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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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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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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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The Italian Renaissance: Culture and Society in Italy book

The Italian Renaissance: Culture and Society in Italy

Peter Burke

From patronage to postcode – Peter Burke reveals how social history shaped Renaissance art in our exquisite edition illustrated with examples of the period’s great works.

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A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates book

A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates

Captain Charles Johnson

The bloodthirsty biographies of the world’s most infamous pirates are reproduced in this new edition of the pre-eminent piracy book, including original woodcut illustrations and the lives of Blackbeard, Kidd and many more.

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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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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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The Life of Thomas More book

The Life of Thomas More

Peter Ackroyd

The life of Thomas More was one marked by political intrigue, religious unrest and a great shifting of ideologies. In this masterful biography, Peter Ackroyd not only reveals the truth behind history’s great ‘man for all seasons’, but also paints a fascinating portrait of an age that saw cataclysmic change.

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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 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 World of Late Antiquity book

The World of Late Antiquity

Peter Brown

This fascinating history debunks the notion of a fallow ‘Dark Ages’ following the decline of Rome’s political influence, revealing an Eastern Mediterranean blossoming with theological and cultural innovation.

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