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Seward, Desmond 1935-

Works: 55 works in 424 publications in 7 languages and 19,954 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Military history  Church history 
Roles: Author, Composer
Classifications: DC96, B
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Most widely held works about Desmond Seward
Most widely held works by Desmond Seward
The Hundred Years War : the English in France, 1337-1453 by Desmond Seward( Book )

48 editions published between 1978 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the war between England and France that began in 1337 and continued until the English defeat in 1453
Richard III, England's black legend by Desmond Seward( Book )

25 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the controversial British monarch examines the evidence of his guilt in politically motivated murders and attempts to portray his complex personality
The monks of war; the military religious orders by Desmond Seward( Book )

45 editions published between 1972 and 2008 in 6 languages and held by 1,337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The military religious orders emerged during the Crusades as Christendom's stormtroopers in the savage conflict with Islam. Some of them still exist today, devoted to charitable works. The Monks of War is the first general history of these orders to have appeared since the eighteenth century. The Templars, the Hospitallers (later Knights of Malta), the Teutonic Knights, and the Knights of the Spanish and Portuguese orders were 'noblemen vowed to poverty, chastity and obedience, living a monastic life in convents which were at the same time barracks, waging war on the enemies of the Cross'. The first properly disciplined Western troops since Roman times, they played a major role in defending the crusader kingdom of Jerusalem, in the 'Baltic Crusades' which created Prussia, in the long reconquest of Spain from the Moors, and in fighting the 'Infidel' right up to Napoleonic times. This celebrated book tells the whole enthralling story, recreating such epics as the sieges of Rhodes and Malta and the destruction of the Templars by the Inquisition. Acclaimed on publication, it has now been revised and updated, with a concluding chapter to take events into the 1990s
Eleanor of Aquitaine, the mother queen by Desmond Seward( Book )

22 editions published between 1978 and 2014 in English and held by 1,301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume is a biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine (ca.1122-1204) one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in Western Europe during the High Middle Ages. First, she became First Lady of France as the wife of Louis VII, and then First Lady of England when she next married Henry II. Many saw her as a ruthless hellcat, governed by a lust for power, who schemed against her husband and dominated the lives of her sons, Richard the Lionheart and King John. Shakespeare portrayed her as a "monstrous injurer of heaven and earth." Yet there was another side to this powerful queen consort. Worshipped by men and idealized in the songs of the troubadours, she was the sex symbol of her age. She also became renowned as a generous and strong ruler, throwing off the constraints that shackled twelfth-century women. Among her achievements was her patronage of the abbey at Fontevrault, a refuge for battered wives
Prince of the Renaissance; the golden life of François I by Desmond Seward( Book )

23 editions published between 1972 and 1974 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,074 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the king of France remembered as a patron of the arts, who constructed some of the splendid chateaux of the Loire Valley
The Wars of the Roses : through the lives of five men and women of the fifteenth century by Desmond Seward( Book )

22 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and held by 1,072 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles the tumultuous era of the Wars of the Roses, the brutal 15th-century struggle to decide which branch of the royal family would win the crown of England, through the stories of five major players: William Hastings, a brave Yorkist soldier and charming courtier who rose from relative obscurity to become one of King Edward's closest advisers (and his pimp); the head of England's most ancient noble family, John de Vere, Earl of Oxford, who was determined to win the crown back for the Lancastrians; Lady Margaret Beaufort, the richest woman in England, a pious but dangerous noblewoman of royal descent and the mother of the future Henry VII; John Morton, a brilliant priest-lawyer and political genius who was skillful enough to be relied on by both Yorkist and Lancastrian kings to handle important state matters; and the beautiful daughter of a rich London merchant and sometime mistress of kings, Jane Shore.--Adapted from dust jacket
Napoleon and Hitler : a comparative biography by Desmond Seward( Book )

19 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 1,043 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler were two of history's greatest dictators. This book examines the lives of these remarkable men and demonstrates the numerous striking parallels between their careers and their roles in shaping the destiny of modern Europe
Marie Antoinette by Desmond Seward( Book )

13 editions published between 1981 and 1984 in English and German and held by 934 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the consort of Louis XVI, King of France, until her execution during the French Revolution in 1793
Henry V : the scourge of God by Desmond Seward( Book )

6 editions published between 1987 and 1996 in English and held by 934 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life of Henry V as told by Desmond Seward
Napoleon's family by Desmond Seward( Book )

13 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 930 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No family in history ascended the thrones of Europe so quickly - or were deposed so fast - as the Bonapartes. Like some mafia capo, Napoleon heaped honors and riches on his siblings, giving them the crowns of Spain, Naples, Tuscany, Rome, Holland and Westphalia. In Napoleon's Family Desmond Seward recounts the saga of this extraordinary clan of social-climbing Corsican emigres. Their back-biting and bickering for honors was incessant, often vicious if deplorably entertaining, a constant embarrassment to their august brother. They had small talent for government and even less for battles, saving all their energies for dissipation. One brother was a drunken wastrel, another a venal womanizer, a third a paranoid depressive. The sisters were notorious for their innumerable lovers - among whom were Metternich and the violinist Paganini - and the emperor himself called them whores. Napoleon's Family is more than a scandalous family chronicle, however. It offers a penetrating view of the inner Napoleon - a military genius who brought France to the height of glory, a farsighted ruler who initiated social and economic reforms, yet also a man who could not escape from his Corsican background and was unable to control worthless brothers and sisters. - Author's agent
The first Bourbon : Henri IV, King of France and Navarre by Desmond Seward( Book )

13 editions published between 1971 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Bourbon kings of France by Desmond Seward( Book )

7 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"They begin with the dashing figure of Henri IV, with his courage, gaiety and sixty-four mistresses; they include figures such as the Sun King Louis XIV and Louis XVI who ended under the guillotine; they close with the little-known "Henri V" - expected to return and rule France in 1873 but whose refusal to abandon the Lily banner of the Bourbons for the Tricolore finally lost the throne."--Cover page [4]
The demon's brood : a history of the Plantagenet dynasty by Desmond Seward( Book )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A vivid and colorful history of the most dominant royal dynasty in English history, from Richard the Lionheart and Edward the Black Prince to Henry IV and Richard III
Caravaggio : a passionate life by Desmond Seward( Book )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of the Baroque painter highlights the many contradictions of his life, contrasting his criminal record with his achievements as a painter of religious experience against the background of life in early seventeenth-century Italy
The last white rose : [the secret wars of the Tudors] by Desmond Seward( Book )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most dramatic periods of British history, the Wars of the Roses didn't end at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Despite the death of Richard III and Henry VIIs victory, it continued underground into the following century with plots, pretenders and subterfuge by the ousted white rose faction. In a brand new interpretation of this turning point in history, well known historian Desmond Seward reviews the story of the Tudors' seizure of the throne and shows that for many years they were far from secure. He challenges the way we look at the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII, explaining why there were so many Yorkist pretenders and conspiracies, and why the new dynasty had such difficulty establishing itself. King Richard's nephews, the Earl of Warwick and the little known de la Pole brothers, all had the support of dangerous enemies overseas, while England was split when the lowly Perkin Warbeck skilfully impersonated one of the princes in the tower in order to claim the right to the throne. Warwick's surviving sister Margaret also became the desperate focus of hopes that the White Rose would be reborn. The book also offers a new perspective on why Henry VIII, constantly threatened by treachery, real or imagined, and desperate to secure his power with a male heir, became a tyrant
Metternich : the first European by Desmond Seward( Book )

12 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in English and German and held by 579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biography of Clemons von Metternich, who destroyed Napoleon, directed Habsburg Censtria's policy for forty years, and tried to unify Europe
Jerusalem's traitor : Josephus, Masada, and the fall of Judea by Desmond Seward( Book )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When the Jews revolted against Rome in 66 CE, Josephus, a Jerusalem aristocrat, was made a general in his nations army. Captured by the Romans, he saved his skin by finding favor with the emperor Vespasian. He then served as an adviser to the Roman legions, running a network of spies inside Jerusalem, in the belief that the Jews only hope of survival lay in surrender to Rome. As a Jewish eyewitness who was given access to Vespasians campaign notebooks, Josephus is our only source of information for the war of extermination that ended in the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple, and the amazing times in which he lived. He is of vital importance for anyone interested in the Middle East, Jewish history, and the early history of Christianity."--Jacket
Eugénie : the empress and her empire by Desmond Seward( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From 1853 to 1870 Eugénie de Montijo was the world's most powerful woman. Empress of the French, she shared the Second Empire with her husband, Napoleon III, so impressing the Prussian Chancellor Bismarck that he called her 'the only man in Paris'. In the first biography of her for many years, Desmond Seward recreates the nerve-racking politics and glittering social world of her empire, and gives an often startling reassessment of an extraordinary life that began in a tent at Granada during an earthquake." "This biography charts the dramatic rise and fall of the Second Empire and of the fascinating woman at its heart. It will be a captivating read for anyone interested in the history of France or in women's history."--Jacket
The burning of the vanities : Savonarola and the Borgia Pope by Desmond Seward( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the 1490s, Girolamo Savonarola, a visionary friar, dominated Renaissance Florence, terrifying the city with his uncannily accurate prophecies. Best remembered for his 'burning of the vanities' - the destruction of 'profane art' in public bonfires - Savonarola has often been caricatured as a hell-fire fanatic. Yet Victorian England saw him as an Italian Martin Luther, while his career inspired George Eliot's novel, Romola. Acclaimed author Desmond Seward casts new light on this controversial and contradictory figure." "Savonarola prophesied the French invasion of Italy with alarming precision, and foretold the deaths of Lorenzo the Magnificent and Pope Innocent VIII. Yet there was more to him than prophecies of doom. He restored republican government to Florence and many of its citizens - including Michelangelo and Machiavelli - remained convinced that no better Italian government had ever existed." "Savonarola's undoing was his denunciation and attempt to depose of the Borgia Alexander VI, one of the most corrupt popes in history. Had he succeeded, the Reformation might have been avoided. But in the end Alexander turned the Florentines against Savonarola and destroyed him. They stormed his friary and, after a mockery of a trial during which he was tortured by the strappado and condemned as a heretic, he was hanged and burned in chains." "In this wide-ranging biography Desmond Seward portrays Savonarola as a surprisingly human figure. Exploring Savonarola's early years in Ferrara, his birthplace, Seward highlights the fact that an outsider had such an impact on Florence. He draws on Philippe de Commine's memoirs to analyse Savonarola's attitude towards the French invaders, examines Savonarola's eerie ability to see into the future, and looks at what really perished in the 'burning of the vanities'. Dramatic, colourful and compelling, The Burning of the Vanities brings to life an extraordinary man whose story is one of the great Renaissance tragedies."--Jacket
Henry V as warlord by Desmond Seward( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Wars of the Roses : through the lives of five men and women of the fifteenth century
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Richard III, England's black legendThe monks of war; the military religious ordersEleanor of Aquitaine, the mother queenThe Wars of the Roses : through the lives of five men and women of the fifteenth centuryNapoleon and Hitler : a comparative biographyCaravaggio : a passionate lifeThe last white rose : [the secret wars of the Tudors]Jerusalem's traitor : Josephus, Masada, and the fall of Judea