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The Making of England 55 B.C. to 1399 (A History of England #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  171 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
For a medium-length general survey of the historical period covered, this book delivers on all fronts! It was used as a textbook at several colleges in the Seventies. It's not outdated.
Paperback, 342 pages
Published March 1st 1988 by D.C. Heath (first published 1966)
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Matthew Dambro
Oct 16, 2016 Matthew Dambro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was actually a rereading for me. I first read this at Saginaw Valley College in 1973. I had just gotten out of the Navy and I was looking for something to believe in after all the death and destruction. I found it in Medieval History. It was far enough away that the recent past did not impinge upon it and it was safe. It helped bury the ghosts that a Hospital Corpsman carries around with him. I went on to grad school at SUNY Binghamton with Dr. Norman Cantor. For a while I supped with the g ...more
Alex Csicsek
Aug 18, 2009 Alex Csicsek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very glad I read this. A straight-forward political, religios, economic, and cultural history of England from Roman times through the end of the High Middle Ages that is accessible, interesting, and easy-to-read.

The authors do an excellent job explaining the importance not only of notable events but also of the even more influential development of trends. Readers walk away with more than enough dates and facts to store away into memory, but the true value is understanding that English history ha
Oct 16, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C. Warren Hollister's account of the history of England to 1399 is probably the most accurate and concise account that I have ever read. His writing style is very simple and he makes absorbing facts and information all the much easier, which is great for a history class textbook.

Most textbooks are very droll and hard to read. They make learning history very difficult and that is one of the main reasons many people claim to hate history. Mostly because they just don't understand it and can't reta
starts with Iberians who apparently evolved from ape-creatures before moving to the peninsula, which at one time was not separated from the islands by the channel. but then the waters came and now you transchannel iberians are screwed. then come the celts, who left their signature all across Europe. then came the bloody romans. then the romans left. then the germans came. then the danes. okay: now this admixture counts as vaguely 'English,' at least in linguistic terms. but then we get Vikings w ...more
This book tells the basic story of England from the Romans to 1399> There is nothing outstanding about this version - it tells the most basic of outline.
James Violand
Jun 30, 2014 James Violand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone.
Shelves: own
My edition is from 1971. Nothing has changed. A very good read. Clearly written history.
H.J. Swinford
Oct 20, 2008 H.J. Swinford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in or wanting to know more about British History
Recommended to H.J. by: Texas Tech University
Wonderfully plain and easy text book on the early history of England. I am taking a British Isles History class that I am thoroughly enjoying. It is wonderful to not have to dread the at-home readings, either. This text is very readable and though not witty or tons of fun (no color pictures or anything) it certainly does the job and does it well. I find the information easy to retain as I read and each book (a 4-volume set from the beginning of recorded history to present) is quite small so divi ...more
Dee W.
Nov 12, 2007 Dee W. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is by far the funniest history book I’ve read in awhile. Aside from the dry text aspect of most history books, this one is full of snarky comments galore! My favorite being, “And this daughter sported the highly original name of Matilda.” Everyone was named Matilda for like 500 years. The other highpoint was that the text made a point of reminding the reader that Henry III was afraid of thunder, and to this day when I think of poor Henry he sounds like the singing Prince out of Monty Python ...more
The classic textbook for medieval English history. While Hollister paints a very thorough and detailed account of medieval English political and institutional history, I did not find it to be a great book to teach from. There is too much time spent on detail and not enough on interpretation. Next time around, I'll be looking for a text that is more accessible for my students.
A decent general history of England from prehistory to 1399. Hollister and his students (8th edition) have some gaps in their coverage and are misleading in other areas (such as the state of Jews in England). The problems are minimal and the book worth having as a general history.
The information is good, the organisation straightforward, and the text highly readable, but it presents a very male-centric view of history and barely touches on major female figures.
Oliver Bateman
Oct 11, 2009 Oliver Bateman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This textbook offers the reader a good overview of English history. The authors infuse their narrative with much recent scholarship on the period.
The Making of England to 1399 (History of England (Houghton Mifflin Company : Eighth Edition), 1.) by C. Warren Hollister (2005)
Jack Coleman
Mar 05, 2011 Jack Coleman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked up at my Library book sale.
I love history and the book proved to be
very readable and informative.
Apr 10, 2015 Ariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great overview of the time period. Will definitely be reading the next volume.
Brittany Petruzzi
Jul 09, 2012 Brittany Petruzzi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, history
A very helpful survey while reading through Bede and Malmesbury.
Emily Carroll
Fantastic for a background on early English history.
Nov 27, 2009 §-- rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in high school and I recall loving it.
Feb 29, 2008 Elynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
For a history book it is very well written.
Dec 12, 2007 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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