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Margaret Brecknell

Margaret is a British freelance writer with a passion for history, sport and cats. After graduating from Manchester University further back than she cares to mention, she worked in stockbroking for many years. Now focusing on writing, her work has appeared in a wide range of different publications and her first local history book was published last year.

8 New History Releases to Look Forward to

January, February, and March are full of promising new reads.

The Strange True Story of Dr. William Chester Minor and the Oxford English Dictionary

One of the dictionary's top contributors was an inmate at a psychiatric hospital.

10 Books to Read Before Watching Napoleon

The new Ridley Scott film charts the Frenchman's rise and fall.

11 Attention-Grabbing Microhistory Books

These highly focused books have a surprisingly large scope.

10 Naval History Books to Dive Into Right Now

From the Spanish Armada to Pearl Harbor and beyond.

Winston Churchill’s Favorite Books

Judging from his reading list, Winston Churchill clearly thought a lot about the Roman Empire.

8 Must-Read Books About the Reformation

Gain more knowledge about this major religious schism.

10 Books About the North African Campaign of WWII

This theater of war is often overlooked.

8 Books About the Renaissance, From Art to Politics

A period of "rebirth" that continues to fascinate.

8 Books About the Dark Ages

Learn more about this mysterious period of history.

The History of Museums, from "Cabinets of Curiosity" to Today

As our understanding of history has evolved, so has the way we learn about it.

5 Popular Historians You Need to Read

Get aquainted with these historians and their award-winning books.

Oliver Cromwell's Controversial Legacy in English History

Did he liberate the people, or brutally oppress them?

The Cambridge Five Spy Ring Passed WWII Secrets to the Soviet Union

Recruited straight out of university, these British intelligence officers were secretly moles.

5 Infamous Incidents of Art Theft From History

These masterpieces mysteriously disappeared.

6 Fossil Hunters Who Dug Up Clues From the Past

Their discoveries changed our perception of prehistory.