Interviews with Paul Lay
From the great Latin poet Ovid, to the poet of the 17th century English republic, John Milton. From the Jews in Reformation Europe, to the world of the Aztecs across the centuries. From the life of Ludwig van Beethoven to the importance of language, in all its varieties, to studying history. Paul Lay, editor of History Today, recommends his favourite history books of 2020.
From the most brutal siege of World War I to the renewed significance of an ideology many of us had dismissed as defunct, 2019 was a good year for traditional history books on big themes. Paul Lay, editor of History Today, talks us through his picks of the best history books of the year.
Thomas Cromwell: A Life
by Diarmaid MacCulloch
Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium
by Lucy Inglis
Iran: A Modern History
by Abbas Amanat
Invisible Agents: Women and Espionage in Seventeenth-Century Britain
by Nadine Akkerman
Power, Pleasure, and Profit: Insatiable Appetites from Machiavelli to Madison
by David Wootton
From female spies during the English Civil Wars to the enduring distinctiveness of Iran, there is much left to be understood about history globally. Editor of History Today Paul Lay recommends the best history books that hit the shelves in 2018.