5 Halloween Reads for History Lovers

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It's almost Halloween - the lights are low, the pumpkin's lit and you're armed with a tub of Heroes. What better to spend the evening than with a good book? 

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Here are my pick of some great Halloween books for us history fans... 

The Tale of the Tailor and the Three Dead Kings, Dan Jones

This spooky tale has trickled down to us over the course of 600 years, which is almost as good as a Medieval monk coming up and whispering a ghost story in your ear. Retold with Dan Jones' atmospheric story-telling, it's also fun-sized. At 96 pages, you can snuggle down and read over an evening or two. 

1666: Plague, War and Hellfire, Rebecca Rideal

I love how this book opens with a drone-like swoop over Stuart London where we are introduced to notable Londoners and their landscape. But this is a tale of real-life terror including outbreaks of plague, war with the Dutch and the Great Fire of London. Also available on Audible. 

The Gunpowder Plot, Antonia Fraser

We might see Guy Fawkes as a comedic figure nowadays, hunched down in his floppy hat over stacked barrels of gunpowder, but the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 was one of the most terrible terror plots in our history. Antonia Fraser talks us through the evidence, the timeline of the plot and its legacy. Also available on Audible. 

Daughters of Night, Laura Shepherd-Robinson

If you're after a historical murder mystery, I'd highly recommend this one. It's set in Georgian England, as events unravel after the brutal murder of a woman. Achingly realistic, you feel as if you've time travelled back to the 1700s. Also available on Audible.

The Last Witches of England, John Callow 

Forget today's trick or treaters with their pointy hats and green makeup, this book explores the story of three women who were the last to be executed in England for witchcraft. It examines their lives, their backgrounds and the events which led to their persecution in Bideford, Devon. 

Read any of these books? I'd love to know what you thought - drop me a comment below! 

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