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All Quiet on the Home Front, by Richard Van Emden and Steve Humphries.
An Oral History of Life in Britain During the First World War

The Bewitching of Anne Gunter: A Horrible and True Story of Deception, Witchcraft, Murder, and the King of England, By James Sharpe.
A case study of Anne Gunter claim of demonic possession and the resulting witch trials - including her own.

The Black Death: A Personal History, by John Hatcher.
This is a 'literary docudrama' that mixes rigorous historical research with elements of fiction in order to present an engrossing and informative overview of what life was like in a medieval rural village in England during the Black Death epidemic of 1345-1350.

The Black Death in Egypt and England, by Stuart J. Borsch.
An in-depth comparative study on the effect of the Black Death on Egyptian and English economies and agricultural systems. Also examines how agrarian practices in both countries affected their recovery rates.

Botany Bay, by Alan Frost.
A detailed account of the events and political motivations that led to the founding of Botany Bay as a British colony.

Boudica: The British Revolt Against Rome AD 60, By Graham Webster.
Boudica, Queen of the Iceni, raised an army and nearly succeeded in forcing the Roman's out of Britain. In Boudica: The British Revolt Against Rome AD 60, Dr. Graham Webster explores the archeological evidence from which much of our knowledge about Boudica and the revolt has been derived.

Boy Soldiers of the Great War, by Richard Van Emden.
The compelling story of the tens of thousands of underage British youths who joined up and served on active military duty during World War I, many of whom saw action in the trenches of Europe.

Britain in the Twentieth Century, by Ian Cawood.
A well-organized study guide for students studying for their AS and A2 level exams in 20th Century British History.

Caribbean Exchanges, by Susan Dwyer Amussen.
Slavery and the Transformation of English Society, 1640-1700.

Children of War, by Susan Goodman.
The Second World War through the Eyes of a Generation. A compelling social history of wartime Britain told from the viewpoint of the children who called Britain home from 1939-1945.

Cavaliers and Roundheads: The English Civil War 1642-1649, By Christopher Hibbert.
A compelling social and military history of the English Civil War.

The Children of Henry VIII, by John Guy.
This book provides an intimate look at the lives of Henry VIII's four children, Mary, Henry Fitzroy, Elizabeth, and Edward. It also examines how reproductive issues affected not only Henry VIII's personal relationships, but also British history as a whole.

Combat Nurse, By Eric Taylor.
During World War II, numerous women volunteered to serve as military nurses. Often their jobs placed them at grave risk of injury or capture by the enemy, and all too often they met their deaths while doing their duty. In Combat Nurse, Eric Taylor has woven a riveting book that describes what is it was like to be a British nurse, serving in combat areas, during World War II.

Dilettanti: The Antic and the Antique in Eighteenth-Century England, by Bruce Redford.
A well-illustrated history of the Society of Dilettanti and the Neoclassical revival that they instigated.

England in the Later Middle Ages, by Maurice H. Keen.
A general survey textbook on English history from 1290 - 1485.

England Under the Stuarts, By G. M. Trevelyan
An in-depth look at English history from 1603-1714, covering the reigns of Charles I to Queen Anne.

England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton, by Kate Williams.
A popular history of one of the most famous women in eighteenth century England, who is perhaps best remembered as the very public mistress of Admiral Horatio Nelson.

The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, edited by Francis James Child.
Child's monumental comparative study of 305 English folk ballads. This five-volume edition is an unabridged republication of the original ten-part series published between 1882 and 1898.

The Floating Brothel, By Sian Rees.
The extraordinary story of an eighteenth-century ship and its cargo of female convicts tho were transported from England to Australia.

Florence Nightingale: Avenging Angel, By Hugh Small.
In this revolutionary biography of Florence Nightingale, Small presents the reader with an forthright view of exactly who Florence Nightingale was, what motivated her, and the effect of her activities both in making nursing a mainstream and acceptable occupation for middle and upper class women, for helping to institute academic nursing training, and the impact that she had on public health.

The Flower of Empire, by Tatiana Holway.
An Amazonian Water Lily, the Quest to Make it Bloom, and the World it Created. A social history of the Age of Flowers.

Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, by Jon Meacham.
An intimate glimpse at the friendship that developed between FDR and Churchill, and how their friendship affected the outcome of World War II.

God's Instruments: Political Conduct in the England of Oliver Cromwell, by Blair Worden.
A look at how Puritan ideology shaped the political and philosophical outlook of England, and how it was implemented throughout in Puritan Revolution.

Governess: The Lives and Times of the Real Jane Eyres, by Ruth Brandon.
Brandon weaves literary and social history with details from the lives of actual governesses, drawn from their letters and journals, to craft a rare portrait of real women whose lives were in stark contrast to the romantic tales of their fictional counterparts.

The Great Mutiny: India 1857, by Christopher Hibbert.
In 1857, three regiments of Indian troops mutinied, sparking a revolt that resulted in the slaughter of countless British residents in India. In turn, the British launched massive revenge attacks that slaughtered countless Indians. In this book, Hibbert chronicles the causes of the mutiny, the course it took, and its aftermath.

The Great Plague - The Story of London's Most Deadly Year, by A. Lloyd Moote and Dorothy C. Moote.
An insightful account of the Great Plague of 1665 and the effect it had on the residents of London.

The Irish General: Thomas Francis Meagher, by Paul R. Wylie.
A detailed biography of Thomas Francis Meagher, who during his diverse career served as a leading Irish revolutionary, Civil War General, and Acting Governor of the Montana Territory.

The Jews in Britain, by Raphael Langham.
An annotated timeline of Jewish history in Britain from the arrival of the first Jew in Britain (date unknown) through to May 6, 2002.

A Journal of the Plague Year, by Daniel Defoe.
The 1665 saw the third, and last, major bubonic plague epidemic to strike London. This novel offers a chilling account of that year of plague, a year in which the Black Death killed nearly 17,500 people in London.

King Arthur: The Truth Behind the Legend, by Rodney Castleden.
Did King Arthur really exist? If Castleden is correct, the answer is yes. In this intriguing book, the author presents an overview of the historical and archeological evidence which indicates that the legends surrounding King Arthur are based upon actual historical events and personages.

Knights of the Sea, by David Hanna.
The True Story of the Boxer and the Enterprise and the War of 1812.

Last Post: The Final Word from Our First World War Soldiers, by Max Arthur
This book contains the results of the author's interviews with the twenty-one remaining British veterans of the First World War who range in age from 104-109.

The Light in the Window, by June Goulding
A graphic account of the nine months that Goulding spent working as a midwife in the Bessboro Home for Unmarried Mothers, where the unwed mothers were incarcerated for up to three years for their 'sin' and forced to do hard labor in inhumane conditions, without adequate medical care or food, as a form of repentance.

The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England, Edited by Antonia Fraser.
This outstanding reference book offers short biographical sketches of all the English monarchs since 1066, starting with William the Conquer and ending with the present day monarch of England, Queen Elizabeth II.

The London Underworld in the Victorian Period: Authentic First-Person Accounts by Beggars, Thieves and Prostitutes, by Henry Mayhew and Others.
This book consists of the unabridged text of Prostitution in London by Bracebridge Hemyng, Thieves and Swindlers by John Binny, and Beggars by Andrew Halliday. Combined they present a detailed look at life in London's slums during the Victorian period, and at a variety of illegal jobs pursued by the poorest of the poor.

Lord Kelvin and the Age of the Earth, by Joe D. Burchfield.
This book charts the enormous impact made by Lord Kelvin's application of thermodynamic laws to the question of the earth's age and the heated debate his ideas sparked among British Victorian scientist.

The Loss of the SS Titanic: Its Story and Its Lessons, by Lawrence Beesley
Written by a Titanic survivor, this phenomenal work, which was first published in June of 1912, offers an honest and detailed account of the sinking of the unsinkable vessel.

The Magnificent Spilsbury..., by Jane Robins.
A in-depth study of the 1915 Case of the Brides in the Bath murder investigation.

Mr. and Mrs. Disraeli: A Strange Romance, by Daisy Hay.
A compelling biography of Mary Anne Disraeli, the woman behind the noted English politician and writer, Benjamin Disraeli.

Napoleon and the British, by Stuart Semmel.
An intriguing social history of Britain during the Napoleonic era that examines the public perceptions of Napoleon and how he influenced Britain's political, religious, and social development.

Nelson's Trafalgar: The Battle that Changed the World, by Roy Adkins.
A vivid account of the Battle of Trafalgar told from the British viewpoint.

Never Come to Peace Again, by David Dixon.
Pontiac's Uprising and the Fate of the British Empire in North America.

One Hundred English Folksongs, edited by Cecil J. Sharp.
A collection of one hundred English folksongs accompanied by musical scores for piano and medium voice, as well as historical notes on each song.

The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England, by Dan Jones.
A popular history of the tumultuous reign (1120-1399) of the House of Plantagenet and the indelible mark that the Plantagenets left upon English history.

A Portrait of Roman Britain, By John Wacher.
Landscape archaeology, as a distinct speciality, is a relatively unknown field. In short, what a landscape archeologist tries to do is discern what the landscape was like during a finite period In A Portrait of Roman Britain, John Wacher, has recreated the landscape of Roman Britain.

Prisoners of the Mahdi, by Byron Farwell
A unique history that chronicles the rule of the Madhi, in Sudan, told through the eyes of three European captives: Rudolf Slatin, Father Joseph Ohrwalder, and Charles Neufeld.

The Quiet Heroes, by Bernard Edwards
A riveting history of the British merchant seamen who plied the U-Boat infested waters of the Atlantic throughout the dark days of World War II.

A Sentimental Murder. Love and Madness in the Eighteenth Century, by John Brewer.
Separating fact from fantasy, Brewer examines a sensational love triangle that turned murderous, and how the event was recorded in the popular press.

Slum Travelers: Ladies and London Poverty, 1860-1920, Edited by Ellen Ross.
A selection of works by middle and upper class women who ventured into the London slums to engage in social and religious work.

Thomas Cromwell, by Robert Hutchinson.
The Rise and Fall of Henry VIII's most Notorious Minister.

Trafalgar: The Men, The Battle, The Storm, by Tim Clayton and Phil Craig.
An account of the Battle of Trafalgar and the men and ships that saw action during this bloody sea battle that turned the tide of the Napoleonic wars in favor of the British.

The War of 1812 in the Age of Napoleon, by Jeremy Black.
A general survey of the War of 1812 that looks at the conflict from an international perspective and which highlights the significance of this conflict in both the national and international arenas.

War Under Heaven - Pontiac, The Indian Nations, & The British Empire, by Gregory Evans Dowd.
An innovative analysis of Pontiac's War, including its causes, and consequences.

The Year 1000: What Life was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium, by Robert Lacey and Danny Danziger
A brief, but concise, overview of what life was like in England in the year 1000.

Zigzag: The Incredible Wartime Exploits of Double Agent Eddie Chapman, by Nicholas Booth.
A biography of the man who was awarded the Iron Cross by the Germans for his exploits while spying on them for the British.

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