Crown and Country: A History of England Through the Monarchy
From one of our finest historians comes an outstanding exploration of the British monarchy from the retreat of the Romans up until the modern day. This compendium volume of two earlier books is fully revised and updated.
The monarchy is one of Britain’s longest surviving institutions – as well as one of its most tumultuous and revered. In this masterful book, David Starkey...more
The chances are that if you want to read this book you will have some knowledge on some areas of the history it covers. But equally like ...more
kinda disappointed that starkey basically never mentions the consorts, except for albert of saxe-coburg gotha, who is the main character in victoria's subchapter (is it because he's a man???? we'll never know)
anyway, this book confirmed my love for anne of great britain (why is she so underrated??? someone should totally make a movie/series ...more
This book provides a great summary of the English-turned-British monarchy. Beware that this isn't a history of England per say, rather it focuses intensely on the royal dynasties.
With that said, each time period and reign is uniquely framed with the overarching themes of empire-building, modernity and so on. It's by no means comprehensive (after all, that would deserve several volumes) but it is a succinct read before bedtime.
Molar: Good overview written in a clear and strongly narrative fasion.
Molecular: Sometimes seemed over-simplistic in the handling of some of the people and periods. At other times (I'm thinking mainly the span of James I to James II) we are given loads of detail and the chronology becomes less than linear.
Overall: Great overview for someone like me (American ex-pat living in the UK) who is planning to learn more about th ...more
una vez más tengo que mencionar que me choquea leer el comportamiento medieval de la gente, pero eso es obvio.
en comparación con lo que transmitió el libro de los Romanov, la monarquía inglesa es mucho más ...more
Inevitably, and not necessarily detrimentally, Starkey's subjective views leak through into the book. He makes some early comments a ...more
The author is obviously a fan of the monarchy, and apparently voted for Brexit, so it's worth keeping those two things in mind when reading the last few chapters.
Any man or woman who may one day wear the crown must dream, “What shall I do when I am king?” David Starkey’s nonfiction Crown & Country, ...more
With Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, the burden of try to save space in a history ...more
Personally I most enjoyed and appreciated the se ...more
General Subject/s? - History / Wars of the Roses / Tudors / Stuarts / English Civil War / Georgians ...more
As a non-British person, I found that I had to look up things like Watling Street. I was also suprised (and maybe I shouldn't of been, by the title) of the lack of discussion of things outside England itself. Little mention of Ireland/Northern Ireland. Australia and New Zealand aren't mentioned at all ... su ...more
Each one is discussed with brief insight and historical points of interest and yet it is not dull.
There is a great deal of politics included which sometimes became a bit of a bore (purely because I have little interest in it) but I appreciate the 2 go hand-in-hand and so stuck with it to the end.
Overall I was pleased I chose this book in my local library and would recommend to anyone wanting an insight into the history fr ...more
Lots of interesting snippets and gossipy bits about various royals. I like Starkey's opinionated acerbic style.