The best new history books
of 2016

07 October 2016

By Pan Macmillan

From forgotten royals to revolutions, here’s our pick of the best new history books coming out this Autumn. 

Plus we've teamed up with the folks at Harrogate History Festival to give you the chance to win all four of them, scroll down to enter the giveaway. 

Royal Renegades 
The Children of Charles I and the English Civil Wars
Linda Porter  
Charts the fascinating story of the children of Charles I, and how they reacted when their calm and loving family life was shattered by the Civil War and the execution of their father. 
Casting new light on the heirs of the doomed king and his queen, Henrietta Maria, acclaimed historian Linda Porter brings to life their personalities, legacies, feuds and rivalries for the first time.

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Peter Ackroyd 
The fourth volume of Peter Ackroyd's History of England begins in 1688 with a revolution and ends in 1815 the famous victory over Napoleon Bonaparte at the The Battle of Waterloo. 
Late Stuart and Georgian England was a revolutionary era in which coffee houses and playhouses boomed, gin flowed freely and extraordinary and unprecedented technological innovation took place, which saw the country utterly and irrevocably transformed. 

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Black and British
A Forgotten History
David Olusoga 
A rich and revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa, published to accompany the landmark BBC Two series coming to our screens this Autumn.
Unflinching, confronting taboos and revealing hitherto unknown scandals, Olusoga describes how black and white Britons have been intimately entwined for centuries.

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Douglas Smith 
Separates fact from fiction to reveal the true life of one of history's most alluring figures.
More than just the story of an extraordinary life, Rasputin offers a fascinating portrait of the twilight of Imperial Russia as it lurched towards catastrophe.

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To be in with a chance of winning all four of the books featured above simply fill out the form below. 

To enter this Promotion you must be a resident of the United Kingdom and aged 18 years old or over at the time of entry. All entries must be received by 23:59 on Friday 11 November 2016.  Full terms and conditions below. 

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The Harrogate History Festival takes place from 20th to the 23rd October 2016 . Find out more here.

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