Rubicon by Tom Holland, a fascinating and detailed account of the rise of Julius Ceasar
n January 1943, 230 women of the French Resistance were sent to the death camps by the Nazis who had invaded and occupied their country. This is their story, told in full for the first time—a searing and unforgettable chronicle of terror, courage, defiance, survival, and the power of friendship.
Persian Fire, another great history by the eminently readable Tom Holland about the Persian Empire
Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France by Leonie Frieda
The Tigress of Forlì: Renaissance Italy’s Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de Medici by Elizabeth Lev, a great account of this woman warrior