Alessandrini, Stefano: Looting and passion of Greek vases from Etruria and Magna Graecia: The birth of great collections

Author
Alessandrini, Stefano

Title
Looting and passion of Greek vases from Etruria and Magna Graecia: The birth of great collections;in: Charney, Noah (Editor): Art Crime: Terrorists, Tomb Raiders, Forgers and Thieves

Publisher
Palgrave Macmillian, 2016


The book features essays on art crime by the most respected and knowledgeable experts in this interdisciplinary subject. I used some of the information for my post “Gossip Guide to the Kingdom of Naples: Inside the Palace of Caserta.”

Wilkes, Sue: Regency Spies: Secret Histories of Britain’s Rebels and Revolutionaries

Author
Wilkes, Sue

Title
Regency Spies: Secret Histories of Britain’s Rebels and Revolutionaries

Publisher
Pen and Sword, 2016


An adorable book about the period when democracy and liberty were still regarded as dubious in Europe. Sue Wilkes reveals the shadowy world of Britain’s spies, rebels and secret societies from the late 1780s until 1820.
I am delighted she agreed to write an insightful guest post about the secret means of communication used by spies in the late 18th century. You can read “Burn after Reading: Spying Secrets of the Regency Period – Guest Post by Sue Wilkes” here.

 

Foulkes, N.: Dancing Into Battle

Author
Foulkes, Nick

Title
Dancing Into Battle: A Social History of the Battle of Waterloo

Publisher
Phoenix House, 2007


A Regency Enthusiast can hardly escape books about each and every military aspect about the Battle of Waterloo. I am therefore grateful to Nick Foulkes, who looked into the social and everyday aspects of the lives of English soldiers and expatriate families in Brussels during the weeks leading up to the battle: From mobilising and transporting English troops to Belgium and an insight into the lives and pleasures of ordinary soldiers to the happy-go-lucky socialites holding balls and picnics – while Napoleon is closing in. Nick Foulkes creates entertaining and authentic historical scenes. His book is based on original sources such as documents from the Goodwood Collections, letters of the Duke of Beaufort and the memoirs of James Gunn of the 42nd (Black Watch) Regiment. Foulkes lets the reader travel with officers, soldiers and tourists, visit their parties, and finally join them on (the edge of) the battlefield.

A focus of the book is on the experiences of the family of the Duke of Richmond. Even though the Duchess of Richmond’s ball on the eve of the battle is not a new topic for research, I enjoyed seeing its glamour unfurl while, behind the glittering scene, preparations for war unfolded.

The book was helpful to check some details for my post “Writer’s Travel Guide: Lyme Park- An Austen Drama in its Own Right“.

Sinsoilliez, R.: Les espions du roi

Author
Sinsoilliez, Robert

Title
Les espions du roi

Publisher
Franck Martin: 2006


Robert Sinsoilliez was a French writer and historian. His focus was on the Channel Islands. In “Les espions du roi” he tells about the lives of the most famous spies for the Royalist cause on the late 18th century.

The book was helpful for writing my post “Writer’s Travel Guide: The Jersey Connection”.

Balleine, G. R. / Syvret, M. / Stevens, J.: Balleine’s History of Jersey

Authors
Balleine, George Reginald (Author) / Syvret, M. (Editor) / Stevens, J. (Editor)

Title
Balleine’s History of Jersey

Publisher
Phillimore & Co Ltd. 1981


Balleine’s History of Jersey is still the standard reference on the history of Jersey. The book covers the history of Jersey until the 1950s. The Romantic Age is covered by 2 chapters.

I used the book to write my post “Writer’s Travel Guide: The Jersey Connection”.

 

 

Ashelford, Jane: In the English Service. The Life of Philippe D’Auvergne

Author
Ashelford, Jane

Title
In the English Service. The Life of Philippe D’Auvergne

Publisher
Jersey Heritage Trust, 2008.


Ms. Ashelford is the expert on the life of Philipp D’Auvergne. Her book is small but packed with good stories from D’Auvergnes incredible rich life.

The book was helpful for writing my post “Writer’s Travel Guide: The Jersey Connection”.

Herpin E. / Colquhoun Grant, Mrs.: The hero of Brittany. Armand de Chateaubriand

Authors
Herpin E. / Colquhoun Grant, Mrs.

Title
The hero of Brittany. Armand de Chateaubriand

Publisher
Mills & Boon’s, 1914


This is an English translation of the memories of Armand de Chateaubriand, spy against Napoleon. You can read it online here. I used it to write my post “Writer’s Travel Guide: The Jersey Connection”.

Drower, G.: Heligoland: The True Story of German Bight and the Island the Britain Forgot

Author
Drower, George

Title
Heligoland: The True Story of German Bight and the Island the Britain Forgot

Publisher
The History Press, 2002


The focus of the book is on the eras after the Regency, but the book nevertheless excellently tells the story how Heligoland became England smallest colony in 1807.

I found the book helpful for writing my post “Jane Austen, the Captain and the Smugglers of a Tiny Island“.

Ritsema, A.: Heligoland, Past and Present

Editor
Ritsema, Alex

Title
Heligoland, Past and Present

Publisher
Lulu, 2007


 

Mr Ritsema is a lecturer in economics at a university in Deventer/The Netherlands. He has been studying and visiting small islands all over the world. “Heligoland, Past and Present” tells the fascinating history of a tiny island that once was the smallest colony of England, and it contains accounts of eyewitnesses from various centuries.

The book was helpful for writing my post “Jane Austen, the Captain and the Smugglers of a Tiny Island”.