©2006 Robert Lacey; (P)2007 W F Howes Ltd
I have read a fair bit of English history, but found Robert Lacey's unique approach compelling reading. Each anecdote or short biography is like the piece of a puzzle, with enough context to satisfy as a stand-alone piece, but enough interest to prompt further reading for those who want more. There are new slants or tidbits to make each story seem fresh, so the book should appeal to anyone new to English history as well as more seasoned readers. Great reading!
I like the way this book is layed out in little tidbits of history. Very interesting - i just wish volume 1 & 2 were available on audible.
History, but in a more personal style, that drops the reader into lives and times that are not necessarily well known, but that shape our world.
"Good... Not Quite Great"
Of the three volumes in this series, I think this is probably the weakest / least coherent. That said, it's still an excellent whirlwind tour of the last three hundred plus years of English (or as the author points out, British) history. The author's narration is, as ever, excellent. Really wish he'd do for Scotland, Ireland and Wales, as he has for England.
"Brilliant overview, great for beginners"
I have listened to the other two volumes and was not disappointed. Very interesting stories, told by the author, make the stories all the more real. excellent for those who perhaps didn't study history at school, but find they have a strong curiosity now. very enjoyable listen. would definitely recommend.
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