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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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by 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
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by 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
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by 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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by White, Andrew Dickson, 1832-1918
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Pt. 2. Germany
Topics: Germany -- History 1806-1918, genealogy
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Topics: Italy -- History 476-1268, Rome -- History Empire, 30 B.C.-476 A.D, Rome -- History Germanic...
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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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by 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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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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by 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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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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by 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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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: German literature -- History and criticism, Germany -- History 1789-1900, Germany -- Intellectual...
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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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by Tacitus, Cornelius; Fyfe, W. Hamilton (William Hamilton), 1878-1965
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Topic: Rome -- History Flavians, 69-96
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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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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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Topics: Reformation -- England, Great Britain -- Church history 16th century Sources, Great Britain --...
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by Snider, Denton Jacques, 1841-1925
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Topics: Greece -- History, Rome -- History, Europe -- History
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by Smith, John Frederick, 1804?-1890; Howitt, William, 1792-1879
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v. 1. From the earliest period to the reign of Edward the fourth.--v. 2. From the reign of Edward IV to the death of Queen Elizabeth.--v. 3. From the accession of James I to the revolution of 1688.--v. 4. From the accession of William III to the death of George II.--v. 5. From the accession of George III to the French Revolution, July 1792.--v. 6. From the French Revolution, July 1792 to the death of George III, January 1820.--v. 7. From the accession of George IV to the Irish Famine, 1847.--v....
Topics: Great Britain -- History, Great Britain -- History Pictorial works, genealogy
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by Simon, John Smith, 1843-1933
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Topics: Wesley, John, 1703-1791, Methodism, England -- Ecclesiastical history, genealogy
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by 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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Topics: Palatines -- United States, Huguenots -- New York (State), Salzburgers -- Georgia, Names, Personal...
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by Ranke, Leopold von, 1795-1886
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Topics: Reformation -- Germany, genealogy
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by Ranke, Leopold von, 1795-1886
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Topics: Reformation -- Germany, genealogy
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by Powers, George Wightman, 1864-
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Topics: Great Britain -- History Tudors, 1485-1603, genealogy
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Topics: Chronology, Greek -- Tables, Greece -- History Outlines, syllabi, etc, genealogy
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by Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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Topics: Canada -- History To 1763 (New France), genealogy
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by Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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Topics: Canada -- History To 1763 (New France), genealogy
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by Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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Topics: Canada -- History To 1763 (New France), genealogy
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by 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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by Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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by Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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by Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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by Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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Topics: Canada -- History To 1763 (New France), genealogy
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by Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893
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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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by 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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by 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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by Oman, Charles William Chadwick, Sir, 1860-1946
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Topics: Great Britain -- History 19th century, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- History To 1066, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- Biography, genealogy
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by Mommsen, Theodor, 1817-1903
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Topic: Rome -- History
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by Mommsen, Theodor, 1817-1903; Bryans, Clement; Hendy, Frederick James Robert, 1858-
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Topic: Rome -- History
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by Mommsen, Theodor, 1817-1903; Mommsen, Theodor, 1817-1903
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Topic: Rome -- History
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by Mommsen, Theodor, 1817-1903; Mommsen, Theodor, 1817-1903
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Topic: Rome -- History
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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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by Michelet, Jules, 1798-1874
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Topic: Rome -- History Republic
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Topic: Rome -- History
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by Merivale, Charles, 1808-1893
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Topic: Rome -- History Empire, 30 B.C.-284 A.D
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by Merivale, Charles, 1808-1893
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Topic: Rome -- History Empire, 30 B.C.-284 A.D
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by Merivale, Charles, 1808-1893
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Topic: Rome -- History Empire, 30 B.C.-284 A.D
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by Merivale, Charles, 1808-1893
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Topic: Rome -- History Empire, 30 B.C.-284 A.D
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by Merivale, Charles, 1808-1893
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Topic: Rome -- History Empire, 30 B.C.-284 A.D
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by Merivale, Charles, 1808-1893
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Topic: Rome -- History Empire, 30 B.C.-284 A.D
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by 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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by 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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Topics: France. Marine, Sea-power, France -- History Consulate and First Empire, 1799-1815, France --...
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by Mackintosh, John, 1833-1907
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Topics: Scotland -- History, Scotland -- Civilization, genealogy
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by Mackintosh, John, 1833-1907
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Topics: Scotland -- History, Scotland -- Civilization, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- History, genealogy
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by Long, George, 1800-1879
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Topic: Rome -- History Republic, 265-30 B.C
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by Long, George, 1800-1879
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Topic: Rome -- History Republic, 265-30 B.C
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Topics: Europe -- History, Europe -- Politics and government, genealogy
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by Livy; Baker, George, M.A.
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Topic: Rome -- History
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by Livy; Baker, George, M.A.
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Topic: Rome -- History
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by Leighton, Robert Fowler, 1838-
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Topic: Rome -- History
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by 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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by 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: France -- History Revolution, 1789-1799, genealogy
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by 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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by Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912
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Topics: Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542-1587, Scotland -- History Mary Stuart, 1542-1567, genealogy