Suggested Books

Suggested Books

Here is a list of suggested books. Click on the title to see a book description or click on the book to get it from Amazon. You are welcome to review any of the books listed. This page is updated regularly.

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 02:23

Author(s):
Barry Cunliffe

For two and a half thousand years the Celts have continued to fascinate those who have come into contact with them, yet their origins have remained a mystery and even today are the subject of heated debate among historians and...Read more

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 02:21

Author(s):
Nigel Pennick

• A daybook containing information about rituals and celebrations that have for centuries been associated with the changing seasons of the year.

• Includes charts of equinoxes and solstices, movable holy days, and monthly...Read more

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 02:20

Author(s):
Guy de la Bédoyère

A riveting account of ancient Rome’s imperial bodyguard, the select band of soldiers who wielded the power to make—or destroy—the emperors they served

Founded by Augustus around 27 B.C., the elite Praetorian Guard was tasked with...Read more

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 02:19

Author(s):
M. J. Rose

In this riveting and richly drawn novel from “one of the master storytellers of historical fiction” (New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams), a talented young artist flees New York for the South of France after one of her...Read more

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 01:39

Author(s):
Mark Edward Lewis, Timothy Brook

After the collapse of the Han dynasty in the third century CE, China divided along a north-south line. Mark Lewis traces the changes that both underlay and resulted from this split in a period that saw the geographic redefinition of...Read more

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 01:35

Author(s):
William F. Fitzhugh, Elisabeth Ward

Replete with color photographs, drawings, and maps of Viking sites, artifacts, and landscapes, this book celebrates and explores the Viking saga from the combined perspectives of history, archaeology, oral tradition, literature, and...Read more

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 01:33

Author(s):
Colin Woodard

According to award-winning journalist and historian Colin Woodard, North America is made up of eleven distinct nations, each with its own unique historical roots. In American Nations he takes readers on a journey through the history of...Read more

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 00:30

Author(s):
Thomas R. Martin

In this compact yet comprehensive history of ancient Greece, Thomas R. Martin brings alive Greek civilization from its Stone Age roots to the fourth century B.C. Focusing on the development of the Greek city-state and the society,...Read more

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 00:29

Author(s):
Joan Aruz, Yelena Rakic, Sarah Graff

This comprehensive book explores the spectacular art of the first millennium B.C. from the Near East to Western Europe. This was the world of Odysseus, in which trade proliferated with Phoenician merchants; of King Midas, whose tomb was...Read more

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 00:27

Author(s):
Robert Bauval, Ahmed Osman

Exposes the many cycles of monument destruction and cultural suppression in Egypt from antiquity to the present day

• Details the vandalism of Egyptian antiquities and suppression of ancient knowledge under foreign rulers who...Read more

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 00:26

Author(s):
Douglas Preston

Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of...Read more

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 00:24

Author(s):
Jim Willis

From Aaron (the first high priest of Israel) to Zoroastrianism (once the dominant religion in Persia), The Religion Book provides an encyclopedic look at the practices of yesterday and today. Christians, Buddhists, Wiccans and the rest...Read more

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 00:21

Author(s):
Harald S. Boehlke

"The Viking Serpent" or "The Norwegian Pentagram" as it was called before being translated reveals a hitherto unknown and occult side to the Viking- and early Middle Age in Norway. From approx. 935 CE heathen Viking Norway was introduced...Read more

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 21:12

Author(s):
Anthony Gottlieb

Western philosophy is now two and a half millennia old, but much of it came in just two staccato bursts, each lasting only about 150 years. In his landmark survey of Western philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance, The Dream of Reason, Anthony Gottlieb documented the first burst, which...Read more

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 21:07

Author(s):
Jim Marrs

Bestselling author Jim Marrs steps once again to the cutting-edge of research into conspiracies and hidden truths. In Our Occulted History, Marrs  goes beyond the revelations of his classic Alien Agenda and illustrates how human...Read more

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 21:04

Author(s):
Adrian Goldsworthy

A groundbreaking and comprehensive history of the Roman Peace from one of the leading historians of the ancient world

Best-selling author Adrian Goldsworthy turns his attention to the Pax Romana, the famous peace and...Read more

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 21:03

Author(s):
Mark Edward Lewis, Timothy Brook

In 221 bc the First Emperor of Qin unified the lands that would become the heart of a Chinese empire. Though forged by conquest, this vast domain depended for its political survival on a fundamental reshaping of Chinese culture. With...Read more

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 21:02

Author(s):
Alida Jay Boye, John O. Hunwick, Joseph Hunwick

The extraordinary manuscripts of Timbuktu: invaluable historical documents, objects of tremendous beauty, and a testament to a great center of learning and civilization.

For centuries, trading caravans made epic journeys...Read more

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 21:00

Author(s):
Anthony Gottlieb

Already a classic, this landmark study of early Western thought now appears in a new edition with expanded coverage of the Middle Ages. This landmark study of Western thought takes a fresh look at the writings of the great thinkers of...Read more

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 19:51

Author(s):
Brian Hoggard

In this book, Brian Hoggard cleverly weaves archaeological fact and documented historical evidence together with folklore of both ancient and recent origin to provide an account of Bredon Hill. The hill is an isolated outlier of the...Read more

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Top image: Archaeologists looking at aerial photography found what they thought to be a hidden long barrow, or Neolithic burial chamber, hidden beneath a wheat field.
This summer, the University of Reading Archaeology Field School excavated one of the most extraordinary sites we have ever had the pleasure of investigating. The site is an Early Neolithic long barrow known as “Cat’s Brain” and is likely to date to around 3,800BC. It lies in the heart of the lush Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire, UK, halfway between the iconic monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury.

Myths & Legends

Travis Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok in the History Channels Vikings Series.
Ragnar Lothbrok was a fearless hero of Norse lore who became widely known thanks to the History Channel’s hit series ‘Vikings.’ His historicity is subject to debate—as with King Arthur, for example—Ragnar is an amalgamation of a number of historical personages and minor characters of legend. So, the question is: Where does Ragnar the man end and the myth begin?

Ancient Places

A photo of the interior of the Siebenberg House.
The Siebenberg House is a house / museum located in the Old City of Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter. The Siebenberg House is best-known for the archaeological finds that have been made beneath the present structure. The excavations under the house have revealed several archaeological layers, and allow one to obtain a glimpse of the city’s history.

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