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Engaging but occasionally suspect
6 May 2013
I enjoyed this, a brisk run through the history of England up to Henry VIII. I liked the earlier part better, there was for me a point about 1/2 to 2/3 through where it got a bit king/battle/died and I was not terribly engaged. I think overall I liked the shorter chapters about how people lived rather than the largely familiar kings and their battles. A good general introduction, well written and engaging although if you are loosely familiar with the period you may prefer something slightly more rigorous, the snapshots e.g. of battles are sometimes sketchy and there are no references to back up his statements, which sometime contradicted things I'd read in more academic works so I wouldn't take this as wholly true.