The History of England From Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors

Book - 2012
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One of Britain's most popular and esteemed historians tells the epic story of the birth of England. The first in an extraordinary six-volume history, "Foundation" takes the reader from the primeval forests of England's prehistory to the death, in 1509, of the first Tudor king, Henry VII.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2012, c2011.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781250003614
Characteristics: ix, 486 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 25 cm.


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Jan 20, 2015

Absorbing view of England's "foundations" with a focus on the emergence of public leadership, particularly the monarchy. Plenty of glimpses of everyday life at the peasant level. Ackroyd conveys facts and best of all, shares what he thinks. What I took away from this book is how crooked and greedy leadership can be, and has been, and in some ways is becoming again. The American aversion to government waste, excessive taxes and self-serving leadership probably stems from our English beginnings.


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