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Book Cover Monday: 1066 And All That

7 March, 2011

1066 And All That is beloved by the Thoroughly Educated, whose own knowledge of British History enables them to appreciate the particular humor of this history ‘textbook’.

The book begins with ‘the first date in English History’: 55 b.c, when the Romans (at that time a ‘Top Nation’) invaded this small soggy Island.  Everything comes to a close with WWI, when ‘America was thus clearly a Top Nation, and history came to a .’


An Ankle! A Calf! How saucy! Funny he doesn’t seem to notice the cleavage.

The Author would like to share some more Whit (ha ha)* from 1066 and All That, with a snippet from the Chapter ‘Queen Victoria: A Good Queen’.

‘On the death of William the 4th, Queen Victoria, though asleep at the time, and thus in her nightdress, showed great devotion to duty by immediately ascending to the throne.  In this bold act she was assisted by Lord Melbourne and the Archbishop of Canterbury, who were both properly dressed.

Finding herself on the throne, Queen Victoria immediately announced her intention of being Good, and Plural, but Not Amused.’

*looking back, a day later, I have no idea what joke I am making. Suggestions? 

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 9 March, 2011 7:17 pm

    Ahh, one of my favourites! You know what he’s saying, of course (Edward III, the chap on the cover).
    ‘Honi soit qui mal y pense’ which Sellar & Yeatman memorably translate as, ‘Honey, your silk stocking’s hanging down.’

  2. 9 March, 2011 11:15 pm

    Wonderful! Thank you for adding that!

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