Tiger of the Stripe Books on Historical Subjects

With the exception of Bede and and Diana Dennis's two books, Everything I Ever Wanted and Finding a Way, 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.

All I Ever Wanted

Living with the intrigue of the unsaid

Diana Dennis

Diana Dennis, in a masterly and insightful piece of writing, evokes a past – from the back streets of Paddington to the foreign concessions of pre- revolutionary China and the horrific Japanese occupation, the post-war Orient, and London’s Mayfair that provides the backdrop to a profound and moving tale of loss, separation, survival and ultimately success. The times have changed as have many of the places, but the dilemmas and complexities of the human condition remain unaltered. They are explored here in a moving family memoir that excites one’s interest at so many levels. Paul Boateng, Politician, Diplomat and Broadcaster

All I Ever Wanted will take you along a fascinating journey across time and space. Diana Dennis uncovers a complex transnational history through the lens of a unique personal story. Maurizio Marinelli, Associate Professor of East Asian History University of Sussex<\cite>

Reublished 2022   102pp   Pbk   List Price £10.00   ISBN 978-1-904799-73-3

Finding a Way

Self-discovery through family research

Diana Dennis

Finding a Way describes Diana Dennis’s fascinating journey of self-exploration through family research. She discovered her family heritage to be remarkably rich and diverse. It includes chief rabbis, senior Anglican clergy (one of whom was imprisoned for Ritualism), lawyers, politicians, and businessmen, as well as the incredible women to whom they were married. Chapters on family history are interweaved with chapters on Diana’s own extraordinary life.

Diana Dennis, a vicar’s daughter, was born in Brentwood in 1936 and grew up in Essex, Herefordshire, and Buckinghamshire before training as a nurse and then as an air-hostess. In the 1960s she married Hong Kong-based British lawyer, Dick Dennis, and she lived with him in Hong Kong, Kent, and Mayfair. After having three sons, she returned to studies and became a Jungian psychologist. She has spent many years living in Mayfair, where she is involved with the Church and politics. In 2015, she published her first book, All I Ever Wanted, which explored the mysteries surrounding the life of her late husband Dick.

This rich reflection of a fascinating family is beautifully researched and insightfully written. Understanding where we come from allows us to be more of who we are. The patterns in their lives influence and shape our hopes, fears and aspirations; as Diana shows us, adding her analytic insights, warmth and humour. I commend this book Dale Mathers, Psychiatrist, Jungian analyst and author

Finding a Way through Huguenot and Jewish ancestors, this personal journey traces the parallel lives of rabbis and merchants in Geneva, Amsterdam and London. As refugees from minority cultures, they established new lives in their adopted country. The excitement with which Diana Dennis shares her discoveries shows that family sagas enliven history. Dr Tessa Murdoch, Acting Chair of the Huguenot Museum, Rochester

Published 2021   208pp   Pbk   List Price £12.00   ISBN 978-1-904799-72-6

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The Original and Growth of Printing
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A Vindication of the Life of Richard Atkyns Esquire

Richard Atkyns

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 2013   168pp   Pbk   List Price £9.99   ISBN 978-1-904799-53-5

An Apology for the Life of Major General Gunning

John Gunning, edited and annotated by Gerrish Gray

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.

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Publication 2012   120pp   Hbk   List Price £14.99   ISBN 978-1-904799-46-7

Publication 2012   120pp   Pbk   List Price £8.99   ISBN 978-1-904799-49-8

Ecclesiastical History of the English People

The Venerable Bede, Edited by J. A. Giles & Gerrish Gray

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

The Architectural History of Canterbury Cathedral

The Rev. R. Willis MA, FRS

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