History of Britain, A - Volume I: At the Edge of the World? 3000 B.C.--A.D. 1603
Simon Schama's magesterial new book encompasses over 1,500 years of Britain's history, from the first Roman invasions to the early seventeenth century, and the extraordinary reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Schama, the author of the highly acclaimed Citizens and The Embarrassment of Riches, is one of the most popular and celebrated historians of our day, and in this magnificent work he brings history to dramatic life with a wealth of stories and vivid, colorful detail, reanimating familiar figures and events and drawing them skillfully into a powerful and compelling narrative. Schama's perspective moves from the birth of civilization to the Norman Conquest; through the religious wars and turbulance of the Middle Ages to the sovereignties of Henry II, Richard I and King John; through the outbreak of the Black Death, which destroyed nearly half of Europe's population, through the reign of Edward I and the growth of national identity in Wales and Scotland, to the intricate conflicts of the Tudors and the clash between Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. Driven by the drama of the stories themselves but exploring at the same time a network of interconnected themes--the formation of a nation state, the cyclical nature of power, the struggles between the oppressors and the oppressed--this is a superbly readable and illuminating account of a great nation, and its extraordinary history.
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John found himself in precisely the opposite position from his father . ... But
although John attempted to compensate for his losses in France by expeditions
to Ireland and Wales , at some point he began to give off a kind of negative
John , of course , had no intention of putting the Angevin monarchy into
commission . Had London not fallen to the rebel army in the spring of 1215 , he
might not even have felt the tactical need to consent to the charter as a way of
dividing the ...
Heraclius , Patriarch of Jerusalem 154 Herbert of Bosham 134 , 137 , 140
Hereward the Wake 107 hill forts 24 , 38 Holbein , Hans 298 , 303 , 311 , 316 ,
317 Homily of State of Matrimony 342 Honorius , Emperor 43 Hooper , John ,
Bishop of ...
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Readers should not be daunted by the ambitious timeframe of this first installment of Schama's (Rembrandt's Eyes) two-volume, popular history of Britain, which will accompany the History Channel's ... Read full review
AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD?
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