A ground-breaking account of the Crusades by Amin Maalouf, Lebanese journalist, award winning novelist and member of the Académie française. Introduced by Malise Ruthven.
The military histories of Ancient Greece and Rome, the extraordinary lives of Medieval Kings to the politics of the World Wars, the Folio Society publishes an extensive collection of history titles. Each book includes carefully researched photographs and comes in a unique hardback cover. See below for the full list of Folio History books.
Writing for ten to twelve hours a day in the lulls between battlefield sorties, Alan Moorehead gathered material for the three books of The Desert War Trilogy, which he published during the war itself. Together they form an electrifying contemporary account of one of the most thrilling and decisive arenas of the Second World War.
Often called the golden age of English culture, the Elizabethan age saw an unprecedented explosion of creativity in the arts and commerce. In this rich portrait of the time, Rowse examines English society under Elizabeth and the lasting influence of the era, still resonating today.
By concentrating on the actions and experiences of soldiers rather than on the strategies of generals, The Face of Battle revolutionised our understanding of the nature of combat. At its heart are reconstructions of the battles of Agincourt, Waterloo and the Somme.
The first illustrated edition. Runciman’s account of the fall of the Byzantine Empire remains a classic, enthralling readers with its gripping narrative encompassing the broad sweep of great events and the lives of the individuals caught up in them.
In his engrossing account, Martin Gilbert traces each step of the war’s progression, from the tensions and alliances leading up to it and the first skirmishes on the French and Belgian borders, to the final peacemaking and remembrance. His geographical scope is equally broad, from Mesopotamia and East Africa to the ‘forgotten war’ waged in the Atlantic.
A ‘political turncoat, a dangerous adventurer’; a ‘delightful rogue who lacked political judgement’ – today few people would guess that these were descriptions of one of the most admired statesmen of the 20th century – Winston Churchill. Yet as historian John Lukacs points out, when Churchill took over as Prime Minister in May 1940, he was not well-liked.
Benjamin Franklin was an unrivalled polymath and the intellectual architect of many revolutionary ideas, yet he started his career as a runaway with a few coins in his pocket. This acclaimed biography is part of a Folio collection of America's Founding Fathers.