The Story of Britain: A History of the Great Ages: From the Romans to the Present
Every student of English history will enjoy this story, which is delightfully easy to read and remarkable for its insights into the deepest consequences of individual actions.

The Story of Britain is an accessible one-volume history that clearly depict Britain's origins—and explain how the past shaped the nation's current identity. He begins the story of Britain from the very earliest recorded Celtic times, and with this new edition has now brought it up to date via the Blair years and into the present day of Brexit Britain.

A magnificently eloquent volume, the narrative chronicles two thousand years of Britain's history, the triumph of its people, the glory of its culture, and its dramatic influence on other nations of the world, especially the United States. It is a remarkable achievement and, with his passion, enthusiasm and wide-ranging knowledge, Strong is the ideal narrator. The book is ideally suited for everyone who cares about Britain's past.
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The Story of Britain: A History of the Great Ages: From the Romans to the Present
Every student of English history will enjoy this story, which is delightfully easy to read and remarkable for its insights into the deepest consequences of individual actions.

The Story of Britain is an accessible one-volume history that clearly depict Britain's origins—and explain how the past shaped the nation's current identity. He begins the story of Britain from the very earliest recorded Celtic times, and with this new edition has now brought it up to date via the Blair years and into the present day of Brexit Britain.

A magnificently eloquent volume, the narrative chronicles two thousand years of Britain's history, the triumph of its people, the glory of its culture, and its dramatic influence on other nations of the world, especially the United States. It is a remarkable achievement and, with his passion, enthusiasm and wide-ranging knowledge, Strong is the ideal narrator. The book is ideally suited for everyone who cares about Britain's past.
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The Story of Britain: A History of the Great Ages: From the Romans to the Present

The Story of Britain: A History of the Great Ages: From the Romans to the Present

by Roy Strong
The Story of Britain: A History of the Great Ages: From the Romans to the Present

The Story of Britain: A History of the Great Ages: From the Romans to the Present

by Roy Strong

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Every student of English history will enjoy this story, which is delightfully easy to read and remarkable for its insights into the deepest consequences of individual actions.

The Story of Britain is an accessible one-volume history that clearly depict Britain's origins—and explain how the past shaped the nation's current identity. He begins the story of Britain from the very earliest recorded Celtic times, and with this new edition has now brought it up to date via the Blair years and into the present day of Brexit Britain.

A magnificently eloquent volume, the narrative chronicles two thousand years of Britain's history, the triumph of its people, the glory of its culture, and its dramatic influence on other nations of the world, especially the United States. It is a remarkable achievement and, with his passion, enthusiasm and wide-ranging knowledge, Strong is the ideal narrator. The book is ideally suited for everyone who cares about Britain's past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643130132
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 456,942
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Sir Roy Strong was Director of the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum. He is the author of forty books on a wide variety of subjects. He has recently reissued two volumes of his diaries: Splendours and Miseries and Scenes and Apparitions. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2018 edition xiii

Preface to the 1966 edition xv

1 The Island 7

2 Britannia 9

3 Roman Britain 11

4 Darkness and Dawn 17

5 Alfred and the Vikings 25

6 The Kingdom of England 32

7 1066 39

8 The Conquest: Loss and Gain 44

9 The Norman Kings 48

10 The First Plantagenet 56

11 The End of an Empire 62

12 The Gothic Age 68

13 Towards a United Island 76

14 An Incompetent King 82

15 The Hundred Years War 89

16 The Black Death 95

17 The Great Revolt 100

18 The Fate of Richard II 106

19 The Father of English Poetry 112

20 The Victor of Agincourt 118

21 The Wars of the Roses 123

22 Return to Other: Edward IV 128

23 Violent Interlude: Richard III 132

24 William Caxton, Printer 136

25 Return to Order: The Tudors 140

26 Reformation and Revolution 147

27 A Man For All Seasons 157

28 The Turbulent Decade 163

29 A New Identity 172

30 Amada 178

31 Gloriana's England 185

32 Immortal Shakespeare 193

33 An Untrustworthy Dynasty 200

34 The King's Arcadia 208

35 Three Kingdoms in Crisis 216

36 The British Vitruvius 221

37 War 226

38 The World Upside Down 233

39 A Failed Republic 240

40 A Failed Protectorate 245

41 The Search for Stability 252

42 The Unexpected Revolution 262

43 The Birth of a Great Power 270

44 Instability and Change 276

45 From Magic to Science: Isaac Newton 285

46 The Rule of the Elite 292

47 The Richest Country 300

48 The Pursuit of Happiness 310

49 Reason and Enthusiasm 318

50 Paradise Regained: 'Capability' Brown 323

51 Disintegration and Defeat 329

52 World War and the Invention of Britain 338

53 The New Man: William Wilberforce 350

54 Revolution Averted: The Great Reform Bill 356

55 Country into Town: The Industrial Revolution 364

56 Information and Intervention 375

57 The Final Decades of Aristocratic Rule 383

58 The Lady with the Lamp 392

59 Victorian Britain: The Classless Society 398

60 Charles Darwin and the Origin of Species 410

61 Coming to Terms with Democracy 416

62 Ireland Departs 426

63 Pax Britannica 434

64 Splendid Isolation and War 439

65 Two Uncertain Decades 445

66 Alone 457

67 Utopia Comes and Goes 469

68 Consensus and the Mismanagement of Decline 478

69 Empire to Europe 495

70 A New Beginning? 510

71 The Consumer Society 520

72 'New Britain' 528

73 Postscript: Brexit and Bryond 536

Kings and Queens 543

Prime Ministers 558

Picture Credits 562

Index 00

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