A Child's History of England

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A Child's History of England
Author Charles Dickens
Country England
Language English
Series Monthly:
25 January 1851 -
10 December 1853
Genre History
Publisher London:
Bradbury & Evans
Publication date
Media type Print (Serial, Hardback, and Paperback)
Preceded by Bleak House

A Child's History of England is a book by Charles Dickens. It first appeared in serial form in Household Words, running from 25 January 1851 to 10 December 1853. Dickens also published the work in book form in three volumes: the first volume on 20 December 1851, the second on 25 December 1852 and the third on 24 December 1853.[1] Although the volumes were published in December, each was postdated the following year. They bore the titles:

  • Volume I. – England from the Ancient Times, to the Death of King John (1852)
  • Volume II. – England from the Reign of Henry the Third, to the Reign of Richard the Third (1853)
  • Volume III. – England from the Reign of Henry the Seventh to the Revolution of 1688 (1854)

Dickens dedicated the book to "My own dear children, whom I hope it may help, bye and bye, to read with interest larger and better books on the same subject". The history covered the period between 50 BC and 1689, ending with a chapter summarising events from then until the accession of Queen Victoria.[2]

A Child's History was included in the curricula of British schoolchildren well into the 20th century, with successive editions published from 1851 to World War II.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Austen, Jane. Two Histories of England. 
  2. ^ Dickens, Charles (1851). A Child's History of England. 

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