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History as it should be told,
This review is from: The Age Of Arthur: A History of the British Isles (Paperback)
The definitive history of post-Roman Britain. Amongst the many excellent points Morris makes are that, during 400 years of Roman civilisation, the (Celtic) British lost all memory of time when they had not been Roman. In the 1500 years that followed, the Welsh have NEVER forgotten that they are NOT English.
Also, history in Britain, as commonly taught, misrepresents Englsh history by starting half-way through with the despotism of the Normans.
History should respect contemporary sources if only because they cannot fabricate some things. For instance no-one in early 20th century Britain would pretend that Winston Churchill was the British leader in the First World War - too many people have parents who knew he was the leader in WW2. So if lies appear to be being told, then ask why and check again for the date (supposed) of the source.
We cannot know, any more than the British in the fifth century, what our descendents will face - only what we are facing and what our forefathers and mothers knew.
Bought this book 30 years ago. Still read and re-read it. A most excellent work from a wonderful historian who died far too early (in his early 60's).