Condensed Histories: Histories From England

Condensed Histories: Histories From England

This is not a history book in the traditional sense. Greg Chapman thinks about history a lot, but he also thinks about other things, and in this book dishes up equal measures of history and opinion. In 2011 he wrote and began a one man comedy and mentalism show all about the History of Britain, which was the birth of Condensed Histories. As a performer and a writer Greg has never been one for avoiding distractions and digressions, and so in between writing about the facts behind certain subjects in history in this book, he takes time out to discuss:

- Why he won't claim to know the identity of Jack the Ripper
- How long the Hundred Years War was, and what it was all about.
- Why some old jokes don't work if you don't know history, and other reasons the Magna Carta is important.
- Why he feels better about the British Empire when he is in Italy than anywhere else.

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About the Book

As part of his ‘Condensed Histories’, Greg doesn’t attempt to cover all of English history in this book. It is all about taking the subjects that interest him, and introducing them in a way that will interest history lovers and those people who aren’t so sure about history alike.

The historical subjects looked at in this book are:

  • Boudicca
  • The Princes in the Tower
  • Seahenge
  • Howard Carter
  • Origins of the English Civil War
  • The Blitz Spirit
  • Isabella de Fortibus
  • The Magna Carta
  • Jack the Ripper
  • The Hundred Years War
  • Charles Darwin
  • Elizabethan Witches
  • Music Hall
  • 1066
  • The British Empire
Series: Condensed Histories, Book 1
Genres: History, Non-Fiction
Tags: History, Recommended Books
Publisher: Greg Chapman
Publication Year: 2013
ISBN: 9781291271348
List Price: £7.99
eBook Price: £2.32
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About the Author
Greg Chapman

Greg began his writing career co-writing plays and shows for performance while on tour in Italy for 6 years, at the same time as studying for a History Degree with the Open University.

Following the success of his 2011 one man show tour 'Greg Chapman's Condensed History of Britain', Greg decided to launch his Condensed Histories. The book part of Condensed Histories consists of a series of books about different countries, combining bits of their history which interest Greg with his own thoughts, opinions, and stories.

When not working on the books Greg is usually to be found at Condensed Histories performances talking about history while he performs a combination of juggling, physical comedy, magic, unicycling, and more!

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