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Marc Morris Anglo-Saxons
For his latest book, Marc Morris has gone grander and earlier than anything he's done before. The Anglo-Saxons: A History of the Beginnings of England covers the history of England from just before the fall of the Roman Empire through to the…
Floriography
In a little under 150 beautifully illustrated pages, Sally Coulthard takes the reader on a whistle-stop tour of 50 of the most common, and important, flowers from around the world. Combining ancient medicinal uses with Victorian flower symbolism and…
Understanding Nazi Ideology
In Understanding Nazi Ideology, Carl Müller Frøland sets out to do just that: to get to the bottom of an ideology that is often considered confused, chaotic, and contradictory. In doing so, Frøland aims to answer some of the most important, but…
Cat Jarman, River Kings
Cat Jarman’s River Kings takes a refreshing new look at the Viking Age, focusing on the important, but often overlooked, Scandinavian expansion eastwards. Her inspiration comes from a seemingly insignificant orange-red carnelian bead found in Repton…
Hitler Years Disaster
The Hitler Years: Disaster, 1940-1945 is the eagerly awaited second volume in Frank McDonough’s new and extensive history of the Third Reich. Immediately following on from The Hitler Years: Triumph, this new volume charts the final peak of Nazi…
Sally Coulthard Sheep
What’s truly joyful about 'A Short History of the World According to Sheep' is how Coulthard has woven together so many different disciplines – history, literature, archaeology, etymology, genetics, current affairs and politics, earth…
Philip and Alexander
In the space of just forty years, the small and troubled kingdom of Macedonia went from an inconsequential backwater on the northern edge of Greece to a superpower that had challenged, and beaten, the greatest empires of the known world. In large…
World Aflame
The World Aflame is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to The Colour of Time, a worldwide bestseller that changed perceptions of the past through the careful colourization of black-and-white photographs. Marina Amaral’s pictures and Dan Jones’s text…
Hitler Years Triumph
The first volume of 'The Hitler Years' is not just another popular history of the Third Reich: it is a masterclass in the history of Nazi Germany, with an internationally renowned expert as the teacher. As such, it is essential reading for…
Dan Jones Crusaders
Dan Jones's 'Crusaders' is an exceptionally well-written – and relevant – rip-roaring tour through the Crusades and a wonderfully colourful introduction to the people who lived through them, fought in them, ran away from them, and…
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