- Title: English Rebel,The
- Author: David Horspool
- ISBN: 9780141025476
- Page: 456
- Format: Paperback
From the Peasants Revolt to the suffragettes, from Oliver Cromwell to Arthur Scargill, this book describes a tradition of resistance, rebellion and radicalism, of violent and charismatic individuals with axes to grind, and of social eruptions and political earthquakes that have shaped England s whole culture and character.
Recent Comments "English Rebel,The"
This book had a very interesting subject, but it did not live up to it. In part this was because the history of English rebellion is so vast that you would need dozens of books to cover it. This book was great as an introduction to various instances of rebellion in English history, and would be good as a first step in learning about one or some of the rebellions mentioned.Where it falls short however is trying to cram all events in at once and therefore not covering any of them in nearly the dep [...]
The English Rebel, by David Horspool chronicles Britain's last millennium of rebellion and monarchical overthrows. Somehow Harspool makes exciting history dull and devoid of excitement
A really interesting, if not hugely deep, study that does what the title says. There's a wealth of information here and, to my mind, some running themes that are pretty applicable to what England, and Britain as a whole, has been through over the last couple of years. I wouldn't mind reading an updated version with extra chapters about the last sixteen odd years - I think there is plenty to say about the anti-war marches and the resurgence of English nationalism's ugliness that would be interest [...]
I really like Horspool's idea of the English being troublemakers and that the true history of England is a story of rebellion. And he tells this story really well. The detail of some of the examples is brief but when you are drawing upon a thousand years worth that is unavoidable. If you want to learn more about England's rebels then this is an excellent starting point.
A fun, intelligent and readable historical overview of a millennia of English troublemaking, something it seems we're very good at! Necessarily brief in places, but a recommended volume for those who are interested in the subject but don't necessarily have much historical knowledge
Good premise, but really rushed through the last 3 centuries and being very detailed on the Medieval period.
A good idea on a subject I'm passionate about, but it just didn't grip me and was pretty disappointing in the end. A little heavy going, took me ages to finish.
Excellent. Horspool writes serious history in a completely unstuffy style, showing the rebellions which other histories often leave out or marginalise.
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