British History For Dummies book cover

British History For Dummies

Authors:
Seán Lang ,
Seán Lang
Published: March 14, 2011

Overview

Royally confused about kings and queens? Never sure what happened when? Or where — England, Scotland, Ireland, or Wales? Learn the people and events that shaped British history

British History For Dummies, 3rd Edition is full of rip-roaring stories of power-mad kings, executions, invasions, high treason, global empire building, and forbidden love — not bad for a nation of stiff upper lips. Engaged travelers, lifelong learners, history buffs, and students will all enjoy this friendly and accessible guide written in, well, plain English. This book is for you if you studied British History in school (perhaps a while ago) or learned only a bit about Wales or Scotland or Ireland and want to know more. And if you've ever asked yourself, "What kingdoms are part of the United Kingdom?" or "Exactly how was the UK formed?" or "Which people make up the UK?" — you've come to the right place, to get those answers and so much more.

With an 8-page color insert so you can see who, what, and where the ensuing historical action takes place, you’ll learn about the following people and events (and more):

  • What led to the Roman invasion and about the Britons who resisted it
  • How Britain was divided into Saxon and Celtic kingdoms
  • How the Roman Church converted Celtic and British Christians
  • When the Vikings arrived, and what other invaders followed
  • The many battles of Henry II
  • The forming of England’s parliament
  • How the Black Death affected Britain
  • The Tudors vs. The Stuarts
  • How the Industrial Revolution helped push advancements in farming and infrastructure
  • All about the Victorians — everyone's favorite
  • Britain’s involvement in the Great War and World War II

Additionally, this edition is revised and expanded to include the historical parliamentary elections of 2010 and the British mission in Afghanistan, and you don't want to miss out. Pick up your copy of British History For Dummies, 3rd Edition today.

Royally confused about kings and queens? Never sure what happened when? Or where — England, Scotland, Ireland, or Wales? Learn the people and events that shaped British history

British History For Dummies, 3rd Edition is full of rip-roaring stories of power-mad kings, executions, invasions, high treason, global empire building, and forbidden love — not bad for a nation of stiff upper lips. Engaged travelers, lifelong learners, history buffs, and students will all enjoy this friendly and accessible guide written in, well, plain English. This book is for you if you studied British History in school (perhaps a while ago) or learned only a bit about Wales or Scotland or Ireland and want to know more. And if you've ever asked yourself, "What kingdoms are part of the United Kingdom?" or "Exactly how was the UK formed?" or "Which people make up the UK?" — you've come to the right place, to get those answers and so much more.

With an 8-page color insert so you can see who, what, and where the ensuing

historical action takes place, you’ll learn about the following people and events (and more):

  • What led to the Roman invasion and about the Britons who resisted it
  • How Britain was divided into Saxon and Celtic kingdoms
  • How the Roman Church converted Celtic and British Christians
  • When the Vikings arrived, and what other invaders followed
  • The many battles of Henry II
  • The forming of England’s parliament
  • How the Black Death affected Britain
  • The Tudors vs. The Stuarts
  • How the Industrial Revolution helped push advancements in farming and infrastructure
  • All about the Victorians — everyone's favorite
  • Britain’s involvement in the Great War and World War II

Additionally, this edition is revised and expanded to include the historical parliamentary elections of 2010 and the British mission in Afghanistan, and you don't want to miss out. Pick up your copy of British History For Dummies, 3rd Edition today.

British History For Dummies Cheat Sheet

British history is full of wonderful people (quite a few of whom were clearly stark raving mad, but that’s history for you) and exciting events – all of which helped make Britain the sort of place it is today. This Cheat Sheet sets out the lie of the land, and identifies the leaders and the events that mattered.

Articles From The Book

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British History Articles

The British Isles: The Lie of the Land

The islands of Britain and Ireland are normally referred to as ‘the British Isles’ – not a politically accurate term (Ireland is not ‘British’) but no-one has yet come up with a workable alternative.

British History Articles

British Prime Ministers 1721–Present

The office of Prime (or ‘first’) Minister developed in the eighteenth century, when the First Lord of the Treasury came to be regarded as the official head of the government. The first person who is generally regarded as having acted as Prime Minister was Sir Robert Walpole.

British History Articles

Rulers of England 924–1603

The first king acknowledged as king of all England was the Saxon King of Wessex, Athelstan, who came to the throne in 924. Later, Edward I brought Wales under English rule and Henry VIII incorporated it into England. Elizabeth I, who died in 1603, was the last ruler of England not to rule Scotland as well.

House of Wessex

  • Athelstan 924–939

  • Edmund I 939–946

  • Edred 946–955

  • Edwy ‘the Fair’ 955–959

  • Edgar ‘the Peaceful’ 959–975

  • Edward ‘the Martyr’ 975–978

  • Ethelred II ‘the Unredy’ 978–1016

Danish Usurpation

  • Sweyn Forkbeard 1014

House of Wessex

  • Edmund II ‘Ironside’ 1016

Danes

  • Cnut (Canute) 1016–1035

  • Harald I ‘Harefoot’ 1035–1037 (regent); 1037–1040 (king)

  • Cnut II (Harthacnut) 1040–1042

House of Wessex

  • Edward ‘the Confessor’ 1042–1066

  • Harold II Godwinsson 1066

Normans

  • William I ‘the Conqueror’ 1066–1087

  • William II ‘Rufus’ 1087–1100

  • Henry I ‘Beauclerc’ 1100–1135

  • Stephen 1135–1154

Angevins–Plantagenets

  • Henry II 1154–1189

  • Richard I ‘Coeur de Lion’ 1189–1199

  • John ‘Lackland’ 1199–1216

  • Henry III 1216–1272

  • Edward I 1272–1307

  • Edward II 1307–1327

  • Edward III 1327–1377

  • Richard II 1377–1399

House of Lancaster

  • Henry IV 1399–1413

  • Henry V 1413–1422

  • Henry VI 1422–1461

House of York

  • Edward IV 1461–1483

  • Edward V 1483

  • Richard III 1483–1485

Tudors

  • Henry VII 1485–1509

  • Henry VIII 1509–1547

  • Edward VI 1547–1553

  • Lady Jane Grey 1553

  • Mary I 1553–1558

  • Elizabeth I 1558–1603