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A History of Britain: At the Edge of the World, 3500 B.C.-1603 A.D.


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This first installment in the series from celebrated historian Simon Schama was both a colossal undertaking and a smashing success. In it, Schama (The Embarrassment of Riches, Rembrandt's Eyes) concisely lays out the themes and events that shaped Britain from the Roman invasions through the plague to the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Released in conjunction with the History Channel's first seven episodes of the same name, Schama's book enjoyed major success as a companion volume, though his animated prose and keen attention to context and detail make the substantial tome a pleasure in its own right. Lively and informative, this sweeping historical tour seems like a carefree ride with Schama as the guide. Schama has a knack for making long-dead (but no less important) matters come to life. History buffs and casual fans will undoubtedly reach for Volumes II and III. They'll not be disappointed. Malia,

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In this magnificent work, one of the most celebrated historians of our day brings the early history of Britain dramatically to 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. This first in Schama's two-part epic history is timed to coincide with the History Channel's broadcast of the first seven episodes of "The History of Britain" in October 2000.


"[Schama has] a historian's eye for unifying themes and a storyteller's gift for vivid details large and small." – The Wall Street Journal


"History with epic grandeur and glamorous thrills." – Sunday Times, London


Includes bibliographical references (p. 396-406) and index.

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Arden, January 10, 2015 (view all comments by Arden)
Simon Schama tackles an enormous chunk of history in this first part of his three-part History of Britain, but he manages to cover it all in a way that leaves the reader feeling like they've absorbed a lot. My one minor problem with this work is that Schama focuses mainly on the rulers of Great Britain over time. This is completely understandable given the amount of material Schama has to cover, but it occasionally reads more like a history of British rulers rather than a history of Britain. Apart from this one minor issue, I thoroughly enjoyed Schama's work. He has a unique voice that keeps the reader engaged. He injects humor and fascinating little-known facts about British history into his work, and I was pleasantly surprised by how frequently I laughed out loud while reading. Schama's work is an accessible and entertaining introduction to British history.
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Product Details

Schama, Simon
History Channel
Schama, Simon
New York :
Great britain
Europe - Great Britain - General
General History
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Talk Miramax
History of Britain (Talk Miramax)
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
October 2000
Grade Level:
10.08x7.76x1.20 in. 3.09 lbs.

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