18 November 1982
Show More The English World: History, Character and People edited by Robert Blake.
Thames and Hudson, 268 pp., £14.95, September 1982, 0 500 25083 9Show More
The English Gentleman: The Rise and Fall of an Ideal by Philip Mason.
Deutsch, 240 pp., £9.95, September 1982, 9780233974897Show More
“... the development of Parliament (Robert Blake), ‘War and Peace with Wales, Scotland and Ireland’ (Hugh Trevor-Roper), art and popular taste (Quentin Bell), the evolution of the English landscape (RichardMuir) – are excellent and briskly-written popularising surveys. But the whole enterprise, I do think, is compromised by those gestures towards ‘the English Spirit’, ‘the making of a tradition ...”