by Liza Picard
Highly recommended. Liza Picard writes in an easy-going style which disguises the hefty amount of research. There is an element of humorous observation weaved throughout the narrative yet it does not detract from the subject matter and become comic and patronising as some of these histories are wont to do.
Some very interesting facts and, despite thinking I knew a fair deal about the period, there were lots of information that was quite new to me, but then maybe I did not know as much as I thought. Agree with some other reviewers that there was, at times, an over-reliance on contemporary sources and repetition.
But if you have any interest in the period, a definite must-read.