Simon Winder is a favourite historian and the upcoming review of his Germania will show why. He has more original phrasing than most library collections marked ‘History’.   He brings past events, people and places to life and douses you with bracing insights, flushing out sentimental clap-trap historical ‘memory’.

This imaginative comment on the limitations of human memory, or at least his own, made me laugh, as did many passages in his marvelous book.   It also allowed me to let go of the Merovingians without guilt.

Source: Simon Winder, Germania (London, Picador, 2011 (2010)), p. 11

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