Dan Snow’s Life In Books

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I read from a very early age, and I think I en­joyed non-fic­tion as much as fic­tion. I es­pe­cially liked those that were a blend of the two.

“King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Ta­ble” was a favourite. To this day no­body is sure of whether this was purely leg­end or his­tory, but there are el­e­ments of both, and you could not find a more ap­peal­ing book as it has ad­ven­ture com­bined with a teach­ing of loy­alty and hon­our be­tween hu­man be­ings.

“Robin Hood” was also a favourite, and was an­other of those boys’ ad­ven­ture sto­ries that had moral fi­bre. Of course, it was not en­tirely ac­cu­rate, be­cause King John was not a to­tal vil­lain, and King Richard I was not that much of a hero.

Fact or fic­tion? Prob­a­bly a bit of both.

“His­tory Of Bri­tain” has been the ti­tle of more than one book on the sub­ject be­cause it is dif­fi­cult to think of a more fac­tual ti­tle. I used to en­joy read­ing these books.

It made me re­alise that I, like ev­ery­one else in this coun­try, was read­ing about my her­itage. It made his­tory be­come per­sonal. David Lloyd Ge­orge also fas­ci­nated me, for dif­fer­ent rea­sons. He was my great-great­grand­fa­ther and he cer­tainly made his mark on Bri­tish his­tory.

You don’t have to agree with ev­ery­thing some­one does to be able to ad­mire them. I would love to have been able to just sit and chat with him.

“His­tory Of Amer­ica” was a book I found al­most as ex­cit­ing as “His­tory Of Bri­tain”. In terms of cen­turies, Amer­ica is still a fairly new land, but it al­ready has an amaz­ing his­tory of wars, changes of lead­er­ship, widely dif­fer­ent pres­i­dents and pol­i­tics, cul­ture, in­dus­try and com­merce and even cooking. A hugely in­ter­est­ing land and peo­ple.

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