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Historical Biography

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William Dugdale, Historian, 1606-1686 - His Life, His Writings and His Country, Dyer, Christopher ;   Richardson, Catherine         (eds)
William Dugdale, Historian, 1606-1686 - His Life, His Writings and His Country

William Blake in This World, Bruce, Harold
William Blake in This World

God's Architect - Pugin & The Building of Romantic Britain, Hill, Rosemary
God's Architect - Pugin & The Building of Romantic Britain

A Cornishman at Oxford, Rowse, A.L.
A Cornishman at Oxford

Historians I Have Known, Rowse, A.L.
Historians I Have Known

Lucia in the Age of Napoleon, di Robilant, Andrea
Lucia in the Age of Napoleon

Caesar - Politician and Statesman, Gelzer, Matthias
Caesar - Politician and Statesman

Henry Plantagenet - A Biography of Henry II of England, Barber, Richard
Henry Plantagenet - A Biography of Henry II of England

 

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One Leg - The Life and letters of Henry William Paget, First Marquess of Anglesey, KG, 1768-1854, Anglesey (F.S.A.), Marquess
1 One Leg - The Life and letters of Henry William Paget, First Marquess of Anglesey, KG, 1768-1854
Anglesey (F.S.A.), Marquess. The Reprint Society, London, 1963. first thus, Hardback, 234mm x 157mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 428+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Good/Good. Book has been well read, spine bumped and faded, block a little darkened withe age, foxing to top edge. Dustwraper (now protected) has chipping to edges, notably on front, with a little loss at top of spine. The biography of a great commander of the Napoleonic Wars, by his great-great grandson. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Anglesey, Paget, Waterloo. 8988

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2 Queen Elizabeth - Her Intimate & Authentic Life
Asquith, Lady Cynthia. Hutchinson, London, 1937. first edition, Hardback, 8vo red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 235pp. plus index, plus advertisments, Photographic illustrations. Fair/. Boards and spine bumped and scuffed. Spine creased. Block darkened with age. Foxing to block edges. Published just months after the Abdication, this is an uncritical biography of the consort of the new George VI. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Elizabeth, Bowes-Lyon, Queen. 3535

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The Duchess of York, Asquith, Lady Cynthia
3 The Duchess of York
Asquith, Lady Cynthia. Hutchinson, London, Hardback, 8vo grey cloth boards, gilt titles, , 224pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +/NoWrapper. Previous owner's name. Spine bumped. Boards nice and clean. Block edges a little aged and dusty. Undated, but end of text dated September 1927. Early Biography of Duchess who became Queen Consort and then Queen Mother. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Bowes-Lyon, Elizabeth, Strathmore, Glamis. 3543

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Henry Plantagenet - A Biography of Henry II of England, Barber, Richard
4 Henry Plantagenet - A Biography of Henry II of England
Barber, Richard. Purnell Book Services, London, 1973. first thus, Hardback, 223mm x 140mm brown hard card boards, black titles, first thus, 278+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Good +/Good. Exterior nice and clean, spine creased, some foxing to block edges, endpapers also tanned at edges. Dustwrapper has wear to edges, grubbiness from handling, spine colour faded. Book club edition of 1964 biography of a great 12th century ruler of England - and much of Continental Europe beyond. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Plantagenet, medieval, England, Becket. 15513

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5 Akbar
Binyon, Laurence. Peter Davies, Edinburgh, 1932. first edition, Hardback, 195mm x 131mm black cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 165pp. plus index, Good +/NoWrapper. Striking differential fading to endpapers. No d/w. Spine and boards bumped but basically clean, block also clean, if edges a little grubby. Historical biography of legendary Indian Emperor - famed for his scholarship and tolerance. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Akbar, India, Mughal. 6030

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Drake, Bradford, Ernle
6 Drake
Bradford, Ernle. Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1965. first edition, Hardback, 220mm x 147mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 251+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Book has been read and has a little fading to exterior edges, block edges also worn, pages otherwise clean. Dustwrapper is bright and clean with some light wear to edges. Page-turning account of the remarkable life of the Tudor sailor, courtier and pirate who circumnavigated the world and fought the Spanish Armada amongst other amazing deeds. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Elizabeth, Tudor, armada, admiral. 13702

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Founding Father - Rediscovering George Washington, Brookhiser, Richard
7 Founding Father - Rediscovering George Washington
Brookhiser, Richard. The Free Press, New York, 1996. first edition, Hardback, 24cm x 16cm black and white card boards over cloth spine, black titles, first edition, ix prelims, 230pp. plus index, Good +/Good +. Spine and boards bumped, block edges dusty, exterior grubby along bottom edges. Dustwrapper has some shelfwear and grubbiness from handling. A post-revisionist take on the first President of the United States, which finds much in the traditional view of Washington as a genuine national hero. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: independence, Forge, Yorktown, colonies. 12588

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Napoleon & Josephine - An Improbable Marriage, Bruce, Evangeline
8 Napoleon & Josephine - An Improbable Marriage
Bruce, Evangeline. Phoenix, London, 1996. first thus, Paperback, 215mm X 137mm , xx prelims, 555+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good +/NoWrapper. Paperback has been read, some creasing at front corners, none to spine, block edges have been handled, grubby at base edge, pages otherwise nice and clean. First paperback edition of rewarding 1995 biography of the legendary French Emperor and his Empress. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Napoleon, Josephine, empress. 8217

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William Blake in This World, Bruce, Harold
9 William Blake in This World
Bruce, Harold. Harcourt, Brace, New York, 1925. first edition, Hardback, 209mm x 144mm brown and buff card boards over cloth spine, v prelims, 234+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Fair/Fair. Previous owner's name. Book has been well read, spine and boards scuffed at edges, grubby in places, block edges also grubby and ragged as cut, pages clean overall, retailer sticker on rear inner board. Dustwrapper (now protected) is worn and grubby with loss at both ends of spine. Excellent account of the earthly life and work of a most other-worldly artist, poet and visionary of the Romantic age. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: romantic, Jerusalem, visionary, mythology. 15663

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10 The Life and Loyalties of Thomas Bruce
Cardigan, Earl. Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1951. first edition, Hardback, 221mm x 144mm dark blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, vii prelims, 306+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Good +/NoWrapper. Owners inscription. Book has been handled over years, light wear to extremities, pages basically clean, tiny sticker on inner front board. "A Biography of Thomas, Earl of Ailesbury and Elgin, Gentleman of the Bedchamber to King Charles II and to King James II, 1656-1741" Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Stuart, Revolution, Ampthill, courtier. 12610

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History of My Life - Volumes I and II, Casanova, Giacomo
11 History of My Life - Volumes I and II
Casanova, Giacomo. Harcourt, Brace, New York, 1966. first edition, Hardback, 207mm x 132mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, viii, vi prelims, 349, 330pp. Very Good/NoWrapper. Book is very good condition - clean with little or no wear - in a maroon slipcase with minimal wear. English translation by Willard R. Trask of the famous memoir of the 18th century Venetian adventurer - and lover. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Venice, amour, libertine, Bohemia. 14321

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The Princess and the Politicians - Sex, Intrigue and Diplomacy in Regency England, Charmley, John
12 The Princess and the Politicians - Sex, Intrigue and Diplomacy in Regency England
Charmley, John. Penguin, London, 2006. first thus, Paperback, 197mm x 130mm , xviii prelims, 350+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Very Good/NoWrapper. Paperback is tight and clean, no creasing or curling. Softcover edition of Charmley's superb 2005 account of a 19th century British woman who became a mistress and adviser to some of the most powerful men of her age. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Metternich, Wellington, Palmerston, Grey. 13958

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Marlborough - His Life and Times, Churchill (C.H., M.P.), Rt. Hon. Winston S.
13 Marlborough - His Life and Times
Churchill (C.H., M.P.), Rt. Hon. Winston S.. George G. Harrap, London, Hardback, 235mm x 157mm purple cloth boards, gilt titles, , 612+, 651+, 608+, 671+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Near Fine/NoWrapper. Striking four-volume hardback set is bright and clean without wear or markings, in slipcases also clean save for a little dusting and some light white speckling to base of rear vol.2. Plain purple re-binding and slipcases appear to have been privately commissioned (?) and executed by expert hands (albeit with slight "crinkling" on spine of Vol. 2), with bright gilt top block edges and just a whiff of binding adhesive (?) from each volume. Winston Churchill's 2,500-page biography of his eminent ancestor - John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough - complete in four illustrated volumes first published in 1933, 1934, 1936 and 1938. This identically-bound and slipcased set contains the 1939 revised edition (2nd printing) of volume 1 and the 1934 2nd printing of volume 2, with first prints of volumes 3-4, with index in each volume. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Churchill, Blenheim, Marlborough, Woodstock This book is unusually heavy or large and may attract a higher postage charge than automatically calculated on the website. If so we will make contact to agree any additional postal charges before completing any transaction. This book may attract a higher postage charge than automatically calculated on the website in order to ensure that it is fully covered for an appropriate amount of compensation in the event of loss in the post. If so we will make contact to agree any additional postal charges before completing any transaction.. 11050

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14 Life of Lady Georgiana Fullerton
Craven, Mrs. Augustus ; Coleridge, Henry James. Richard Bentley, London, 1888. first edition, Hardback, 196mm x 129mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xix prelims, 467pp. plus index, plus appendix/appendicies, plus advertisments,Good/NoWrapper. Book in good condition given age. Spine and boards bumped, some light staining to front. Block edges darkened and grubby with age, some foxing and discolouring to opening/closing pages, block a little wobbly but otheriwse clean and unmarked. From the French of Mrs Craven, this is Coleridge's presentation o fthe biography of a remarkable 19th century noblewoman, novelist and Catholic convert. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Fullerton, Newman, Catholic. 8682

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The First Ninety Years - A Memoir, Darnborough (O.B.E., D.Sc.), Frank
15 The First Ninety Years - A Memoir
Darnborough (O.B.E., D.Sc.), Frank. 1992. first edition, Hardback, 224mm x 156mm dark blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 108pp. Near Fine/NoWrapper. Signed by author. Book is near fine. Privately-published memoirs of a 20th century seaman. Printed by Northern Whig, Belfast. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Darnborough, sea, war, maritime. 7219

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In Search of Columbus, Davies, Hunter
16 In Search of Columbus
Davies, Hunter. Sinclair - Stevenson, London, 1991. first edition, Hardback, 8vo black cloth boards, black on blue titles, first edition, xii prelims, 302pp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Block has darkened, particularly around edges, and is a little ragged, seemingly as produced, on edge opposite spine. Dustwrapper has a little shelfwear and evidence of occasional handling. Investigation into the life of the great explorer, whose achievement is well-known, but whose life details are less familiar. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Columbus, America, Genoa, Ferdinand. 3481

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The Wolf that Never Sleeps, de Beaumont, Marguerite
17 The Wolf that Never Sleeps
de Beaumont, Marguerite. Girl Guides Association, London, 1951. first edition, Hardback, 189mm x 128mm grey cloth boards, brown titles, first edition, 5th impression, , 94+pp. Photographic illustrations. Good/NoWrapper. Spine and boards a little faded around edges, small stain to base of front. Block edges darkened with age. Hagiographical account of the founder of Scouting, published by the Scouts' sister organization. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Baden-Powell, scouts, guide. 7407

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Fire & Water - A Life of Peter the Great, de Jonge, Alex
18 Fire & Water - A Life of Peter the Great
de Jonge, Alex. Collins, London, 1979. first edition, Hardback, 223mm x 145mm light blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 279+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Book has been read but no obvious imperfections. Spine and boards clean, pages also clean and unmarked. Dustwrapper has some evidence of handling, sticker to front flap which is also clipped. Scholarly yet readable biography of the Russian Tsar who sought to drag his backward realm into the heart of Western civilization. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Peter, Russia, Tsar, Petersburg. 6925

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The Life and Times of Grigorii Rasputin, de Jonge, Alex
19 The Life and Times of Grigorii Rasputin
de Jonge, Alex. Collins, London, 1982. first edition, Hardback, 234mm x 158mm black card boards over cloth spine, gilt titles, first edition, 368+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +. Spine creased, book otherwise clean with minimal wear. Dustwrapper has some wear from handling, spine colour faded. Thorough biography of the mysterious "monk" who became a key player at the court of the last Tsar (and Tsarina) of Russia. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Romanov, Russia, court, Tsarina. 15501

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My Blue Notebooks, de Pougy, Liane ;   Rzewuski, R.P.
20 My Blue Notebooks
de Pougy, Liane ; Rzewuski, R.P.. Century, London, 1986. first thus, Paperback, 215mm x 132mm , 288pp. plus index, Good +/NoWrapper. Paperback has been read, some creasing to spine, block edges a little grubby from handling, pages otherwise clean. Oriiginally published in French ibn 1977, this is the Century paperback edition of the diaries of of Romanian princess Georges Ghika, in English translation by Diana Athill. Preface by Rzewuski. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Romania, princess, Paris, Lausanne. 8680

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The King Who Never Was - The Story of Frederick, Prince of Wales, De-la-Noy, Michael
21 The King Who Never Was - The Story of Frederick, Prince of Wales
De-la-Noy, Michael. Peter Owen, London & Chester Springs, PA, 1996. first edition, Hardback, 223mm x 142mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 240+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Owners inscription. Book is tight and clean with minimal evidence of handling. Duswrapper is clean with minimal wear. Front flap clipped. Biography of the Hanoverian Prince who was son of King George II and father of George III, but who was fated never to accede to the British throne himself. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Hanover, Georgian, Walpole, Whig. 12022

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Lucia in the Age of Napoleon, di Robilant, Andrea
22 Lucia in the Age of Napoleon
di Robilant, Andrea. Faber & Faber, London, 2007. first edition, Hardback, 240mm x 157mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xxi prelims, 336+pp. plus index, Colour illustrations.Good +++/Good +++. Book is clean and tight with minimal wear from handling. Dustwrapper is clean with minimal edgewear. Biography of Lucia Mocenigo, a well-connected Venetian woman who became involved with amazing events and amazing people of an amazing age in Europe. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Napoleon, Byron, Hapsburg, Eugene. 15590

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The Memoirs of Sir James Melville of Halhill, Donaldson, Gordon             (ed)
23 The Memoirs of Sir James Melville of Halhill
Donaldson, Gordon (ed). Folio Society, London, 1969. first thus, Hardback, 253mm x 153mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 184+pp. plus index, Colour illustrations.Near Fine/NoWrapper. Book is near fine in very good light green slipcase. Full title - "The Memoirs of Sir James Melville of Halhill. Containing an impartial Account of the most remarkable Affairs of State during the Sixteenth Century, not mentioned by other Historians: more particularly relating to the Kingdoms of England and Scotland, under the Reigns of Queen Elizabeth, Mary, Queen of Scots, and King James. In most of which Transactions the Author was Personally and Publicly concerned." Edited with an Introduction by Donaldson. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Melville, Scotland, Reform. 7571

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William Dugdale, Historian, 1606-1686 - His Life, His Writings and His Country, Dyer, Christopher ;   Richardson, Catherine         (eds)
24 William Dugdale, Historian, 1606-1686 - His Life, His Writings and His Country
Dyer, Christopher ; Richardson, Catherine (eds). The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 2009. first edition, Hardback, 24cm x 16cm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xvi prelims, 248pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Near Fine/Very Good. Book is near fine with original publisher slip. Dustwrapper is clean with little or no wear. A scholarly yet readable account of the life and work of one of the most celebrated antiquarians of the seventeenth century, best known for his 1656 "Antiquities of Warwickshire. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Dugdale, warwickshire, antiquarian This book may attract a higher postage charge than automatically calculated on the website in order to ensure that it is fully covered for an appropriate amount of compensation in the event of loss in the post. If so we will make contact to agree any additional postal charges before completing any transaction.. 15730

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To the Scaffold - The Life of Marie Antoinette, Erickson, Carrolly
25 To the Scaffold - The Life of Marie Antoinette
Erickson, Carrolly. Robson Books, London, 1992. first edition, Hardback, 8vo maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 384pp. plus index, Very Good/Good +++. Base of spine bumped, top of block a little dusty else near fine. Dustwrapper has a little shelfwear and bumping, with some evidence of occasional handling. A biography of Marie Antionette that does much to reveal a warm personality beneath the enduring contemptuous folk memory. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Marie Antoinette, revolution, Louis, cake. 3492

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Washington - The Indispensible Man, Flexner, James Thomas
26 Washington - The Indispensible Man
Flexner, James Thomas. Collins, London, 1976. first thus, Hardback, 24cm x 16cm brown cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, xvii prelims, 423pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Book is tight and clean. Just a little fading around edges of exterior. Dustwrapper (now protected) is clean with minimal wear. Spine colour has faded. UK abridged single-volume edition of Flexner's epic four-volume biography of the founding father of the United States. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Washington, Jefferson, Forge, Independence. 11300

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John Evelyn's Diary - A Selection, Francis, Philip             (ed)
27 John Evelyn's Diary - A Selection
Francis, Philip (ed). Folio Society, London, 1963. first thus, Hardback, 222mm x 137mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, xiv prelims, 253+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Good +++/NoWrapper. Book is presented in grey slipcase now a little worn. Book itself has spine evenly faded, some foxing to block edges, otherwise very good. FS edition of John Evelyn's diaries from the 17th century, drawn from the text of the Clarendon Press edition edited by E S de Beer. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Evelyn, diaries, Restoration, Popish. 7556

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Beloved Emma - The Life of Emma Lady Hamilton, Fraser, Flora
28 Beloved Emma - The Life of Emma Lady Hamilton
Fraser, Flora. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1986. first edition, Hardback, 240mm x 165mm orange cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 410+pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good +/Good +. Hardback has been well read, some foxing and grubbiness to block edges, pages otherwise clean. Dustwrapper (now protected) is clean with some wear from handling. Excellent biography of Nelson's celebrated mistress, drawing on original letters and other primary sources to create a compelling portrait of the woman said to be the most beautiful in Europe. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Nelson, Naples, Merton, affair. 13285

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29 English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century
Froude, James Anthony. Longmans, Green, London, 1919. Hardback, 190mm x 126mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, , 309pp. Good/NoWrapper. Previous owner's name. Book has been well read, spine and boards bumped with some faint stains, block edges worn with a hint of foxing, diffferential fading to endpapers, pages clean overall. Silver Library edition of Froude's lectures on English seamen in Tudor times, given at Oxford in 1893-94. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Drake, Hawkins, Armada, navy. 15622

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Caesar - Politician and Statesman, Gelzer, Matthias
30 Caesar - Politician and Statesman
Gelzer, Matthias. Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1969. first thus, Paperback, 219mm x 140mm , viii prelims, 359pp. plus index, Good/NoWrapper. Previous owner's name. Paperback has been well read, edges worn and grubby, spine creased, inscriptions and highlights to opening 10% of book. Price sticker on rear. In translation from the author's German by Peter Needham, this is an excellent biography of the Roman political leader and military genius who died by the bloody hands of lesser men. Catalogue: Historical Biography. Keywords: Rubicon, Rome, Gaul, Pompey. 15514

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