978-0-8027-7680-8 / 9780802776808

A Rhyming History of Britain: 55 B.C.-A.D. 1966


Publisher:Walker & Company



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About the book:

This cheerful poem has been written
To tell the history of Britain;
For People puzzled by the Past
If this means YOU, heres help at last!

From Celts to Churchill, it relates
(With all the most Important Dates)
Our countrys convoluted course . . .
Why Richard hollered for a horse;
Why Eleanor was such a catch;
Why no one liked the Spanish Match;
The pros and cons of Laissez Faire;
Smart Georgian ladies underwear;
Why Charles the Second went to plays;
Why Queen Jane reigned for just nine days;
The causes of the Irish trouble;
The bursting of the South Sea Bubble;
That giant glasshouse in Hyde Park;
The First World Wars igniting spark . . .

Brought up with the iambic pentameters of Hilaire Bellocs Cautionary Verses ringing in his ears, James Muirden has written his rhyming history of Britain in an equally simple and entertaining form. Charmingly irreverent, magically humorous yet rigorously accurate, and delightfully illustrated by David Eccles, this is the perfect gift for any Anglophile.

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