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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... the eyes of the Church , then , royal sovereignty stopped at the cathedral porch
. In the eyes of the Angevin king , sovereignty was absolute within his realm . So
from time to time , this fundamental difference of conviction , a medieval cold war
... in Worcester Cathedral , although the monks of Craxton Abbey took care to
secrete away the entrails ( which , in the medieval way of things , needed swift
burial ) , leaving the king as gutless in death as , it was said , he had been in life .
The scale of castle - building , the most ambitious exercise in colonial domination
ever undertaken anywhere in medieval Europe , was likewise Roman - crusader
in its colossalism . The construction of Conwy was organized like an imperial ...
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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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