History

This year sees the centenary of the First World War, 70 years since D-Day, 700 years since Bannockburn and, of course, 1,000 years since the Battle of Clontarf and to celebrate this remarkable year of anniversaries it's History Season here at Waterstones. We have highlighted some of the very best new books in the genre, as well as some of our favourite History Blog posts. Enjoy!

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Joan of Arc by Helen Castor

Despite the endurance of Joan of Arc's legend, conjecture remains about even the most crucial events in her story, as Helen Castor explains.

During World War II, occupied Rouen was heavily bombed by the Allies. The Vichy regime responded with a poster depicting Joan of Arc amid the rubble of the city, flames rising around her, under a caption that read: "Murderers always return to the scene of their crime". Read more >

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Catastrophe by Max Hastings

Winston Churchill wrote afterwards: 'No part of the Great War compares in interest with its opening. The measured, silent drawing together of gigantic forces, the uncertainty of their movements and positions, the number of unknown and unknowable facts made the first collision a drama never surpassed. Nor was there any other period in the War when the general battle was waged on so great a scale, when the slaughter was so swift or the stakes so high. Moreover, in the beginning our faculties of wonder, horror and excitement had not been cauterized and deadened by the furnace fires of years...' Read more >

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