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Defending the Island: From Caesar to the Armada
In a brilliantly imaginative blend of military, social, and diplomatic history, Norman Longmate retells Britain's island story from the perspective of its defenders in a narrative stretching from the Celtic tribes who fought against Caesar to the great seaborne defence against Philip of Spain's Armada. Solidly researched fact is seasoned with lively, humorous, and occasion ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published January 4th 2001 by Random House UK
(first published January 26th 1989)
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Obtained this book at random from the library. A compact and as full an overview of military campaigns, battles and invasions of the British Isles in the period described in the title. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I know what you are thinking, an enjoyable history book? No such thing. I quite often found myself unable to put it down. But I LOVE history, military especially, but their is an overview of politics and social history, the mix is just right for me. In fact I am going to read it aga ...more
A survey of the various invasions, invasion scares and defensive countermeasures taken through until the Armada, upon which the author spends far too much time (but this no doubt reflects the sources available to him. Nothing much new here. Not as good as the followup. Rated G. 2.5/5