Derek Wilson

Derek Wilson is one of Britain’s leading popular historians. Since leaving Cambridge, where he took the archbishop Cranmer Prize for post-graduate research, he has written more than fifty books, including Britain’s Rottenest Years, Rothschild: A Story of Wealth and Power, and Hans Holbein: Portrait of an Unknown Man. He has made numerous radio and TV appearances.

Books by this Author

They say that history is written by the winners. Not according to Derek Wilson. In this fascinating, revelatory book, Wilson tells the story from the point of view of the losers – collating a catalogue of calamities and catastrophes that have shaped our world more than historians tend to let on. In ten lucid and entertaining chapters, the author identifies the very worst years of human history, from the destruction of the Roman Empire in 541 to the immediate aftermath of the American Civil...