Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-forgotten Europe

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Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-forgotten Europe

Postby Marcus Woodhouse » Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:50 pm

Norman Davies, published by Penguin Books 2012 ISBN 978-0-141-04886-4
A successful combination of academic and storytelling skills in presenting the various states that once dominated Europe from Tolosa, the Kingdom of the Visigoths to the CCCP. A timely reminder of the the fragile nature of humanity and how even nations and empires come and go. It also explains how William Wallace was in fact British (well Welsh).


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Re: Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-forgotten Europe

Postby SteveC » Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:20 pm

I enjoyed the first half of this, but by the time it got to the various bits of the Hapsburg empire in the 18th and 19th centuries I was finding it a bit 'samey', so moved onto something else.
Maybe I should go back and have a go at finishing the book off.



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Re: Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-forgotten Europe

Postby Marcus Woodhouse » Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:05 am

I am ploughing through Perbeck at the moment so I know what you mean. You really can have too much of a good thing.


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