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1066 and All That [Paperback]

W. C. Sellar , R. J. Yeatman
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24 Sep 1998 0413772705 978-0413772701 A Memorable History of England
A comic satire upon textbook history squeezing in "all the history you can remember" from the Olden Days and dashing Queen Woadicea to the reigns of the Eggkings (Eggberd, Eggbreth and Eggforth, and their mysterious Eggdeath), from the dreadful story of Stephen and his aunt Matilda to the Magna Charter, from the six burglars of Calais to the disillusion of the monasteries and the life of Broody Mary, from Williamanmary, when "England was ruled by an orange", to the Boston Tea-Party and the annoying confusion between Napoleon and Nelson, to the Peace to end all Peace. This light-hearted look at England and history provides a colourful commentary for all those with a curiosity for the past.
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen; A Memorable History of England edition (24 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413772705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413772701
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 12.8 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only Memorable History of England. 10 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Sellar and Yeatman's classic retelling of history is quite clearly a Good Thing. Written in 1930, and steeped in the subversive irreverence of British humour, the book expertly and hilariously parodies the process of writing history. From the first date in English history (55 B.C.), to the point at which history comes to a . (1918), Seller and Yeatman insist that history is "not what you thought. It is what you can remember" and ably set out to prove it with a litany of schoolboy howlers and almost- plausible assertions. 1066 and All That is crammed with ridiculous reinventions of how history is taught; insisting that all historical events are either a "Good Thing" or a "Bad Thing", lampooning the nationalism of teaching history by suggesting that the focus is always to make Britain appear "Top Nation", and separating each section with exam papers which seem almost, but not quite as stupid as the real ones (including the famous instruction "Do not on any account attempt to write on both sides of the paper at once"). A precursor to the incredibly popular "Horrible Histories" series, this is a must for anyone who wants to take history seriously or otherwise
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fall-over-laughing funny 6 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Still hilarious after all these years. My favourite line (out of hundreds) "Hengist was thus the first English King, and his wife (or horse) Horsa, the first English Queen (or horse)". Also, how to tell the difference between Arthur (who was fictional although a Good Thing) and Alfred the Cake. It gets even funnier the more you know about what really happened- every time I read it I see more in-jokes (like "Paris is rather a Mess"). Their sequel, And Now All This, which does for every other subject in the curriculum what 1066 does for history, is if possible even better. Learn how to knit ginger-beard and the significance of Exporto Grass. I agree with the recommendation, below, of Will Cuppy's Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody- that sticks closer to the "facts" of history than 1066 And All That does, and covers more countries, but is just as amusing. Plus! A bonus recommendation of 1066 And All This; The Other Half Of History- a history of women in Britain, with great cartoons by Kate Charlesworth, which starts by acknowleging the inspiration of Sellers and Yeatman. Lovely bits on just about every famous woman, and many who we have mysteriously lost track of... A different style, but just as good. (I've forgotten who it's by, as I don't have my copy with me, but it's well worth tracking down).
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1066 and all that, despite the views of Dutch contibutors to Amazon, remains the the sharpest and the funniest spoof of student misconceptions of English history. It also predates Butterfield's essay on the Whig Interpretation of History and magnificently lampoons Whig historians' attempts to show how Britain became 'Top Nation'. This book is hilariously funny and is also a serious critique of British historiography in the 1930s and before. All students of history should read it; partly because it deflates many nonsensical approaches to history, partly because it admirably illustrates many of the common errors history students fall into, but mostly because it is still the funniest book on British history available.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great book, shame about this version! 7 Jan 2010
As a school-kid way back when, I had very fond memories of this slim but amusing take on English history. However, this edition must have been printed from the original, worn old plates, as the text is blurry and a pain to read. It's like re-visiting a wonderful, much-loved old historic building, only to find that it has been allowed to fall into disrepair. Come on, Methuen, spend some money on getting it re-set, and clean up the line illustrations, or just give it to another publisher who might care a bit more than you!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spoilt by the new cartoons 6 July 2009
Would have given it 5 as it really is a classic. Sadly, though, the new edition (bought as a gift) is ruined by the new Appleby cartoons.

They're utterly unnecessary (and utterly unmemorable, come to that) and seem to be there to bulk out the product.

Worse - they ruin the comical-historical tone of the book, which is earnestly confused and yet Very Serious.

The Appleby cartoons wreck this by making the whole thing deliberately, *knowingly* silly.

I don't mean to criticize Appleby, a super cartoonist - but I do think the person who made the decision at Methuen to include new cartoons either has no sense of humour or is just a Very Bad Editor.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the edition to buy 29 Dec 2010
"1066 and All That " is a true classic of British humour. Original published as a small very modest book with a few simple cartoonlike drawings in 1930, this edition has been expanded to include a new introduction by Frank Muir and an array of new illustrations.

Frank Muir's introduction is a welcome addition.

The new illustrations however are totally inappropriate and simply detract from the original content of the book. It now has the appearance of standard history text ......which is not the intention of the original authors.

Buy "1066" in it's original form ..... but avoid this misconceived edition.
Pity because Muir's notes are good
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tiny little book but hugely funny 25 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a history buff I find this very entertaining. Even if you're not into the antics of people long ago, most people know enough of the basics of English history to be very amused by this book. It is very clever, and should enjoy a place on everyone's book shelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, and knowledgeable
Just as good as I remembered from 40 years ago!
Published 1 month ago by JAFBOTT
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
This is listed as a must read by a lot of people, and i thought it would be a good read before i start my history degree. I couldn't even read a chapter. Such a waste of time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ria
5.0 out of 5 stars And now for something completely silly.
If the scriptwriters of The Goon Show or Monty Python had written a history book this is what they might have produced (on an exceptionally good day). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Douglas Wood
3.0 out of 5 stars Feview
It may be me but didn't find book that amusing pleased I paid just a few quid
Published 2 months ago by dg
5.0 out of 5 stars The Show Was Even Better Than The Book
This book is for anyone who finds History a bore. It is easy and enjoyable just tos can through it. What happens today becomes History tomorrow.
Published 5 months ago by john kemsey-bourne
5.0 out of 5 stars The real history of Britain!
Given as a present to my husband on his 70th birthday as he'd mislaid his old copy. Glad to be able to still obtain a copy. Read more
Published 5 months ago by E L WARD
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
Bought as a Christmas Present for my history loving grandson. I have dipped in and out of the book and I am sure he will enjoy it
Published 11 months ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
How could anyone who knows the slightest part of British History fail to recognise this book as the classic it has been for the last 83 years. Read more
Published 12 months ago by T. J. Jarratt
5.0 out of 5 stars Different cover to copy I received. print quality first rate.
This classic has been reset in readable sharp, clear print. As children growing up in the 1940s my sister and I just adored this book. Read more
Published 13 months ago by JSMR
1.0 out of 5 stars Infantile
I'm loathe to give bad book reviews because I believe reading anything is better than nothing. However...

Very tired 'jokes'. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Alex
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