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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But when clashes of jurisdiction arose , English justices ( especially the justiciar
of Chester ) made it clear that they would hear cases in the royal courts referred
to them from plaintiffs adversely judged under Welsh law and if necessary ...
3000 B.C.--A.D. 1603 Simon Schama. island and the mainland was cut to pieces
by the Welsh , and many of the knights drowned in the Menai Strait . It was at this
point , during a truce , that John Pecham , Archbishop of Canterbury , attempted ...
In the Welsh epics , Arthur had been , of course , a true western Briton , a Celt , in
fact . Geoffrey of Monmouth , the borderer , had begun the process of
anglicization , and Edward had now completed it . The British hero was now an
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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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