A Short History Of England

A Short History Of England G.K Chesterton Was One Of The Towering Figures Of British Literature In The Early Twentieth Century A Man Of Massive Size, Massive Personality, And Massive Appetite, Chesterton Famous Personality, Dress, And Personality Gave Rise To An Eponymous Adjective Chestertonian Although He Is Renowned For The Father Brown Detective Series, Chesterton Also Wrote Volumes Of Nonfiction First Published In 1917, A Short History Of England Is Exactly That, Serving Chesterton S Goal Of Publishing A Popular Book Of History Written From The Standpoint Of A Member Of The Public Filled With Chestertonian Wit, The Fast Moving History Includes Such Gemlike Observations As, Henry VIII Was Almost As Unlucky In His Wives As They Were In Their Husband Of The Great Late Victorian Edwardian Trio Of Wits George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, And Chesterton Himself, It Is Chesterton Whose Body Of Work Writing In An Unassuming Manner, Without Great Pretension May Well Persist For Future Generations Far Longer Than Its Charming, Genial Author Ever Imagined. Having panned a recent short history I sought a good short history I stumbled across G K Chesterton s A Short History of England, which I tried because of previous experience with his writings I was disappointed The book is incorrectly titled It should have been A Short Commentary on the History of England, though at almost 400 pages it s hardly short Second, I found it shared the same faults as A S
This is called a Short History, but it isof a commentary on England s history and ruminations on the concept of Englishness rather than a pure chronology Chesterton takes a rather romaticized view of the absolute monarchy of olden times and naturally gets increasinglypolitical as his history nears his own time period of World War I It s an intriguing look at England written in an engaging style not lacking in humor.A few interesting quotes so far Magna Charta was not a step towa This is called a Short History, but it isof a commentary on England s history and ruminations on the concept of Englishness rather than a pure chronology Chesterton takes a rather romaticized view of the absolute monarchy of olden times and naturally gets increasinglypolitical as his history nears his own time period of World War I It s an intriguing look at England written in an engaging style not lacking in humor.A few interesting quotes so far Magna Charta was not a step towards democracy, but it was a step away from despotism The Henry V of Shakespeare is not indeed the Henry V of histor
The least factual based history book I ve ever read Beautifully written and very poetic story of history and perspective. A short re telling of England s history that you aren t going to find in any textbook Chesterton s unique perspective as a Catholic and as a collectivist are all reflected in his interpretation of everything from the dissolution of the monasteries to the poor laws of the 19th and 20th centuries If there were any modern comparison, you could perhaps imagine Ben Shapiro writing a history of America The basic premise of the book is that England has been robbed by the rich in the form of Protesta A short re telling of England s history that you aren t going to find in any textb
Chesterton s brief history is a secondary source, at best, orlikely even tertiary Either way, it is farthest away from being a primary source narrative as you can get It relies less on historical dates than it does upon historical theory Which is simultaneously its greatest strength and weakness as a piece of historical narrative.Where his ideas do go well are his theories as to the grand sweeping changes that passed over England from Roman times up until the previous turn of the centur Chesterton s brief history is a secondary source, at best, orlikely even tertiary Either way, it is farthest away from being a primary source narrative as you can get It relies less on historical dates than it does upon historical theory Which is simultaneously its greatest strength and weakness as a piece of historical narrative.Where his ideas do go well are his the
I really wish I had time to do this book justice There was definitely a lot I had to look up and a lot that I didn t take the time to and so didn t know the references It is such a slender volume to cover such a length of time for such a famous country imagine just trying to read short histories of all countries What profound group humanity is So I will just tell you the general impression that stood out to me First, let me say that reading books like Iron John by Robert Bly or even Wende I really wish I had time to do this book justice There was definitely a lot I had to look up and a lot tha
As much as I love the works of G K Chesterton, I am forced to admit that A Short History Of England is not one of his best works Chesterton just does not do well onlengthy, sustained polemics It is only when he can break his work down into individual essays, such as in Orthodoxy and Heretics that he shines Perhaps this work is best titled S
I love all things Chesterton And this short history of England was a great overview, highlighting the various periods of English history For someone like me who is not real familiar with the history of England, it was especially interesting I found the sections on Medieval England and the Reformation to be very thought provoking The one drawback to having a limited background of English history was that some of the people Chesterton references were unknowns to me, and
Chesterton assumes you have an intimate knowledge of English history from the Roman world to WWI and proceeds to write in rather sweeping generalizations about the spirit of each age and transitions between Even though I didn t catch every historical refere
Read it for Chesterton s prose, which makes any subject interesting, or for his forays into medieval historiography You won t learn much in the way of history from the book.

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  • Paperback
  • 192 pages
  • A Short History Of England
  • G.K. Chesterton
  • English
  • 06 December 2018
  • 1874037094