The Story of Britain: From the Romans to the Present: A Narrative History

The Story of Britain: From the Romans to the Present: A Narrative History

Rebecca Fraser / Jan 19, 2020

The Story of Britain From the Romans to the Present A Narrative History A sparkling anecdotal account with the pace of an epic about the men and women who created turning points in history Rebecca Fraser s dramatic portrayal of the scientists statesmen explorers soldi

  • Title: The Story of Britain: From the Romans to the Present: A Narrative History
  • Author: Rebecca Fraser
  • ISBN: 9780393060102
  • Page: 420
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A sparkling anecdotal account with the pace of an epic, about the men and women who created turning points in history Rebecca Fraser s dramatic portrayal of the scientists, statesmen, explorers, soldiers, traders, and artists who forged Britain s national institutions is the perfect introduction to British history.Just as much as kings and queens, battles and empire, BritA sparkling anecdotal account with the pace of an epic, about the men and women who created turning points in history Rebecca Fraser s dramatic portrayal of the scientists, statesmen, explorers, soldiers, traders, and artists who forged Britain s national institutions is the perfect introduction to British history.Just as much as kings and queens, battles and empire, Britain s great themes have been the liberty of the individual, the rule of law, and the parliamentary democracy invented to protect them Ever since Caractacus and Boudicca surprised the Romans with the bravery of their resistance, Britain has stood out as the home of freedom From Thomas More to William Wilberforce, from Gladstone to Churchill, Britain s history is studded with heroic figures who have resisted tyranny in all its guises, whether it be the Stuart kings belief in divine right, the institution of slavery, or the ambitions of Napoleon and Hitler.

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    1. This is a very good book. Fraser has a difficult task, covering the history of Britain from the Roman invasion to 2003. She passes with flying colors. This book gives you an excellent overview of British history. You will learn who mattered, what mattered, and why. You will gain an understanding of the British, particularly English, psyche. This book does a good job explaining the evolution of Britain over the years and the various influences on this important nation. It does not cover everythin [...]

    2. This was a very enjoyable experience. I learned so much more history than from my recent reading of THE OXFORD ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF BRITAIN.

    3. "Wait. You're reviewing a history book? Like, a textbook?"Yes, I am. This is not what it seems. "The Story of Britain" is a narrative history, making it far more enthralling than some clunky giant that you had to carry around between classes in high school. Granted, I have an avid interest in history. I always tell people that if I hadn't gone to school to major in English, I would have studied history. But I digress. On to the book.Although I haven't finished it yet (seventy-some percentages fi [...]

    4. First, it's not a history of Britain; it's "A History of England, plus the Scots and Welsh when they complicate life for the English." Second, it's a history of the elites - the kings, cardinals, prime ministers, queens, generals and mistresses, who plan and plot, go to war or choose peace. The plagues, the invention of the printing press, the industrial revolution all get short shrift in this book; history, in the author's telling, depends on the brilliance of a general or the arrogance of a ki [...]

    5. I thought the Story of Britain was a fabulous, comprehensive history, reminding me of what I loved about the study of history as an undergraduate. Though my personal interest is social history, so I didn't always follow or enjoy the political stuff, I liked how Fraser made this book something to everyone. It's a good, intelligent narrative that weaves together little stories about politics, war, social history, religion, the lives of the monarchy, and technology. Nothing is covered so exhaustive [...]

    6. To my great surprise, I simply cannot put this book down. It's an amazing page-turner. Fraser does a superb job of picking the juiciest and most interesting personal stories while also showing the broad arc of British history and the gradual changes in the societies of the various constituent states.For an American who had zero education in British history, this is an excellent place to start. In order to understand our culture, legal system, and national history, one must understand the nation [...]

    7. This book is certainly not an easy or short read. With the ancient history and culture of Britain, the story is vast and rich. However, because of this fact, the reader must be attentive to the many, often complicated details of the past. For this reason, I felt myself losing the ability to attend to those details on a prolonged basis. At times, I felt I was reading a text book from a history course in college. Perhaps the title is misleading. In placing the word "Story" in the title, it led me [...]

    8. I've always love British history and Britain herself, so I'm glad I finally got around to reading a comprehensive history. I knew much of this history already, having read so much of it in individual pieces, but it was great to see it all together in one long timeline. It was a fast read at first, but once it hit more modern times, around World War 1, it really slowed down for me and became less interesting, but that's most likely just because I find modern times relatively uninteresting.

    9. This narrative of the English history was very pleasant to read. The author is very competent in storytelling catching the attention of the reader. I had little notion about the Vikings and Normans invasions of the island and it was enlightening to me. The Roman occupation is really concise and short. Understandable for a work of this span. Very positive to read it and complement with history books if you are interested.

    10. It's pretty readable for a history, but the lack of editing became a major distraction during the course of the book.

    11. I read this tome before visiting England, and it helped a lot. It's written by Antonia Fraser's daughter Rebecca, so it has a good provenance, although that type of genealogy also makes me nervous, given that nepotism isn't always a good indicator of quality.This book hits all the major points and then some. We get chapters on each king, and a nice little summary of each one's personal traits, as well, which was nice. Looking into this history, I was struck by how much certain historical charact [...]

    12. This is a good introduction to British history that ends around 2002. The narrative form allows for easy reading of its 800+ pages. Many historical events are presented in a dramatic fashion, but the book many times appears to ignore different viewpoints or disputed facts for the sake of clarity or narrative flow (I found this out by exploring some events further online - I am no scholar of British history). Unless you have a much a better memory than I do, it is difficult to remember the detail [...]

    13. If someone is looking for a decent introduction to British history in a single volume, I might recommend this book. Often times the book tends to follow a version of history. Events are connected, but don't seem to blend into a well thought out historical narrative. Instead, you get the highlights and that is it. The intricacies of parliamentary democracy are also difficult to follow as the different parties vie for control of Parliament. Although the title indicates that it is a history of Bri [...]

    14. Rebecca Fraser’s history of Britain encapsulates 2000 years in a surprisingly easy to devour 800 pages. Writing this book with her three young daughters in mind, Fraser in sought after an “easy framework . . . to guide the average person through the confusing shoals of disputed facts, to give a broad-brush picture of the past to those not in the van of historical research,” and she has undoubtedly accomplished that in her uniformly engaging, salient and well-paced narrative. I would recomm [...]

    15. For anyone with an interest in British history - this book is a must. It is not one of your dry and uninteresting repetitions of dates etc.Rebecca Fraser's ability to draw you into such an extensive period of history and have the ability to relate the events, with such readable prose is remarkable. Her description of events although brief in some aspects, is thorough and inspires this reader to seek further reading on numerous subjects, periods and characters that are found to be of interest. I [...]

    16. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, reading it mostly before bed at night over the course of about a year and a half. It was a nice end to my day, being both educational and amusing. The author's narrative was usually gripping, but I was surprised that it was more of a political history than anything else. The good part was that social history was interwoven so I never felt too removed from everything going on for people besides the big names. Most interesting was the presentation of the American Re [...]

    17. This book was really good and interesting until perhaps the last 100 pages when Fraser decided that she would abandon all the structured writing she had employed so far and just do an association game. A perfect example is her discussion of the Northern Irish question late 80s begining of 90s of the last century - she begins good, and then just stops in the middle of the action - Thatcher's mentor being blown up at the Commons parking lot. She then talks about everything else under the sun for s [...]

    18. Well, I was only back from Britain for two months before I finished this! Despite the descriptions of some here, I found this to be a rather dense history, and largely lacking in anecdotes. Despite the title, there's not much "Story" here. Accepted for what it is, a political history with a focus on kings, queens, prime ministers, and wars, it's competent and accurate as far as I could tell. There's little about the life of common people and less cultural history or chronicling of achievements. [...]

    19. I really liked this overall. It's a sweeping narrative of the last two millennia of British history, from Boudicca to Blair, and it's written with crisp preciseness and a dash of dry wit. It does not delve as deep as one might hope, but given the sheer scale of the book, that is understandable. However, I did feel that cultural achievements were barely touched on and deserved greater play. And I disagreed with some of her assessments of the Margaret Thatcher era. Still, it was an excellent read [...]

    20. A thorough and enjoyable read covering the history of the major political events and cultural trends of England since the first kings of England (approximately 500 CE). It shows the transition from a nearly omnipotent monarchy to the set of political institutions we see in the UK today - Parliament, the union of England/Wales/Scotland/Northern Ireland, political parties, and a ceremonial monarchy. Sprinkled with narratives, it served as a nice complement to histories of everyday life of the ordi [...]

    21. I picked this up for research purposes, but it proved to offer an engrossing education in British history. Fraser's textbook presentation has just enough drama and personality to keep you turning the pages eagerly. Her decision to divide up Britain's history by dynasty and monarch might be evidence of the odd English obsession with the royals, but it also neatly divides the book into digestible chunks. I put this down once I got to Henry VII, which is as far as my own research needed to go, but [...]

    22. A great synopsis of a large period of time. i especially enjoyed the early years' history. i understand some people's complaints about the book being too monarch centric. i found the latter part of the book too focused on europe rather than britain, but such was british politics. in any case, any complaints were minor and as i am planning an england trip later this fall, the book was a perfect primer/refresher on britain's history.

    23. I enjopyed this work on British History. I have a few British friends who I enjoy taking the piss out of every now and then. I decided to read up on their version of their history. I have to say that I thought this was a little too heavy on the royals at first. But, Rebecca focuses on the power of Britain and the History makers. This is evident in her focus on the PMs & the MPs in the later chapters. Good read a Septic (Yank), I give it two fingers up (the poiner and the middle).

    24. This book is a good intro to British history. Fraser divides the book into chapters based on the ruling monarch. This works well for telling the stories of the colorful kings and queens in the earlier chapters of the book. However, once the monarchs are less important figures the organization of the book suffers somewhat. Still Fraser did an amazing job presenting a concise, readable history, especially given the sheer magnitude of the subject matter.

    25. Enjoyed the read - Fraser has written a great book for anyone who wants an overview of British history. Everyone from the Romans and Vikings through the Tony Blair years. I think what I enjoyed the most was following the history of the Labour Party and the changes it had to make (or accept) as society and the economy changed.

    26. This book appears to be a more reader-friendly type of history, i.e less dry than your typical history book. I've already read the chapter on the Romans and am into the Anglo-Saxons. An good companion volume to the Oxford history.1/9/12 I'm putting this back on my "to-read" shelf for the time being while I focus on a 9-month editing course at the local university.

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