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Medieval England, 1066-1350
Medieval England, 1066-1350
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Inspirational Historian and Suffragist Campaigner, 1 Jun 2014
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I take the point that this book may be dated in terms of historiography but 'modern' is not always good or right. The author evidently used primary sources in her research and her book is still of interest and worth reading. Bateson was a noted Cambridge academic. The criticism that the text is "littered" with Latin and French phrases and consequently pretentious seems unfair, because it is not "littered" and when given such phrases are both necessary and mainly translated. Further, bear in mind the subject period when Latin and French were used extensively amongst the educated classes, in the court and in government. Personally I want to know about the use of such language and its context. I did not know of this fascinating and obviously brilliant woman before, whose death at 41 in 1906 was a tragedy. She would clearly have achieved much more. A Google search will reveal much, as will her entry in the ODNB.

For the Kindle price you really can't grumble. Worth getting. However, if you want to see the original book with illustrations online it can be found at Open Library.


England in the 19th Century: 008 (Penguin History of England)
England in the 19th Century: 008 (Penguin History of England)
by David Thomson
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A good overview, 6 Sep 2013
I've had this book for years but never got around to reading it, as with so much else! Now done so and I think it is very good. Thomson writes well and it is an easy and informative read. No doubt some will say that it is dated (the first edition was 1950 and he died in 1970) but I still think it a valuable short introductory guide to the century (1815 - 1914) nonetheless. Recommended.


A Brief History of Britain 1485-1660: The Tudor and Stuart Dynasties: 2 (Brief Histories)
A Brief History of Britain 1485-1660: The Tudor and Stuart Dynasties: 2 (Brief Histories)
by Ronald Hutton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overview, 31 Dec 2012
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This is an excellent overview of the Tudors and Stuarts (to 1660) by one of the leading historians of the period who is Professor of History at Bristol University. It is not just about the 'Kings and Queens', but covers government, religion and society as well, plus useful comments throughout the text on the relevant historiography. There is also a comprehensive 'further reading' addendum. Highly recommended.


The English Civil Wars 1642-1649
The English Civil Wars 1642-1649
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3.0 out of 5 stars Numerous proofing/editing mistakes make for an irritating read, 3 Dec 2012
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Having only read some 20% of this book I'm giving up for the moment because any enjoyment is curtailed by the appalling number of errors in this electronic version. I know it's cheap but that is no excuse. I only hope that the print version does not suffer from such errors. I would be furious if I was the author because it detracts from what is otherwise a good reference source, epecially on things military. I would not rely on this book for the political and religious background as other books cover these aspects in greater detail, such as Blair Worden's 'The English Civil Wars 1640-1660' or John Miller's 'A Brief History of the English Civil Wars'.


A Brief History of the English Civil Wars (Brief Histories)
A Brief History of the English Civil Wars (Brief Histories)
by John Miller
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview, 5 Nov 2012
This is a 'must' read for anyone interested in the English Civil Wars and compares very favourably with Blair Worden's book of similar name and length. The author is no supporter of the King but equally he does not shy away from justified criticisms of the religious zealots dominating Parliament and the County committees. He highlights the appalling behaviour and deceit of Presbyterian MPs towards the New Model Army after the (first) war had ended. I was struck by the parallels with the modern political 'elite' in today's Parliament. A good introduction before delving into the vast number of other detailed and topic specific books covering this period.


Smith and Keenan's English Law: Text and Cases
Smith and Keenan's English Law: Text and Cases
by Denis Keenan
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A useful legal practitioner's aide memoire, 21 Jan 2012
I had a previous edition of this book and have just ordered the latest edition (not this one). No, agreed that this book is insufficient in itself for a law degree (or professional law exams) but it will probably suffice for other law courses on non-law degrees or similar. However, even for the 'pure' law student (if that isn't a contradiction in terms!)it will still give a very good overview. Lay readers will also find it a valuable source of information of their legal rights and remedies. As a legal practitioner I tend to use it as a glorified dictionary pointing me in the right direction for further research in the more detailed legal tomes. For example, bailment is mentioned and we had a case of an involuntary bailee recently. And before anyone gets too sniffy about a practitioner using this book, I always remember a story told by Professor Glanville Williams in his 'Learning the Law' (also highly recommended to students) of an old and well respected country solicitor who always impressed clients at interview by being able to pick up one of his half-a-dozen law books from behind his desk and turn quickly to the very point on which advice was needed. What the client never knew was that each was an identical legal compendium called 'Everyman's Own Lawyer' in a diffrent binding! This present book is perhaps a modern version of the latter. It can be usefully used as a first port of call - but inadvisably the last - for any lawyer or (pure) law student. But that is not to denigrate in any way the breadth and depth of what is here - just a caveat to remind readers that it would be impossible in a book of this size (already pretty large) to cover everything. If you are studying tort(or is it torts?)then by all means use this as an introductory overview, BUT also read one of the standard detailed texts as well. Similarly for other subjects. As to the book being boring, if you think it is then law is probably not for you!


Gift Horse [DVD] [1952]
Gift Horse [DVD] [1952]
Dvd ~ Trevor Howard
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pride in the Royal Navy, 24 Nov 2011
This review is from: Gift Horse [DVD] [1952] (DVD)
Just watched the film again on TV; first time for a while. Yes,the special effects are dated but the acting and the 'feel' of Service life at the time are first class and a credit to those who served. Howard is exemplary as the Captain but so are the rest of the cast. Not a duff one amongst them.


Skylines: Visionary Landscapes of Wessex
Skylines: Visionary Landscapes of Wessex
by James Lynch
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical experience, 10 Nov 2011
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James Lynch's paintings of the countryside of the West of England and its animals are simply stunning, with a quite magical and mystical touch. If you can't afford his paintings, then this book will at least give you a taster.


The Story of England
The Story of England
by Michael Wood
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Local history at its best, 10 Nov 2011
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Seen the BBC TV series - then read the book. Not only does it deal with the history of Kibworth - or to be precise the 'Kibworths', as there are two adjacent villages of similar name - but Woods cleverly puts their ever unfolding story in its national historical context. Very well written and thoroughly recommended. It will hopefully encourage others to delve into the history on their own doorsteps.


Baroque Masterpieces
Baroque Masterpieces
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baroque Bliss, 3 July 2010
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If you like Baroque music you will love this collection. A worthy addition to any collection.


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