The History of England From Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors

Book - 2012
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The first entry in a six-volume epic traces the birth of England, documenting the region's primeval origins through the death of Henry VII and covering the construction of Stonehenge, the establishment of common law, and the roles of successive invasions.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2012.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781250003614
Branch Call Number: 942 ACK
Characteristics: ix, 486 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 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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