The Story of Britain from the Norman Conquest to the European Unionby Patrick Dillon, P.J. Lynch (Illustrator)
The history of Britain is a thrilling story of kings and queens, battles and truces, discoveries and inventions, expansion and diplomacy. From William the Conqueror’s arrival in 1066 to the end of the twentieth century, The/b>
Stunningly illustrated by P.J. Lynch, Patrick Dillon’s accessible narrative brings the dramatic history of a nation to life.
The history of Britain is a thrilling story of kings and queens, battles and truces, discoveries and inventions, expansion and diplomacy. From William the Conqueror’s arrival in 1066 to the end of the twentieth century, The Story of Britain celebrates the rich diversity of a people and culture, as well as the events, good and bad, that have shaped Britain — and the world — over the past thousand years. Royals, commoners, warriors, and scientists have all had parts to play, and each of their stories is told here in lively, lucid language appropriate for a young audience. Timelines summarize each era in a quick-view format between each section, while bite-size chapters and full-color plates make this history easy to pick up and hard to put down.
Tricked out with a ribbon, foil highlights on the jacket and portrait galleries at each chapter's head by Ireland's leading illustrator, this handsome package offers British readers an orgy of self-congratulatory historical highlights. These are borne along on a tide of invented epithets (" 'Foreigners!' spat Boudicca"), fictive sound bites ("Down with the Committee of Safety!") and homiletic observations ("By beating Napoléon the British showed how strong they were when they worked together"). Aside from occasional stumbles like the slave trade or the Irish potato famine, Britain's history—from the Magna Carta to the dissolution of the biggest empire "there had ever been"—unfolds as a steady trot toward ever-broader religious toleration, voting rights and personal freedom. American audiences will likely be surprised to see Mary Queen of Scots characterized as "one of the most famous of all monarchs," and the Revolutionary War get scarcely more play than the Charge of the Light Brigade. It makes a grand tale, though, even when strict accuracy sometimes takes a back seat to truthiness.Includes timelines, lists of monarchs and an index but no source lists.(Nonfiction. 11-13)
- Candlewick Press
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- 10 - 15 Years
Meet the Author
Patrick Dillon says, "I first fell in love with history through stories, and, thirty years later, found that they were stories my children loved, too. I wanted to show that what happened in the past happened to real people and to explain how the stories I loved made us who we are today." He lives in London.
P.J. Lynch is one of the most talented illustrators working today. He is a two-time winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal, and three of his books, including The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, have been awarded the Christopher Medal. He lives in Dublin.
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