Britain's favourite historian, Sir Arthur Bryant, compiled nine of his previously published essays in The Fire and the Rose to illustrate 'dramatic contests of will in which the contenders stake their all, including their life'. These passages of heroic endeavour span a period of seven centuries and include such diverse characters and significant moments in history as 'the holy blissful martyr' St Thomas ` Becket and his murder in Canterbury Cathedral, Charles II's flight to France and Horatio Nelson's glorious victories at the Nile and Trafalgar. With a new preface by Andrew Roberts. "REVIEW: 'They are tales of human endeavour by simple men and show what we British can do under valiant leadership when duty calls. I commend the book to all and particularly to the younger generation' (Field-Marshal Montgomery, Sunday Times) "REVIEW: 'One of the pleasures in reading The Fire and the Rose is that of watching a master craftsman at work' (New York Times)
"REVIEW: 'A superb book' (Robert Pitman, Sunday Express) AUTHBIO: Sir Arthur Bryant was born in a house on the Royal Sandringham estate and served in the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War. He wrote hugely popular history books, reviving the neglected art of writing history as literature. His first historical biography, Charles II, was published in 1931, followed by Macaulay. Another popular work was his history of the Napoleonic Wars in three volumes. Bryant was knighted in 1954, made a Companion of Honour in 1967 and died in 1985.
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