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A Rhyming History of Britain: 55 B.C.-A.D. 1966 By James Muirden David Eccles,

  • Title: A Rhyming History of Britain: 55 B.C.-A.D. 1966
  • Author: James Muirden David Eccles
  • ISBN: 9780802776808
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Paperback
  • This cheerful poem has been writtenTo tell the history of Britain For People puzzled by the Past If this means YOU, here s help at last From Celts to Churchill, it relates With all the most Important Dates Our country s 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 FaireThis cheerful poem has been writtenTo tell the history of Britain For People puzzled by the Past If this means YOU, here s help at last From Celts to Churchill, it relates With all the most Important Dates Our country s 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 War s igniting spark .Brought up with the iambic pentameters of Hilaire Belloc s 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.
    A Rhyming History of Britain B C A D This cheerful poem has been writtenTo tell the history of Britain For People puzzled by the Past If this means YOU here s help at last From Celts to Churchill it relates With all the most Important

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    1. The trouble with Muirden s Rhyming HistoryAs I could not help but seeIs that its subject is so broadThat you may find yourself quite bored.Even the best author could not possiblyNarrate two thousand years in complete jollity.The rhymes themselves are not terribleBut some make my rushed ones seem quite credible.Two hundred pages of such simple rhymeHave made my thoughts somewhat unkind When I can truly think that isand give my mental rhymes a miss.And on that note, I must concludeBefore this revi [...]

    2. Delightful The illustrations are wonderfully funny Boudicca parking her chariot outside the houses of Parliament and arguing with a meter maid, the first coin issued by the Bank of England having the motto HA HA LOADSAMONEY 1694 About Elizabeth I Elizabeth could not forgetThe fate her mother Anne had metThrough misplaced trust right from the start,She kept her inmost thoughts apart.Her steadily improving skillIn hiding all her hand, untilShe saw what suits her rivals held,Was virtually unparalle [...]

    3. In college I took a British history class and the teacher would often quote from this book When I found it, I had to get it and am not disapointed I did I find it very humerous It does take longer to read because I like to look things up to understand the history better as I go along and there is ALOT of history crammed into each page.

    4. I chose this book because I thought its rhymes would help me learn British history, but it absolutely did not work There are so many damned royals named Charles, Edward, William, James, or Henry, it s just impossible to keep them and their role in history straight Now, aside from not sticking in my head at all, the book was fine In fact, it was pretty fun to read So good for general fun reading, but probably not for learning retaining info.

    5. If you already know something of the history of Britain it might be fun to read these rhymes but I had been hoping to learn about British History and this book just trots out names of kings and their reigns About half way through I couldn t bear to read it any and briefly skimmed to the end This one is going back to the charity shop.

    6. It takes a few minutes to get into the book, rhyming history that it is Once you do, it is fun And you re stuck with a kind of sing songy rhythm in your head The history seems pretty accurate, and it is a fun way to get through 2021 years of history

    7. If you ever get a chance to pick this upen do so It was written by a Brit so occasionally you need to remember British pronunciation, but I can STILL remember whole pieces of this bookVastly entertaining and educational at the same time.

    8. It is amazing how much history can be crammed into one book I think I need to read it again, and pay attention to the facts instead of the peotry It is easy to get lost in the couplets They are so well written and interesting.

    9. This was a fun book The only downsides were that there is so much history it is hard to grasp it all while letting the rhythm of the poem flow Also, sometimes the rhythm would through me off because it would be consistent and then not But it is a great concept

    10. A fun little book about the history of Britain all told in prose I was actually able to sit and read this for long lengths of time.

    11. Fast, silly, and memorable, it gives you a good overview of British history I d recommend it as prerequisite to Churchill s volumes.

    12. The meter, rhyme, and illustrations are all top notch, but, given my paltry British history knowledge, the names dates etc were too disconnected for me to follow.

    13. A lot of people might wonder why anyone would read a poetic history of England The reason why some do This book is really funny

    14. Fun littleok Would be great as a quirky dinner guest gift Also good for kids studying history, like horrible histories.

    15. For children of all ages in every sense A wide eyed and often wickedly funny dissection of the last thousand years of Britannia, with no frills attached.

    16. A fun little read There s a lot of British history I don t know, and this had made me want to fill the gaps in my knowledge.

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