5 thoughts on “Great Tales from English History

  1. Some highlights:

    * Why do so few post-ice-age ancient human remains survive? Some archaeologists say it’s because relatives ate them.

    * The Greek navigator Pytheas “almost certainly sailed around the [British] islands and was the first to describe the shape of Britain as a wonky triangle.”

    * Early feminist hero: King Alfred’s daughter Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians, who built ten walled communities and captured Derby and Leicester from the Vikings. Maybe celebrities will start naming their girl

  2. History is always more interesting when it’s told as a story, and Lacey approaches his topic from exactly that angle. He presents the history of England in a series of short vignettes, each focusing on an individual. Most of these individuals actually existed, but Lacey isn’t afraid to tackle legendary personalities as well, with known facts contrasted against the legends and the impact those legends had.

    Having so recently emerged from reading the latest two volumes of George RR Martin’s Song of

  3. This was a very accessible volume. The book is divided into short stories, chronologically for the most part, about the characters that make history. Legend is treated firmly, but sympathetically, and everywhere that primary sources can be quoted they certainly are.

    I found this book both entertaining and informative. The bibliography in the back was quite extensive, and I was rather happy to see that it included some of the books that I’ve been using for reference.

    I’d recommend this to anyone w

  4. This book has taught be fascinating insights into iconic moments in English history. For example:

    A female warrior queen, Boadicea, fought against the Romans when they came to England. She is rumored to be buried under platform 10 at King’s Cross station, which is why JK Rowling had the Hogwarts Express depart at platform nine and three-quarters.

    Readers can learn the interesting truths behind Lady Godiva, Robin Hood and Richard the Lionheart, all written in funny and fluid prose. A great example

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