History book reviews

Reviews of the latest history books, all written by expert historians.



A New Race of Men: Scotland 1815–1914
by Michael Fry
Rab Houston considers a bold take on a century of Scotland's history, and the factors that made the nation so distinctive
Katharine of Aragon: The Tragic Story of Henry VIII's First Unfortunate Wife
by Patrick Williams
Sarah Gristwood on an account that aims to shed fresh light on the life of Henry VIII's first wife
High Minds: The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britain
by Simon Heffer
Yvonne Sherratt considers a masterful book that highlights the role of Victorian thought in the emergence of modern Britain
Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume One
by Charles Moore
Alwyn W Turner considers the first part of an ‘authorised’ Thatcher biography, exploring her life and career up to 1982
Rebranding Rule: The Restoration and Revolution Monarchy, 1660-1715
by Kevin Sharpe
Daniel Szechi has high praise for a study of the bond between England’s monarchy and subjects in the 17th and 18th centuries
by David Starkey and Katie Greening
Tim Blanning enjoys an exploration of the role of music in Britain's history
Roman Disasters
by Jerry Toner
Michael Scott enjoys an account of coping with calamity in Roman society
Empire of Secrets: British Intelligence, the Cold War and the Twilight of Europe
by Calder Walton
Michael Goodman looks at a tale of spies during the final days of the British Empire.
The Wealth of Anglo-Saxon England
by Peter Sawyer
Ryan Lavelle explores an examination of the role of international trade in England's Anglo-Saxon economy
The Enlightenment and Why It Still Matters
by Anthony Pagden
Justin Champion applauds a vivid exploration of the ways in which Enlightenment ideas shaped centuries of history 
The Children of Henry VIII
by John Guy
Anna Whitelock considers a new look at Henry VIII's children, and how his marital troubles shaped their lives
The Famine Plot: England’s Role in Ireland’s Greatest Tragedy
by Tim Pat Coogan
Cormac Ó Gráda considers an opinionated take on the causes of Ireland's Great Famine  
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