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Our Island Story

Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall

Book Overview: 

Our Island Story was first published in 1905 and became an instant classic. Beginning with the Romans and following the triumphs and foibles of the good, not so good and the downright despicable figures of history; we are treated to a dazzling montage of kings, queens, barons, knights, explorers, movers and shakers that have played a key role in the history of England. Marshall freely mixes folk tale with historical fact and in so doing paints a very vivid picture of the past in a style reminiscent of all that is finest in the children’s story telling tradition.This is the first section of that work and will carry you from the time when Tacitus first sang the praises of Britannica to his Roman readers up to the vicious and bloodthirsty confusion that is the War of the Roses

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Community Reviews

Have not technically finished this book since we are using it as a reading textbook in our study of British History that will take most of the school year. I thought it deserved a write up, regardless, owing that we have enjoyed it so much only a month into the school year. This book is an amazin...more

A lovely, read aloud, big-picture, history of England that has aged rather well. There are some passages where I notice the Eurocentric nature of Ms. Marshall's world, and others where our knowledge of what has happened since her times colors her account in rather different strokes. Nonetheless,...more

I actually have what I think is a first edition, inscribed to my mother by her great-uncle, my great-great-uncle Wolf (anglicized in the signature to "Wolfe") Romm. Wolfe was born in Latvia and came here as a young teenager. He and his brother Karl ("Charlie") were active in forming the printers'...more

I expected this book - bought by my mother via a Daily Telegraph offer for her grandchildren, who have never read it - to be ghastly and unreadable, but needing to brush up a bit (a LOT) on my Kings and Queens for the sake of the Quiz League I thought I'd give it a quick whiz through. It IS ghast...more

The complete history of England, the greatest nation in the world, as told to English boys and girls in the year 1905.
Hear the tales of the first explorers of this island, their conquests, victories and defeats from British chieftains to Julius Caesar and through to William the Conqueror. Watch h...more

Our Island Story (H.E. Marshall) is Ambleside’s history spine for the early years. It is a history of Britain for young readers, and an absolute treasure of a book from a Charlotte Mason standpoint, meaning that Axa gives incredible narrations (i.e. nearly verbatim) of the stories after just a si...more

Luisterboek. De geschiedenis van Groot Brittanië, een jeugdboek. Ik kende wel een beetje van de gesciedenis van het Verenigd Koninkrijk, maar ik vond dit boek zeer interessant omdat de chronologische volgorde van al de gebeurtenissen en heersers me nu duidelijker werd.

So it might be a children's book but I thoroughly enjoyed this narrative overview of British history.

One I'm looking forward to reading to the next generation as a bedtime story!

Tennyson's 'Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington' is quoted in respect of Wolfe and the taking of Quebec but it...more

We have been watching the 1960 "Shakespeare's An Age of Kings" series. To help keep the kings straight in the plays, I got out this book that we'd used as one of our homeschool history books. Despite the fact that it was first published in 1905 (or perhaps because it was written then), it is an e...more

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