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

    7 20.59%
  • Roman Britannia

    9 26.47%
  • The Anglo-Saxon heptarchy

    10 29.41%
  • Beardy Vikings rule the North

    6 17.65%
  • Shorter-bearded Normans conquer the land at Hastings and Francisised England

    5 14.71%
  • Romantico-barbaric age of Robin Hood and William Wallace - that's when Oxford was founded

    10 29.41%
  • The Hundred Years' War. England will control France - well tell that to a 17-year old girl !

    6 17.65%
  • The War of the Roses. Red roses rule ! No white ones do !

    6 17.65%
  • Henry VIII : I am also King of Wales, Ireland and sole propietor of the Church in my land

    6 17.65%
  • Mary I : kill thy protestant folk and you'll have a cocktail named afer you

    5 14.71%
  • Elizabeth I : I am a virgin, but my boys f#cked the Armada and wrote better English than anyone else

    10 29.41%
  • James I : let the United Kindgom be !

    3 8.82%
  • Charles I vs Cromwell : if you area ruler of divine right, then I can be one too

    5 14.71%
  • Charles II & James II : let's rebuild London, get New York and raise magnificient palaces

    4 11.76%
  • William of Orange, his wife and cousin Mary, and her sister Anne...

    3 8.82%
  • Ich bin Georg I von England, your new king, but let's Walpole govern for me

    3 8.82%
  • George II : Water Music or God save the King ?

    3 8.82%
  • George III : I was so mad after those American got their independence !

    4 11.76%
  • Early 19th century : Trafalgar, Waterloo and all that

    4 11.76%
  • Victorian glory : the largest empire the world has known, governed by the most civilised nation

    10 29.41%
  • The Great War : the biggest family quarrel - it left 9 million dead

    3 8.82%
  • Social changes between WWI and WWII : women will vote, our men will have to sleep outside !

    4 11.76%
  • WWII : "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few"

    4 11.76%
  • The Swinging 60's : the Beatles an all

    5 14.71%
  • Economic downturn of the 1970's : the petrol crisis

    1 2.94%
  • The Thatcher years : if a worker is not profitable, let him become a punk.

    4 11.76%
  • The Blair years : will education and health remain free ? Is Britain the US' best friend ?

    2 5.88%
  • None... (in fact I don't know anything about history)

    2 5.88%
  • All (but to lazy to select them one by one)

    2 5.88%
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maciamo
    In fact, it has been like think since early Medieval times.
    Actually, even longer. IIRC, all early Germanic tribes were rather "egalitarian." An institution like the ting also existed in other Germanic tribes.

    The Norse culture was one of the most democratic the world has ever known, easily better than the Athenian democracy, which had institutional slavery.
    Your view seems a bit too positive, the Vikings also had slaves (usually some kind of POW) & unfree servants (thralls, born as such)

    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).
    Well, well, the term "founders" also can be disputed. England was unified for the 1st time ("founded") by the West-Saxon conquest of the Danelaw.

    For Russia, I don't know, but the Normanist Theory is also disputed, albeit mainly by Russian (pro-Slav) historians. Whether the Vikings founded Russia, or not, their cultural influence is minimal, though.

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    the romanitico-barbaric is a personal fav. of mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maciamo
    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.
    .....My favourite outburst!!! "Vikings saw Americas before Columbus!!" Hehe...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss_apollo7 View Post
    .....My favourite outburst!!! "Vikings saw Americas before Columbus!!"
    Long, long, long before Columbus!!!


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    Romantico-barbaric age.

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    I'm with Bossel, I have always been interested and intrigued by the Brittanic Roman Period and the Anglo-Saxon Invasion. I have always wondered why the British held on to their language all through the Roman Period when almost all other Roman colonies adopted or integrated Latin into their language.
    It wasn't until the Germanic and Danish tribes displaced many of the Celtic British into Scotland, Cornwall and Wales that the English language was born.

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    i can't vote, but if i had could, my choice would have been (woufff! the conjugation, my god!) the henri VIII times


    cause since two weeks I watch passionatly a tv-serial call "the tudors" and it's amazing !


    long live to queen mary and f.. cromwell

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colbert View Post
    and f.. cromwell
    I agree with that sentiment 100%

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eireannach View Post
    I agree with that sentiment 100%
    Er...do I take it then that you dissent from the view that Cromwell 'reduced Ireland to civility'? Alright..I'll get my coat...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yorkie View Post
    Er...do I take it then that you dissent from the view that Cromwell 'reduced Ireland to civility'? Alright..I'll get my coat...
    I don't think nearly enough indignities were done to Cromwell's moldering corpse when they dug him up after the Restoration!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aristander View Post
    I don't think nearly enough indignities were done to Cromwell's moldering corpse when they dug him up after the Restoration!
    Some feel the same way about Napoleon. I feel that way about Charles Aznavour, who committed atrocities with his voice in the name of France.

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    The Swinging 60s.

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    Even though I tend to be an apologist of sorts for those who take rough action on behalf of their country, I have to side with those who feel that Cromwell has been treated surprisingly well by history. Not to balk at his trial and execution of the King - I would have probably done the same thing if I were in his place. My problem would be with his treatment of the people in areas in which his army operated.

    My favourite (purposely spelled) period of England is that of Robert Walpole. His period saw the development of the office of Prime Minister. (Although the charge of making himself "sole and prime minister" was leveled at him by his enemies) Even though he was forced out, his work lived on. It was during his time that England truly became stable as well and powerful and I think that it was the first time that "Rule Britannia" was spoken.

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    I guess the only positive moment in the history of England were The Beatles.
    Especially John Lennon.

    Songs like...
    Working Class Hero.
    Give Peace a Chance.
    Imagine.
    The luck of the Irish.
    Last edited by Reinaert; 06-02-11 at 10:11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yorkie View Post
    I feel that way about Charles Aznavour, who committed atrocities with his voice in the name of France.
    He is being tried for high treason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reinaert View Post
    I guess the only positive moment in the history of England were The Beatles.
    Especially John Lennon.

    Songs like...
    Working Class Hero.
    Give Peace a Chance.
    Imagine.
    The luck of the Irish.
    I couldn't agree more with the choice of songs.

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    My favorite period of British history is undoubtly the Victorian Era.

    I think that many of the British literature and culture from that time is very much alive even today... and I think that reflects in the attention and influence in recent cinema (Time Machine, Dracula, War of the Worlds, Sherlock Holmes, The Invisible Man, The Jungle Book,... etc.)

    There is something extraordinay about that time, so much wealth of imagination... not just the hard facts of power in the Reality...

    Definitely a period and place that I would like to study much more profoundly.

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    I like the history of all of Britain from the end of the last Iceage and up until the Tudor era. Haven't a lot of interest in the Empire that came after that time.

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    Romantico-barbaric age

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    - The first inhabitants of Britain at the end of the Ice Age, as evidenced by the sites and related artefacts from Howick, Star Carr, etc
    - Neolithic Britain and the construction of the great megaliths, in particular the Stonehenge landscape and Orkney
    - Bronze/Iron Age Britain and the development of the first recognisable tribal kingdoms, coinage, metalwork
    - Roman Britain, with its beautiful mosaics, introduction of Christianity, etc
    - The Anglo-Saxon era, the development of idiosyncratic art, literature, poetry and legal systems, as well as the 'Anglo-Saxon missions' to Europe
    - Norman conquest and the century that followed, as the huge changes in language, architecture and whatnot took shape and England was drawn much closer into the political affairs of the continent
    - Tudor period, because it has a charm that I cannot put a finger on
    - Victorian Britain, because of the great achievements in science and technology and the fact they amassed one of history's great Empires

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    I should also add that I'm interested in the Picts, mediaeval Welsh kingdoms and Irish history

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    I am not interested in after Elizabeth I period, expect for Sherlock Holmes. I have no idea which period he was in.

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    History of Britain isn't true term instead of British History

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