History / Biography / Memoirs

Ackroyd, Peter

Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors
Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I
Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution
Revolution: A History of England Volume IV
Shakespeare: The Biography

Allan, Robin

Walt Disney and Europe


The Story of the Volsungs: The Volsunga Saga

Anthologies (multiple authors)

Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors
Chambers History Factfinder by Editors of Chambers
Companion to Medieval & Renaissance Music
A History of Music in Western Civilization
Music from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance

Armstrong, Prof. Dorsey

Great Minds of the Medieval World (The Great Courses)

Asbridge, Thomas

The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land

Bauer, Conrad

The Hidden History of the Knights Templar: The Church’s Oldest Conspiracy

Bauer, Susan Wise

The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade
The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Conquest of Constantinople

Blessed, Brian

Absolute Pandemonium: A Memoir

Block, R. Howard

A Needle in the Right Hand of God

Burl, Aubrey

Courts of Love, Castles of Hate: Troubadours & Trobairitz in Southern France 1071-1321

Burne, Alfred H.

The Hundred Years War: A Military History

Castiglione, Baldassare

The Book of the Courtier: Il Cortegiano

Chaikin, Andrew

A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

Christian, Claudia

Babylon Confidential: A Memoir of Love, Sex, and Addiction

Clary, James G.

Superstitions of the Sea: A Digest of Beliefs, Customs, and Mystery

Cleese, John

So, Anyway…

Cooper, John

The Queen’s Agent: Sir Francis Walsingham and the Rise of Espionage in Elizabethan England

Cossey, Caroline

My Story

Cronin, Mike, PhD

Irish History for Dummies

d’Arc, Jeanne

Joan of Arc: In Her Own Words, Translated and Edited by Willard R. Trask

de Charny, Geoffroi

The Book of Chivalry of Geoffroi de Charny: Text, Context, and Translation by Richard W. Kaeuper and Elspeth Kennedy

Dolnick, Edward

The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, andthe Birth of the Modern World

Durant, Will and Ariel

The Story of Civilization, Vol. I: Our Oriental Heritage
The Story of Civilization, Vol. II: The Life of Greece
The Story of Civilization, Vol. III: Caesar and Christ
The Story of Civilization, Vol. IV: The Age of Faith
The Story of Civilization, Vol. V: The Renaissance
The Story of Civilization, Vol. VI: The Reformation
The Story of Civilization, Vol. VII: The Age of Reason Begins
The Story of Civilization, Vol. VIII: The Age of Louis XIV
The Story of Civilization, Vol. IX: The Age of Voltaire
The Story of Civilization, Vol. X: Rousseau and Revolution
The Story of Civilization, Vol. XI: The Age of Napoleon

Elwes, Cary

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

Fisher, Carrie

Wishful Drinking
The Princess Diarist

Foxe, John

Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

Frankl, Viktor E.

Man’s Search For Meaning

Froissart, Jean

Froissart’s Chronicles: Selections from The Great Wars of England and France

Fry, Stephen, with Tim Lihoreau

Stephen Fry’s Incomplete & Utter History of Classical Music

Gabler, Neal

Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination

Garth, John

Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-Earth

Gies, Frances

The Knight in History

Goodall, Howard

The Story of Music: From Babylon to the Beatles: How Music Has Shaped Civilization

Goodman, Ruth

How to Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life

Graham-Dixon, Andrew

Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane

Greenberg, Prof. Robert

The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works (The Great Courses)
Great Masters: Beethoven – His Life and Music (The Great Courses)
Music as a Mirror of History (The Great Courses)

Hall, Sheldon and Steve Neale

Epics, Spectacles, and Blockbusters: A Hollywood History

Hanley, Tim

Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine

Harl, Professor Kenneth W.

The Era of the Crusades (The Great Courses)

Harrison, Kathryn

Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured

Harvey, Jacky Colliss

Red: A History of the Redhead

Hawke, Ethan

Rules for a Knight

Hindley, Geoffrey

Medieval Siege and Siegecraft

Hoppin, Richard H.

Medieval Music: A Norton Introduction to Music History

Hosken, Andrew

Empire of Fear: Inside the Islamic State

Janson, H. W.

History of Art, 5th Edition

Jenkins, Cecil

A Brief History of France

Johnson, James H.

Venice Incognito: Masks in the Serene Republic

Jones, Brian Jay

George Lucas: A Life
Jim Henson: The Biography

Jones, Dan

The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England
The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors

Kaplan, James

Frank: The Voice
Sinatra: The Chairman

Lang, Seán, PhD

British History for Dummies

Leaming, Barbara

Orson Welles: A Biography

Llull, Ramon

The Book of the Order of Chivalry by Ramon Llull, Translated by Noel Fallows

MacCulloch, Diarmaid

Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

Madigan, Kevin J.

Medieval Christianity: A New History

Mann, William J.

How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood

Marshall, Tariq William

The Carmina Burana: Songs from Benediktbeuern, 3rd Edition

Massimino, Mike

Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

Masters, John


Mayor, Adrienne

The Amazons: Lives & Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World
Greek Fire, Poison Arrows and Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World

McKraken, Gary

Scottish Highland Games: A Brief History and the Main Events

Meyer, G. J.

The Borgias: The Hidden History

Middlekauff, Robert

The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789

Morgan, Giles

St. George: Knight, Martyr, Patron, Saint, and Dragonslayer

Morris, Jan

Pax Britannica, Volume 1: Heaven’s Command
Pax Britannica, Volume 2: The Climax of an Empire
Pax Britannica, Volume 3: Farewell the Trumpets

Morris, Marc

A Great and Terrible King
King John

Mortimer, Ian

The Time Traveler’s Guide to Elizabethan England
The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century

Nicholson, Helen

A Brief History of the Knights Templar

Nitobe Inazō

Code of the Samurai – Bushido: The Soul of Japan

O’Callaghan, Joseph F.

Reconquest and Crusade in Medieval Spain

Oldenbourg, Zoé

The Crusades

Parr, Katherine

Complete Works and Correspondence, edited by Janel Mueller

Paterson, Michael

A Brief History of Life in Victorian Britain

Polo, Marco

The Travels of Marco Polo

Potter, Lois

The Life of William Shakespeare: A Critical Biography

Reagin, Nancy

Star Trek and History

Reese, Gustav

Music in the Middle Ages
Music in the Renaissance

Reeve, Christopher

Nothing is Impossible: Reflections on a New Life

Rilke, Rainer Maria

Letters to a Young Poet
The Poet’s Guide to Life: The Wisdom of Rilke, edited and translated by Ulrich Baer

Ronson, Jon

The Elephant in the Room: A Journey into the Trump Campaign and the “Alt-Right” The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
So You’ve Been Pubicly Shamed
Them: Adventures With Extremists

Rose, Alexander

Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring

Rubin, Rachel Lee

Well Met: Renaissance Faires and the American Counterculture


Sky Above, Great Wind: The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan

Sawyer, Ralph D., translator

The Seven Military Classics of Ancient China

Schiff, Stacy

Cleopatra: A Life

Schwartz, A. Brad

Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News

Shlain, Leonard

Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding da Vinci’s Creative Genius

Snyder, Timothy

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

Soho, Takuan

The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman

Spoto, Donald

Joan: The Mysterious Life of the Heretic Who Became a Saint

Stoler, Prof. Mark A.

The Skeptic’s Guide to American History (The Great Courses)

Stolpe, Sven

The Maid of Orleans: The Life & Mysticism of Joan of Arc

Sumption, Jonathan

The Hundred Years War, Vol. 1: Trial by Battle
The Hundred Years War, Vol. 2: Trial by Fire
The Hundred Years War, Vol. 3: Divided Houses
The Hundred Years War, Vol. 4: Cursed Kings
The Hundred Years War, Vol. 5: (title unknown)

Sweeny, Jon

Verily, Verily: The KJV – 400 Years of Influence and Beauty

Tindall, Blair

Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music

Tuchman, Barbara W.

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century

Tzu, Lao

Tao Te Ching: A New English Version, Translation by Stephen Mitchell

Ueshiba, Morihei

The Art of Peace

Walden, Victoria Grace

Studying Hammer Horror

Walker, Robert Paul

The Feud that Sparked the Renaissance: How Brunelleschi and Ghiberti Changed the Art World

Washington, George

Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior

Weir, Alison

The Children of Henry VIII
Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World
Henry VIII: The King and His Court
The Life of Elizabeth I
The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Worsley, Lucy

If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home