From the title and cover blurb I thought this was going to be a look at some of the more eccentric members of the author’s family – but it wasn’t. Fiennes can trace his family tree back to two generations before the Emperor Charlemagne. Throughout much of that 1200 years members of that family have been king-makers and king-breakers on both sides of the Channel.
As a result, this book provides a look at the history of our country over that period, written in a very entertaining and engaging style. If you’ve found history a dry and tedious subject, this excellent book may just change your mind.
I bought it for Kindle but it is also available in print format. Mad Dogs and Englishmen: An Expedition Round My Family