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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.

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Love and War in the Apennines book

Love and War in the Apennines

Eric Newby

Eric Newby’s story of escape and evasion, dedicated to the ordinary Italian people who saved his life, remains funny, vivid and deeply moving.

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Manhattan '45 book

Manhattan '45

Jan Morris

Jan Morris’s exuberant and witty love letter to the Manhattan of 1945 effortlessly evokes a time when it was ‘the most hopeful city on earth’.

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Nicholas and Alexandra book

Nicholas and Alexandra

Robert K. Massie

Illness and intrigue both proved deadly to the last Russian royal family. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Robert K. Massie reveals the tragic circumstances behind their infamous downfall.

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A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates book

A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates

Captain Charles Johnson

The bloodthirsty biographies of the world’s most infamous pirates are reproduced in this new edition of the pre-eminent piracy book, including original woodcut illustrations and the lives of Blackbeard, Kidd and many more.

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The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon book

The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon

Sei Shōnagon

The revelatory personal writings of a lady at the court of Empress Sadako, luxuriously illustrated with watercolour paintings.

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Pompeii - The Life Of A Roman Town book

Pompeii - The Life Of A Roman Town

Mary Beard

In this award-winning history, Mary Beard guides us through the daily life of Pompeii – an existence that is far more complex than we might have realised. Lively, exciting and accessible, this book brings us as close as possible to the real Pompeii.

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The Pre-Raphaelite Tragedy book

The Pre-Raphaelite Tragedy

William Gaunt

William Gaunt’s captivating art history classic features beautiful images of the movement’s most significant works.

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Prehistory: The Making of the Human Mind book

Prehistory: The Making of the Human Mind

Colin Renfrew

A brilliant overview of prehistory by a ‘towering influence’ in archaeology.

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On the Psychology of Military Incompetence book

On the Psychology of Military Incompetence

Norman F. Dixon

A hundred years of military blunders accompanied by a fascinating psychological analysis.

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The Quest for the Northwest Passage book

The Quest for the Northwest Passage

Glyn Williams

Exclusive to Folio, this collection of first-hand accounts – compiled by one of the subject’s leading authorities – charts this epic quest through the testimony of the explorers themselves.

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Reach for the Sky book

Reach for the Sky

Paul Brickhill

The gripping life-story of Douglas Bader, double amputee and Second World War fighter ace.

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The Reason Why book

The Reason Why

Cecil Woodham-Smith

Celebrated writer and historian Cecil Woodham-Smith turns her acerbic eye on the disastrous Charge of the Light Brigade.

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Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490-1700 book

Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490-1700

Diarmaid MacCulloch

Exploring the greatest religious schism in Western history, Diarmaid MacCulloch reveals why the people of Europe were willing to die and kill for their beliefs.

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Richard III: England’s Black Legend book

Richard III: England’s Black Legend

Desmond Seward

In a newly revised edition, Seward’s riveting biography breathes new life into one of English history’s most divisive and infamous figures.

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The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici book

The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici

Christopher Hibbert

The story of Italy’s first family is one of political cunning, artistic genius, infidelity, execution and revenge. With sumptuous colour illustrations.

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