“1066 and all that” by W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman

Since I was near the site of the Battle of Hastings, I decided to read up on British history.  1066 and all that is parody, playing on a particular Anglo-centric view of the universe, but you actually have to know a bit of English history to appreciate many parts of it.  On the whole, entertaining.  Two short selections to give a sense of the thing:

During this reign the Hundred Years War was brought to an end by Joan of Ark, a French descendant of Noah who after hearing Angel voices singing Do Re Mi became inspired, thus unfairly defeating the English in several battles.  Indeed, she might even have made France top nation if the Church had not decided that she would make an exceptionally memorable martyr.  Thus Joan of Ark was a Good Thing in the end and is now the only memorable French saint.


Other benefactors [of the Industrial Revelation] were Sir Isaak Watts who invented steam-kettles, and Sir Robert Boyle who had them legalized.1

1: Boyle’s Law: (“Watts pots never boyle”).


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