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He puts human stuffing into remote cardboard cut-out progenitors of our dynasty and destiny, realistically conveying spiritual and temporal needs and failings. Indeed, immature princes, homosexuals, royal mistresses, divorce and remarriage did not originate with the 20th century, and the quotidian norm of verbal and literal back stabbing and saving one's skin, hypocrisies of Church and State and horrible death from battle have been conspicuous from the outset. "War's plunder was the glue of loyalty binding noble warriors to the king".
British history turns out to be a show of many foreign parts and Timothy West's enlightening reading irresistibly spurs involvement with Roman government, Anglo Saxon confusions, doings of French and Spanish nobility, Henry VII's manoeuvres and Elizabeth I's intrigues--specifically the latter's spider-and-fly activities with turbulent Mary Stuart.
Schama says in his absorbing introduction "History should be not just instruction but a pleasure", This production fulfils that principle, and is utterly marvellous. (4 cassettes, running time 8 hours) --Lyn Took --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A great guide to the history of Britain that highlight areas of interest that you may want to dig into further. Goes brilliantly with the TV program.Published 2 months ago by Edward R Burge
If seeking a vigorous first exposure to the history of Britain or a lubrication of lessons once learned and long rusted, Simon Schama's "A History of Britain Volume 1" is the book... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Adam Parker
Excellent - the book arrived early and the condition was better than expected.Published 7 months ago by Nippo
It might be an individual view of history but any history is going to have its limitations. This one is both intellectually a tour de force and very entertaining, especially as... Read morePublished 8 months ago by papemoe