A Short History of England: The Glorious Story of a Rowdy

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  1. Mike Clarke Mike Clarke says:

    Simon Jenkins rattles through the history of England in a brisk no nonsense fashion summarising precising determining for all he's worth A writer of a certain generation this was no doubt how he was taught history at his presumably rather good school short sharp and with no room for ambiguity or doubt The style has an utterly familiar ring to it for this is Tory history in essence my country right or wrong the forward march of progress the glorious destiny of the English people all for the best in the best all possible worldsThis is massively nostalgic for me as it's very much the way I was taught history chronologically as though there was an inexorable forward momentum to it and with a focus on the great and not so great kings and other personages through whose lives the story of our nation was told When someone started introducing nambypamby social stuff into the curriculum brilliantly parodied by Craig Brown in 1966 And All That I yawned inexorably I realise of course now I was terribly wrong for all the life of a Victorian scullery maid lacks the excitement of Henry VIII's insatiable shagging around what happened to ordinary people and not just those at the bottom of the heap but near the bottom and a little bit further up from it too make a much bigger contribution than you'd imagine when focusing on the pageant and drama of monarchySetting that aside though this is a solid and readable trot through the kings and ueens and later prime ministers and other politicians who have steered and shaped our country for better or worse As a child I ate up L Du Garden Peach's Ladybird history series most notably the two volume Kings and ueens to the point I can still name each monarch and dates of reigns from William the Conueror 1066 87 to Elizabeth II 1952 and no it's not nerdy thank you but has won the day in than one pub uiz I can tell you Someone then gave me Lady Antonia Fraser's Kings and ueens of England a whopping paperback volume that was of the same but since published by Sceptre it had a lot sex in it Both works essentially boiled the monarchs and reigns down to their most basic constituent parts and like most Tory history provided simple judgements of each William the Con stern but effective William Rufus shady possibly homosexual Henry I just and fair but tragic Edward I hammer of the Scots and therefore a good egg who'd have done well at Eton Edward II weak and sexually deviant Henry VI fat and mad etc Given each monarchprime minister can only be given a handful of pages Jenkins adopts the same approach and it's very much in keeping with its National Trust origins Jenkins is the current chair history presented in an attractively Laura Ashley style with no failings or errors but lots of the messier and inconvenient stuff left outA good read but anyone with than a passing acuaintance with the country's history may want something substantial Perhaps a good event for someone you know who is thinking of immigrating and will face a Home Office citizenship test anytime soon

  2. Fergie Fergie says:

    Having minored in history in college it still surprises me upon reflection that I did not take any courses that focused suarely on England being the self proclaimed Anglophile that I am Most of the books I read at that time and many of the courses I took were about Russian history from Peter Catherine the Great to the last Tsars of Russia I'm the first to admit that American schools fall woefully short when it comes to teaching its students anything outside of the bounds of American history and even then Americans are known to have only a cursory interest and even less of an understanding of the subject My insatiable need to understand world history often makes it a challenge to find a book deserving of my level of interest If written by the wrong hand many nonfiction history books can come across as dry I'm glad to say that Simon Jenkin's Short History of England is just the kind of book to spark any history lover's interest Having already read Rebecca Fraser's The Story of Britain I had a basic understanding of England's vast history but the mere scope of Fraser's Story was daunting as she chose to research and report on deeper intricate history of the British Isles For most of Jenkin's book he discusses the uniue history of England separate from Scotland Wales and Ireland and the British Empire as a whole A Short History of England really begins by overviewing the Roman occupation and continues to the present day The reader will understand the progression from fractious regional rulers right through to Parliament and constitutional monarchy whose roots could be found in King John's acuiescence to the history changing Magna Carta in the thirteenth century In reading England's history the reader will see how England was uniue in its ability to conform transform and ultimately transcend risks that faltered other kingdoms Simon Jenkins A Short History of England will satisfy the curiosity of any one interested in learning about one of the greatest nations on earth Despite it appearing at times to lack in objectivity in fact the book sometimes comes across as a love story to England the reader will forgive the author The pace of the book will keep the reader engaged and reading England's story is a page turner History provided Simon Jenkins with a richly interesting tale and yet his ability to write in such a way as to sustain the reader's interest should be commended He wisely chose not to get bogged down in all the intricate details that sometimes slowed down Rebecca Fraser's The Story of Britain I'm glad I read both books but if a reader is interested in reading both I'd suggest starting with Jenkin's before moving onto the detailed history written by Fraser

  3. Ryan Lally Ryan Lally says:

    Could easily be renamed A short history of English Monarchy and Politics I am reluctant to be too harsh on Jenkins for 'missing' certain elements here as any attempt to give a concise account of a nation's history especially one as elaborate as England is destined to be a truncated one However this seemed to be explicitly England through the lens of politics monarchy and and the ruling class Little to nothing is made of social movements culture art though architecture is touched upon and the thoughts of the people Another curse of the 'A short history of' genre especially one which centers itself around 100's of years of monarchy and parliament is it too easily slips into being a dizzying spate of dates names decrees and titles in parts reading almost like history exam notes In general though for his chosen domain Jenkins gives a very clear distilled account of some of England's defining moments and figures and much like England's history despite intermittent periods of tedium and drudgery there are moments of brilliance and clarity

  4. Natalie Natalie says:

    I enjoyed this book as it gave me insight into historical events that I didn’t know much about Before 1066 but there was a little too much historical and political bias at times and this made me cringe at the author’s refusal to see both sides of the argument

  5. Victor Sonkin Victor Sonkin says:

    It's a concise illustrated brief history of England not Britain since the beginning of times after the Romans left to the present uite up to date considering Some might think it partisan and I'm sure many English people have and will; for a foreigner it's a very solid introduction that imposes some kind of narrative structure and unity on all those scattered snippets of Henry VIII's wives and Churchill's blood and sweat Especially touching is the fact that this is exactly what the author was trying to make clear for himself; I'm sure most nonfiction books are written with this motivation in mind An excellent entry level book

  6. Andrew Robins Andrew Robins says:

    When a book advertises itself as a short history of England and has 280 odd pages to fit everything in one obvious upshot is that certain periods are covered in a brief blizzard of names and places I found this highly confusing and hard to follow in the parts of our history i had absolutely no idea about ie everything pre 1066 and to be honest having only just finished the book I still can't remember that much about that periodWhere I enjoyed the book much was in covering periods in which I had a rough idea of events or subjects i had a sketchy knowledge of If you are looking to improve your knowledge of our history in that way to fill in the gaps between the bits you did at school then this book is really excellentSimon Jenkins is a good writer and subject to the point above re the torrent of names and places which is pretty much unavoidable does an excellent job of conveying a huge amount of information in an informative witty and memorable styleI now know that in the 1730s there was 1 gin house for every 11 dwellings in London That fact alone makes the book worth reading

  7. Fred Forbes Fred Forbes says:

    Wandering the UK on my first ever visit I came across this in a local bookstore Given that I was visiting historical places this seemed a good way to get up to speed with the mother country As the title implies the book is short and sweet But well told Not much left out from a British perspective but from the US definitely No war of 1812for example but plenty of battles of ancient kings One thing that did drive me bonkers was the lack of a map Events were taking place all over the UK and a map would have made things a lot easier to understand It does have an insert section of 16 pages of color photos and illustrations Still got the job done I ended up better informed and have been given a path to follow should I wish to inuire for details on specific incidentsOn a personal note my Mom's folks go back to Edward III son John of Gaunt my Dad's to his brother Lionel of Clarence Makes me my own cousin Dad my uncle etc but what I did not know was the these two were the ones who started the famous War of the Roses and here I had family on both sides and was not aware of it Worth picking the book up just for that

  8. Caleb Caleb says:

    Not the best history book I've read The problem with Jenkins' text is that it functions mostly as a list of names and dates Unlike interesting history books which detail the social political and especially the economic climates that lead to various events this book simply lists the names of kings the dates of battles and occasionally makes a comment on the culture or economy of the time However this is the first book on English history that I've read and while I would have preferred depth this Yankee can appreciate the fascinating history of a country like England through a basic introductory text like this Not recommended for people with familiarity with English history but if you're a complete newbie it's worth a shot

  9. Richard Thomas Richard Thomas says:

    If you wish for a concise well written and learned history of England this will do as well as anything Simon Jenkins does what he says on the packet and writes a short history There are rivals in Peter Ackroyd and Simon Schama but their books are in several volumes and to my mind although good to have and I do rather fall between the stall that Simon Jenkins is in a good single volume history and that occupied by the Oxford histories which cover the same ground in ten or so volumes I might uarrel with some his views but that is what I read a history book to do to have my own ideas and views challenged to make me think through the basis of my memories of what I had learned

  10. Jacob Stelling Jacob Stelling says:

    A brilliant book which uses narrative history to make links between previously isolated periods of history Themes are analysed throughout making it easier to understand social and political change from Roman Britain to the country we see today; to understand how we went from an absolute monarchy to a pluralistic democracy; and to understand what has caused the country to change so much over two thousand years

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