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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Crusader Castles book

Crusader Castles

T. E. Lawrence

Before he became famous as Lawrence of Arabia, T. E. Lawrence travelled through Britain, France, Syria and Palestine to research his undergraduate thesis on ‘The Influence of the Crusades on European Military Architecture to the End of the Twelfth Century’. Lawrence’s brilliant observations have since been confirmed by modern research.

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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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A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century book

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century

Barbara W. Tuchman

A hugely accessible account of an age of extraordinary conflicts.

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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.

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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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