The books you see here are either books that I've recently read and enjoyed or are sentimental books that kindled my first spark of interest in British History... namely the wonderful series by Churchill, The History of the English Speaking Peoples. You really should read it. Sure, some of the information is out of date, and he certainly has some biases in place, but he has an incredible voice and clearly a great deal of passion for the material.

The point is, though, that they're all excellent books.  And if my podcasts have left you hungry for more information, they're a great starting place for your own research!

I've also included other items I thought you might find interesting or entertaining. :)

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  17 comments for “Recommendations

  1. Tim Riess
    July 7, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Churchill’s books are really good reads. What an amazing guy he was to accomplish so much and have the time to produce so much good writing.

  2. nancy g.
    July 13, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Jamie, just a heads up here: People who use ad blocking software can’t see that list of books. You might want to list their titles and authors in the body of your text. (Or, everyone could do like I just did and open — blech — Internet Explorer to look at them!)

    I’ve added the Britain BC book to my Amazon wish list, and I have Churchill on my list of books to check out the next time I go to the library. Thanks!

    /nancy g, via Firefox

    • Jamie
      July 17, 2011 at 8:28 pm

      Francis Pryor is a lot of fun to read. He loves his work so much that simply reading his books is infectious.

      And thanks for the heads up on the site issues. I’ll do a redesign once I finally get my computer issues taken care of and get the next episode recorded. :)

  3. Julie J.
    November 16, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    If you are interested in the War of the Roses, you might enjoy “The Women of the Cousins’ War: The Duchess, the Queen and the King’s Mother,” by Phillipa Gregory. Her intro, a discussion of the difference between history and historical fiction, is fascinating, and I think you’ll agree with her analysis. The rest of the book are three brief biographies of the three women who are the title characters of her most recent novels: Jacquetta of Luxembourg (The Lady of the Rivers), Elizabeth Woodville (The White Queen), and Margaret Beaufort (The Red Queen). All had a role to play in the events of that period, and it’s a very interesting.

    • Jamie
      November 17, 2011 at 8:41 am

      I haven’t read that one yet. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Suzanne Frank
      May 24, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      Excellent readings.

    • John Burgess
      September 22, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      She turned it into a great BBC TV documentary series too, I think. Not sure if you can get it Stateside though …

    • November 20, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      Ooh thanks for the recommendation Julie . My wife loves all the Philippa Gregory books, so I know what I’ll be getting her for Xmas now. Something a little different for her but she loves all the British Royalty history so it’ll be perfect. Thx

  4. Dave
    November 24, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I see you have several options as to the monthly support of your podcast. Depending on the monthly subscription, do subscribers get more podcast if they chose a higher subscription rate?

    • Jamie
      November 24, 2011 at 9:47 pm

      I put together a member’s only podcast to thank the member’s for their support, but all members get the same podcast. It just comes down to what you’re willing and able to contribute. Thanks for listening!

  5. Arbury
    June 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Thomas Cahill’s
    How the Irish saved Christianity.
    I found it very intresting it talks alot about the dark ages. It not British history but it close.
    Hope you get a chance to read it. From A Son of Erin

  6. Richie Logan
    February 21, 2015 at 3:58 am

    are you familiar with Nigel Tranter’s books, his life’s work covers the history of Scotland, Historical fiction genre. great story telling about the heroes and heroine’s of the past and vivd descriptions of the landscape. i’d recommend ‘The Isleman’ as a starter

  7. Jane Cluver
    March 5, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Peter Ackroyd”s 2011 book Foundation: The History of England from its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors is an easy read, and I thought a really good overview of this whole period. I enjoyed many aha moments – Jamie talked about that in much more detail! His next book covers the Tudors.

  8. Bobb
    March 8, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Hi Jamie, do you have a list of history podcasts you’d recommend?

  9. John Burgess
    September 22, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    It’s going to be years before you get round to this on the podcast, but when I read your bumper sticker (“Historians Are Gossips Who Tease The Dead”) it reminded me of the best historian I have ever read – and the man who changed the face of biography: Lytton Strachey. The man is the wisest and most irreverent story teller, an exploder of myths and also part of the Bloomsbury Set which means he got to hang around with Virginia Woolf & a lot of other cool dudes. His “Elizabeth & Essex” is a fabulous dissection of the relationship (or not!) between Elizabeth I and the Earl Of Essex; and “Eminent Victorians” latches on to the real story of four prominent famous 19th century men & women (including Florence Nightingale – be warned) who really weren’t all they were stacked up to be, but that would take the rest of the world another 50 years to realise it. You might particularly want to check that one out, knowing how you love the Victorians the way you do …

  10. December 20, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Hey Jamie. Happy Holidays to you and your family….

    Was wondering what your opinion, if any, of the Bernard Cornwell books was. As I mentioned in an earlier comment I’m a big fan of the Last Kingdom BBC series. Discovered the Cornwell books, of which Last Kingdom is the first in his Saxon Tales saga, and they look quite good and are well reviewed. When I’m next in need of some reading/listening material I’m going to give them a try. The Arthur and Merlin series look particularly worth a look.

    Have you any experience with this author? Historically speaking do you know where does he sit on the accuracy meter.


    • Andrea T
      March 14, 2016 at 6:02 am

      I just read the Last Kingdom by Cornwell and really liked it. It was perfect that I was listening to the podcasts about Alfred while reading the book so it was a fun balance. I would highly suggest it!

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