History

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 […]

Tudor England and its Neighbours by Glenn Richardson, Susan Doran

Tudor England and its Neighbours by Glenn Richardson, Susan Doran

This book, Tudor England and its Neighbours by Glenn Richardson, Susan Doran, is one of the books I have on my to-read list from the University. It was a great read, as it offers quite different perspectives. Glenn Richardson and Susan Doran are editors, while […]

Edward VI by Jennifer Loach

Edward VI by Jennifer Loach

The book Edward VI by Jennifer Loach has a very sad story. The author died of cancer before being able to complete the book, so two other historians edited the book using material she prepared. It is also thanks to George Bernard and Penry Williams […]

Fires of faith by Eamon Duffy

Fires of faith by Eamon Duffy

Fires of faith by Eamon Duffy – Catholic England under Mary Tudor is definitely an interesting book to read. It is written by a catholic and presents the history from this point of view. Of course Mary’s reign is presented as bloody from a protestant […]

How the French Won Waterloo by Stephen Clarke

How the French Won Waterloo by Stephen Clarke

How the French Won Waterloo by Stephen Clarke – or Think They Did was published in the 200th Anniversary year of the Battle of Waterloo. It’s the second book I read by Clarke and it will not the last. His style is hilarious, I loved […]

The Victorian Catalogue by Dorothy Bosomworth

The Victorian Catalogue by Dorothy Bosomworth

The Victorian Catalogue by Dorothy Bosomworth – Of Household Goods: A Complete Compendium Of Over Five Thousand Items To Furnish And Decorate The Victorian Home. I was at the Hall I’m volunteering when a colleague brought in this book from the Hall’s library. I was […]

Henry VIII and the men who made him by Tracy Borman

Henry VIII and the men who made him by Tracy Borman

Henry VIII and the men who made him by Tracy Borman is the third book I read by her. I really enjoyed the other two and I had high expectations for this one as well. Unfortunately the book was not as good as the other […]

The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

I was intrigued by The Five by Hallie Rubenhold, a book that has the subtitle: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper. Before reading the book I didn’t know anything about them, not even their names. The only things all five […]

The boy who followed his father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield

The boy who followed his father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield

The boy who followed his father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield is a true story, non-fiction book about a son and a father living in concentration camps during the Holocaust. I’ve been reading quite a few books about the Holocaust and this one is one […]

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky… a history of salt in 400+ pages? Seem a bit too much, but it’s not. Salt is fascinating, its history and there are a lot of recipes too. I have to confess I skipped the meat-based recipes as […]

The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer

The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer

The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer is a fantastic book. I’ve enjoyed it as much as I’ve enjoyed the first book in the series, about time travelling to Medieval England. The way he presents the ideas is funny, but also easy […]

Erebus by Michael Palin

Erebus by Michael Palin

Erebus by Michael Palin – The Story of a Ship. It is a book about, in theory, a ship. In practice is a mix of details about the ship and its voyages and, also, descriptions of things that have nothing in common with the ship. […]

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang is the true story of three amazing women, the grandmother, mother, and daughter. I decided to choose history as a category for this book because despite it being personal, it shows a lot of the Chinese […]