British and Irish Social and Cultural History

From the Victorian metropolis of London to the bucolic traditions of 18th-century Scotland, the Folio Society publishes a beautiful collection of British and Irish social and cultural history books. Each book includes beautiful illustrations or carefully researched photographs. See below for the full list of Folio British and Irish Social and Cultural 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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The Book of Common Prayer book

The Book of Common Prayer

A magnificent facsimile edition of a religious and literary classic. Next to the authorised version of the King James Bible and the plays of William Shakespeare, it is among the most widely read and influential of English literary works.

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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.

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The Great War and Modern Memory book

The Great War and Modern Memory

Paul Fussell

One hundred years on, the enduring impact of the First World War is explored in Paul Fussell’s acclaimed literary and cultural history.

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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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The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England book

The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

Ian Mortimer

Funny, learned and frank, this book explores what life was really like in the Middle Ages. With specially commissioned illustrations by Robert Venables.

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