Folly and Fortune in Early British History

Folly and Fortune in Early British History : From Caesar to the Normans

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Focusing on pivotal points in Early British History, this book examines the role of folly and fortune in major events in Britain from Caesar's expeditions to the Norman Conquest. By examining the foolishness in a bygone age, Henshall draws attention to how human behaviour - with all its erraticisms - has helped shape history.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 334 pages
  • 152 x 246 x 28mm | 698.53g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • First.
  • XVI, 334 p.
  • 0230555209
  • 9780230555204
  • 1,665,799

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CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2009 'A well-conceived, accessible and unusual approach to history as a matter of luck and skill, I found this to be absorbing reading from beginning to end' - Matthew Strecher, Winona State University, USAshow more

About K. Henshall

KENNETH HENSHALL is Professor in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He has published more than a dozen books in a range of fields. His A History of Japan: From Stone Age to Superpower has been translated into several languages, and he has recently written on Japanese History for Lonely Planet.show more

Table of contents

List of Tables and Illustrations Preface: About This Book Introduction: Humans, History, Folly, and Fortune The Roman Eagle Lands The Coming of the Pagans The Improbable Norman Conquest So Just How Foolish or Fortunate Have We Been? Appendix I: The Question of Arthur Appendix II: Timeline Appendix III: Chronology of Kings and Overlords of England from the Anglo-Saxon Advent to the Norman Conquest Bibliography of Referencesshow more

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CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2009 'A well-conceived, accessible and unusual approach to history as a matter of luck and skill, I found this to be absorbing reading from beginning to end' - Matthew Strecher, Winona State University, USAshow more

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