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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn about Cornwall!
Excellent informative book, must have for anyone with a love of Cornwall and a thirst for knowledge about how it and its inhabitants have evolved as a unique part of the UK. Well researched and written in a user friendly way.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor, Misleading and Dated
When you have a history book with an opening chapter that talks of Stone Age man arriving in England, you know you're onto a loser.
This is one of many errors, omissions and fantasy that pepper this so-called 'essential guide' to Cornwall's history.
So we have barely anything on the Cornish language; Anglo-Cornish wars reduced to mere rebellions, with key...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn about Cornwall!, 21 Aug 2009
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Excellent informative book, must have for anyone with a love of Cornwall and a thirst for knowledge about how it and its inhabitants have evolved as a unique part of the UK. Well researched and written in a user friendly way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cornish History from the Stone Age to the 20th Century, 1 April 2010
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Matthew Culley (England, UK) - See all my reviews
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This book was written in the 1950s by the FE Haliday, a literary scholar and historian of Cornwall. Is is, I believe, one of only two complete histories of Cornwall, the other by Philip Peyton. The work is a good narrative account of the history of Cornwall from the Stone Age up to the 20th Century, although the latter is rather a short summary. Time periods are traditionally divided, and a chapter is allocated to each. FE Halliday's son, Sebastian Halliday, has added an epilogue summarising the state of Cornwall about the year 2000.

The book makes a somewhat unpromising start, with the rather twee assertion that Neanderthal man was "an unattractive-looking creature, shaggy, shuffling and ape-like" whilst Cro-Magnon man was "a splendid example of humanity, both physically and mentally". This being on the first page was not the best of starts. However, things quickly improve, and is probably a reflection of views at the time of writing. I also felt the author was possibly slighlty biased in the brief discussions of Reformation in the Tudors chapter. However, this is not a major problem.

A particularly interesting thread that runs through the book is the development of tin (and coppper) mining in the county, from the Classical period to its final end in the 1990s. Hence this book will be of much interest to mining historians and others.

Overall, I would commend this book to anyone who wishes to delve into the history and culture of Cornwall, and go beyond the somewhat superficial view often presented elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and well written history, 22 Nov 2013
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The book was in very good condition. It covers all aspects of Cornish history, just what I was looking for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Birthday Present, 30 Aug 2013
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This book was bought as a Birthday Present for a son born 50 years ago in Redruth. He is enjoying it and finding it most interesting. I am glad that we made this selection for him.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor, Misleading and Dated, 12 Oct 2012
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When you have a history book with an opening chapter that talks of Stone Age man arriving in England, you know you're onto a loser.
This is one of many errors, omissions and fantasy that pepper this so-called 'essential guide' to Cornwall's history.
So we have barely anything on the Cornish language; Anglo-Cornish wars reduced to mere rebellions, with key Cornish players hardly mentioned; constant erroneous references to Cornwall as a County etc. Nefarious characters like the appalling Anthony Kingston, who along with his death squads, was responsible for the slaughter of hundreds and hundreds of Cornwall's population warrants only a few sentences. People like that (and their masters) changed Cornwall's history forever.

History is there to be had and there's no excuse for misinformation and shoddy research/writing which I'm afraid this book has in spades.

For a more factual, indepth (though not perfect) look at Cornwall's history and constitutional status, Philip Payton's Cornwall: A History is to be recommended over Halliday's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History of Cornwall, 20 Mar 2010
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Lorraine Palfrey (Cornwall, England) - See all my reviews
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This book is very informative and well researched by an author who is passionate about his subject
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars English Cornish History, 13 Oct 2012
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A History of Cornwall written by an Englishman - is probably all that needs to be said. To truly understand the Cornish and Cornwall tread with caution. That said don't dismiss this book totally, there isn't a lot of choice and it is well written, interesting and informative. However, the underlying framework is very much the view from England looking into Cornwall - as opposed to what it really should be - from Cornwall looking out to England.
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