An informative book overall. The random chapters about various artists were a little annoying. An example would be the Isaac Newton chapter. I understand Newton's significance to English history but the chapter felt like it was randomly thrown into the book to fill space. There were a few chapters like this especially towards the end of the book. I just skimmed through most of them since they were essentially Wikipedia pages. Unfortunately for me, my kindle edition did not include some of the extra illustrations and footnotes that more than likely would have made this book a better read.