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Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd
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Aug 03, 12

Read in July, 2012

Not a great book, maybe not even "good." But I found it an interesting way to absorb the history of England. It's long and covers several millennia but still skips a few centuries here and there. Unfortunately it assumes you already know the significance of 1066 and a few other important events in English history. It's told as personal stories, following the fictitious families of different classes of people, their rise and fall from prosperity and society. For me it filled in some blanks, put other things in proper sequence and time frame, and helped me understand the English society (no wonder they all fled for the new world). Religion and class (wealth) play a huge roll, bigger than I appreciated before, and this is to the book's credit. I wish I had read it thirty years ago but, of course, it hadn't been written yet. I will probably read other books by Rutherfurd, even if somewhat grudgingly so.
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