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The Beauty and the Terror: An Alternative History of the Italian Renaissance

By Catherine Fletcher - Published 2020

Genres:

Nonfiction

Catherine Fletcher opens up the ‘Pandora’s Box’ of 16th-century Italy. This era is known most obviously for the flowering of individual artistic ...Read Review

Ghost Hawk

By Susan Cooper - Published 2013

Genres:

Children/Young Adult

1600s, Massachusetts. Winter is coming. Eleven-year-old Little Hawk must undergo a three-month test of survival alone in the forest with only a tomahawk, ...Read Review

The Seeing

By Diana Hendry - Published 2012

Genres:

Children/Young Adult

Set in the 1950s, this story is narrated mainly by 13-year-old Lizzie, who lives in a small coastal town, in a comfortable home ...Read Review

1913: The World Before the Great War

By Charles Emmerson - Published 2013

Genres:

Nonfiction

In his introduction, Emmerson explains that he wants ‘to look at the world in 1913 through contemporary eyes, in its full colour and complexity, ...Read Review

Fascist Voices: An Intimate History of Mussolini’s Italy

By Christopher Duggan - Published 2012

Genres:

Nonfiction

The book’s title contains the clue to its unique approach. Duggan has drawn on the reams of correspondence received by the Duce’...Read Review

The First Crusade

By Peter Frankopan - Published 2012

Genres:

MilitaryNonfiction

Pope Urban’s 1095 clarion call to Western Christendom to re-take Jerusalem from the Turks is the background for many historical novels. In this ...Read Review

The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began

By Stephen Greenblatt - Published 2011

Genres:

Nonfiction

There was something serendipitous about reading this book in a week that modern scientists took a step closer to the elusive Higgs boson. ...Read Review

Making Haste from Babylon

By Nick Bunker - Published 2010

Genres:

Nonfiction

Why did the Pilgrims set sail in the Mayflower, and what has been their influence on both American and English history? This copiously ...Read Review

The Long Road Home: The Aftermath of the Second World War

By Ben Shephard - Published 2010

Genres:

Nonfiction

The poor, so the saying goes, are always with us. So, it seems, are refugees. As early as 1942, Ben Shephard tells us in ...Read Review

1415: Henry V’s Year of Glory

By Ian Mortimer - Published 2009

Genres:

Nonfiction

Although this is not a novel, it certainly reads like one. Written in diary form, it covers the events of the year of 1415; ...Read Review