With the exception of Bede, the following are not so much histories as glimpses of life in bygone eras: Richard Atkyns's The Original and Growth of Printing together with A Vindication of the Life of Richard Atkyns; An Apology for the Life of Major General Gunning, which may or may not be by the General; and Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People.
Richard Atkyns was an officer in the Royalist forces during the English Civil War. His Vindication contains fascinating eye-witness accounts of the battles in which he fought. Atkyns also held a patent for printing law books. His legal battles with the Stationers’ Company prompted him to publish the Original and Growth, an early and rather fanciful history of printing in England.
Published 3 January 2013 168pp Pbk List Price £9.99 ISBN 978-1-904799-53-5
Mentioned in despatches at Bunker Hill, brother to the Duchess of Argyll and the Countess of Coventry, Major General John Gunning occupied an enviable position in Georgian society, but in 1792 his whole life started to unravel…
The Apology, published in 1792, gives a first-hand account of General Gunning's many seductions (including apparently 2 duchesses, 14 countesses, 4 viscountesses and 7 baronesses) and purports to explain the so-called ‘Gunning Mystery,’ the authorship of forged love letters between his daughter Elizabeth and the Marquess of Blandford. It also tells how the General, described by Lord Kenyon as ‘an hoary, abominable, degraded creature,’ betrayed the man who had rescued him from a debtors' prison by seducing his wife. But is the Apology itself a forgery? Although there are indications that it may be, this memoir displays an extremely good understanding of the Gunnings, perhaps too good to be the work of an outsider.
In this new, annotated edition, Gerrish Gray unearths prosecutions for other forgeries (and capital offences at that) perpetrated by one of the suspects in the Gunning Mystery. He suggests that these may point to the true culprit.
Publication October 2012 120pp Hbk List Price £14.99 ISBN 978-1-904799-46-7
Publication November 2012 120pp Pbk List Price £8.99 ISBN 978-1-904799-49-8
Tiger of the Stripe is proud to present a beautiful new edition of Bede's great classic of English (and British) history, the Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum.
Bede (c. AD 672–735) was the first historian of the English people and, by the standards of his day, made careful use of documentary sources and first-hand accounts. It was finished in about AD 731.
His opening description of Britain drew on Pliny, Solinus, Orosius and Gildas, and much of his account of the Roman occupation relied on Orosius, Eutropius, and Gildas. However, for the rest of his History, he made use of English diocesan and monastic records and the copious correspondence held in the Vatican archives.
Published 2007 400pp Hbk List Price £25.00 ISBN 978-1-904799-15-3
Published 2008 400pp Pbk List Price £12.99 ISBN 978-1-904799-31-3
Since the arrival of Augustine in Kent in AD 597, Canterbury has been the very heart of the Church in England. The Saxon cathedral, much enlarged over the years, burnt down in 1067. Its replacement suffered a similar fate in 1174, to be rebuilt again. As a result, the modern visitor is presented with a confusing historical patchwork which needs some explanation.
Eadmer the singer was an eyewitness to the demolition of the Anglo-Saxon cathedral and the construction of the new one by Archbishop Lanfranc. He also describes the building of Conrad's 'glorious choir' at the time of Archbishop Anselm. Gervase of Canterbury likewise describes the destruction of Lanfranc's church by fire in 1174 and the rebuilding by William of Sens and English William.
Professor Willis connects these and other sources, such as William of Malmesbury and Matthew Paris, to his own acute observations, creating a vivid impression of the Saxon, Norman and later cathedral. The text is interspersed with many superb wood engravings which, in many cases, offer a clarity which is hard to achieve with photography.
Robert Willis (1800–1875) was Jacksonian Professor of natural and experimental philosophy at the University of Cambridge and lecturer in applied mechanics at the Metropolitan School of Science, Jermyn Street, London. He brought a new scientific rigour (but also an artistic eye) to the fields of archaeology and architectural history.
Published 2006 264pp Pbk List Price £8.99 ISBN 978-1-904799-04-7