British and Irish History

Discover the individuals, movements and events that have shaped the story of the British Isles, from the Celts to the British Empire, from Irish rebellions to medieval Scottish Kings – the Folio Society publishes a wide selection of books on British and Irish history. Each book includes beautiful illustrations or carefully researched photographs. See below for the full list of Folio British and Irish History books.

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The Deeds of the English Kings book

The Deeds of the English Kings

William of Malmesbury

Malmesbury’s fascinating, ebullient history is presented anew in a beautifully designed edition featuring full-page illuminations.

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Dickens' London book

Dickens' London

Charles Dickens

This selection of celebrated essays by Charles Dickens conjures up a peerless, eyewitness account of the 19th-century capital, from the rarefied world of Whitehall to working-class conviviality and blighted slums.

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The Elizabethan Age book

The Elizabethan Age

A. L. Rowse

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.

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Enigma: The Battle for the Code book

Enigma: The Battle for the Code

Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

No episode in the history of the Second World War has captured the imagination more vividly than the deciphering of the Enigma code messages by a group of eccentric boffins at Bletchley Park.

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Five Days in London, May 1940 book

Five Days in London, May 1940

John Lukacs

A ‘political turncoat, a dangerous adventurer’; a ‘delightful rogue who lacked political judgement’ – in May, 1940 Winston Churchill's reputation as Britain's greatest statesman was by no means certain

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God's Englishman book

God's Englishman

Christopher Hill

This exhilarating book has never been surpassed as a portrait of Oliver Cromwell and his times.

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The Great Plague in London book

The Great Plague in London

Walter George Bell

Bell’s vivid and gripping account has never been bettered. This re-edited edition brings his erudite and sensitive approach to a new generation of readers.

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History of the English Church and People book

History of the English Church and People

Bede

Bede, the father of English history, created a dramatic narrative which remains the most valuable chronicle of Anglo-Saxon England in existence and an unrivalled account of the early days of Christianity.

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The History of the Kings of Britain book

The History of the Kings of Britain

Geoffrey of Monmouth

A thrilling narrative of heroic kings and monsters, dramatic sea-scapes and dark forests, of battles, blood and prophecies. Above all, however, as its name suggests, it is a highly influential work of history to rival Bede or Livy.

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Holinshed: Chronicles book

Holinshed: Chronicles

Raphael Holinshed

A feat of Elizabethan scholarship and printing, this towering work traces the history of Great Britain – from the bravery of Boudicca to the troubled reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. This Folio edition includes all the most famous and significant passages.

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Letters To Vicky book

Letters To Vicky

Edited by Andrew Roberts

Queen Victoria was 39 when her daughter Vicky left home as the bride of Prince Frederick of Prussia. Edited by Andrew Roberts for The Folio Society, this edition of their extraordinary correspondence provides an unparalleled insight into the lives and times of two queens.

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Restoration London book

Restoration London

Liza Picard

A marvellous, kaleidoscopic social history of London during the 1660s, from Pepys to the Great Fire. Introduced by Jenny Uglow.

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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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Robin Hood book

Robin Hood

James Clarke Holt

J. C. Holt’s authoritative exploration of the myth and history of England’s greatest folk hero is considered the definitive work on the subject.

Out of print Price: US$ 54.95

Rural Rides book

Rural Rides

William Cobbett

A classic portrait of rural life from one of the remarkable characters of the 19th century, William Cobbett's account of his journeys around southern England has never been out of print since it was first published in 1830.

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