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  • Mythical ancient Britain, land of the escaped Trojans and builders of Stonehenge

    5 16.13%
  • Roman Britannia

    7 22.58%
  • The Anglo-Saxon heptarchy

    9 29.03%
  • Beardy Vikings rule the North

    5 16.13%
  • Shorter-bearded Normans conquer the land at Hastings and Francisised England

    4 12.90%
  • Romantico-barbaric age of Robin Hood and William Wallace - that's when Oxford was founded

    10 32.26%
  • The Hundred Years' War. England will control France - well tell that to a 17-year old girl !

    5 16.13%
  • The War of the Roses. Red roses rule ! No white ones do !

    6 19.35%
  • Henry VIII : I am also King of Wales, Ireland and sole propietor of the Church in my land

    5 16.13%
  • Mary I : kill thy protestant folk and you'll have a cocktail named afer you

    4 12.90%
  • Elizabeth I : I am a virgin, but my boys f#cked the Armada and wrote better English than anyone else

    8 25.81%
  • James I : let the United Kindgom be !

    2 6.45%
  • Charles I vs Cromwell : if you area ruler of divine right, then I can be one too

    4 12.90%
  • Charles II & James II : let's rebuild London, get New York and raise magnificient palaces

    3 9.68%
  • William of Orange, his wife and cousin Mary, and her sister Anne...

    2 6.45%
  • Ich bin Georg I von England, your new king, but let's Walpole govern for me

    3 9.68%
  • George II : Water Music or God save the King ?

    3 9.68%
  • George III : I was so mad after those American got their independence !

    4 12.90%
  • Early 19th century : Trafalgar, Waterloo and all that

    3 9.68%
  • Victorian glory : the largest empire the world has known, governed by the most civilised nation

    9 29.03%
  • The Great War : the biggest family quarrel - it left 9 million dead

    3 9.68%
  • Social changes between WWI and WWII : women will vote, our men will have to sleep outside !

    4 12.90%
  • WWII : "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few"

    4 12.90%
  • The Swinging 60's : the Beatles an all

    5 16.13%
  • Economic downturn of the 1970's : the petrol crisis

    1 3.23%
  • The Thatcher years : if a worker is not profitable, let him become a punk.

    4 12.90%
  • The Blair years : will education and health remain free ? Is Britain the US' best friend ?

    2 6.45%
  • None... (in fact I don't know anything about history)

    2 6.45%
  • All (but to lazy to select them one by one)

    2 6.45%
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    Post What is your favourite period in British history ?



    I have just completed a Brief History of England for Eupedia.

    I suppose that many of you are at least partially familar with the history of England or the UK. What is your favourite period ?

    I like all periods, but the 18th and 19th century are particularily exciting. My favourite king, however, would be Henry VIII, for having the guts to dismiss the Pope as a mere foreign ecclesiastic, nationalise all the church's property (a good way to become ultra-rich quicker than Bill gates ) and lay the foundation to a strong and unified England.
    Last edited by Maciamo; 09-03-05 at 17:24.

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    I think I'd go for Roman Britain, around 200AD. Mind you I like Roman history.
    As for my favourite monarch possibly Elizabeth I. In a time of Queens she was the best. Definiatly her fathers daughter. Another would be John. A popular king with the people, just not well liked by the barons. Read somewhere he was the closest we've had to an atheistic king. Didn't care much for religion, which is surprising cinsidering the era in which he lived. As for his brother, Richard, a blood thristy homosexual with no love of the country he ruled. A bit of a jerk really

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    I'd vote Britain during Second World War and especially the social history of that period, the "People's War" - how the Britons lived, built a sense of community during the harsh years.
    Furthermore, political history during that period; the Neville Chamberlain, the Winston Churchill and the Clement Atlee years.
    In addition, the history of the working class in Britain and industrialisation....

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    Most interesting would probably be Roman Britain & then the early Anglo-Saxon era.
    Favourite king? Every dead king is a good king!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossel
    Favourite king? Every dead king is a good king!
    Does that imply that the deadest king is the best king ? Shall we check their tomb and see which one has decomposed most so far ?

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    I find it interesting

    That the preferences are so evenly distributed.

    It would be difficult for me to choose one period, since the influence of the UK over world events has been so pervasive in at least the last three hundred years--and truthfully before even that. However, if I must choose one period, and that was the Hobson's Choice offered, I would pick the Victorian era. Like most of history, it is one of great contrasts and a long period of British affluence (some would say at the expense of the rest of the world!).

    Sic transit gloria mundi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shooter452
    However, if I must choose one period, and that was the Hobson's Choice offered, I would pick the Victorian era.
    You don't have to choose only one period. This is an open poll, and you can choose as many periods as you wish (I chose almost all of them, which explains why the results are so evely distributed )

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossel
    Most interesting would probably be Roman Britain & then the early Anglo-Saxon era.
    Favourite king? Every dead king is a good king!
    Do I sense a republican here?
    What about the Cromwell period for you? Wasn't he a kiljoy. Mind you what do you expect from a puritan. The Irish still hate him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maciamo
    You can choose as many periods as you wish (I chose almost all of them, which explains why the results are so evely distributed )
    I chose five feeling guilty for having chosen more than 3, but almost all ?? That's rather contradictory to "favorite" grammarwise as in "is your favourite", wouldn't you say ??
    From Stonehenge to the Septarchs, William the Norman, the Union and Captain Drake's victory over the Armada; these are the glorious days of Britannia for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maciamo
    Shall we check their tomb and see which one has decomposed most so far ?
    Good questions! I suppose, the less of a king is left, the better. Hence, when decomposed completely that should be my favourite(s).

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycernius
    What about the Cromwell period for you?
    Interesting times, yeah, but Cromwell was not much better than a king, IMO (well, actually worse than some kings). Some nice ideas for reforms, but in general - & for the Irish in particular - not such a nice ruler as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lexico
    I chose five feeling guilty for having chosen more than 3, but almost all ?? That's rather contradictory to "favorite" grammarwise as in "is your favourite", wouldn't you say ??
    Yeah, I know. I feel a bit guilty too. But if you ask me about my favourite food, I will give you a similar answer, because it depends too much on the period of the year, day and time. As it changes, I try to give a good average of my favourite (not just for now, but let's say, the last few years). If you insist on asking my is my favourite food right now, I may say none if I am not hungry. It's the same for history. I try to remember the periods I have been the most interested in.

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    Victorian glory!

    The sun never sets....

    Why? There are many good reasons but one of my favorite historians (Peter Hopkirk) mostly writes about happenings in that period.

    Read The Great Game and Setting the East Ablaze for some great insight into Britian's ventures into Central Asia!

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    I didna know!

    Quote Originally Posted by Maciamo
    You don't have to choose only one period. This is an open poll, and you can choose as many periods as you wish (I chose almost all of them, which explains why the results are so evely distributed )
    And it is too late now!

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    I'm going for the Elizabethan period, mainly because those are my favourite blackadder episodes. And anyone that wears an arsenic face mask deserves respect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shooter452
    And it is too late now!
    No, just tell me and I will edit the poll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maciamo
    No, just tell me and I will edit the poll.
    Skip Stonehenge and stop at--but not including--the Great War.

    Thanks.

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    The Victorian Age, of course.

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    1776

    When the United States of America declared independence.

    Right on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leroy_Brown
    1776

    When the United States of America declared independence.

    Right on!
    I read somewhere that this was more a war against the British government than the people. Thanks to George III trying to run the country with a tame prime minister, Lord North. Probably wouldn't have happened if they had listened to other members of parliament who agreed with the colonies problems. I think George Washington wasn't going for total independence just more autonomy. The more radical factions wanted total independence. Oh hum, all in the past now.

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    I chose seven.... The most fave period is: the Second World War....

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    Heart Oh how do I choose?

    I think that England has a very facinating history no matter what time period it was. I like the many trials and tribulations that England faced to get where it is now. Europe is cool and I hope to visit it someday soon.
    Ciao!

    PS. I especially like the dresses of victorian England.

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    I'm going to have to go with Vikings for 500 Alex.

    Seriously - Vikings.

    Wow.

    You may not want to meet a Viking, but wouldn't it be awesome to be one?

    I'm sort of half kidding, but I did do some research once on Viking law and I found the entire thing to be completely facinating. In many ways they had a society that was much more advanced than various others in the world at the time. Also the dichotomy of their nature is interesting as well, peaceful and domestic at home yet fierce and brutal raiders when away.

    I wonder how they managed to resolve such duality, its really amazing when you think of the trouble that modern soldiers have with post traumatic stress disorders.

    Anyway, Britian has a very interesting history - what with it being basically the "stomp you in the ass" birthplace and all :)

    Oh, I also clicked roman because thats another thing I always found intriguing. Even to this day they still unearth ancient roman artifacts in the UK. Quite enthralling :)

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    I am interested in it all (pretty much), but my vote was for the William Wallace era through the Victorian era.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal
    I'm sort of half kidding, but I did do some research once on Viking law and I found the entire thing to be completely facinating. In many ways they had a society that was much more advanced than various others in the world at the time. Also the dichotomy of their nature is interesting as well, peaceful and domestic at home yet fierce and brutal raiders when away.
    I totally agree. It is not wonder that Scandinavian societies are so egalitarian nowadays. In fact, it has been like that since early Medieval times. The Norse culture was one of the most democratic the world has ever known, easily better than the Athenian democracy, which had institutional slavery. Then it was not limited to one city-state but the whole of Scandinavia, divided in autonomous communities.

    As brutal as they were with foreigners, the Vikings also created the first parliaments in the world (Iceland in 930, then the Isle of Man soon after...), and became the founders and rulers of two of the most powerful country the world as ever known : England (via Normandy and the Danelaw) and Russia (via the Principality of Kiev). It could also be argued that they left their blood in every royal families of Europe by intermarriage.

    They were also the first European to reach the Americas (Vinland in New Found Land in 1000 CE, well before Columbus) and to settle Greenland, Iceland, the Shetlands and Faroe Islands.

    More about the Vikings on Wikipedia
    Last edited by Maciamo; 24-03-05 at 09:26.

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    Just goes to show you what a bit of sea power could do for a people willing to get off their asses and look around ><

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