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My favourite Non-Fiction English History  Books

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The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century
The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century
"So readable - the middle ages come alive. Lost worlds and vanished lives spring vividly to life!"
The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation
The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation
"A vivid depiction of Edward iii and his world when England was at the peak of her military prowess, Edward's great victory at Crecy is juxtaposed against the crushing scourge of the Black Death."
Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess
Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess
"A refreshing new book bringing to life a famous royal mistress (later wife) about whom until now very little was known"
Lancaster And York: The Wars of the Roses
Lancaster And York: The Wars of the Roses
"An absolute masterpiece. Exciting and very readable, Ms Weir's brilliantly researched book leads us through this complicated conflict with enthusiasm."
Thomas Cromwell: The Rise And Fall Of Henry VIII's Most Notorious Minister
Thomas Cromwell: The Rise And Fall Of Henry VIII's Most Notorious Minister
"Mr Hutchinson attempts (very successfully) to bring to life Henry viii's most famous minister, whose early life is generally shrouded in mystery."
Henry VIII: King and Court
Henry VIII: King and Court
"A vibrant book which I couldn't put down. Ms Weir not only tells the story of the turbulent reign, but brings to life the Tudor court and all its machinations. Brilliantly researched!"
Hans Holbein: Portrait of an Unknown Man
Hans Holbein: Portrait of an Unknown Man
"A fascinating study of the Tudor age's most famous artist, who was possibly one of Thomas Cromwell's spies, and who died a tragic early death. Not 'just a painter', he was a far more complex character"
Children Of England: The Heirs of King Henry VIII 1547-1558
Children Of England: The Heirs of King Henry VIII 1547-1558
"After Henry viii's death came a power struggle among his children. This book explores the very real perils faced by his successors which was not resolved until the coronation of Elizabeth."
The Lady In The Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn (Queen of England Series)
The Lady In The Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn (Queen of England Series)
"Never before has there been a work devoted purely to the final days of Anne Boleyn and how exactly she came to her tragic end. The execution itself is a literary tour de force. A real page-turner!"
The Dreadful Judgement
The Dreadful Judgement
"A masterful study of London before the fire, and a day-by-day account of its advance. The overwhelming feeling is one of sorrow for the medieval city and its treasures which were lost to us forever."
Return of the Black Death: The World's Greatest Serial Killer
Return of the Black Death: The World's Greatest Serial Killer
"Gruesomely readable, this book suggests new theories that the dreadful scourge of the middle ages was not actually spread by fleas, but a haemorrhagic fever similar to ebola, which could recur today !"