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English Heritage publishes fascinating and authoritative books on all aspects of England's rich history. Buildings, cities, seaside resorts, architects, archaeology, sport and industry are just some of the subjects covered. Our English Heritage Guidebooks visit some of our country's greatest sites, combining in-depth history with tours, maps and other useful information. We also have some great history books for children of all ages, from colourful pictorial guides to the best-selling Horrible Histories.

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Knight School
Little Knight and Little Dragon can't wait for their first day of school. But Little Knight goes to Knight School in the day time... and Little Dragon goes to Dragon School at night. How will t...


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Technology in the Country House
Visits to country houses are an important leisure pursuit throughout the British Isles, not just to appreciate their superb architecture, great paintings and elaborate furniture but also to experience...


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Lost England 1870-1930
Lost England is the most comprehensive visual history of late 19th and early 20th century England ever published. The book takes the reader on a journey through the great cities of Manchester, Liverpo...


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The English Heritage Guide to London's Blue Plaques
Across London there are over 900 official blue plaques, celebrating a diverse and curious collection of London residents from many periods of history – from Charles Dickens and Winston Churchill...


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The Bayeux Tapestry
The Bayeux Tapestry is unique both as a historical document and as a work of art. It was made soon after the Battle of Hastings in 1066, and it tells the story of the events that led up to William the...


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Foundation: The History of England Vol.1
Having written enthralling biographies of London and of its great river, the Thames, Peter Ackroyd now turns to England itself. This first volume of six takes us from the time that England was first s...


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Roman Army
The Romans were the world's first military superpower. Much of their success lay in the strength of their vast army of highly trained, ruthless efficient soldiers. Discover what made the Roman leg...


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Guidebook: Chesters Roman Fort and the Clayton Museum
In a low-lying Northumberland valley, where Hadrian’s Wall bridged the North Tyne, lie the impressive remains of Chesters Roman Fort – the home of the ala II Asturum (Second Asturian Caval...


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Guidebook: Silchester Roman Town
Silchester in Hampshire is one of the best preserved Roman towns in Britain. It originated as Calleva, a centre of the Iron Age tribe of the Atrebates from the late 1st century BC. After the Roman con...


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Guidebook: Tintagel Castle (Second Edition)
With its spectacular setting on a windswept Cornish headland, Tintagel Castle is one of England’s most dramatic sites, combining history and legend. Associated with myths of King Arthur since th...


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Guidebook: Aldborough Roman Town
Aldborough Roman Town, by Professor Martin Millett of the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, and Dr Rose Ferraby, focuses on the wall remains and site museum of this Romano-British town in ...


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St Mary’s Church, Studley Royal
St Mary's Church is William Burges’s ecclesiastical masterpiece. It was built in the 1870s for the Marquis and Marchioness for Ripon. Its towering spire rises like that of a small cathedral ...


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The Coventry Blitz of 14th November 1940 was a key event of the Second World War and in the growth of public consciousness of the destructive power of warfare. The medieval city, already undergoing ra...


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The Spy's Choirbook - 2CD
Among the musical treasures in the British Library is MS Royal 8.g.vii, a sumptuous choirbook prepared for Henry VIII and his first queen Catherine of Aragon. It was produced by Petrus Alamire, who no...


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Anne Boleyn's Songbook - 2CD
Choral ensemble Alamire explore the finest works in Anne Boleyn's Songbook by the greatest composers of the early 16th century, including Compère, Brumel, Mouton, and Josquin. Performances ...


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Watch The Lady
Penelope Devereux is a legendary beauty in the court of Elizabeth, but it's not just her looks which mark her apart. With her canny instinct for being in the right place at the right time and her ...


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Build your own Stonehenge
Build your own Stonehenge mini book pack includes 16 Stonehenge rocks, a beautifully landscaped map, and a 32 page guide explaining the mysterious building of this ancient wonder. Explore and replicat...


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Members and Visitors Handbook 2016/17
The English Heritage 2016/17 Members and Visitors Handbook is an informative guide to all the English Heritage sites and activities throughout the year. Within this handbook you'll find all the in...


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Music for Dad's Army
Enjoy the unforgettable Dad's Army theme tune along with tracks featured in the ever popular television series. On disc 2 there's a wonderful selection of favourite wartime songs by stars...


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Guidebook: Walmer Castle & Gardens
Surround yourself with colourful stories from the history of Walmer Castle in Deal, Kent, a Tudor fort which became an elegant country house amid charming gardens.Originally built as a vital link in H...


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