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Battlefield Britain: From Boudicca to the Battle of Britain Hardcover – 29 Jul 2004

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition edition (29 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563487895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563487890
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.1 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Battlefield Britain could be a very useful - as well as a very enjoyable - book. A recent survey of schoolchildren asked who this country had fought in the Second World War – many answered ‘Russia’. In the light of this ignorance of history (not confined to schoolchildren!), someone like Peter Snow (not to mention his very able son and co-author) is more and more valuable: he is one of the great educators and conveyors of information, but always in a highly accessible fashion. This book (accompanying a fascinating TV series) takes the reader on a remarkable historical journey, demonstrating quite what a bloody and war-torn past this country can lay claim to. From violent foreign invasions to massive internal strife (both political and religious), the landscape of Great Britain is a chequerboard of struggle.

The father and son team describes eight key battles that virtually forged the country we live in today; for instance, the battle with the Roman Empire by the doughty Boudicca (remember when she was called Bodicea?) in AD 60, the Battle of Hastings (the one date in British history that everyone knows!) and the fight with Spanish Armada in 1588 are vividly recreated with the aid of handsome colour plates, artefacts and drawings. Snow’s use of the 'swingometer' on TV to measure political upheavals may be much mocked, but that sense of playfulness (combined with totally authoritative knowledge) serves well here, and the result is a million miles away from the stultifying history lessons most of us sat through in dusty classrooms. Battlefield Britain is history brought to life, in the most evocative fashion. --Barry Forshaw

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Spanning nearly 2,000 years of history, Battlefield Britain takes us into the heat of eight decisive battles, bringing to life, as never before, Britain's turbulent past.


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