Title A HISTORY OF BRITAIN: AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD? 3000 BC - AD 1603.
Publisher BBC, London, 2000;
Seller ID 22757
416 pp, small 4to (10" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0563384972 Colour and b&w illustrations. Volume 1 of 2, published to accompany the BBC program. "Change - sometimes gentle and subtle, sometimes shocking and violent - is the dynamic of Schama's unapologetically personal and grippingly written history, especially the changes that wash over custom and habit, transforming our loyalties. At the heart of his history lie questions of compelling importance for Britain's future as well a s its past: What makes or breaks a nation? To whom do we give our allegiance and why? And where do the boundaries of our community lie - in our hearth and home, our village or city, tribe or faith? What is Britain - one country or many, o n e c u l t ure or several? Has British history unfolded 'at the edge of the world' or right in the heart of it? All these themes are delivered to the reader in the stories which Schama loves to tell, and in a form that is at once traditional a nd e xc i ti ng ly f resh. The great and the wicked are here - Becket and Thomas Cromwell, Robert the Bruce and Anne Boleyn - but so are countless more ordinary lives: an Irish monk waiting for the plague to kill him in his cell at Kilkenny; a sm all bo y r un nin g t hro ugh the streets of London to catch a glimpse of Elizabeth I. They are all caught on the rich and teeming canvas on which Schama paints his brilliant portrait of the life of the British people: 'for in the end, history, e spec iall y Br iti sh h isto ry w ith its succession of thrilling illuminations, should be, as all her most accomplished narrators have promised, not just instruction but pleasure." Small faint soiling mark on rear board, slight wrinkling at top of spin e. D ust j acke t has mino r rub bing , wrinkling at top of spine and along parts of top edge. Very Good+/Very Good