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When William came, saw and conquered

Advantages: Penetrating, thoroughly researched account of the conquest, before, and after
Disadvantages: None - except perhaps not a light read

When did the Norman conquest of England start and end? This generous panoramic history takes a wide sweep of almost the whole of the eleventh century in England, although as the title indicates, the focal point is that pivotal date of 1066. The book ...

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Review of The Norman Conquest - Marc Morris

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Old King Coal - From Rags to Riches

Advantages: Packed with detail : a good social history
Disadvantages: Lacks definition. Could be editorially trimmed significantly

This is the first book by Catherine Bailey, a successful and award winning television producer and director with a range of critically acclaimed documentaries to her credit. A meticulously researched work, it traces the history of the Fitzwilliam family, ...

suesie 12.07.2007 · Read full review
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Review of Black Diamonds: the Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty - Catherine Bailey

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Jeremy's starter for ten on who are the English

Advantages: Well-researched, factual, gently irrerevent, thoroughly readable
Disadvantages: None

...As someone who considers himself English but a quarter Scottish, 'and who knows what else further back', Michael Howard’s favourite interviewer is well placed to produce what is basically a new millennium look at the state of the nation (if you're S ...

JOHNV 19.10.2001 · Read full review
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Review of The English - Jeremy Paxman

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Stiff upper lip

Advantages: Interesting and well-written - a different look at all things English
Disadvantages: The maps aren't pink any more ;-)

...How would you define being English? What is the essence of ‘Englishness’? Seems an easy question to tackle, but the more you think about it, the clearer it becomes that England is no longer a nation of tea drinking, cucumber sandwich-eating sh ...

JVL 07.07.2003 · Read full review
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Paxman's people

Advantages: funny and informative, thoroughly researched
Disadvantages: not everyone's cup of tea

...Jeremy Paxman is not to everyone's taste, although I always find his regular battles with Ann Widdecombe on Newsnight very funny. His most recent book, The English, is an excellent read. Paxman examines what it means to be English in the context of the ...

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