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Williams, Kate 1974-

Overview
Works: 34 works in 241 publications in 3 languages and 8,156 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Fiction  Biographies  Domestic fiction  Historical fiction  Suspense fiction  Psychological fiction  Exhibition catalogs  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Editor, osp
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Kate Williams
Young Elizabeth : the Making of the Queen by Kate Williams( Book )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,152 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"
The storms of war by Kate Williams( Book )

20 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and held by 920 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
England's mistress : the infamous life of Emma Hamilton by Kate Williams( Book )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 863 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
Becoming Queen Victoria : the tragic death of Princess Charlotte and the unexpected rise of Britain's greatest monarch by Kate Williams( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 812 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 )

12 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife, Josephine, came to power during one of the most turbulent periods in the history of France. Williams draws back the curtain Josephine: her humble origins, her exorbitant appetites, and the tragic turn of events that led to her undoing. Theirs was an often-tumultuous union, roiled by their pursuit of other lovers but intensely focused on power and success. Together they conquered Europe ... but she could not produce an heir
The pleasures of men by Kate Williams( Book )

21 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 721 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 edge of the fall by Kate Williams( Book )

18 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 638 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
Becoming Queen by Kate Williams( Book )

16 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 389 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."--BOOK JACKET
Young Elizabeth : the making of our queen by Kate Williams( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 382 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 )

24 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emma Hamilton was England's first superstar. She fought her way out of dire poverty to become a fashion icon, an Ambassador's wife, a confidante of both Queen Marie Antoinette and the Queen of Naples, and the mistress of Lord Nelson, England's greatest military hero. Drawing on hundreds of previously undiscovered letters, England's mistress captures the relentless drive, innovative style and burning passion of a true heroine
Joséphine : verlangen, ambitie, Napoleon by Kate Williams( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and Dutch and held by 200 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
Young Elizabeth : the making of the queen by Kate Williams( Recording )

12 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 173 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
Emma Hamilton : seduction & celebrity( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 109 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
Mistress of empires : the extraordinary life of Josephine Bonaparte by Kate Williams( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The storms of war by Kate Williams( Recording )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 75 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
Ambition and desire : the dangerous life of Josephine Bonaparte by Kate Williams( Recording )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the rags-to-riches story of Josephine Bonaparte, discussing her humble origins, powerful ambitions, and her passionate relationship with Napoleon
The enchantress, Emma, Lady Hamilton : the Jean Kislak collection( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The infamous life of Emma Hamilton by Kate Williams( Book )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aged only 12, Emma Hamilton set off for London as a domestic servant, and, within a very short space of time, this indomitable woman became the mistress of an aristocrat. Based on many letters, this a story of high drama and glittering society, and of one woman's overwhelming determination to be a star
Becoming queen by Kate Williams( Recording )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Becoming Queen Victoria : the unexpected rise of Britain's greatest monarch by Kate Williams( )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The perfect companion to the upcoming PBS Masterpiece series Victoria. A gripping account of Queen Victoria's rise and early years in power from CNN's official royal historian. In 1819, a girl was born to the fourth son of King George III. No one could have expected such an unassuming, overprotected girl to be an effective ruler--yet Queen Victoria would become one of the most powerful monarchs in history. Writing with novelistic flair and historical precision, Kate Williams reveals a vibrant woman in the prime of her life, while chronicling the byzantine machinations that continued even after the crown was placed on her head. Upon hearing that she had inherited the throne, eighteen-year-old Victoria banished her overambitious mother from the room, a simple yet resolute move that would set the tone for her reign. The queen clashed constantly not only with her mother and her mother's adviser, the Irish adventurer John Conroy, but with her ministers and even her beloved Prince Albert--all of whom attempted to seize control from her
 
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Becoming Queen Victoria : the tragic death of Princess Charlotte and the unexpected rise of Britain's greatest monarch
Alternative Names
Kate Williams (historian) Brits historica

Kate Williams historienne britannique

Кейт Уильямс

ויליאמס, קיט, 1974-

كيت وليامز مؤرخة بريطانية

کیت ویلیامز تاریخ‌نگار بریتانیایی

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English (207)

Dutch (5)

Turkish (1)

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