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The English: A Social History, 1066-1945 (Paladin Books) Paperback – 20 Oct 1988


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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New edition edition (20 Oct. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586084711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586084717
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 463,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Hibbert wrote more than fifty acclaimed books, including The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici and Rome: The Biography of a City. A leading popular historian whose works reflect meticulous scholarship, he was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He died in December 2008.

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Christopher Hibbert was described by Professor Sir John Plumb as a ‘writer of the highest ability’ and by the ‘New Statesman’ as ‘a pearl of biographers’. He is our leading popular historian whose works reflect meticulous scholarship. His much-acclaimed books include ‘The Destruction of Lord Ralgan’, ‘The Court at Windsor, London’ and ‘Rome: Biography of a City’.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Donna M. Egbert on 20 July 2004
Format: Hardcover
This marvelous social history has stood the test of time for me. I purchased the book when it first was published in 87, and still frquently pull it down for reference or for pleasure. I read it straight through upon first receiving it. Thoroughly entertaining and informative.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
It took me three months to read it but I savoured every page. The early chapters on life in Medieval Britain were astonishing. Hibbert manages to weave every aspect of daily life from latrines and how much booze people drank to moral values and underwear across a huge span of history - seamlessly. It really is about life rather than events and dates. A great present for anyone who has even the smallest interest in history.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Oct. 1999
Format: Paperback
Hibbet is a fantastic writer, his books are very accessible because they focus on the Social History of his subject. He draws heavily on eyewitness accounts diaries, letters etc to give the reader a real flavour of what life was like in the past. This book makes facscinating reading to all with a vague interest in their past and is relevant to all, not just the English (I'm Scottish. Buy it, it is worth every penny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Goodwin on 20 Sept. 2011
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I love this book, I've had it for a few years, a very long read and a heavy book to hold!! but its so entertaining, I can pick it up, read a couple of chapters and put it down again for a while.......its great to read about every aspect of everyday life.
Brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. on 22 Jun. 2013
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The authors first choice of title 'Scenes of English Life' would have been an inadequate description for this book. While it is not a work of original scholarship it still manages to give a fairly thorough grounding in subjects as diverse as Plague, Clergymen, Landlords, and Universities. It is a good read, intended for the layman and student, rather than the academic.As one of the former, I have no hesitation in giving it nine out of ten marks.
Kevin H
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A very readable and enjoyable journey into the "everyday lives" of the great and ordinary from medieval to after WW2. My knowledge of history doesn't allow me to know if people in the 12th C actually loved food colourings, baked tarts and sea fish as opposed to fresh water ( it doesn't cite primary or secondary sources) but isn't it a great thing to read !
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