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Subject: Interesting Article Battle Towton
Date Posted: 12/17/2010 7:08 AM ET
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THE soldier now known as Towton 25 had survived battle before. A healed.....
Date Posted: 12/17/2010 10:59 AM ET
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Thanks for sharing. I thought this was interesting -- though the sentence I found fascinating was that British school history tends to skip the 400 years between the Conquest and the Tudor period. What??? They don't learn about Henry and Eleanor, Richard the Lionheart, King John, the War of the Roses, the princes in the tower??  I don't believe it -- but if true, how very, very sad. Maybe we should send them some Chadwick and Penman books.

Date Posted: 12/17/2010 11:37 AM ET
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That stood out for me as well.

Date Posted: 12/17/2010 2:13 PM ET
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Same here.  I was like, "WHAT? That's the most interesting period of all!"   The people, events, politics, wars ... way more interesting than the Tudors. 

Surely schools must touch on the highlights -- the basic outline of the biggest events and people along the evolutionary path of Parliament's power into the constitutional monarchy.



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Date Posted: 12/18/2010 8:20 AM ET
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 though the sentence I found fascinating was that British school history tends to skip the 400 years between the Conquest and the Tudor period. What??? They don't learn about Henry and Eleanor, Richard the Lionheart, King John, the War of the Roses, the princes in the tower??

Hmm. Well, it's still more complete than the British history lesson we get here in the U.S. I think the only thing I learned in K-12 was about the American Revolution. I had my eyes opened to English history in college. Pathetic, huh?

Date Posted: 12/18/2010 9:21 AM ET
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A friend of mine, now in her late 60's, grew up in England.  When she was a girl, they had to memorize all the kings, beginning with William the Conqueror.  I'll have to ask her about how much history was covered.  When I was in high school, we were supposed to learn American history, from the Revolution to WWII.  We barely made it to the Civil War.  It was just too much to learn in nine months, and we're only talking roughly 200 years.  British kids have a longer time span to study, that's for sure.

(Funny...I love reading about English history, and my British friend loves American history. laugh)

 

ETA:  Oh, Letty thank you!  I loved the discussion of the bones!!



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Date Posted: 12/18/2010 9:33 AM ET
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We never seemed to make it much past the Civil War in my high school years either. And whatever they did teach us, it isn't quite the brutal stuff I've picked up from reading Shaara and Jakes to name two.

Date Posted: 12/18/2010 9:37 AM ET
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That really was fascinating stuff, Letty! Thanks for sharing it with us! Now I'm feeling the urge to read more about the battle at Towton....

 

Which books do you all think would cover this time period the best??? Any ideas?