Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 4: History of the British Isles

RECAP: ALL BOOKS BY …

* Antonia Fraser (women’s history, Tudors & Stuarts)
* Ian Mortimer (British history, particularly Middle Ages)
* Dan Jones (ditto)
* Stanley Wells (Shakespeare; everything from biography and history to criticism)
* Christopher Hibbert (British and Italian history)
* John Julius Norwich (British and Mediterranean history)

— for all of the above, cf. list no. 1, “Bulk Entries and Basics”.

 

MIDDLE AGES

* Bede: The Ecclesiastical History of the English People
* Helen Castor: She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* Alison Weir: Eleanor of Aquitaine
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* James Reston Jr.: Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade
* Robin Whiteman: The Cadfael Companion: The World of Brother Cadfael

 

TUDORS

* Thomas Penn: Winter King
(Henry VII)
* Diarmid MacCulloch: Thomas Cromwell
* David Starkey: Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII / Elizabeth / Henry
— for Six Wives and Elizabeth, cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* Elizabeth Tudor, Leah Marcus (ed.): Collected Works
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* Mary S. Lovell: Bess of Hardwick: First Lady of Chatsworth, 1527-1608
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* Liza Picard: Elizabeth’s London: Everyday Life in Elizabethan London

 

RESTORATION ERA

* Samuel Pepys: Diary
— cf. list no.3, “First Person Accounts”

 

18TH CENTURY

* Samuel Johnson: Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, and James Boswell: The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson LL.D.
(Scotland — cf. list no.3, “First Person Accounts”)
* Wendy Moore: Wedlock: How Georgian Britain’s Worst Husband Met His Match
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* Mary Wollstonecraft: A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”

 

19TH CENTURY

* Claire Tomalin: Jane Austen: A Life
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* Elizabeth Gaskell: The Life of Charlotte Brontë
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets
* Kate Summerscale: The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

 

SIDELIGHTS:

* Robert Fossier, Robyn Marsack (eds.): The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Middle Ages (3 vols.)(Published in Britain, but covers all of Europe.)
* Carol Daugherty Rasnic: Northern Ireland: Can Sean and John Live in Peace?
(Chiefly Irish history up to Good Friday Agreement, but includes comments on the British policy for Ireland, and these days, darned near mandatory reading.)
* Rosemary Goring (ed.): Scotland: the Autobiography: 2,000 Years of Scottish History by Those Who Saw it Happen (Scotland — cf. list no.3, “First Person Accounts”)

 

 

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