A very good overview of the Queensland political landscape from a non LNP point of view. Full of the authors personal anecdotes and observations thisA very good overview of the Queensland political landscape from a non LNP point of view. Full of the authors personal anecdotes and observations this is a breezy and lively read and an antidote to the abysmal and self serving nonsense recently served up by the gone and not missed Campbell Newman. ...more
This is an exceptional book. Very academic in tone so for those readers that have a deep interest in pre Conquest England. Not recommended to those thThis is an exceptional book. Very academic in tone so for those readers that have a deep interest in pre Conquest England. Not recommended to those that are after popular history.
The author has delved into every source available to give a thorough coverage of Æthelstan and his reign. No stone has been left unturned to cover areas from his early life, an area very bereft of information through to his modern legacy.
There are 8 chapters and an epilogue covering debates as to Æthelstan place in English history, coverage of his family, his role in the church, his kingdom and wars. The epilogue made wonderful reading on his initial popular memory to the disappearance of such as time went by.
On finishing this book I looked at 2 popular history's of England that I have at hand, Seaman's A New History of England from 1981 and the recent Foundation by Ackroyd. Seaman makes reference to Æthelstan on page 22 calling him "one of the most successful Kings" based on his overlordship of other British kings via the Battle of Brunanburh. This is covered by all of a scant paragraph. Æthelstan receives a short mention in relation to laws on page 38. Ackroyd does better with coverage from page 69 to 72. Ackroyd says that Æthelstan was "revered for centuries" and covers the meaning of his name, Noble Stone, his lineage through to the precedents he set as to lordship and landownership. Considering the scope of Foundation Ackroyd seemingly does a fine job considering the limitations of his subject.
With that I came away considering that Sarah Foot has produced one of the most important biographies from Anglo Saxon England. My 2 popular histories are fairly scant on the subject but do both make mention of Æthelstan's importance to English history. This is why this book by Sarah Foot is of such importance. Her research of the source's is superb, they lack any form hyperbole with interpretation, she makes it abundantly clear as to their limitations and with that brings us up to date with what little information is available. Her footnotes and bibliography are of the highest quality. Highly recommended. ...more
An enjoyable read. Full of plenty of information that had one thinking. The resistance to the obvious decline of the cod by vested interests may haveAn enjoyable read. Full of plenty of information that had one thinking. The resistance to the obvious decline of the cod by vested interests may have parallels in the resistance to changing our use of fossil fuels by the coal industry, as an example. I also have done a bit of online research as to how this wonderful fish has been going now that there has been a moratorium on its fishing. Not as well as I thought it might of sadly.
On a lighter side I enjoyed the recipes that frequent the end of each chapter with plenty more at the end. Anyway I'm hungry and have some Barramundi to devour. ...more
This is the second Dalrymple book I have read in a short space of time. With that I now consider that he is a extraordinarily good writer. He has hadThis is the second Dalrymple book I have read in a short space of time. With that I now consider that he is a extraordinarily good writer. He has had the ability to enthral, enrage and leave me wanting for more with each read. With that I have grabbed a couple more of his tomes and will be looking forward to reading them.
Return Of a King is riveting narrative history. In fact lets just say that in my opinion, narrative history that is as good as it gets. There is no need to tell the story here, as many have covered it on Goodreads. All I need to say is that the man tells the story of his extensive research in a way that will appeal to both the professional historian and the lay reader such as myself who has an interest in the Great Game.
As to the story told he has used his footnotes from newly found sources brilliantly and has an extensive bibliography that could only leave any one who is looking to learn more on this subject salivating.
I can hardly complain. A battered copy for few cents in a 2nd hand book shop but it was along haul. Diplomatic history written for those studying diplI can hardly complain. A battered copy for few cents in a 2nd hand book shop but it was along haul. Diplomatic history written for those studying diplomacy? I have read plenty of dry and dense history and some I thought was very good indeed but this just seemed to be page after page of dense stream of consciousness prose. I learnt a bit hence 2 stars but I have one more by the author and may give it a while before I get into it. ...more