Non-Fiction

Elizabeth I by Wallace MacCaffrey

Elizabeth I by Wallace MacCaffrey

Elizabeth I by Wallace MacCaffrey is an extensive biography. At over 400 pages, the book is not exactly short, but it does make for an easy read. He starts from her childhood and goes all over until her death. I made a lot of notes […]

Elizabeth I by Christopher Haigh

Elizabeth I by Christopher Haigh

Elizabeth I by Christopher Haigh is the second book I read by him, first being English Reformations (see review linked at the end of the post). He says that this book is not a biography as it deals with different aspects of her reign, but […]

Mary Tudor by Judith Richards

Mary Tudor by Judith Richards

Mary Tudor by Judith Richards is a Routledge Historical Biography I have on my recommended reading list for British History, year 1. Even today Mary Tudor is often described as an embittered Queen, who tried unsuccessfully to restore the Catholic Church and who sent many […]

The Mid-Tudor Crisis by David Loades

The Mid-Tudor Crisis by David Loades

The Mid-Tudor Crisis by David Loades. He focuses on the period between 1545 and 1565 and he questions if there really was a crisis in that period or is viewed like this due to hindsight and, even more, due to Elizabethan propaganda. I’ve enjoyed his […]

Nine Pints by Rose George

Nine Pints by Rose George

Nine Pints by Rose George might sound like a book about pubs, until you read the subtitle: A Journey Through the Mysterious, Miraculous World of Blood. The book is called Nine Pints because this is, roughly, as much as we have. It is such a […]

We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer

We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer

We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer – Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast. The whole concept of the book is that, despite being made aware by countless scientists, most of us live as if we were climate change deniers because we fail to […]

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari is the third book I read by Harari. As with the other two, I rate this highly as well. If you are familiar with his views, you might expect that he would touch on the […]

The Reign of Henry VIII by David Starkey

The Reign of Henry VIII by David Starkey

The Reign of Henry VIII by David Starkey – Personalities and Politics might be a short book, but it offers an interesting perspective on the politics of Henry VIII’s reign. I can’t say that I share his views on how much impact the factions had […]

Henry VIII by Lucy Wooding

Henry VIII by Lucy Wooding

Henry VIII by Lucy Wooding is one of the books I was recommended for my studies. I loved her writing style and her ideas are new, as she looks at Henry VIII from a different perspective. Furthermore, she holds lectures on Early Modern History for […]

Henry VII by Sean Cunningham

Henry VII by Sean Cunningham

Henry VII by Sean Cunningham is a biography filled with facts. I’ve enjoyed it a lot, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it, unless you are very interested in Henry VII’s reign. The book deals with all his reign, how he ran the government and how […]

The English by Jeremy Paxman

The English by Jeremy Paxman

The English by Jeremy Paxman – A Portrait of a People. The aim of the book was to talk about the English, not the British or Scots, Irish, or Welsh. I got this book from a second hand bookshop, one of two by him, and […]

The Oxford illustrated history of Tudor and Stuart Britain by John Morrill

The Oxford illustrated history of Tudor and Stuart Britain by John Morrill

The Oxford illustrated history of Tudor and Stuart Britain is edited by John Morrill and it is a compilation of chapters on different aspects of that period, each one authored by another historian. I have to say that I didn’t read all the book because […]

History Of British Costume by James Robinson Planché

History Of British Costume by James Robinson Planché

I bought History Of British Costume by James Robinson Planché from a museum gift shop. It was on offer and I couldn’t resist, especially as I love fashion. The book was published in 1834 and that was another reason I wanted to read it. It […]

English Reformations by Christopher Haigh

English Reformations by Christopher Haigh

Judging by the name, English Reformations by Christopher Haigh – Religion, Politics, and Society under the Tudors, doesn’t sound like a terrible exciting book (unless you are studying history). I couldn’t be more wrong. This is such a well written history, very often with funny […]

Elizabeth I and Her Circle by Susan Doran

Elizabeth I and Her Circle by Susan Doran

Elizabeth I and Her Circle by Susan Doran. The book aims to show the inside story of Elizabeth I’s inner circle, including her dealings with her Stewart and Suffolk cousins. I was surprised that the book was so pro-Elizabeth instead of being neutral. I’m going […]

The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins

The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins

I bought this book, The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins: How We Know What’s Really True, in February when I went to London for Darwin Day Lecture. I bought a few books from there and I did read most of them, but I also […]