Great Tales from English History: The Truth About King by Robert Lacey

By Robert Lacey

From precedent days to the current day, the tale of britain has been laced with drama, intrigue, braveness, and passion-a wealthy and colourful narrative of heroes and villains, kings and rebels, artists and highwaymen, bishops and scientists. Now, in nice stories from English heritage, Robert Lacey tells these outstanding tales as just a nice author can: combining impeccable accuracy with the undying drama that has made those tales reside for centuries.This quantity starts in 7150 BC with the existence and dying of Cheddar guy and leads to 1381 with Wat Tyler and the Peasants' rebellion. We meet the Greek navigator Pytheas, whose description of the woad-painted Celts yielded pretanniki ("the land of the painted people"), which grew to become the Latin note Britannia. We study what the storytellers rather intended once they defined girl Godiva's "naked" journey via city. And we find the reality at the back of the stories of King Arthur and the notorious Hobbehod, later often called Robin Hood.With perception, humor, and engaging aspect, Robert Lacey brings brilliantly to existence the tales that made England. From Ethelred the Unready to Richard the Lionheart, the Venerable

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The appointment of Mori Yoshiro¯ as Prime Minister in April 2000 signalled a shift from the conservative but rather pragmatic policy approaches of the faction founded by Tanaka Kakuei in the early 1970s, to the more ideologically right wing policy line of the faction founded by his great rival, Fukuda Takeo, also in the 1970s. A third force for change from the 1990s onwards has been a gradual reduction in the prestige and effective influence of government ministries and of their officials. The practice of senior government officials answering questions in Parliament on behalf of ministers was largely abolished in the late 1990s.

Most earthquakes do little damage, but occasionally they are deadly. ‘Ordinary’ earthquakes are so much part of the fabric of life that some Japanese spending a year or more abroad will confess to their bemused hosts that they feel ‘nostalgic for earthquakes’. It therefore might seem paradoxical that until 30 August 2009 Japan had been without a real political ‘earthquake’ for well over half a century. For year after year, the same self-perpetuating coterie of politicians, attached to the ever dominant Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), and linked in a complex web of iron triangles with powerful interest groups and even more powerful government ministries and agencies, were able to persuade a satisfied, apathetic or frustrated electorate that ‘there is no alternative’1 to voting for the only party they had ever known in government.

This was compounded when gross inefficiencies were found in some areas of administration, including the revelation that some fifty million pension records were inaccurate or lost, which has probably done more to harm bureaucratic reputations than any other issue in recent decades. Nevertheless, bureaucratic power remains strong in many areas of policy, and the iron triangles I mentioned earlier still exert an influence that is difficult to combat. The Democratic Party in its manifesto for the 2009 elections targeted excessive bureaucratic power, and once in office initiated measures to assert the primacy of the people’s elected representatives over unelected government officials.

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