History

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

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

The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer is, as the subtitle suggests: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century. It is the first book in the Time Traveller’s Guides series. The book does what it says in the blurb: “Imagine you […]

Mad Dogs And Englishmen by Ranulph Fiennes

Mad Dogs And Englishmen by Ranulph Fiennes

Mad Dogs And Englishmen by Ranulph Fiennes – An Expedition Round My Family. I saw a review for this book on Goodreads, written by Angela from gardenteacakesandme and I wanted to read it. It’s not a book I would have picked from the library/book shop […]

A Daughter’s Love by John Guy

A Daughter’s Love by John Guy

A Daughter’s Love by John Guy is a book about Thomas More and his eldest daughter, Margaret. Sir Thomas More’s life is well known, he opposed Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn, was arrested, and executed. Margaret, his daughter, played a role in history, but […]

A Lab of One’s Own by Patricia Fara

A Lab of One’s Own by Patricia Fara

I bought A Lab of One’s Own by Patricia Fara after attending a seminar held by her. She has a lovely style of presenting and I did enjoy the seminar a lot. I had to take advantage and get a signed copy of the book. […]

In a Free Republic by Alison Plowden

In a Free Republic by Alison Plowden

In a Free Republic by Alison Plowden, is the last book Plowden published. One of the things that made me want to read this book was the name: “In a Free Republic”. It was something that made me curious, considering that the people during commonwealth […]

Great War Britain by Pamela Russell. Liverpool: Remembering 1914-18

Great War Britain by Pamela Russell. Liverpool: Remembering 1914-18

Great War Britain by Pamela Russell. Liverpool – Remembering 1914-18. I took this book from the library because I was curious about it. I like the way it was made, with lots of relevant pictures and beautiful decorated pages. Despite this I didn’t have high […]

Black Tudors by Miranda Kaufmann

Black Tudors by Miranda Kaufmann

Black Tudors by Miranda Kaufmann – The Untold Story. I got this book from the library after hearing about it at a seminar on slavery. The book is not about slaves and that is what makes it so different. I’ve enjoyed it, although the author […]

A Brief History of the Magna Carta by Geoffrey Hindley

A Brief History of the Magna Carta by Geoffrey Hindley

I’ve enjoyed reading A Brief History of the Magna Carta by Geoffrey Hindley. I thought the book will talk only about Magna Carta, but it touched on different aspects of medieval life that impacted Magna Carta. There are chapters about women, Jews, and forests. Those […]

The colour of time by Dan Jones

The colour of time by Dan Jones

The colour of time by Dan Jones in collaboration with Marina Amaral. The subtitle is A new history of the world, 1850 to 1960. It is a very different kind of book, in which Amaral beautifully paints the colours in white and black pictures, bringing […]

Upstairs & Downstairs by Sarah Warwick

Upstairs & Downstairs by Sarah Warwick

It’s the first time I finish a book and I give it 1 stars. Upstairs & Downstairs by Sarah Warwick had this honour, if I can say so. The book has the subtitle The Illustrated Guide to the Real World of Downton Abbey despite not […]

How To Be a Tudor by Ruth Goodman

How To Be a Tudor by Ruth Goodman

How To Be a Tudor by Ruth Goodman. A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life. I liked the book a lot and I can’t wait to read the other two books she wrote, see details about the author at the end of the post. How To […]

Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir

Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir

Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir sounded like a book I would enjoy. This is not the first book I read by Weir. I’ve read Elizabeth of York: The First Tudor Queen a few months ago. I gave it 4 stars because Weir relied […]

The Plantagenets by Dan Jones

The Plantagenets by Dan Jones

The Plantagenets by Dan Jones – The Kings Who Made England. I saw it described as “a family portrait of the Plantagenet kings from Henry II to Richard II”, and that is very accurate. It is presented as a family story, making it easy to […]

A History Of Scotland by Neil Oliver

A History Of Scotland by Neil Oliver

I saw A History Of Scotland by Neil Oliver in the library by chance and I had to borrow it. I didn’t know much about Scotland’s history and it seemed interesting. And, of course, I knew Neil Oliver from Coast. My first disappointment with the […]

Elizabeth: the forgotten years by John Guy

Elizabeth: the forgotten years by John Guy

I was intrigued by this book, Elizabeth: the forgotten years by John Guy. After reading (mainly novels, but quite accurate historical fiction books) about the first part of her reign, I wanted to know more about the forgotten years, as John Guy describes them. I […]

Crown and Country by David Starkey

Crown and Country by David Starkey

Crown and Country by David Starkey is a history of the Kings and Queens of England. I’ve enjoyed this book a lot, hence giving it 5 stars. Each monarch is presented in a few pages, as one can imagine. Presenting over 1000 years of history […]