A History of Britain by Schama Simon
At the Edge of the World? 3500 B.C. - 1603 A.D.

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Simon Schama's magesterial new book encompasses over 1,500 years of Britain's history, from the first Roman invasions to the early seventeenth century, and the extraordinary reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Schama, the author of the highly acclaimed Citizens and The Embarrassment of Riches, is one of the most popular and celebrated historians of our day, and in this magnificent work he brings history to dramatic life with a wealth of stories and vivid, colorful detail, reanimating familiar figures and events and drawing them skillfully into a powerful and compelling narrative. Schama's perspective moves from the birth of civilization to the Norman Conquest; through the religious wars and turbulance of the Middle Ages to the sovereignties of Henry II, Richard I and King John; through the outbreak of the Black Death, which destroyed nearly half of Europe's population, through the reign of Edward I and the growth of national identity in Wales and Scotland, to the intricate conflicts of the Tudors and the clash between Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. Driven by the drama of the stories themselves but exploring at the same time a network of interconnected themes--the formation of a nation state, the cyclical nature of power, the struggles between the oppressors and the oppressed--this is a superbly readable and illuminating account of a great nation, and its extraordinary history.
 

About Schama Simon

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Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University in New York. His award-winning books include The American Future: A History; Rough Crossings; The Power of Art; The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age; Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution; Dead Certainties (Unwarranted Speculations); Landscape and Memory; Rembrandt's Eyes; and the History of Britain trilogy. He has written and presented forty television documentary films for the BBC, PBS, and The History Channel--including the Emmy-winning Power of Art--on subjects that range from John Donne to Tolstoy.
 
Published October 25, 2000 by Talk Miramax Books. 416 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel, Self Help. Non-fiction

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One suspects that Schama harbors a secret desire to be the Venerable Bede, whom he describes as a consummate English story-teller, an artful retailer of wonders, a writer of brilliantly imaginative

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Determined to show that it was Elizabeth who gave coherence to the fledgling idea of Great Britain, Schama brings down the curtain on his performance with a fine flourish: 'By remaining unmarried, she had, in the end, brought about a momentous union: that of Scotland and England, not yet in one k...

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One suspects that Schama harbors a secret desire to be the Venerable Bede, whom he describes as a ""consummate English story-teller, an artful retailer of wonders, a writer of brilliantly imaginative prose."" In earlier works on the French Revolution (Citizens) and the golden age of Holland (The ...

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At least we can say that while Simon Schama, the Man of Brilliance, comes away from this book bruised and limping, at least Simon Schama the outstanding historian still survives."

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