Glory and B*llocks - The Truth Behind Ten Defining Events in British History

Was the technologically sophisticated longbow responsible for the landmark victory at Agincourt, or was it simply that the English are better in mud When did Queen Elizabeth I learn that the Armada had capitulated before or after she delivered one of history s most inspiring and self serving speeches Why did Wellington meet his Waterloo on his return to London AcclaimWas the technologically sophisticated longbow responsible for the landmark victory at Agincourt, or was it simply that the English are better in mud When did Queen Elizabeth I learn that the Armada had capitulated before or after she delivered one of history s most inspiring and self serving speeches Why did Wellington meet his Waterloo on his return to London Acclaimed author and political reporter Colin Brown travels to the places where history was made to uncover the real story.
Glory and B llocks The Truth Behind Ten Defining Events in British History Was the technologically sophisticated longbow responsible for the landmark victory at Agincourt or was it simply that the English are better in mud When did Queen Elizabeth I learn that the Armada ha

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  1. Colin Brown is a former senior political journalist and his book has all the hallmarks, good and bad, of a current genre - the retired news man wanting to top up his pension and sweat his intellectual assets.The good parts first. Brown writes well and clearly. He has made a real effort to get behind the wheel of history, visiting the sites of central historical events and understands the importance of place.His account of battles are very good (Azincourt and the holding of Hougoumont at Waterloo [...]

  2. Very interesting read if you are a history fan. I certainly learnt a few new things from this book. Strongly recommend this read!.

  3. Ten key moments in British history - Magna Carta (1215), the Battle of Azincourt (1415), the defeat of the Spanish Armada (1588), the Glorious Revolution (1688), the Battle of Waterloo (1815), the abolition of the slave trade (1833), universal suffrage for all women (1928), "Their Finest Hour" (1940), the creation of the NHS (1948), and the Falklands War (1982). Each is fascinating in itself, and like all major historical events, especially where wars are involved, the facts are more complex, an [...]

  4. A well-written, balanced study on 10 of what the British public claimed were the proudest moments in the nation's history. Azincourt, 1940 and The Falklands War are covered without jingoism, and social triumphs such as women's sufferage, the end of the slave trade and the founding of the NHS are all held up as lasting achievements when compared to fleeting military successes.However, this is pop history. Don't expect anything groundbreaking or controversial. It's also very orthodox - so don't ex [...]

  5. This is an entertaining yomp through some of the key points of Britain's history.  They may not be the defining moments I'd have chosen, but several prove the point that history is written by the victor.  Each chapter is a broad overview of one these major events and attempts to separate the facts from the myths and received truths surrounding it.  Well-written and engaging, it's perfect for the armchair historian who doesn't want to get too bogged down in detail. 

  6. A good starting point to begin your investigations into 10 major points of British history.In some places superficial, in others remarkably deep, but in all cases well researched. Full of personal views, but that just allows the reader to then find out for himself or herself what really happened. A must for anyone who wants to look past the shallow high school curriculum of British history.

  7. It was better than I thought it would be. Not too patriotically British, but does attempt to read between the lines of seminal events of British history. The fact that 6 out of 10 events were based around warfare made me wonder whether the perspective would be a bit skewed. A good book for dipping in and out of.

  8. Fascinating stuff. The 10 defining moments of British History broken down and told with majestic realism and spot on research. With each chapter you feel both proud and embarrassed about Britain and it's role it's played in the world. A fantastic read!!

  9. Very entertaining, some passages (about the suffragetes, the blitz, Magna Carta) are better than others (why there is no insight on parlamentary debate on slavery?) but quite good.lobloc/2015/02/04/glory-an ‎

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