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Books & Media

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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Tiny Churches
While travelling all over Britain on his pushbike, non-flying travel writer Dixe Wills is forever popping into old churches to look around, grab a moment of tranquility or just to shelter from the ele...


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Medieval Graffiti
For centuries carved writings and artworks in churches lay largely unnoticed. So archaeologist Matthew Champion started a nationwide survey to gather the best examples. In this book he shines a spotli...


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Great Houses of London
'This lavishly illustrated compendium suggest that the age of elegance endures' Mail on Sunday The great houses of London represent one of the marvels of English architecture and yet they are ...


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Photographing Historic Buildings
This book looks at what motivates us to take photographs and at some of the methods of using the camera to do so successfully. It also examines some standards that should be applied to the photographs...


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1066 All three battles - DVD
From the writer of the excellent 'Bow Street runner' mini-series City of Vice, and director of the powerful drama The Relief of Belsen, comes the untold story of the Norman conquest. 1066 chro...


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1066 A year to conquer England - DVD
Dan Snow takes on one of the most famous dates in British history when, 950 years ago, William of Normandy, soon to be Conqueror, defeated Harold, King of England, at the Battle of Hastings. But 10...


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The Vikings
The history of the Vikings is bloody and eventful, and Viking warriors capture the popular imagination to this day. They made history, establishing the dukedom of Normandy, providing the Byzantine Emp...


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Hadrian's Wall
Located at the far-flung and wild edge of the Roman Empire, Hadrian's Wall was constructed by Emperor Hadrian in the 120s AD. Vast in size and stretching from the east to the west coast of the nor...


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Hadrian's Wall Operations Manual
Hadrian’s Wall is the largest, most spectacular historical monument in Britain. Nothing else approaches its vast scale: a land wall running 73 miles from east to west and a sea wall stretching a...


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I Should Know That: Great Britain
From the Magna Carta, the House of Lords and the Commonwealth to allotments, pets and haggis, this fact-filled guide will teach you everything you need to know – and really should know- about Gr...


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A History of Britain in Infographics
Take a whistle-stop journey through time to discover the remarkable people, places, artefacts and events that make up the story of Britain through the ages. Discover the stomach-churning scope of Henr...


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York Historic Capital of the North - DVD
Michael Portillo travels back in time, mingles with the Roman Sixth Legion, sheds light on Anglo Saxon York, visits a Viking street scene and describes Viking Jorvik. He describes the Norman influence...


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Britain's Railways In Wartime
In the long and absorbing history of Britain’s railways and the men and women who have worked on them, the most challenging years were those of the two world wars.  Neither of these wars co...


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Divorced, Beheaded, Died...
Featuring tales of murder, adultery, beheadings, civil war, usurpation and madness. Divorced, Beheaded, Died… takes you on a gallop through the history of all of England's kings and queens,...


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I Used to Know that History
Don’t know your Magna Carta from your North Atlantic Treaty? Fear not, for help is at hand. I Used to Know That: History explains all major historical events in entertaining bite-sized pieces. T...


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Roman Britain: Map
This map and historical guide provides the ideal overview of nearly 400 years of history, during which Britain was a part of the Roman Empire. This period saw many changes- from the frontiers and admi...


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The Man Behind the Bayeux Tapestry
Odo of Conteville, the younger half-brother of William the Conqueror, was ordained Bishop of Bayeux while still in his teens. A larger than life character, he is best known for commissioning the Bayea...


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Gothic Whitby
This fascinating volume celebrates every aspect of Whitby's Gothic past. With a detailed exploration of the town's connection with Dracula (including historical events such as the beaching of ...


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Dracula's Whitby
Dracula is such an iconic figure that he has inspired hundreds of films and television programmes for over a century. He has appeared in over 215 films and, since its publication in 1897, Dracula has ...


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Taboo - DVD
James Keziah Delaney (Tom Hardy), is a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is ...


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