Wadham College, Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Frank McLynn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wadham College, Oxford.
University of London, London, England, United Kingdom
Frank McLynn holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of London.
(McLynn discusses the different strategies involved for in...)
McLynn discusses the different strategies involved for invading Britain by sea and the means by which Britain tried to defend itself using diplomacy, economic warfare, espionage, and pre-emptive strikes. Finally, he shows that after having been threatened with invasion for four centuries, England was itself the springboard from which the greatest invasion fleet of all time was launched.
(A comprehensive reassessment of the life of Charles Edwar...)
A comprehensive reassessment of the life of Charles Edward Stuart. This book should be of interest to general readers of historical biography and academics.
(McLynn provides the first comprehensive view of crime and...)
McLynn provides the first comprehensive view of crime and its consequences in the eighteenth century: why was England notorious for violence? Why did the death penalty prove no deterrent? Was it a crude means of redistributing wealth?
(Sir Henry Morton Stanley, is known popularly for his cele...)
Sir Henry Morton Stanley, is known popularly for his celebrated meeting with David Livingstone. But Stanley is by any reckoning a key figure in the history of the European penetration of the African continent. He was also a man of intriguing psychological complexity - a complexity which Frank McLynn seeks to understand. In this book, the author focuses on the years 1841-1877, the most dramatic and fascinating years of Stanley's long life. Stanley was one of the great achievers of the 19th century. Born in poverty and illegitimacy, with infancy spent in a Welsh workhouse, he survived a series of incredible adventures at sea and in the USA to emerge as a journalist of talent after the American Civil War. His courage on the British Ethiopian expedition to chastise Emperor Theodore brought him to the attention of James Gordon Bennett, proprieter of the "New York Herald Tribune" who commissioned him to find Livingstone in darkest Africa.
(An examination of the European exploration of the African...)
An examination of the European exploration of the African continent probes the impact and reputation of the explorers and discusses the abnormal psychology that led these men to court death in the African wilderness.
(Features Leonardo da Vinci humbly applying for a job, Mar...)
Features Leonardo da Vinci humbly applying for a job, Marie Antoinette writing a farewell letter to her sister minutes before facing the guillotine, and George Washington's angry response to the suggestion that he be crowned king.
(The life of Sir Fitzroy Maclean is a heady blend of adven...)
The life of Sir Fitzroy Maclean is a heady blend of adventure and achievement. Diplomat, soldier, statesman, traveller, writer and film-maker, he is a modern hero to rival the Burtons and Burnabys of the Victorian era.
(Courtroom battles from some of the most famous trials in ...)
Courtroom battles from some of the most famous trials in history, spanning over 2000 years.
(Napoleon Bonaparte's character and achievements have alwa...)
Napoleon Bonaparte's character and achievements have always divided critics and commentators. In this compelling new biography Frank McLynn draws on the most recent scholarship and throws a brilliant light on this most paradoxical of men - as military leader, lover and emperor.
(In this, the first full-length biography of the great Swi...)
In this, the first full-length biography of the great Swiss psychologist, Carl Gustav Jung is remembered not only for his valuable contribution to psychotherapy and to our understanding of the inner workings of the mind, but for the enduring controversies he sparked. In Frank McLynn's capable hands, readers will come to understand the man who originated what are widely held to be some of the greatest ideas of this century.
(If ever there was a year of destiny for the British Isles...)
If ever there was a year of destiny for the British Isles, 1066 must have a strong claim. King Harold faced invasion not just from William and the Normans across the English Channel but from the Dane, King Harald Hardrada. Before he faced the Normans at Hastings in October, he had defeated the Danes at York and Stamford Bridge in September. In this superbly researched study, Frank McLynn overturns long-accepted myths, showing how Williams victory at the Battle of Hastings was not, in fact, a certainty, and arguing that Harald Hardrada was actually the greatest warrior of the three. This is a masterly study, and reveals the truth to be more interesting than the myths surrounding this pivotal year in history.
(Villa and Zapata vividly chronicles the decade of bloody ...)
Villa and Zapata vividly chronicles the decade of bloody events that followed the eruption of the Mexican Revolution in 1910 and made legends of the rebels Francisco "Pancho" Villa and Emiliano Zapata. Mexico's was the first massive social revolution of the twentieth century, visiting economic, cultural, and racial strife on a country already exploited by oppressive officials and crippled by poverty, but also offering hope to its people. The ruthless Villa and his army of ex-cowboys in the north and Zapata, recruiting his infantry from the sugar plantations of the south, successfully waged a devastating war on two fronts and brought down a string of autocrats in Mexico City. But the two men failed to make common cause and ultimately fell victim to intrigues more treacherous than their own.
(Employing numerous illustrations and extensive primary so...)
Employing numerous illustrations and extensive primary sources, including original diaries and memoirs, McLynn underscores the incredible heroism and dangerous folly on the overland trails. His authoritative narrative investigates the events leading up to the opening of the trails, the wagons and animals used, the roles of women, relations with Native Americans, and much else.
(McLynn interweaves numerous primary sources, from the Vat...)
McLynn interweaves numerous primary sources, from the Vatican’s archives to Native American oral histories. Each chapter begins with an examination of a significant cultural milestone from the fateful year in question, providing essential human context for this tale of nations. With provocative insight and rigorous argument, McLynn concludes that the birth of the British Empire was a consequence more of luck than of rigorous planning.
(Frank Mclynn, known for a wide range of historical studie...)
Frank Mclynn, known for a wide range of historical studies which are both scholarly and wonderfully readable, has returned to the original sources to discover what the Plantagenets were really like and how their history measures up to their myth. In a riveting narrative he turns the tables on modern revisionist historians by showing exactly how bad a king John was, despite his intellectual gifts, and in contrast how impressive Richard was -brilliantly successful in war, accomplished artistically and the nearest it is possible to be to the medieval ideal of chivalry. In a narrative that spans most of Europe and the Middle East he shows these larger-than-life characters as they really were -crusading, waging war in France, negotiating with the papacy, engaging in ruthless dynastic intrigue, often against each other: in Richard's case, holding the kingdom together even when fighting in the Holy Land; and in John's, losing Normandy, catastrophically antagonizing the barons over Magna Carta and losing the Crown Jewels in the Wash.
(Marcus Aurelius (121–180 AD) is one of the great figures ...)
Marcus Aurelius (121–180 AD) is one of the great figures of antiquity whose life and words still speak to us today. His Meditations remains one of the most widely read books from the classical world, and his life represents the fulfillment of Plato's famous dictum that mankind will prosper only when philosophers are rulers. Based on all available original sources, Marcus Aurelius is the definitive biography to date of this monumental historical figure.
(From a gladiator to a renegade conquistador to England's ...)
From a gladiator to a renegade conquistador to England's greatest warrior-king - six men who changed the course of history. In the history of warfare, an elite group of men have attained legendary status through their courage, ambition, and unrivaled military genius. In Heroes and Villains, acclaimed historian Frank McLynn focuses on six of the most powerful and magnetic leaders of all time, brilliantly evoking the critical moments when each of these warriors proved his mettle in battle, changing their own lives, the destiny of their people, and in some cases, the history of the world. We discover what drove Spartacus to take on the might of Rome against seemingly impossible odds, and how the young Napoleon rose to power in dramatic fashion at the siege of Toulon. Heroes and Villains is more than a collection of individual biographies. By examining the complex psychologies of these extraordinary men, McLynn builds up a convincing profile of the ultimate warrior.
(Frank McLynn opens a new window on the Burma Campaign, fo...)
Frank McLynn opens a new window on the Burma Campaign, focusing on the interactions and antagonisms of its principal players: William Slim, the brilliant general commanding the British 14th Army; Orde Wingate, the ambitious and idiosyncratic commander of the Chindits, a British force of irregulars; Louis Mountbatten, one of Churchill's favorites, overpromoted to the position of Supreme Commander, S.E. Asia; and Joseph Stilwell ("Vinegar Joe"), a hard-line U.S. general, also a martinet and Anglophobe. McLynn draws careful portraits of each of these men, neglecting neither strengths nor flaws, and shows with new clarity how the plans, designs, and strategies of generals and politicians were translated into a hideous reality for soldiers on the ground.
(The age of discovery was at its peak in the eighteenth ce...)
The age of discovery was at its peak in the eighteenth century, with heroic adventurers charting the furthest reaches of the globe. Foremost among these explorers was navigator and cartographer Captain James Cook of the British Royal Navy. Recent writers have viewed Cook largely through the lens of colonial exploitation, regarding him as a villain and overlooking an important aspect of his identity: his nautical skills. In this authentic, engrossing biography, Frank McLynn reveals Cook's place in history as a brave and brilliant seaman. He shows how the Captain's life was one of struggle - with himself, with institutions, with the environment, with the desire to be remembered - and also one of great success. In Captain Cook, McLynn re-creates the voyages that took the famous navigator from his native England to the outer reaches of the Pacific Ocean. Ultimately, Cook, who began his career as a deckhand, transcended his humble beginnings and triumphed through good fortune, courage, and talent. Although Cook died in a senseless, avoidable conflict with the people of Hawaii, McLynn illustrates that to the men with whom he served, Cook was master of the seas and nothing less than a titan.
(Frank McLynn takes seven occasions when Britain came clos...)
Frank McLynn takes seven occasions when Britain came closest to revolution: the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381; the Jack Cade rebellion of 1450; the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536; the English Civil Wars of the 1640s; the Jacobite Rising of 1745-6; the Chartist Movement of 1838-48; and the General Strike of 1926. Why, at these dramatic turning points, did history finally fail to turn? McLynn examines Britain’s history and themes of social, religious and political change to explain why social turbulence stopped short of revolution on so many occasions.
(Combining fast-paced accounts of battles with rich cultur...)
Combining fast-paced accounts of battles with rich cultural background and the latest scholarship, Frank McLynn brings vividly to life the strange world of the Mongols, describes Temujin's rise from boyhood outcast to become Genghis Khan, and provides the most accurate and absorbing account yet of one of the most powerful men ever to have lived.
(Roald Amundsen is usually known simply as the man who bea...)
Roald Amundsen is usually known simply as the man who beat Captain Scott in the race to the South Pole in 1911. But this one-dimensional picture ignores the complexity of the man and the many problems – financial, personal and psychological – that he had to overcome to emerge as the world's premier explorer. In this deeply researched historical fiction account, Frank McLynn reveals the complicated man he was: ruthless but sentimental, courageous but devious, and above all a dedicated womaniser prepared to sublimate his libido in the lust for glory. The competing tugs of his private/inner life with the public achievements provide a story that is as fascinating a psychological study as it is an epic of polar exploration.
(Roald Amundsen is the man who beat Captain Scott in the r...)
Roald Amundsen is the man who beat Captain Scott in the race to the South Pole in 1911. What is less known is that in the second half of his life Amundsen changed from being a devotee of dogs and skis as the key to successful polar exploration to a man fascinated by the possibilities of the infant science of aviation. When he flew over the North Pole in 1926 he became the first man to reach both poles. Meanwhile his inner life was drawing him into a cul-de-sac. The multiple stresses of his private life coupled with the constant quest for money to finance his expeditions brought him to cracking point. The second volume of Frank McLynn's historical novel reveals Amundsen's sad descent into a dark maelstrom.
Frank McLynn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wadham College, Oxford and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of London.
From 1987 to 1988 Frank McLynn was the Alistair Horne Research Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford. From 1996 to 2001 he served as a visiting professor in the Department of Literature at the University of Strathclyde. From 2000 to 2002 McLynn worked as a professorial fellow at Goldsmiths College London, before becoming a writer.
McLynn has published France and the Jacobite Rising of 1745 (1981), The Jacobite Army in England, 1745-46 (1983), The Jacobites (1985), Invasion: From the Armada to Hitler (1987), Charles Edward Stuart: A Tragedy in Many Acts (1988), Crime and Punishment in Eighteenth-Century England (1989), and many other.
(Frank McLynn opens a new window on the Burma Campaign, fo...)2010
(Combining fast-paced accounts of battles with rich cultur...)2015
(Frank McLynn takes seven occasions when Britain came clos...)2012
(In this, the first full-length biography of the great Swi...)1997
(Frank Mclynn, known for a wide range of historical studie...)2006
(McLynn provides the first comprehensive view of crime and...)1989
(Features Leonardo da Vinci humbly applying for a job, Mar...)1993
(An examination of the European exploration of the African...)1993
(McLynn discusses the different strategies involved for in...)1987
(Villa and Zapata vividly chronicles the decade of bloody ...)2000
(Employing numerous illustrations and extensive primary so...)2002
(The age of discovery was at its peak in the eighteenth ce...)2011
(From a gladiator to a renegade conquistador to England's ...)2009
(Marcus Aurelius (121–180 AD) is one of the great figures ...)2009
(Roald Amundsen is usually known simply as the man who bea...)2018
(McLynn interweaves numerous primary sources, from the Vat...)2005
(Sir Henry Morton Stanley, is known popularly for his cele...)1990
(Napoleon Bonaparte's character and achievements have alwa...)1997
(Courtroom battles from some of the most famous trials in ...)1995
(If ever there was a year of destiny for the British Isles...)1998
(Roald Amundsen is the man who beat Captain Scott in the r...)2018
(The life of Sir Fitzroy Maclean is a heady blend of adven...)1993
(A comprehensive reassessment of the life of Charles Edwar...)1988