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Image for Trees, woods and forests : a social and cultural history / Charles Watkins.

Trees, woods and forests : a social and cultural history / Charles Watkins.

Forests and the trees within them have always been a central resource for the development of technology, culture, and the expansion of humans as a species. Examining and challenging our historical and modern attitudes toward wooded environments, this engaging book explores how our understanding of forests has transformed in recent years and how it fits in our continuing anxiety about our impact on the natural world.
Image for The curious world of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn / Margaret Willes.

The curious world of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn / Margaret Willes.

One of the most well known figures from the Restoration period is the diarist Samuel Pepys, whose lively account of London life in the 1660s is a rich source of entertainment, besides providing first hand accounts of dramatic events such as the plague year of 1665 and the Great Fire of London in 1666 when he took the news of the conflagration to the king, and later was forced to take the extreme measure of burying his treasured parmesan in a hole in the garden.

Another celebrated diarist from the same period is John Evelyn. Less well known than the ebullient Pepys, Evelyn was nevertheless a significant figure in the cultural life of the late seventeenth century. He was a co founder of the Royal Society and took in a keen interest in horticulture and garden design.
Although the two men were of different backgrounds and temperaments, Evelyn a member of the minor gentry and devout aesthete, Pepys, an MP and administrator of the Navy Board who enjoyed life’s pleasures and temptations to the full, the two men were friends.

As this new book shows, their friendship thrived as both were drawn to intellectual pursuits and had several interest in common such as science, travel and a love of books. Set in the context of the tumultuous events of the seventeenth century, the author explores the relationship between the two men as they reacted to the world around them. The author examines their lives at home and abroad as they moved in colourful social circles, and the interests they shared as well as their divergent enthusiasms, Pepys’ for the theatre and music, and Evelyn for gardening. Through the lives of the two men, the author paints a vivid picture of life in Restoration London.
Image for Poems : book one of Our Trakl / Georg Trakl ; translated by James Reidel.

Poems : book one of Our Trakl / Georg Trakl ; translated by James Reidel.

Trakl, one of my favourites! This is a new translation of his first volume of poems (published in 1913 as "Gedichte"). It keeps true to the order Trakl intended them to be read. His second poetry collection, "Sebastian im Traum", was published posthumously two years later: traumatised by his experiences as a medic in World War I, Trakl attempted suicide and was admitted to a military hospital in Krakow, where he died of a cocaine overdose in early November 1914.
Image for Martin Luther : rebel in an age of upheaval / Heinz Schilling ; translated by Rona Johnston.

Martin Luther : rebel in an age of upheaval / Heinz Schilling ; translated by Rona Johnston.

A new biography of the former monk who 500 years ago turned Christianity on its head.
The author explains that previous biographers of Luther have always been inclined to see Luther as a hero of their own times: in 1617 he was Luther the warrior, defender of Protestants against Catholic infiltration at the start of the thirty years war. In the Enlightenment he was a more peaceful and open minded figure, and at the beginning of the twentieth century, he was Luther the nationalist to the Germans, reflective of their ‘religious’ profundity who would protect them against the decadence of the West.
However none of these Luther’s reflects the real historical figure. Schiller writes that his own biography is not another attempt to make him a hero of the modern age, but to explain him as an individual in the context of his own time, a man whose thoughts and actions are actually out of kilter with later generations, however many times they have interpreted otherwise.
Image for Rise of the rocket girls : the women who propelled us, from missiles to the moon to Mars / Nathalia Holt.

Rise of the rocket girls : the women who propelled us, from missiles to the moon to Mars / Nathalia Holt.

The Rise of The Rocket Girls tells the stories of a pioneering group of elite young women who were instrumental in launching the American space programme. Initially employed for their mathematical prowess during World War II to assist with the development of rocket design and ballistic missiles, they subsequently became part of NASA and worked on the first probes to the moon, Venus, Mars and beyond. They became the first computer programmers and engineers and in so doing charted a course not only for space exploration, but for the future opportunities of female scientists.
Image for The cry of the renegade : politics and poetry in interwar Chile / Raymond B. Craib.

The cry of the renegade : politics and poetry in interwar Chile / Raymond B. Craib.

This book is about José Domingo Gómez Rojas, a 24 year old university student and acclaimed poet, who after two months in police custody, died in Santiago's asylum. This micro-history recovers the context within which Gómez Rojas's arrest, imprisonment, and death unfolded and the experiences of men he counted as friends, comrades, colleagues, mentors, and pupils.
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The TLS historical archive, 1902-2012

Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, 1902-2012 is a fully searchable resource that contains the complete run of the 'Times Literary Supplement' (TLS) from its inception in 1902 to 2012.
The 'TLS Historical Archive' includes over 300,000 reviews, letters, poems, articles and criticism by and about a wealth of influential writers and critics.
One of the key added benefits of searching the 'TLS Historical Archive' online is the revelation of the identities of pre-1974 reviewers and critics who, to foster open discussion, were anonymised at the time of original publication.
Image for Beastly morality : animals as ethical agents / edited by Jonathan K. Crane.

Beastly morality : animals as ethical agents / edited by Jonathan K. Crane.

Non-human animals have feelings too.
Drawing not only on ethics and religion but also on law, sociology, and cognitive science, the essays in this collection test long-held certainties about moral boundaries and behaviors and prove that nonhuman animals possess complex reasoning capacities, sophisticated empathic sociality, and dynamic and enduring self-conceptions.
Image for Enlightened princesses : Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the shaping of the modern world / edited by Joanna Marschner ; with the assistance of David Bindman and Lisa L. Ford

Enlightened princesses : Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the shaping of the modern world / edited by Joanna Marschner ; with the assistance of David Bindman and Lisa L. Ford

Enlightened princesses highlights the cultural impact on Britain and the wider world of 3 women of the Hanoverian dynasty: Caroline of Anspach, wife of George II, Augusta of Saxe-Gotha and Charlotte of Mecklenburgh-Strelitz, mother and wife of George III respectively. Written to accompany an exhibition to be held at Kensington Palace from June to November 2017, the book examines the contribution of the three princesses in many different areas of British society and culture, from development and promotion of the arts, the natural world, and the advancement of science and trade. The princesses’ keen pursuit of various charitable initiatives transformed the role of the monarchy into ‘the nation’s moral conscience and heart’ and paved the way for the modern monarchy.
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A companion to first ladies / edited by Katherine A. S. Sibley.

The study of presidential first ladies is a perennially popular topic in the United States. The role of first lady is constantly changing. This volume is a comprehensive scholarly historiographical survey of all the first ladies from Martha Washington through to Michelle Obama. It considers the role of these women as presidential wives, political partners, social crusaders, celebrities and sources of controversy and assesses their impact on elections, presidential policies, social causes and their significance in shaping their husbands’ legacies.
Image for The semiotics of Emoji / Marcel Danesi.

The semiotics of Emoji / Marcel Danesi.

The Semiotics of Emoji looks at what is officially the world's fastest-growing form of communication. Emoji seems to be a language: but is it? The rapid adoption of emoji in such a short span of time makes it a rich study in exploring the functions of language. Can Emoji replace language? Will people grow up emoji literate as well as digitally native? Can there be such a thing as a Universal Visual Language?
Image for Inside the Clinton White House : an oral history / Russell L. Riley.

Inside the Clinton White House : an oral history / Russell L. Riley.

Bill Clinton is both one of the most iconic and divisive figures in American politics of the last 30 years. Inside the Clinton White House is an oral history of the Clinton presidency from the people on the inside. Bringing together material from 400 hours of interviews with more than 60 former Clinton officials, it offers an intimate insight into the workings of the 42nd presidency from his potential bid for the White House in 1988 to its final days. The book is divided into 5 parts covering his road to the White House; his domestic and economic policy, including health care and welfare reforms; Foreign policy, including chapters on Northern Ireland and the Balkans ; Politics and the White House, including the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the move to impeach the president ; and the president and his team, which considers several important people in the administration such as Al Gore, Madeleine Albright, and of course Hillary Clinton.
Image for Alice in a world of wonderlands : the translations of Lewis Carroll's masterpiece / general editor, Jon A. Lindseth, technical editor, Alan Tannenbaum.

Alice in a world of wonderlands : the translations of Lewis Carroll's masterpiece / general editor, Jon A. Lindseth, technical editor, Alan Tannenbaum.

This 3-volume publication was compiled in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Alice's publication. The first volume contains essays, both generally relating to Alice and specifically to the translations. The second features re-translations into English from various translations of the same part of chapter VIII ("A Mad Tea-Party"), allowing one to read and compare how translators went about dealing with Lewis Carroll's nonsense, homophones, and twists of meaning. Finally, the third volume lists over 9,000 editions and reprints of Alice and the sequel Through the Looking-Glass in 174 languages.
Image for Blitzed : drugs in Nazi Germany / Norman Ohler ; translated by Shaun Whiteside.

Blitzed : drugs in Nazi Germany / Norman Ohler ; translated by Shaun Whiteside.

This is the story of how drug taking was rife in the Third Reich. From housewives and factory workers to the army, and even Hitler himself. Everyone was on something whether it was the lethal cocktail of stimulants administered to Hitler and his entourage; cocaine, heroin, morphine or the most commonly used of all, crystal meth. Ohler examines the impact of this extensive drug use on the events of World War Two. Initially the drugs contributed to Germany’s success as crystal meth was crucial to German troops’ resilience and consequently victory in 1940, but as the war turned against Germany the drugs administered at the highest level resulted in impaired and confused decision making. Ohler shows that whilst drugs on their own cannot explain the events of world war two, they are crucial to understanding of it.
Image for Jane Eyre : manuscript / Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre : manuscript / Charlotte Bronte

This is the first publication of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 manuscript of Jane Eyre. The facsimiles of Brontë's writing are accompanied by Edmund Garrett's etchings from an edition published in 1897.
Image for The invention of Angela Carter : [a biography] / Edmund Gordon.

The invention of Angela Carter : [a biography] / Edmund Gordon.

This book, selected as a Book of the Year 2016 in The Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Financial Times, Spectator and Observer, tells the story of how Angela Carter invented herself, uncovering a life rich in incident and adventure. Edmund Gordon’s illuminating biography about one of English literature’s most inventive writer, was read on BBC’s Radio 4 Book of the week.
Image for Alejo Carpentier and the musical text / Katia Chornik.

Alejo Carpentier and the musical text / Katia Chornik.

The Swiss-born Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier incorporated music in his fiction extensively, for instance in titles, in analogies with musical forms, in scenes depicting performances, recordings and broadcasts, and in characters discussions of musical issues.
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Radical Americas journal

A brand new open access journal that "explores the historical, political and social contexts that have underpinned radicalism in the Americas, engaging fully with the cross-currents of activism which connect North, Central and South America along with the Caribbean."

Senate House Library is currently showing an exhibition on radicalism: Radical Voices. Join us for a free exhibition and series of events running from 16 January through March 2017!
Image for Goethe's families of the heart / Susan E. Gustafson.

Goethe's families of the heart / Susan E. Gustafson.

Focusing on the “elective affinities” characters in Goethe’s work chose, rather than the often failed relationships with their biological family, Gustafson uncovers an, even from today’s perspective, radical Goethe, who defines love, rather than gender, lineage or economic or political advantages, as the fundamental essence of what holds a family together and allows the formation of strong and supportive families; thus giving equal validity to any form a family can take, may it be the “traditional” family, elective “families of the heart and soul” or anything in between and beyond. Society still struggles with the very same issues, which highlights how relevant Goethe’s ideas and observations still are.
Image for The painted book in Renaissance Italy : 1450-1600 / Jonathan J.G. Alexander.

The painted book in Renaissance Italy : 1450-1600 / Jonathan J.G. Alexander.

Although this is a history of Italian book illumination, the author places the art in the context of the Renaissance as a whole and explains how it connects to other media of the Renaissance such as painting, sculpture, and architecture, and also to the patrons of those media. The books is full of beautiful, vivid illustrations from manuscripts, so it is a feast for the eyes as well as “essential reading for all scholars and students of Renaissance art”.
Image for Broken idols of the English reformation / Margaret Aston.

Broken idols of the English reformation / Margaret Aston.

Broken idols of the Reformation is account of the iconoclasm which took place during the Reformation. Margaret Aston explores the motivations of those who destroyed religious artifacts, and shows that that it was part of a ‘religious revolution’ designed to change people as well as buildings, and not only did it transform ways of worship but of seeing, hearing and remembering.
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UK Parliamentary papers

Long-time useful database and home of primary government documents, House of Commons Parliamentary Papers has been updated and now goes by U.K. Parliamentary Papers. As before, the resource contains Parliamentary papers from the eighteen to the twenty-first centuries, as well as Hansard debates. Proquest’s libguides on the resource are especially helpful when first using UKPP, with guidance on searching, search syntax, and bookmarking.
Image for Michelle Obama : First Lady, American rhetor / edited by Elizabeth J. Natalle and Jenni M. Simon.

Michelle Obama : First Lady, American rhetor / edited by Elizabeth J. Natalle and Jenni M. Simon.

This book on the outgoing First Lady is not a conventional biography in the traditions of first lady research. Instead it is an edited anthology that examines Michelle Obama’s rhetoric from an interdisciplinary point of view. Essays consider her brand as first lady, her addresses to the Democratic National Convention, her ethos, her speaking tour of Africa, her role encouraging young people to participate in community labor, and an analysis of her tribute to Maya Angelou as a contribution to Black feminist intellectualism. The book shows Michelle Obama as a very modern woman, who has influenced America at the intersections of gender, race and class.
Image for Meetings with remarkable manuscripts / Christopher de Hamel.

Meetings with remarkable manuscripts / Christopher de Hamel.

The Sunday Times History Book of the Year!
I first became interested when I saw it reviewed for the Sunday Times. The language of the dust jacket makes it sound different and very modern in its approach. Encountering an important illuminated manuscript is compared to meeting a famous person, and the reader is invited into an intimate conversation with them. There are 12 manuscripts altogether under discussion, including the Book of Kells and a manuscript of the Canterbury Tales. This is their biography. What has been their journey to the present? What have they meant as objects at various times? Who owned them? The book is not just about manuscripts but history, religion, art, literature, music, science and the history of taste.
Image for Emblematik der Zukunft : Poetik und Geschichte literarischer Utopien von Thomas Morus bis Robert Musil / Wilhelm Vosskamp.

Emblematik der Zukunft : Poetik und Geschichte literarischer Utopien von Thomas Morus bis Robert Musil / Wilhelm Vosskamp.

Matching the theme of Senate House Library's current exhibition "Utopia and Dystopia" (still running until 17th December!), this publication explores the history of the literary utopia and the reflections utopias allow on the social and cultural circumstances of their time. Starting with Thomas More in the 15th century Vosskamp examines utopian writings all the way to the 20th century.
Image for Confessions / Jaume Cabré ; translated from the Catalan by Mara Faye Lethem.

Confessions / Jaume Cabré ; translated from the Catalan by Mara Faye Lethem.

Cabré's epic novel interweaves several story lines, linked together by a priceless violin: from the planting of the tree it will eventually be made of, to the profound consequences it has on the life of its most recent owner. It is him, Adrià Ardevol, from who's perspective the violin's dark and violent history is told. I was instantly captivated by the story and couldn't put it down. It's one of these novels whose end, despite it's nearly 800 pages, comes far too soon...
Image for Henry the young king, 1155-1183 / Matthew Strickland.

Henry the young king, 1155-1183 / Matthew Strickland.

This English king was regarded as “one of the most charismatic and celebrated chivalric figures of later twelfth century Europe”. No not Richard the Lionheart, his elder brother, Henry the Young King, the eldest son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Crowned king aged 15 as co-ruler alongside his father to ensure the succession, he is an all but forgotten figure now, not counted amongst the list of English monarchs as he never ruled in his own right, and eclipsed by the deeds of his brothers Richard I and John. But in his own lifetime Henry was a very significant figure indeed, an international figure of renown through his participation on the tournament circuit, and at the heart of the dramatic events of Angevin rule and family politics, whether joining his mother and brothers in rebelling against his father, or fighting his brother Richard for control of Aquitaine. His coronation lead to one of the most controversial events of the reign, when Becket excommunicated the bishops who participated in the ceremony as they had usurped his rights, and provoked Henry II into the loss of temper that resulted in Becket’s murder. The Young King’s death at the age of 28, predeceasing his father, provoked yet more family conflict as his surviving brothers squabbled over the succession to the crown and other Angevin lands, which was the inspiration for the Oscar winning film The Lion in Winter starring Peter O’Toole, Katherine Hepburn and Anthony Hopkins. Like Prince Arthur, the brother of Henry VIII and Prince Henry, the brother of Charles I, the story of the Young King is another of those What If moments in English history.
Image for Further adventures of The dialectic of sex : critical essays on Shulamith Firestone / edited by Mandy Merck and Stella Sandford.

Further adventures of The dialectic of sex : critical essays on Shulamith Firestone / edited by Mandy Merck and Stella Sandford.

The image of the Senate House revolving door portrayed by the media artist Ron Hagell,“The sexes in revolution at Senate House”, seems to offer a ride into the most radical of feminist manifestos. “Calling for the liberation of women and children through the abolition of the nuclear family and the end of pregnancy itself…” this is a prescient study on the unresolved question of gender dichotomy, and the subordination of women and homosexuals. Who would have thought that the Firestone’s work is 40 years old?
Image for The Ulysses delusion : rethinking standards of literary merit / Cecilia Konchar Farr.

The Ulysses delusion : rethinking standards of literary merit / Cecilia Konchar Farr.

What is a "good" book? And why is this question answered so differently by literary professionals on the one hand and readers on the other? I found Konchar Farr's exploration of these questions, the gendered history of the novel in the US one gets on the way, and her call for a more balanced look at novels a very interesting read. It certainly confirmed my reasoning for having had such a hit and miss experience of finding "good" books through either literary reviews or bestseller lists: my sweet spot between the two rarely shows up on either.
Image for All things made new : writings on the Reformation / Diarmaid MacCulloch.

All things made new : writings on the Reformation / Diarmaid MacCulloch.

Next year will see the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses which provided the starting point for The Reformation. In this new book, Diarmaid MacCulloch, whose book the History of Christianity was adapted into a BBC tv series, discusses the Reformation in Britain in a series of essays on topics such as writings on angels, The King James Bible, Forging Reformation history, and the roles of Henry VIII and Thomas Cranmer.
Image for Shakespeare and me : great writers, actors and directors on what the bard means to them - and us / edited by Susannah Carson ; foreword by Harold Bloom.

Shakespeare and me : great writers, actors and directors on what the bard means to them - and us / edited by Susannah Carson ; foreword by Harold Bloom.

A great read on how Shakespeare’s works are seen and influenced by actors, directors and writers on Shakespeare. From James Earl Jones the American actor who reminisces on hearing the first recital of Shakespeare, to his part in playing in several Shakespeare plays, to Sir Ben Kingsley actor and Honorary Associate Artist of the RSC, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Patrick Stewart amongst others.
Image for Stamped from the beginning : the definitive history of racist ideas in America / Ibram X. Kendi.

Stamped from the beginning : the definitive history of racist ideas in America / Ibram X. Kendi.

In this lucid analysis of the anti-black racist ideas, Ibram X. Kend delivers a collection of statistics and historical chronicles. A powerful narrative which also explains the cultural background behind latest Afro-American murders in the United States. The title comes from a speech held in the US Senate in 1860 by Senator Jefferson Davis who was intensely objecting a bill funding black education declaring that the “inequality of the white and black race” was “stamped from the beginning.”
Image for The divorce of King Lothar and Queen Theutberga : Hincmar of Rheim's De divortio / translated and annotated by Rachel Stone and Charles West.

The divorce of King Lothar and Queen Theutberga : Hincmar of Rheim's De divortio / translated and annotated by Rachel Stone and Charles West.

700 years before Henry VIII endeavoured to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, Europe was scandalised by the long running saga of King Lothar II of Lotharingia’s attempt to divorce his queen Theutberga in order to marry the mother of his children. As with Henry VIII, Lothar’s plight attracted attention and opposition from rival kings, foreign bishops and the pope, and "helped durably shape European politics and culture" (book description). De Divortio is a contemporary witness account of the story by a major participant, Archbishop Hincmar of Rheims, and provides an insight into Medieval attitudes towards a whole range of issues political, religious and esoteric, including kingship, gender, magic, and bishops.
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Eighteenth century drama : censorship, society and the stage.

The University of London Senate House Library is currently one of six participating libraries to this database. The database is “an interdisciplinary resource rich in material for researchers in, not only theatre and drama, but literature, history, politics, music, censorship, gender, romanticism and the long eighteenth century. It reflects the politics of the time, the role of women, views on race and religion, opinions on empire and European and British history.
Image for Colour : the art & science of illuminated manuscripts / edited by Stella Panayotova ; with the assistance of Deirdre Jackson & Paola Ricciardi.

Colour : the art & science of illuminated manuscripts / edited by Stella Panayotova ; with the assistance of Deirdre Jackson & Paola Ricciardi.

Catalogues of exhibitions of illuminated manuscripts are some of my favourite items to catalogue. The colours are so vibrant, even in a book. This is a catalogue of an exhibition held at the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, the focus of which is on colour, and includes sections on The Trade in Colours, Pigment recipes and model books, Colour theory and Colour and meaning.
Image for Agatha : the real life of Agatha Christie / Anne Martinetti, Guillaume Lebeau, Alexandre Franc.

Agatha : the real life of Agatha Christie / Anne Martinetti, Guillaume Lebeau, Alexandre Franc.

This is a welcome addition to the collection Senate House Library hold on Agatha Christie. It is a graphic novel biography of her life. “It traces the life of the Queen of Whodunnit from her childhood in Torquay, England trough a career filled with success, to her later years as Dame Agatha”.
As a fan of Agatha’s televised novels, I am yet to read about her life. I have started reading a few pages of this memoir and am already intrigued.
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England's immigrants : 1330-1550

With the recent coverage of immigrants into Europe, this database is specific to the United Kingdom’s historical immigration process.
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Artemis Primary Sources

The combination of different subject matter in this document will be of interest to Graduate researchers and faculty staff. It provides an interactive research environment that allows researchers to cross-search, Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) and our newspaper archives
Image for Marvel and artefact : the 'Wonders of the East' in its manuscript contexts / By A.J. Ford.

Marvel and artefact : the 'Wonders of the East' in its manuscript contexts / By A.J. Ford.

Former Senate House Library English librarian Dr A.J. Ford examines three surviving medieval manuscript versions of the ‘Wonders of the East’ text, a fabulist and fabulous narrative that describes the many marvels and prodigies to be encountered outside Europe, including dragons, phoenixes, bearded women, and ants the size of dogs. Dr Ford has adapted his PhD thesis for this 2015 Brill edition.