Heroes of European History by AR Hope Moncrieff

An early 20th century history of Europe written for children. Yes, another auction lot book!

This is a very military heroes, written from a British Empire perspective book that was quite interesting in its choices but horribly xenophobic in the way it described some of the heroes in dismissive tones.

Sometimes the heroes are groups of men; the Spartan 300, the Knights Templar. At others individuals: Duke of Wellington, El Cid, and the Black Prince.

Being a period book the language and vocabulary made me laugh at times, particularly with word meanings having evolved.

Possibly this book would have appealed to small boys brought up in the British Empire. I found it turgid and full of “little Englander” mentality! A horrible history, not in a good way.

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