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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 Age of Illusion book

The Age of Illusion

Ronald Blythe

Britain between the wars is brilliantly and entertainingly chronicled in this book by the author of Akenfield.

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Colditz: The Full Story book

Colditz: The Full Story

Major P. R. Reid

Historian James Holland introduces a richly illustrated edition.

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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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The Diary of a Country Parson book

The Diary of a Country Parson

The Reverend James Woodforde

An idyllic existence brought to life in the famously charming diary of Parson Woodforde.

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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.

Out of print Price: US$ 299.95

The Elizabethan Underworld book

The Elizabethan Underworld

Gāmini Salgādo

A lively study of the seamier side of Shakespeare’s London, revealing in brilliant detail its dangers and delights

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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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From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life book

From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life

Jacques Barzun

The first illustrated edition of Barzun's synoptic journey through the history of Western thought, from the Reformation to the dawning ‘decadence’ of the 21Ž—st century.

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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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Longitude book

Longitude

Dava Sobel

A fascinating story of perilous seas and brilliant innovation, accompanied by wonderful colour photographs. With a new preface from the author, Dava Sobel

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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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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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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 World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution book

The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution

Christopher Hill

Historian Christopher Hill examines the fascinating radical groups that grew up around the English Civil War, and the roots of a revolution that never happened.

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The Victorians book

The Victorians

A. N. Wilson

An epic portrait presented in an exquisite edition.

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