The complete set of all three paperback volumes of Simon Schama's compelling history of Britain. 'History clings tight but it also kicks loose' writes Simon Schama at the outset of his epic three-volume journey into Britain's past. Disruption as much as persistence is its proper subject. So although the great theme of British history seen from the ...
The complete set of all three paperback volumes of Simon Schama's compelling history of Britain. 'History clings tight but it also kicks loose' writes Simon Schama at the outset of his epic three-volume journey into Britain's past. Disruption as much as persistence is its proper subject. So although the great theme of British history seen from the twentieth century is endurance, it's counterpoint seen from the twenty-first must be alteration. Change - sometimes gentle and subtle sometimes shocking and violent - is the dynamic of Schama's unapologetically personal, grippingly written history, especially the changes that wash over custom and habit, transforming our loyalties. From early England and the Tudors through the British Wars of the 17th century to the rise and fall of the British Empire, award-winning historian Simon Schama illuminates British history through a variety of historical themes and key British characters. Historical figures from Cromwell to George Orwell, Christopher Wren to Churchill are all caught on the rich and teeming canvas on which Schama paints his brilliant portrait of the life of our people. Includes all three volumes in paperback: At the Edge of the World 3000BC-AD1603, The British Wars 1603-1776, The Fate of Empire 1776-2000.
Simon Schama is an excellent teacher. The content of the book is extensive. I have the audiobook, but I wanted to look up how to spell names of places and study back and forth in the book. BUT, as soon as I started using the book, the pages began falling apart. I appears that the pages were glued but not sewn, or something was not done properly. I am an old M.D., so I'm quite familiar with the use of books. I emailed the seller and the publisher weeks ago, but have had no response. What to do?
Publishers Weekly, 2000-09-22 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 Embarrassment of Riches), he perfected his balance: market appeal is never sacrificed to condescension. This new volume is a model of literate elegance, enlivened by good humor and bursts of pugilistic directness: "The Faerie had warts all right," he writes of Elizabeth I. His task is not easy: British national identity is no longer axiomatic. Schama steers away from a Churchillian litany of patriotic glories, and from the revisionist pieties of the Left. In practice, this means, that unlike Landscape and Memory and Dead Certainties, this is not a work of great conceptual boldness. Its strengths lie rather in the detail. From his opening chapter, in which a prehistoric Orkney community is described as a "seaside village," Schama is ever alert to the unexpected. We learn that Hadrian's wall, far from being an impregnable fence, was designed to control the flow of men and goods; that Saint Patrick was not Irish (he was "a Romano-British aristocrat" by birth); and that the Battle of Hastings, at six hours, was one of the longest of battles in medieval history. His book has all the hallmarks that he admires in Bede, his medieval forebear: vigor of language, the capacity to evoke and clear-eyed common sense. (Oct.) market. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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