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London in the Roman World - review

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Posted on: 27 March 2022

The bronze head of the Roman emperor Hadrian has a serene, philosophical expression. But his last moments were brutal. Β© The Trustees of the British Museum recovered from the Thames below London...

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Phoenicians and the Making of the Mediterranean - review

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Posted on: 18 February 2022

Did you know that this review is written in Phoenician? Given that you can read this, that means you can read Phoenician - congratulations. More accurately: this review is written in the Latin...

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Empire and Righteous Nation - review

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Posted on: 21 January 2022

Big moment, big moment. Donald Trump Ex president Trump was talking to Kim Jong-un, leader of North Korea in 2019. It was indeed a big moment - the first time a US president had visited north...

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Heretics and Believers - review

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Posted on: 13 January 2022

Heretics and Believers, winner of the Wolfson History Prize in 2018, provides a comprehensive description and analysis of the English Reformation. The author, Peter Marshall, is a professor of history...

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Posted on: 10 January 2022

On this post I’m not going to be talking about history books but instead about WordPress.com the web platform behind this website – my thoughts after having used it for 8 months now. Tune in or out...

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The Fabric of Civilization - review

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Posted on: 3 January 2022

Surrounded by textiles, we’re largely oblivious to their existence and the knowledge and efforts embodied in every scrap of fabric. Virginia Postrel, The Fabric of Civilisation Any visitor to...

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Posted on: 1 January 2022

What are the best popular history books published in 2022 in the UK so far? These are the best popular history books that we have read and reviewed on this site. The links take you to more details on...

Posted on: 31 December 2021

What were the best popular history books published in hardback in 2021 in the UK? These are the best popular history books that we have read and reviewed on this site. I’m sure that there are other...

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Powers and Thrones - review

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Posted on: 23 December 2021

Introduction After reading this book, I asked my dad to buy me Dan Jones' Plantagenets for Christmas. So I clearly enjoyed reading it. At 639 pages long (excluding index and bibliography) it makes...

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