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"Brilliant!" - by Kevin O'Reilly (Dowdeswell, Cotswolds, U.K.)
Jonathan Bardon displays a real grasp of his material; plus a writing style which is clear and concise, with exactly the right amount of detail. The decision to preserve the 250 radio episode format was a wise one. The individual episodes stand up well as short essays, so you can open the book at random and be sure to find a worthwhile ten-minute read. But if you read them in sequence they make a first class continuous narrative history.

Publishers' blurbs often claim that books will suit both the student and the general reader. Well, this is one of the few cases in which that claim is fully justified. Bardon's work is factually sound (so far as I can judge), beautifully written, and positively enjoyable to read. Thank you, Jonathan !

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"... bought the book as a present my friend really enjoyed it, very happy with the seller I would ..." - by B. J. Ayres
I bought the book as a present my friend really enjoyed it ,very happy with the seller I would use them again.

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"Finely written and information: a unexpectedly enjoyable read." - by jfpessoa
The author is managed brilliantly to make what could have been an academic slog a truly interesting and accessible tour of the Irish language. The book covers the historical span from the Norman invasion to the Free State. There is a very fine introductory chapter which should successfully convince readers lacking a background in linguistics that this is still the book for them. The seven chapters which follow study place of the Irish language in the culture of the country in successive periods, and also discuss how the language itself changed and developed across these periods. It is a two-pronged approach that is superbly handled, and it is what makes this book such a success. The author draws on an amazing array of Irish language material, and his translations, comparisons and discussions of the selections are nuanced and fascinating. If I have a disappointment ... full review

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"Irish famine" - by MRS. BETHAN JONES
Excellent history book .

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"Amazing book" - by Joe Thompson
Amazing book. A must for anybody with an interest in Irish history.

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"Very Informative and enlightening." - by Brian Dawson
I thought it was a very informative and enjoyable if sometimes harrowing read. If you have any interest in Irish/Scottish history then i would recommend this book highly.

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"This book was recommended by an acquaintance in England & I found it ..." - by R RUSSELL-STONE
This book was recommended by an acquaintance in England & I found it fascinating. Helped me regain a comprehensive overview of Irish history in an effortless fashion.

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"MAKING SENSE OF IRISH HISTORY" - by ALL THIS AND NOTHING
A recent trip to Ireland to explore my ancestry prompted me to watch this documentary. It is well presented, with great clarity and some wonderful colourised footage. Whilst I didn't grasp every nuance, I now have a better grasp and understanding of significant figures, dates and events.

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"Great value for money" - by Saira
I bought this to do a bit of background reading for a module I'm doing at university. It was interesting, seemed to cover all the relevant points in Ireland's history, was of a decent length and overall I think it was great value for money.

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"A fairly reasonable and readable summary of Irish History" - by O'Bhogaigh (uk)
Not a bad stab at a fairly complex subject. A great come-in-handy book for the smallest room or coffee table. Easy to dip into and read selected sections as it takes your fancy. Witty jokey style, but not annoyingly so. Possibly slight worry about the limited breadth of authorship and reference sources and the suspiciously un-Irish list of contributors and researchers (why?). It also leaves out quite a few important subjects and events. As long as one accepts that all history is relative and subjective and you apply the normal cautions and caveats then its a very good book.

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"Celtic myths." - by Kindle Customer
Nice little read. Some interesting points and facts. aMazing how modern religions reused so many old beliefs and turned them into their own.

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"Staggering, fascinating, a magnificent achievement" - by Justin Case (UK)
This isn't the Ladybird Book of Thomas Cromwell. Neither is it a page-turning historical novel, or even just a book to just dip in and out of. So if you're looking for any of those things, save your money.

Many people will have seen the 2015 TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel's novel 'Wolf Hall' and think they're getting that, possibly encouraged by a quote from her on the cover (of the 'Advance Reading Copy' I received at least). I suspect and indeed hope that Professor MacCulloch will sell a fair few copies to these folks on that premise.

What this book is is a meticulously researched and, given the relative paucity of some documentary evidence, magnificently detailed history of the life and times of Thomas Cromwell.

When I read a history book, I want to be certain that it contains the latest and most accurate information on the subject, and I haven't been ... full review

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"Five Stars" - by Mrs. A. M. Cope (Devon)
a perfect antidote to coming home from a perfect holiday in ireland

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"This was an absolutely incredible insight on the dangers the ..." - by Jack Ramsay
This was an absolutely incredible insight on the dangers the RUC experienced in trying to keep a semblance of normality and prevention of terrorist activities in Northern Ireland. Should be required reading for all N.I. politicians.

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"Folk History Book" - by Adam Amos
I bought this as a present for a family member who loves folk music and has an Irish heritage. They have since told me they loved the read and it is an excellent book.