I mostly liked this book. One problem I had is my lack of knowledge of English history and this book assumes some of that knowledge. Also, it was very dense. I'm glad I read it, because I know more now that I did, but I might have retianed more if there weren't quite so many pages. Two more final minor complaints: I don't know how to pronounce a lot of Scottish place names and a couple of really detailed maps would have been useful.