- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books (8 Sept. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846684617
- ISBN-13: 978-1846684616
- Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 3.6 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 208 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Short History of England Hardcover – 8 Sep 2011
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A lucid and handsomely illustrated narrative, from the Saxon dawn of England to the Cameron Government (The Times)
Full of stand-out facts ... Absolutely fascinating ... I've learnt an awful lot (Richard Bacon, BBC Radio 2)
Let Jenkins sweep you through England's history, painting a vivid picture of this country's green and pleasant land (City AM)
Where Jenkins excels is in his very journalistic approach ... The historical events are joined up, and work as narrative (Time Out)
Immediately accessible (Prospect)
This is traditional, kings-and-things, great-men history with all its dates and famous quotations in place ... it's jolly good ... Jenkins has a newspaper columnist's aphoristic verve ... judgements are crisp (Spectator)
Entertaining (Sunday Times)
Full of good writing and lively anecdotes ... worth perusing for pleasure and food for thought (New Statesman)
A characteristically bold, wry, fluent, combative gallop through English history (Max Hastings)
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As other reviews have already said; the book is brief yet thorough on the subjects that matter, going into small detail when necessary. The book is quite thick as it covers the Saxon dawn (410) all the way up to current prime ministers. The only problem I have is that the binding of the book (my version, anyway) is quite unprofessional - I can see hot glue on the tops of the pages and feels like the pages could just rip out if I gave them a tug. A nice addition to the book would have been a timeline of events, apart from these two things the book is wonderful and I highly recommend anyone who feels like they need to brush up on their nation's history to pick it up (as did I)!
To cover over one thousand years of history in a single, relatively short volume, is no mean achievement. Some of the topics I knew about; some I knew little or nothing about, so it filled a lot of gaps in my knowledge of history.
Of course, it is a summary of the history of England. Nothing less than an encyclopaedia could do the subject justice. Nevertheless it makes for a fascinating account. Also, it will encourage me to explore many of the topics in more depth; and it covers a wealth of topics, so there is an awful lot for me to learn. I look forward to it!
Very enjoyable, strongly recommended.
Quite apart from illustrating how our nation’s fabric was woven from the threads of ambition, greed and religious belief, this is also a hugely interesting tale, told in such a way that it doesn’t seem like history as I was taught it.
Readable and enjoyable in equal measures, this is a fabulous.
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