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A Child's History of England

Charles Dickens

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A Child’s History of England first appeared in serial form. Dickens dedicated the book to “My own dear children, whom I hope it may help, bye and bye, to read with interest larger and better books on the same subject”. The history covered the period between 50 BC and 1689, ending with a chapter summarizing events from then until the ascension of Queen Victoria.

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. . .Thomas à Becket knelt before the King, he was obstinate and immovable as to those words about his order.  King Louis of France was weak enough in his veneration for Thomas à Becket and such men, but this was a little too much for him.  He said that à Becket ‘wanted to be greater than the saints and better than St. Peter,’ and rode away from him with the King of England.  His poor French Majesty asked à Becket’s pardon for so doing, however, soon afterwards, and cut a very pitiful figure.

At last, and after a world of trouble, it came to this.  There was another meeting on French ground between King Henry and Thomas à Becket, and it was agreed that Thomas à Becket should be Archbishop of Canterbury, according to the customs of former Archbishops, and that the King should put him in possession of the revenues of that post.  And now, indeed, you might suppose the struggle at an end. . . Read More

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Dickens is usually known as a novelist, but you can forget that here. The book is exactly what it purports to be, except that it has Charles Dickens as the author! True, at times he seems to actually write for a child in this book, but those times are relatively few.
Dickens actually does the whole

Charles Dickens is a judgemental bitch, and I love him for it. You only have to read his novels to know that he was judgemental, and that all his contempt was reserved for those who mistreated the weak. His rants on the evils of poverty, for instance, are many and heartfelt. It is no surprise, then,

ის, რის შესწავლასაც ბრიტანელი მოსწავლეები ალბათ წლებს ანდომებენ, დიკენსმა 600 გვერდზე ნაკლებში ჩაატია. ინგლისის ისტორია უძველესი დროიდან 1688 წლის "სახელოვან რევოლუციამდე" ძალიან მოკლედ აქვს მოთხრობილი, თანაც ისე, რომ როიალისტობას ვერ დავწამებთ (მხოლოდ ოლივერ კრომველის პერიოდს აფასებს შედარებით დადე

I found this book to be thoroughly fascinating! Dickens takes us from the early beginnings of England all the way up to his era, monarchy by monarchy. I doubt if many parents of our day would hand this book to their children; it is full of the violence, hatred, and vengeance of kings against their r

A charming little book. Dickens uses his narrative prowess in telling England's history -- and has his own moralistic, and often entertaining, spin on the people and events therein. The end result reads much like the book of Kings.

An interesting take on the pageant of British history, from King Arthur to the Revolution of 1688. A final chapter glosses over the period up to Victoria's assumption of the throne. Dickens spares no sentiment, and details a plentiful amount of the bloodthirsty, violent, murderous, vengeful and inhu

Review of A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens

My actual edition of this book is part of “The Works of Charles Dickens, with Illustrations, Cleartype Edition, Books, Inc; 1868 (date is questionable)”…I hestitated to turn down corners, but did one or two.
If only history could always be thi

Finished at last! I read this book on and off for the past year +. There were some turgid bits, but I did enjoy it when Dickens sounded off on various things, such as:

Dickens on King Henry the 8th - "The plain truth is, that he was a most intolerable ruffian, a disgrace to human nature, and a blot o

I'd like to meet the child that this is written for--the young William Thackeray? The young William James? The young Trevelyan, most likely. Or Macaulay. I have read in English history for decades, but especially social history--the Canons of 1604 and how they enlighten a reading of Shakespeare's Me

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