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Williams, Kate 1974-

Overview
Works: 51 works in 352 publications in 3 languages and 9,678 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  History  Fiction  Historical fiction  Domestic fiction  Biography  War stories  Thrillers (Fiction)  Detective and mystery fiction  Psychological fiction 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Editor, osp, Creator
Classifications: DA590, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Kate Williams
Young Elizabeth : the Making of the Queen by Kate Williams( Book )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A lively and poignant biography of the young princess who, at the impressionable age of eleven, found that she was now heiress to the throne"--
Becoming Queen Victoria : the tragic death of Princess Charlotte and the unexpected rise of Britain's greatest monarch by Kate Williams( Book )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the acclaimed author of "England's Mistress" comes a smart, gripping account of the rise to the throne and the early life of Queen Victoria, and the tragic, little-known story of Princess Charlotte, the queen who never was
Ambition and desire : the dangerous life of Josephine Bonaparte by Kate Williams( Book )

14 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 854 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From CNN's official royal historian, a highly praised young author with a doctorate from Oxford University, comes the extraordinary rags-to-riches story of the woman who conquered Napoleon's heart -- and with it, an empire
England's mistress : the infamous life of Emma Hamilton by Kate Williams( Book )

21 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 793 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emma Williams (1765-1815) was the daughter of a poor village blacksmith, but she never permitted her lowly beginnings to thwart her ambitions. By the time she was 17, she was already a fixture in London society, having graduated from a brothel into the arms of several mistress keepers. After a succession of lovers, she married the aging Sir William Hamilton, the British envoy to Naples. She enriched her husband's Italian portfolio by charming King Ferdinand I, Queen Maria Carolina, Wolfgang von Goethe, and others before she fixed her magic on Napoleonic War hero Lord Horatio Nelson. Her relationship with him (which produced a child) ensured her fame and sealed her doom. This biography, the first in 20 years, redeems the reputation of "England's mistress."--Publisher description
The pleasures of men by Kate Williams( Book )

25 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Jack the Ripper- like serial killer, dubbed the Man of Crows, leaves his stabbed victims displayed with their hair stuffed into their mouths, their chests gouged in the shape of a star, and a penny placed on the exposed heart. The search for the murderer's identity largely falls to Catherine Sorgeiul, an orphan living with an ostensibly kindly uncle. Still adjusting to the tumult of the big city, Catherine also struggles with her own sexuality and the hypocrisies of early Victorian society, even as the body count rises
The Betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots : Elizbeth I and Her Greatest Rival by Kate Williams( Book )

5 editions published between 2018 and 2020 in English and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I, two women struggling for supremacy in a man's world, describes how their bonds of friendship sustained them until jealousy and antipathy turned them into enemies
The storms of war by Kate Williams( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the idyllic early summer of 1914, life is good for the de Witt family. Rudolf and Verena are planning the wedding of their daughter Emmeline, while their eldest son, Arthur, is studying in Paris and Michael is just back from his first term at Cambridge. Celia, the youngest of the de Witt children, is on the brink of adulthood, and secretly dreams of escaping her carefully mapped-out future and exploring the world. But the onslaught of war changes everything and soon the de Witts find themselves sidelined and in danger of losing everything they hold dear. As Celia struggles to make sense of the changing world around her, she lies about her age to join the war effort and finds herself embroiled in a complex plot that puts not only herself but those she loves in danger. With gripping detail and brilliant empathy, Kate Williams tells the story of Celia and her family as they are shunned by a society that previously embraced them, torn apart by sorrow, and buffeted and changed by the storms of war
The storms of war by Kate Williams( Book )

28 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the idyllic early summer of 1914, life is good for the de Witt family. Rudolf and Verena are planning the wedding of their daughter Emmeline, while their eldest son, Arthur, is studying in Paris and Michael is just back from his first term at Cambridge. Celia, the youngest of the de Witt children, is on the brink of adulthood, and secretly dreams of escaping her carefully mapped-out future and exploring the world. But the onslaught of war changes everything and soon the de Witts find themselves sidelined and in danger of losing everything they hold dear. As Celia struggles to make sense of the changing world around her, she lies about her age to join the war effort and finds herself embroiled in a complex plot that puts not only herself but those she loves in danger. With gripping detail and brilliant empathy, Kate Williams tells the story of Celia and her family as they are shunned by a society that previously embraced them, torn apart by sorrow, and buffeted and changed by the storms of war
The edge of the fall by Kate Williams( Book )

18 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the aftermath of the Great War, the De Witt family is struggling to piece together the shattered fragments of their lives. Rudolf and his wife Verena, still reeling from the loss of their second son, don't know how to function in the post-war world. Stoneythorpe Hall has become an empty shell with no servants to ensure its upkeep. Celia, the de Witt's youngest daughter, is still desperate to spread her wings and see more of the world. To escape Stoneythorpe and the painful secrets that lie there, she moves to London and embraces life and love in the Roaring Twenties
Becoming Queen by Kate Williams( Book )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With a combination of novelistic flair and historical accuracy, Kate Williams begins by relating the heartbreaking story of Princess Charlotte, the Queen who never was, and her impact on the young Victoria. Our perception of Victoria the Queen is coloured by portraits of her older, widowed self - her dour expression embodying the repressive morality propagated in her time. But Becoming Queen reveals an energetic and vibrant woman, determined to battle for power. It also documents the Byzantine machinations behind Victoria's quest to occupy the throne, and shows how her struggles did not end when finally the crown was placed on her head." "Recalling how Charlotte's death shaped Victoria's reign and laying bare the passions that swirled around the throne, Becoming Queen is an absorbingly dramatic tale of secrets, sexual repression and endless conflict. After her biography of Emma Hamilton, Kate Williams has produced a most original and intimate portrait of Great Britain's longest-reigning monarch."--Jacket
Young Elizabeth : the making of our queen by Kate Williams( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We can hardly imagine a Britain without Elizabeth II on the throne. It seems to be the job she was born for. And yet, for much of her early life, the young princess did not know the role that her future would hold
England's mistress : the infamous life of Emma Hamilton by Kate Williams( Recording )

29 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

British historian Kate Williams chronicles the life of Lady Hamilton, from her humble beginnings in the poverty of a coal-mining town to the most famous woman in England
Josephine : desire, ambition, Napoleon by Kate Williams( Book )

14 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and Dutch and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abandoned in Paris by her aristocratic husband, Josephine's future did not look promising. But while her friends and contemporaries were sent to the guillotine during the Terror that followed the Revolution, she survived prison and emerged as the doyenne of a wildly debauched party scene. This book tells her story
Into the darkness : a novel by Kate Williams( Book )

5 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the glittering city of 1920s New York, Celia is hunting for her son Michael, who was taken from her at birth. In her desperation to find him, thwarted at every turn, she looks to the valiant girls of an underground flapper army and a runaway boy for help. Then the Great Depression erupts and everything seems lost. But the Depression brings Michael to her, and although Celia has lost her brother and her business, she has her child. They return to England, and Celia finds her family poor and in desperate need. But Celia's attempt to save her family -- and to keep everybody's secrets -- is so all consuming that she doesn't see what's going on around her. It seems to Celia that she has lost everything. But the world around her is watching, and hope is on the horizon. But there are big decisions to make -- and Celia will have to risk everything to save her family. -- adapted from book jacket
Edge of the Fall, The by Kate Williams( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the aftermath of the Great War, the de Witt family are struggling to piece together the shattered fragments of their lives. Rudolf and his wife Verena, still reeling from the loss of their second son, don't know how to function in the post-war world. Stoneythorpe Hall has become an empty shell with no servants to ensure its upkeep. Celia, the de Witt's youngest daughter, is still desperate to spread her wings and see more of the world. To escape Stoneythorpe and the painful secrets that lie there, she moves to London and embraces life and love in the Roaring Twenties
Rival queens : the betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots by Kate Williams( Book )

10 editions published between 2018 and 2020 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the end of the Tudor era, two queens ruled one island. The forces rising against the two regnants, and the conflicts of love and dynasty, drove them apart. For Mary, Elizabeth was a fellow queen with whom she dreamed of a lasting friendship. For Elizabeth, Mary was a threat. It was a schism that would end in secret assassination plots, devastating betrayal and, eventually, a terrible final act. Going back to the original letters and archives, Kate Williams has created an electrifying new perspective on both Mary and on Elizabeth and, ultimately, on the great sacrifices a woman must make to be a queen
Young Elizabeth : the making of the queen by Kate Williams( Recording )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kate Williams reveals how the twenty-five-year-old young queen carved out a lasting role for herself amid the changes of the twentieth century. Her monarchy would be a very different one from that of her parents and grandparents, and its continuing popularity in the twenty-first century owes much to the intelligence and elusive personality of this remarkable woman
The house of shadows by Kate Williams( Book )

2 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celia De Witt is half-German, half-English and heir to her family's vast fortune. But it is 1929, the world is changing and her life seems less secure than ever. A shocking revelation from her father sends her far from England and the life she knew and headlong into New York, a city brimming with money and promise. Celia sets about saving the family firm by creating an innovative new range of convenience foods for the new generation of independent young women. But she also has other plans. The son she thought was dead is in America and the man she once thought she loved is nearby - but if she opens the Pandora's Box of the past, she may find other secrets will escape
Emma Hamilton : seduction & celebrity( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Accompanying a major exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, showing from November 2016 to April 2017, this book provides a fresh evaluation of Emma Hamilton's artistic undertakings, cultural achievements and legacy. From humble origins, Emma Hamilton rose to national and international fame as a model, performer, trendsetter and interpreter of neoclassical fashion. Yet, the host of books and films in which she has featured typically place her in a passive and supporting role. Emma is often presented as the muse to painters such as George Romney, or partially obscured by the reputation of her lover, Horatio Nelson, hero of naval battles in the Napoleonic Wars, culminating in the Battle of Trafalgar (1805). The tragic trajectory of her life, from childhood prostitution to final destitution and neglect, has also been used to present her story as by turns sordid and ridiculous. This landmark publication recovers Emma from myth and misrepresentation, and reveals her as an active and influential historical actor in her own right. The arc of this life, her ambitions, creative endeavours, successes and hardships is viewed through a new lens, one that places her in a wider context of female celebrity in a society that severely restricted womens opportunities and in which divorce was a far greater shame than infidelity or cruelty
The edge of the fall by Kate Williams( Book )

2 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the aftermath of the Great War, the de Witt family are struggling to piece together the shattered fragments of their lives. Rudolf and his wife Verena, still reeling from the loss of their second son, don't know how to function in the post-war world. Stoneythorpe Hall has become an empty shell with no servants to ensure its upkeep. Celia, the de Witt's youngest daughter, is still desperate to spread her wings and see more of the world. To escape Stoneythorpe and the painful secrets that lie there, she moves to London and embraces life and love in the Roaring Twenties
 
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Becoming Queen Victoria : the tragic death of Princess Charlotte and the unexpected rise of Britain's greatest monarch
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Alternative Names
Kate Williams (hanesydd)

Kate Williams historiadora británica

Kate Williams (historian) Brits historica

Kate Williams historiane britike

Kate Williams historienne britannique

Кейт Уильямс

ויליאמס, קיט, 1974-

كيت وليامز مؤرخة بريطانية

کیت ویلیامز تاریخ‌نگار بریتانیایی

Languages
English (225)

Dutch (7)

Turkish (1)