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1066 and all that

A Memorable History of England,

comprising all the parts you can remember,

including 103 Good Things, 5 Bad Kings

and 2 Genuine Dates



Aegrot: Oxon.


Failed m.a., etc., Oxon.

Illustrated by JOHN REYNOLDS, gent.


Dedication Absit Oman

A Mandarin Humour Classic Paperback

First published in Great Britain 1930
by Methuen & Co Ltd
First published in paperback 1975
Reissued in 1993 by Mandarin Paperbacks
an imprint of Reed Consumer Books Ltd
Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London SW3 6RB
and Auckland, Melbourne, Singapore and Toronto
Reprinted 1993 (twice), 1994 (twice) Copyright (c) 1930 by W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman
A CIP catalogue record for this book
is available from the British Library
isbn 0 7493 0964 4
Printed and bound in Great Britain by Cox & Wyman Ltd, Reading, Berkshire

(This Means You)

Histories have previously been written with the object of exalting their authors. The object of this History is to console the reader. No other history does this.

History is not what you thought. It is what you can remember. All other history defeats itself.

This is the only Memorable History of England, because all the History that you can remember is in this book, which is the result of years of research in golf-clubs, gun-rooms, green-rooms, etc.

For instance, two out of the four Dates originally included were eliminated at the last moment, a research done at the Eton and Harrow match having revealed that they are not memorable.

The Editors will be glad of further assistance towards the elimination, in future editions, of any similarly un-historical matter which, despite their vigilance, may have crept into the text.

They take this opportunity of acknowledging their inestimable debt to the mass of educated men and women of their race whose historical intuitions and opinions this work enshrines.

Also, to the Great British People without whose self-sacrificing determination to become top Nation there would have been no (memorable) history.

History is now at an end (see p. 123); this History is therefore final.

W. C. S,
R. J. Y.


A first edition limited to one copy and printed on rice paper and bound in buck-boards and signed by one of the editors was sold to the other editor, who left it in a taxi somewhere between Piccadilly Circus and the Bodleian.

W. C. S,
R. J. Y.


The Editors acknowledge their comparative indebtedness to the Editors of the Historical Review, Bradshaa, the Lancet, La Vie Parisienne, etc., in which none of the following chapters has appeared. Their thanks are also due to their wife, for not preparing the index wrong. There is no index.


'This slim volume...' - Bookworm

'. . . We look forward keenly to the appearance of their last work.' - Review of Reviews of Reviews

'... vague...' - Vague


p. II For Middletoe read Mistletoe.

p. 17 For looked 4th read looked forth.

p. 50 For Pheasant read Peasant, throughout.

p. 52 For sausage read hostage.


Author's Note

Several portions of this book have appeared in Punch, and are reprinted here by courtesy of the Proprietors of that paper.

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