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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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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 ...

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Review of The English - Jeremy Paxman

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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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This green and pleasant land?

Advantages: a serious subject dealt with wittily
Disadvantages: not an original idea

...It used to be easy to define the English, they were "polite, unexcitable, reserved, and had hot-water bottles instead of a sex life," so begins Paxman. But then something changed. In this book Paxman asks varous questions about what it means to b ...

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Review of The English - Jeremy Paxman

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