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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Just as much as the exit of the legions marks the isolation of Britain from Rome ,
the age of the conversions marks its return . And , paradoxically , the process
began in a country that had never been touched by Roman rule in the first place :
... of Later Medieval England ( OUP 1973 ) McNeill , William H. , Plagues and
Peoples ( Doubleday 1977 ; Peter Smith 1992 ) Nicholas , David , The Later
Medieval City , 1300–1500 ( Longman 1977 ) Ormrod , Mark and Lindley , Phillip
( eds . ) ...
... battle of 224 Smeaton , Mark 312-13 Smythson , Robert 392 Solway Moss ,
battle of 349 Spain 12 , 57 , 329 , 350 , 368 , 369 , 374 , 377 , 378 , 385-7 Armada
385-7 raid on Cadiz 385 Spenser , Edmund 392 Spurs , battle of the 289
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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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