Story Of London

Books about History

Posted on Jul 28, 2002 – 02:29 AM by Anthony Waldstock

This is a selective catalogue of books about London’s History which are in print and available from most high-street bookshops and the on-line bookstores. The catalogue is a growing one and more books will be added as they are published. Some out of print books can be found in specialist bookshops and, sometimes, in the major on-line bookstores. If you are having difficulty in finding a particular book, whether in or out of print, we might be able to help you. Contact us for details of our .

1: The Isles: A HistoryNorman Davies, after a lecture in Dublin, was asked about his current project. About to say that he was thinking about a history of the British Isles – it occurred to him that, of all places, “one could not fairly talk” of the British Isles in Dublin. “The Isles,” as he points out, ceased to be British in 1949 when the republic of Ireland left the Commonwealth, “though very few people in the British residue have yet cared to notice.” In 1,058 pages of lucid writing the tortured history of these small specks on the edge of Europe is set before us.

2: Faith and Treason : The Story of the Gunpowder Plot
A fascinating account of the Gunpowder Plot. Antonia Fraser delves into English religious history to show the harsh persecution of Roman Catholics under Jacobean rule and how James I disappointed those Catholics who hoped for a more liberal reign. A fresh appraisal of events which have become muddied and clouded by the malignant propaganda of the Puritan Age and its Protestant successors.

3: The Wars of the Roses : Politics and the Constitution in England, C. 1

The Wars of the Roses was a period of major crisis in English politics. Drawing on a large amount of detailed material written over the past 25 years, this book attempts to explain why the Wars happened and with what results.

4: Five Days in London, May 1940

John Lukacs suggests that the last days of May 1940 were important still in turning the tide of war in democracy’s favour, for it was in those few days that Churchill convinced his cabinet that Britain should fight on, alone, if need be, against Adolf Hitler. A fascinating insight into one of the turning points of history.

5: Alfred the Great : War, Kingship and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England

Alfred the Great is among the most important figures in English history. This new biography combines a sensitive reading of the primary sources with a careful evaluation of the most recent scholarly research on all aspects of ninth-century England.

6: The Princes in the Tower
Did Richard III murder his two nephews while they languished frightened in prison? Weir proceeds through the documentary evidence in the case, indicating where, when necessary, other investigative historians have been misled and what paths they should have followed. Approaching this contentious subject with as open a mind as possible, she painstakingly examined every scrap of available evidence. To her own surprise, she found that it was indeed possible to reconstruct the whole chain of events leading up to the murder of the Princes, and to show how, when, where, and by whose order, they died.

7: The Red Queen: Margaret of Anjou and the Wars of the Roses

Through careful research Perot has enabled all the characters involved in the conflict of the War of the Roses to become human beings. For readers of historical novels, this is a book that will delight them while giving them insights into history.

8: The Wars of the Roses
The Wars of the Roses marked a period of major crisis in English politics. Based on the words of contemporary chroniclers and eyewitnesses, this study recreates fifteenth-century Wales during in the War of the Roses. This vividly written narrative is considered the classic account of the conflict between Lancaster and York.

9: The Wars of the Roses (A Royal History of England)

From Henry IV, the first Lancastrian king, to Richard III, The Wars of the Roses follows the history of the kings of the houses of Lancaster and York who shaped this tumultuous period of English history.

10: The Wars of the Roses

Weir goes back to the heart of the trouble, the disastrous reign of Richard II. She then follows the course of the Lancaster dynasty which eventually and successfully ruled as the House of York. A perfectly focused and beautifully unfolded account.