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Comic History of England

Bill Nye

Book Overview: 

Edgar Wilson “Bill” Nye was a distinguished American journalist, who later became widely known as a humorist. This is a recital of the many eventful events which transpired in England from the Druids to Henry VIII.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The Danes had meantime rifled the country with their cross-guns and killed Edmund, the good king of East Anglia, who was afterwards canonized, though gunpowder had not then been invented.

Alfred was not only a godly king, but had a good education, and was a great admirer of Dickens and Thackeray. (This is put in as a titbit for the critic.)

He preferred literature to the plaudits of the nobility and the sedentary life on a big white-oak throne. On the night before his coronation his pillow was wet with tears.

And in the midst of it all here came the Danes wearing heavy woollen clothes and introducing their justly celebrated style of honest sweat.

Alfred fought as many as eight battles with them in one year. They agreed at last to accept such portions of the country as were assigned them, but they were never known to abide by any treaty, and they put the red man of America to shame as p. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The text is amusing and clever. Harold did not merely die at the battle of Hastings, he "abandoned the fight in order to investigate the surprises of a future state."

On William the Conquerer:
"William's death was one of the most attractive features of his reign."

On the common people:
"The commo...more

Besides several obvious historical errors, the purported humor is mainly absent, and the history if England ends during the early reign of Henry VIII due to Bill Nye's death while working on this project.

All history books should be written like this, this is hilarious!

Very funny interpretation of British history from a "modern" (1906) point of view. It had me grinning to myself quite a bit. However, it is necessary to have a pretty good idea of British history to understand the witticisms.

This is a very superficial and silly survey of the history of England from the Roman occupation to the reign of Elizabeth, the last monarch of England before it became the United Kingdom under her nephew James I. While I didn't find it laugh out loud funny, it is full of absurd references, ironic...more

Not the real Bill Nye

The historical, educational content of this book is first class, albeit told in rather brief highlights, mainly concerning monarchs and major battles. The comedic element however is rather wearisome, alternating between weak and mildly snide. The real problem for me, reading the Kindle version, w...more

This 1896 history of Britain, told tongue-in-cheek. 'These early Britons were suitable only as ancestors. Aside from that, they had no good points.' That's typical of the writing. As you read more of the first section you'll probably burst out laughing, it's written so comically.

'The Irish...use...more

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