. She was born Santa Fe Cameron: her mother who died soon after giving her to the world, was high born Spanish, her father an aristocratic Scot. On her seventeenth birthday her only home had been a slum in New Mexico: nine years later she was married to one of the wealthiest men on Wall Street, Simeon Tower and wiser by many more years.
H22. Schoonover, L "The Queen's Cross" Ballantine Books, 1970. A master story teller re-creates the glory of Spain's greatest epoch and the character of one of history's most fascinating women. This is the story of Queen Isabella, a strong administrator and a military genius who laid the foundations of empire - yet never ceased to be a proud and passionate woman. Here, too, are the celebrated figures of the age - Ferdinand, the king whose weakness she hid from the world; Juana, the unscrupulous queen mother, who sought to gain the throne for her bastard child; the sinister Torquemada, the fanatic monk who became Spain's Grand Inquisitor; and Columbus, whose dream was to lead Spain into the New World.
H24. Williams, B "Crusaders" Pocket Books, 1997. Softcover in good condition, back cover has a few folds in it, 406 pages. A fascinating and controversial epic of the creation of Israel. Jacob Ben-Levi lost his boyhood to the horrors of the Nazi camps but his vision kept him alive. He was going to find his way home. He was going back to that ancient land where Jews were safe - Israel. But others saw in that land a different promise.