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University of Toronto - Robarts Library

The John P. Robarts Research Library, commonly referred to as Robarts Library, is the main humanities and social sciences library of the University of Toronto Libraries and the largest individual library in the university.

Opened in 1973 and named for John Robarts, the 17th Premier of Ontario, the library contains more than 4.5 million bookform items, 4.1 million microform items and 740,000 other items.

The library building is one of the most significant examples of brutalist architecture in North America. Its towering main structure rests on an equilateral triangular footprint and features extensive use of triangular geometric patterns throughout.

It forms the main component of a three-tower complex that also includes the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library and the Claude Bissel Building, which houses the Faculty of Information. The library's imposing appearance has earned it the nickname of Fort Book.

Comprising fourteen storeys, plus two underground floors, the brutalist and futurist structure features raised podia and a suspended fourth floor. A mezzanine level physically connects Robarts Library to the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library building at its southeastern side, and to the Claude Bissel Building, housing the Faculty of Information, at its northeastern side.

The concrete waffle slab floor plates are adorned with triangular-patterned tessellation. A hexagonal central circulation atrium is enclosed at the core of the building and through the middle of the mezzanine level. The gross area of the building is over 1,036,000 square feet.


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Topics: Great Britain -- Biography, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- History Roman period, 55 B.C.-449 A.D, Great Britain -- History Anglo-Saxon...
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Topics: Reformation -- England, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century Sources, Great Britain --...
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Topics: Reformation -- England, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century Sources, Great Britain --...
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1827 Buchanan, George, 1506-1582; Aikman, James
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Topics: Scotland -- History, genealogy
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v. 1-3. From the earliest period to the Norman conquest.--v. 4-8. Middle Ages.--v. 9-10. Reign of Henry the Eighth; the Reformation.--v. 11-12. Reigns of Edward the Sixth, Mary, and Elizabeth
Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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v. 1-3. From the earliest period to the Norman conquest.--v. 4-8. Middle Ages.--v. 9-10. Reign of Henry the Eighth; the Reformation.--v. 11-12. Reigns of Edward the Sixth, Mary, and Elizabeth
Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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v. 1-3. From the earliest period to the Norman conquest.--v. 4-8. Middle Ages.--v. 9-10. Reign of Henry the Eighth; the Reformation.--v. 11-12. Reigns of Edward the Sixth, Mary, and Elizabeth
Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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v. 1-3. From the earliest period to the Norman conquest.--v. 4-8. Middle Ages.--v. 9-10. Reign of Henry the Eighth; the Reformation.--v. 11-12. Reigns of Edward the Sixth, Mary, and Elizabeth
Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- History Norman period, 1066-1154, Great Britain -- History To 1485, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- History Norman period, 1066-1154, Great Britain -- History To 1485, genealogy
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Topics: Charles I, King of England, 1600-1649, genealogy
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1853 Turner, Sharon, 1768-1847
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v. 1. From the Norman conquest to the accession of Edward III.--v. 2. From the accession of Edward III to the reign of Edward IV.--v. 3. Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III, and Henry VII, and the first part of the literary history of England.--v. 4. Literary history of England
Topics: Great Britain -- History Medieval period, 1066-1485, genealogy
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1853 Turner, Sharon, 1768-1847
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v. 1. From the Norman conquest to the accession of Edward III.--v. 2. From the accession of Edward III to the reign of Edward IV.--v. 3. Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III, and Henry VII, and the first part of the literary history of England.--v. 4. Literary history of England
Topics: Great Britain -- History Medieval period, 1066-1485, genealogy
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1853 Turner, Sharon, 1768-1847
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v. 1. From the Norman conquest to the accession of Edward III.--v. 2. From the accession of Edward III to the reign of Edward IV.--v. 3. Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III, and Henry VII, and the first part of the literary history of England.--v. 4. Literary history of England
Topics: Great Britain -- History Medieval period, 1066-1485, genealogy
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1857 Brownell, Henry Howard, 1820-1872
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Vol. 1. - The Jews, Assyria, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Persia, India, China, The Mahometans, Spain, Germany, Hungary, and Russia. Vol. 2. - France, with late revolutions; England, with the history and description of Australia, Sweden and Norway; Denmark; The Netherlands; Switzerland; Portugal; Italy
Topics: History, genealogy
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1857 Brownell, Henry Howard, 1820-1872
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Vol. 1. - The Jews, Assyria, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Persia, India, China, The Mahometans, Spain, Germany, Hungary, and Russia. Vol. 2. - France, with late revolutions; England, with the history and description of Australia, Sweden and Norway; Denmark; The Netherlands; Switzerland; Portugal; Italy
Topics: History, genealogy
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1869 Creasy, Sir Edward Shepherd, 1812-1878
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Vol. 1. The history of England to the end of the reign of Edward I
Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Palatines -- United States, Huguenots -- New York (State), Salzburgers -- Georgia, Names, Personal...
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Topics: England -- History 1603-1714 Stuart, genealogy
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Topics: England -- History 1603-1714 Stuart, genealogy
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1880 Lee, Frederick George, 1832-1902
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Topics: Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603, Church of England, Great Britain -- Church history,...
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1880 Lee, Frederick George, 1832-1902
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Topics: Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603, Church of England, Great Britain -- Church history,...
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Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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Topics: Chronology, Greek -- Tables, Greece -- History Outlines, syllabi, etc, genealogy
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1889 Church, Alfred John, 1829-1912
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Topics: Henry V, King of England, 1387-1422, Great Britain -- History Henry V, 1413-1422, genealogy
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1890 Child, Gilbert W
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Topics: England -- Ecclesiastical history, genealogy
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1891 Lecky, William Edward Hartpole, 1838-1903
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Topics: Great Britain -- Civilization, Great Britain -- Social life and customs, Great Britain -- Politics...
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1892 Mahan, A. T. (Alfred Thayer), 1840-1914
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Topics: France. Marine, Sea-power, France -- History Consulate and First Empire, 1799-1815, France --...
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Topics: Normans, Great Britain -- History Norman period, 1066-1154, genealogy
Topics: Puritans, Great Britain -- Church history, New England -- History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775,...
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Topics: Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603, genealogy
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1897 Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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Topics: Canada -- History To 1763 (New France), genealogy
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1897 Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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Topics: Canada -- History To 1763 (New France), genealogy
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1897 Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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Topics: Canada -- History To 1763 (New France), genealogy
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1897 Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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Topics: Canada -- History To 1763 (New France), genealogy
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1897 Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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Topics: Canada -- History To 1763 (New France), genealogy
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1897 Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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Topics: Canada -- History To 1763 (New France), genealogy
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1897 Powers, George Wightman, 1864-
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Topics: Great Britain -- History Tudors, 1485-1603, genealogy
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1897 Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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Topics: Canada -- History To 1763 (New France), genealogy
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1897 Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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Topics: Canada -- History To 1763 (New France), genealogy
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1899 Oman, Charles William Chadwick, Sir, 1860-1946
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Topics: Great Britain -- History 19th century, genealogy
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1899 McCarthy, Justin, 1830-1912
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v. 1. Before the Reform bill.--v. 2. From the Reform bill to the present time
Topics: Great Britain -- History 19th century, genealogy
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1899 McCarthy, Justin, 1830-1912
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v. 1. Before the Reform bill.--v. 2. From the Reform bill to the present time
Topics: Great Britain -- History 19th century, genealogy
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1901 Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912
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Topics: Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542-1587, Scotland -- History Mary Stuart, 1542-1567, genealogy
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Topics: Europe -- History, Europe -- Politics and government, genealogy
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1903 Jenks, Edward, 1861-1939
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Topics: Cabinet system, Great Britain -- History Stuarts, 1603-1714, Great Britain -- History 1714-1837,...
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1903 Bateson, Mary, 1865-1906
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Topics: Great Britain -- History Medieval period, 1066-1485, genealogy
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1903 Hume, Martin Andrew Sharp, 1847-1910
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Topics: Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542-1587, Scotland -- History Mary Stuart, 1542-1567, genealogy
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1905 Dexter, Henry Martyn, 1821-1890; Dexter, Morton, 1846-1910
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Topics: Dissenters, Religious -- England, Dissenters, Religious -- Netherlands, England -- Church history...
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Topics: Pacific Coast (North America), Pacific Coast (Central America), Pacific Coast (South America),...
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1911 Gosling, William Gilbert, 1863-1930
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Topics: Gilbert, Humphrey, Sir, 1539?-1583, Great Britain -- History Elizabeth, 1558-1603, Newfoundland,...
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1913 Sandars, Mary Frances, 1864-
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Bibliography: p. xvii-xviii
Topics: Mary II, Queen of England, 1662-1694, Great Britain -- History William and Mary, 1689-1702,...
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1916 Gardiner, Samuel Rawson, 1829-1902
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v. 1. From the earliest times to the death of King Edward VII, B.C. 55-A.D. 1509.--v. 2. From the earliest times to the death of King Edward VII, A.D. 1509-1689.--v. 3. From the earliest times to the conclusion of the Great War, A.D. 1689-1919
Topics: Great Britain -- History Compends, genealogy
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1916 Gardiner, Samuel Rawson, 1829-1902
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v. 1. From the earliest times to the death of King Edward VII, B.C. 55-A.D. 1509.--v. 2. From the earliest times to the death of King Edward VII, A.D. 1509-1689.--v. 3. From the earliest times to the conclusion of the Great War, A.D. 1689-1919
Topics: Great Britain -- History Compends, genealogy
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Topics: Hohenzollern, House of, Brandenburg (Germany) -- Politics and government, Brandenburg (Germany) --...
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1916 Gardiner, Samuel Rawson, 1829-1902
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v. 1. From the earliest times to the death of King Edward VII, B.C. 55-A.D. 1509.--v. 2. From the earliest times to the death of King Edward VII, A.D. 1509-1689.--v. 3. From the earliest times to the conclusion of the Great War, A.D. 1689-1919
Topics: Great Britain -- History Compends, genealogy
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1917 Klein, Arthur Jay, 1884-
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Topics: Church and state -- Great Britain, Religious liberty -- Great Britain, Great Britain -- History...
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Topics: Great Britain -- History To 1066, genealogy
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1923 Simon, John Smith, 1843-1933
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Topics: Wesley, John, 1703-1791, Methodism, England -- Ecclesiastical history, genealogy
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Topics: Drake, Francis, Sir, 1540?-1596, Great Britain -- History Tudors, 1485-1603, Great Britain --...
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- White, Andrew Dickson, 1832-1918
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Pt. 2. Germany
Topics: Germany -- History 1806-1918, genealogy
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- Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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v. 1. Pioneers of France in the New World.--v. 2. The Jesuits in North America in the seventeenth century.--v. 3. La Salle and the discovery of the Great West.--v. 4. The old régime in Canada.--v. 5. Count Frantenac and New France under Louis XIV.--v. 6-7. A half-century of conflict.--v. 8-9. Montcalm and Wolfe.--v. 10-11. The conspiracy of Pontiac.--v. 12. The Oregon trail
Topics: Canada -- History To 1763 (New France), genealogy
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Jan 1, 1970 Mackintosh, John, 1833-1907
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Topics: Scotland -- History, Scotland -- Civilization, genealogy
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Jan 1, 1970 Freeman, Edward Augustus, 1823-1892
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v. 1. The preliminary history to the election of Eadward the Confessor.--v. 2. The reign of Eadward the Confessor.--v. 3. The reign of Harold and the interregnum.--v. 4. The reign of William the Conqueror.--v. 5. The effects of the Norman conquest.--v. 6. Index volume
Topics: Great Britain -- History Norman period, 1066-1154, Great Britain -- History Anglo Saxon period,...
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Jan 1, 1970 Freeman, Edward Augustus, 1823-1892
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v. 1. The preliminary history to the election of Eadward the Confessor.--v. 2. The reign of Eadward the Confessor.--v. 3. The reign of Harold and the interregnum.--v. 4. The reign of William the Conqueror.--v. 5. The effects of the Norman conquest.--v. 6. Index volume
Topics: Great Britain -- History Norman period, 1066-1154, Great Britain -- History Anglo Saxon period,...
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Jan 1, 1970 Winbolt, S. E. (Samuel Edward), 1868-1944; Bell, Kenneth; Bewsher, Fred William; Edwards, Alfred Cecil Wall; Esdaile, Arundell James Kennedy, 1880-1956; Esdaile, Katharine Ada; Gretton, R. H. (Richard Henry), 1874-; Harding, Ewing; Locke, A. Audrey (Amy Audrey), d. 1916; Bell, Kenneth; Perrett, George Burr; Toyne, Stanley Mease; Wallis, John Eyre Winstanley, b. 1886; Munro, James F
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[Vol. 1] Wallis, J.E.W. The welding of the race. ("449"-1066)- [Vol. 3] Toyne, S.M. The Angevins and the Charter. (1154-1216)- [Vol. 5] Locke, A.A. War and misrule. (1307-1399)- [Vol. 7] Bewsher, F.W. The Reformation and the Renaissance. (1485-1547)- [Vol. 8] Esdaile, A.J.K. The Age of Elizabeth. (1547-1603)- [Vol. 9] Bell, Kenneth. Puritanism and liberty. (1603-1660)- [Vol. 10] Perrett, G.B. A constitution in making. (1660-1714)- [Vol. 11] Esdaile, K.A. Walpole and Chatham....
Topics: England -- History Sources, genealogy
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- Oman, Charles William Chadwick, Sir, 1860-1946
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v. 1. From the earliest times to A.D. 1307.--v. 2. From A.D. 1307 to A.D. 1688.--v. 3. From A.D. 1688 to A.D. 1885
Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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Topics: France -- History Revolution, 1789-1799, genealogy
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Jan 1, 1970 Ranke, Leopold von, 1795-1886
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Topics: Reformation -- Germany, genealogy
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- Treitschke, Heinrich von, 1834-1896
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Topics: German literature -- History and criticism, Germany -- History 1789-1900, Germany -- Intellectual...
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- Freeman, Edward Augustus, 1823-1892
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Series 1. The mythical and romantic elements in early English history. The continuity of English history. Relations between the crowns of England and Scotland. Saint Thomas of Canterbury and his biographers. The reign of Edward the Third. The Holy Roman Empire. The Franks and the Gauls. The early sieges of Paris. Frederick the First, King of Italy. The Emperor Frederick the Second. Charles the Bold Presidential government.- Series 2. Ancient Greece and mediaeval Italy. Mr. Gladstone's Homer and...
Topics: Thomas, à Becket, Saint, 1118?-1170, Charles, Duke of Burgundy, 1433-1477, Frederick I, Holy Roman...