For all students of history, this is a great intro to a period that has been largely ignored in English schools, for hundreds of years. It does seem a little rushed at times, but this is only to be expected from this edited version, and JJN apologises for this in the preface. I enjoyed this so much, I am now reading the individual volumes. It's highly entertaining and a real page turner - not something one normally says about a history book. Quite simply one of the best books I have ever read.