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The English Rebel: One Thousand Years of Trouble-making from the Normans to the Nineties Hardcover – 6 Aug 2009

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  • Hardcover: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; 1st Edition edition (6 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670916196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670916191
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 795,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A fascinating theme, lucidly developed, which examines the use of physical and moral force in the pursuit of dissent - and all stages in between' -- Peter Hennessy

'A superb losers' history of England - two-thirds of the main characters end up on the scaffold or the gallows - written with narrative verve and delicious detail' -- Ferdinand Mount

'An unfailingly lucid, immensely readable and above all clear-eyed account of an indomitable strand in our national story' -- David Kynaston

'Full of wit and scholarship. Horspool's book reveals the curious fact that chance and accident play the supreme role in human affairs' Peter Ackroyd, The Times
-- The Times

'Highly impressive: here is an author who can give equally perceptive accounts of baronial politics under the Normans and of in-fighting among the suffragettes. [The book] could almost be a one-volume guide to English history, from an unusual, rebel's-eye point of view' Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph -- Sunday Telegraph

'The exciting, accessible story of the many moments in which people organized themselves to change things - and sometimes succeeded. Horspool uncovers the hearty, dangerous energy of British politics'
-- Diane Purkiss

An intelligent and provocative survey of the recurring role of rebellion and resistance in English history, and of some of the mythologies to which this has given rise - Linda Colley -- Linda Colley

`A spry account of some of history's biggest failures ... but it is also a reminder that although English rebels (even Oliver Cromwell) never succeeded in achieving lasting revolutionary changes (and rarely even wanted it), they helped make the modern British state what it is' -- The Economist
-- The Economist

`How glad I am that we live in an age of welfare, common law and antibiotics. And how grateful I am, for two out of those three privileges, to the hardnuts and schemers, martyrs and refuseniks, Machiavels and downright heid-the-ba's who populate Horspool's fine book' -- Sam Leith, The Spectator -- Sam Leith, The Spectator

`Splendid, colourful, fascinating. The love of history shines from every page. A gloriously old-fashioned work of narrative and all the better for it' -- Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Telegraph -- Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Telegraph

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'A superb losers' history of England - two-thirds of the main characters end up on the scaffold or the gallows - written with narrative verve and delicious detail'

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