1066 and all that: in his new book Simon Jenkins contrasts “Anglo-Saxon” localism with “Norman” love of big government
A Short History of England by Simon Jenkins (Profile, £25)
Foundation: A History of England Volume 1 by Peter Ackroyd (Macmillan, £25)
Visions of England by Roy Strong (Bodley Head, £17.99)
Is there such a thing as an enduring national character? Most academic historians would probably scoff at the idea of a nation having a distinct personality, surviving down the centuries beneath the changing tides of fashion and technology. Many academics now frown upon national histories, preferring to talk of…
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