1066 and All That : A Memorable History of England, Paperback Book

1066 and All That : A Memorable History of England Paperback

Part of the A Methuen humour classic series

4.5 out of 5 (6 ratings)


"Canute began by being a Bad King on the advice of his Courtiers, who informed him (owing to a misunderstanding of the Rule Britannia) that the King of England was entitled to sit on the sea without getting wet." 1066 And All That is a book that has itself become part of our history.

The authors made the claim that "All the History you can remember is in the Book" and, for most of us, they were probably right.

But it is their own unique interpretation of events that has made the book a classic; an uproarious satire on textbook history and our confused recollections of it: "The first date in English History is 55 BC, in which year Julius Caesar (the memorable Roman Emperor) landed, like all other successful invaders of these islands, at Thanet.

This was in the Olden Days, when the Romans were top nation on account of their classical education, etc."


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128 pages, illustrations genealogy table, map
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Humour
  • ISBN: 9780413772701



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A hilarious "history" of England. My favourite bit was "After this the Americans made Wittington President and gave up speaking English and became U.S.A. and Columbia and 100%, etc."It's a terrific read. Short, but very very funny.

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A quick, hilarious read for anyone interested in British history. This book is widely cited and referenced by historians, making it an important text for 'serious' students rather than just a bit of humorous fluff.

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Reliably funny and chauvenistic. "The Roman Conquest was, however, a Good Thing, since the Britons were only natives at the time."

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I picked this up in Oxfam a couple of weeks ago. I have read it before, a long time ago, and all I could remember was that the Cavaliers were wrong but romantic, while the Roundheads were right but repulsive.This book contains all the memorable bits of English history, from the time that we were Top Nation; somewhat garbled and full of jokes, puns ("There was in Queen Victoria's reign a famous inventor and poet called Oscar Wilde who wrote very well but behaved very beardsley;") and creative misspellings. This is a very amusing book, which is a Good Thing.

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a satirical look at English history as the average Briton would remember it. Very funny, especially if you have a good grasp on British history and will get the jokes. [Oct. 2009]

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