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A Brief History of Britain 1066 - 1485 Paperback – December 5, 2017
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About the Author
- Paperback : 560 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781845293963
- ISBN-13 : 978-1845293963
- Item Weight : 12.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 1.25 x 7.75 inches
- Publisher : Robinson (December 5, 2017)
- ASIN : 1845293967
- Language: : English
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#3,239,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #25,993 in Great Britain History (Books)
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After working my way through this book, I have a better grasp of the political ambitions that drove the various kings on towards success or failure and a better understanding of the dynamic between England and France that colors some of the Victorian novels I have read. The book also serves to give a survey of conditions of life for the average guy in medieval England, something I am always interested in.
While I am put off by the general depravity of most of the English kings, their age was not our age, so it is perhaps an example of my own hubris to sit in judgement on them. Nevertheless, I think a republican system of government with checks and balances is far superior to one where political questions are settled by swords.
Finally, I suppose the mark of a good book is one that leaves you wanting to know more. This one did that for me, and provides a very helpful annotative bibliography at the end of the book. Lots more to read... now for some time to read it in!
Yes, the book covers over 400 years of history, but the author seems to fail to strike the right balance between depth and breadth. Perhaps it is assumed that the reader has gone through British schooling and is well familiar with much of British history and all the many famous stories. For us Americans, however, we are left out in the cold a bit.
The book does indeed provide a concise history of medieval Britain, but the narrative is not as good as it could have been. Other books in the series seem to be better written.
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Lettura super consigliata prima di visitare i monumenti a Londra, come l'abbazia di Westminster. Si capirà molto di più di quel che si andrà a vedere.