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A book so utterly wonderful, I would defy you not to enjoy it!,
This review is from: An Utterly Impartial History of Britain: (or 2000 Years Of Upper Class Idiots In Charge) (Paperback)
As a former university history student, I have to say that I knew shockingly little about the times of Ancient and post- Cromwellian Britain. Most history books I read were so dry and, frankly, dull, that I felt my head hitting the page after the first lines of the introduction. This book is totally different, and all the better for it. From reading this book, the author has made British history flow from one dynasty to the next so that you are compelled to turn the page. OK, so it might not be a true historians critique of our past, but it's one that is easily relatable. Running through the narrative is a wonderfully sarcastic wit, which not only serves to make the book more pleasurable to read but also reminds us of our true murky past, should we think that Britains history is one of stiff- upper- lipped honour and decency from start to finish. Each monarch is scrutinised for what they really were, from Elizabeth I and what really caused the defeat of the Spanish Armada (bad weather!) to the puritanical despotism of Cronwell's rule, despite being seen nowadays as almost a national hero, having a statue in pride of place outside Westminster.
I would recommend this book to anyone, as a funny, witty, and informative guide to British History. If you're new to History or just want to refresh your memory or expand your knowledge, this book is well worth a read. It'll make you laugh too, which is always a plus!
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Initial post: 26 Jan 2013 12:49:26 GMT
A Customer says:
A detail. Cromwell's statue was donated by Lord Rosebery in 1899. He married a Jewish heiress and it was in recognition of Cromwell ending the 300 year ban on Jewish immigration. The statue is in pride of place outside because the Conservative and Irish MP's would not allow it in Parliament. As one book on London's statuary noted by this they ensured it would by seen by far more people, not least the monarch who sees it every time they visit parliament.
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