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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... he must have known that an attempted invasion of England would be a huge
gamble . Consulting his feudal magnates did not produce the unanimous
enthusiasm he was looking for . To many of them , the risks far outweighed the
When Becket tried to see the king at Woodstock , the doors were slammed in his
face . Fearing the worst , he attempted to leave the country but was recognized by
the sailors , who returned him to the shore and the king's tender mercies .
In Cambridge Northumberland pathetically attempted to save his neck by
throwing his cap in the air and crying ' God save Queen Mary ' . Mary herself
reviewed 15,000 troops on a white horse with tears in her eyes . She spoke of
this as God's ...
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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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