Medieval and Renaissance

After the fall of Rome and the Dark Ages came an extraordinary period of invention and conflict that would change Europe forever - the Medieval era and the Renaissance. The Folio Society publishes a wide range of history books covering these important periods, from the machinations of popes and kings to the ordinary people and society. Each book includes beautiful, lovingly researched illustrations. See below for the full list of Folio Medieval and Renaissance History books.

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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 Fall of Constantinople 1453 book

The Fall of Constantinople 1453

Steven Runciman

The first illustrated edition. Runciman’s account of the fall of the Byzantine Empire remains a classic, enthralling readers with its gripping narrative encompassing the broad sweep of great events and the lives of the individuals caught up in them.

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Feudal Society book

Feudal Society

Marc Bloch

In this seminal history, Marc Bloch reveals the bonds of loyalty that held medieval society together. Jacques Le Goff introduces.

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The History of the Church book

The History of the Church

Eusebius

As the only surviving record of the Church during its pivotal first three centuries, this is the founding text of Christian history. Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, introduces this Folio edition.

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A History of the Crusades book

A History of the Crusades

Steven Runciman

Sir Steven Runciman's gripping and groundbreaking history of the crusades enthrals the general reader as completely as it satisfies the historian.

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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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Inventions of the Middle Ages book

Inventions of the Middle Ages

Chiara Frugoni

The middle ages have often been depicted as a period in which life had few comforts. Nonsense, says the great medieval scholar Chiara Frugoni, in this delightful examination of the many inventions we owe to the Middle Ages.

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Medieval Comic Tales book

Medieval Comic Tales

Derek Brewer

A wonderful collection of bawdy and playful tales of foolish monks and cunning wives, illustrated by Becca Thorne and introduced by Peter Ackroyd

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Mohammed and Charlemagne book

Mohammed and Charlemagne

Henri Pirenne

Distinguished historian Averil Cameron introduces this seminal book about the origins of the Middle Ages. Numerous photographs show a fascinating array of archaeological sites, illuminations and mosaics.

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The Monks of War book

The Monks of War

Desmond Seward

The 12th century saw the foundation of the great crusading military orders: the Templars, Knights of Malta and the Teutonic Knights, some of which still survive today. This is a fascinating history of their attempt to fight their way into heaven.

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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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The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry book

The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry

Walter Pater

This seminal book was an influence on Oscar Wilde and other aesthetes. Introduced by Michael Prodger, with paintings by Botticelli and Michelangelo.

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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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