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, best-selling 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.
©2011, 2012 Simon Jenkins (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
17th Century Heretic
Whether you know English history or not, this is a fair and pleasant read. Its a very conventional treatment of our history following the usual royal epochs and monarchical themes. But Simon Jenkins is an excellent writer with a flair for amusing and telling detail. So this book does add something new. And if you like the authors spoken voice you will enjoy this book too.
I bought this book on the strength of the subject and the author -I would read a menu if this man published one. The author in my opinion is the wisest man in England. We are not related in any way.
Best concise history of England I have read and I now have a much clearer understanding of my country's long history. The delivery is five star and no hesitation in granting five stars.
A South African lover of classics and non-fiction, living in Lebanon, and eschewing convention.
Yes, it has a wide sweep and offers a good introduction to a vast subject.It is especially useful for a non-Brit, with an interest in history, but with limited access to the panoply of the ages.
Captivating, erudite, engaging
No, I smiled though.
Unfortunately it tends to be a Kings and Queens account, when I really would have liked more on society and the social fabric that constitutes the entities that are today Great Britain.
I was looking forward to hearing this book as I am a big fan of Simon Jenkins's columns. And while it was no mean feat to compress so much into one volume, I found the whole gallop through history unsatisfactory. It was almost like a stone bouncing endlessly across the surface, virtually ignoring the exciting and fascinating stuff just beneath the surface.
And Jenkins's almost unwavering monotone did not help at all!!
The introduction and epilogue were particularly insightful with some very interesting commentary. However, the main bulk of the book, although well written, was in my opinion a little dry. It felt very much at times like a 'history book'. Whilst the narration was good, the book may have benefited from being read a little slower, with more expression.
I want to know everything about history, but nothing seems to stick in my head when I read it. There's something about Jenkins' voice that just works for me.
I mean, I can't remember everything he said. And I'm going to have to listen to it again to tell you authoritatively what the magna Carta is. But the guy can't work miracles - I'm going have to put some more time in.
anyway, highly recommend this
Excellent synopsis of a (very) short history of England. Simon tended to make assumptions and interpretations of events, especially from 1970's onwards, which can be contested, but I enjoyed reading his book and listening to the audio book.
I will read other books by Simon.
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