History book reviews

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



Worlds of Arthur: Facts and Fictions of the Dark Ages
by Guy Halsall
Ryan Lavelle praises a lively deconstruction of Arthurian legend and the myths surrounding post-Roman Britain  
Tragedy of the Templars: The Rise and Fall of the Crusader States
by Michael Haag
Helen Nicholson explores an unusual, but contentious, account of the effect that the crusades had on the Middle East
America Bewitched: The Story of Witchcraft After Salem
by Owen Davies
Simon Middleton on an exploration of the ways in which 'witchcraft' has influenced US culture since the 18th century
Time's Anvil: England, Archaeology and the Imagination
by Richard Morris
David Musgrove on a bid to use archaeology to see the past in new ways
The Deadly Sisterhood
by Leonie Frieda
Jerry Brotton is disappointed by a study of powerful women in the Italian Renaissance
Medieval Pets
by Kathleen Walker-Meikle
Aleks Pluskowski praises a comprehensive exploration of domestic and captive animals in Britain in the Middle Ages
Songs of Innocence: The Story of British Childhood
by Fran Abrams
Sian Pooley considers an examination of shifting attitudes to British childhood, from the Victorian period to the present day
Family Secrets: Living with Shame from the Victorians to the Present Day
by Deborah Cohen
From disabled children to ‘bachelor uncles’, Joanna Bourke enjoys a history of the things that families have tried to brush under the carpet
The Making of the First World War
by Ian FW Beckett
Gary Sheffield considers an examination of the causes and consequences of the First World War through a series of key moments
On Politics: A History of Political Philosophy from Herodotus to the Present
by Alan Ryan
Justin Champion enjoys an ambitious exploration of the development of western political thought across two millennia
Thirst: Water and Power in the Ancient World
by Steven Mithen
Richard Coopey considers a sweeping attempt to unpick the complex relationship between water and political power
The Boys of '67: Charlie Company's War in Vietnam
by Andrew Wiest
Saul David praises a study of the impact that the Vietnam War had on US troops
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