A Short History of England by Simon Jenkins
The Glorious Story of a Rowdy Nation

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The heroes and villains, triumphs and disasters of English history are instantly familiar—-from the Norman Conquest to Henry VIII, Queen Victoria to the two world wars. But to understand their full sig­nificance we need to know the whole story.

 

A Short History of England sheds new light on all the key individuals and events in English histo­ry by bringing them together in an enlightening account of the country’s birth, rise to global promi­nence, and then partial eclipse. Written with flair and authority by Guardian columnist and London Times former editor Simon Jenkins, this is the definitive narrative of how today’s England came to be. Concise but comprehensive, with more than a hundred color illustrations, this beautiful single-volume history will be the standard work for years to come.

 

 

About Simon Jenkins

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Simon Jenkins is the author of the international bestsellers England's Thousand Best Churches and England's Thousand Best Houses, the former editor of The Times and Evening Standard and a columnist for the Guardian. He is chairman of the National Trust.
 
Published November 22, 2011 by PublicAffairs. 336 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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In a slim volume, Jenkins (Thatcher and Sons, 2006, etc.) summarizes England's past.

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A fresh treatment of an old subject by the British journalist and Chairman of the National Trust, Jenkins' (England's Thousand Best Houses) conclusion provides a standpoint from which to evaluate the

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A fresh treatment of an old subject by the British journalist and Chairman of the National Trust, Jenkins' (England's Thousand Best Houses) conclusion provides a standpoint from which to evaluate the whole work, where he writes: "England is losing the will to govern the non-English peoples beyond...

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The Independent

Profile Books £9.99 A good old traditional kings-and-queens canter through English history, from the withdrawal of the Romans in 410, to the election of the coalition in 2010.

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If you've studied history extensively then it's probably not the book for you, but for those of us with a more sketchy knowledge it's the Polyfilla of the history world.

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