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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 Last White Rose book

The Last White Rose

Desmond Seward

In his sequel to the best-selling The Wars of the Roses, Desmond Seward reveals the secret conflict that continued throughout the reigns of both Henry VII and Henry VIII.

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Agincourt: The King, the Campaign, the Battle book

Agincourt: The King, the Campaign, the Battle

Juliet Barker

The infamous battle examined from all angles by one of Britain’s most acclaimed historians.

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The Bayeux Tapestry  book

The Bayeux Tapestry

Carola Hicks and Sylvette Lemagnen

An engaging and comprehensive study of one of history’s most celebrated artefacts. This edition features a colour reproduction of the Tapestry, with a scene-by-scene commentary.

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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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Eleanor of Aquitaine book

Eleanor of Aquitaine

Alison Weir

A revealing portrait of one of the most powerful women in history, who remained the subject of scandalous rumour throughout her life and beyond.

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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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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 House of Borgia book

The House of Borgia

Christopher Hibbert

Nepotism, murder and debauchery abound in this gripping portrait of a family that bribed their way to power in Renaissance Italy. The first illustrated edition, this is designed in series with Hibbert’s The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici.

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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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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 Rise and Fall of the House of Medici book

The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici

Christopher Hibbert

The story of Italy’s first family is one of political cunning, artistic genius, infidelity, execution and revenge. With sumptuous colour illustrations.

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Talleyrand book

Talleyrand

Alfred Duff Cooper

An aristocrat who became a revolutionary; a churchman with a string of mistresses and an addiction to gambling; a trusted minister of Napoleon – this extraordinary figure is known to history simply as Talleyrand. First published in 1932 and never out of print since, this biography is both a literary and a historical classic.

Out of print Price: US$ 75.95

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 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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