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Wilson, Derek 1935-

Overview
Works: 117 works in 637 publications in 3 languages and 20,467 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Fiction  Church history  Biographies  Detective and mystery fiction  Paranormal fiction  Naval history 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Derek Wilson
Out of the storm : the life and legacy of Martin Luther by Derek Wilson( Book )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 1,203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles and examines the life of Martin Luther, exploring his achievements and faults and discussing his impact on not only Christianity but Western culture
Charlemagne by Derek Wilson( Book )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 1,092 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Details the life, character, and military and political accomplishments of late eighth and early ninth-century Roman Emperor Charlemagne describing how he united the European nations bringing them out of the Dark Ages
A Tudor tapestry : men, women, and society in Reformation England by Derek Wilson( Book )

23 editions published between 1972 and 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 967 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of the English Reformation which draws attention to the plight of the landed middle class whose fortunes were linked to the social and religious upheavals of the period
In the lion's court : power, ambition, and sudden death in the reign of Henry VIII by Derek Wilson( Book )

19 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 945 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the Lion's Court is an illuminating examination of the careers of the six Thomases, whose lives are described in parallel - their family and social origins, their pathways to the royal Council chamber, their occupancy of the siege perilous, and the tragedies which, one by one, overwhelmed them. By showing how events shaped and were shaped by relationships and personal destinies, Derek Wilson offers a fresh approach to the political narrative of a tumultuous reign."--Jacket
The world encompassed : Francis Drake and his great voyage by Derek Wilson( Book )

7 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 938 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Tower : the tumultuous history of the Tower of London from 1078 by Derek Wilson( Book )

5 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, more commonly known as the Tower of London, is a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames in central London, England. It lies within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, separated from the eastern edge of the square mile of the City of London by the open space known as Tower Hill. It was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. The White Tower, which gives the entire castle its name, was built by William the Conqueror in 1078, and was a resented symbol of oppression, inflicted upon London by the new ruling elite. The castle was used as a prison since at least 1100, although that was not its primary purpose. A grand palace early in its history, it served as a royal residence. As a whole, the Tower is a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat. There were several phases of expansion, mainly under Kings Richard the Lionheart, Henry III, and Edward I in the 12th and 13th centuries. The general layout established by the late 13th century remains despite later activity on the site."--Wikipedia
Reformations : a radical interpretation of Christianity and the world, 1500-2000 by Felipe Fernández-Armesto( Book )

22 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and Portuguese and held by 734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors lay out their argument with grace, virtuosity, and penetrating intelligence, without once losing sight of the human scale, the individual and social experience of being a Christian in modern history. Their insights are as a salve to the wounds of five hundred years of sectarian bitterness and bloodshed
Peter the Great by Derek Wilson( Book )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter the Great was a giant in every way: in physical stature, willpower, enthusiasm, energy, libertinism, and refusal to accept old conventions, he stood head and shoulders above his contemporaries. He grew up in an atmosphere of fear, suspicion, and violent court rivalries. As a product of the system, Peter was, of necessity, ruthless and tyrannical, but what earned him his place in history was tearing his country from its traditional, oriental customs and beliefs and integrating it into the life of Europe. He removed the privileges of the medieval aristocracy, brought the church under state control, and ordered his courtiers and officials to adopt Western dress. He used the latest scientific and technological advances to build a modern army and navy, which he used to destroy the Swedish Empire and make Russia (with its brand-new capital, St. Petersburg) master of the Baltic. By the end of his remarkable reign, Russia was profoundly changed--and so was Europe.--From publisher description
Unquiet spirit by Derek Wilson( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the aftermath of a young man's suicide, St. Thomas's College is bitterly divided by a professor's untimely death, beliefs about a haunted staircase, and rumors that the suicide victim may have been murdered"--NoveList
Hans Holbein : portrait of an unknown man by Derek Wilson( Book )

23 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the first full biography of Holbein for 80 years Derek Wilson marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of one of the most original and popular Renaissance artists. He reveals Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543) to us as a complex and fascinating man who knew and was influenced by the greatest thinkers of the age. He developed his own distinctive attitudes towards religion, politics and social life as he moved among stalwart burghers, merchant adventurers and the bejewelled denizens of a glittering court." "The Elizabethan artist Nicholas Hilliard recognised him as 'the greatest Master in [portraiture] that ever was'. Yet the range of Holbein's talent went far beyond painting likenesses. He was constantly in demand for trompe-l'oeil murals and intricate jewellery designs, and he revolutionized book illustration. He produced Catholic altarpieces and Protestant propaganda engravings, woodcuts and drawings depicting the stories of the Bible." "Derek Wilson draws on a wealth of research to challenge old assumptions about Holbein and to extend our knowledge of the Renaissance and the Reformation. He presents the artist as a man inextricably bound up in the stirring events of a creative and turbulent age; a man who knew Erasmus, Thomas More, Henry VIII and many of the sixteenth century's wielders of power and intellect; a man committed above all things to truth, who battled his own way through the cross-currents of religious and political change and, while pilgrimaging from Augsburg via Basel to London, found his ultimate fulfilment as a member of Thomas Cromwell's intelligence and propaganda organization."--BOOK JACKET
The king and the gentleman : Charles Stuart and Oliver Cromwell, 1599-1649 by Derek Wilson( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The chronicle of the first half of the seventeenth century is, in a very real sense, an account of the conflict between Charles Stuart and Oliver Cromwell and the beliefs that impelled them. King and subject were almost exact contemporaries (nineteen months separated their birth dates). Both were possessed of a deep sense of divine mission. Both were profoundly religious. Both were immovably stubborn. Their ideals set them upon a collision course which culminated in one of the most dramatic events in our history: the execution of a reigning sovereign on Tuesday 30 January, 1649." "The King and the Gentleman intriguingly parallels the lives of the foreign-born aesthete-prince and the down-to-earth representative of a struggling squirearchy. Its publication marks a double commemoration - the quatercentenary of Cromwell's birth and the three-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of Charles' death."--Jacket
The Astors, 1763-1992 : landscape with millionaires by Derek Wilson( Book )

7 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a glamorous family involved in business, real estate, high society, politics, and journalism, and also the story of two societies and the elites of the world's leading nations over the course of two centuries
The circumnavigators by Derek Wilson( Book )

16 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covers Ferdinand Magellan, Sir Francis Drake, Thomas Cavendish, John Byron, Louis Antoine de Bougainville, James Cook, Thomas and Alice Brassey, and Frances Chichester, among others
England in the age of Thomas More by Derek Wilson( Book )

12 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

England during the lifetime of Thomas More (1478-1535) was a turbulent land in the grip of the most far-reaching revolution in the nation's history. The dissolution of the monasteries, the circulation of the first printed books, the impact of new religious ideas, the collapsing power of the baronage, the cultural challenge of the Renaissance, the rapid growth of a new landed middle class -- all this turned society upside down, and matters were made worse by dramatic price inflation. Thomas More -- scholar, lawyer, churchman and ultimately martyr -- touched Tudor life at more points than most of his contemporaries, and his unique perceptiveness, shown most clearly in "Utopia", make him an excellent 'window' on to the age. [Book jacket]
The uncrowned kings of England : the black history of the Dudleys and the Tudor throne by Derek Wilson( Book )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and Russian and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the political ferment of the Tudor century one family above all others was always at the troubled center of court and council. During those years the Dudleys were never far from controversy. Three of them were executed for treason. They were universally condemned as scheming, ruthless, over-ambitious charmers, and one was defamed as a wife murderer. Yet Edmund Dudley was instrumental in establishing the financial basis of the Tudor dynasty, and John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, led victorious armies, laid the foundations of the Royal Navy, ruled as uncrowned king and almost succeeded in placing Lady Jane Grey on the throne."
Africa, a modern history, 1800-1975 by J. O Sagay( Book )

15 editions published between 1978 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rothschild : the wealth and power of a dynasty by Derek Wilson( Book )

6 editions published between 1983 and 1988 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historien om slægten Rothschild siden 1500-tallet, om den diplomatiske rolle familien har spillet i udenrigspolitikken, dens indflydelse på verdens pengemarkeder, samt om de personligheder familien har fostret
The nature of rare things by Derek Wilson( Book )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a dead man contacts him through a medium for help in catching his killer, Cambridge lecturer Nathaniel Gray is willing to play along for a while, but when his own wife disappears, the silliness of the paranormal suddenly becomes very real for the investigator
Sweet Robin : a biography of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, 1533-1588 by Derek Wilson( Book )

11 editions published between 1981 and 1997 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The people's Bible : the remarkable history of the King James version by Derek Wilson( Book )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book traces the history of the Authorized Version from its earliest predecessors through its remarkable influence on the church, literature, and wider society. --from publisher description
 
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CharlemagneIn the lion's court : power, ambition, and sudden death in the reign of Henry VIIIReformations : a radical interpretation of Christianity and the world, 1500-2000Peter the GreatUnquiet spiritHans Holbein : portrait of an unknown manThe king and the gentleman : Charles Stuart and Oliver Cromwell, 1599-1649The circumnavigators