History of England in 100 Places: From Stonehenge to the Gherkin

History of England in Places From Stonehenge to the Gherkin From battlefield to sacred building from castle to cottage from the Bridgwater Canal to Blackpool Pier historian John Julius Norwich tells the political cultural social religious and economic st

  • Title: History of England in 100 Places: From Stonehenge to the Gherkin
  • Author: John Julius Norwich
  • ISBN: 9781848546066
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Hardcover
  • History of England in 100 Places: From Stonehenge to the Gherkin

    From battlefield to sacred building, from castle to cottage, from the Bridgwater Canal to Blackpool Pier, historian John Julius Norwich tells the political, cultural, social, religious and economic story of England through one hundred key places you can still visit today Part narrative history, part exploration of our national heritage, his wide ranging selection of sitesFrom battlefield to sacred building, from castle to cottage, from the Bridgwater Canal to Blackpool Pier, historian John Julius Norwich tells the political, cultural, social, religious and economic story of England through one hundred key places you can still visit today Part narrative history, part exploration of our national heritage, his wide ranging selection of sites will stimulate, entertain, inform and certainly provoke a debate about the most significant moments in English history.

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    1. Cecily

      This was a fun and interesting way to get a crash course in English history (just English. Not Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish). The author picked 100 places and told the story in chronological order using these places as jumping off points. Some of the associations were a bit of a stretch, but it was good fun. There are smatterings of colored pictures throughout, but I found that they weren't pictures of what I wanted to see. (How many manor houses can you talk about without actually putting [...]

    2. Frank Peters

      This was an extremely enjoyable read, and was a rapid summary of the author’s views on English history and historic sites in England. I cannot think of anyone who is better suited to writing the book, and learned a great deal throughout. Early in his career, Norwich took many years researching each book, but now as an elder statesman, Norwich was able to polish this one off rapidly following his disappointing book on the Popes. This had me quite concerned, since I did not really want to read a [...]

    3. Denise

      Very disappointed in the book. The author's writing is amateurish, or he is trying too hard to come down to the level he suspects his readers to be on. He does a lot of supposing. Maybe this happened, maybe that happened, or it could have even been this way. I think if you are that unsure, you should admit it, delete it, or write about something you know. It was just all too much. Not only did I find the writing difficult, but I found little new information included. That may not be his fault, a [...]

    4. Ellie

      This is the history of England for the generation. Short, sharp snippets of history, a lot of which most of my generation would be vaguely aware of from school history lessons. It scored points for reminding me of things I should know more about, but lost them for some very tenuous links, particularly in the chapters covering the more modern era. As, I suspect, with all books of this type, the older the history, the more safe the choices; I saw little of merit in the 20th century chapters, and [...]

    5. Derek Baldwin

      This would be ideal to have around if you're one of those people who quite likes to read something for a very short while without worrying about narrative or logical flow. indeed the chapters here are about the right length to tide you through a TV ad break. Unfortunately this copy belongs to our local library so I had to choose some bits and flick through the best. of course, being a pretty conventional English history, this is the usual array of kings and aristocrats and Horatio Nelson, the Ro [...]

    6. Filip

      Apparently loose vignettes provide a delightful sweep of English history. Norwich is getting on a bit, and isn't writing any large-scope histories anymore (like his works on Byzantium or Venice). But these 100 places end up giving a full history of England, whereby the geographical location of each chapter is only a starting point for broader considerations, occasional humour and moral admonishments from a well-read, kind and super-intelligent uncle.

    7. Andrea Zuvich

      I enjoyed this book, particularly the parts mentioning the Stuarts (of course!), and I am very glad Norwich included Brixham Quay, Devon, Banqueting House, and Coughton Court, among others. I particularly enjoyed Norwich's description of William III's entry into England.

    8. Dominic McLoughlin

      I really enjoyed this way of examining some of the lesser known gems in the history/places of England!

    9. Katherine

      Very brief chapters, sometimes not about the actual sites, but a related historical event. Enjoyable reading though.

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