A brief lively account of British history from 1000 B.C. to the reign of Edward But the book offers more than a bird's eye view of history. Sir Arthur has conveyed the greatness that is England's: the unification of England and the creation of a nation state, beg by Alfred and continued under Canute, William and Henry; the political , which flourished in the struggles between king and church (the development of a national judiciary under Henry II), and in the struggles between king and barons (the Magna Car). This book is the first of a series. In it the author lays out the origin and development of institutions cherished by the free nations of the world today. Here is a introductory account of British history. To the author the people of the past are real human beings, fighting, hating, betraying, repenting, worshipping. For those who find Costain's monumental history too much, this more concise approach covers the periods in Costain's first two volumes- The Conquerors and The Magnificient Century. (And perhaps will fire readers with enough ambition to go on to the longer works.) This is recommended for a plus sale for high school and young adults.