At the age of 13, where I shouldn't have found the reading remotely interesting. I have three main complaints: Simon Schama can certainly write history in an enjoyable and accessible way. At the age of 13, where I shouldn't have found the reading remotely interesting. (The first episode covers some 4,000 years before that!) In Simon Schamaâs A History of Britain (16 episodes, BBC 2000-2001) the viewer experiences a rich diversity of the passage of human time in the British islands. Littered with unnecessary details. It was a very English history with almost no history of Wales or Scotland save a few military encounters. Simon Schama's "A History of Britain" did not disappoint. Very English focused but thats to be expected, left out some seemingly important events such as Agincourt but, shines a light on the struggles of Elizabeth body natural and body politic in a way that was engaging and exciting. And I just devoured it, in about a week. For the most part, history moves at a deliberate pace, working its changes subtly and incrementally. [Well, it is not as if there are minutely exact parallels, but rough parallels are all over the place. Simon Schama can certainly write history in an enjoyable and accessible way. ".Scharma's answer to this appears to be a loosely defined and slightly nebulous concept of freedom. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. When I found out that Simon Schama's amazing documentary "A History of Britain" is coming out in book form, I jumped at the chance. A History of Britain (Book) : Schama, Simon : Inside these pages lies the bloody epic of liberty, the British Iliad.The second volume of Simon Schamas A History of Britain brings the histories of Britains civil wars -- full of blighted idealism, shocking carnage, and unexpected outcomes -- startlingly to life. Simon Schama explores the forces that tore Britain apart during two centuries of dynamic change - transforming outlooks, allegiances and boundaries. Bringing this vast span of time into a "story" of Britain seems impossible, but this is where Schama earns his spurs in my opinion. A brutally linear and systematic history of the British isles. A brutally linear and systematic history of the British isles. Portraits can provide a fresh perspective on the history of Britain and the identity of its people. Verbose. This was a disappointment. The authors glib tone can by amusing but not always informative. Brilliant and utterly compeÄºling must see, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 September 2017. by Talk Miramax Books, A History of Britain: At the Edge of the World 3000 BC-AD 1603. Professor Schama is exactly the sort of guy I can listen to all day, with his wonderfully eloquent and yet natural narration. In this well-written and thoughtfully crafted survey, Schama, the bestselling author of books on European cultural history such as The Embarrassment of Riches and Citizens, has managed to be both conventional and provocative. In this well-written and thoughtfully crafted survey, Schama, the bestselling author of books on European cultural history such as The Embarrassment of Riches and Citizens, has managed to be both conventional and provocative. He is unashamedly and openly subjective and brings a massively creative and thoughtful analysis. When his parents moved to London he won a scholarship to Haberdashersâ Askeâs School where his two great loves were English and History. These conflicts were fought unsparingly between the nations of the islands - Ireland, England, and Scotland - and between parliament and the crown. I couldn't just skim it. Maybe 3.5. Yet another historian enamoured with the Tudors I fear! many reference books on Great Britian. 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