By Simon Jenkins
Which conflict was once fought 'For England, Harry and St George'? Who demanded to be painted 'warts and all'? What - and while - used to be the conflict of the Bulge?
In A brief background of England, bestselling writer Simon Jenkins solutions a majority of these questions - and plenty of extra - as he tells the tumultuous tale of a desirable state. From the invaders of the darkish a long time to today's coalition, through the Tudors, the Stuarts and global wars, Jenkins weaves jointly a gripping narrative with the entire most crucial and fascinating dates in his personal inimitable sort.
Until now there was no brief background of britain protecting all major occasions, subject matters and contributors: this bestselling publication, released in organization with the nationwide belief, would be the average paintings for future years.
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