Sad to reflect on a diminishing Christmas card list and be reminded of new absences all too permanent.
English history is deeply ingrained, breathed in with school lessons and Shakespeare's history plays, but I still have a problem, especially in the medieval period, remembering and distinguishing between all the Williams and Henrys and Edwards. To remind me of who's who and what they did I am reading and enjoying A Short History of England by Simon Jenkins. It is mercifully short and sharp. Apart from nudging my memory it is a racy read, a good story.