A True History of The Isles (the ones off the west coast of France, that is) Volume 2 (or Vol. II)

Commentary

Whereas the 2016 vote by the citizenry of the UK to leave the European Union was a pretty spectacular bit of business, it almost pales (sic) into the mediocre when compared with the potential Hoo-Ahh released by the results of the 2017 General Election. Thus, we now have a political party sort of in power, embarking upon a series of complicated negotiations invoking the old political spirit Arthur Mandate is better than none, while not so much in the wings, but idling Stage Left biding his time is the ever constant character on the political scene Mr Hugh Bris.

It was a year ago in the aftermath of the aforementioned referendum that I embarked on my epic intent to write up a true history of these Isles 51vnj7ZqupL__SY346_(shameless plug) in order that we may all gain a better understanding as to how we managed to get in such a singular circumstance. I was quite surprised by the positive reaction, and encouraged by the indication that in the next five years the kindle sales might go into double figures have strode forth upon Vol 2 (or Vol II if you prefer)

So let us, away-

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Introduction & Preface

Whereas it is quite in order that most histories should consider who was who and why; this author considered it quite unnecessary to dwell too much on the business, but to simply supply the reader with the bare facts and let them reach their own conclusions. This premise is possibly the most valid of any as people being people tend to keep changing their minds (or other people’s minds) as to who did what, why, when and just how important whoever it was’ part in it was anyway. Then there are those who wouldn’t know reality if it was wrapped in brick and dropped on their heads but they shouldn’t be reading this or the previous volume in any case. For this is a true and unbiased account of the history of these isles, which strips away all of the romance, preferential treatment, and has no truck with notions of which innocent nations or semi-nations have been hard-done by other nations for apart from aboriginal peoples in remote parts of the world basically; there an’t no such creature.

In the previous volume lay the foundations of how these isles came to be populated, by what types of folk, what they did, or didn’t do; what they should have done, and who had their names recorded and why. Thus, the reader will, by now, have a fairly reasonable idea of the states of the various peoples and nations at the time of the death of King John (currently The Only).

This volume will chart the progress from the aftermath of the death of King John (The Bad by popular consensus) up until the death of Henry the VII who having disposed of Richard The III (maybe not as bad as some folk would have) invented Tudors.

During this era (19th October 1216 to 21st April 1509), many important innovations and inventions took place, many of which have lasted until modern days. Some will be considered in depth, others for the sake of brevity barely mentioned, while some will be mostly ignored by the author who considers them detrimental to the academic flow of the book, and, thus, following the fine tradition of adding an element of controversy to an historical work.

Overall this is the era when English kings decided that the whole demeanour of the isles would be a lot neater if they finally convinced the royalty of Scotland, Ireland and Wales that the King (or if necessary Queen) of England should be the most important king (or worst-case scenario, queen) of the lot. This would enable the King (or if there was no alternative… Queen) of England to concentrate on the very important task of having wars with France otherwise France might become so important as to boss everyone else on the mainland of Europe, which was of course quite unacceptable; this was balanced by the view that the French had the same opinion about English.

In general, these twin policies would be the yardstick by which English kings (and when weedy princes died, queens) were judged by the nobility of England. Irish, Scots and Welsh royalty would counter this by dying heroically, being betrayed (heroically), rebelling and hiding (heroically) or proving they were legally English and should rule anyway.

This era also saw (if the king or queen was careless) the rise of parliaments, councils and the continued insistence of The Church that it was just as important as a king (or whether the church authorities liked it or not – queen). This gave rise an increase in literacy so that nobles could check if there was something sneaky The Church or the king (or-sigh- queen) was up too, or even better if there was something they, the noble(s) could take advantage of.

It was during this era that there was more attention having to be given to The Common People, some of whom had also started to read and so ask awkward questions of The Church; this did so amuse the nobility and royalty until The Common People tried the same thing with them. Matters were to become so turbulent that The Common People started to be bothersome about having rights and despite the best or worse efforts of the ruling classes actually obtained some. The first being during the upsetting times of the Plantagenets (or Angevin if you feel that way) whose colourfulness filtered down to the extent that by the end of the 12th Century the barons found they had lost all their serfs and were stuck with a lot of common people instead.

This era, is therefore possibly one of the most interesting as it is source of much of Shakespeare’s work, gave Cromwell a bit of a surprise when he found a copy of the Magna Carta and gave rise to the Celtic tradition of turning their mistakes into romantic legends and laments.

In conclusion, whereas these volumes are reasonably authoritative works on the history of these Isles the reader is strongly advised to read 1066 and All That by Sellar and Yeatman this being the definitive work on the subject up to the end of the 19th Century.

Thus over the course of the next few weeks the essays will commence and naturally continue.

The first one being a consideration of the state of the Isles during the period after King John (The boo-hiss king) died and it looked as if England might be confirmed as being another bit of France.

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14 thoughts on “A True History of The Isles (the ones off the west coast of France, that is) Volume 2 (or Vol. II)

  1. Ah, Roger … even your brief snippet makes me laugh! Thinking back to my high school days (yes, that is WAY back, and it is true that much memory fails me going that far back), I distinctly remember this period in the history of England being … uh, shall we say, rather dry. Always, since age 4, a lover of all things history, I was disappointed to find that English history was so … lacking. I have since, of course, found that it isn’t at all dry, but my point here is that I think you have missed your calling! How much more fun and interesting high school history would be if your book were the textbook of choice! I mean, even nerdy teenagers need a laugh now and again! I remember having to read Beowulf and wondering whatever we had done to be subjected to such torture! I would have, on the other hand, stayed up into the night with the old ‘flashlight under the covers’ trick to read your books!

    This post also reminds me that I have not written a review for Volume I, and I PROMISE to do so this week. Feel free to nag me a bit, for you know I am forgetful! Looking forward to Volume II … and I will do all in my power to help promote it into the double digits in the first week!!!! You deserve recognition, for you have turned the dry into the charming and humorous! 🙂

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    • Thank you again Jill for your kind words and encouragement. Ever since I embarked on this project folk have said I should have written school history books- best compliment ever! It is great fun to take facts and mix them up with off-the-law commentary. There is a smidge of satire there on the populist style of media and writing. But as I never tire of saying ‘read 1066 and All That’ that is the definitive work!
      Don’t worry about reading PATCHWORK to schedule; it’s out there as a long term thing I’m looking to self-publish it by the end of 2017, as usual on a shoe-string, but hopefully without typos and a tight-continuity.
      I am, actually, pleased with both works and if they don’t sell….ahhh….that’s the way it goes.
      Thanks once again Jill, your support means a lot to me. 😊

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      • I am so glad, Roger, that you found your way to my blog … I enjoy our banter, your humour, and your outlook. You say my support means a lot to you … that is a two-way street! You bolster me when I am down, and you make me laugh when I thought I could not! Though I will never meet you, I count you as a good friend.

        As to the books and sales … we write for ourselves. Sure, an audience and accolades are nice, boost our spirits, but in the end, I think we write because we must. I still keep thinking there’s a book in this ol’ brain somewhere, but it eludes me, perhaps because I am so deeply into the dark side of everything that is happening these days. But your books are so much fun that it’s a shame for people to be missing out on them! As for typos, etc … I would have 50 per 900 word blog post were it not for Herb … the man can smell a typo a mile away! Sometimes I ask him if he ever reads what I write, or if he just spends all his time looking for my mistakes! But I am grateful … as I said before, once I have written it and re-read it 5-6 times, I just don’t catch things like a mis-placed comma or a misspelled word.

        Anyway … I ramble … now get back to that book! 🙂

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      • Morning Jill.
        Glad to be knowing you too, with all the fun, facts and frank conversations we share.
        I feel that here’s a place where we can all be free and dare to Try, without all the usual stale old clichés of other social media stuff that folk delude themselves as being original.
        I’m sure that book is there somewhere, just waiting.
        Currently still steamin’ 😤😤😤.
        Of one my other WP friends Audrey is also beta-reading and found the most hideous bit of gibberish in the middle of the latest Patchwork Episode; which seemed to have happened over night thanks to some mischief between Word and WP’s server, I managed to change the worse bit but still have to repair some more.
        Some folk must have wondered if I had gone off on Captain Beefheart stream of consciousness thing!

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      • Eh, most who saw it probably just had a good chuckle and said to themselves, “yep, that’s our Roger …” Don’t beat yourself up over it … sorry I missed it 😀 And once again you have furthered my education … I had never heard of Captain Beefheart, so of course I had to Google him … 🙂

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