Benedict King is a contributing editor at Five Books.
Interviews with Benedict King
The Mirror and the Light—the final instalment of Hilary Mantel’s epic trilogy covering the life of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s chief minister and architect of the English Reformation—was published to great acclaim this month. Here, Five Books contributing editor Benedict King chooses five of the best books to help you get to grips with the real Thomas Cromwell and the political and religious environment in which he operated.
The Victorians: Twelve Titans who Forged Britain
by Jacob Rees-Mogg
The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History
by Boris Johnson
Edmund Burke: The Visionary Who Invented Modern Politics
by Jesse Norman
Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World
by Kwasai Kwarteng
Richard III: Brother, Protector, King
by Chris Skidmore
From Edward Gibbon to Winston Churchill—who was awarded the Nobel prize in literature “for his mastery of historical and biographical description”—the genre of history books written by Tory politicians has some impressive forebears. But what to make of the history books written by the current crop of Tory MPs? Five Books contributing editor Benedict King gives a quick overview of what’s out there.