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The History of England, Abridged from Hume by the Author of the Abridgement of Mr Gibbon's Roman History, Vol 1 of 2

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The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind. Now fo ...more
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Published May 27th 2010 by Gale Ecco, Print Editions (first published 1754)
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Bill  Kerwin
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 18th-c-brit, history

What can you do once you have completed Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire but still yearn for more? Can any other history survive comparison with its deliberate opinions, its vast scope, its lofty style? Well, it took me twenty years, but I have stumbled upon an answer: you can read Hume's History of England. It ain't the same, my fellow Gibbon lovers, but it's close.

David Hume—of course--is not identical to Edward Gibbon. Hume's sentences, not nearly so stately, possess a sharpn
Steve Gordon
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Such was the idea which the popes then entertained of the English: and nothing can be a stronger proof of the miserable ignorance in which that people were then plunged, than that a man, who sat on the papal throne, and who subsisted by absurdities and nonsense, should think himself entitled to treat them as barbarians." I'm reviewing all six volumes, that's all 3332 pages worth, here -(from the invasion of Caesar to the Glorious Revolution). Hume isn't always the most exciting writer, but ther ...more
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Several years ago, my son-in-law gave me the six-volume history of England by David Hume. I put it on a shelf, admiring how impressive the books looked there. The sheer size of the work was intimidating; starting it seemed like a big commitment. Plus, the fact that it had been written in mid-18th Century was a bit off-putting, as past experience with literature of this period proved the writing style to be a little inaccessible for my taste.

I had occasion about a month ago to pick up Vol. 1 and
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clearly, from Hume's perspective the early Anglo-Saxons were barbarians, the Norman kings of England were pure thugs no better than the popular view today of the Mafia, and the church at Rome was the evil empire. Reading Hume is very entertaining as long as you don't expect anything even remotely like respect for authority or for antiquity. I doubt he received many invitations to social gatherings. I think this could also have an alternative title of, A Curmudgeon Looks at Merrie Olde Englande." ...more
Apr 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-history
One word to desribe it: "incredible." All done without a proper library. Appealed to all for its frankness. No not painting the wart on the King's nose. And why am I the only one to rate this book?
Gary Bradford
Ok in parts, but who is to say that his version of history is true!?
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes! The wonderful thing about reading an old history is that you learn about two periods in one fell swoop: the period described and the period in which it is written. On top of that, I really appreciate Hume's obvious charm and wit and perspective. His treatment of Beckett is interesting and refreshing. I can't help but categorize this with Decline and Fall. The most lasting impression is the value of an eighteenth century perspective, in two senses--first, the clarity. This is Reason, that is ...more
I finally finished this one. I have been reading this one in the background since the beginning of the year. I decided when I was on the elliptical or the bike to read a book to maximize efficiency in my day vice watching the endless, meaningless commentary of our times...also called the news. English history is one of my favorite areas to read about since it covers so many ages. I love the Roman era. I find the Anglo-Saxon invasions interesting although the names kill me. The appearance of the ...more
Geoff Sebesta
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book. It put English and French history into perspective for me, and the chapters on Thomas of Becket and Henry II completely transformed the way I looked at that period. 1150 to 1250 in England is one of the most important places and times that ever were, and I wonder why. So many books, so many plays and movies and important debates and cliches and legal principles come from that time.

I do believe now that Henry did not mean to kill Thomas, or at least was sorry.

In other news, Da
Fraser Wood
Perseverance required

I chose to read this book knowing very little about the history of England during this period. It honestly took me a while to get used to Hume's style and seemingly endless sentences! However, it is worth a read to gain some middle age history knowledge if nothing else.
Feb 19, 2012 marked it as to-read
I was looking for a history of England and found this two-volume digital conversion. At first I thought that the language would be a barrier — it was written in the mid-18th century — but it's actually fairly easy to comprehend.
Michael Schulz
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Not to far into it, but good so far.

Reading this on my new Kindle 3. (free download)

Finished to main stuff, now I'm reading the appendix about British Law.

Done with vol. 1 ready to start vol. 2.
Oct 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2010, history, kindle, uk
Surprising modern style for a book written so long ago, and gave me a good overview of early English history.
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hume's thesis: the Saxon kings were putzes, the Normans were tyrants. There's probably some truth to that.
Jesse Schexnayder
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book did not go to 1688, but rather closed around 1300. Still, if you are interested in the early history of the English isle, this seems to be a good initial resource.
David Donaghe
If you like reading about kings, Dukes and conquest, you'll like this book.
Melisende d'Outremer
Nice book for its age.
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David Hume (/ˈhjuːm/; 7 May 1711 NS (26 April 1711 OS) – 25 August 1776) was a Scottish historian, philosopher, economist, diplomat and essayist known today especially for his radical philosophical empiricism and scepticism.

In light of Hume's central role in the Scottish Enlightenment, and in the history of Western philosophy, Bryan Magee judged him as a philosopher "widely regarded as the greates

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