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Christopher Hibbert (1924–2008)

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Christopher Hibbert: March 5, 1924 -- December 21, 2008 Historian Christopher Hibbert was born as Arthur Raymond Hibbert in Enderby, England in 1924. He dropped out of Oriel College to join the Army. He served with the London Irish Rifles and won the Military Cross. He earned a degree in history in vis mere 1948. Before becoming a full-time nonfiction writer, he worked as a real estate agent and a television critic for Truth magazine. He wrote more than 60 books throughout his lifetime including The Road to Tyburn (1957), Il Duce: The Life of Benito Mussolini(1962), George IV: Prince of Wales, 1762-1811 (1972), and George IV: Regent and King, 1812-1830 (1973). Hibbert was awarded the Heinemann Award for Literature in 1962 for The Destruction of Lord Raglan. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Geographical Society, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Literature by the University of Leicester. He died from bronchial pneumonia on December 21, 2008 at the age of 84. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Christopher Hibbert

The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall (1974) 1,684 eksemplarer
The Days of the French Revolution (1980) 758 eksemplarer
Rome: The Biography of a City (1985) 426 eksemplarer
Victoria: A Biography (2000) 399 eksemplarer
Tower of London (1971) 398 eksemplarer
The London Encyclopedia (1983) — Redaktør — 389 eksemplarer
Cities and Civilisations (1987) 379 eksemplarer
George III: A Personal History (1998) 336 eksemplarer
The Great Mutiny (1978) 333 eksemplarer
The Story of England (1961) 324 eksemplarer
Nelson: A Personal History (1994) 254 eksemplarer
Wellington: A Personal History (1997) 253 eksemplarer
Florence: The Biography of a City (1993) 227 eksemplarer
London: The Biography of a City (1969) 199 eksemplarer
Versailles (1971) 182 eksemplarer
London characters and crooks (1995) — Redaktør — 182 eksemplarer
Agincourt (1964) 179 eksemplarer
Napoleon: His Wives and Women (2002) 162 eksemplarer
Venice: The Biography of a City (1988) 141 eksemplarer
Queen Victoria in Her Letters and Journals (1984) — Redaktør — 104 eksemplarer
The Recollections of Rifleman Harris (1848) — Redaktør — 100 eksemplarer
The Search for King Arthur (1562) 93 eksemplarer
The Grand Tour (1600) 90 eksemplarer
Waterloo (1774) 90 eksemplarer
Twilight of Princes (1970) 73 eksemplarer
The Emperors of China (1920) 71 eksemplarer
The Court at Windsor (1964) 68 eksemplarer
Anzio the Bid for Rome (1970) 65 eksemplarer
Mussolini (1963) 65 eksemplarer
Corunna (Great Battles) (1884) 65 eksemplarer
Slaget ved Arnhem (1962) 59 eksemplarer
The Making of Charles Dickens (1967) 52 eksemplarer
Greville's England (1981) — Redaktør — 50 eksemplarer
The Pen and the Sword (1974) 46 eksemplarer
Chateaux of the Loire (1982) 42 eksemplarer
The Road to Tyburn (1957) 38 eksemplarer
Life in Victorian England (2016) 37 eksemplarer
The Encyclopaedia of Oxford (1988) 35 eksemplarer
King Arthur (1969) 35 eksemplarer
The Popes (1982) 35 eksemplarer
The Illustrated Story of England (1809) 31 eksemplarer
London's Churches (1988) 26 eksemplarer
Disraeli and His World (1978) 21 eksemplarer
Edward: The Uncrowned King (1972) 20 eksemplarer
A Guide to Royal London (1987) 16 eksemplarer
Highwaymen (1967) 9 eksemplarer
Queen Victoria r 1 eksemplar

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En Fortælling om to Byer (1859) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver36,260 eksemplarer
The Life of Samuel Johnson; Abridged (1952) — Redaktør, nogle udgaver461 eksemplarer
Travels through France and Italy (1766) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver196 eksemplarer
The Wreck of the Wager: The Narratives of John Bulkeley and the Hon. John Byron (2005) — Redaktør, nogle udgaver21 eksemplarer
Captain Gronow: His Reminiscences of Regency and Victorian Life, 1810-60 (1880) — Redaktør, nogle udgaver18 eksemplarer
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Summer 1993 (1993) — Author "Marston Moor" and "Marston Moor Today" — 14 eksemplarer

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A brilliant exercise in conciseness. The full history of England in less than 200 pages, including lots of illustrations. A very traditional history of monarchs and politicians but the author gets it all in. If you were revising for an appearance on University Challenge this would be in the reading list.
Steve38 | 9 andre anmeldelser | Feb 7, 2024 |
I really enjoyed this. It's really a grown up version of H.E. Marshall's, Our Island Story, which I've read with my children many times over the years.

Funniest bit: imagining not one but TWO kings being reported in history as having rolled around chomping on the straw floor in a rage. Bit spoilt?

Biggest disagreement: Page 115 states "Bloody" Mary wasn't actually cruel by nature: "Obstinate and narrow-minded, she knew her way to God and could not conceive that there might be some other way. Men and women had to suffer for their refusal to accept it, not to be punished but to be saved." Sounds like Mary's been reading the Koran.

Biggest annoyance: I'm not sure what happened with the end of this book---maybe they got sick of editing? Chapter 10 reads like a completely different author---run on sentences a paragraph long! Very distracting...but it soon goes back to normal, only to pick it up again in the last few pages of ch. 11. How weird?

Most Thought-Provoking Bit: "'It was only yesterday,' exclaims one of Thackeray's characters, 'but what a gulf between now and then. Then was the old world. Stage-coaches, more or less swift riding horses, packhorses, highwaymen... But your railroad starts a new era... We who lived before railways and survive out of the ancient world, are like Father Noah and his family out of the Ark.'" Funny---this is the same sentiment I have about being part of the partial generation that is old enough to have grown up without Internet but is young enough to have it play a significant part of our career and daily life.

I'll hold on to this as I'm sure I'll be wanting to read it again in 8-10 years or so.
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classyhomemaker | 9 andre anmeldelser | Dec 11, 2023 |
Exactly what the title says. It is a biography of Florence from 59BC to 1992. It touches on most of the high points and gives a decent overview of the growth and power holders of the city. Florence is beautiful and this is a good beginner history of the city.
everettroberts | 5 andre anmeldelser | Oct 20, 2023 |
Kinda boring, and more than a little confusing due to the re-use of several names (5 Lorenzos and 5 Giovanis!). Including a family tree would have been a smart move.
blueskygreentrees | 24 andre anmeldelser | Jul 30, 2023 |



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