A Short History of England by Simon Jenkins

By Simon Jenkins

Which conflict used to be fought 'For England, Harry and St George'? Who demanded to be painted 'warts and all'? What - and while - used to be the conflict of the Bulge?

In A brief historical past of England, bestselling writer Simon Jenkins solutions these types of questions - and lots of extra - as he tells the tumultuous tale of a desirable country. From the invaders of the darkish a long time to today's coalition, through the Tudors, the Stuarts and international wars, Jenkins weaves jointly a gripping narrative with the entire most vital and fascinating dates in his personal inimitable kind.

Until now there was no brief heritage of britain masking all major occasions, topics and contributors: this bestselling e-book, released in organization with the nationwide belief, stands out as the typical paintings for years yet to come.

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The Widow’s Son The most remarkable of all the work done at Solomon’s Temple was the casting of the enormous basin known as the Sea of Bronze and both of the huge bronze pillars known as Jachin and Boaz. This large-scale casting was difficult and technologically advanced, and the man sent by King Hiram to undertake the work is singled out in the Bible by name. A man ‘filled with wisdom and understanding’, he too was called Hiram, and he is described as ‘a widow’s son’ (1 Kings 7:13–14). The Sea of Bronze, an ablutions basin used by the priests, rested on twelve bronze oxen and stood near the southeast corner of the Temple.

The Persian state religion was Zoroastrianism and wherever it spread, Christianity was persecuted. Antioch fell to the Persians in 611, Damascus in 613, Jerusalem in 614 and Alexandria in 619. Moreover, after slaughtering Jerusalem’s 67,000 Christian inhabitants the Persians made off with the True Cross, Christendom’s holiest relic–and it was this which turned Heraclius’ 622 campaign against the Persians into something new, as it included a crusading zeal. In 627 as Heraclius advanced deep into Persia, its king was overthrown by revolution and his successor sued for peace.

He became the subject of rabbinic and kabbalistic lore in which he is portrayed as a fabulous figure, a master magician possessing occult powers. In one kabbalistic legend Solomon orders a demon to convey Hiram, the King of Tyre, down to the seven compartments of hell so that on his return he can reveal to Solomon all he has seen in the underworld. Solomon also appears in The Thousand and One Nights, where in the Tale of the Fisherman and the Jinn he has used his seal-ring to imprison an evil spirit in a jar for 1800 years.

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