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The Crusader States
by Malcolm Barber
Norman Housley praises a meticulous exploration of Syria and Palestine in the 11th and 12th centuries
The Pinecone
by Jenny Uglow
Jane Garnett on a biography of a 19th-century artist, poet and architect
Fishing Fleet: Husband-Hunting in the Raj
by Anne de Courcy
Joanna Bourke enjoys a study of the women who went looking for love in India
The Late Medieval English Church
by George W Bernard
Martin Heale applauds an engaging look at the strengths and weaknesses of the English church in the years before the Reformation 
A Small Town Near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust
by Mary Fulbrook
Dan Stone considers an account exploring the role of a civil servant in the Holocaust, and the issues raised by his relationship to the author
The Savage Storm: Britain on the Brink in the Age of Napoleon
by David Andress
Alan Forrest on an account exploring the military, social and political state of Britain as it battled Napoleon's forces
Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain
by John Darwin
Frank Trentmann finds much to admire in a nuanced exploration of the years when Britain dominated the globe
Commander: The Life and Exploits of Britain's Greatest Frigate Captain
by Stephen Taylor
Sam Willis is enthralled by a biography of Edward Pellew, a naval officer who provided the template for a fictional hero
Sinners? Scroungers? Saints? Unmarried Motherhood in 20th-Century England
by Pat Thane and Tanya Evans
Joanna Bourke looks back at how previous generations treated single mothers
Bertie: A Life of Edward VII
by Jane Ridley
Kate Williams enjoys a long-awaited biography of Edward VII
A Country Merchant, 1495 – 1520: Trading and Farming at the End of the Middle Ag
by Christopher Dyer
Chris Given-Wilson welcomes a meticulously researched account of a 16th-century wool-broker, 'or brogger', John Heritage 
Erasmus Darwin: Sex, Science and Serendipity
by Patricia Fara
Hallie Rubenhold has reservations about a study of Erasmus Darwin
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