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  • #15523

    oiseaugrande
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    Ok, so after googling 150 different variations of “best books on english history”, and going through list after list, I would love some advice on what to be reading! I just finished “How the Irish Saved Civilization” and “Lost to the West”, both of which are great examples of what I'd love to be reading with respect to British history. Something lighter, that deals with the material chronologically is definitely what I'm looking for; i.e. would love to avoid a book that dissects only one aspect of british history.And, I'm sorry Jamie, but it's gotta be available on kindle, which counts out Winston Churchill's history (and I think the Oxford History).  >:(Thanks for the advice!

  • #17830

    Nightenbelle
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    Its a classic, so you may have read it already, but I have been pushing my way through The Six Wives of Henry VIII for a while now. I'm quite enjoying it.

  • #17831

    Barry
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    Actually, I also recently read the Six Wives, and enjoyed it too, so I would second that suggestion.

  • #17832

    Sark
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    I also liked Six Wives.  If you liked that you might like She-Wolves by Helen Castor. 

  • #17833

    anonymous
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    Ok, so after googling 150 different variations of "best books on english history", and going through list after list, I would love some advice on what to be reading! I just finished "How the Irish Saved Civilization" and "Lost to the West", both of which are great examples of what I'd love to be reading with respect to British history. Something lighter, that deals with the material chronologically is definitely what I'm looking for; i.e. would love to avoid a book that dissects only one aspect of british history.And, I'm sorry Jamie, but it's gotta be available on kindle, which counts out Winston Churchill's history (and I think the Oxford History).  >:(Thanks for the advice!

    I just recently download all 4 volumes of WSC's History of the English Speaking Peoples from Amazon on my Kindle - a great read, particularity for both the great use of language and the broad summary of the complete history of Britain.

  • #17834

    anonymous
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    Try the series “A Brief History of Britain” It starts with 1066 by Nicholas Vincent and the whole series is in Kindle format. Each era is by a different  author and gives you a good overview.Also try Ian Mortimer's "A Time Travelers Guide to Medieval England" if you want something light but very well researched.She Wolves by Helen Castor is fascinating.The year 1000 by Robert Lacey is also a light but interesting read. I also liked his tales from English History which is a huge set of short stories from key points in history. I could go on and on...

  • #17835

    Jamie
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    Helen Castor's books are great and are available on Kindle.  :)  I wish I had better advice for you but almost all of the books I can think of are either non-kindle, or very much NOT light. 

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