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Welcome to History Book Reviews! If you love reading and you love history, you have come to the right place. You won't find your typical, book-report style reviews here, these fun and engaging reviews make it easy to find your next favorite history book. Jennie Erikson, the author of this site, is a passionate history enthusiast with an extremely entertaining and humorous writing style that makes her reviews a joy to read. However, she's not afraid to pull any punches and she will be the first to point out a book's flaws and will always be honest in her opinions and recommendations. New reviews are added regularly, so make sure to visit often and don't forget to follow History Book Reviews on Facebook. Enjoy!

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Christina
Christina, Queen of Sweden: The Restless Life of a European Eccentric
Reviewed October 7, 2017
By Veronica Buckley

I love Henry VIII, even though he had two of his wives' heads cut off and horribly mistreated his waistline. I am fascinated by Richard III, even though he likely murdered his two young nephews in order to seize the crown of England. For goodness' sake... Read Review!

A Royal Experiment
A Royal Experiment: Love and Duty, Madness and Betrayal--the Private Lives of King George III and Queen Charlotte
Reviewed July 22, 2017
By Janice Hadlow

I honestly cannot make up my mind which historical families and dynasties were the most dysfunctional and the most worthy of a prime spot on a Jerry Springer episode... Read Review!

Killers of the King
Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I
Reviewed May 30, 2017
By Charles Spencer

In 1649 something completely unprecedented happened in England: The King was murdered. Not just murdered in a dark castle chamber by members of his own family who wanted him out of the way. That actually happened quite a lot. What made... Read Review!

Tower
Tower: An Epic History of the Tower of London
Reviewed April 17, 2017
By Nigel Jones

If buildings could speak, we would probably all be long dead before the Tower of London finished telling the story of its life. Spanning over a millennium, the White Tower was the first true castle built in England, first in wood and subsequently in stone. The host... Read Review!

Princesses
Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III
Reviewed March 11, 2017
By Flora Fraser

When thinking of 18th century Georgian princesses, what comes to mind is beauty, opulence, voluminous satin gowns, airy palaces filled with elegant courtiers, and frivolity. Also powdered wigs and, for some reason, syphilis. But that was not at all the... Read Review!

Cleopatra
Cleopatra: A Life
Reviewed February 4, 2017
By Stacy Schiff

Reading this book had special significance for me, because Cleopatra and Egypt were my first real historical obsessions. It all started on that day of days, when The Mummy remake came out in 1999. I was captivated, enthralled, absolutely in love with Ancient... Read Review!