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A History of Britain

Simon Schama

ISBN 10: 0786867639 / ISBN 13: 9780786867639
Published by Hyperion, New York, NY, 2000
Condition: As New Hardcover
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A History of Britain by Simon Schama. Published by Hyperion, New York, NY, 2000. 1st Edition. Hardbound, Paper DJ. Size 4to. Condition: Mint in DJ. Book never opened, wrapped in original plastic. No Pg Count. ISBN 0786867639. At the Edge of the World? 3500 B.C. - 1603 A.D. Description text copyright 2001 BooksForComfort. Item ID 3467. Bookseller Inventory # 3467

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Title: A History of Britain

Publisher: Hyperion, New York, NY

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardback

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Edition: 1st edition.

Book Type: book

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The epic history of Britain from the landmark book and monumental, 14-part television series airing on the History channel

Simon Schama, one the most celebrated historians of our day, brings the history of Britain to dramatic life in this landmark work. Schama reanimates historical figures and events, and draws them skillfully into a powerful and profound narrative that combines passion and scholarship with a superb sense of storytelling.

At the Edge of the World, the first volume of Schama’s monumental work, moves from the birth of civilization to the Norman Conquest. It spans the religious wars and turbulence of the Middle Ages, the outbreak of the Black Plague, the reign of Edward I, the intrigues of the Tudors, and the clash between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots.

Review:

What do you get when you combine the resources and ethos of the BBC with the literary panache of one of the world's best narrative historians? The answer is Simon Schama's A History of Britain, the first volume of which accompanies the BBC-History Channel series of the same name. In a beautifully written and thoughtfully crafted book, studded with striking portraits, pictures, and maps, Schama, the bestselling author of books on European cultural history such as The Embarrassment of Riches and Citizens, as well as 1999's Rembrandt's Eyes, has managed to be both conventional and provocative.

He tells the official version of Britain's island story--from Roman Britain, through the Norman conquest, the struggles of the Henrys and Richards with their barons and clerics, Edward I and the subjugation of Wales, King Death (the plague), and on to the Henrician reformation, before closing with the remarkable reign of the virgin queen, Elizabeth I. But, while sticking to a script familiar to anyone who sat up and listened in history lessons at school, Schama brings it all alive, with memorable prose--Simon de Montfort's rebel parliament is described as inaugurating the "union between patriotism and insubordination"; with Henry VIII, Schama says, "you could practically smell the testosterone." And with fine sensitivity, too, particularly on the symbolism of buildings, memorials, language, and ceremonies, and on the complex relations between England and her Celtic and Catholic neighbors. If history must have gloss, then let it be written and presented like this. --Miles Taylor, Amazon.co.uk

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