The Birth of Britain

The Birth of Britain A vibrant account of the people who shaped Britain s early history The Birth of Britain is the first of Churchill s popular and accessible four volume A History of the English Speaking Peoples Here

  • Title: The Birth of Britain
  • Author: Winston S. Churchill
  • ISBN: 9780795330421
  • Page: 165
  • Format: ebook
  • A vibrant account of the people who shaped Britain s early history, The Birth of Britain is the first of Churchill s popular and accessible four volume A History of the English Speaking Peoples Here, Churchill guides the reader through the establishment of the constitutional monarchy, the parliamentary system, and the people who played lead roles in creating democracy inA vibrant account of the people who shaped Britain s early history, The Birth of Britain is the first of Churchill s popular and accessible four volume A History of the English Speaking Peoples Here, Churchill guides the reader through the establishment of the constitutional monarchy, the parliamentary system, and the people who played lead roles in creating democracy in England.Based on the research of modern historians as well as a wealth of primary source material, this history was respected by scholars as well as the public in its day a testament both to its integrity as a work of historical nonfiction and its accessibility to laypeople Churchill used primary sources to masterful effect in this work quoting directly from ancient and medieval documents to provide valuable insights into the characters of many ancient and medieval figures who played a lead role in early British history.

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    1. Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, FRS, PC Can was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, and again from 1951 to 1955 A noted statesman, orator and strategist, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army A prolific author, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for his own historical writings, for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values Out of respect for the well known American author, Winston Churchill, Winston S Churchill offered to use his middle initial in any works that he authored.

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    1. I originally picked this book up because I read that Churchill was inspired by Gibbon, whose Decline and Fall is one of the most amazing works I ve ever read I have to say that, so far this the first volume I can definitely see a similarity between the two works, both in terms of the history itself and the writing style.I can also see how Churchill received a Nobel Prize in literature Like Gibbon, Churchill s prose, while always engaging and expansive becomes, when he reaches a subject or a mome [...]

    2. Churchill could really write The sentences roll on, and the pages, tiny print and all, also roll on by This is the first volume of a four volume history of the English Speaking, and it covers the misty and mysterious beginnings of Britannia about 55 years before Christ , up through Richard III looking for his horse at the battle of Bosworth Actually, that Shakespearean detail is not in Churchill s account of the battle In his introduction, Churchill cautions that his history is not to be viewed [...]

    3. A HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH SPEAKING PEOPLES Volume 1 The Birth of Britain 1956 this ed 2003, The Folio Society Sir Winston Churchill I first read this volume of the four volume history when I first joined the Book of the Month Club in 1960 It was a freebie for joining Back then, I was really ambitious and read all four volumes straight through Now, I plan to only read this volume to remind me of the taste of Sir Winston s prose In all, it s a basic work that should be on every history buffs shelf [...]

    4. For a glimpse into Britain s past, I recently selected A History of the English Speaking Peoples The Birth of Britain This book, the first in a series of four, comes from the pen of Winston Churchill Authored intermittently during periods of relative inactivity, before and after World War II, this first volume offers a chronologically sequenced history of the British Isles Most of the text summarizes the reigns of the known British rulers prior to the Norman Conquest and expansively retells the [...]

    5. Normally I am all pissy about nonfiction, because the prose is watery and or in bad taste, and the content density is low and or obscured by the stupid author s stupid agenda Fiction mainly pisses me off when the author can actually write, and then decides to write endlessly about his sexual dysfunction, D H LAWRENCE This is probably because I choose to read nonfiction by alive people, instead of awesome people from the greatest generation, who are awesome and not stupid, and love their subject [...]

    6. This is sweeping national history told with verve and dash It is as much an insight into Churchill as it is into Britain s past One forgets that this inspiring orator, proud statesman and defender of the realm was also a great writer who spent the alone years before World War II drafting this history of the English speaking peoples Churchill s Latinate prose recalls Gibbon, but his own striking personality shines through in passage after passage The Second World War may be his most important wor [...]

    7. 4.0 stars.In reference to the period of the Roman invasion to Britain and the following invasions of saxxons, vikings and normans up to the end of 12th century, I have been looking for trustworthy and summarized information about this period.So far, I have read confusing and contradicting informati n.W Churchil was an acute politician and a formidable strategist in warfares and I thought he might be a reliable source of information and facts.Reading this book, certainly clarified many misinforma [...]

    8. I was reluctant to begin this one for which I now feel foolish In my mind, Churchill is so strongly associated with World War II, that though I know he was a historian, I imagined his historical prose would sound like the radio broadcast addresses he made to rally the nation of Britain during the war I know, I m really silly This book is a masterpiece of narrative history Churchill is comprehensive in his coverage, easy to read and generous with interesting details and connections.This volume is [...]

    9. This is a beautifully written popular history of England from Roman times to the end of the end of the War of the Roses The last half of the book is pretty much all about court intrigue and problems of royal succession The primary value of the book is Churchill s explanation of English character based on various historical trends For example, English political behaviors and love of liberty can be traced to a landed class of Danish warriors that settled most the country in the 9th Century.

    10. printed 1956Narrated by Christian Rodska 2006 17 hours.Read at least book one in College I will remember when I finish the audio versions of what I originally read My favorite Professor who had such wonderful courses as Rebels, Robbers and Rogues His best courses were summer and winter break, Since I didn t have anywhere to go, it was always easier to stay at school, and got to take all of his fun courses One of those was a history of England based on these writings.

    11. The life of a history book is a strange thing written with the sensibilities of their own age, they may flourish in their time only to be overtaken by changes of outlook, or by research which overturns the facts they purport as truth The pedestrian works will then themselves become part of history, whilst those whose other qualities recommend them become classics read for entertainment than education.The life of Churchill s books are curious even by those standards coloured by the history of t [...]

    12. As with all history, there were bits of this that were fascinating and so well told And there were bits that, for me at least, became too bogged down in details and lost my interest.But the parts that were interesting and well told were extraordinary, insightful, and almost lyrical.Some Favorite Quotes it is the primary right of men to die and kill for the land they live inWe walk with shorter paces, but on firmer footholds.It is all true, or it ought to be and and better besides.Art and cultur [...]

    13. One of the greatest history books ever The books is written by a person who clearly understands the historical events and people behind them, with all their qualities of character, mind and soul It s also not a coinsidence, that George R.R Martin is using it to write his Game of Thrones The chapter about the War of The Roses is written like a movie script with lots of verbs and characters and very little discription which is a proof of just how personal Churchil takes the whole book.Once I start [...]

    14. Long and tedious reading, yet undoubtedly as accurate as is possible considering the time span.Churchill is thorough and insightful as a student of history He explains the true nature of the wars made famous and romanticised in English literature No wonder Churchill had such a hard time getting the British Parliament to take his warnings seriously about the rise of Nazis Churchill was too bluntly honest to soften what he recognised as truth.

    15. The book begins in the mist of legends and tells the very detailed history of just exactly who the British people descend from in the scope of what invading force landed on the island, what outside rule they lived under, and how these invasions became settled landowners, farmers, townspeople, and nobility This first book in a set of four naturally tells the many stories of the leaders of the island nation, beginning with Alfred the Great, and going through Richard III The reader learns the chang [...]

    16. A detailed and enjoyable history covering a period from the time of Julius Caesar in 55 BC to the accession of the Tudors to the throne in 1485 Churchill s style and prose has been commented on and acclaimed many times, so I don t need to elaborate on it again Suffice it to close with the following quote, proved timeless by current events A modern dictator with the resources of science at his disposal can easily lead the public on from day to day, destroying all persistency of thought and aim, s [...]

    17. It is both magnificent and breath taking This is an even paced and yet sweeping narrative of the formative years in Britain, up to the death of Richard III One does not need an extensive knowledge of Britain s history to understand or enjoy this book However, having read all of Bernard Cornwell s Saxon Series, seen all of Shakespeare s plays, and taken guided tours all over the British Isles means that The Birth of Britain for me is a comprehensive yet concise explanation of that history This bo [...]

    18. I was not sure what to expect with this, but I really enjoyed this book Churchill writes descriptively, clearly, and with unique personality The historical stories were well told, and he took a time period that could be a bit dry at least for me and made it interesting There were a few times when there were a few too many names for me to follow medieval England is not a strong area in terms of my history knowledge but it helped me learn a great deal Highly recommended and I am looking forward to [...]

    19. A great read Covering the time period up to 1500, Churchill chronicles the beginning of Great Britain in this first of four volumes Grand and majestic sentences plus great insights into human nature highlight this tale of intrigue, ambition, jealousy, tragedy, and carnage, as slow step by slow step a unified nation state evolves

    20. Esperaba algo diferente, el libro en muy buena parte se trata de historiograf a, el primo mato al rey que era el sobrinoEsperaba la visi n de un estadista y es casi una leccion de genealogia real britanica

    21. I couldn t imagine what it would be like to have a political leader like Churchill who could masterfully lead a nation in war and write such an epic history.

    22. I d forgotten what a gifted author Winston Churchill was I found this to be a very enjoyable and very readable overview of the history of England Now on to the next volumes

    23. Very satisfying and engagingly written A must read for every American who wants to understand the roots of our nation.

    24. What can I say that hasn t been said Accessible, thrilling, and comprehensive Sir Winston sets the standard for modern history writing.

    25. History shall treat me well, for I intend to write it WSCNo matter who the writer, and no his politics, nationality, philosophy, etc it would take an excellent writer with a superior imagination an enemy of freedom or a moron to to treat Churchill as anything but well indeed as one of the Greatest of the Greatest Generation, as anything less than well And to depict his human weaknesses, which make Churchill all the inspirational, indomitable, and indefatigable, and incredible as less than such [...]

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