Yesterday was my birthday and I was given an excellent present by my son. He's a keen fan of Folio Society editions of books... they produce really lovely editions of interesting books. He knew I've always been a fan of historian C.V. Wedgwood and gave me this lovely set of her trilogy of books around the English Civil War/ War of the 3 Kingdoms.
Wedgwood is a great author and produced her Great Rebellion Trilogy in the 50s so it may be a little dated these days but her writing is very accessible. She wrote a number of books, especially around 16th/17th century European history. Her book The Thirty Years War is an incredibly readable account of a very confusing period.
These editions are really lovely things and of course there's now a real danger I could go off down an ECW wormhole!
And he baked me a lovely cake...