Too Much of 'A Good Thing'?

Trevor Fisher takes a fresh look at 1066 and All That and finds it a text for the times.

1990 saw the sixtieth anniversary of Sellar and Yeatman's celebrated lampoon, 1066 And All That. Reprinted thirty-six times since 1930, and never out of print, the Memorable History of England 'comprising all the parts you can remember, including 103 Good Things, 5 Bad Kings and 2 genuine dates' has struck a deep chord in generations of people brought up on its central dictum, 'History is not what you thought. It is what you can remember'.

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