A Short History of England
This is the definitive concise account of our remarkable past. Which battle was fought 'For England, Harry and St George'? Who demanded to be painted 'warts and all'? What - and when - was the Battle of the Bulge? In "A Short History of England", bestselling author Simon Jenkins answers all these questions - and many more - as he tells the tumultuous story of a fascinating nation. From the invaders of the dark ages to today's coalition, via the Tudors, the Stuarts and two world wars, Jenkins weaves together a gripping narrative with all the most important and interesting dates in his own inimitable style. Until now there has been no short history of England covering all significant event themes and individuals: this bestselling book, published in association with the National Trust, will be the standard work for years to come.
"'Full of stand-out facts... Absolutely fascinating... I've learnt an awful lot' (Richard Bacon, BBC Radio 2) 'A lucid and handsomely illustrated narrative, from the Saxon dawn of England to the Cameron Government' (The Times) 'A handsome book... full of the good judgements one might hope for from such a sensible and readable commentator, and they alone are worth perusing for pleasure and food for thought... will sell by the truckload as Christmas approaches' (Michael Wood, New Statesman) 'Immediately accessible' (Prospect)"
Simon Jenkins is the author of the bestselling England's Thousand Best Churches and England's Thousand Best Houses, the former editor of The Times and Evening Standard and a columnist for the Guardian. He is also chairman of the National Trust.