- File Size: 3154 KB
- Print Length: 181 pages
- Publisher: Endeavour Press (October 4, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 4, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0765X89KF
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
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Seven Kings of England: An inspiring historical account of England's monarchy Kindle Edition
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"The Seven kings of England" was first published in 1955 and his prose is readable and pacey avoiding modern idioms as he takes us elegantly through the great tales that shaped and defined our history. The seven kings we learn about are Alfred the Great, William the Conqueror, Richard I, (the Lion Heart), Edward IV, Charles I, Charles II and William III (William of Orange). Between each biography there is a concise brief history of the intervening years. Although not a trained historian (Trease left Oxford University after a year) he took great pains and prided himself on the historical accuracy that would be found in his historical fiction that ranged from Ancient Greece to his present time of writing.
Despite the concise nature of the biographies they are rich in content and may lead the reader to explore incidents and periods in more depth. For instance there is a newly published book concerning King Charles II's great escape following the Battle of Worcester in 1651 and his hiding in a tree in Boscobel Wood which Trease narrates here. One joy of the book is how close you feel to the action taking place.
This therefore is not only a wonderful introduction to a large slice of English history but a fascinating insight of how history was written sixty years ago and the differences we see today. If you like history I would strongly recommend this.
I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback.