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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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 History of England from the Accession of James II book

The History of England from the Accession of James II

Thomas Babington Macaulay

One of the most influential works of history, Macaulay's History of England begins with James II's troubled reign, unravelling the complex web of 17th-century politics and setting a new standard for future historians.

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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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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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The Wars of the Roses book

The Wars of the Roses

Desmond Seward

Claiming the lives of thousands, including three kings and eight dukes, the bloody conflict between the Houses of York and Lancaster fuelled three decades of turbulence. Desmond Seward’s engrossing work focuses on five individuals from both sides, including Yorkist hero William Hastings and Jane Shore, disgraced mistress of Edward IV.

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The Worst Journey in the World book

The Worst Journey in the World

Apsley Cherry-Garrard

One of the greatest books on travel and exploration ever written, this searing account of Scott's Terra Nova expedition is introduced by Francis Spufford.

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