The definitive concise account of our remarkable past
Which battle was fought'For England, Harry and St George'? Who demanded to be painted'warts and all'? What - and when - was the Battle of the Bulge?InA Short History of England, bestselling author Simon Jenkins answers all these questions - and many more - as he tells the tumultuous story of a fascinating nation. From the invaders of the dark ages to today's coalition, via the Tudors, the Stuarts and two world wars, Jenkins weaves together a gripping narrative with all the most important and interesting dates in his own inimitable style.Until now there has been no short history of England covering all significant events, themes and individuals: this bestselling book, published in association with the National Trust, will be the standard work for years to come.
Simon Jenkins is the author of the bestsellingEngland's Thousand Best ChurchesandEngland's Thousand Best Houses, the former editor ofThe TimesandEvening Standardand a columnist for theGuardian. He is also chairman of the National Trust.
'Full of stand-out facts ... Absolutely fascinating ... I've learnt an awful lot', Richard Bacon, BBC Radio 2
'A lucid and handsomely illustrated narrative, from the Saxon dawn of England to the Cameron Government', The Times
'A handsome book ... full of the good judgements one might hope for from such a sensible and readable commentator, and they alone are worth perusing for pleasure and food for thought ... will sell by the truckload as Christmas approaches', Michael Wood, New Statesman
'Immediately accessible', Prospect
'Dip into a chapter of an evening and let Jenkins sweep you through England's history, painting a vivid picture of this country's green and pleasant land', City AM
'Where Jenkins excels is in his very journalistic approach ... The historical events are joined up, and work as narrative', Time Out
'This is traditional, kings-and-things, great-men history with all its dates and famous quotations in place ... it's jolly good ... Jenkins has a newspaper columnist's aphoristic verve ... judgements are crisp', Spectator