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A Child's History of England

A Child's History of England [Kindle Edition]

Charles Dickens , F. H. (Frederick Henry) Townsend
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Geboren am 7.2.1812 in Landport bei Portsmouth. Als sein Vater 1823 ins Schuldgefängnis in London kam, mußte Dickens bereits in der Jugend als Hilfsarbeiter arbeiten. Nach unregelmäßigem Schulbesuch wurde er 1826 Anwaltsgehilfe und arbeitete als Parlamentsstenograph. Als Reporter beim "Morning Chronicle" begann er seine Skizzen, die in Buchform als "Pickwick Papers" veröffentlicht wurden und ihn berühmt machten. Von 1836 bis 1841 arbeitete er parallel an verschiedenen Romanen. Es folgten Amerikareisen (1841/42) und 1868. Dickens starb am 9.6.1870 im Alter von 58 Jahren an einem Schlaganfall.


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  • Dateigröße: 587 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 390 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 3955077721
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  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004UJ96FC
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Von Maggie
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Dickens hat dieses Buch ursprünglich für Kinder geschrieben. Es wurde später auch als Schulbuch verwendet. Es ist voll von Geschichten (fast sagenartig), sehr detaillierten - oft blutrünstigen - Augenzeugenberichten und viel Eigenmeinung von Dickens: Manche Könige verehrt er richtig, wie Alfred den Großen, an anderen lässt er kein gutes Haar (Plantagenets, Stuarts).
Durch die vielen Details ist es teilweise sehr interessant und lebendig, dann aber hat es schon gewisse Längen und man muss sich zwingen weiter zu lesen. Ich gebe zu, dass ich etliche Seiten übersprungen habe. Die Sprache ist etwas leichter zu lesen als die üblichen Werke von Dickens.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen About Half of what was ordered 29. Juli 2012
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There is no doubt that "A Child's History of England" is one of the great history books of all time. Besides the masterful writing of Dickens, there is his choice of subject matter. Quite opinionated, and quite unpatriotic, this history is written from a humanistic point of view rather than analytical or just chronological, which makes it even much more valuable, as Dickens wished to instill a moral sense of history in the reader which would never be acceptable in today's publishing community, where dry analysis and "neutral" viewpoints are de rigeur and uncritical scholasticism reigns supreme. This version is chock full of fascinating and true anecdotes which would never be found in today's histories, and make an interesting reading just spellbinding.

MY problem with the edition offered, is that one does not get the FULL "Child's History of England", but only the first of the original two volumes, and at a whopping 30 bucks as well. This borders on bait and switch and fraud, since the entire second half of the book, from about 1422 to 1689, is not delivered. To my knowledge, that second half is not even offered in hardbound on amazon, which is extremely disappointing. The total price then becomes unbelievably expensive, and perhaps even unavailable. Amazon owes an explanation for this, and none is yet to be had.

As such, I would avoid this hardbound volume of a truly great book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen dickens on england 22. März 2006
Von Bethany Lister - Veröffentlicht auf
This book is a delightful history of England. It is a book for all ages. As an adult I have enjoyed reading the book for pure pleasure. My two teenage daughters have used this book numerous times for school projects, especially for their history and compostion classes.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Enjoyable Dickens history lesson. 20. Juni 2011
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Dickens could write the alphabet and it would read as classic literature. A delightful if not slightly slanted Dickensian history lesson. Well formatted and well worth a read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Charming and blissfully opinionated 22. Oktober 2010
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I never appreciated Charles Dickens as such a charming writer until I read this book, so after reading this, as an adult, I went back to his most familiar books and found that I still enjoyed this one best! It is written like he is an oral storyteller and is so engrossing as to make it difficult to put down. I originally thought due to the title that I would just read it aloud to my boys but I found when they had fallen asleep I couldn't stop and have since read this book at least three times and bought a used copy for all my nieces and nephews. The history is very one sided and from an Englishman's point of view he has a poor opinion of his royals with the Great Alfred being the first and last king of any esteem. His descriptions of the wars with the thousands of dead contrast sharply with the "clean" wars of today. Fields with thousands lying slaughtered is incomprehensible. Life was so cheap then at least as described by Dickens. This is such an engrossing history but with so much strong opinion it certainly wouldn't pass muster in todays historical circles which is part of why it is so fun and dare I say naughty to read. One of the most enjoyable books I have ever read!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen How I came to love history 11. Februar 2013
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When I grew up our household had a set of books by Charles Dickens. I progressed from filling the endpapers with infantile scribbles to actually reading some. My two favorites were A Christmas Carol and a Child's History of England. I read and reread this book many times. What drew me in was the sweep of history from King Arthur to just before Victorian times told in incredibly colorful prose. Of course, the book's title tells it all. This is the exact opposite of academic history. Here, there are no pages long footnotes giving dry scholarly arguments pro and con. Nor is it like modern textbooks pushing anachronistic agendas in a heavy handed manner.

No, this is history told by a great novelist for the purpose of helping young people appreciate the history of their civilization. This is precisely the effect it had on me. The book captures history through the telling of tales, legends, and people. The prose is, often quite vivid. I always remember this phrase: "and he was tied to a horse, taken to the Isle of Ely where his eyes were pulled out of his head..." No kid, raised on slam, bang, pow movies and comic books could miss the point here. History is not for the faint-hearted. One of Dickens' strengths as a writer has been to show that we live in a world of consequences.

Because of this book, I learned to love history. Not history as memorization of dates, but history as the actions and reactions of living, breathing people. Rereading this story today is just as exciting a trip as it was 6o years ago, when I was in 5th grade. can't beat the price on Kindle.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen But he loved his Queen! 26. März 2013
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This is a very enjoyable book, tracing the vile depredations of centuries of monarchs on the long-suffering people of the British Isles in language (and logic) children can easily understand. Dickens clearly had little use for monarchs, generally, if you judge by this book. The only governments he seemed to approve of were those of Alfred the Great, Oliver Cromwell, and the United States. Two of these three, you will note, are monarch-free. But he happily (and probably wisely) skipped over the century immediately previous to his era (during which close relatives of Queen Victoria had lived and reigned) and ended with a statement that the current monarch was good, closing with a final paragraph that reads: GOD SAVE THE QUEEN! If Victoria or any of her progeny read this book, they must have been very relieved to read that part.

As noted by other reviewers, this book is brim-full with beheadings, burnings at the stake, drownings in wine barrels, the removal of various and sundry body parts, drawings and quarterings, and just general mayhem. It is just the kind of history that would have entertained youngsters in the days when television and World of Warcraft did not exist, and all the special effects had to be conjured out of the reader's own brain with the assistance of the writer's words. As Charles Dickens was one of the most entertaining writers who ever wielded English, any reasonably imaginative person can get great special effects from this book, with the added bonus of learning stuff.
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The little neighbouring islands, which are so small upon the Map as to be mere dots, are chiefly little bits of Scotland,broken off, I dare say, in the course of a great length of time, by the power of the restless water. &quote;
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Above all, it was in the Roman time, and by means of Roman ships, that the Christian Religion was first brought into Britain, and its people first taught the great lesson that, to be good in the sight of God, they must love their neighbours as themselves, and do unto others as they would be done by.  &quote;
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release some prisoners on such occasions, she would have the goodness to release the four Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and also the Apostle Saint Paul, who had been for some time shut up in a strange language so that the people could not get at them. &quote;
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