The history of Britain is turbulent, bloody, and peopled with dramatic characters. No one is better equipped to tell this story than Simon Schama, a great historian whose talent is for bringing history to life and recreating scenes and characters with extraordinary vigour and power. Moving from the early pre-Roman days of the Saxons and Celts, through the Roman invasion and the resistance, to the Middle Ages and its complicated succession of kings and queens, through the Tudors (Henrys VII and VIII, Elizabeth 1st), the Civil War of the 17th century and the Restoration, through the American War of Independence, through Queen Victoria and the incredible spread of Empire in the 19th century, and culminating in Britain at the beginning of a new millennium, A History of Britain is a stunning narrative, compellingly vivid and profoundly informative. Schama will be writing with awareness of an American audience, drawing in key moments of American history where it plays a role in the narrative, as well as exploring the history of the Irish emigration to the US. The book will be extensively illustrated in colour and black-and white with photos and illustrations drawn from the TV series.
The series A History of Britain, written and presented by Schama, is slated to begin in October 2000, and we will be timing publication to coincide. Any new book by Schama is a major event, but this book promises to be the highpoint of his remarkable career and the moment when his work reaches an American audience that is larger than ever before.