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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 ...

JOHNV 14.04.2013 · Read full review
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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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An Introduction to some famous names in history

Advantages: Provides basic information, may inspire further reading
Disadvantages: Lightweight in style, lacking depth

I enjoy history but don’t seem to have time to read lengthy books these days so I thought something from the ‘Quick Reads’ series might be ideal for me. In this book Alison Weir tells the grim and rather sad stories of seven so-called traitors who lost t ...

moistbabe 16.02.2013 · Read full review
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Review of Quick Reads: Traitors Of The Tower - Alison Weir

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Short and snappy with all the facts

Advantages: Short/Snappy but still had all the facts and easy to get in to and learn from
Disadvantages: The start and end were not as good as the other sections

Firstly It was a relief to read this book because of it's very short length as I had been reading some of the longer books by the same author and despite the small size of the book, it has a very good amount of information in it about each "Traitor" that ...

alexcatt97 02.09.2012 · Read full review
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Review of Quick Reads: Traitors Of The Tower - Alison Weir

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Is this book for the chopping block?

Advantages: A good brief history, encourage people to read more
Disadvantages: Too brief, sometimes static writing

Sometimes I’m surprised I manage to sleep at night, that I don’t see ghosties and ghoulies in dark corners, that I can walk down a dark street without constantly looking over my shoulder! The reading material I choose can be seen by some as slightly odd, ...

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Review of Quick Reads: Traitors Of The Tower - Alison Weir

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