Become an armchair historian with our range of fascinating history books. Discover amazing stories of times long gone by and immerse yourself in the past. In amongst our picks of the best history books, we have a bit of everything, from gripping stories of monarchs and writers to the history of cities and art. See what you can find in our top pick history books...
Historian Catharine Arnold's book is a fascinating exploration of the life of William Shakespeare and the impact the city of London had on him and his works. Focusing on the history of the city at the time, Catharine shows you how plague, riots and rebellion affected and influenced English theatre. Discover how Shakespeare came to be the world's best-loved playwright and the Globe Playhouse, the most popular venue in London in this brilliant history book.
Robert Lacey's biography of Queen Elizabeth II is the perfect companion to the award-winning Netflix original, The Crown. The Queen has had an interesting reign, after her father died young she was thrown into the role of monarch when she was only 25 and has now become the longest reigning monarch of England. This biography examines her life through her role as queen, wife, mother and daughter, giving a unique insight into all sides of this incredible ruler.
Delve into the story of one of the most interesting rulers in British history with Chris Skidmore's biography of Richard III. Though only king for two years, his reign proved to be controversial from the start after infamously trapping his nephews in The Tower of London. Chris's brilliant book considers how Richard III's actions represent how power was gained and kept during the tumultuous medieval period.
Judith Miller is a top antiques expert and in this book she describes the origins and key designers of one of the most recognisable art styles in history, Art Deco. She also shows you how you can become a collector of authentic 1920s and 1930s pieces in this quirky style yourself. With over 700 photographs and lots of information on the pieces and people that defined this style in the height of the Jazz Age, this book is a must for all fans of art history.
Bridget Kendall's book is a companion to the BBC Radio 4 series The Cold War: Stories from the Big Freeze and focuses on bringing you an unbiased account of the events of this world-changing conflict. Taking you through how the Cold War began, what countries were involved and the lasting impact it has had on world politics, this book provides a gripping look into one of the biggest and longest wars in military history.
This three-book collection focuses on life in London in the Elizabethan and Victorian eras, as well as the Dr Johnson years (1740-1770). Through Liza Picard's books you'll become completely immersed and feel as though you are on the old streets imagining the busy lives of the people of the past around you. Discover the jobs, clothes, houses, hobbies and more of past centuries with these fantastic history books.
This gripping read is inspired by BBC2's Black and British: A Forgotten History and sees historian David Olugosga look back over the history of black people in Britain. Starting with the Roman times and moving through various time periods, including a focus on the impact of William Shakespeare's Othello, and featuring records, interviews and more, this book is an eye-opening account of the history of being black and British.
Daisy Goodwin & Sara Sheridan
Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan's book acts as a tie-in to the second series of ITV's Victoria and focuses on the relationship between Victoria and Albert. Taking reference from the couple's letters and diaries, Daisy and Sara show how it was Victoria and Albert's differences that made them a successful couple. With character profiles and interviews with the actors, this book is great for history buffs and fans of the show alike.
This captivating book marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, which forced Nicholas II to abdicate and become known to history as the last ever tsar of Russia. Historian Robert Service looks back over the last year of Nicholas's time in power and the final few months before his death. Using information from diaries, forensic research and recorded conversations, Robert has pieced together the story of how the last tsar fell so far.
Oliver Teale takes a look at the curiosities of history through the works of literature that have been produced over the last 3,000 years. Oliver focuses on the best known works of literature, from the Illiad to Sherlock Holmes, plus lesser known books and figures, such as a Victorian novelist who outsold Charles Dickens! This fun history book is great for book-lovers who want to explore the history of literature.
If you're a history buff who still needs more options, check out our full range of history books, plus if there's a specific area you're interested in then take a look through our art history books, military history books and world history books.