The History of Britannia comes with Ultima IV. It is 36 pages long. In-game, Kyle the Younger is the authors of the book, and it is prominent in the intro where the player is actually instructed to read it. In real-life, Dave Albert has written the book.
The following topics are part of the book:
- Political History of Britannia
- Travelling guide
- The Professions
- Weapons and armour
- Magical Arts
- Combat and ethics of war
- Britannia's current civilization
- Afterword of Lord British
The book is written from a neutral point of view, and it gives much background information on the world of Britannia. At this time, details of the magic system were in a separate book, The Book of Mystic Wisdom.
- The History of Britannia (HTML)
- The History of Britannia (PDF) - Scanned
- The History of Britannia (PDF) - Searchable