Christ­mas read­ing list

An in­dex to help you choose the per­fect book for a his­tory fan

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The Rest­less Kings: Henry II, His Sons and the Wars for the Plan­ta­genet Crown by Nick Bar­ratt (Faber and Faber) ´ p68 The Western Wind by Samantha Har­vey (Jonathan Cape) ´ p72

Spy sto­ries

In­vis­i­ble Agents: Women and Espionage in Seven­teenth- Cen­tury Bri­tain by Na­dine Akker­man (Ox­ford Univer­sity Press) ´ p67 Rise and Kill First: The Se­cret His­tory of Is­rael’s Tar­geted As­sas­si­na­tions by Ro­nen Bergman (Ran­dom House) ´ p70 The Spy and the Traitor: The Great­est Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Mac­in­tyre (Vik­ing) ´ p70

Asian his­tory

The Bri­tish in In­dia: Three Cen­turies of Am­bi­tion and Ex­pe­ri­ence by David Gil­mour (Allen Lane) ´ p69 A Busi­ness His­tory of In­dia: En­ter­prise and the Emer­gence of Cap­i­tal­ism from 1700 by Tirthankar Roy (Cam­bridge Univer­sity Press) ´ p68 The Great Flow­ing River: A Mem­oir of China from Manchuria to Tai­wan by Ch’i Pang-yuan (Columbia Univer­sity Press) ´ p66 The In­dian Em­pire at War: From Ji­had to Vic­tory, The Un­told Story of the In­dian Army in the First World War by Ge­orge Mor­ton-Jack (Lit­tle, Brown) ´ p68

Tu­dors and Stu­arts

Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him by Tracy Bor­man (Hod­der and Stoughton) ´ p69 Heretics and Be­liev­ers: A His­tory of the English Re­for­ma­tion by Peter Mar­shall (Yale Univer­sity Press) ´ p66 Pa­triot or Traitor: The Life and Death of Sir Wal­ter Ralegh by Anna Beer (Oneworld) ´ p66 The Poi­son Bed by El­iz­a­beth Fre­man­tle (Pe­ga­sus) ´ p67 Thomas Cromwell: A Life by Diar­maid MacCul­loch (Allen Lane) ´ p67 and p68 A Tudor Christ­mas by Ali­son Weir and Siob­han Clarke (Jonathan Cape) ´ p66


Amer­i­can Em­pire: A New Global His­tory by AG Hopkins (Prince­ton Univer­sity Press) ´ p69 Lords of the Desert: Bri­tain’s Strug­gle with Amer­ica to Dom­i­nate the Mid­dle East by James Barr ( Si­mon and Schus­ter) ´ p69 and p70 Ot­toman Odyssey: Trav­els Through a Lost Em­pire by Alev Scott (River­run) ´ p66

Mod­ern his­tory

The Colour of Time: A New His­tory of the World, 1850-1960 by Ma­rina Amaral and Dan Jones (Head of Zeus) ´ p68 Crashed: How a Decade of Fi­nan­cial Crises Changed the World by Adam Tooze (Allen Lane) ´ p71 Cru­cible: Thir­teen Months that Forged Our World by Jonathan Fenby (Si­mon and Schus­ter) ´ p66 The Road to Un­free­dom: Rus­sia, Europe, Amer­ica by Ti­mothy Sny­der (Bod­ley Head) ´ p71

Crime and pun­ish­ment

The Gal­lows Pole by Ben­jamin Myers (Blue­moose) ´ p66 Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth (One) ´ p72

Ge­or­gian and Vic­to­rian

Mrs Whistler by Matthew Plampin (The Bor­ough Press) ´ p72 Napoleon: The Man Be­hind the Myth by Adam Zamoyski (Wil­liam Collins) ´ p71 Nel­son in Naples: Rev­o­lu­tion and Retri­bu­tion in 1799 by Jonathan North (Am­ber­ley Pub­lish­ing) ´ p68 Now We Shall Be En­tirely Free by An­drew Miller (Scep­tre) ´ p72

The an­cient world

Em­pires and Ex­changes in Eurasian Late An­tiq­uity edited by Ni­cola di Cosmo and Michael Maas (Cam­bridge Univer­sity Press) ´ p70 Rome Resur­gent: War and Em­pire in the Age of Jus­tinian by Peter Heather (Ox­ford Univer­sity Press) ´ p70

Royal life

Be­hind the Throne: A Do­mes­tic His­tory of the Royal House by Adrian Tin­nis­wood (Jonathan Cape) ´ p69 Kens­ing­ton Palace: Art, Ar­chi­tec­ture and So­ci­ety by Olivia Fry­man, Se­bas­tian Ed­wards et al (Yale Univer­sity Press) ´ p66 Ma’am Dar­ling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Mar­garet by Craig Brown (Fourth Es­tate) ´ p66 Wind­sor Cas­tle: A Thou­sand Years of a Royal Palace by Steven Brindle (Royal Col­lec­tion Trust) ´ p69

So­cial his­tory

All Among the Bar­ley by Melissa Har­ri­son (Blooms­bury) ´ p72 A Field Guide to the English Clergy by Fer­gus But­ler- Gal­lie (Oneworld) ´ p70

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