A History of Britain : At the Edge of the World? 3000 BC-AD 1603 At the Edge of the World? 3000 BC-AD 1603 v. 1, Paperback

A History of Britain : At the Edge of the World? 3000 BC-AD 1603 At the Edge of the World? 3000 BC-AD 1603 v. 1 Paperback

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Change - sometimes gentle and subtle, sometimes shocking and violent - is the dynamic of Simon Schama's unapologetically personal and grippingly written history of Britain, especially the changes that wash over custom and habit, transforming our loyalties.

What makes or breaks a nation? To whom do we give our allegiance and why? And where do the boundaries of our community lie - in our hearth and home, our village or city, tribe or faith?

What is Britain - one country or many? Has British history unfolded 'at the edge of the world' or right at the heart of it?

Schama delivers these themes in a form that is at once traditional and excitingly fresh.

The great and the wicked are here - Becket and Thomas Cromwell, Robert the Bruce and Anne Boleyn - but so are countless more ordinary lives: an Irish monk waiting for the plague to kill him in his cell at Kilkenny; a small boy running through the streets of London to catch a glimpse of Elizabeth I.

The first in a series, this volume paints a rich and vivid portrait of the life of the British people and their nation.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages, Illustrations (some col.), col. maps, ports. (some col.)
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9781847920126

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