A Short History of England, Paperback Book

A Short History of England Paperback

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Which battle was fought 'For England, Harry and St George'?

Who demanded to be painted 'warts and all'? What - and when - was the Battle of the Bulge?In A Short History of England, bestselling author Simon Jenkins answers all these questions - and many more - as he tells the tumultuous story of a fascinating nation.

From the invaders of the dark ages to today's coalition, via the Tudors, the Stuarts and two world wars, Jenkins weaves together a gripping narrative with all the most important and interesting dates in his own inimitable style.

Until now there has been no short history of England covering all significant events, themes and individuals: this bestselling book, published in association with the National Trust, will be the standard work for years to come.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages, Colour plates
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9781846684630

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An excellent brief history of England. Jenkins does not offer any startlingly new interpretation of English history but he does write with his customary lucidity, and uses his journalistic experience to ensure that his story is always engaging.I was particularly impressed with his concise and clear recounting of both the Wars of the Roses and then the English Civil War - he recounts both these campaigns with great clarity, explaining the respective interests and motivations with great verve. He is also very strong on the political vacillations of Churchill's career, and on the whole pantheon of nineteenth century political history.All in all a verye njoyable and informative book.

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An entertaining, idiosyncratic and sometimes infuriatingly opinionated romp through the events, ideas and personalities in English history since the Dark Ages. For me the most interesting things were the asides on how historical events have enriched the language, and inevitably much of the subject matter was already familiar.

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