Battlefield Britain: From Boudicca to the Battle of Britain Hardcover – 29 Jul 2004
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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. Snows 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
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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For me it as also an opportunity to learn about these momentous events. We have all heard of these battles but I'll bet not many of us know what actually happened or what their legacy has been. As a Scot I was fascinated by the chapter on Culloden which I has thought was a battle of 'liberation' from English rule. In fact it seems as though Scotland and England were split down the middle and it was far more of a civil war, however unpalatable the idea of Highlanders fighting for butcher Cumberland might seem!
All in all a very enjoyable read and a much needed lesson in British history!
The book and television series explores eight critical battles in British history but they try to get behind the battles to recreate the people on both sides, the circumstances of each battle in the current affairs of the time, technologies, techniques and strategies employed and the skills fighters had to employ. Some of what was dramatic on television has lost some impact on the page but they are very well-illustrated and colourful.
It is an enjoyable book which works hard to bring history off the page. For general readers interested in widening their knowledge of some major events in our history it is well worth the investment.
This is not some in-depth study, but it is a good snapshot of the selected events, with summaries and snippets of information and analysis.
The weakness is the use of computer graphics to show the battle lines and movements;
these come from the tv series and are too small and too blurred for the book.
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