History book reviews

Reviews of the latest history books, all written by expert historians.



Moll: The Life and Times of  Moll Flanders
by Sian Rees
Hallie Rubenhold applauds an ambitious depiction of the historical backdrop to Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders
A Hermit’s Cookbook: Monks, Food and Fasting in the Middle Ages
by Andrew Jotischky
Stephen Halliday reviews an intriguing study of monastic dietary habits
Evening’s Empire: A History of the Night in Early Modern Europe
by Craig Koslofsky
Justin Champion delves into an engaging study of Europe’s nocturnal hours and the people who inhabited them
Tibet: A History
by Sam van Schaik
Tom Neuhaus welcomes a new history of Tibet and the religion for which it is famous
Holy Bones, Holy Dust
by Charles Freeman
Nicholas Vincent reviews an admirable and entertaining new survey of medieval relics and contemplates their dramatic fall from grace
The Stones of London
by Leo Hollis
Cathy Ross takes a stimulating architectural journey around London
The Great Famine: Ireland’s Agony 1845–1852
by Ciarán Ó Murchadha
Christine Kinealy contemplates a bleak narrative of the Irish famine
Magpies, Squirrels  and Thieves: How the Victorians Collected the World
by Jacqueline Yallop
Felix Driver on a sympathetic portrayal of a group of Victorian collectors
Robin Hood
by David Baldwin
Nick Vincent reviews an enjoyable study of the legendary outlaw
Mission to China: Matteo Ricci and the Jesuit Encounter with the East
by Mary Laven
Jonathan Wright revels in a new history of the intriguing Jesuit mission to China
Whispering City: Rome and its Histories
by RJB Bosworth
Catharine Edwards takes a tour of Rome’s architecture and complex history
Searching for Utopia: The History of an Idea
by Gregory Claeys
Clare Jackson applauds the stunning illustrations that complement an excellent study of utopianism through the ages
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