RHYMING HISTORY

 

Illustrations by JOHN PARTRIDGE

by COLIN WAKEFIELD

 

 

Volume Two: 1485 - 1603

 

 

                                

Volume One: 55BC - 1485

 

THE ROMANS TO THE WARS OF THE ROSES 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Volume Three: 1603 - 1649

 

THE EARLY STUARTS AND CIVIL WAR

 

The Story of England in Verse

THE TUDORS

Volume Five: 1660 - 1685

 

CHARLES THE SECOND AND THE RESTORATION

 

Volume Four: 1649 - 1660

 

CROMWELL AND THE COMMONWEALTH

 

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The Restoration of Charles the Second ushered in a new age of scandal, danger and political turmoil. The Great Plague, the Great Fire and the Popish Plot are just three of the extraordinary events that distinguish this tempestuous age. Nell Gwynn, Titus Oates, Christopher Wren, John Bunyan, Aphra Behn.... the cast of characters is rich and diverse.

This book is 137 pages and approximately 4,000 lines long, with 38 illustrations by John Partridge.


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This book is 183 pages and approximately 5,300 lines long, with 41 illustrations by John Partridge.


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The execution of Charles the First left the nation in shock. Who was to govern and by what authority? This volume spans the unsettled years of the Commonwealth, dominated by the commanding figure of Oliver Cromwell. It charts the early success and final decline of the revolution, closing with the triumphant return of Charles the Second to reclaim his stolen kingdom.  

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This book is 115 pages and approximately 3,300 lines long, with

24 illustrations by John Partridge.

 

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This book is 201 pages and approximately 5,900 lines long, with 43 illustrations by John Partridge.

 

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This book is 105 pages and approximately 3,200 lines long, with 21 illustrations by John Partridge.

 

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  Volume Six: 1685 - 1688

 

    JAMES THE SECOND -   THE FORGOTTEN KING





COLIN WAKEFIELD wrote On Your Honour and Audience With Murder, both co-written with Roger Leach and produced at the Jermyn Street Theatre, London. He co-wrote Sleep No More with David Gillespie and has written twenty Christmas musicals with composer Kate Edgar, thirteen of which are published by Josef Weinberger Plays.

JOHN PARTRIDGE has been a designer and illustrator for many years, more recently specialising in cartoons and caricatures for both commercial and private clients.



"Believe me, if History had been this interesting when I was at school I might have paid more attention."



DHP

Double Honours Publications

From the arrival of Julius Caesar in 55BC to the defeat of Richard the Third at Bosworth Field in 1485, this action-packed volume includes King Alfred the Great and his routing of the Danes, William the Conqueror's victory at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, Domesday Book, King John and Magna Carta, the Black Death and Henry the Fifth's famous victory at Agincourt.

From the largely unsung yet impressive reign of Henry the Seventh, the victor of Bosworth Field, to Henry the Eighth and his six wives; from Queen  'Bloody' Mary to the glorious and dangerous  reign of  Queen Elizabeth, with her troublesome cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots,  THE TUDORS spans one of the most exciting, turbulent and colourful periods of English history.

This book is 119 pages and approximately 3,400 lines long, with 31 illustrations by John Partridge.


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James the Second was obstinate, headstrong and inept. He inherited a kingdom at peace, but rebellion was in the air. The birth of a Catholic son, the revolt of the Anglican bishops and the landing of William of Orange combined to ensure the King's downfall. Famously dropping the Great Seal into the Thames, James fled to France. The Glorious Revolution had begun. 

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Volume Nine: 1760 - 1789  GEORGE THE THIRD - THE LOSS OF AMERICA

will be published in November 2018, with subsequent volumes published annually.






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NEW FEBRUARY 2018   Volume Eight: 1714 - 1760   THE EARLY HANOVERIANS 

Where James the First was intelligent and astute, if personally flawed, his son was obstinate and rash. Charles the First plunged his kingdom into bloody civil war. The King lost the struggle, and his head. The Gunpowder Plot, the assassination of Buckingham, the New Model Army and the rise of Cromwell, the bloody battles of Edgehill, Marston Moor and Naseby - all feature in this astonishing period of seventeeth century history.

  Volume Seven: 1688 - 1714

 

    GLORIOUS REVOLUTION   THE LAST OF THE STUARTS





This book is 137 pages and approximately 3,800 lines long, with 39 illustrations by John Partridge.


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James the Second fled. Had he abdicated or simply deserted? In the 'Glorious Revolution' William and Mary were invited to reign jointly. William was never popular. War in Europe stoked divisions between Whigs and Tories. Under Queen Anne the victories of Blenheim and Ramillies revived the monarch's popularity, but Anne died childless and disillusioned. The Stuart dynasty had drawn to a close. 

  Volume Eight: 1714 - 1760

 

    THE EARLY HANOVERIANS   





This book is 189 pages and approximately 5,300 lines long, with 44 illustrations by John Partridge.


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The accession of George the First ushered in an era of change. The Protestant succession was secure, but Britain was plagued by Jacobite rebellion, financial scandal and war in Europe. Yet under the stewardship of Robert Walpole the country prospered. This was the age of Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson and William Pitt the Elder. The turbulent reign of George the Second ended with the celebrated Year of Victories.

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