History book reviews

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



by Anna Whitelock
Derek Wilson on a queen who is hard to understand, harder still to like
by Merry Wiesner-Hanks
Fernando Cervantes looks at a curious episode from the 16th century
by Cormac Ó Gráda
Violetta Hionidou on an excellent history of the famine as a phenomenon
by Andrew Lambert
Felix Driver looks at the biography of an explorer lost on a prestige expedition in search of a supposed sea route that tantalised Victorian Britain
by Mike Jay
Patricia Fara enjoys the tale of a radical chemist whose volunteers were eager to take part in his experiments with laughing gas
by Barry Strauss
Valentina Arena is impressed with an enthralling yet historically accurate account of the Roman empire’s most famous slave
by Gary Anderson
Jonathan Wright looks at the way that attitudes to sin have affected Judaeo-Christian societies in history
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