4 New History Books For May 2020

May means pay day – and a chance to buy more history books! But what new history books are out there in May 2020?

You see – like all other aspects of life, coronavirus is having an impact on the book industry too. Release dates for publications are being pushed back all over the place. Amazon is no longer stocking the number of physical books that they once did, and are trying to encourage people to go digital.

However, at the time of writing these posts, there are still some new history books due to be released in May 2020 – and they all look like great reads!


  1. The Habsburgs: The Rise and Fall of a World Power by Martyn Rady

So many people are fascinated with the Tudors, but really its The Habsburgs we should be talking about. You simply can’t talk about European History and not mention them. They dominated Europe from the fifteenth century to the start of World War One. This long-awaited and comprehensive biography of this important dynasty is a must for anyone who loves their royal history. Release date – 12th May

2. The World Aflame: The Long War 1914-1945 by Dan Jones and Marina Amal

Chosen as my history book of the month in my Making History newsletter (you can sign up here if you want), The World Aflame is the follow-up to the popular and groundbreaking The Colour of Time by historian Dan Jones and photo colourist Marina Amal. Over 200 pictures will provide a colour backdrop to a narrative about the period 1914 to 1945. Release date – 14th May

3. Lancaster: The Forging of a Very British Legend by John Nicol

How better to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day than by releasing a new book about the history of the Lancaster Bomber, that iconic World War Two bomber plane? From John Nichol comes a passionate and profoundly moving tribute to the Lancaster bomber, its heroic crews and the men and women who kept her airborne during the country’s greatest hour of need. Release date – 28th May

4. Ladies of Magna Carta: Women of Influence in the Thirteenth Century by Sharon Bennett Connolly

Now, it wouldn’t be a post from me without some women’s history, would it? Ladies of Magna Carta looks into the relationships – through marriage and blood – of the women of the various thirteenth century noble families and how they were affected by the Barons’ Wars, Magna Carta and its aftermath. An interesting book that looks at a much ignored subject. Release Date – 30th May

Again I would stress at the time of writing this post all these books are still due to be released in May 2020. I can only apologise if the publishers choose to move their dates at the last minute!

Happy reading!!!


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Comments

  1. Hazel Kayes says

    Hi Sharon,

    It’s Hazel here I hope you are still doing well- at least your job is staying in!! I’m just at home and loving it- but I can’t see my grandchildren or my family or friends but I’m getting a lot done in my garden and in the house- things that I’ve wanted to do for ages!! Love to you
    Hazel (Kayes

  2. Mike says

    Some great choices there – Lancaster Bombers and the Hapsburgs for this reader! Just trying to work out why the titles are all crossed out though – did I miss something?

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