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A pleasing introduction to dip in and out of.,
This review is from: Britain Begins (Paperback)
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This heavy paperback covers an awful lot of history that is difficult to get one's head around. It covers the period from 10,000 years BC to the precise year 1066 (The most well-known date in English history.) However I wouldn't recommend it as a book to be read from beginning to end, as a one-star reviewer has done. It is not meant to be read like that. It is the sort of book one dips in and out of using the index. You want to know about the diversification of tribes, languages and DNA types into the British Isles, then look them up. If you want to learn about the impact of the various ice-ages and when the British Isles were separated from the European mainline, then ditto. (And there's plenty more of interest such as topics including climate change to pottery, burial types and religious observances.)
So, this is an excellent and comprehensive overview. I was pleased to see a large section giving further detailed reading of the topics covered. So having got a taster, you'd be best advised to concentrate on the topics that appeal to you more.
As I said, 'Britain Begins' is a good basic guide and a jumping off point but not a cover-to-cover read. Besides, it's far too heavy to read in bed!