|Plot Summary of A History of Britain: At The Edge Of The World|
This is the first of several volumes by the sometime art historian (author of books on the French Revolution from the citizens' perspective and on Rembrandt), in connection with a TV series that aired on the BBC and the History Channel in 2000-01. This volume takes Britain from prehistoric times to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603. In size and style, it's a small "coffee table" book, pleasantly written and richly (if not lavishly) illustrated. Schama is especially helpful in providing the larger context for the Norman Invasion, the Magna Carta, the effects of the Plague, and the entire Henry VIII/break with Catholicism/reign of Elizabeth eras.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
A splendid storyteller of a historian, Simon Schama
unfolds the earliest history of Britain through a
wealth of captivating stories of a people. He brilliantly argues the causes for a nation's decline and fall, the reasons for allegiance, the factors that form a community, and examines the concept of Britain as one nation or many.
A splendid view of a nation's early history.
This synopsis report prepared by William Seay
|Chapter Analysis of A History of Britain: At The Edge Of The World|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Kind Of History
Time of history:
- 1000-1600 AD
- 0-1000 AD
History of a people?
Subjects of this Historical Account
Religion? (if plays a major part)
Ethnicity (if plays a major part)
Is the portrayal sympathetic?
- Somewhat sympathetic
Intelligence of subject of
If applicable, liberal/conservative?
- Historian is moderately liberal
Part of a series?
How much gore?
- 2 ()
How fast-paced is the book?
- 2 ()
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Book makes you feel...
- very happy
How much focus on stories of individuals?
- Focuses mostly on history of key players
How much romance?
- 2 ()
Minor characters feature lots of:
- A lot
- Necessary maps provided
Length of book
- 350-400 pages
How much emphasis on small details?
- 1 ()
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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