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Great Tales from English History.

Great Tales from English History: Chaucer to the Glorious Revolution 1387-1688. Robert Lacey. Little, Brown. [pounds sterling]14.99. xvi + 271 pages. ISBN 0-316-72716-4. This second volume of essays is, like the first, devoted to traditional episodes in English history which have been set against available facts. The book begins after the ravages of the Black Death and the effects of the Peasants' Revolt. Insofar as the collection has a theme it is a whiggish one, dissent, whether in the form of Wycliffe and the Lollards, St Thomas More, or the malcontents in the Commons who took upon themselves the role of 'reformers' in the 1640s, overthrew the Constitution, and judicially murdered their King. We have the stock in trade of English history described in short essays: Chaucer, Dick Whittington, the Wars of the Roses, Caxton, Bosworth Field, Henry VIII and his divorce, Tyndale, Edward VI, Mary I, Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Drake, James I and his Bible, Guy Fawkes, the Round-heads and Cavaliers, the martyred Charles I and the regicide, Cromwell, Charles II and his famous oak tree and so on. (R.G.C.)
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Publication:Contemporary Review
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Date:Apr 1, 2005
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