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This Realm of England, Volume 2 (A History of England #2)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  139 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
This text, which is the second volume in the best-selling History of England series, tells how a small and insignificant outpost of the Roman empire evolved into a nation that has produced and disseminated so many significant ideas and institutions. The Eighth Edition incorporates more women's history, while continuing to provide balanced political and economic coverage wi ...more
Paperback, 8th Edition, 419 pages
Published November 2nd 2000 by Cengage Learning (first published 1966)
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Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: History professors, history students, Early Modernists
Recommended to Michael by: Barbara Harris
I used this book as a TA for a class on English history from 1066 to 1690 or so. Obviously, this doesn't cover the earlier portion of that, but for the most part, students didn't seem to need a text for the medieval period as much as they did for the entry into "modernity" with all its attendant complexities. Because this covers the transition, the early chapters do explain some of the concepts necessary for an understanding of medieval history, but it's main thrust begins with the disputation o ...more
May 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Ugh. I assigned this for my British history course on another professor's recommendation and have regretted it from day one. This is not a history of England as much as it is a rather opinionated commentary on English history. I know this history and I find myself somewhat confused by Smith's breezy glossing-over of historical events and trends - I can only imagine how my students felt as they tried to slog through it. If you want to know what happened in English history during the late medieval ...more
Apr 10, 2015 rated it liked it
I felt the writing style of this one was much flashier than the previous one and as a result conveyed half the information in the same amount of pages. I am still giving it three stars because it does cover a good amount and usually showed both sides of the story.
I think this qualifies as a textbook, and is therefore tertiary rather than secondary. that said, i found it a useful guide for an undergraduate course up to the glorious revolution.
James Violand
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students of English history
Shelves: own
A great history for the period. Used during my English History classes in college long ago.
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Lacey Baldwin Smith was an historian and author specializing in 16th century England. He was the author of Henry VIII: The Mask of Royalty and Catherine Howard: A Tudor Tragedy, among other books.

Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Smith taught at Princeton University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northwestern University. He received two Fulbright awards, two National Endowment for the
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