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“A beautifully written story, a box of delights, a treasure trove: final proof of truth’s superiority over fiction.”—Andrew Roberts
A sparkling anecdotal account with the pace of an epic, about the men and women who created turning points in history. Rebecca Fraser's dramatic portrayal of the scientists, statesmen, explorers, soldiers, traders, and artists who forged Britain's national institutions is the perfect introduction to British history.
Just as much as kings and queens, battles and empire, Britain's great themes have been the liberty of the individual, the rule of law, and the parliamentary democracy invented to protect them. Ever since Caractacus and Boudicca surprised the Romans with the bravery of their resistance, Britain has stood out as the home of freedom. From Thomas More to William Wilberforce, from Gladstone to Churchill, Britain's history is studded with heroic figures who have resisted tyranny in all its guises, whether it be the Stuart kings' belief in divine right, the institution of slavery, or the ambitions of Napoleon and Hitler.
Posted August 7, 2008
The book started off on a great note. It gave a splendid summary of different kings and their reigns. However, Fraser did not keep to this method while talking about the 20th Century. There was something to be desired in her description of modern times. She did not relate WW2 to British history as a whole, as I expected her too. Nor did she say much about Elizabeth II, or anything about Prince Charles' affair. Yet, you can appreciate it for what it is, not what it could be. Fraser gives a great glimpse of British history. With her work you can easily discover what topics to read more in depth about.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 28, 2010
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