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I guess I shouldn't be surprised that there is little depth in this book as it is called A Brief History of Britain but I was disappointed at how little depth there was.
I find the conquest and then subjugation of the Britons and Anglo Saxons by the Normans fascinating - the way british collective personality seemed to develop at this time, the tenacity of the english language and the development of democratic government is so interesting but its not discussed in much depth which was frustrating.
The Wars of the Roses was dealt with very curtly and again this was disappointing.
I recommend this book as a primer - theres so much more to discover if you scratch the surface - this book really doesn't scratch very deeply at all.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I'm not from England, but for some reason I'm obsessed with English history. Despite all the books I've read on the subject, there were definitely a few issues that left me confused. This series of books has a different author for each, who specialize in that particular time frame, with the same fantastic narrator.
This book starts with William the Conqueror and the Norman invasion at the Battle of Hastings; it ends with Henry Tudor at the Battle of Bosworth Field, where the sketchy Richard III is killed, thus ending the War of the Roses.
Incredibly well-written and well-read! It is a great story and is never dry or boring. If anything, this made me want to read more English history...
Speaking of, I'm starting part two already... It begins with the Tudors and encompasses the religious and political issues of a newer, more modern England.
My highest recommendation for this book and the whole series.
7 of 10 people found this review helpful
I read this book a year ago, yes audible I still read. I thought it was great so I decided to also get the audiobook. It gives an excellent survey of the period. The author is clearly an expert in the period. He is particularly good on the the problem of sources for the period, and that we know far less than we think about the events. He starts the book by saying the reason medieval historians were so good at code breaking in WW2 was they were use to piecing together a story from fragmentary facts. Some of the coverage of different periods is uneven. The Norman conquest and the run up to it is given extensive coverage, but some other periods are skipped over quickly. Religious social and economics factors are also covered, which means the book is covering a lot.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
A very difficult book to work in Audio. Huge number of facts and names to try to absorb. Whilst it was well read the narrator, understandably being a factual book, was unable to put any emotion into it, subsequently it was rather dry. Found myself drifting away whilst listening to it.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful