A Short History of England Paperback – 4 Oct 2012
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Full of stand-out facts ... Absolutely fascinating ... I've learnt an awful lot (Richard Bacon, BBC Radio 2)
A lucid and handsomely illustrated narrative, from the Saxon dawn of England to the Cameron Government (The Times)
A handsome book ... full of the good judgements one might hope for from such a sensible and readable commentator, and they alone are worth perusing for pleasure and food for thought ... will sell by the truckload as Christmas approaches (Michael Wood New Statesman)
Immediately accessible (Prospect)
Dip into a chapter of an evening and 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)
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)
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I wish i had had read this when I did my A level in history. Now I will be sharing it with my family to ensure they have fewer gaps in their history
Firstly, the chapters are short and generally under ten pages. It is therefore great for those who lack time or prefer quick reading bursts.
Secondly, Jenkins' writing style is very readable and understanding. As a History (BA) graduate, I often encounter dull, dry texts which hardly inspire and entertain. Jenkins, however, provides enough detail for understanding without tiring the reader.
Thirdly, the book provides sufficient information on phases of English history to fill in those gaps in your knowledge. Some have criticised that areas are left untouched. This is unfair; for instance, most battles, although interesting, are irrelevant to the general theme of English history. Jenkins' superbly narrates the significant actions of leaders in detail from the Saxons to David Cameron.
History at its most easy to read with countless, memorable facts. Go buy it!
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... But just too much incorrect. Nice (if biased) sections on the twentieth century. Worth reading, but entertain some reservations.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fairly dreary trawl through history, hanging on a not-terribly-exciting attempt to explain our political growth. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hotmitts
Wanted a primer on English history but I don't think I retained much of this. Not the book's fault really just think its more interesting to read deeply than as broadly as here. Read morePublished 3 months ago by blodwynswayze
would love to review but don't know what happened to two previous kindle orders - and have tried for hours to navigate enquiries through a waterfall of categories and preselected... Read morePublished 3 months ago by john percival
Bought this for my daughter who lives in France she will be delighted with it thanks BrianPublished 3 months ago by Brian
A superb, objective overview of the history of a great country.Published 3 months ago by R. H. Ozzie
A present for a grandchild, not yet read by me. She seems to have enjoyed it though.Published 3 months ago by Gerbil