Great Tales from English History : Cheddar Man to DNA, Paperback Book

Great Tales from English History : Cheddar Man to DNA Paperback

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From ancient times to the present day, the story of England has been laced with drama, intrigue, courage and passion - a rich and vibrant narrative of heroes and villains, kings and rebels, artists and highwaymen, bishops and scientists. Now, in Great Tales of English History, Robert Lacey captures one hundred of the most pivotal moments: the stories and extraordinary characters who helped shape a nation.

This first volume begins in 7150 BC with the life and death of Cheddar Man and ends in 1381with Wat Tyler and the Peasants' Revolt. We meet the Greek navigator Pytheus, whose description of the Celts as prettanike (the 'painted people') yielded the Latin word Britannici. We witness the Roman victory celebrations of AD 43, where a squadron of elephants were paraded through Colchester. And we visit the New Forest, in 1100, and the mysterious shooting of King William Rufus.

Packed with insight, humour and fascinating detail, Robert Lacey brings the stories that made England brilliantly to life. From Ethelred the Unready to Richard the Lionheart, the Venerable Bede to the Black Prince, this is, quite simply, history as history should be told.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544 pages, Integrated: 35, integrated
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780349117317

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All the tales you thought you knew but described accurately as far as I can tell with useful contexts. This covers the arts to some extent but is a bit light on science and also I think on social developments, politics and the unions. It is inevitably a bit sanitised and we could do with some more chapters on "Sickening stories from Britains past" e.g. the opium wars, the Indian takeover, carving up Africa, however most of the bad stuff was admitted.

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