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I Am England [Hardcover]

Patricia Wright
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr (Nov 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312010451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312010454
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 649,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This book was published in 1987 and I have to admit it completely passed me by at the time. I've only now caught up with it and I am impressed. It ranges over fifteen centuries of English existence, from AD 70 to 1589 and takes as its base a ridge of land in Sussex, on which a varied group of people come to live good and bad by their own lights. I grew quite fond of Edred the Saxon who only wants to kill Danes and the courageous sergeant Robert, a Norman who is forced to live among Saxons, but finds a woman to help him make a home and found a family. It does get a little oozy at times, as children are introduced and attitudes to families are rather more modern than they would have been at the time. But there is lots of feuding, which gives a rich authentic edge.

The writing is plain and rather plodding and goes in for cod-ye-olde-worlde-speak rather too much, but if you can put that aside this is a remarkable chronicle of how it might have been to live through some of the most difficult times of history - the defeat of Harold and the arrival of the hated Normans, the dissolution of the monasteries, the accession of Bloody Mary, all of which affect this sheltered little spot in England more than might be imagined. It shows how history doesn't care a fig for how people might struggle to make a living, bring up their children etc, if they get in the way of the local lord or priest. The book succeeds neither as fiction nor as history, but there is something pleasing in its hybrid nature and I enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical novel - a good read 12 Jun 2010
By Marj D
I stumbled upon this book while on holiday and couldn't put it down. It's set in 5 different ages over about 1000 years and features different generations of the same family and what they must go through in each of their times to preserve their piece of a changing England - from bronze age to Tudor.
Great detail and imagination and now I'd like to get my own copy for my other half to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am England 19 Aug 2009
i read this book in hardback and found it an extremely enjoyable informative novel. The characters portrayed throughout its historical themes brought the novel to life and made me want to visit the area where it was set. I could not put it down and feel the author has a gift for taking the reader back through time and becoming part of the novel. Like Edward Rutherfords novels it takes your through the centuries using the family generations to provide continuity. More of this kind please
Barbara Wilson
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