This three part series was written by a group of scholars from Oxford University and provides a survey of English history from the time of the Norman conquest to the Victorian era. These books are intended for intermediate students who already have some knowledge of the course of English history and are interested in gaining more depth. It is an excellent transition series for serious students. The political and religious issues of the day are touched upon in only enough detail to give a clear idea of the realities of the situation without getting bogged down in political theories. In addition to covering the most important stories from history, this series introduces the student to social history, that is: the living conditions, customs, education, and beliefs of both the aristocracy and the peasantry.
The first book of the three, Normans and Plantagenets, introduces the reign of William the Conqueror, and touches upon such important subjects as the Magna Carta, the conflict between Henry II and Thomas a Becket, and the foundation of Parliament under Montfort. It also provides background to the Hundred Years War, and the War of the Roses.
The second of the books covers both the Tudor and Stuart reigns, and does a good job of introducing the intermediate student to some of the complexities of the eras, including the Reformation, the English Civil War, and the "Glorious Revolution" during which parliament deposed the Catholic King James II, and placed William III and Mary on the throne, with relatively little bloodshed.
The final book in the series, Hanoverians, covers the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including the rise of the british empire in America and India, and the Napoleonic War. It also provides an outline of the functions of british government as it existed at the turn of the 20th century, including the roles of the monarchy, parliament, judicial system and municipal governments.