From United Kingdom to U. This is probably because I choose to read nonfiction by alive people, instead of awesome people from the greatest generation, who are awesome and not stupid, and love their subject and write vigorously on it, and who are, in short, Winston Churchill, whom I think I fell in love with between paragraphs three and four. The reader learns the changing relations with France, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. His bulldog personality seemed to personify the British peoples will to survive and triumph over the Nazi threat. I know, I'm really silly. Paper cover has mild edge wear with light rubbing and creasing. With some tanning to spine and edges.
I had respect for Churchilll as a leader; I have even more respect for Churchill as an historian and writer. Shakespeare, whose magic finger touches in succession most of the peaks of English history and lights them with the sunrise so that all can see them standing out above the mountainous disorder, has brought Hubert to our ken. The interruption continued as Churchill bent his literary efforts to his six-volume history, The Second World War, and then his remaining political energies to his second and final premiership from 1951-1955. I'd like to note that this is hardcore history. The Romans are invading Britain, and I'm crying because it's so good. It is very well written and incredibly interesting.
More than once, however, Churchhill comments that the Angevin realm was not a coherent state at all, but a loose collection of several with their own laws. The second personality which emerges from the restless scene is Hubert de Burgh. The man was walking, talking, and thinking History itself. I made them take away a quarter of an inch from the outer margins of the two pages and then add the half-inch so gained to the inner margin. Fifth edition, third impression of 1956 first thus.
De Burgh was the last of the great Justiciars who had wielded plenary and at times almost sovereign power. Churchill writes descriptively, clearly, and with unique personality. This volum I was reluctant to begin this one for which I now feel foolish. This book devours the history of the British Isle from something like 500 b. Despite these factors, however, the books are highly readable and it is easy to believe that had Churchill remained in the wilderness they would have still be as well regarded as, for example, Walter Scott's Tales of a Grandfather.
For example, English political behaviors and love of liberty can be traced to a landed class of Danish warriors that settled most the country in the 9th Century. It's a history of Britain from the era of Roman occupation until the 1500's or so, right before the end of the dark ages. This he carried out not only by counsel, but by paralysing action, and by organising ignominious flight before the enemy when battle seemed otherwise unavoidable. Minor issues present such as mild cracking, inscriptions, inserts, light foxing, tanning and thumb marking. This was to prove no inadequate symbol of his rule. I can also see how Churchill received a Nobel Prize in literature.
About this Item: Cassell, 1966. A rousing account of the early history of Britain, the work describes the great men and women of the past and their impact on the development of the legal and political institutions of the English. Churchill's tales of war are also riveting. Next year Grosseteste died, indomitable to the last against both Papal and royal exactions. Churchill covers a great deal of ground with names and dates and documentary references that might make it dense to readers not used to reading this style of writing. Some light marking and sunning.
The book culminates with the beginning of the Tudor dynasty, after surveying the Normans and several other subsequent English ruling families. He resisted the Papacy in its efforts to draw money at all costs out of England for its large European schemes. The cruel war and anarchy lay only upon the surface; underneath, unformulated and largely unrealised by the hard-pressed actors, coursed all the tides which were to flow in Europe five hundred years later; and almost all the capital decisions which are demanded of the modern world were rife in this medieval society. The historical stories were well told, and he took a time period that could be a bit dry at least for me and made it interesting. He also, in a minor miracle of compression, does a fine job untangling the incredibly complicated War of the Roses.
About this Item: Cassell and Company, 1957. He does include s few maps and genealogies. Volume I was published on 23 April 1956. It was a freebie for joining. In his introduction, Churchill cautions that his history is not to b Churchill could really write. Each tall volume is bound in uniform smooth, deep red cloth with gilt stamped spines and red topstain.