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Foundation: Volume 1: The History of England (Paperback)
  • Foundation: Volume 1: The History of England (Paperback)

Foundation: Volume 1: The History of England (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 29/03/2012
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Having written enthralling biographies of London and of its great river, the Thames, Peter Ackroyd now turns to England itself. This first volume of six takes us from the time that England was first settled, more than 15,000 years ago, to the death in 1509 of the first Tudor monarch, Henry VII. In it, Ackroyd takes us from Neolithic England, which we can only see in the most tantalising glimpses - a stirrup found in a grave, some seeds at the bottom of a bowl - to the long period of Roman rule; from the Dark Ages when England was invaded by a ceaseless tide of Angles, Saxons and Jutes, to the twin glories of medieval England - its great churches and monasteries and its common law. With his extraordinary skill for evoking time and place, he tells the familiar story of king succeeding king in rich prose, with profound insight and some surprising details. The food we ate, the clothes we wore, the punishments we endured, even the jokes we told are all found here, too.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780330544283

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“An enjoyable read”

A very well researched and detailed history. Ackroyd writes with his usual skill and makes this a riviting read. My only criticisim is that the Prehistoric and Roman periods were covered very quickly, in the space of... More

“A shaky grasp of geography”

A tough challenge covering all this in one volume but overall an easy read. However, I'm increasingly irritated by the author's inaccurate understanding of north east England. Chapter 4 locates Jarrow in... More

29th August 2015
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